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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


Dixie Divas: Gary was more than just a pal

It started one Sunday when I slid into the third row pew next to a slender man with rumpled silver hair just as the first notes of the organ announced that service was starting.

July 12, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Decision to go to St. Simons changed my life forever

There is a seaside village on the coast of Georgia that my heart, in fact my entire being, is summoned to at fairly regular intervals. It is as much home to me as the red clay hills of North Georgia.

July 05, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The gift from a writer

You cannot be a writer without being a reader. It's a simple observation, but no wiser words have ever seen ink on paper. For writers are always drawn to and mesmerized by words. We drink up pretty syllables like drunks depend on cheap wine.

June 28, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Remembering my father, a man of fortitude and of faith

Whenever I or anyone else think of Daddy, it is his faith that defined him over and above all else. The man and his faith were inseparable. To know his faith, was to know him. To know him, was to come face-to-face with a bullet-proof faith.

June 14, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A quick, sharp tongue can serve you well

If you haven't already read between the lines, that was her attempt to be subtle and encourage me to watch what I say. Of course, it was a waste of her sweet breath, but I pretended to pay attention and agreed with what she said.

May 31, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Beth's story

Haughtiness and arrogance has always perplexed me, for I've never understood those traits. "Pride goeth before destruction," declares a book known for pulling no punches.

May 24, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Southern women don't chase men

One day, I realized that a guy friend had mentioned a woman several times over a couple of weeks, saying in casual conversation that she had called and invited him to various places.

May 17, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A morbid fascination passed from Mama

Oh, the ironies of life.

May 10, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Even in her grief, she never doubted God

I wondered the other day how a mother could even think that, let alone say it. But then Mama was a woman who defied exact definition. She was strong, smart, courageous, sometimes outrageous and above all, ruled by a faith that was simply unbendable and unquestionable. That part of her was definable and clear: She believed unyieldingly in an Almighty God who never left her side. Even when it could have seemed that He did.

May 08, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The sexiness of gun metal

Just when I thought I knew most of what there was to know, or at least that which was mostly worth knowing, about what is alluring to men about women, I uncovered a stunning new truth.

May 03, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: When love goes wrong

There wasn't very much of me back then. I was a tiny girl, just big enough to reach up and grab hold of the wooden counter top in that old country store and lift my chin enough to allow my eyes to peer up in quiet fascination at the man who rang up the items that Mama had laid down.

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


Dixie Divas: Easter is 1 of 4 seasons

A few weeks ago, I was on the phone with a friend who lives in Las Vegas. Suddenly, out of the blue, he asked, "Is Easter this Sunday?"

April 19, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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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


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: 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


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