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Dixie Divas: The glamour of grammar, Southern-style

Someone wrote to complain about my grammar. This isn't new, though it doesn't particularly irritate me. This gentleman was especially kind in his admonishments, noting first and foremost how much he enjoys my writings.

May 01, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: An obituary artist

A friend of mine, who has a penchant for sending along lovely, thoughtful gifts, outdid himself a while back. The contents of the package quickly became one of my favorite gifts ever.

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


Dixie Divas: Getting through by helping others

It's just funny, I guess, the way I get caught up in the lives of other people, folks I don't even know.

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


Dixie Divas: King James and Will

Perhaps you've heard. It's been the source of newspaper, magazine and television stories as they all pay tribute to the anniversary of the King James Bible. It's a sprightly 400 years old.

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


Dixie Divas: ‘Smiley Cake’ was an Easter tradition

It started with Mama. All good stories and jokes in our family, including me, started with her.

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


Dixie Divas: Empty house tells of a family's sadness

For a long time, I've driven past that house and thought how happy it looked. Isn't it funny how you can look at a house and know that laughter rings within its walls?

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


Dixie Divas: Marrying a mean woman

Now, we all knew that wasn't going to work. Not for one cotton-picking minute did we think that those two could say "I do" and keep that vow until one of 'em stopped breathing.

March 20, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Washing up the dishes

A friend, en route from Charlotte to Atlanta, stopped to spend the night with me. I knew she needed more than a comfortable bed. She needed a hot meal. That's Southern hospitality as we've been taught to practice it - the comforts of our home shared with a friend.

March 13, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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


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Receiving blessings at vacation Bible school

Coming home one Sunday from the family dinner after church, I said out of the blue, "I feel like we should volunteer for vacation Bible school."

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


Dixie Divas: Being born, raised poor can equate to wealth, riches

My people, as I have long said, were raised on hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don't know I had a grandparent who ever saw the sum of $500 at one time or even held a hundred dollar bill in hand.

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


Dixie Divas: Time can melt away for your childhood friends

It was over Sunday dinner that my sister told me what I did not know.

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


Dixie Divas: Cooking Thanksgiving food with a friend

It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren't planned. They're born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.

November 25, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Lightning strikes down memories

My sister and I stood in the charred remains of a life that once was and did not say a word. What was there to say?

November 11, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The great chain saw debate

To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried.

November 04, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Miss Elinor’s thank you

It often amazes me how many words of kindness and encouragement I receive for the stories I tell.

October 28, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Conflict about the American Dream

You may be surprised to learn people sometimes disagree with me.

October 21, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Not pouring money into landscaping

Sometimes, I look across our yard and sigh somewhat woefully, "Too much of that stubborn red Georgia clay shines through." I think, "Oh, one day." I have been thinking this for six or seven years.

October 14, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Southerners justified for way of life on TV

Hollywood, more often than not, gets it wrong about the South in movies and television. When they do get it right, we Southerners are amazed and appreciative.

October 07, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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