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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 life, was back in the hospital with congestive heart failure.

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 to share.

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 reads this column, which the newspaper then mailed to me.

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 he wanted me to say.

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 worked.

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


Dixie Divas: Front-porch sitting leads to pondering and learning

Someone I do not know but who is a reader of this column wrote to ask a question the other day. She had just finished reading my last book and was curious to know, "When these people or situations cross your life, do you take notes of what you're learning from them?"

September 22, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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


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Rond Rich: Recounting lessons from Mama on Mother’s Day

There isn't a day that passes that I don't remember Mama. Many times when she crosses my mind, I am doing something she ...

May 02, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Lessons from the Great Depression impact my parents and me

The Great Depression shaped my parents. In the years to come, it shaped my life as well.

April 26, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: People spend their lives reacting to things instead of doing things

It is with earnest intention and optimism that I arise each day and assemble my "to-do" list.

April 18, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Iron bed, handmade quilts are symbols of my mountain people

When I was a child and we visited my grandparents, I knew their standard of living was different from ours.

April 12, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Reeling from rising cost of cream of mushroom soup

It would be, I decided, a nice gesture of Southern thoughtfulness if I made a dish of my famous macaroni and cheese.

April 04, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Living rich and dying poor

It is now that I have reached the age where the wiser generation, those who taught me and mentored me, are starting to take their ...

March 29, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Easter connects seersucker suit and book of life

From the moment Tink visited the Mississippi Delta, he began to long for a seersucker suit.

March 21, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich:Understanding how to tell stories with details

While studying for a degree in journalism, I learned the basics of telling a good story and answering questions before they could be asked.

March 14, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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