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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


Dixie Divas: Eudora’s house at long last

In the past several years, I have had as much luck visiting the historically preserved home of iconic Southern writer Eudora Welty as I would have had when she was alive. The front door is always shut to me.

April 16, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Missing beloved Mr. Bobo

To be downright honest, I never expected to miss him this much. And, if the deeper truth be told, perhaps it isn't just the loss of a singular man, though great and admirable he was.

April 09, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Truthful bio can’t pass the Mama test

A major New York publisher sent a review copy of a much-touted novel called "If Jack's In Love." Because I write about the South, and because this book had won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, the book's publicist followed up with an email.

April 02, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Marching out front in the Easter parade

If Tink had any hesitation about coming into a traditional Southern family, there was only one: our happy, colorful Easter parade. The one we have every year - rain or shine - when we return to Louise's and Rodney's house after church and before the ridiculously big meal we have.

March 26, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: ‘Rocky’ method of finding your dream

It has long been my belief that the dreams tucked into our hearts are the compass we're given to find our direction in life. Children know at an early age what they're called to do. Sadly, too few grow up to follow that calling because life's demands and sensibilities get in the way.

March 19, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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Dixie Divas: Tough to abandon your roots

Here, I'll announce something I've never admitted publicly. I love going barefooted. It's how I was raised.

January 27, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Mentor, friend leaves behind legacy of light

Many people have crossed the path of my life but only one crossed it from three different directions.

January 20, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: How fast rumors fly around town

Carrie called the other day, and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk.

January 06, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Looking back at this year

When the New Year arrives every year, I like most look forward to the next 12 months filled with promise, opportunity and a chance to reform from bad habits.

December 30, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Oh, how I love Christmas trees and the memories

It was late in the summer of my parents' lives that I was born into a family with three children well on their way to being grown and done with home.

December 23, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: 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


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