Ronda Rich

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RICH: Success comes thanks to the ones who lift you up

That’s the difference between success and failure. It’s not what we do, but how high we are lifted by those around us.

RICH: The apple tree that never found a home

That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn’t turn out well.

RICH: The pieces of life’s puzzle

This happened years ago. Mama was alive then so it’s been seven or eight years. I hadn’t thought about in almost that many years but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life’s journey can be so fascinating.

THOMAS: Hillary’s health matters

If Hillary Clinton’s concussion was not serious and there are no concerns about its long-term effects; if the glasses she now wears are not to correct double vision or other lingering symptoms attributed to her fall, then there is no problem. But if the reverse is true and she is covering it up, the public has a right to know and she has a duty to tell us.

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RICH: The obituary call tree

Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a long-time friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times, I know the person but sometimes I don’t have a clue the person ever existed.

RICH: When Mama tried to write a book

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.

RICH: Learn to minimize the drama

Drama is only as big as you make it.

RICH: A love-hate relationship with air conditioning

So, you see, I love, as most do, the comfort of air conditioning. But, oh, how I miss that time with nature and all that profound daydreaming I used to do.

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RICH: Memories of hope and Easter

Celebrate Easter for the promise of hope it brings.

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RICH: A lifetime of bad decisions

When I have a decision to make that I am not well equipped for, I call someone who is smarter and has more experience. When someone wiser than I makes a recommendation, I take it. If it goes against what I want to do, I get a second opinion.

RICH: A salute to all homemakers

In my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with being called homemaker. In fact, I think it’s one of the most beautiful words in the America language.

RICH: Merle Haggard’s treasure trove of stories

May all storytellers learn from such an American master on how to turn our own lives into art.

RICH: Pretending to eat Southern

When business called Tink back to Los Angeles, he decided to take the opportunity to have his annual check-up. When it ended, he called home.

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RICH: Remembering the long, cold winter

They listened and learned from those who went before them and when you think about it, that’s a pretty wise way to learn about things like long, hard, cold winters.

RICH: Listening to Dale Earnhardt’s advice

My Daddy told me: “Choose a side. It’s despicable to see someone who is mealy mouthed and doesn’t stand for one side or the other.”