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Rich: Thank-you notes teach valuable lesson in civility

When Dixie Dew got a box full of doggie treats from one of her fans, she wagged her tail and jumped around the kitchen, eager to dive into them.

June 21, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Daddy's gift was made more precious over time

Often, I find myself thinking of the wisdom of my daddy. His observations and experiences continue to guide me daily, 11 years after his departure from what he sometimes called, "this ol' vale of tears and sorrow."

June 14, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Sensitivity training should be my specialty

You know, it's beginning to occur to me that I'm not sensitive enough. This is quite a revelation since I spent a goodly amount of my life being told that I was too sensitive. As a child, Mama said I got my feelings hurt too easily and I needed to snap out of it.

June 07, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: The meaning of words can get all mashed up

Rodney, the reigning patriarch of our family, loves sorghum syrup which, in the mountains, is called "soggum syrup."

May 31, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Gardeners are separated by more than a manicure

A few years ago, I was in New York City to do a photo session for a book cover and found myself at the behest of a stylist and a hairdresser who also doubled as a make-up artist.

May 24, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Nothing good can come from talking bad about an ex

In a small town in Arkansas, I was leaving a social gathering of divorced women who had found solidarity in their situations. Many are women who, later in life, have found themselves divorced from influential men. And, as far as I could decipher, none of the divorces were of their choosing.

May 17, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Laughs can soothe the sting of death

Too often in recent times, death has visited itself upon my family, its intrusion bitterly unwelcome.

May 10, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: It takes strength to shoo your baby bird

Lately, a couple of girlfriends have been lamenting the upcoming going of their children. Both will see their oldest graduate from high school shortly and edge closer to a life independent of Mama.

May 03, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Cloak of sorrow weighs heavy on her back

There is a woman I know to whom sorrow clings like dew to grass on a Southern summer morning.

April 26, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: The best days in life are free

My friend, Michelle, e-mailed me one day after we had run into each other at a trunk showing of new clothes, where we shared enthusiasm over the fashions and decided what we should buy - or shouldn't.

April 14, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Love for each other, the Lord came from a little church

When the newspaper reporter called to set up an interview for the story she was writing on my newest book, she said, "We need to shoot a photo, too. Do you have any suggestions for a good location?"

April 05, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: It's Easter when the Southern men are shopping

Years ago, before fuel conservation became popular and trendy, I was a forerunner to saving gas by combining errands. When I go into town, I spend several hours doing errands that I have been waiting to do. It saves both gas and time.

March 29, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


My reasons for marriage don't include dollar bills

It was one of those crowded events a while back that I didn't want to attend. But courtesy and obligation dictated that I put my wants aside and be a big girl about it all. So, I put on a pretty dress, a gorgeous pair of high heels and plunged in.

March 22, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Hardships of today pale to life in 1937

When she talked about those tribulations back in 1937, her feeble voice crackled with both age and emotion. With more than 70 years separating then from now, the grief still lingered but wisdom had covered it like moss on a riverbank.

March 15, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


If it’s worth keeping, it’s in the family Bible

At a café in Biloxi, Miss., friends and I were chatting over coffee when we were joined by a man who is a business associate of one of my friends sitting at the table.

March 09, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Dixie Divas: Yankee husband learns the importance of a pocket knife

A few months ago, a reader showed up at an event I was doing and handed me a newspaper clipping of a column I wrote eight or nine years ago.

June 30, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Too much information posted on Facebook

Occasionally, sleep will sneak away from me in the middle of the night. I will try to keep my mind from going, because once it takes off, it will wear me out with all its thinking.

June 23, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Remembering the ‘finest man’ some ever knew

It happens all the time.

June 16, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dying before all is read and done

Only one thing scares me about dying. It is so momentous it rocks my heart with grief whenever I think of it. It is a tumultuous rocking that resembles the Mississippi River in New Orleans when the ocean is signaling that a vicious hurricane is headed that way.

June 09, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Outwitting my Yankee husband

Here's what happened, and I swear on Mama's cocoa-splattered chocolate cake recipe this is the gospel.

June 02, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Every story, person is known by a name

In the South, everyone has a story. Every name is followed by a few sentences or paragraphs. No one is known by name alone.

May 26, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Book shopping in person brings me great joy

It was in Oxford, Miss., that it came to me so clearly. I knew it, of course. I had known it since I was a child skirted in gingham innocence and trimmed with inexperience.

May 19, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Being a good Southerner takes time, training

It takes a lot of time to be the proper Southerner, the kind respected for thoughtfulness and kindness.

May 12, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Mama B – A most memorable Southern mother to many

It was at lunch after a morning revival service last summer that a few of us sat around, munching on Southern casseroles and talking about one of the most memorable mothers any of us had ever known.

May 05, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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