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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


Dixie Divas: My life is pretty great

A while back, after a speaking engagement, I was signing books when a woman somewhere in her 40s I suppose, came through the line. We exchanged courtesies then I handed her books back to her. But she didn't walk away, despite the long line of folks waiting behind her. She looked at me expectantly then leaned a little closer.

October 11, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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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: The parable of planting an apple tree

That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn't turn out well.

July 08, 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


Dixie Divas: Southern obituary call tree

Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a longtime friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times I know the person, but sometimes I don't have a clue the person ever existed.

June 24, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Everything works out if you let it

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."

June 17, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Having a love-hate relationship with air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her.

June 10, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A lifetime of making bad decisions

When Miss Ondia Mae died at 75, those of us who knew her marveled that she had managed to make it to the end of her life without winding up in the poorhouse.

June 03, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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