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Dixie Divas: When love goes wrong

There wasn't very much of me back then. I was a tiny girl, just big enough to reach up and grab hold of the wooden counter top in that old country store and lift my chin enough to allow my eyes to peer up in quiet fascination at the man who rang up the items that Mama had laid down.

April 26, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Easter is 1 of 4 seasons

A few weeks ago, I was on the phone with a friend who lives in Las Vegas. Suddenly, out of the blue, he asked, "Is Easter this Sunday?"

April 19, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Why must things be so hard?

It is one of the great mysteries of life. Why are some things so hard? Why, if some things are meant to be, is it so difficult sometimes to make them happen?

April 12, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Dixie Dew has her say

I'm Dixie Dew. If you read my mama's column weekly then you know that I'm the precious little red-haired dachshund of which she so affectionately writes every week. For the record, and not because I'm a bragger, but I am every bit as cute as she says. If anything, she downplays my cuteness.

April 05, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Pea sausage the South’s veggie patty

Any Southern woman, worth her weight in Martha White flour, has at least one drawer or cookbook in her kitchen stuffed with recipes she has torn out of magazines or newspapers, fully intending to try each and every one of them.

March 29, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Facing off with Facebook

It wasn't my idea. In fact, I was so opposed to it that I had to be forced into doing it. I'm still not a happy participant.

March 22, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Dixie Divas: What happened to NASCAR

Since I once called the garage area of the NASCAR Cup Series "home," working in the sport for several years as one of few women among hundreds of men, folks often ask my opinion on today's NASCAR.

March 15, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Dixie Divas: Mama never wasted a bit of thread

Mama wasn't sentimental. In fact, I never knew of anyone who grew up in the Southern mountains during the Depression who was sentimental. They all said they were trying to forget, not remember.

March 09, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The days of ‘visiting’ have been away for too long

One night back in the summer, Louise, Rodney and I stopped to see Russell and Neva, whom we have all known in one way or the other for decades. Yet, we go ages without seeing each other. It's a crying shame, as Mama would say.

March 01, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Dixie Divas: There’s family in those hills

When Robert, a devout reader of this column who also happens to be an accomplished researcher in matter of family lineage, offered to trace my family roots, I accepted faster than kudzu can grow on a hot summer's day.

February 22, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Dixie Divas: Mama’s fix? Use Duct tape

In digging through the material remains of what I consider to be my heart's one-and-only home, I have smiled repeatedly, even chuckled out loud on occasion, at Mama's thriftiness.

February 15, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Dixie divas: Mamas and babies are forever

One morning when I went for a run, the good Lord blessed me with such a joy, though simple that it was.

February 08, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Dixie Divas: Crazy is as crazy lives

In my life, I've done some crazy things, things that defy reason and in retrospect lead even me to say, "What was I thinking?"

February 01, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Dixie Diva: The soft 'bang' of a screen door summons memories of home

There is something about the banging of a screen door - soft, sweet and low - that warms the innards of my being.

January 25, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Dixie Diva: A mean girl likely is one who just needs a little love

The other day I took a short cut down a back road, the likes of which I had not seen since I was a child in petticoats and Mary Janes and rode the big, yellow school bus.

January 18, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Articles By Author - Ronda Rich


Ronda Rich: Lessons from the Great Depression impact my parents and me

The Great Depression shaped my parents. In the years to come, it shaped my life as well.

April 26, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: People spend their lives reacting to things instead of doing things

It is with earnest intention and optimism that I arise each day and assemble my "to-do" list.

April 18, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Iron bed, handmade quilts are symbols of my mountain people

When I was a child and we visited my grandparents, I knew their standard of living was different from ours.

April 12, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Reeling from rising cost of cream of mushroom soup

It would be, I decided, a nice gesture of Southern thoughtfulness if I made a dish of my famous macaroni and cheese.

April 04, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Living rich and dying poor

It is now that I have reached the age where the wiser generation, those who taught me and mentored me, are starting to take their ...

March 29, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Easter connects seersucker suit and book of life

From the moment Tink visited the Mississippi Delta, he began to long for a seersucker suit.

March 21, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich:Understanding how to tell stories with details

While studying for a degree in journalism, I learned the basics of telling a good story and answering questions before they could be asked.

March 14, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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