Ronda Rich

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RICH: Coming home

As Truman Capote, the Alabama-raised writer, often said, "Every Southerner goes home sooner or later, even if in a pine box."

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RICH: When Lincoln dies

The third, and final, installment, of a look at Charlie Tinker's diary.

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RICH: Looking for a woman

A picture can really be worth a thousand words.

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RICH: Giving thanks for Christmas traditions

As you reflect on your many blessings and celebrate them for Thanksgiving, please think of how you can share those blessings during Christmas. A card, a casserole or a Christmas tree could be the most important gift you give. I guess what it boils down to is this: A merry Christmas starts with a happy, blessed Thanksgiving.

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RICH: Charlie's diaries

The second installment of my husband's great-great-grandfather, Charlie Tinker, a White House telegrapher who had been friends with President Abraham Lincoln.

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RICH: Soaking up knowledge

The future belongs to both those in age and those in youth. May we all be wise enough to know when to teach and when to learn, for to each, there is a season.

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RICH: An introduction to Charlie Tinker

Charlie Tinker, great-great-grandfather of my beloved, was close friends with the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The pair had met when they both lived in Illinois and Lincoln had become fascinated by a new-fangled invention that Charlie had become an expert at the telegraph.

RICH: When the easy way becomes difficult

Not teaching kids about money is the easy way out. Unfortunately for them, the easy way will eventually become the hard way.

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RICH: To the rescue

Who man or woman wouldn't want to be rescued? Life is hard. Who of us would turn down the chance to have life easier? Who would put a foot down and say, "No! Don't do something for me that takes worry away!

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RICH: Don't mock how we talk

Nothing makes me madder than folks who make fun of Southern accents.

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RICH: Gate installation leads to a difference in opinion between spouses

Putting up a gate in front of our house was more difficult than I imagined. What wasn't a surprise, is that my idea for the design won out.

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RICH: Flirting with success

You can be a good storyteller without being a good flirt. But you cannot be a great flirt without being a terrific storyteller.

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RICH: A lack of empathy

I am most saddened by the lack of empathy that some folks have. I lacked it, too, in my ignorant youth. But you grow up and your thoughts on things like that change.

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RICH: The art of grooming and the artless way of pointing it out

I have decided that it isn't grooming that I or any typical Southern woman have, it is more appropriately termed as "polish."

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RICH: A reminder to 'be sweet'

Be sweet. What a powerful parental teaching.