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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


Dixie Divas: Unending help despite the results

They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment, but still Rodney keeps trying.

October 15, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Ugly casserole dishes returned

Any self-respecting Southern woman has a list of casserole recipes a mile long ready to bake at a moment's notice.

October 08, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Be a pig or be a possum

Mama had great stories. My favorite was the only one I asked for her to repeat often. It has become something of an anthem in my life.

October 01, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Always keep your dreams alive

By chance, we happened upon him in a small gift shop. The clerk recognizing me laughed and said, "What a coincidence! She just bought a copy of your book!" She gestured toward a small woman browsing through a group of men's sweaters.

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


Dixie Divas: Oh dear, bless her heart

She said it, of course, with smirk. Those women who really don't understand the ways of the women of the South seem to always speak about us in words vividly cloaked in disdain.

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


Dixie Divas: Charlie Tinker witnessed the execution of Lincoln's assassins

(This is the third installment of a three-part series about Charlie Tinker.)

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


Do not wait on some day

"Some day," Daddy used to say often as I was growing up, "I'm going to the Holy Land. I want to walk where Jesus walked."

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


Dixie Divas: The joy of being on your own, independent

Years ago when Mama was widowed, it became suddenly and shockingly clear she wasn't completely capable of being on her own. This was news to us, because she had always stepped up and did whatever it took to look after our family. She was quite ingenious and hardworking.

August 27, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Fate of Tinker's children

(This is the second of a three-part series on the discoveries made after a visit to Charlie Tinker's grave.)

August 20, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Expert wrapper reveals secret to the perfect bow

The renowned bow maker in my hometown died. Only in the South would this probably be news because we Southern women do admire a well-wrapped package.

August 13, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: She started out spoiled, ended up ruined

The way she was, was a long way from what she became. I can't help thinking about how life veers so far away from the beginning of the journey and how the destination can vary drastically from where it all started.

August 06, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A towering tribute to Charlie Tinker

Editor's note: This is the first installment of a three-part series on Charlie.

July 30, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Thank poor dirt farmers

There's nothing glamorous about being a farmer, nothing charming, little endearing and certainly few things easy about it. It is either a calling or a curse, depending on how one looks at it. Some are born into it and some just can't find a way to escape it for it's all they've ever known.

July 23, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Stories of woe that pull at your heartstrings

Oh, the stories people tell. Not always good ones, mind you, but the kind that will make you fall down on your knees and thank the good Lord up above you don't have a story like that.

July 16, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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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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