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Dixie Divas: The best storytellers

Out of the blue one day, I got an email from an old, beloved friend from my NASCAR days. In the days when first I met him, Jim Freeman was the public relations director at the Talladega track. That was when the publicity at all the tracks was run by men, some college educated, some not, who were amicable, back-slapping and well-liked.

December 06, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Miss Virgie reminds me how the little niceties matter

When Miss Virgie, my beloved mentor on all things Southern proper, came to visit with her husband, Bill, she lovingly lectured me whenever I fell short.

November 29, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Thanksgiving memories with a friend

It's a Thanksgiving tradition, albeit one started accidentally a few years ago. Now, it has become as important as turkey and dressing and cherished as much as the dinner with family and friends.

November 22, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


When it comes to being nosy, leave it to the ladies

A couple of years ago, I was in Fayetteville, Ark., having dinner with a few folks including two of the loveliest people I know, Gen and Frank Broyles.

November 15, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Don't fix me up, please

My brother-in-law, Rodney, called me up one day. He's one of my favorite people, and even when I should get mad at him, I never can. He's so charming and funny.

November 08, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The tale of a restless woman

When word filtered out that she was gone - just packed up and disappeared like a vapor in the broad, bright light of day - I found no surprise in it.

November 01, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Lessons from the Great Depression

Jerry and I were talking the other day. We've known each other since the day I was born, he having entered this earth the day before I did.

October 24, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The smells of home

In accordance to our weekly routine, we gather at my sister's house every Sunday for dinner following church. Normally, she who does most of the work chooses the menu, but the tradition is that each one of us gets to choose lunch for our birthday.

October 18, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: My life is pretty great

A while back, after a speaking engagement, I was signing books when a woman somewhere in her 40s I suppose, came through the line. We exchanged courtesies then I handed her books back to her. But she didn't walk away, despite the long line of folks waiting behind her. She looked at me expectantly then leaned a little closer.

October 11, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Spreading kindness through kindness

Larry, an aspiring writer, wrote me the other day and asked if I would read a synopsis of a book he is working to complete. Like me, he writes of Southern people, especially those who rise up from the crooks and hollows of the mountains.

October 04, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


The humiliation of losing out to an ugly woman

Perhaps it isn't a great mystery of life, but it's certainly one of life's more intriguing questions. At least for us women, that is.

September 27, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Learning to appreciate the simple joys in life

One morning in Sunday School class, members were requesting prayer for those who were facing trials and tribulations. Solemnly, Billy, our teacher, nodded at each then asked if there were more. After a couple of minutes of silence, I raised my hand and smiled.

September 20, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: True love's lament — Can we do it all over?

As bad as it might sound, I have a couple of friends for whom I pray that they will outlive their spouses. The reason is simple: I want to see them have peace and happiness on this earth.

September 13, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


'None of my business?' That will never stop me

This is none of my business," I said aloud to myself in a valiant, noble effort to mind my own business.

September 06, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Dixie Dew, the aspiring columnist

It is true that I have a nice, comfortable office, arranged with all a writer needs for inspiration, including French doors that open onto a balcony overlooking the front pasture.

August 30, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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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


Dixie Divas: In and out of control

One of my friends called the other. One of my best friends. There was urgency and distress in her voice.

September 23, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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


Dixie Divas: 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


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