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The art of frying biscuits (and everything else)

Mama used to fry biscuits. If you knew Mama, that doesn't surprise you because she fried every food possible. In the course of her life, I knew her to fry green beans, corn, grits and cornmeal mush.

February 11, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Respectful manners of the Southern culture

There are many things I love about the South. We're fiercely patriotic. We're neighborly. We're storytellers without equal. We're unabashedly and unapologetically faithful. We're proudly hospitable.

February 04, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: ‘Precious Memories’ takes me back home

In the tiny country church where I spent most of the first 22 years of my life, where I found the Lord at the age of 11, where without fail I had the leading part in every Christmas pageant and where my daddy laid down the law in more ways than one, we sang hymns from a brown songbook and a green one, both filled with the haunting melodies that have penetrated the Appalachians for many decades.

January 28, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Keep your word and it will pay off

Not long ago, a friend of mine was huffing, puffing and carrying on something awful about an injustice she had recently suffered. She had dealt with someone rather devious and the result was, well, rather devious.

January 21, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Mama knew how to save a dollar all of her life

It was a couple of years before Mama just up and died, without warning and when we least expected it, that I was visiting her one day.

January 14, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Life top stories


Dixie Divas: Is the American dream still alive and well?

Somewhere along the line, it seems, people have stopped talking about the American dream.

January 07, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie divas: Resolutely carrying on for Gen. Lee and Charlie

For those of you who are faithful to this column, you will, no doubt, recall I made brand-new resolutions last year. I tossed out the old ones that I had failed at repeatedly and trudged ahead to new ones, optimistically believing that success was mine for taking.

December 31, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Christmas tree memories light up the season

Christmas is the time that we pack expectations into every package we wrap and for weeks anticipate that one, perfect Currier-and-Ives day.

December 24, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Spurring on a kid’s confidence

Thousands of days filled with clouds, rain, snow or sunshine have passed, yet one lesson sticks stubbornly to my heart.

December 17, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A heroic family of fast-track racers

It happened recently: The 20th anniversary of the death of stock car racer Davey Allison. Maybe you remember him. Maybe you don't.

December 10, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Diva: I really was raised to shop better

Tink had been in Los Angeles for a week so that morning before his plane left LAX, it occurred to me that a good, wifely thing to do would be to welcome him back to the Rondarosa with a home-cooked meal.

December 03, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A Thanksgiving holiday for blessings and troubles

If New Year's is a time to regroup and look toward the upcoming year, then Thanksgiving is a time to gather and reflect on the year that has passed.

November 26, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Men of World War II made us a stronger nation

We had a funeral at church the other day which was not unusual.

November 19, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Beauty radiates from wisdom

She was not a pretty woman in the days of her youth. Her lips were too thin, her forehead too high and her eyes so round they seemed to bulge into the lens of the glasses she wore.

November 12, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Little girl with feet stained by red clay

Most husbands, if they carry a photo of their wives, like for it to be one of glamour and beauty. That would not be my husband.

November 05, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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Dixie Divas: The joy of pinto beans and corn bread for supper

One afternoon, I had a hankering, a primal-like craving, for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.

July 22, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The ones who lift you up lead you to your success

Over the years, I've crossed paths with many people who were extremely successful as well as some who were such miserable failures that, as Mama liked to say, "ain't worth the breath they draw."

July 15, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The parable of planting an apple tree

That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn't turn out well.

July 08, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Fitting the pieces of life's puzzles

This happened years ago. Mama was alive then, so it's been seven or eight years. I hadn't thought about it in almost that many years, but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life's journey can be so fascinating.

July 01, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Southern obituary call tree

Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a longtime friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times I know the person, but sometimes I don't have a clue the person ever existed.

June 24, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Everything works out if you let it

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."

June 17, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Having a love-hate relationship with air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her.

June 10, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A lifetime of making bad decisions

When Miss Ondia Mae died at 75, those of us who knew her marveled that she had managed to make it to the end of her life without winding up in the poorhouse.

June 03, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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