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Taking the train proves as romantic as Dolly sings about

When the yearning for a weekend trip to New Orleans appeared, much like the late night craving for a bag of potato chips, it took no persuasion to convince Poet to meet me there.

August 23, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Animals have guardian angels, too

There are those - perhaps many - who would claim that animals do not have a guardian angel. On behalf of my animals, I vehemently disagree. They have one and her name is Jill.

August 16, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


The lessons of youth are paying off now

Among the many things I have learned in this life is how everything evens out, how those who are mighty and rich can become lowly and poor while the lowly and poor can become mighty and rich.

August 09, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Despite my cholesterol, I still miss Mama’s fried foods

A friend of mine returned a call of mine one day while he was sitting in the Dallas airport, waiting for a flight out. He explained that he had just spent two days at the Texas State Fair and it was, he said, quite a sight to behold.

August 02, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Taking my own advice

If you're like me, you probably enjoy handing out advice, both solicited and unsolicited. After all, those of us who have vast life experiences owe it to those with less experience to share our wisdom.

July 27, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: To have loved but never lost? That’s my hero

Out of curiosity, folks will sometimes ask who is an inspiration or hero to me. Since I rarely think in those terms, I have to stop and think about that answer.

July 19, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Hairspray holds more than styles

In looking back at photos, I am left to wonder if I have ever had a truly good hair day. I'm amazed because when I see the snapshots, I think, "Now, I'm sure that when I left home that day, I felt pretty good about my hair. How could it look like that?"

July 12, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


You’re only as good as your word

There is a saying among the people of the rural South used to condemn anyone who has changed the terms of an agreement, especially those done with a word and a hand shake.

July 06, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


It's much nicer to say 'hush' instead of 'shut up'

A while back, a transplanted Yankee sat down beside me at a luncheon and proceeded to explain what had compelled her to uproot herself from generations of Northern influence and move South.

June 28, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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


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Articles By Author - Ronda Rich


Dixie Divas: Mentor, friend leaves behind legacy of light

Many people have crossed the path of my life but only one crossed it from three different directions.

January 20, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: When a man finds his destiny

Sometimes a man, despite his best efforts, doesn't find his destiny.

January 13, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: How fast rumors fly around town

Carrie called the other day, and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk.

January 06, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Looking back at this year

When the New Year arrives every year, I like most look forward to the next 12 months filled with promise, opportunity and a chance to reform from bad habits.

December 30, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Oh, how I love Christmas trees and the memories

It was late in the summer of my parents' lives that I was born into a family with three children well on their way to being grown and done with home.

December 23, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Receiving blessings at vacation Bible school

Coming home one Sunday from the family dinner after church, I said out of the blue, "I feel like we should volunteer for vacation Bible school."

December 16, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Being born, raised poor can equate to wealth, riches

My people, as I have long said, were raised on hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don't know I had a grandparent who ever saw the sum of $500 at one time or even held a hundred dollar bill in hand.

December 09, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Time can melt away for your childhood friends

It was over Sunday dinner that my sister told me what I did not know.

December 02, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Cooking Thanksgiving food with a friend

It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren't planned. They're born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.

November 25, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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