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Ronda Rich: Speaking without earrings

It happened many years ago. My toddler niece, Nicole, grabbed a gold hoop earring dangling from my ear and gave it a good yank, ripping my pierced ear.

July 05, 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 nightly to pray, where I ate homemade biscuits buttered and sprinkled with sugar, is a little shed.

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 century or two.

May 23, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Jury duty puts me in touch with hometown life

It was, of all things, a call to jury duty that reminded me powerfully of the beauty of a sweet hometown and the joy that comes from staying put where the Lord put you in the first place.

May 16, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Acting like a stereotypical Southern police officer

Last summer, I was telling Tink about an adorable town a few hours away.

May 09, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rond Rich: Recounting lessons from Mama on Mother’s Day

There isn't a day that passes that I don't remember Mama. Many times when she crosses my mind, I am doing something she taught me how to do.

May 02, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Lessons from the Great Depression impact my parents and me

The Great Depression shaped my parents. In the years to come, it shaped my life as well.

April 26, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: People spend their lives reacting to things instead of doing things

It is with earnest intention and optimism that I arise each day and assemble my "to-do" list.

April 18, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Iron bed, handmade quilts are symbols of my mountain people

When I was a child and we visited my grandparents, I knew their standard of living was different from ours.

April 12, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Reeling from rising cost of cream of mushroom soup

It would be, I decided, a nice gesture of Southern thoughtfulness if I made a dish of my famous macaroni and cheese.

April 04, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Living rich and dying poor

It is now that I have reached the age where the wiser generation, those who taught me and mentored me, are starting to take their leave of this world. And now I search both their lives and deaths for lessons.

March 29, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Articles By Author - Ronda Rich


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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