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Dixie Divas: Missing beloved Mr. Bobo

To be downright honest, I never expected to miss him this much. And, if the deeper truth be told, perhaps it isn't just the loss of a singular man, though great and admirable he was.

April 09, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Truthful bio can’t pass the Mama test

A major New York publisher sent a review copy of a much-touted novel called "If Jack's In Love." Because I write about the South, and because this book had won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, the book's publicist followed up with an email.

April 02, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Marching out front in the Easter parade

If Tink had any hesitation about coming into a traditional Southern family, there was only one: our happy, colorful Easter parade. The one we have every year - rain or shine - when we return to Louise's and Rodney's house after church and before the ridiculously big meal we have.

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


Dixie Divas: ‘Rocky’ method of finding your dream

It has long been my belief that the dreams tucked into our hearts are the compass we're given to find our direction in life. Children know at an early age what they're called to do. Sadly, too few grow up to follow that calling because life's demands and sensibilities get in the way.

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


Dixie Divas: Like my words? They’re not all mine

Before I say this, just know that I am not bragging. I am sure that this is not anything to brag about. But you and I are friends and I always endeavor to be honest with you so you should know the truth.

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


Dixie Divas: Who’s kin to whom?

It is of paramount importance that I teach my husband how to be a Southerner, at least a half-decent one if not one of regal bearing.

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


Dixie Divas: Rusty old truck tells a story of hard work

Back in the summer, unwillingly, I would rise early and take a run to beat some of the oppressive heat and humidity that smothers the South when the sun inches higher in the sky. Many mornings, I encountered something that would stick with me for the rest of the run.

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


Dixie Divas: Danny proved that we all have our strengths

Little Danny McGuire was the scrawniest kid in class. He was so frail, so downright skinny that his dungarees clung to his bony hips, only thanks to a well-worn brown belt that was pulled tight to the last notch, causing the fabric to gather in folds. What a sight he made with blue jeans cinched to the waist and little ol' legs hidden somewhere in the yards of material.

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


Dixie Divas: Paying it forward is what I missed

Mama's favorite phrase when I was growing up - particularly during the defiant teenage years, especially when I sassed her - was "you're gonna pay for your raising one day, little lady. Let me assure you of that. You just wait until you have children and see how they behave."

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


Dixie Divas: Scolding is hardly Christian

Boy, can people be mean. I'm thinking particularly of a reader named Samantha, whose scolding of me turned into a scalding.

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


Dixie Divas: Writing is carrying a cat by the tail

Occasionally, someone truly interested in the art of writing will ask me, "What does it take to be a writer?"

January 29, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The longer the story, the better Mama loved it

It was one of those days. The kind when you have a lot of work to do and none of it you want to do so you just piddle.

January 22, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Land owns us, not the other way around

One evening back in late spring, I returned home from two weeks of flitting through major airports and hurrying bare-footed through security sensors. I was bone-weary from cramped planes - the center seat too many times - and delayed flights.

January 15, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: When Lincoln dies; final chapter of Charlie Tinker’s diary

(Editor's note: This is third in a three-part series)

January 08, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A new year of checks, balances

Of course, I'll be having black-eyed peas and collard greens for New Year's Day. It has become more than a tradition. It's almost downright superstition, though I hate to admit that.

January 01, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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Articles By Author - Ronda Rich


Dixie Divas: Easter brings memories and hope

I remember more clearly than any other holiday the many Easters of my life.

April 14, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Earnhardt: Head into car pileup

A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead.

April 09, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Learning to balance pride with humility

It has become somewhat of an art for me, that of studying Southern culture and deciphering what makes us different from others as well as downright peculiar among ourselves.

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


Dixie Divas: Living a life in black and white

One Sunday while sitting around the dinner table, Louise and I began to tell Daddy stories. You know the ones that stretched back to the early days of his preaching life.

March 18, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Youthful choices, mistakes can change lives

To this conclusion I have come: The most deadly years of our lives are the ages 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom - a driver's license - and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

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


Dixie Divas: A life, and death, of pure speed

Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more, for their stories would read like a page-turning novel.

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


A little crazy runs in Southern families

My grandmother, Daddy's mother, was sometimes called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways.

February 25, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Clearing my mind with some hard labor

It was an early summer morning, an enchanting time when flowers are blooming, blackberries are spurting to full growth and the birds are happy to have sunny warmth. I had taken myself out to the back porch where often I settle down to write after I have finished a gentle run.

February 18, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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