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Dixie Divas: When my Mama made up her mind

Mama was stubborn. "Set in her ways," is what country folks call it and boy, was she. When she made up her mind, nothing stopped her. Especially when she set her jaw and punctuated her declaration with a firm nod of her head. If she also threw that crooked forefinger in your direction, you knew it was set in stone. Destined to be.

May 07, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Sweet sound of old-fashioned harmony

One day over lunch, my new-to-the-South-but-thoroughly-loving-it husband commented on the choir singing at our church, which is led by my brother-in-law, Rodney.

April 30, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Pinky’s soul is well, but mine grieves loss

It seems too many loved ones recently have said goodbye to this vale of grief and sorrow and said hello to sweet eternity. Heaven is blessed, but I am distressed.

April 23, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Eudora’s house at long last

In the past several years, I have had as much luck visiting the historically preserved home of iconic Southern writer Eudora Welty as I would have had when she was alive. The front door is always shut to me.

April 16, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Missing beloved Mr. Bobo

To be downright honest, I never expected to miss him this much. And, if the deeper truth be told, perhaps it isn't just the loss of a singular man, though great and admirable he was.

April 09, 2013 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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


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Dixie Divas: Spinning image from negative to positive after death

A few years back, someone I knew ever so slightly died. Though I didn't know him well, I knew him to be mean, egoistical and quite a bully.

September 16, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Scattered recipes

My husband was out of town working on location when he called one night and discovered I was still working though the hour had grown late.

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


Dixie Divas: ‘My’ Grant Tinker celebrates 88 glorious years

It happened a few months back. My father-in-law celebrated, to our great joy, his 88th birthday.

September 02, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: What I love about my South

It happened the other day. It's funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.

August 26, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Mama fixes the bank’s financial faux pas

My parents, according to the world's definition of "cool," were not.

August 19, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Lindsay changes Southern Living

A few years ago, the magazine I have long loved - Southern Living - changed.

August 12, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Family history is more exciting than fiction

Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock car champion, Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute about sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey.

August 05, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Loss of parents and wisdom

There are few who cannot say truthfully they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

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


Dixie Divas: The joy of pinto beans and corn bread for supper

One afternoon, I had a hankering, a primal-like craving, for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.

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


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