Ronda Rich


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RONDA RICH: What lies ahead

THE DIXIE DIVA: Hard times make the good times sweeter

The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted to share.

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RONDA RICH: That is one cranky Yankee

THE DIXIE DIVA: Antique Yankee needs better people skills

It was in the lovely Delta town of Greenwood, Mississippi that my adorable Yankee met a cranky Yankee. I would just like to say that observing this provided one of the most delightful evenings of my life.

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RONDA RICH: Ethics of a moonshiner

THE DIXIE DIVA: A moonshiner would break the law, but not break his word

When the Chattanooga Better Business Bureau hired me as the keynote speaker for its annual luncheon, the president and CEO was very specific on what he wanted me to talk. He called twice to stress that I should build my talk around integrity and ethics in business.

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RONDA RICH: The names on the wall

THE DIXIE DIVA: There is something even sadder than being dead and forgotten

The Vietnam Memorial is there to remember those who fell while fighting a war at which America failed. It’s there so those soldiers won’t be forgotten.

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RONDA RICH: Mama would be proud

THE DIXIE DIVA: Seeing the future value in things

All my life, as long as I can recall, Mama saved things. Not because she was sentimental but because she had grown up Scotch-Irish poor so any little bit of something might be valuable down the road.

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RONDA RICH: Life's not always funny

THE DIXIE DIVA: Quiet moments are the best for finding time to create

The one piece of advice I always give to aspiring writers is to find time to reflect, which will, in turn, present a story, a philosophy or an observation that will prove worthy of recording.

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RONDA RICH: Pondering and learning

THE DIXIE DIVA: Most of us are too distracted these days to observe people who cross our path

On those summer nights on the porch, I recall how Mama would sit quietly and string those green beans. She wasn’t moping or worrying, she was simply studying life and developing her opinions and philosophies.

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RONDA RICH: A melody in our words

THE DIXIE DIVA: It is fortunate for me that I was birthed and raised in the South

It has taken a while but I have come to know that writers are shaped dramatically by the places from which we come. Those places — the ones we call home — are the underlining, unsung melody to our words. It enlivens the compositions we create.

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RONDA RICH: Confederates, Yankees and funerals

THE DIXIE DIVA: Civil War battlefield eludes GPS

A speaking engagement in the Chattanooga area landed us within a few minutes of Chickamauga, the site of one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles. So, I insisted that we take a side trip to the historic battlefield.

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RONDA RICH: The preacher and his kindness

THE DIXIE DIVA: We can be blessings in meaningful ways

We all look around for those who are homeless, without food or children in need of Christmas, but often we overlook others who can afford shelter, food and clothing yet have other problems. We tend not to think of them in need so we don’t reach out to help.

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RONDA RICH: Orphaned later in life

THE DIXIE DIVA: No one, regardless of how old we are, likes to be an orphan

I don’t like being an orphan. These days, particularly, I yearn for their counsel and commonsensical insights into a world that is spinning quickly into something that I cannot recognize or understand. I need Daddy, who was my rudder, and Mama who was my anchor.

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RONDA RICH: Hollywood gets it wrong again

THE DIXIE DIVA: Georgia geography eludes Hollywood script writers

The problem here, which I realized as soon as I was able to prove to myself that I was right about the Savannah River, is that we television viewers and movie goers tend to think that Hollywood, with all its money and means, gets its facts straight.

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RONDA RICH: Some things old are new again

THE DIXIE DIVA: Sometimes you dont know what youre missing

By reading only digital editions, I have been missing out on great stories layered deep in the pages.

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RONDA RICH: Sticking together, 150 years later

THE DIXIE DIVA: Winners, I have discovered, do not like to associate with losers

“Gen. Longstreet Chapter,” the sign read with an arrow pointing toward a certain room. I read it aloud then my eyes lighted up. Gen. Longstreet was a famous commander of the Civil War, considered to be, along with Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Stonewall Jackson, one of the most battle successful in a war that would be lost. He is from my hometown of Gainesville.

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RONDA RICH: Learning more than how to crochet

THE DIXIE DIVA: Something the other day took me back to a time, many years ago

My grandmother, born and bred in the backwoods of the mountains, had the average education of that region. Longing to better herself intellectually and mentally, she was a serious devotee of crossword puzzles.