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Crying and cussing — what’s the world coming to?

This is how bad times are getting – Claudette has taken to crying and Grace Ann has taken up cussing. It's like living in a science fiction film. It's like visiting a foreign country.

July 03, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The Yankee Muse

When the column appeared where I lamented that my longstanding muse, Claudette, had lost a significant amount of humor due to medication and I needed a new muse who could inspire my writing, several stepped up to volunteer for the newly vacated position.

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


Dixie Divas: Southern pans are supposed to look awful

Whenever I take out my biscuit pan - and every Southern cook worth her salt and grease has one - I can't help but shake my head.

June 19, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The useless opinions of others

One day at lunch, I ran into a beautiful older woman, a friend from years past, whom I hadn't seen in quite a while. She had changed very little since I first met her when I was in college.

June 12, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Scotch-Irish forever set in their ways

A couple of years ago, when I deemed it absolutely necessary to cross the big pond and investigate my heritage that had been seeded in Northern Ireland, I had the good fortune of being introduced to a renowned historian who, through greater good fortune, has become a friend.

June 05, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Knowing better

When Nix, the unpredictable, funniest kid in our family, was 4 years old, he found himself in some bit of trouble, though we've now all forgotten what it was. Only the punch line lingers in our minds.

May 29, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: 'I’m in A Hurry' inspired by The Intimidator

Several years ago, I was in Talladega for the NASCAR race and had stopped by the No. 3 truck to see Richard Childress and Dale Earnhardt. Earnhardt, as usual, was picking and poking at me over one thing or the other.

May 22, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Keep the mail comin'

We all need to be worried about the health of the postal service and, as good neighbors, we all need to pitch in and do what we can to keep the mail comin'.

May 15, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Some big news from Dixie Dew

It's me. Dixie Dew, again. Y'all who read this column regularly know that I am Ronda's adorable and svelte (though she writes differently) dachshund. This is the third time I've guest-written this column, but since it's Mother's Day, I'm giving her the day off. This is my gift to Mama. She's been working on a tight deadline for a new book so she's earned a rest.

May 08, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The glamour of grammar, Southern-style

Someone wrote to complain about my grammar. This isn't new, though it doesn't particularly irritate me. This gentleman was especially kind in his admonishments, noting first and foremost how much he enjoys my writings.

May 01, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: An obituary artist

A friend of mine, who has a penchant for sending along lovely, thoughtful gifts, outdid himself a while back. The contents of the package quickly became one of my favorite gifts ever.

April 24, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Getting through by helping others

It's just funny, I guess, the way I get caught up in the lives of other people, folks I don't even know.

April 17, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: King James and Will

Perhaps you've heard. It's been the source of newspaper, magazine and television stories as they all pay tribute to the anniversary of the King James Bible. It's a sprightly 400 years old.

April 10, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: ‘Smiley Cake’ was an Easter tradition

It started with Mama. All good stories and jokes in our family, including me, started with her.

April 03, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Empty house tells of a family's sadness

For a long time, I've driven past that house and thought how happy it looked. Isn't it funny how you can look at a house and know that laughter rings within its walls?

March 28, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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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


Dixie Divas: Cooking Thanksgiving food with a friend

It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren't planned. They're born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.

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


Dixie Divas: Lightning strikes down memories

My sister and I stood in the charred remains of a life that once was and did not say a word. What was there to say?

November 11, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The great chain saw debate

To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried.

November 04, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Miss Elinor’s thank you

It often amazes me how many words of kindness and encouragement I receive for the stories I tell.

October 28, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Conflict about the American Dream

You may be surprised to learn people sometimes disagree with me.

October 21, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Not pouring money into landscaping

Sometimes, I look across our yard and sigh somewhat woefully, "Too much of that stubborn red Georgia clay shines through." I think, "Oh, one day." I have been thinking this for six or seven years.

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


Dixie Divas: Southerners justified for way of life on TV

Hollywood, more often than not, gets it wrong about the South in movies and television. When they do get it right, we Southerners are amazed and appreciative.

October 07, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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