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Ronda Rich: How NASCAR is losing its fan base

We were cleaning the dishes from Sunday dinner when Rodney called me into the living room where he was watching TV.

October 24, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Frugal is who I am

The other day an email arrived from a Korean War veteran who started off by saying, "I suppose someone else will get this, add me to your fan club and you will never hear a word of it. But here it goes anyway."

October 10, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Watching good Southern movies like 'Gator'

A while back, we were in Canada for a movie filming there.

September 26, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Lessons of the sewing machine and the shotgun

When I was approaching 7 years old and about to wrap up the first grade, I reigned as the No. 1 reader of books as well as the No. 1 talker. At that time, Daddy decided it was time to teach me a skill he determined would be as necessary to me in life as reading and talking.

September 19, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: A preacher with two jobs

In the months before we married, I showed Tink the Southern mountains of my raising.

September 12, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Hefty yard work eases decision to buy tractor

It was time for spring cleaning around the Rondarosa, which seems to always start with a ton of limbs, twigs and branches that have fallen during the winter.

September 06, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Jack Daniel left quite a legacy

A while back, a Los Angeles-based producer approached Tink and me to gage our potential interest in writing a historical mini-series about the life of whiskey maker Jack Daniel.

August 29, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Selecting a treasure trunk to call my own

When I was 4, Mama's uncle, a kind and successful man, died.

August 22, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Learning about unknown heroes

History's full of people who made a difference, took a stand or voiced an opinion against injustice when it cost them plenty. Either it wasn't known at the time or time covers their boldness in cobwebs and chokes away the memory.

August 15, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Visiting the sweetest chocolate place on Earth

A few years ago when I had a new book releasing about Southern women, the publisher asked me to speak at a conference for owners of small bookstores across America.

August 08, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Paying tribute to Southern author Florence King

On a Sunday morning, I was tucked into bed on the island of St. Simons. This place is where I, at the age of 13, accepted the calling that had haunted me since I was 4 - to become a writer.

August 01, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Finally linked to the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies

As a child, I was captivated by emotional stories and how words strung together had the power to make me feel happy, touched, sad or inspired.

July 25, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: It matters who you are kin to in the South

At the beauty shop one day, I was flipping through a magazine and half-listening to the local happenings.

July 18, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Showing empathy for a new-made mound at a cemetery

We were driving to the Georgia coast through little towns in which few live and even fewer know. It was near Appling County, I believe, when Tink remarked on something he saw.

July 11, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Speaking without earrings

It happened many years ago. My toddler niece, Nicole, grabbed a gold hoop earring dangling from my ear and gave it a good yank, ripping my pierced ear.

July 05, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Ronda Rich: Holding onto the memories of Nimblewill

As the road twisted and turned while rising up through the elevation of the tree-smothered mountain, I slowed the car and looked at the place ...

November 28, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: 1 overheard conversation turns into 2 friendships

It is a solid friendship of two like-minded Southerners that started, of all places, in a high-end restaurant in Beverly Hills.

November 21, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Maxine and Kelly are my kind of Southern women

Maxine Trapnell, whom I've known and admired for many years, is my kind of Southern woman.

November 14, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: My love-hate relationship with kudzu and change

In my early travels outside of the South, I was astounded to discover people had never heard of kudzu. After all, Southerners have been battling ...

November 07, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Going off grid to work uninterrupted all afternoon

One summer night a few years before Mama died, I called her but there was no answer. An hour later with still no answer, I ...

October 31, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Huge fan of Lee Smith, her Appalachian upbringing

As best I can recall - and I've been thinking hard about this - I have only written one fan letter in my life.

October 17, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Take a sip from the community dipper

Many years ago, out of nostalgia mostly, I ordered a dipper from a local hardware store.

October 03, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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