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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


Finding the writer inside you

Over lunch the other day with friends - all in the newspaper business - I mentioned I occasionally speak at writers' conferences.

July 09, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Perks of living in a small town

Around the corner, out in the country where we live, is a hardware store owned by a guy I have known since the day I was born. Our bassinets were next to each other in the hospital nursery.

June 25, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A change of fortune in downtown Memphis

It happened in Memphis. A lot of history and interesting stuff occurs in that magical city that sits grandly next to the Mississippi River. Elvis held court there, the blues grew up there and barbecue is queen. Elvis, of course, is still king.

June 18, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Speaking truth isn't easy, but admirable

The waitress set down the cup of coffee and I poured cream into the hot, black liquid while quietly reflecting, pondering something.

June 11, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Sports coaches, athletes tell the best stories

My parents told great stories.

June 04, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: One chipped bowl lovingly holds past for writer

Just as Tink started up the stairs, stepping slowly and carefully as he balanced a bowl and a cup of coffee to keep them from sloshing, I appeared around the corner. I paused, watched and debated silently as to whether to speak.

May 28, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Solving the mystery of Peggy Sue’s disappearance

When Peggy Sue went away, just fell off the face of the earth with no warning or even a holler, we all wondered where she had gone.

May 21, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Taste of soap may cure profanity

Recently, I was in a bookstore with a friend. We stopped at a table near the front of the store and it was loaded with different books that had such obscene titles that many of the words were expressed as "@?*#."

May 14, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: When my Mama made up her mind

Mama was stubborn. "Set in her ways," is what country folks call it and boy, was she. When she made up her mind, nothing stopped her. Especially when she set her jaw and punctuated her declaration with a firm nod of her head. If she also threw that crooked forefinger in your direction, you knew it was set in stone. Destined to be.

May 07, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Sweet sound of old-fashioned harmony

One day over lunch, my new-to-the-South-but-thoroughly-loving-it husband commented on the choir singing at our church, which is led by my brother-in-law, Rodney.

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


Pinky’s soul is well, but mine grieves loss

It seems too many loved ones recently have said goodbye to this vale of grief and sorrow and said hello to sweet eternity. Heaven is blessed, but I am distressed.

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


Dixie Divas: Eudora’s house at long last

In the past several years, I have had as much luck visiting the historically preserved home of iconic Southern writer Eudora Welty as I would have had when she was alive. The front door is always shut to me.

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


Dixie Divas: Missing beloved Mr. Bobo

To be downright honest, I never expected to miss him this much. And, if the deeper truth be told, perhaps it isn't just the loss of a singular man, though great and admirable he was.

April 09, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Truthful bio can’t pass the Mama test

A major New York publisher sent a review copy of a much-touted novel called "If Jack's In Love." Because I write about the South, and because this book had won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, the book's publicist followed up with an email.

April 02, 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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