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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 leave of this world. And now I search both their lives and deaths for lessons.

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


Ronda Rich: Daddy sees the angels guarding the little house

The little house in which I was privileged to be raised - the same one I wrote of recently - needed its annual deep cleaning.

March 07, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Blessings of the little house I grew up in

It was with remarkable bravery that Daddy plunked down $1,000 of hard earned, long saved money in 1956 to buy a few acres of pasture with a large, tree-shaded creek that twisted through it.

February 29, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: 2 Bibles on mantle hold more than Scripture to me

Two Bibles sit, always untouched, on the fireplace mantle in our living room.

February 22, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: In search of good bed during South-North road trip

When we decided to visit the few remaining members of Tink's family who live in Connecticut and New York, we chose to drive.

February 15, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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 doors is opened. The beep was coming from the front door.

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: Looking forward to liberations of advanced age

As the years of Mama's life grew long into the shadows of age, she managed to squeeze every bit of good out of growing old.

January 25, 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 at the same time.

January 04, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Articles By Author - Ronda Rich


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

August 01, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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