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Dixie Divas: Southern women don't chase men

One day, I realized that a guy friend had mentioned a woman several times over a couple of weeks, saying in casual conversation that she had called and invited him to various places.

May 17, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A morbid fascination passed from Mama

Oh, the ironies of life.

May 10, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Even in her grief, she never doubted God

I wondered the other day how a mother could even think that, let alone say it. But then Mama was a woman who defied exact definition. She was strong, smart, courageous, sometimes outrageous and above all, ruled by a faith that was simply unbendable and unquestionable. That part of her was definable and clear: She believed unyieldingly in an Almighty God who never left her side. Even when it could have seemed that He did.

May 08, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The sexiness of gun metal

Just when I thought I knew most of what there was to know, or at least that which was mostly worth knowing, about what is alluring to men about women, I uncovered a stunning new truth.

May 03, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: When love goes wrong

There wasn't very much of me back then. I was a tiny girl, just big enough to reach up and grab hold of the wooden counter top in that old country store and lift my chin enough to allow my eyes to peer up in quiet fascination at the man who rang up the items that Mama had laid down.

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


Dixie Divas: Easter is 1 of 4 seasons

A few weeks ago, I was on the phone with a friend who lives in Las Vegas. Suddenly, out of the blue, he asked, "Is Easter this Sunday?"

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


Dixie Divas: Why must things be so hard?

It is one of the great mysteries of life. Why are some things so hard? Why, if some things are meant to be, is it so difficult sometimes to make them happen?

April 12, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Dixie Dew has her say

I'm Dixie Dew. If you read my mama's column weekly then you know that I'm the precious little red-haired dachshund of which she so affectionately writes every week. For the record, and not because I'm a bragger, but I am every bit as cute as she says. If anything, she downplays my cuteness.

April 05, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Pea sausage the South’s veggie patty

Any Southern woman, worth her weight in Martha White flour, has at least one drawer or cookbook in her kitchen stuffed with recipes she has torn out of magazines or newspapers, fully intending to try each and every one of them.

March 29, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Facing off with Facebook

It wasn't my idea. In fact, I was so opposed to it that I had to be forced into doing it. I'm still not a happy participant.

March 22, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Dixie Divas: What happened to NASCAR

Since I once called the garage area of the NASCAR Cup Series "home," working in the sport for several years as one of few women among hundreds of men, folks often ask my opinion on today's NASCAR.

March 15, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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


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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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