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Dixie Divas: The great debate ends

It's been almost 30 years since Debbie and I, as school girls, began the great debate. Over the ensuing years, we have each stood firmly on what we believed to be true. There was no compromising, moving on or being reasonable.

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


Dixie Divas: Call me old-fashioned

I have always believed - old fashioned though it may be - that when it comes to courtship, men should be the pursuers. The way that I see it , a woman's place is to wait on a man's attentions, not throw herself in front of him, jump up and down, flail her arms and make sure he notices her.

February 28, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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


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Dixie Divas: Spinning image from negative to positive after death

A few years back, someone I knew ever so slightly died. Though I didn't know him well, I knew him to be mean, egoistical and quite a bully.

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


Dixie Divas: Scattered recipes

My husband was out of town working on location when he called one night and discovered I was still working though the hour had grown late.

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


Dixie Divas: ‘My’ Grant Tinker celebrates 88 glorious years

It happened a few months back. My father-in-law celebrated, to our great joy, his 88th birthday.

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


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


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