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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


Dixie Divas: Southern obituary call tree

Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a longtime friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times I know the person, but sometimes I don't have a clue the person ever existed.

June 24, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Everything works out if you let it

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."

June 17, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Having a love-hate relationship with air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her.

June 10, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A lifetime of making bad decisions

When Miss Ondia Mae died at 75, those of us who knew her marveled that she had managed to make it to the end of her life without winding up in the poorhouse.

June 03, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Still using techniques from homemaker class

You know how attics are. They're filled with junk, Christmas stuff and memories you can't toss away.

May 27, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Lessons in loyalty learned on the racetrack

When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned more important than another.

May 20, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Merle Haggard's treasure trove of memories

Lately, I've been thinking about the treasure trove that can be found in life's challenging times - the wisdom, the victories, the emotional muscle built and, of course, the stories.

May 13, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Mama writes a book or at least wants to

Dear readers,

May 06, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Faking a Southern fried-food diet

When business called Tink back to Los Angeles, he decided to take the opportunity to have his annual checkup. When it ended, he called home.

April 29, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Reading nature’s own weather forecasts

As an unusually mild, rainy summer was melting away, or rather frosting its way, into autumn, I took to noticing signs that mountain people have always used to judge the forthcoming severity of winter.

April 22, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Easter brings memories and hope

I remember more clearly than any other holiday the many Easters of my life.

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


Dixie Divas: Earnhardt's advice — Head into car pileup

A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead.

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


Dixie Divas: Learning to balance pride with humility

It has become somewhat of an art for me, that of studying Southern culture and deciphering what makes us different from others as well as downright peculiar among ourselves.

April 01, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Hot pink luggage carries memories

Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama's house. That's when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.

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


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Dixie Divas: Learning about being out-snuckered on a race track

It is a blessing of a life to know common man philosophers. Those people, though not formally educated, are plenty smart when it comes to sizing up life.

March 24, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Southerners have grocery store conversations

It is, I believe, a distinct and unique trait of the South the way we carry on long conversations with people we are passing in the loaf bread section of the grocery store or in the checkout line.

March 17, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A renegade way of life among the righteous

One day during lunch, a friend and I were talking about the murderous felons we know as Tink quietly listened.

March 03, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Nicknames are badges of honor in the South

More than any other region, Southerners love nicknames.

February 24, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Introducing yourself in the Southern manner

Back in the autumn as the leaves began to hint of enchanting oranges, yellows and reds to come, we took a Monday off and headed to the state fair.

February 17, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: When Mama planned on dying

For at least 20 years, maybe 25, Mama planned her home-going to heaven. Not a week - and sometimes not a day - went by when she did not use her impending date with mortality in some way.

February 10, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Time goes by quickly

A friend said something the other day that has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She's soon to turn 70 and this is what she said:

February 03, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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


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