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Mark my words -- Mama, Part 1

From time to time, as my writing career grew, Mama would say, "I built you, little girl. Don't ever forget that."

February 21, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


The graveled road

Several years before Tink and I married, I built a house that, eventually, would become our home together. This French Country cottage suits us very well other than closet space for Tink has been modest and challenging.

February 14, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


What was Lewis Grizzard's favorite hymn?

When I wrote about the night that a woman arose at a little church we were visiting in Highlands, NC, and proclaimed that her favorite hymn was also the favorite hymn of Southern humorist Lewis Grizzard, the mail poured in.

February 06, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


When two worlds blend

It is no secret that when John Tinker arrived in the rural heartland of the Deep South, he was thrust into a cultural environment as different as custom-made wrought iron gates are from barbed wire.

January 31, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Cursive writing returns

A few years ago, I was saddened to hear from my niece, Nicole, that her children were not learning to write cursive because it had been abandoned in school curriculum.

January 24, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


A real character

Tink was away from home, working on a new drama series for Sony. He was leading the writers' room where a group of television scribes gather to brainstorm and 'break" stories which is jargon that means they were laying out story lines for a season before the show starts shooting.

January 17, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


On the road with Mama

It was November, 1999, one month after my first book had been released and had made best-seller lists across the nation, aided greatly by Barbara Walters.

January 10, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Snowman memories won't melt

It was sad to see life drip from their formerly vibrant bodies. Slowly shriveling in the sun, they left piles of carrots, buttons, trucker caps, beer cans, Georgia Bulldog T-shirts, hunting vests and even a bikini or two behind.

January 08, 2018 | Mark Lastinger | Lifestyle


For the record

When I was a child, from the time I was old enough to sit on the floor and play with my toes until far past the time I put on my first coat of mascara, I have loved records.

January 04, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


The little red-headed girl

It was many years ago - over two decades now - that I attended a writer's conference in hopes of learning how to write a book and get it published.

December 27, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


A long line of know-it-alls

I come from a long line of know-it-alls. Honestly, on both sides of my family, we can pretty much tell you anything you need to know for we know it all. Or so we believe.

December 14, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


The treasure of a friendship

Perhaps to some, it is an unlikely friendship but to me it is one I treasure. Nothing pleases me more than the moments of conversation I spent with One Arm, who lives up the road a bit.

December 06, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Appreciation to the farmer

Several years ago when my agent and I were pitching my second book, we made the round of New York publishers, hoping to find enough interest to propel the book into an auction similar to my first one.

November 30, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Thanksgiving still great after dust settles

th anniversary that I have hosted Thanksgiving for family and friends. And, it's a really big deal for me.

November 22, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Do-er or dow-er?

r time together, Tink and I have discovered that we pronounce words differently.

November 17, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


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Cooter speaks

This is the third installment of a three-part series.

April 25, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Covering Cooter: Like the ‘Battle of the Lost Shoes’

The faithful came. There were no church houses, no steeples, no pulpits, and no altars. But those who practice a secular gospel, a devotion to ...

April 18, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Covering Cooter: Part One

Once, when I was a young newspaper reporter, a jaded executive editor who was Yankee to boot, was listening approvingly to a story I was ...

April 11, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


I knowed that I knowed

Perhaps it's the Scotch-Irish mountain streak in me but I love adding "ed" to words.

March 21, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Pronunciations don’t always have to be ‘correct’

Perhaps it's the Scotch-Irish mountain streak in me but I love adding "ed" to words.

March 14, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Corrections that aren't necessary

It has been well over 10 years since I started a weekly newsletter for my readers which is free and primarily tells the stories behind ...

March 07, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Mark my words -- part 2

The new book I've written about Mama is a compilation of past columns about her as well as new stories that give an insight ...

February 28, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


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