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Dixie Divas: Simple gifts can mean the most

When Mama was a small girl growing up in the Nimblewill Valley in the Appalachian foothills, it was the midst of the Great Depression. As she often said, "Times were hard but it's all we knew so we didn't know how poor we were."

December 25, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The search for a woman who has vanished

There's a woman I'm looking for. Perhaps you know where she is. If you do, please help me find her again.

December 18, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Diaries shed light on Lincoln

(Editor's note: This is the second installment of a three-part series. It is running over a five week period rather than three consecutive weeks.)

December 11, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Passing on the wisdom of life

In those days - the ones of my cherished youth - my cousin, Ronnie, a year older than I, worked for my daddy. Ronnie had cotton-colored hair and a face that, like mine, was smattered with freckles. He had what the lucky ones on Daddy's side of the family inherit: a quick-thinking sense of humor that is succinct, clever and smart.

December 04, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Charlie tells stories from up North

His name is Charles Almerin Tinker and he was the great-great-grandfather of my beloved.

November 26, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Small acts of kindness can really brighten the holidays

This isn't really a Thanksgiving column. It's more of a Christmas column. Well, actually, it is a Thanksgiving column because it's about being thankful enough for your blessings that you share them at Christmas.

November 20, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Dixie Divas: Easy way becomes the hard way

It seems to me that a lot of young people have it easy. Too many kids in high school and college are shielded from work and not taught the importance of money or of earning it. It seems to me that this is a major default in the education of life.

November 13, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Men to the rescue

Nicole and I were working out together one day and for some reason, she brought up a self-help, faith-related book we had both read. The thesis, basically, is how men are born with wild hearts, which should be admired not restrained by women.

November 06, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Mocking me isn’t Southern

There I was, sitting at my desk, writing away, bothering no one when my phone rang. It was Hollywood calling.

October 30, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The Gate

It all started with a break-in, then continued to a breaking point when a crazy woman showed up at my door, ranting about aliens who had landed at her house. She needed me to write an article to warn their commander not to send them back to her house.

October 23, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A flirt is a storyteller

It's a funny thing about us Southerners. If a Yankee criticizes us, we haughtily disregard it, muttering over their ignorance.

October 16, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A lack of empathy

One night while out to dinner, I noticed an elegant elderly lady at the next table over who was dining alone. I was drawn to her because sorrow clouded her eyes and she smiled sadly, the kind we all force when we do not feel happy.

October 09, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The art of grooming

Not long ago, I was in Los Angeles visiting Tink on the set of a television show he was executive producing. We sat side-by-side in director chairs, watching as the scene was set up and actors took their place. I looked across Tink to see a woman studying me carefully. I smiled.

October 02, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Be sweet

When I was growing up - probably well into my college years - Mama's last words as I walked out the door were always the same.

September 25, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The bet

One evening I was sorting through clothes in the bedroom while Tink, settled in a comfortable chair, was (as usual) fiddling with his phone. A message he read triggered a story.

September 18, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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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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