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Rich: You can always rely on the ol' freezer

Mandatory to my mama's generation was the ownership of a deep freezer and a sewing machine. These, remember, were people who believed in self-reliance and independence. You grew what you ate, you froze or canned it and you sewed what you wore.

January 05, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Black-eyed peas and greens may be perfect for economy

Now, I've been telling y'all for a few years about the importance of eating your black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's Day and how by doing so, you'll have more money in the coming year.

December 29, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: For some, local roads are still a race track

Should the opportunity ever arise for you to deal with a bona fide race car driver on anything having to with driving a car, you might benefit from lessons I've learned. Let me share them.

December 23, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Good friends and holidays stand test of time

Brandon heaved the massive bottom portion of the now-famous amber-colored Christmas tree over his shoulder and came quickly staggering down the stairs, trying to make it down without dropping it.

December 22, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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


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Articles By Author - Ronda Rich


Dixie Divas: Setting aside enough money for my own burial

My long-suffering and ever faithful people spent their lives toiling while looking forward to heavenly rest when death finally called.

July 07, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Yankee husband learns the importance of a pocket knife

A few months ago, a reader showed up at an event I was doing and handed me a newspaper clipping of a column I wrote eight or nine years ago.

June 30, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Too much information posted on Facebook

Occasionally, sleep will sneak away from me in the middle of the night. I will try to keep my mind from going, because once it takes off, it will wear me out with all its thinking.

June 23, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Remembering the ‘finest man’ some ever knew

It happens all the time.

June 16, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dying before all is read and done

Only one thing scares me about dying. It is so momentous it rocks my heart with grief whenever I think of it. It is a tumultuous rocking that resembles the Mississippi River in New Orleans when the ocean is signaling that a vicious hurricane is headed that way.

June 09, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Outwitting my Yankee husband

Here's what happened, and I swear on Mama's cocoa-splattered chocolate cake recipe this is the gospel.

June 02, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Every story, person is known by a name

In the South, everyone has a story. Every name is followed by a few sentences or paragraphs. No one is known by name alone.

May 26, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Book shopping in person brings me great joy

It was in Oxford, Miss., that it came to me so clearly. I knew it, of course. I had known it since I was a child skirted in gingham innocence and trimmed with inexperience.

May 19, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Being a good Southerner takes time, training

It takes a lot of time to be the proper Southerner, the kind respected for thoughtfulness and kindness.

May 12, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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