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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


Dixie Divas: Solving the mystery of Peggy Sue’s disappearance

When Peggy Sue went away, just fell off the face of the earth with no warning or even a holler, we all wondered where she had gone.

May 21, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Taste of soap may cure profanity

Recently, I was in a bookstore with a friend. We stopped at a table near the front of the store and it was loaded with different books that had such obscene titles that many of the words were expressed as "@?*#."

May 14, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: When my Mama made up her mind

Mama was stubborn. "Set in her ways," is what country folks call it and boy, was she. When she made up her mind, nothing stopped her. Especially when she set her jaw and punctuated her declaration with a firm nod of her head. If she also threw that crooked forefinger in your direction, you knew it was set in stone. Destined to be.

May 07, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Sweet sound of old-fashioned harmony

One day over lunch, my new-to-the-South-but-thoroughly-loving-it husband commented on the choir singing at our church, which is led by my brother-in-law, Rodney.

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


Pinky’s soul is well, but mine grieves loss

It seems too many loved ones recently have said goodbye to this vale of grief and sorrow and said hello to sweet eternity. Heaven is blessed, but I am distressed.

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


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Dixie Divas: Setting aside enough money for my own burial

My long-suffering and ever faithful people spent their lives toiling while looking forward to heavenly rest when death finally called.

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


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


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