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Dixie Divas: Respectful manners of the Southern culture

There are many things I love about the South. We're fiercely patriotic. We're neighborly. We're storytellers without equal. We're unabashedly and unapologetically faithful. We're proudly hospitable.

February 04, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: ‘Precious Memories’ takes me back home

In the tiny country church where I spent most of the first 22 years of my life, where I found the Lord at the age of 11, where without fail I had the leading part in every Christmas pageant and where my daddy laid down the law in more ways than one, we sang hymns from a brown songbook and a green one, both filled with the haunting melodies that have penetrated the Appalachians for many decades.

January 28, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Keep your word and it will pay off

Not long ago, a friend of mine was huffing, puffing and carrying on something awful about an injustice she had recently suffered. She had dealt with someone rather devious and the result was, well, rather devious.

January 21, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Is the American dream still alive and well?

Somewhere along the line, it seems, people have stopped talking about the American dream.

January 07, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie divas: Resolutely carrying on for Gen. Lee and Charlie

For those of you who are faithful to this column, you will, no doubt, recall I made brand-new resolutions last year. I tossed out the old ones that I had failed at repeatedly and trudged ahead to new ones, optimistically believing that success was mine for taking.

December 31, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Christmas tree memories light up the season

Christmas is the time that we pack expectations into every package we wrap and for weeks anticipate that one, perfect Currier-and-Ives day.

December 24, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Spurring on a kid’s confidence

Thousands of days filled with clouds, rain, snow or sunshine have passed, yet one lesson sticks stubbornly to my heart.

December 17, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A heroic family of fast-track racers

It happened recently: The 20th anniversary of the death of stock car racer Davey Allison. Maybe you remember him. Maybe you don't.

December 10, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Diva: I really was raised to shop better

Tink had been in Los Angeles for a week so that morning before his plane left LAX, it occurred to me that a good, wifely thing to do would be to welcome him back to the Rondarosa with a home-cooked meal.

December 03, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A Thanksgiving holiday for blessings and troubles

If New Year's is a time to regroup and look toward the upcoming year, then Thanksgiving is a time to gather and reflect on the year that has passed.

November 26, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Men of World War II made us a stronger nation

We had a funeral at church the other day which was not unusual.

November 19, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Beauty radiates from wisdom

She was not a pretty woman in the days of her youth. Her lips were too thin, her forehead too high and her eyes so round they seemed to bulge into the lens of the glasses she wore.

November 12, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Little girl with feet stained by red clay

Most husbands, if they carry a photo of their wives, like for it to be one of glamour and beauty. That would not be my husband.

November 05, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Merging, purging memories

For years, I blamed it on those richly royal blue, suede high-heel pumps. The ones with the ridiculously tall, spiked heel and absurdly pointed toe. I was 22 when I bought them, and 36 when I donated them to the Salvation Army.

October 29, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Southerners share stories of their lives

The woman looked over the selection of books, picked up four and smiled.

October 22, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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Dixie Divas: Tough to abandon your roots

Here, I'll announce something I've never admitted publicly. I love going barefooted. It's how I was raised.

January 27, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Mentor, friend leaves behind legacy of light

Many people have crossed the path of my life but only one crossed it from three different directions.

January 20, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: How fast rumors fly around town

Carrie called the other day, and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk.

January 06, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Looking back at this year

When the New Year arrives every year, I like most look forward to the next 12 months filled with promise, opportunity and a chance to reform from bad habits.

December 30, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Oh, how I love Christmas trees and the memories

It was late in the summer of my parents' lives that I was born into a family with three children well on their way to being grown and done with home.

December 23, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Receiving blessings at vacation Bible school

Coming home one Sunday from the family dinner after church, I said out of the blue, "I feel like we should volunteer for vacation Bible school."

December 16, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Being born, raised poor can equate to wealth, riches

My people, as I have long said, were raised on hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don't know I had a grandparent who ever saw the sum of $500 at one time or even held a hundred dollar bill in hand.

December 09, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Time can melt away for your childhood friends

It was over Sunday dinner that my sister told me what I did not know.

December 02, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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