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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


Dixie Divas: Like my words? They’re not all mine

Before I say this, just know that I am not bragging. I am sure that this is not anything to brag about. But you and I are friends and I always endeavor to be honest with you so you should know the truth.

March 12, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Who’s kin to whom?

It is of paramount importance that I teach my husband how to be a Southerner, at least a half-decent one if not one of regal bearing.

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


Dixie Divas: Rusty old truck tells a story of hard work

Back in the summer, unwillingly, I would rise early and take a run to beat some of the oppressive heat and humidity that smothers the South when the sun inches higher in the sky. Many mornings, I encountered something that would stick with me for the rest of the run.

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


Dixie Divas: Danny proved that we all have our strengths

Little Danny McGuire was the scrawniest kid in class. He was so frail, so downright skinny that his dungarees clung to his bony hips, only thanks to a well-worn brown belt that was pulled tight to the last notch, causing the fabric to gather in folds. What a sight he made with blue jeans cinched to the waist and little ol' legs hidden somewhere in the yards of material.

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


Dixie Divas: Paying it forward is what I missed

Mama's favorite phrase when I was growing up - particularly during the defiant teenage years, especially when I sassed her - was "you're gonna pay for your raising one day, little lady. Let me assure you of that. You just wait until you have children and see how they behave."

February 12, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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


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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


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


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