Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Going Solo?

Written for the 30-day creative writing challenge hosted by Nicky and Mike of We Work For Cheese.  Today is the 20th day of crazy-making fun and the prompt is Going Solo.  Check out the Linky at WWFC for more creative exploits.

When I think of going solo, I think of doing something grand, special or brave like taking that first flight without the instructor, or giving a performance.  I think of taking on some great adventure alone.  I don't have any experience with such things.  No, going solo for me is attending a social function without my husband, or going parasailing (back in the days before they had tandem flights), or maybe when I rode my first bicycle without training wheels. 

Since I don't have any special solo events with which to entertain and fascinate you, I present to you someone who does.  Dixie Carter.  She entertained us as Julia Sugarbaker on Designing Women (1986-1993), a sitcom about four strong Southern women in the interior design business.  

She portrayed a strong, yet genteel, Southern lady who was always willing to stand up for family and friends, and when something got her riled, she really laid it on the line.

But perhaps what I remember most is her rendition of "How Great Thou Art".  In this episode she was to sing a choir solo, but was afraid she wouldn't be able to hit the high notes.  Charlene was having issues with her church and it's prohibition on female ministers.  It was important to her that Julia sing this song for women everywhere.

 Dixie Carter as Julia Sugarbaker singing "How Great Thou Art"

Dixie Carter passed away in April 2010.


  1. I remember that show....I really enjoyed it!

  2. Wow! What a great version of How Great Thou Art! I don't know the show (obviously) but it brought a lump to my throat :)

  3. Katherine- It was great, wasn't it? Julia was a classy lady, but she could sure tell it like it is.

    Babs - It does the same for me. Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. I never really watched the show. I remember it, but didn't watch it.

  5. I never watched the show, but love the song!

  6. Add my name to those who never watched but I always thought I might like to get to know it in rerun, one day. This lovely piece makes me want to, even more.

  7. Oh wow. Holy flash back! I absolutely LOVED Dixie Carter as Julia Sugarbaker on Designing Women!!

  8. I watched that show sometimes - don't remember that episode though.

  9. What a fabulous rendition of that song! And going solo doesn't have to mean going grand. It takes baby steps before you can run, right?

  10. I used to watch "Designing Women" all the time. I don't remember this particular episode, but I probably saw it and I do like it. So, thanks for the reminder.

  11. P.J. - There were a lot of laughs, and a lot of thoughtful scenes. It was a good show.

    Linda- I am glad you enjoyed it.

    Hilary- It really was a great show, with lots of current interest topics, very well done.

    Meleah- She was great wasn't she? She could get fired up like nobody's business.

    laughingmom- It was one of my favorites.

    Nicky- She did a beautiful job of it. Lots of baby steps...

    Sara- It was a great show, and the characters blended and complemented each other so well.

  12. I loved Dixie Carter. What a great show that was. Thanks for posting this video.

  13. Jayne- I did too. She was a real character!


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