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RONDA RICH: Keeping your word always pays off

THE DIXIE DIVA: The score always gets settled, but often not as fast as you would like

Lessons of honesty taught by our parents pay off big when we practice them in life.

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RONDA RICH: New year resolutions flash and burn

THE DIXIE DIVA: A mission to raise status of Robert E. Lee makes bigger hero out of Charlie Tinker

The diaries of Charlie Tinker, a friend of President Abraham Lincoln, are the first comments on Lincoln by a friend to be unearthed in the last 100 years, one historian notes.

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RONDA RICH: Christmas ornaments each have their own story

THE DIXIE DIVA: One Christmas tree in particular brings joy every year, a scrapbook of days past

Christmas is the time that we pack expectations into every package we wrap and for weeks anticipate that one, perfect Currier-Ives day.

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RONDA RICH: Mama and her money

THE DIXIE DIVA: Keeping a close eye on finances is a habit that never goes away

Taking care of necessities and bills first might cut our luxuries, but you sure do sleep better at night.

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RONDA RICH: Encouragement is the milk of kindness

THE DIXIE DIVA: An encouraging individual can make a difference in another’s life

To give warmth to a person’s body is admirable but to warm his soul with hope is a gift everlasting.

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RONDA RICH: Give thanks, no matter how the year has been

THE DIXIE DIVA: Thank the Lord for heartaches as well as blessings

Whether this has been a year that leaned more toward blessings or tribulations, give thanks for it.

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RONDA RICH: Davey Allison taught lessons for happiness

THE DIXIE DIVA: Facing life with a big smile was natural for Davey Allison

Two decades after his untimely death, memories of Davey Allison focus on the joy that he exuded every day.

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RONDA RICH: I was raised to shop better than that

THE DIXIE DIVA: Inspiration for a home-cooked meal leads to guilt over the cost

A trip to the grocer leads to feelings of sliping away from the values of Mama.

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RONDA RICH: Emotion hits as World War II veterans pass

THE DIXIE DIVA: Flag-draped caskets remind us of what we owe those who fought in World War II

American World War II warriors left the safety of the United States to fight for freedom across the globe.

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RICH: Belongings reminders of journey through life

The Dixie Diva

For years, I blamed it on those richly royal blue suede high heel pumps. The ones with the ridiculously tall, spiked heel and absurdly pointed toe. I was 22 when I bought them, 36 when I donated them to the Salvation Army.

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RICH: The south is like one big family

The Dixie Diva

He nodded, stood up to greet her and took her hand she offered. Then, this woman continued her tale. She did not bat an eye at telling her childhood sorrow in front of this man still somewhat foreign to the ways of her kind of rural raising.

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RICH: Looking for help

The Dixie Diva

They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment, but still Rodney keeps trying.

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RICH: Ugly dish always returns

The Dixie Diva column

Any self-respecting Southern woman has a list of casserole recipes a mile long ready to bake at a moment’s notice. You got a sickness or a death in your family, we’ve got just the casserole for you.

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RICH: Mama’s story a life anthem

Features column

Mama had great stories. My favorite was the only one I asked often for her to repeat. It has become something of an anthem in my life.

RICH: Never give up a dream

The Dixie Diva

By chance, we happened upon him in a small gift shop. The clerk recognizing me laughed and said, “What a coincidence! She just bought a copy of your book!” She gestured toward a small woman browsing through a group of men’s sweaters.