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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


Dixie Divas: Collecting stories from people during routine chores

Southerners tend to collect stories. And, we tend to talk to anyone who will talk to us. The latter tends to lead to the first.

April 21, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Lessons from my Mama

Not a day goes by that I don't think of Mama or do something the way she taught me.

April 14, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Finding time to make a living

It was somewhere near the end of summer when it just come to me that perhaps my writing days were over. That it was time to just give up the ghost and move on from making a living as a writer and just settle into handling daily problems.

April 07, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Easter is more than eggs, chocolate bunnies

Before Thanksgiving, as I 'juned' around the kitchen - a mountain word Mama used to mean "fast moving" - preparing for company, it occurred to me that I should invite Jerry.

March 31, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Learning about being out-snuckered on a race track

It is a blessing of a life to know common man philosophers. Those people, though not formally educated, are plenty smart when it comes to sizing up life.

March 24, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Southerners have grocery store conversations

It is, I believe, a distinct and unique trait of the South the way we carry on long conversations with people we are passing in the loaf bread section of the grocery store or in the checkout line.

March 17, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Old sports guys I remember from yesteryear

Not long ago, I watched a couple of documentaries on ESPN about the Southeastern Conference called, "SEC: Storied."

March 10, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A renegade way of life among the righteous

One day during lunch, a friend and I were talking about the murderous felons we know as Tink quietly listened.

March 03, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Nicknames are badges of honor in the South

More than any other region, Southerners love nicknames.

February 24, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Introducing yourself in the Southern manner

Back in the autumn as the leaves began to hint of enchanting oranges, yellows and reds to come, we took a Monday off and headed to the state fair.

February 17, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: When Mama planned on dying

For at least 20 years, maybe 25, Mama planned her home-going to heaven. Not a week - and sometimes not a day - went by when she did not use her impending date with mortality in some way.

February 10, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Time goes by quickly

A friend said something the other day that has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She's soon to turn 70 and this is what she said:

February 03, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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


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Dixie Divas: Setting aside enough money for my own burial

My long-suffering and ever faithful people spent their lives toiling while looking forward to heavenly rest when death finally called.

July 07, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Yankee husband learns the importance of a pocket knife

A few months ago, a reader showed up at an event I was doing and handed me a newspaper clipping of a column I wrote eight or nine years ago.

June 30, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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


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