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Dixie Divas: Dixie Dew, the aspiring columnist

It is true that I have a nice, comfortable office, arranged with all a writer needs for inspiration, including French doors that open onto a balcony overlooking the front pasture.

August 30, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: When dating, assume all are crazy

Not too long ago, a friend of mine discovered rather abruptly and rudely that he had dated a crazy woman. Now, in the South, we're used to such. It's actually a common practice. But west of the Mississippi, it's a bit different.

August 22, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Clip their wings, oh Lord

Until the day he died, Daddy had one prayer about his children that he prayed constantly. Probably every day of his life.

August 16, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Remember to just enjoy the laughter

You know how it happens. You go to the funeral home to pay respects and run into people you haven't seen in ages.

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


Dixie Divas: Young at heart, young in looks

One morning, I received an email from a reader who began by explaining that her 81-year-old mother was a devoted reader of this column and my books.

August 02, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Mistakes must be made in order to be a risk taker

One night I was doing an appearance in a town where my column runs. A woman waited in line to speak to me and brought a clipping of that week's column for me to sign.

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


Dixie Divas: Mistakes must be made in order to be a risk taker

One night I was doing an appearance in a town where my column runs. A woman waited in line to speak to me and brought a clipping of that week's column for me to sign.

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


Dixie Divas: Ruby, don’t take your love to town

It wasn't long ago that a friend of mine - a West-coaster no less - got onto the subject of country music. Some he likes, some he doesn't, he said. Then, he laughed and recalled one that he had recently encountered.

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


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


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Ronda Rich: Smells of pinto beans, collard greens and cornbread

My sister said once that she doesn't really like pinto beans because when she was growing up, Mama cooked a pot three or four ...

December 05, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Holding onto the memories of Nimblewill

As the road twisted and turned while rising up through the elevation of the tree-smothered mountain, I slowed the car and looked at the place ...

November 28, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Maxine and Kelly are my kind of Southern women

Maxine Trapnell, whom I've known and admired for many years, is my kind of Southern woman.

November 14, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: My love-hate relationship with kudzu and change

In my early travels outside of the South, I was astounded to discover people had never heard of kudzu. After all, Southerners have been battling ...

November 07, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Huge fan of Lee Smith, her Appalachian upbringing

As best I can recall - and I've been thinking hard about this - I have only written one fan letter in my life.

October 17, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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