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Dixie Divas: Merging, purging memories

For years, I blamed it on those richly royal blue, suede high-heel pumps. The ones with the ridiculously tall, spiked heel and absurdly pointed toe. I was 22 when I bought them, and 36 when I donated them to the Salvation Army.

October 29, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Southerners share stories of their lives

The woman looked over the selection of books, picked up four and smiled.

October 22, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Unending help despite the results

They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment, but still Rodney keeps trying.

October 15, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Ugly casserole dishes returned

Any self-respecting Southern woman has a list of casserole recipes a mile long ready to bake at a moment's notice.

October 08, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Be a pig or be a possum

Mama had great stories. My favorite was the only one I asked for her to repeat often. It has become something of an anthem in my life.

October 01, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Always keep your dreams alive

By chance, we happened upon him in a small gift shop. The clerk recognizing me laughed and said, "What a coincidence! She just bought a copy of your book!" She gestured toward a small woman browsing through a group of men's sweaters.

September 24, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Oh dear, bless her heart

She said it, of course, with smirk. Those women who really don't understand the ways of the women of the South seem to always speak about us in words vividly cloaked in disdain.

September 17, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Charlie Tinker witnessed the execution of Lincoln's assassins

(This is the third installment of a three-part series about Charlie Tinker.)

September 10, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Do not wait on some day

"Some day," Daddy used to say often as I was growing up, "I'm going to the Holy Land. I want to walk where Jesus walked."

September 03, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The joy of being on your own, independent

Years ago when Mama was widowed, it became suddenly and shockingly clear she wasn't completely capable of being on her own. This was news to us, because she had always stepped up and did whatever it took to look after our family. She was quite ingenious and hardworking.

August 27, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Fate of Tinker's children

(This is the second of a three-part series on the discoveries made after a visit to Charlie Tinker's grave.)

August 20, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Expert wrapper reveals secret to the perfect bow

The renowned bow maker in my hometown died. Only in the South would this probably be news because we Southern women do admire a well-wrapped package.

August 13, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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


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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


Dixie Divas: Mama B – A most memorable Southern mother to many

It was at lunch after a morning revival service last summer that a few of us sat around, munching on Southern casseroles and talking about one of the most memorable mothers any of us had ever known.

May 05, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Love heals and bonds little boys

When I was 6, the boy with hair the color of cotton and eyes tinted sapphire came to live with us. He was the same age and size as I but more timid and less secure.

April 28, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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


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