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Ronda Rich: Cousin's baby goes from TV star to preacher

Mama was always proud for people who pulled themselves up and did well in life.

January 30, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Death scenes are not like they are in the movies

Many times my husband has written of death and created numerous dying scenes in the make-believe world of television. Once he had won an Emmy for it. But death in Hollywood is often different than the way it is truly delivered.

January 23, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Clyde was more than just the school janitor

The elementary school in which I received my first- through sixth-grade learning was a long, straight brick building with cement steps; an auditorium with heavy, red velvet drapes; a tiny library guarded by a grumpy gray-headed spinster; and a cafeteria in the basement down a flight of creaky wooden steps.

January 16, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Natural storyteller Grant Tinker is now gone

Editor's note: This is the first part of a two-part series.

January 09, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Goodbye to Grant Tinker

Editor's note: This is the first part of a two-part series.

January 02, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Losing loved ones and gaining new ones

At year's end, it's always interesting to look back at all that happened and realize so little of it was anticipated, while some of it was neither wanted nor appreciated.

December 27, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Life top stories


Ronda Rich: Power of spending Christmas at home with family

As a child growing up, Christmas was pure joy and delight.

December 19, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Positive aspects of staying in bed all morning

As I see it, because I've studied quite a bit on this, my day goes off the rails pretty much as soon as I get out of bed.

December 12, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Smells of pinto beans, collard greens and cornbread

My sister said once that she doesn't really like pinto beans because when she was growing up, Mama cooked a pot three or four times a week.

December 05, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Holding onto the memories of Nimblewill

As the road twisted and turned while rising up through the elevation of the tree-smothered mountain, I slowed the car and looked at the place so dear to my family.

November 28, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: 1 overheard conversation turns into 2 friendships

It is a solid friendship of two like-minded Southerners that started, of all places, in a high-end restaurant in Beverly Hills.

November 21, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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


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Ronda Rich: Why I never met the late, great Lewis Grizzard

Before our dear friend, Ed Parks, died, he would invite us up to his house in Highlands, N.C., on a Sunday and say, "We ...

June 20, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Thankful for people like Ruby and Louise

On the drive home from a speaking engagement in Savannah, I answered a call from Tink, who sounded fairly frantic.

June 13, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Shouting for joy

When I was child, we traveled to the mountains on occasion to visit what Mama called her "home church," meaning it was the church in ...

May 30, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Songs that tell a story

When I was almost 17 and started my career in media by hosting a weekend radio show on a country music station, I was no ...

May 22, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Getting started in journalism at country radio station

When I was 10 months into my 16th year, I encountered the most fortuitous opportunity.

May 15, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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