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Archive By Author - Ronda Rich


Rich: We’re like you, only smarter

It's sometimes amazing the coincidences that can bring a person into your life. How they can be plopped down into your life, just like they've always belonged there.

August 11, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Share love with a pen and paper

Just this morning, I turned the page of a book and was immediately and delightedly reminded of the power of words on paper.

July 28, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: In the world of Southern cooks, enough isn’t enough

Early on that Saturday morning, the phone had rung as I puzzled over the recently acquired digital camcorder, wondering why on earth I had purchased such a sophisticated one.

July 21, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: South’s old drifters still drift, but with luggage

Not long ago, headed down Interstate 20 somewhere near Augusta, I saw a sight not particularly unusual but thought-provoking, nonetheless. One detail caught my attention.

July 14, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Knowing some means you don’t know it all

Not that I know everything. Not that I even know many things.

July 07, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Henrietta's life adds value to my own

Never have I been interested in estate sales or bothered to attend one. But the two-day sale of Miss Henrietta's life caught my attention when, by chance, I happened to see it in the newspaper classifieds.

June 29, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Extend a hand, and someone might take it

Daddy used to say that when most people ask, "How're you doin'?" they don't really care. It's just something they say to make conversation.

June 23, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: The beauty of a town lies in its queen

Hidden somewhere in the newspaper one day - a tiny news blurb used to fill a hole - was the story of a teenage Louisiana beauty queen whose crown had been repossessed by pageant officials after her brush with the law.

June 16, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: It’s too easy to feed an addiction

When she first brought it up, mentioning it in passing more than anything else, I thought she was joshing so I shrugged it off with a smile. Fortunately, I did not make any wisecrack that I would now regret.

June 09, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Give gifts graciously without expectation of a thank you

A while back, my friend Reita called and began the conversation with a hasty apology.

June 02, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Life


Rich: Fine silver won't replace memories of Mama

Perhaps you've seen the T-shirt emblazoned with, "I Was A Millionaire Until Mom Gave Away My Baseball Card Collection."

May 25, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: This chicken is destined for more than Sunday dinner

To truly appreciate the irony of this story, you must first know that my history with chickens is colorful and much ballyhooed to the point of being family legend. It has never been an easy relationship between me and those feathery foes of mine.

May 19, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Happiness comes from an old dirt road

There is something about dirt roads that whistles to me like a siren's call. A dirt road beckons and I answer. I cannot resist its allure.

May 12, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Sister fills big shoes in role of Mama Two

When Mama, my last surviving parent, died, I was orphaned; so my sister, Louise, stepped up and took charge.

May 05, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Families share many customs in reunions

Down in Milledgeville there is a lovely woman named Sophia who is a fan of this column. In turn, she is a supporter and friend of mine.

April 28, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Articles By Author - Ronda Rich


Dixie Divas: Setting aside enough money for my own burial

My long-suffering and ever faithful people spent their lives toiling while looking forward to heavenly rest when death finally called.

July 07, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Yankee husband learns the importance of a pocket knife

A few months ago, a reader showed up at an event I was doing and handed me a newspaper clipping of a column I wrote eight or nine years ago.

June 30, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Too much information posted on Facebook

Occasionally, sleep will sneak away from me in the middle of the night. I will try to keep my mind from going, because once it takes off, it will wear me out with all its thinking.

June 23, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Remembering the ‘finest man’ some ever knew

It happens all the time.

June 16, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dying before all is read and done

Only one thing scares me about dying. It is so momentous it rocks my heart with grief whenever I think of it. It is a tumultuous rocking that resembles the Mississippi River in New Orleans when the ocean is signaling that a vicious hurricane is headed that way.

June 09, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Outwitting my Yankee husband

Here's what happened, and I swear on Mama's cocoa-splattered chocolate cake recipe this is the gospel.

June 02, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Every story, person is known by a name

In the South, everyone has a story. Every name is followed by a few sentences or paragraphs. No one is known by name alone.

May 26, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Book shopping in person brings me great joy

It was in Oxford, Miss., that it came to me so clearly. I knew it, of course. I had known it since I was a child skirted in gingham innocence and trimmed with inexperience.

May 19, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Being a good Southerner takes time, training

It takes a lot of time to be the proper Southerner, the kind respected for thoughtfulness and kindness.

May 12, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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