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Dixie Divas: The gift from a writer

You cannot be a writer without being a reader. It's a simple observation, but no wiser words have ever seen ink on paper. For writers are always drawn to and mesmerized by words. We drink up pretty syllables like drunks depend on cheap wine.

June 28, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Remembering my father, a man of fortitude and of faith

Whenever I or anyone else think of Daddy, it is his faith that defined him over and above all else. The man and his faith were inseparable. To know his faith, was to know him. To know him, was to come face-to-face with a bullet-proof faith.

June 14, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A quick, sharp tongue can serve you well

If you haven't already read between the lines, that was her attempt to be subtle and encourage me to watch what I say. Of course, it was a waste of her sweet breath, but I pretended to pay attention and agreed with what she said.

May 31, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Beth's story

Haughtiness and arrogance has always perplexed me, for I've never understood those traits. "Pride goeth before destruction," declares a book known for pulling no punches.

May 24, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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: 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


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Dixie Divas: Loss of parents and wisdom

There are few who cannot say truthfully they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

July 29, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The joy of pinto beans and corn bread for supper

One afternoon, I had a hankering, a primal-like craving, for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.

July 22, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The ones who lift you up lead you to your success

Over the years, I've crossed paths with many people who were extremely successful as well as some who were such miserable failures that, as Mama liked to say, "ain't worth the breath they draw."

July 15, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The parable of planting an apple tree

That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn't turn out well.

July 08, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Fitting the pieces of life's puzzles

This happened years ago. Mama was alive then, so it's been seven or eight years. I hadn't thought about it in almost that many years, but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life's journey can be so fascinating.

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


Dixie Divas: Southern obituary call tree

Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a longtime friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times I know the person, but sometimes I don't have a clue the person ever existed.

June 24, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Everything works out if you let it

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."

June 17, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Having a love-hate relationship with air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her.

June 10, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A lifetime of making bad decisions

When Miss Ondia Mae died at 75, those of us who knew her marveled that she had managed to make it to the end of her life without winding up in the poorhouse.

June 03, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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