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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


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


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Dixie Divas: ‘My’ Grant Tinker celebrates 88 glorious years

It happened a few months back. My father-in-law celebrated, to our great joy, his 88th birthday.

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


Dixie Divas: What I love about my South

It happened the other day. It's funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.

August 26, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Mama fixes the bank’s financial faux pas

My parents, according to the world's definition of "cool," were not.

August 19, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Lindsay changes Southern Living

A few years ago, the magazine I have long loved - Southern Living - changed.

August 12, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Family history is more exciting than fiction

Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock car champion, Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute about sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey.

August 05, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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


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