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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


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


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Dixie Divas: Living after being orphaned as an adult

No one, regardless of how old we are, likes to be an orphan.

August 25, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Hollywood errs in facts once again

It was a rare, precious afternoon for me.

August 18, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Southern people stick together

After having dinner with friends, David and Kim, we were leaving the restaurant when someone noticed a placard directing a group toward a reserved room.

August 04, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Knitting together the yarns of my life

Something the other day took me back to a time.

July 28, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Pickup truck sets me free finally

On a plane headed out west to Phoenix, I sat beside a very nice man who was flying to a job interview. It was for ...

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


Dixie Divas: Coaches and teachers worthy of flattery

During my youthful days, I was too young to fully grasp the education I was receiving. That's typical of most teenagers I suppose.

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


Dixie Divas: Yankee husband learns the importance of a pocket knife

A few months ago, a reader showed up at an event I was doing and handed me a newspaper clipping of a column I wrote ...

June 30, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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