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Taking my own advice

If you're like me, you probably enjoy handing out advice, both solicited and unsolicited. After all, those of us who have vast life experiences owe it to those with less experience to share our wisdom.

July 27, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Rich: To have loved but never lost? That’s my hero

Out of curiosity, folks will sometimes ask who is an inspiration or hero to me. Since I rarely think in those terms, I have to stop and think about that answer.

July 19, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Hairspray holds more than styles

In looking back at photos, I am left to wonder if I have ever had a truly good hair day. I'm amazed because when I see the snapshots, I think, "Now, I'm sure that when I left home that day, I felt pretty good about my hair. How could it look like that?"

July 12, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

You’re only as good as your word

There is a saying among the people of the rural South used to condemn anyone who has changed the terms of an agreement, especially those done with a word and a hand shake.

July 06, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

It's much nicer to say 'hush' instead of 'shut up'

A while back, a transplanted Yankee sat down beside me at a luncheon and proceeded to explain what had compelled her to uproot herself from generations of Northern influence and move South.

June 28, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Rich: Thank-you notes teach valuable lesson in civility

When Dixie Dew got a box full of doggie treats from one of her fans, she wagged her tail and jumped around the kitchen, eager to dive into them.

June 21, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Rich: Daddy's gift was made more precious over time

Often, I find myself thinking of the wisdom of my daddy. His observations and experiences continue to guide me daily, 11 years after his departure from what he sometimes called, "this ol' vale of tears and sorrow."

June 14, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Rich: Sensitivity training should be my specialty

You know, it's beginning to occur to me that I'm not sensitive enough. This is quite a revelation since I spent a goodly amount of my life being told that I was too sensitive. As a child, Mama said I got my feelings hurt too easily and I needed to snap out of it.

June 07, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Rich: The meaning of words can get all mashed up

Rodney, the reigning patriarch of our family, loves sorghum syrup which, in the mountains, is called "soggum syrup."

May 31, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Rich: Gardeners are separated by more than a manicure

A few years ago, I was in New York City to do a photo session for a book cover and found myself at the behest of a stylist and a hairdresser who also doubled as a make-up artist.

May 24, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Rich: Nothing good can come from talking bad about an ex

In a small town in Arkansas, I was leaving a social gathering of divorced women who had found solidarity in their situations. Many are women who, later in life, have found themselves divorced from influential men. And, as far as I could decipher, none of the divorces were of their choosing.

May 17, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Rich: Laughs can soothe the sting of death

Too often in recent times, death has visited itself upon my family, its intrusion bitterly unwelcome.

May 10, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Rich: It takes strength to shoo your baby bird

Lately, a couple of girlfriends have been lamenting the upcoming going of their children. Both will see their oldest graduate from high school shortly and edge closer to a life independent of Mama.

May 03, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Rich: Cloak of sorrow weighs heavy on her back

There is a woman I know to whom sorrow clings like dew to grass on a Southern summer morning.

April 26, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Rich: The best days in life are free

My friend, Michelle, e-mailed me one day after we had run into each other at a trunk showing of new clothes, where we shared enthusiasm over the fashions and decided what we should buy - or shouldn't.

April 14, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

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Articles By Author - Ronda Rich

Ronda Rich: For the people of Louise, Miss.

It didn't surprise me it was him. Although such had never crossed my mind, it was, of course, just the kind of thing he ...

November 30, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Ronda Rich: Thankful for those we dearly, deeply love

An email arrived in the middle of the night in August. It said my precious friend Randy Parks, one of the dearest friends of my ...

November 23, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Ronda Rich: Stones of life

The honorable Zell Miller of Young Harris, Ga., was raised by a remarkable mountain woman.

November 16, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Ronda Rich: Little boy in overalls overcomes poverty

The other day I had something on my mind, a situation we just encountered with someone we had sought to help.

November 10, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Ronda Rich: What lies ahead for a married couple I know

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 ...

November 03, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Dixie Divas: Ronda Rich meets a cranky Yankee

A few years ago, a gentleman went to a lot of trouble to write me a simple letter he sent to the newspaper where he ...

October 27, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Saying goodbye to my beloved Dixie Dew

The dread of death, I have come to know, is as fierce and unrelenting as a tornado in full destruction mode.

October 25, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Dixie Divas: Moonshiners had high ethical standard

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 ...

October 20, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Dixie Divas: Being alive and forgotten

On a day that I was visiting someone in a nursing home, angels (disguised as caregivers) came in and requested I step out while they ...

October 13, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Dixie Divas: Mama’s saving attitude did not skip a generation

All my life, as long as I can recall, Mama saved things.

October 06, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Dixie Divas: Where the stories begin for writers

A few years back, I was interviewing Celia Rivenbark, a noted Southern humorist and a friend of mine, on public radio.

September 29, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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