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Dixie Divas: Charlie Tinker witnessed the execution of Lincoln's assassins

(This is the third installment of a three-part series about Charlie Tinker.)

September 10, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Do not wait on some day

"Some day," Daddy used to say often as I was growing up, "I'm going to the Holy Land. I want to walk where Jesus walked."

September 03, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The joy of being on your own, independent

Years ago when Mama was widowed, it became suddenly and shockingly clear she wasn't completely capable of being on her own. This was news to us, because she had always stepped up and did whatever it took to look after our family. She was quite ingenious and hardworking.

August 27, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Fate of Tinker's children

(This is the second of a three-part series on the discoveries made after a visit to Charlie Tinker's grave.)

August 20, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Expert wrapper reveals secret to the perfect bow

The renowned bow maker in my hometown died. Only in the South would this probably be news because we Southern women do admire a well-wrapped package.

August 13, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: She started out spoiled, ended up ruined

The way she was, was a long way from what she became. I can't help thinking about how life veers so far away from the beginning of the journey and how the destination can vary drastically from where it all started.

August 06, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A towering tribute to Charlie Tinker

Editor's note: This is the first installment of a three-part series on Charlie.

July 30, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Thank poor dirt farmers

There's nothing glamorous about being a farmer, nothing charming, little endearing and certainly few things easy about it. It is either a calling or a curse, depending on how one looks at it. Some are born into it and some just can't find a way to escape it for it's all they've ever known.

July 23, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Stories of woe that pull at your heartstrings

Oh, the stories people tell. Not always good ones, mind you, but the kind that will make you fall down on your knees and thank the good Lord up above you don't have a story like that.

July 16, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Finding the writer inside you

Over lunch the other day with friends - all in the newspaper business - I mentioned I occasionally speak at writers' conferences.

July 09, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Perks of living in a small town

Around the corner, out in the country where we live, is a hardware store owned by a guy I have known since the day I was born. Our bassinets were next to each other in the hospital nursery.

June 25, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A change of fortune in downtown Memphis

It happened in Memphis. A lot of history and interesting stuff occurs in that magical city that sits grandly next to the Mississippi River. Elvis held court there, the blues grew up there and barbecue is queen. Elvis, of course, is still king.

June 18, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Speaking truth isn't easy, but admirable

The waitress set down the cup of coffee and I poured cream into the hot, black liquid while quietly reflecting, pondering something.

June 11, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Sports coaches, athletes tell the best stories

My parents told great stories.

June 04, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: One chipped bowl lovingly holds past for writer

Just as Tink started up the stairs, stepping slowly and carefully as he balanced a bowl and a cup of coffee to keep them from sloshing, I appeared around the corner. I paused, watched and debated silently as to whether to speak.

May 28, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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Dixie Divas: Love heals and bonds little boys

When I was 6, the boy with hair the color of cotton and eyes tinted sapphire came to live with us. He was the same age and size as I but more timid and less secure.

April 28, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Collecting stories from people during routine chores

Southerners tend to collect stories. And, we tend to talk to anyone who will talk to us. The latter tends to lead to the first.

April 21, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Lessons from my Mama

Not a day goes by that I don't think of Mama or do something the way she taught me.

April 14, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Finding time to make a living

It was somewhere near the end of summer when it just come to me that perhaps my writing days were over. That it was time to just give up the ghost and move on from making a living as a writer and just settle into handling daily problems.

April 07, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Learning about being out-snuckered on a race track

It is a blessing of a life to know common man philosophers. Those people, though not formally educated, are plenty smart when it comes to sizing up life.

March 24, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Southerners have grocery store conversations

It is, I believe, a distinct and unique trait of the South the way we carry on long conversations with people we are passing in the loaf bread section of the grocery store or in the checkout line.

March 17, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A renegade way of life among the righteous

One day during lunch, a friend and I were talking about the murderous felons we know as Tink quietly listened.

March 03, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Nicknames are badges of honor in the South

More than any other region, Southerners love nicknames.

February 24, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Introducing yourself in the Southern manner

Back in the autumn as the leaves began to hint of enchanting oranges, yellows and reds to come, we took a Monday off and headed to the state fair.

February 17, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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