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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: 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


Dixie Divas: Bookcases hold my home’s treasures

In this house of wood and stones that I call home, there are books scattered and stacked hither and yon.

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


Dixie Divas: A beloved teacher reveals a shocking irony

When I breezed into the beauty shop amidst the chatter of voices and clatter of hair dryers and curling irons, I noticed the thick book dropped casually in a chair and it struck me as a bit strange.

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


Dixie Divas: The calf’s devotion

It was a sweet sight, no doubt. My heart is always drawn to God's animal creatures, especially those who have found themselves abandoned.

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


Dixie Divas: Boy, what rotten parents

One day I asked a friend how her son was doing in college. She smiled then began a discourse on how he was enjoying his field of study and what he could do with his degree when he graduated.

August 21, 2012 | 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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