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Dixie Divas: Danny proved that we all have our strengths

Little Danny McGuire was the scrawniest kid in class. He was so frail, so downright skinny that his dungarees clung to his bony hips, only thanks to a well-worn brown belt that was pulled tight to the last notch, causing the fabric to gather in folds. What a sight he made with blue jeans cinched to the waist and little ol' legs hidden somewhere in the yards of material.

February 19, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Paying it forward is what I missed

Mama's favorite phrase when I was growing up - particularly during the defiant teenage years, especially when I sassed her - was "you're gonna pay for your raising one day, little lady. Let me assure you of that. You just wait until you have children and see how they behave."

February 12, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Scolding is hardly Christian

Boy, can people be mean. I'm thinking particularly of a reader named Samantha, whose scolding of me turned into a scalding.

February 05, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Writing is carrying a cat by the tail

Occasionally, someone truly interested in the art of writing will ask me, "What does it take to be a writer?"

January 29, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The longer the story, the better Mama loved it

It was one of those days. The kind when you have a lot of work to do and none of it you want to do so you just piddle.

January 22, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Land owns us, not the other way around

One evening back in late spring, I returned home from two weeks of flitting through major airports and hurrying bare-footed through security sensors. I was bone-weary from cramped planes - the center seat too many times - and delayed flights.

January 15, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: When Lincoln dies; final chapter of Charlie Tinker’s diary

(Editor's note: This is third in a three-part series)

January 08, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A new year of checks, balances

Of course, I'll be having black-eyed peas and collard greens for New Year's Day. It has become more than a tradition. It's almost downright superstition, though I hate to admit that.

January 01, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Simple gifts can mean the most

When Mama was a small girl growing up in the Nimblewill Valley in the Appalachian foothills, it was the midst of the Great Depression. As she often said, "Times were hard but it's all we knew so we didn't know how poor we were."

December 25, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The search for a woman who has vanished

There's a woman I'm looking for. Perhaps you know where she is. If you do, please help me find her again.

December 18, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Diaries shed light on Lincoln

(Editor's note: This is the second installment of a three-part series. It is running over a five week period rather than three consecutive weeks.)

December 11, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Passing on the wisdom of life

In those days - the ones of my cherished youth - my cousin, Ronnie, a year older than I, worked for my daddy. Ronnie had cotton-colored hair and a face that, like mine, was smattered with freckles. He had what the lucky ones on Daddy's side of the family inherit: a quick-thinking sense of humor that is succinct, clever and smart.

December 04, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Charlie tells stories from up North

His name is Charles Almerin Tinker and he was the great-great-grandfather of my beloved.

November 26, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Easy way becomes the hard way

It seems to me that a lot of young people have it easy. Too many kids in high school and college are shielded from work and not taught the importance of money or of earning it. It seems to me that this is a major default in the education of life.

November 13, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Men to the rescue

Nicole and I were working out together one day and for some reason, she brought up a self-help, faith-related book we had both read. The thesis, basically, is how men are born with wild hearts, which should be admired not restrained by women.

November 06, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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Receiving blessings at vacation Bible school

Coming home one Sunday from the family dinner after church, I said out of the blue, "I feel like we should volunteer for vacation Bible school."

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


Dixie Divas: Being born, raised poor can equate to wealth, riches

My people, as I have long said, were raised on hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don't know I had a grandparent who ever saw the sum of $500 at one time or even held a hundred dollar bill in hand.

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


Dixie Divas: Time can melt away for your childhood friends

It was over Sunday dinner that my sister told me what I did not know.

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


Dixie Divas: Cooking Thanksgiving food with a friend

It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren't planned. They're born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.

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


Dixie Divas: Lightning strikes down memories

My sister and I stood in the charred remains of a life that once was and did not say a word. What was there to say?

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


Dixie Divas: The great chain saw debate

To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried.

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


Dixie Divas: Miss Elinor’s thank you

It often amazes me how many words of kindness and encouragement I receive for the stories I tell.

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


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


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