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Rich: Be careful where your beauty shop talk leads

It all started at the beauty shop. Most of women's troubles that don't begin with men begin at the beauty shop. But then, you knew that.

December 16, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: You never know who might hold purse strings

When Dixie Dew's beloved baby sitter up and went to heaven, I found myself in a quandary: What was I going to do about child care when I traveled?

December 09, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: This year’s pie comes bittersweet

For many years now, Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday.

December 02, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Being thrifty or recycling? Either way makes sense

My brother-in-law, Rodney, the wizard of wisecracks in our family, was sitting at the island in my kitchen, watching as I put away food from a Sunday school get-together.

November 25, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: A story told well can be timeless

When I was a child and given to daydreaming as children often are, I dreamed of what I would be when I grew up. I wanted to be strong, courageous, glamorous and well-traveled. And more than anything, I wanted to tell stories.

November 18, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Scales tip evenly between food and diets

Publisher's Weekly, a trade publication for the book publishing industry, is always full of interesting tidbits. Annually, it publishes the number of books sold for each title that sold over 100,000 copies in one year.

I am always interested to see how these numbers shape up.

November 12, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Shopping companions must know the rules

A woman, over the course of her life, will learn who she can shop with and who she can't.

November 04, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Turning into Mama isn’t such a bad deal

Now that Mama's gone, it seems pertinent that someone step up and take her place. Or try to, anyway. Regarding the kind of life that Mama had, I think I'd like to step up and volunteer to turn into Mama.

October 28, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: With men, it’s about substance over style

Karen is always full of advice, even that which I don't desire or necessarily need. Like the other day.

"I have a good piece of advice for you," she began in one of our daily conversations that includes vital information like how many pieces of fried chicken Dixie Dew ate at Mama's or how her kids are not practicing piano. She called me up, I answered the phone and it all began with those words.

October 14, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Lessons in learnin’ a thing or two

As though it was just yesterday, not the too-many-years-to-count that it really was, I can hear my daddy clearly. He'd pull back his shoulders, raise an eyebrow and point his finger at me - always with great meaning - and say, "Little girl, I'm about to learn you a thing or two."

October 14, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Life's simple pleasures can sound so sweet

A while back, Mama, Louise, Rodney and I visited with some good friends of ours up in the mountains.

October 07, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Southern skillets are simply an iron canvas

There is an art to making fried green tomatoes. Unfortunately, too many restaurant cooks are artless. They think they can when they can't.

It's a risk sometimes to order fried green tomatoes from a menu. This I have learned the hard way.

September 30, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: The key to a man’s mind is security

It has taken me all the years - proving that you can always learn important new things - to realize how sensitive men can be.

I get twice as much mail from men who have been offended over something I've written - it always has to do with something that pertains to what they perceive as their manhood - than I get from women over anything.

September 23, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Man’s missing manners force an end to love

Not too long ago, I met a nice guy, a renewing of an old friendship actually, and I tried to fall in love with him. I tried but I couldn't.

September 16, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Scarlett heats up her fans, here and abroad

When I heard there was going to be an auction of "Gone With The Wind" memorabilia, there was no doubt that I was going. Too, I knew just the person to join me in the caper.

September 09, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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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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