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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


Dixie Diva: Frying her luck

A while back, I was on book tour when my publicist called to say I had been asked to cook on a television show.

January 10, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Dixie Diva: A journey of sweetness rediscovering Mama, and myself

It is my strong and abiding philosophy that good springs forth from the midst of whatever bad happens to us. In the recent days that now trail behind me as time spent sweetly, I have luxuriated in the good that came from the water line break that practically demolished my childhood home.

January 03, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Happy New Year: There will be no sequel

It sounded like a great idea at the time. Most of my ideas do. "Hair-brained scheme," is what Mama sometimes called them.

December 27, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


I’ll never forget his special gift

His name was Ricky and though I remember the gift he gave me that Christmas 30 years ago, I don't recall his last name. I wish I did.

December 20, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


The strength of Southern women

The text that my sister sent was simple yet so powerful: "He is gone to be with God."

December 13, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Some of us manage to come out even in the end

There was a man I knew once who lived for a good time. Work, he believed and ardently practiced, was only good for providing a means to an end, the end result being that of his vigorous pursuit of wine, women and song.

December 07, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Robert E. Lee taught me a lesson

The other day I ran into General Robert E. Lee, along with his wife, and his arch nemesis, General Ulysses S. Grant.

November 29, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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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


Ronda Rich: Acting like a stereotypical Southern police officer

Last summer, I was telling Tink about an adorable town a few hours away.

May 09, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rond Rich: Recounting lessons from Mama on Mother’s Day

There isn't a day that passes that I don't remember Mama. Many times when she crosses my mind, I am doing something she ...

May 02, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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