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Dixie Divas: Gary was more than just a pal

It started one Sunday when I slid into the third row pew next to a slender man with rumpled silver hair just as the first notes of the organ announced that service was starting.

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


Dixie Divas: Decision to go to St. Simons changed my life forever

There is a seaside village on the coast of Georgia that my heart, in fact my entire being, is summoned to at fairly regular intervals. It is as much home to me as the red clay hills of North Georgia.

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


Dixie Divas: The gift from a writer

You cannot be a writer without being a reader. It's a simple observation, but no wiser words have ever seen ink on paper. For writers are always drawn to and mesmerized by words. We drink up pretty syllables like drunks depend on cheap wine.

June 28, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: You can’t go wrong doing a job you love

My brother-in-law, Rodney, is a farmer of the most admirable kind. He farms, despite the heartbreaks, hard times, hot sun and little pay, because he loves it. Not even the relentless stronghold of healthy kudzu could choke the passion for farming from him. He is devoted to the land and what it brings. Good or bad.

June 20, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Dixie Divas: Remembering my father, a man of fortitude and of faith

Whenever I or anyone else think of Daddy, it is his faith that defined him over and above all else. The man and his faith were inseparable. To know his faith, was to know him. To know him, was to come face-to-face with a bullet-proof faith.

June 14, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A quick, sharp tongue can serve you well

If you haven't already read between the lines, that was her attempt to be subtle and encourage me to watch what I say. Of course, it was a waste of her sweet breath, but I pretended to pay attention and agreed with what she said.

May 31, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Beth's story

Haughtiness and arrogance has always perplexed me, for I've never understood those traits. "Pride goeth before destruction," declares a book known for pulling no punches.

May 24, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Southern women don't chase men

One day, I realized that a guy friend had mentioned a woman several times over a couple of weeks, saying in casual conversation that she had called and invited him to various places.

May 17, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A morbid fascination passed from Mama

Oh, the ironies of life.

May 10, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Even in her grief, she never doubted God

I wondered the other day how a mother could even think that, let alone say it. But then Mama was a woman who defied exact definition. She was strong, smart, courageous, sometimes outrageous and above all, ruled by a faith that was simply unbendable and unquestionable. That part of her was definable and clear: She believed unyieldingly in an Almighty God who never left her side. Even when it could have seemed that He did.

May 08, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The sexiness of gun metal

Just when I thought I knew most of what there was to know, or at least that which was mostly worth knowing, about what is alluring to men about women, I uncovered a stunning new truth.

May 03, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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


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Ronda Rich: It matters who you are kin to in the South

At the beauty shop one day, I was flipping through a magazine and half-listening to the local happenings.

July 18, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Showing empathy for a new-made mound at a cemetery

We were driving to the Georgia coast through little towns in which few live and even fewer know. It was near Appling County, I believe ...

July 11, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Tink is Duckmaster for a day at the Peabody in Memphis

Since the beginning of our Southerner/Yankee union, I have kept a list of places Tink should visit to fully experience the glorious South.

June 27, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Great-great-grandsons of Civil War opponents meet

We were eating lunch as the American Queen riverboat pulled out of port, having just returned from a morning-long excursion to the Battlefield of Vicksburg.

June 20, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Ugly shed houses altar where my daddy prayed regularly

Behind the little house where I spent a happy childhood, where I toted books from one room to another, where I knelt by my bed ...

June 13, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: My Yankee husband's firsthand encounter at Vicksburg

It did not turn out as I intended.

June 06, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Is there anyone listening?

The exact moment it happened was at a large round table in a ballroom of majestic gilt in a grand hotel.

May 30, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: A country store stocked full of memories

A country store is located in the middle of hundreds of acres of farmland embedded with hardwoods and pines that have grown, untended, for a ...

May 23, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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