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Dixie Divas: Mama writes a book or at least wants to

Dear readers,

May 06, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Faking a Southern fried-food diet

When business called Tink back to Los Angeles, he decided to take the opportunity to have his annual checkup. When it ended, he called home.

April 29, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Reading nature’s own weather forecasts

As an unusually mild, rainy summer was melting away, or rather frosting its way, into autumn, I took to noticing signs that mountain people have always used to judge the forthcoming severity of winter.

April 22, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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


Dixie Divas: Earnhardt's advice — 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: Hot pink luggage carries memories

Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama's house. That's when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.

March 25, 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


The art of frying biscuits (and everything else)

Mama used to fry biscuits. If you knew Mama, that doesn't surprise you because she fried every food possible. In the course of her life, I knew her to fry green beans, corn, grits and cornmeal mush.

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


Dixie Divas: Respectful manners of the Southern culture

There are many things I love about the South. We're fiercely patriotic. We're neighborly. We're storytellers without equal. We're unabashedly and unapologetically faithful. We're proudly hospitable.

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


Dixie Divas: ‘Precious Memories’ takes me back home

In the tiny country church where I spent most of the first 22 years of my life, where I found the Lord at the age of 11, where without fail I had the leading part in every Christmas pageant and where my daddy laid down the law in more ways than one, we sang hymns from a brown songbook and a green one, both filled with the haunting melodies that have penetrated the Appalachians for many decades.

January 28, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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Dixie Divas: Conflict about the American Dream

You may be surprised to learn people sometimes disagree with me.

October 21, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Not pouring money into landscaping

Sometimes, I look across our yard and sigh somewhat woefully, "Too much of that stubborn red Georgia clay shines through." I think, "Oh, one day." I have been thinking this for six or seven years.

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


Dixie Divas: Southerners justified for way of life on TV

Hollywood, more often than not, gets it wrong about the South in movies and television. When they do get it right, we Southerners are amazed and appreciative.

October 07, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Do not throw out good food

A friend, an only child, was talking about cleaning out her parents' house after the death of her father.

September 30, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: In and out of control

One of my friends called the other. One of my best friends. There was urgency and distress in her voice.

September 23, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Spinning image from negative to positive after death

A few years back, someone I knew ever so slightly died. Though I didn't know him well, I knew him to be mean, egoistical and quite a bully.

September 16, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Scattered recipes

My husband was out of town working on location when he called one night and discovered I was still working though the hour had grown late.

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


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


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