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Losing loved ones and gaining new ones

At year's end, it's always interesting to look back at all that happened and realize that so little of it was anticipated while some of it was neither wanted nor appreciated.

January 09, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich


Tink could benefit from Garanimals for husbands

It is a sure bet, I am certain, that I am not the only wife with a husband who cares little about clothes. Like many wives, particularly Southern ones, I purchase his clothes and put together his wardrobe.

December 20, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich


There was one obit that didn’t need to be used

One of the dearest and oldest friends I have, had a close brush with death recently. He didn't just stand on the banks of the River Jordan and cast a longing eye to that other shore, he waded right into its sparkling, clear waters.

December 12, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich


Rodney goes out of his way to help

After Sunday dinner, while the others cleaned, talked or dealt with children, I sat down in a recliner matching the one that Rodney was in. I inhaled deeply and leaned forward, my elbows resting on my knees.

December 06, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich


How it all caught up with them at the track

We were cleaning up the dishes from Sunday dinner when Rodney called me into the living room where he was watching TV.

September 19, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich


King summed up the Southern woman perfectly

On a Sunday morning, tucked into bed on the island of St. Simons, Ga., the place where I, at the age of 13, accepted the calling that had haunted me since I was 4 - that of becoming a writer - Tink brought me a copy of the New York Times and coffee loaded with cream.

June 05, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich


Wearing earrings again is more fabulous than ever

It happened many years ago when my toddler niece, Nicole, grabbed a gold hoop earring dangling from my ear and gave it a good yank which ripped my pierced ear. When huge, heavy earrings made their debut in the 1990s, I wore the biggest, heaviest ones I could find.

May 18, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich


I don’t go a day without thinking what Mama taught me

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

May 11, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich


There is much in life that reminds me of Mama

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

May 04, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich


From Duck Master to ‘Duck Dynasty’ fan

Since the beginning of our Southerner/Yankee union, I have kept a list of places that Tink should visit in order to fully experience the glorious South.

April 27, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich


Great-great-grandsons united in peaceful times

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. It is even possible that we were in a mild disagreement over the Yankees and the Rebels when a nice couple approached.

April 20, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich


Looking back at Vicksburg, cruelty of Civil War

It did not turn out as I intended. Somehow, Tink managed to turn it into what he, with gleeful satisfaction - that is the only way to say it with unvarnished truth though he now says otherwise - called "The Victory Tour."

April 13, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich


It’s important to listen to things around us

The exact moment it happened was at a large round table in a ballroom of majestic gilt in a grand hotel. Tink and I found ourselves seated next to strangers, so we both plunged into jump-starting a conversation because we like the stories of others. We asked questions, expressed interest and tried to pull out information.

April 06, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich


The seersucker suit and book of life

From the moment Tink visited the Mississippi Delta, he began to long for a seersucker suit. While men in big cities like Atlanta, Memphis, Birmingham and Nashville wear the lightweight, airy suits in the hot, humid Southern summers, it is the men of the Delta who favor them most and keep them trendy.

March 30, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich


The store that brings back all sorts of memories

There is a country store that sits in the middle of hundreds of acres of farm land embedded with hardwoods and pines that have grown, untended, for a century or two.

March 23, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich


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