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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


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


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Dixie Divas: Easter brings memories and hope

I remember more clearly than any other holiday the many Easters of my life.

April 14, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Earnhardt: Head into car pileup

A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead.

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


Dixie Divas: Learning to balance pride with humility

It has become somewhat of an art for me, that of studying Southern culture and deciphering what makes us different from others as well as downright peculiar among ourselves.

April 01, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Living a life in black and white

One Sunday while sitting around the dinner table, Louise and I began to tell Daddy stories. You know the ones that stretched back to the early days of his preaching life.

March 18, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Youthful choices, mistakes can change lives

To this conclusion I have come: The most deadly years of our lives are the ages 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom - a driver's license - and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

March 11, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A life, and death, of pure speed

Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more, for their stories would read like a page-turning novel.

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


A little crazy runs in Southern families

My grandmother, Daddy's mother, was sometimes called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways.

February 25, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Clearing my mind with some hard labor

It was an early summer morning, an enchanting time when flowers are blooming, blackberries are spurting to full growth and the birds are happy to have sunny warmth. I had taken myself out to the back porch where often I settle down to write after I have finished a gentle run.

February 18, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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