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Dixie Divas: Whatever you do, don't ever call me 'Granny'

When you've known someone since you were teenagers and have shared deep secrets ranging from boys to money to worries and wishes, you think you know them well and that there is nothing they can do or think that will surprise you. That would not be the case with Karen, one of my two best friends.

February 21, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Daddy was sentimental, sort of

I never took my daddy for the sentimental kind. And in this assessment, I was not alone. He was a man's man with a generous heart and compassionate spirit, but sentiment seemed to have no place in his life.

February 14, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Missed opportunities

Over lunch, Debbie and I were having a conversation about someone we knew in our youth and were wondering what had happened to him.

February 07, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Pretty or not

In a recent conversation, a guy friend commented on seeing someone, saying, "She was in evening makeup."

January 31, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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


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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


Dixie Divas: Fitting the pieces of life's puzzles

This happened years ago. Mama was alive then, so it's been seven or eight years. I hadn't thought about it in almost that many years, but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life's journey can be so fascinating.

July 01, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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