Ronda Rich

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Inspiration the write stuff

Before I say this, just know that I am not bragging. I am sure that this is not anything to brag about. But you and I are friends and I always endeavor to be honest with you so you should know the truth.

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Learning names key to connecting

It is of paramount importance that I teach my husband how to be a Southerner, at least a half-decent one if not one of regal bearing.

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Returned calls come at a price

Back in the summer, unwillingly, I would rise early and take a run to beat some of the oppressive heat and humidity that smothers the South when the sun inches higher in the sky. Many mornings, I encountered something that would stick with me for the rest of the run.

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Kids in middle do pretty well

The Dixie Diva column

Little Danny McGuire was the scrawniest kid in class. He was so frail, so downright skinny, that his dungarees clung to his bony hips only thanks to a well-worn brown belt that was pulled tight to the last notch, causing the fabric to gather in folds.

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Better days are a-coming

Mama’s favorite phrase when I was growing up — particularly during the defiant teenage years, especially when I sassed her — was “you’re gonna pay for your raising one day, little lady.

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Better days are a-coming

Opinion Column

Mama’s favorite phrase when I was growing up — particularly during the defiant teenage years, especially when I sassed her — was “you’re gonna pay for your raising one day, little lady. Let me assure you of that. You just wait until you have children and see how they behave.”

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Being mean is the real error

Features column

Boy, can people be mean. I’m thinking particularly of a reader named Samantha, whose scolding of me turned into a scalding.

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Writers dig deep for fertile stories

The Dixie Diva column

Occasionally, someone truly interested in the art of writing will ask me, “What does it take to be a writer?”

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Southern home is inescapable

One evening back in late spring, I returned home from two weeks of flitting through major airports and hurrying bare-footed through security sensors. I was bone-weary from cramped planes — the center seat too many times — and delayed flights.

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Diary gives account of mourning Lincoln

The Dixie Diva column

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is final installment of a three-part series based on Civil War era diaries of Charlie Tinker.

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Story of woman may be lost

The Dixie Diva column

There’s a woman I’m looking for. Perhaps you know where she is. If you do, please help me find her again.

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Practical makes perfect at Christmas

Features column

When Mama was a small girl growing up in the Nimblewill Valley in the Appalachian foothills, it was the midst of the Great Depression. As she often said, “Times were hard but it’s all we knew so we didn’t know how poor we were.”

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The writings of Charlie Tinker

Editor Note: This is the second installment of a three-part series. It is running over a five week period rather than three consecutive weeks.

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Life lessons the best education

Features column

In those days — the ones of my cherished youth — my cousin, Ronnie, a year older than I, worked for my daddy.

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Diaries give glimpse into the Civil War

This is the first of a three-part series. It is not running three consecutive weeks but over a five-week period.