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Lost keys and found meanings

At Mama's house, which is now my office, I found a teacup filled with keys. Most of them tarnished but all of them a mystery as to what they could unlock.

September 07, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


If we’ll only listen, there are stories to be found

A favorite book in my family, one we often buy for new college graduates, is Dr. Seuss' "Oh, The Places You'll Go."

August 31, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Taking the train proves as romantic as Dolly sings about

When the yearning for a weekend trip to New Orleans appeared, much like the late night craving for a bag of potato chips, it took no persuasion to convince Poet to meet me there.

August 23, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Animals have guardian angels, too

There are those - perhaps many - who would claim that animals do not have a guardian angel. On behalf of my animals, I vehemently disagree. They have one and her name is Jill.

August 16, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


The lessons of youth are paying off now

Among the many things I have learned in this life is how everything evens out, how those who are mighty and rich can become lowly and poor while the lowly and poor can become mighty and rich.

August 09, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Despite my cholesterol, I still miss Mama’s fried foods

A friend of mine returned a call of mine one day while he was sitting in the Dallas airport, waiting for a flight out. He explained that he had just spent two days at the Texas State Fair and it was, he said, quite a sight to behold.

August 02, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Taking my own advice

If you're like me, you probably enjoy handing out advice, both solicited and unsolicited. After all, those of us who have vast life experiences owe it to those with less experience to share our wisdom.

July 27, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: To have loved but never lost? That’s my hero

Out of curiosity, folks will sometimes ask who is an inspiration or hero to me. Since I rarely think in those terms, I have to stop and think about that answer.

July 19, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Hairspray holds more than styles

In looking back at photos, I am left to wonder if I have ever had a truly good hair day. I'm amazed because when I see the snapshots, I think, "Now, I'm sure that when I left home that day, I felt pretty good about my hair. How could it look like that?"

July 12, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


You’re only as good as your word

There is a saying among the people of the rural South used to condemn anyone who has changed the terms of an agreement, especially those done with a word and a hand shake.

July 06, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


It's much nicer to say 'hush' instead of 'shut up'

A while back, a transplanted Yankee sat down beside me at a luncheon and proceeded to explain what had compelled her to uproot herself from generations of Northern influence and move South.

June 28, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Thank-you notes teach valuable lesson in civility

When Dixie Dew got a box full of doggie treats from one of her fans, she wagged her tail and jumped around the kitchen, eager to dive into them.

June 21, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Daddy's gift was made more precious over time

Often, I find myself thinking of the wisdom of my daddy. His observations and experiences continue to guide me daily, 11 years after his departure from what he sometimes called, "this ol' vale of tears and sorrow."

June 14, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Sensitivity training should be my specialty

You know, it's beginning to occur to me that I'm not sensitive enough. This is quite a revelation since I spent a goodly amount of my life being told that I was too sensitive. As a child, Mama said I got my feelings hurt too easily and I needed to snap out of it.

June 07, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: The meaning of words can get all mashed up

Rodney, the reigning patriarch of our family, loves sorghum syrup which, in the mountains, is called "soggum syrup."

May 31, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Articles By Author - Ronda Rich


Ronda Rich: Finally linked to the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies

As a child, I was captivated by emotional stories and how words strung together had the power to make me feel happy, touched, sad or ...

July 25, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: It matters who you are kin to in the South

At the beauty shop one day, I was flipping through a magazine and half-listening to the local happenings.

July 18, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Showing empathy for a new-made mound at a cemetery

We were driving to the Georgia coast through little towns in which few live and even fewer know. It was near Appling County, I believe ...

July 11, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Tink is Duckmaster for a day at the Peabody in Memphis

Since the beginning of our Southerner/Yankee union, I have kept a list of places Tink should visit to fully experience the glorious South.

June 27, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Great-great-grandsons of Civil War opponents meet

We were eating lunch as the American Queen riverboat pulled out of port, having just returned from a morning-long excursion to the Battlefield of Vicksburg.

June 20, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Ugly shed houses altar where my daddy prayed regularly

Behind the little house where I spent a happy childhood, where I toted books from one room to another, where I knelt by my bed ...

June 13, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: My Yankee husband's firsthand encounter at Vicksburg

It did not turn out as I intended.

June 06, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Is there anyone listening?

The exact moment it happened was at a large round table in a ballroom of majestic gilt in a grand hotel.

May 30, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: A country store stocked full of memories

A country store is located in the middle of hundreds of acres of farmland embedded with hardwoods and pines that have grown, untended, for a ...

May 23, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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