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Ronda Rich: With a little help from my Rodney, and a bush hog

After Sunday dinner, while the others cleaned, talked or dealt with children, I sat down in a recliner matching the one that Rodney was in. I inhaled deeply and leaned forward, my elbows resting on my knees.

February 07, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Cousin's baby goes from TV star to preacher

Mama was always proud for people who pulled themselves up and did well in life.

January 30, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Clyde was more than just the school janitor

The elementary school in which I received my first- through sixth-grade learning was a long, straight brick building with cement steps; an auditorium with heavy, red velvet drapes; a tiny library guarded by a grumpy gray-headed spinster; and a cafeteria in the basement down a flight of creaky wooden steps.

January 16, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Losing loved ones and gaining new ones

At year's end, it's always interesting to look back at all that happened and realize so little of it was anticipated, while some of it was neither wanted nor appreciated.

December 27, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Life top stories


Ronda Rich: Power of spending Christmas at home with family

As a child growing up, Christmas was pure joy and delight.

December 19, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Positive aspects of staying in bed all morning

As I see it, because I've studied quite a bit on this, my day goes off the rails pretty much as soon as I get out of bed.

December 12, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Smells of pinto beans, collard greens and cornbread

My sister said once that she doesn't really like pinto beans because when she was growing up, Mama cooked a pot three or four times a week.

December 05, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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 so dear to my family.

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 to gain the upper hand of the rapidly growing plant since the 1800s.

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 paced the floor and debated whether or not to jump in the car and take the 22-minute drive to her house.

October 31, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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: 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: 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


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Articles By Author - Ronda Rich


Ronda Rich: Tink and the lesson to always dress your best

It is a sure bet, I am certain, that I am not the only wife with a husband who cares little about clothes.

February 20, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Writing an irrelevant obit for a friend

One of the dearest and oldest friends I have, had a close brush with death recently.

February 13, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Death scenes are not like they are in the movies

Many times my husband has written of death and created numerous dying scenes in the make-believe world of television. Once he had won an Emmy ...

January 23, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Natural storyteller Grant Tinker is now gone

Editor's note: This is the first part of a two-part series.

January 09, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Goodbye to Grant Tinker

Editor's note: This is the first part of a two-part series.

January 02, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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