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Dixie Divas: Scolding is hardly Christian

Boy, can people be mean. I'm thinking particularly of a reader named Samantha, whose scolding of me turned into a scalding.

February 05, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Writing is carrying a cat by the tail

Occasionally, someone truly interested in the art of writing will ask me, "What does it take to be a writer?"

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


Dixie Divas: The longer the story, the better Mama loved it

It was one of those days. The kind when you have a lot of work to do and none of it you want to do so you just piddle.

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


Dixie Divas: Land owns us, not the other way around

One evening back in late spring, I returned home from two weeks of flitting through major airports and hurrying bare-footed through security sensors. I was bone-weary from cramped planes - the center seat too many times - and delayed flights.

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


Dixie Divas: When Lincoln dies; final chapter of Charlie Tinker’s diary

(Editor's note: This is third in a three-part series)

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


Dixie Divas: A new year of checks, balances

Of course, I'll be having black-eyed peas and collard greens for New Year's Day. It has become more than a tradition. It's almost downright superstition, though I hate to admit that.

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


Dixie Divas: Simple gifts can mean the most

When Mama was a small girl growing up in the Nimblewill Valley in the Appalachian foothills, it was the midst of the Great Depression. As she often said, "Times were hard but it's all we knew so we didn't know how poor we were."

December 25, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The search for a woman who has vanished

There's a woman I'm looking for. Perhaps you know where she is. If you do, please help me find her again.

December 18, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Diaries shed light on Lincoln

(Editor's note: This is the second installment of a three-part series. It is running over a five week period rather than three consecutive weeks.)

December 11, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Passing on the wisdom of life

In those days - the ones of my cherished youth - my cousin, Ronnie, a year older than I, worked for my daddy. Ronnie had cotton-colored hair and a face that, like mine, was smattered with freckles. He had what the lucky ones on Daddy's side of the family inherit: a quick-thinking sense of humor that is succinct, clever and smart.

December 04, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Charlie tells stories from up North

His name is Charles Almerin Tinker and he was the great-great-grandfather of my beloved.

November 26, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Easy way becomes the hard way

It seems to me that a lot of young people have it easy. Too many kids in high school and college are shielded from work and not taught the importance of money or of earning it. It seems to me that this is a major default in the education of life.

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


Dixie Divas: Men to the rescue

Nicole and I were working out together one day and for some reason, she brought up a self-help, faith-related book we had both read. The thesis, basically, is how men are born with wild hearts, which should be admired not restrained by women.

November 06, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Mocking me isn’t Southern

There I was, sitting at my desk, writing away, bothering no one when my phone rang. It was Hollywood calling.

October 30, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The Gate

It all started with a break-in, then continued to a breaking point when a crazy woman showed up at my door, ranting about aliens who had landed at her house. She needed me to write an article to warn their commander not to send them back to her house.

October 23, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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Dixie Divas: Collecting stories from people during routine chores

Southerners tend to collect stories. And, we tend to talk to anyone who will talk to us. The latter tends to lead to the first.

April 21, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Lessons from my Mama

Not a day goes by that I don't think of Mama or do something the way she taught me.

April 14, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Finding time to make a living

It was somewhere near the end of summer when it just come to me that perhaps my writing days were over. That it was time to just give up the ghost and move on from making a living as a writer and just settle into handling daily problems.

April 07, 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


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


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