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Dixie Divas: Spreading kindness through kindness

Larry, an aspiring writer, wrote me the other day and asked if I would read a synopsis of a book he is working to complete. Like me, he writes of Southern people, especially those who rise up from the crooks and hollows of the mountains.

October 04, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


The humiliation of losing out to an ugly woman

Perhaps it isn't a great mystery of life, but it's certainly one of life's more intriguing questions. At least for us women, that is.

September 27, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Learning to appreciate the simple joys in life

One morning in Sunday School class, members were requesting prayer for those who were facing trials and tribulations. Solemnly, Billy, our teacher, nodded at each then asked if there were more. After a couple of minutes of silence, I raised my hand and smiled.

September 20, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: True love's lament — Can we do it all over?

As bad as it might sound, I have a couple of friends for whom I pray that they will outlive their spouses. The reason is simple: I want to see them have peace and happiness on this earth.

September 13, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


'None of my business?' That will never stop me

This is none of my business," I said aloud to myself in a valiant, noble effort to mind my own business.

September 06, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Dixie Dew, the aspiring columnist

It is true that I have a nice, comfortable office, arranged with all a writer needs for inspiration, including French doors that open onto a balcony overlooking the front pasture.

August 30, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: When dating, assume all are crazy

Not too long ago, a friend of mine discovered rather abruptly and rudely that he had dated a crazy woman. Now, in the South, we're used to such. It's actually a common practice. But west of the Mississippi, it's a bit different.

August 22, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Clip their wings, oh Lord

Until the day he died, Daddy had one prayer about his children that he prayed constantly. Probably every day of his life.

August 16, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Remember to just enjoy the laughter

You know how it happens. You go to the funeral home to pay respects and run into people you haven't seen in ages.

August 09, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Young at heart, young in looks

One morning, I received an email from a reader who began by explaining that her 81-year-old mother was a devoted reader of this column and my books.

August 02, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Mistakes must be made in order to be a risk taker

One night I was doing an appearance in a town where my column runs. A woman waited in line to speak to me and brought a clipping of that week's column for me to sign.

July 26, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Mistakes must be made in order to be a risk taker

One night I was doing an appearance in a town where my column runs. A woman waited in line to speak to me and brought a clipping of that week's column for me to sign.

July 26, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Ruby, don’t take your love to town

It wasn't long ago that a friend of mine - a West-coaster no less - got onto the subject of country music. Some he likes, some he doesn't, he said. Then, he laughed and recalled one that he had recently encountered.

July 19, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Gary was more than just a pal

It started one Sunday when I slid into the third row pew next to a slender man with rumpled silver hair just as the first notes of the organ announced that service was starting.

July 12, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Decision to go to St. Simons changed my life forever

There is a seaside village on the coast of Georgia that my heart, in fact my entire being, is summoned to at fairly regular intervals. It is as much home to me as the red clay hills of North Georgia.

July 05, 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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