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Rich: It's Easter when the Southern men are shopping

Years ago, before fuel conservation became popular and trendy, I was a forerunner to saving gas by combining errands. When I go into town, I spend several hours doing errands that I have been waiting to do. It saves both gas and time.

March 29, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


My reasons for marriage don't include dollar bills

It was one of those crowded events a while back that I didn't want to attend. But courtesy and obligation dictated that I put my wants aside and be a big girl about it all. So, I put on a pretty dress, a gorgeous pair of high heels and plunged in.

March 22, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Hardships of today pale to life in 1937

When she talked about those tribulations back in 1937, her feeble voice crackled with both age and emotion. With more than 70 years separating then from now, the grief still lingered but wisdom had covered it like moss on a riverbank.

March 15, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


If it’s worth keeping, it’s in the family Bible

At a café in Biloxi, Miss., friends and I were chatting over coffee when we were joined by a man who is a business associate of one of my friends sitting at the table.

March 09, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Beware the travails of a rambling wanderer

Poet, my friend who reigns supremely in the Mississippi Delta, has few complaints. So when he voiced one the other day, I was not only surprised, I was astounded. Particularly when I heard what was troubling him.

March 01, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Southern tales will warm up coldest Northern nights

During those gray, cloud-filled days, figuratively and literally, I wasn't exactly imprisoned but two years of consented captivity in the unfamiliar North was one of the greatest burdens my Southern soul has ever carried.

February 22, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Count your blessings by the memories

I visited a woman, old and gray, her journey of life nearing its winter's end. She settled into an armless rocker and moved gently, slowly back and fro, looking from her view on the porch past the towering magnolia trees that spread the full length of her yard.

February 15, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Not all Southern gentlemen can stomach dinner conversation

A few months ago when Poet, the freelance wanderer that he is, found himself passing through my neck of the South, he called up, then turned up at my front door, then plopped down in my guest room for a few days.

February 08, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Southerners have unique love/hate relationship with death

One Sunday morning I came breezing into Sunday School class after having been out of town for a week. My sister grabbed me and hugged me tightly to welcome me home.

February 01, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Where I come from, newspapers still reign

In the home in which I grew up, the daily newspaper was almost as important to our everyday lives as the Bible.

January 25, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: A perfect blend of Southern grits and Vegas glitz

Like any self-respecting Southerner, it's hard for me to pass up reading a well-written obituary. Especially when it runs in the Wall Street Journal and begins by saying she was "a dash of Southern class in a raucous old boys club."

January 19, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Don’t get distracted from the best (free) things in life

It is the absence of simple things that has made life so complicated. Those simple things cost nothing yet can make you feel like a million bucks.

January 12, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: A good writer can make up for some bad food

When our friendship was new and still most interesting, Poet sought to impress me. But when the new wore off, Poet cast me into the ring with his other friends who are familiar and comfortable, so there is no longer a need to impress.

January 05, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


This next year, I promise, it is all about me

Unlike many people, I'm not a maker of New Year's resolutions. Mainly because when I see the need for change or improvement, I resolve to fix it then, even if it's July 23 or Oct. 1. I don't wait until the first of the year.

December 29, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Christmas in the city turns out to be a blessing

Last year's best present was from neither friend nor loved one. It was gifted to me by life. One of those rare lessons that grows more beautiful in memory as time passes.

December 22, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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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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