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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


Dixie Divas: Spreading kindness through kindness

Larry, an aspiring writer, wrote me the other day and asked if I would read a synopsis of a book he is working to complete. Like me, he writes of Southern people, especially those who rise up from the crooks and hollows of the mountains.

October 04, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


The humiliation of losing out to an ugly woman

Perhaps it isn't a great mystery of life, but it's certainly one of life's more intriguing questions. At least for us women, that is.

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


Learning to appreciate the simple joys in life

One morning in Sunday School class, members were requesting prayer for those who were facing trials and tribulations. Solemnly, Billy, our teacher, nodded at each then asked if there were more. After a couple of minutes of silence, I raised my hand and smiled.

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


Dixie Divas: True love's lament — Can we do it all over?

As bad as it might sound, I have a couple of friends for whom I pray that they will outlive their spouses. The reason is simple: I want to see them have peace and happiness on this earth.

September 13, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


'None of my business?' That will never stop me

This is none of my business," I said aloud to myself in a valiant, noble effort to mind my own business.

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


Dixie Divas: Dixie Dew, the aspiring columnist

It is true that I have a nice, comfortable office, arranged with all a writer needs for inspiration, including French doors that open onto a balcony overlooking the front pasture.

August 30, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: When dating, assume all are crazy

Not too long ago, a friend of mine discovered rather abruptly and rudely that he had dated a crazy woman. Now, in the South, we're used to such. It's actually a common practice. But west of the Mississippi, it's a bit different.

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


Dixie Divas: Clip their wings, oh Lord

Until the day he died, Daddy had one prayer about his children that he prayed constantly. Probably every day of his life.

August 16, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Remember to just enjoy the laughter

You know how it happens. You go to the funeral home to pay respects and run into people you haven't seen in ages.

August 09, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Young at heart, young in looks

One morning, I received an email from a reader who began by explaining that her 81-year-old mother was a devoted reader of this column and my books.

August 02, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Mistakes must be made in order to be a risk taker

One night I was doing an appearance in a town where my column runs. A woman waited in line to speak to me and brought a clipping of that week's column for me to sign.

July 26, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Mistakes must be made in order to be a risk taker

One night I was doing an appearance in a town where my column runs. A woman waited in line to speak to me and brought a clipping of that week's column for me to sign.

July 26, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Ruby, don’t take your love to town

It wasn't long ago that a friend of mine - a West-coaster no less - got onto the subject of country music. Some he likes, some he doesn't, he said. Then, he laughed and recalled one that he had recently encountered.

July 19, 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


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