Ronda Rich


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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.

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RONDA RICH: Flirting with success

THE DIXIE DIVA: Storytelling is in the blood of Southerners

You can be a good storyteller without being a good flirt. But you cannot be a great flirt without being a terrific storyteller.

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RONDA RICH: A father to remember

THE DIXIE DIVA: My husband has opened my eyes to something I took for granted

It happens all the time. Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.

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RONDA RICH: Liberation wrought with a pickup truck

THE DIXIE DIVA: When it gets down to it, you just need a truck

In the South, a man is known for the truck he drives.

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RONDA RICH: Jim Lofton one of the great ones

THE DIXIE DIVA: Coach Lofton touched many lives during his life

I saw coaches, roaring like lions on the sidelines or in the locker rooms, become gentle lambs at the appropriate time when a player’s personal life called for compassion. I saw them take fatherless boys and rebellious ones and guide them onto the path of respectability. I watched them make a difference when the rest of the world turned a blind eye.

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RONDA RICH: The Yankee and the pocketknife

THE DIXIE DIVA: The sexiest men drive pickup trucks and carry pocket knives.

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 eight or nine years ago. He grinned happily after he asked me to sign it. “That’s me to a tee.” He reached into his pocket and pulled out a Case knife. “Got more at home, too.” He pointed out the window. “That’s my truck, too. Got another one at home.”

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RONDA RICH: Mama B: A most memorable mother

THE DIXIE DIVA: Bedelle Nix, a memorable name for an unforgettable woman

As my sister’s mother-in-law, Mama B, as she was known all over the countryside, became part of our family when I was seven. This introduction into our family meant that Mama B, a strong, mindful woman, would meet the closest thing to a match she would ever encounter: My mama.

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RONDA RICH: Social media can be a little too social

THE DIXIE DIVA: OK, that is too much information

Facebook can be something akin to a soap opera, or a train wreck.

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RONDA RICH: Dying before it's all read and done

THE DIXIE DIVA: I have been best friends with books since before my birth

I have no doubt that I am going to die, leaving stacks of books behind me that are unread.

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RONDA RICH: Pictures not quite hair-raising

THE DIXIE DIVA: Camera shy hubby shudders at sound of a shutter

Never volunteer — or try to get out of it — if you agree to be photographed.

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RONDA RICH: A story in a name

THE DIXIE DIVA: No one in the South is known by name alone

In the South, everyone has a story. Every name is followed by a few sentences or paragraphs. No one is known by name alone.