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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


Dixie Divas: Mama B – A most memorable Southern mother to many

It was at lunch after a morning revival service last summer that a few of us sat around, munching on Southern casseroles and talking about one of the most memorable mothers any of us had ever known.

May 05, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Love heals and bonds little boys

When I was 6, the boy with hair the color of cotton and eyes tinted sapphire came to live with us. He was the same age and size as I but more timid and less secure.

April 28, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Collecting stories from people during routine chores

Southerners tend to collect stories. And, we tend to talk to anyone who will talk to us. The latter tends to lead to the first.

April 21, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Lessons from my Mama

Not a day goes by that I don't think of Mama or do something the way she taught me.

April 14, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Finding time to make a living

It was somewhere near the end of summer when it just come to me that perhaps my writing days were over. That it was time to just give up the ghost and move on from making a living as a writer and just settle into handling daily problems.

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


Dixie Divas: Easter is more than eggs, chocolate bunnies

Before Thanksgiving, as I 'juned' around the kitchen - a mountain word Mama used to mean "fast moving" - preparing for company, it occurred to me that I should invite Jerry.

March 31, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Learning about being out-snuckered on a race track

It is a blessing of a life to know common man philosophers. Those people, though not formally educated, are plenty smart when it comes to sizing up life.

March 24, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Southerners have grocery store conversations

It is, I believe, a distinct and unique trait of the South the way we carry on long conversations with people we are passing in the loaf bread section of the grocery store or in the checkout line.

March 17, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Old sports guys I remember from yesteryear

Not long ago, I watched a couple of documentaries on ESPN about the Southeastern Conference called, "SEC: Storied."

March 10, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A renegade way of life among the righteous

One day during lunch, a friend and I were talking about the murderous felons we know as Tink quietly listened.

March 03, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Nicknames are badges of honor in the South

More than any other region, Southerners love nicknames.

February 24, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Introducing yourself in the Southern manner

Back in the autumn as the leaves began to hint of enchanting oranges, yellows and reds to come, we took a Monday off and headed to the state fair.

February 17, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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Articles By Author - Ronda Rich


Ronda Rich: Reacting to a beep in the middle of the night

It was about 1 a.m. when our alarm system woke me up with the beeping sound that it makes when one of the exterior ...

February 08, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: The epitaph for my tombstone may read "That's all she wrote"

When he asked, I answered. Then I laughed.

February 01, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: A holler of desperation in Kentucky hills

The despair in their eyes haunts me still. The dullness of emotion and deadness of spirit shall remain forever embedded in my memory.

January 18, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: If life were fair, I’d have vest full of colored beads

It happened, I suppose, when I was in the fourth grade. That is my first strong recollection of the unfairness of life.

January 11, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Investing in people in the hospital waiting room is not snooping

Over the course of many years, I have spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms, hoping for good news and dreading the bad ...

January 04, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: I'll be there if the good Lord's willin'

As the old year spits and sputters to an end and the new one waits in the wings, straining with enthusiasm to burst forth with ...

December 28, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Celebrating Christmas on the Mississippi

So it was several years ago, I was hired to speak on a few occasions for riverboat cruises on the Mississippi.

December 21, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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