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Ronda Rich

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RICH: Uncle Jesse's truth

Twain once said, "A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read." When it comes to writing, I'll spin that a bit: The writer who won't invest thought in the lives of others has no advantage over those who can't.

RICH: Best wishes for a happy new year

I'll probably be repeating these resolutions again next year. Just like all my previous resolutions.

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RICH: Mama loved a long story

"Have you ever told a short story in your life?" I asked one day during one of marathon length. She twisted her mouth tightly as oft she did when annoyed. "If it's too short, it ain't worth tellin'. Why waste the time?"

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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.

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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.

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RICH: The bet

When it comes to knowing affairs of the heart, it's not a good idea to bet against me.

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RICH: The book cases

When it comes to the many books stacked around my house, don't call them clutter. They are treasures.

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RICH: Coming to terms with a 'Gone With the Wind' novice

It's hard to believe that a person who teaches literature would not have read the Southern classic.

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RICH: The baby calf

It was a sweet sight, no doubt. My heart is always drawn to God's animal creatures, especially those who have found themselves abandoned young.

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RICH: Rotten parents, or not?

Making me learn how to succeed on my own was a lesson my mother an father taught me that wasn't very "rotten" at al.l

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RICH: Catching up with Miss Loretta

Several years ago, I befriended a woman in Cincinnati but then you know that, don't you? I've told you all about Miss Loretta.. If you're new to this column, I'll fill you in. She is the widow of a Cincinnati policeman. She did not marry until she was 37 because

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RICH: My daddy's poor childhood

Learning of my daddy's rough times growing up made me appreciate my childhood days all that much more.

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RICH: Remembering a man of the people

Even though he came from California, my old friend Jim had a way of connecting to and understanding Southern folks.

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RICH: Karen the actor

My friend got the role of a lifetime -- a small part in a movie starring Dolly Parton -- but I don't mind taking some credit for pushing her in that direction.

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RICH: The ring

Mama's wedding ring a sparkling -- and poignant -- reminder of her.

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RICH: Crying and cussing

Sometimes this old world gets crazy enough that it drives the sane insane and the easy-going folks to swear.

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RICH: The Yankee muse

When it comes to inspiration, I'm hoping that opposites really do attract.

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RICH: Looks aren't the main thing when it comes to biscuit pans

When it comes to Southern cooking, your biscuit pan says a lot about you.

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RICH: Dixie Dew's big news

It's me. Dixie Dew, again. Y'all who read this column regularly know that I am Ronda's adorable and svelte (though she writes differently) dachshund. This is the third time I've guest-written this column but since it's Mother's Day, I'm giving her the day off. This is my gift to

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RICH: The useless opinions of others

By not listening to what everyone else thought, my friend found a love of a lifetime.

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RICH: Reflecting on what makes an obituary writer a great one

A friend of mine who has a penchant for sending along lovely, thoughtful gifts out did himself a while back.

RICH: The end of a great debate

After 30 years, Debbie and I finally settled our disagreement.

RICH: Don't call me Granny

My grand kids can call me anything but.

RICH: The perfect Christmas day

Sometimes it can be just like the movies.

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RICH: When restlessness strikes

A selfish, but needed, act.

RICH: Re-living the lessons taught during the Great Depression

The Great Depression taught us lessons we're re-living today.

RICH: Re-living the lessons taught during the Great Depression

Jerry and I were talking the other day. We've known each other since the day I was born, he having entered this earth the day before I did. It was there in the hospital nursery we first met and the friendship has endured through the years.

RICH: Simple joys in life bring so much happiness

The birth of a calf is one of the simple joys in life.

RICH: Always assume that everyone you date is crazy

Not too long ago, a friend of mine discovered rather abruptly and rudely that he had dated a crazy woman.

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RICH: Remembering, and finally understanding, the prayers of my father

Until the day he died, Daddy had one prayer about his children that he prayed constantly. Probably every day of his life.

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RICH: Always reach for laughter during hard times

You go to the funeral home to pay respects and run into people you haven't seen in ages.

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RICH: Here's to staying young at heart, young in looks

One morning, I received an email from a reader who began by explaining that her 81-year-old mother was a devoted reader of this column and my books.

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RICH: Admiring, appreciating the kindness of risk-takers

One night I was doing an appearance in a town where this column runs. A woman waited in line to speak to me and brought a clipping of that week's column for me to sign.

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RICH: A masterpiece to be revered, not ridiculed

It wasn't long ago that a friend of mine -- a West Coaster no less -- got onto the subject of country music. Some he likes, some he doesn't, he said. Then, he laughed and recalled a song he had recently encountered.

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RICH: I must have inherited curiosity from my mama

Oh, the ironies of life. My godmother and I were going somewhere one day when she said, "Did you read the obituaries this morning?"

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RICH: Nothing is sexier than a woman with a gun

Just when I thought I knew most of what there was to know, or at least that which was mostly worth knowing, about what is alluring to men about women, I uncovered a stunning new truth.

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RICH: Mama never wavered from her faith in God

I wondered the other day how a mother could even think that, let alone say it. But then Mama was a woman who defied exact definition. She was strong, smart, courageous, sometimes outrageous and, above all, ruled by a faith that was simply unbendable and unquestionable. That part of her was definable and clear: She believed unyieldingly in an Almighty God who never left her side. Even when it could have seemed that He did.

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RICH: Always remember the bigger the struggles, the greater the pay off

It is one of the great mysteries of life. Why are some things so hard? Why, if some things are meant to be, is it so difficult sometimes to make them happen?