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Keeping thy word

Not long ago, a friend of mine was huffing, puffing and carrying on something awful about an injustice she had recently suffered. She had dealt with someone rather devious and the result was, well, rather devious.

June 26, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Getting your kids to tell you when it’s time to go

Q: My 26-month-old daughter will go on the potty happily every hour when told (we're using your "potty bell" and it's working extremely well) and produces every time. As a result, she's having very few if any wee incidents.

June 23, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Mama and her money

It was a couple of years before Mama just up and died without warning and when we least expected it, that I was visiting her one day.

June 19, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


‘Boy who cried wolf’ lost on grandson

Q: We are very concerned about our 8-year-old grandson's lying. He always pleads innocence and wonders plaintively why no one ever believes him. When someone confronts him with some misdeed they saw him do (example: poking holes in the back door screen), he merely shrugs his shoulders and grins. His parents have punished him repeatedly by taking away screen privileges, but to no avail. They've also told him the story of the boy who cried wolf to explain why no one believes him. This has been going on since he was a small child. We are all concerned ...

June 16, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Living the American Dream

Somewhere along the line, it seems, people have stopped talking about the American Dream. I can't recall the last time I heard anyone, in person or through the media, remind folks that we live in the greatest country on earth and that here in this land of profound freedom, opportunities abound and no one, regardless of race or level of economic upbringing, is held back from grand and lofty aspirations.

June 12, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


The encouragement of a boy named Juan

Thousands of days, all those filled with clouds, rain, snow or sunshine, have passed since that time, yet the lesson sticks stubbornly to my heart.

June 05, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Remembering a heroic family

It happened recently. The 20th anniversary of the death of stock car racer Davey Allison. Maybe you remember him. Maybe you don't.

May 29, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Raised to shop better

Tink had been in Los Angeles for a week, so that morning before his plane left LAX, it occurred to me that a good wifely thing to do would be to welcome him back to the Rondarosa with a home-cooked meal.

May 22, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Men of war

We had a funeral at church the other day, which was not unusual. Rodney laid his work aside and came to direct the choir. That, too, was not unusual. I sang in the choir. Now that was very unusual.

May 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Mama writes a book (or wants to)

Everyone loved Mama. And they loved stories about her. This is a column written before her death but never published. I decided to share it to celebrate Mama. She was a true Southern original.

May 08, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


10 animals that cause the most human deaths

By FAITH HEATON JOLLEYDeseret News National

May 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Lifestyle


Beautiful in a different way

She was not a pretty woman in the days of her youth. Her lips were too thin, her forehead too high and her eyes so round that they seemed to bulge into the lens of the glasses she wore.

May 01, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


The little girl with red dirt feet

Most husbands, if they carry a photo of their wives, like for it to be one of glamour and beauty. That would not be my husband.

April 24, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


A year later, marathon is still #BostonStrong

One year ago I prepared to welcome another spring in a way that has become a family tradition: running the Boston Marathon.

April 20, 2014 | By Kim Cowart Copyright 2014 Deseret Digital Media | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

It is each of the many Easters of my life that I remember more clearly than any other holiday. Christmases blur together with only a few standing out in my memory, such as the one when it snowed all day, the year I lost my voice completely, and the two times that I wasn't home - one working in Washington, D.C., and another in London.

April 17, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


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The secret to obedient children

As the old parenting point of view fell out of fashion beginning in the late 1960s, the vernacular that accompanied it all but completely disappeared. Today's parents don't say to their children the sorts of things parents said to children in the 1950s and before, things like, "You're acting too big for your britches again, young man."

August 28, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


The love or hate of air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.

August 28, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Living in black and white

One Sunday while sitting around the dinner table, Louise and I began to tell Daddy stories, the ones that stretched back to the early days of his preaching life. Since I was born 12 years after he "made a preacher," as our folks said back then, I could only contribute what he had told me about those days, not what I had seen.

August 21, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Drawing a line on kids touching

Q: Our 5-year-old grandson sees his 5-year-old female first cousin from time to time. After they play for a while, he tells her he wants to "touch" her. This has happened twice in recent months. Her parents are very upset, but our grandson's parents read lots of parenting books and seem to think it's no big deal. Your thoughts on this matter?

August 18, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Youthful choices and mistakes

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom - a driver's license - and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

August 14, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


The secret to effective discipline

On one of my Web sites I, along with a team of certified parent coaches, answer questions submitted by parents. In the last two days, 67 percent of the questions have concerned toilet training. A 3-year-old is afraid of the potty. A 26-month-old will only use the potty independently if he's not wearing clothes. A 23-month-old seems oblivious to mom's expectations. And so on.

August 11, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


YMCA of Coastal Georgia to partner with LIVESTRONG

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia will become a provider of the nationally recognized LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, thanks to an implementation grant from YMCA of the USA, the Y's national resource office, in partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation.

August 07, 2014 | Staff report | Lifestyle


The man who was

Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more, for their stories would read like a page-turning novel.

August 07, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Better a ‘no’ hawk than a mohawk

A mom recently asked me what I would say to my son if he was 12 years old and wanted a mohawk haircut for the summer. I told her I'd say no.

August 04, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Protect your retirement against market volatility

As an investor, you're well aware that, over the short term, the financial markets always move up and down. During your working years, you may feel that you have time to overcome this volatility. And you'd be basing these feelings on actual evidence: the longer the investment period, the greater the tendency of the markets to "smooth out" their performance. But what happens when you retire? Won't you be more susceptible to market movements?

August 04, 2014 | By Frank Bevenour | Lifestyle


Crazy and proud of it

My grandmother - Daddy's mother - was sometimes called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label for it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee and cake conversation.

July 31, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Bashlor back to ‘Getting It All Together’

Carolyn Bashlor penned her first book, "Getting It All Together," back in 1980.

July 28, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Lifestyle


No benefit from arguing with your child

I absolutely love it when people begin to realize that the problems they're having with a child are of their own making; when they begin to realize, in other words, that the child is not the problem-they are! All this time (however long that might be), they've been trying to correct the wrong person - the child - getting nowhere and becoming nothing but frustrated in the process. Instead, they need to correct themselves, and it goes without saying that correcting one's self is much, much easier than trying to correct someone else.

July 28, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


The power of hard labor

It was an early summer morning, an enchanting time when flowers are blooming, blackberries are spurting to full growth, and the birds are happy to have sunny warmth. I had taken myself out to the back porch, where often I settle down to write after I have finished a gentle run.

July 24, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


The toils and troubles of toilet training

Q: Using your advice, I successfully toilet-trained my daughter by age 16 months. It is now three months later and we are still using diapers at naps and nighttime. At her nap, which lasts several hours, she fully soaks her diaper. At night, she is taking off her diaper prior to falling asleep, wetting the bed after she goes to sleep, and then crying for us when she wakes up in a pool of pee. Is this a sign that I should begin night training? I'm hesitant to do this because I am 8 months pregnant and don't ...

July 24, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


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