THE DIXIE DIVA: 'Justified' captures the Appalachian South
Here’s what “Justified” does best: It gets the Appalachian South right without reducing us to mockery or ridicule.
THE DIXIE DIVA: I toss nothing until it completely withers
Pragmatism and caution prevents you from throwing out things that are reusable.
THE DIXIE DIVA: A little advice gives a friend her just desserts
People who think they’re out of control have enough discipline to correct the problem. It’s the ones who don’t see that they have a problem who have a problem.
THE DIXIE DIVA: When you are gone, folks remember what you did, not what is written about you
Will I be remembered dramatically different by people than the good things heralded in my “good-bye world” death notice?
THE DIXIE DIVA: Filing away recipes cut from publications can take a while
There’s a fine line between saving something and hoarding.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Grant Tinker helped numerous people get their first jobs
While Grant Tinker has been an influence on television, his greatest influence was allowing his sons to make it in the entertainment business on their own merits.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful
Tink says often how he loves this South of mine – a place of hospitality, neighborliness, hard work and prayers.
DIXIE DIVA: Good decisions pay off over a lifetime
She took nothing that wasn’t hers but she didn’t give up anything, either. Kinda cool, don’t you think?
DIXIE DIVA: Southern Living creates a change that has won me over
Like most Southerners, I have an aversion to change which is why our traditions have such strangle hold. We never let go.
DIXIE DIVA: Real life always provides the best stories
It’s a funny thing about history. It can be so doggone fascinating, much more so than anything that the human mind can imagine.
DIXIE DIVA: We learn much more than we’ll ever realize from our parents.
There are few who cannot say truthfully that they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones.
DIXIE DIVA: Childhood memories are a powerful thing
What I can’t figure is why we return so longingly to the foods of our childhood and our homeland.
DIXIE DIVA: Everybody needs somebody sometimes
We all need someone to tell us our dream isn’t crazy and that we have what it takes.
A man reaps what he sows - or what he doesn’t sow.
That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn’t turn out well.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Life is a puzzle with pieces that click into place
You never know where fame will find you. Sometimes it’s even at a homecoming service at a church.
Only Southerners understand the fascination with obituaries.
Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment.
THE DIXIE DIVA: What seems important at the time often isn't
Many of the things that are breaking our backs today won’t be remembered on down the road.
Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense.
My worst fears are about to be realized: Mama has announced her intentions to write a book.
We all make bad decisions in our lifetime in one way or the other.
Looking back, I see that it was FHA that began to mold me for the career I have now.
When I think back on the days of my youth, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Christmases and birthdays may blend in memory, but each Easter is distinct
It is the parade of Easter suits, dresses and hats that I have worn over the years that ground me to a specific Easter. When I look at the photos or videos of our family’s Easter parade, I remember so clearly that moment in time. I recall the sorrows or joys of that season of my life and all that was happening.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Challenges of life can make for a trove of treasure
It fascinates me to see what the journey of life will drill into our souls and our minds to make a good story.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Low-fat buttermilk has no place in a Southern home
Always choose a Southern doctor, preferably an overweight one, over a fussy California physician.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Paying attention to small signs can help you prepare for big events
Nature has inside information it will share if you only know where to look.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Swerving will not let you avoid the problem
NASCAR drivers are great sources of wisdom when it comes to risk taking, generosity, dream chasing, kindness and loyalty.
THE DIXIE DIVA: As a rule, in the South you are either proud or humble
What I have come to learn, though it has taken a few decades, is that humility, while noble, can be as destructive as pride.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Some great memories come in the shade of hot pink
New luggage in bright, cherry colors a reminder of some great childhood dreams.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Stories of moutain religion harken to another time
Some stories, including old-time religion and and the days of moonshine toting ridge-runners, are best told in black and white.
To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages 16 to 21.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Historical fact or legend? It’s all fascinating.
Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Who wants to be boringly completely normal?
Maw-Maw was smart as a whip, but she also had her peculiarities.
TH DIXIE DIVA: Every kid should spend part of the summer doing some old fashioned hard work
When battling writer’s block, making an assault on Hell’s Hill a source of inspiration.
THE DIXIE DIVA: In Southern cuisine, there is not much that cant be fried
Fried biscuits the way Mama made them will always be a delicious memory.
FEATURES COLUMN: Southern manners tend to rub off on others
There are many things I love about the South. But here’s what I love just a little bit better than all the rest: We believe mightily in courtesy and manners.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Songs are a powerful tool for remembering sweet moments in life
That is the power of songs. They stick to the memory like a piece of chewing gum stuck to the underneath of a table.
THE DIXIE DIVA: The score always gets settled, but often not as fast as you would like
Lessons of honesty taught by our parents pay off big when we practice them in life.
THE DIXIE DIVA: A mission to raise status of Robert E. Lee makes bigger hero out of Charlie Tinker
The diaries of Charlie Tinker, a friend of President Abraham Lincoln, are the first comments on Lincoln by a friend to be unearthed in the last 100 years, one historian notes.
THE DIXIE DIVA: One Christmas tree in particular brings joy every year, a scrapbook of days past
Christmas is the time that we pack expectations into every package we wrap and for weeks anticipate that one, perfect Currier-Ives day.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Keeping a close eye on finances is a habit that never goes away
Taking care of necessities and bills first might cut our luxuries, but you sure do sleep better at night.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Somewhere along the line, folks have quit talking about chasing the American Dream
An autobiography of actor Gavin McLeod is an inspiring tale of man who followed his passion and succeeded.
THE DIXIE DIVA: An encouraging individual can make a difference in another’s life
To give warmth to a person’s body is admirable but to warm his soul with hope is a gift everlasting.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Thank the Lord for heartaches as well as blessings
Whether this has been a year that leaned more toward blessings or tribulations, give thanks for it.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Facing life with a big smile was natural for Davey Allison
Two decades after his untimely death, memories of Davey Allison focus on the joy that he exuded every day.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Inspiration for a home-cooked meal leads to guilt over the cost
A trip to the grocer leads to feelings of sliping away from the values of Mama.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Flag-draped caskets remind us of what we owe those who fought in World War II
American World War II warriors left the safety of the United States to fight for freedom across the globe.
The Dixie Diva column: Rather than be concerned with beauty, this woman invested in true substance.
The lack of beauty in youth can be a precious gift in old age.
With a little imagination and pie tins, a little girl can make some of the best mud pies arounds.
The Dixie Diva
For years, I blamed it on those richly royal blue suede high heel pumps. The ones with the ridiculously tall, spiked heel and absurdly pointed toe. I was 22 when I bought them, 36 when I donated them to the Salvation Army.