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Dixie Divas: Keep the mail comin'

We all need to be worried about the health of the postal service and, as good neighbors, we all need to pitch in and do what we can to keep the mail comin'.

May 15, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Some big news from Dixie Dew

It's me. Dixie Dew, again. Y'all who read this column regularly know that I am Ronda's adorable and svelte (though she writes differently) dachshund. This is the third time I've guest-written this column, but since it's Mother's Day, I'm giving her the day off. This is my gift to Mama. She's been working on a tight deadline for a new book so she's earned a rest.

May 08, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The glamour of grammar, Southern-style

Someone wrote to complain about my grammar. This isn't new, though it doesn't particularly irritate me. This gentleman was especially kind in his admonishments, noting first and foremost how much he enjoys my writings.

May 01, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: An obituary artist

A friend of mine, who has a penchant for sending along lovely, thoughtful gifts, outdid himself a while back. The contents of the package quickly became one of my favorite gifts ever.

April 24, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Getting through by helping others

It's just funny, I guess, the way I get caught up in the lives of other people, folks I don't even know.

April 17, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: King James and Will

Perhaps you've heard. It's been the source of newspaper, magazine and television stories as they all pay tribute to the anniversary of the King James Bible. It's a sprightly 400 years old.

April 10, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: ‘Smiley Cake’ was an Easter tradition

It started with Mama. All good stories and jokes in our family, including me, started with her.

April 03, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Empty house tells of a family's sadness

For a long time, I've driven past that house and thought how happy it looked. Isn't it funny how you can look at a house and know that laughter rings within its walls?

March 28, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Marrying a mean woman

Now, we all knew that wasn't going to work. Not for one cotton-picking minute did we think that those two could say "I do" and keep that vow until one of 'em stopped breathing.

March 20, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Washing up the dishes

A friend, en route from Charlotte to Atlanta, stopped to spend the night with me. I knew she needed more than a comfortable bed. She needed a hot meal. That's Southern hospitality as we've been taught to practice it - the comforts of our home shared with a friend.

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


Dixie Divas: The great debate ends

It's been almost 30 years since Debbie and I, as school girls, began the great debate. Over the ensuing years, we have each stood firmly on what we believed to be true. There was no compromising, moving on or being reasonable.

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


Dixie Divas: Call me old-fashioned

I have always believed - old fashioned though it may be - that when it comes to courtship, men should be the pursuers. The way that I see it , a woman's place is to wait on a man's attentions, not throw herself in front of him, jump up and down, flail her arms and make sure he notices her.

February 28, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Whatever you do, don't ever call me 'Granny'

When you've known someone since you were teenagers and have shared deep secrets ranging from boys to money to worries and wishes, you think you know them well and that there is nothing they can do or think that will surprise you. That would not be the case with Karen, one of my two best friends.

February 21, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Daddy was sentimental, sort of

I never took my daddy for the sentimental kind. And in this assessment, I was not alone. He was a man's man with a generous heart and compassionate spirit, but sentiment seemed to have no place in his life.

February 14, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Missed opportunities

Over lunch, Debbie and I were having a conversation about someone we knew in our youth and were wondering what had happened to him.

February 07, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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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


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


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