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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


Ronda Rich: Take a sip from the community dipper

Many years ago, out of nostalgia mostly, I ordered a dipper from a local hardware store.

October 03, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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 well as the No. 1 talker. At that time, Daddy decided it was time to teach me a skill he determined would be as necessary to me in life as reading and talking.

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 during the winter.

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 whiskey maker Jack Daniel.

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 wasn't known at the time or time covers their boldness in cobwebs and chokes away the memory.

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 of small bookstores across America.

August 08, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Ronda Rich: The end of a great character

One of my favorite characters ever and one readers have unfailingly enjoyed is my friend, Poet, the scion of a cotton family who speaks in ...

March 20, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Uncle Oscar, Aunt Fairy were full of caring

One Saturday morning, I ran by the bank to pick up a checkbook that had arrived and found the place to be unusually busy.

March 13, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Pure joy of walking barefoot and jumping into a good mud hole

It's hard to find a good mud hole these days.

March 06, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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