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Dixie Divas: Adventure in baby-sitting

If you ever hear that I have been baby-sitting, know this: It was an absolute act of desperation on the part of the mothers. It means there was no other option.

January 24, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Stevie and The Hall of Fame

The text from my friend, Stevie, popped up on my phone. "We made the Hall of Fame! Woo Hoo!!!"

January 17, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Dixie Dew is ready for a ‘bark tour’

Hello Readers, it's me, Dixie Dew again. There was such an overwhelming response to the column I wrote a few months ago, that I was asked to give y'all an update.

January 10, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: River trip delves into the heart of Southern literature

Once I was aboard a riverboat called the American Queen on which I had spent several days cruising along the majestic Mississippi River. I boarded in New Orleans and, along with the other passengers, crawled toward St. Louis.

January 03, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


A new New Year's resolution: Follow your dream

Let's agree: This will be a new year unlike any other in recent time. Let's each make a vow to do something bold, unexpected and something that will make a fresh imprint on the path of our lives.

December 27, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Let go of the perfect Christmas

If the experts are to be believed, then Christmas seldom lives up to our high expectations, and that's why so many are stricken with depression and gloom during the holidays. It's a letdown after a big buildup.

December 20, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Claudette is depressed

I guess it had been more than a year that I had been thinking that I wasn't as funny as I used to be. When you make your living with witty observations and entertaining stories, this isn't an asset you want to lose.

December 12, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The best storytellers

Out of the blue one day, I got an email from an old, beloved friend from my NASCAR days. In the days when first I met him, Jim Freeman was the public relations director at the Talladega track. That was when the publicity at all the tracks was run by men, some college educated, some not, who were amicable, back-slapping and well-liked.

December 06, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Miss Virgie reminds me how the little niceties matter

When Miss Virgie, my beloved mentor on all things Southern proper, came to visit with her husband, Bill, she lovingly lectured me whenever I fell short.

November 29, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Thanksgiving memories with a friend

It's a Thanksgiving tradition, albeit one started accidentally a few years ago. Now, it has become as important as turkey and dressing and cherished as much as the dinner with family and friends.

November 22, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


When it comes to being nosy, leave it to the ladies

A couple of years ago, I was in Fayetteville, Ark., having dinner with a few folks including two of the loveliest people I know, Gen and Frank Broyles.

November 15, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Don't fix me up, please

My brother-in-law, Rodney, called me up one day. He's one of my favorite people, and even when I should get mad at him, I never can. He's so charming and funny.

November 08, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The tale of a restless woman

When word filtered out that she was gone - just packed up and disappeared like a vapor in the broad, bright light of day - I found no surprise in it.

November 01, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Lessons from the Great Depression

Jerry and I were talking the other day. We've known each other since the day I was born, he having entered this earth the day before I did.

October 24, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The smells of home

In accordance to our weekly routine, we gather at my sister's house every Sunday for dinner following church. Normally, she who does most of the work chooses the menu, but the tradition is that each one of us gets to choose lunch for our birthday.

October 18, 2011 | 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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