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Ronda Rich

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RONDA RICH: Don't steer clear of problems

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RONDA RICH: Too much humility leads to pride

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RONDA RICH: Childhood luggage holds warm memories

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RONDA RICH: 'Crazy' a compliment in the South

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Ronda Rich: Mama's biscuits created delicious memories

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RONDA RICH: Physical labor a life lesson

RONDA RICH: Physical labor a life lesson

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RONDA RICH: Southerners mind their manners

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RONDA RICH: Southerners mind their manners

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RONDA RICH: Songs can stir the soul

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RONDA RICH: Keeping your word has its benefits

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RONDA RICH: Food, shelter should be budget priorities

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RONDA RICH: Have we forgotten the American Dream?

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RONDA RICH: Gen. Lee might get more respect in 2014

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RONDA RICH: No greater kindness than encouragment

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RONDA RICH: Thank God for blessings, heartaches

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RONDA RICH: Listen to elders for pearls of wisdom

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RONDA RICH: Some belongings are worth keeping

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RONDA RICH: Family pessimist overflows with generosity

They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment but still Rodney keeps trying. He likes to help people. It’s something as deeply born in him as his constantly smiling blue eyes or wit that is quicker than a summer storm that brews when it comes up a cloud. He helps us all, so much so that there is often little time left to help himself.

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RONDA RICH: Southern women take pride in their casseroles

Any self-respecting Southern woman has a list of casserole recipes a mile long ready to bake at a moment’s notice. You got a sickness or a death in your family, we’ve got just the casserole for you.

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RONDA RICH: Know who you are, be who you are

I still laugh at that story but, more important than that, it has become a life’s truth for me. Know what you are and be what you are. Don’t switch back and forth. Stick to who you are.

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RONDA RICH: Reaching career goal takes perseverance

By chance, we happened upon him in a small gift shop. The clerk, recognizing me, laughed and said, “What a coincidence! She just bought a copy of your book!” She gestured toward a small woman browsing through a group of men’s sweaters.

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RONDA RICH: Look out for ‘dear’ in Southern conversation

She said it, of course, with a smirk. Those women who really don’t understand the ways of the women of the South seem to always speak about us in words that are vividly cloaked in disdain.

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RONDA RICH: Hanging brought closure to Lincoln’s death

It is the summer of 1865 and, according to Charlie Tinker’s diaries, it has been a summer of oppressive heat, its airless steaminess made more miserable by the heavy sorrow that he and his colleagues have shouldered since the death of their Commander-in-Chief, Abraham Lincoln.

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RONDA RICH: Independence can be learned at any age

RONDA RICH: Independence can be learned at any age

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RONDA RICH: Gravemarker key to unlocking family history

(This is the second of a three-part series on the discoveries made after a visit to Charlie Tinker’s grave.) Upon discovering Charles Almerin Tinker’s leaf-strewn grave in Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn, NY, we — one of us more than the other — began to study the names and dates engraved on the towering monument.

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RONDA RICH: A package should be pretty

The renowned bow maker in my hometown died. Only in the South would this probably be news because we Southern women do admire a package well-wrapped.

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RONDA RICH: A grave is both revealing and mysterious

It was during mid-flight, perhaps somewhere over Virginia, that a thought hit me and I turned suddenly, excitedly toward my husband Tink.

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RONDA RICH: A spoiled child can grow into a troubled adult

The way she was was a long way from what she became. I can’t help thinking about how life veers so far away from the beginning of the journey and how the destination can vary drastically from where it all started.

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RONDA RICH: Don't forget to thank a farmer

There’s nothing glamorous about being a farmer, nothing charming, little endearing and certainly few things easy about it. It is either a calling or a curse, depending on how one looks at it. Some are born into it and some just can’t find a way to escape it for it’s all they’ve ever known.

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RONDA RICH: Appreciate your blessings

Oh, the stories people tell. Not always good ones, mind you but the kind that will make you fall down on your knees and thank the good Lord up above that you don't have a story like that.

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RONDA RICH: Everyone has a story to tell

Over lunch the other day with friends -- all in the newspaper business -- I mentioned that I occasionally speak at writers' conferences.. "Everyone has a book in 'em," I commented, something I most surely believe though they all looked surprised.

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RONDA RICH: 'Last Lap' follows lives of early stock car racers

Somehow I ran across an out-of-print book called "The Last Lap." It is now 15 years old, but tells an intriguing, timeless tale of the early days of America's first stock car racers.

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RONDA RICH: Anyone can be steps away from misfortune

Anyone can be one step away from misfortune. It happened in Memphis. A lot of history and interesting stuff occurs in that magical city that sits grandly on the Mississippi River.

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RONDA RICH: Telling the truth is the mark of an honorable person

Telling the truth is the mark of the honorable. The waitress set down the cup of coffee and I poured cream into the hot, black liquid while quietly reflecting, pondering something.

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RONDA RICH: Statistics trump personal life in sports world

My parents told great stories. I've told you that. How they would both weave long, intriguing tales from not much of a story or one that was so good to begin with that it took little embellishment.

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RONDA RICH: Even a chipped bowl can be priceless family heirloom

Just as Tink started up the stairs, stepping slowly and carefully as he balanced a bowl and a cup of coffee to keep them from sloshing, I appeared around the corner. I paused, watched, and debated silently as to whether to speak.

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RONDA RICH: No happy ending for Peggy Sue's story

When Peggy Sue went away, just fell off the face of the earth with no warning or even a holler, we all wondered where she had gone.

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RONDA RICH: Mama knew the importance of education

Mama was stubborn. "Set in her ways," is what country folks call it and boy, was she.

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RONDA RICH: No need for foul language

Recently, I was in a bookstore with a friend.

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RONDA RICH: A dear friend is at peace, but I'm not

It seems too many loved ones recently have said good-bye to this vale of grief and sorrow and said hello to sweet eternity. Heaven is blessed, but I am distressed.

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RONDA RICH: Shape-note singing integral to Southern culture

Shape-note singing key to culture. of the South. One day over lunch, my new-to-the-South-but-thoroughly-loving-it husband commented on the choir singing at our church which is led by my brother-in-law, Rodney.

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RONDA RICH: Miss Eudora's doors finally open

In the past several years, I have had as much luck visiting the historically preserved home of Southern iconic writer, Eudora Welty, as I would have had when she was alive.

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