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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


Dixie Divas: Miss Loretta

Several years ago, I befriended a woman in Cincinnati, Ohio, but then you know that, don't you? I've told you all about Miss Loretta.

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


Dixie Divas: Photo tells of a poor childhood

A picture - even one old that has faded from black and white to soft gray - can a tell a story, long and true. That one certainly did.

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


Dixie Divas: If nothin' don't happen

There is a friend of mine - one of the heroes I have known and loved - who is fascinating in the life lessons he shares and the accumulation of wisdom that seems to come so easily to him.

July 31, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Karen the actor

It was all my idea. As immodest as that might sound, it's true. Now that my friend, Karen, has made it to the big time, she should be reminded that it all started with one of my hare-brained schemes.

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


Dixie Divas: Mama'a ring shines on

It would never have occurred to me that it would mean as much as it has, never cross my mind that I would cherish it as I have. I suppose that's what makes it even more meaningful.

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


Dixie Divas: The legacy of compassion

Daddy and Mama both spent a lot of time seeing after the needs of others. They comforted, called and cooked for those who were, in some way, suffering.

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


Crying and cussing — what’s the world coming to?

This is how bad times are getting – Claudette has taken to crying and Grace Ann has taken up cussing. It's like living in a science fiction film. It's like visiting a foreign country.

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


Dixie Divas: The Yankee Muse

When the column appeared where I lamented that my longstanding muse, Claudette, had lost a significant amount of humor due to medication and I needed a new muse who could inspire my writing, several stepped up to volunteer for the newly vacated position.

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


Dixie Divas: Southern pans are supposed to look awful

Whenever I take out my biscuit pan - and every Southern cook worth her salt and grease has one - I can't help but shake my head.

June 19, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The useless opinions of others

One day at lunch, I ran into a beautiful older woman, a friend from years past, whom I hadn't seen in quite a while. She had changed very little since I first met her when I was in college.

June 12, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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Dixie Divas: What I love about my South

It happened the other day. It's funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.

August 26, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Mama fixes the bank’s financial faux pas

My parents, according to the world's definition of "cool," were not.

August 19, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Lindsay changes Southern Living

A few years ago, the magazine I have long loved - Southern Living - changed.

August 12, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Family history is more exciting than fiction

Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock car champion, Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute about sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey.

August 05, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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: 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


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