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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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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: Part 2 of the great chain saw debate

My husband is like a relentless teenager. When he wants something, he persists until it's easier for me to say "yes" just to get him out of my hair.

November 18, 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


Dixie Divas: Do not throw out good food

A friend, an only child, was talking about cleaning out her parents' house after the death of her father.

September 30, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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