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Dixie Divas: A beloved teacher reveals a shocking irony

When I breezed into the beauty shop amidst the chatter of voices and clatter of hair dryers and curling irons, I noticed the thick book dropped casually in a chair and it struck me as a bit strange.

September 04, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The calf’s devotion

It was a sweet sight, no doubt. My heart is always drawn to God's animal creatures, especially those who have found themselves abandoned.

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


Dixie Divas: Boy, what rotten parents

One day I asked a friend how her son was doing in college. She smiled then began a discourse on how he was enjoying his field of study and what he could do with his degree when he graduated.

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


Dixie Divas: Miss Loretta

Several years ago, I befriended a woman in Cincinnati, Ohio, but then you know that, don't you? I've told you all about Miss Loretta.

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


Dixie Divas: Photo tells of a poor childhood

A picture - even one old that has faded from black and white to soft gray - can a tell a story, long and true. That one certainly did.

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


Dixie Divas: If nothin' don't happen

There is a friend of mine - one of the heroes I have known and loved - who is fascinating in the life lessons he shares and the accumulation of wisdom that seems to come so easily to him.

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


Dixie Divas: Karen the actor

It was all my idea. As immodest as that might sound, it's true. Now that my friend, Karen, has made it to the big time, she should be reminded that it all started with one of my hare-brained schemes.

July 24, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Mama'a ring shines on

It would never have occurred to me that it would mean as much as it has, never cross my mind that I would cherish it as I have. I suppose that's what makes it even more meaningful.

July 17, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The legacy of compassion

Daddy and Mama both spent a lot of time seeing after the needs of others. They comforted, called and cooked for those who were, in some way, suffering.

July 10, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Crying and cussing — what’s the world coming to?

This is how bad times are getting – Claudette has taken to crying and Grace Ann has taken up cussing. It's like living in a science fiction film. It's like visiting a foreign country.

July 03, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The Yankee Muse

When the column appeared where I lamented that my longstanding muse, Claudette, had lost a significant amount of humor due to medication and I needed a new muse who could inspire my writing, several stepped up to volunteer for the newly vacated position.

June 26, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Southern pans are supposed to look awful

Whenever I take out my biscuit pan - and every Southern cook worth her salt and grease has one - I can't help but shake my head.

June 19, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The useless opinions of others

One day at lunch, I ran into a beautiful older woman, a friend from years past, whom I hadn't seen in quite a while. She had changed very little since I first met her when I was in college.

June 12, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Scotch-Irish forever set in their ways

A couple of years ago, when I deemed it absolutely necessary to cross the big pond and investigate my heritage that had been seeded in Northern Ireland, I had the good fortune of being introduced to a renowned historian who, through greater good fortune, has become a friend.

June 05, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Knowing better

When Nix, the unpredictable, funniest kid in our family, was 4 years old, he found himself in some bit of trouble, though we've now all forgotten what it was. Only the punch line lingers in our minds.

May 29, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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Dixie Divas: Yankee husband learns the importance of a pocket knife

A few months ago, a reader showed up at an event I was doing and handed me a newspaper clipping of a column I wrote eight or nine years ago.

June 30, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Too much information posted on Facebook

Occasionally, sleep will sneak away from me in the middle of the night. I will try to keep my mind from going, because once it takes off, it will wear me out with all its thinking.

June 23, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Remembering the ‘finest man’ some ever knew

It happens all the time.

June 16, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dying before all is read and done

Only one thing scares me about dying. It is so momentous it rocks my heart with grief whenever I think of it. It is a tumultuous rocking that resembles the Mississippi River in New Orleans when the ocean is signaling that a vicious hurricane is headed that way.

June 09, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Outwitting my Yankee husband

Here's what happened, and I swear on Mama's cocoa-splattered chocolate cake recipe this is the gospel.

June 02, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Every story, person is known by a name

In the South, everyone has a story. Every name is followed by a few sentences or paragraphs. No one is known by name alone.

May 26, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Book shopping in person brings me great joy

It was in Oxford, Miss., that it came to me so clearly. I knew it, of course. I had known it since I was a child skirted in gingham innocence and trimmed with inexperience.

May 19, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Being a good Southerner takes time, training

It takes a lot of time to be the proper Southerner, the kind respected for thoughtfulness and kindness.

May 12, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Mama B – A most memorable Southern mother to many

It was at lunch after a morning revival service last summer that a few of us sat around, munching on Southern casseroles and talking about one of the most memorable mothers any of us had ever known.

May 05, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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