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Melody Southern words make in a sentence

It has taken a while, but I have come to know writers are shaped dramatically by the places from which we come. Those places - the ones we call home - are the underlining, unsung melody to our words. It enlivens the compositions we create.

September 15, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Dixie Divas: Handy preacher comes to my rescue

A much appreciated kindness was given to me a few months ago. Someone recognized my need for help and made a big effort to give it to me.

September 01, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Living after being orphaned as an adult

No one, regardless of how old we are, likes to be an orphan.

August 25, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Hollywood errs in facts once again

It was a rare, precious afternoon for me.

August 18, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Some old things are new again

In my childhood home, I did not grow up surrounded with literature or commercial novels.

August 11, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Southern people stick together

After having dinner with friends, David and Kim, we were leaving the restaurant when someone noticed a placard directing a group toward a reserved room.

August 04, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Knitting together the yarns of my life

Something the other day took me back to a time.

July 28, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Pickup truck sets me free finally

On a plane headed out west to Phoenix, I sat beside a very nice man who was flying to a job interview. It was for a bank job, I remember.

July 21, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Coaches and teachers worthy of flattery

During my youthful days, I was too young to fully grasp the education I was receiving. That's typical of most teenagers I suppose.

July 14, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Setting aside enough money for my own burial

My long-suffering and ever faithful people spent their lives toiling while looking forward to heavenly rest when death finally called.

July 07, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Yankee husband learns the importance of a pocket knife

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.

June 30, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Too much information posted on Facebook

Occasionally, sleep will sneak away from me in the middle of the night. I will try to keep my mind from going, because once it takes off, it will wear me out with all its thinking.

June 23, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Remembering the ‘finest man’ some ever knew

It happens all the time.

June 16, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dying before all is read and done

Only one thing scares me about dying. It is so momentous it rocks my heart with grief whenever I think of it. It is a tumultuous rocking that resembles the Mississippi River in New Orleans when the ocean is signaling that a vicious hurricane is headed that way.

June 09, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Outwitting my Yankee husband

Here's what happened, and I swear on Mama's cocoa-splattered chocolate cake recipe this is the gospel.

June 02, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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Articles By Author - Ronda Rich


Ronda Rich: Reacting to a beep in the middle of the night

It was about 1 a.m. when our alarm system woke me up with the beeping sound that it makes when one of the exterior ...

February 08, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: The epitaph for my tombstone may read "That's all she wrote"

When he asked, I answered. Then I laughed.

February 01, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: A holler of desperation in Kentucky hills

The despair in their eyes haunts me still. The dullness of emotion and deadness of spirit shall remain forever embedded in my memory.

January 18, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: If life were fair, I’d have vest full of colored beads

It happened, I suppose, when I was in the fourth grade. That is my first strong recollection of the unfairness of life.

January 11, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Investing in people in the hospital waiting room is not snooping

Over the course of many years, I have spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms, hoping for good news and dreading the bad ...

January 04, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: I'll be there if the good Lord's willin'

As the old year spits and sputters to an end and the new one waits in the wings, straining with enthusiasm to burst forth with ...

December 28, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Celebrating Christmas on the Mississippi

So it was several years ago, I was hired to speak on a few occasions for riverboat cruises on the Mississippi.

December 21, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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