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The legend known as Red Farmer

When I stopped by to visit Talladega Superspeedway, my drive took past the wildly popular Talladega Short Track, a one-third mile, red clay oval that is located within spitting distance of the big track.

May 16, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


The worst kind of gone

A friend's mother died recently so I pulled out stationery and set about writing him a note filled with words of compassionate and deep understanding.

May 10, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Fun in the sun -- summer safety tips

Summer is quickly approaching and I want to make sure that you and your children are ready to have a safe and fun-filled summer.

May 10, 2018 | Dr. Bailey Alford | Lifestyle


The missing mandolin player

the funeral of a man I did not know. I had never even seen him or heard him speak a word. Saddest of all, I had never heard the talented musician play a single bluegrass note on his mandolin or banjo.

May 02, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Cooter speaks

This is the third installment of a three-part series.

April 25, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Covering Cooter: Like the ‘Battle of the Lost Shoes’

The faithful came. There were no church houses, no steeples, no pulpits, and no altars. But those who practice a secular gospel, a devotion to boys known as Luke and Bo, poured in and assembled themselves together.

April 18, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Covering Cooter: Part One

Once, when I was a young newspaper reporter, a jaded executive editor who was Yankee to boot, was listening approvingly to a story I was pitching.

April 11, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


I knowed that I knowed

Perhaps it's the Scotch-Irish mountain streak in me but I love adding "ed" to words.

March 21, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Pronunciations don’t always have to be ‘correct’

Perhaps it's the Scotch-Irish mountain streak in me but I love adding "ed" to words.

March 14, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Corrections that aren't necessary

It has been well over 10 years since I started a weekly newsletter for my readers which is free and primarily tells the stories behind the stories I write as well as a weekly insider's look at the tales I don't write in this column.

March 07, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Mark my words -- part 2

The new book I've written about Mama is a compilation of past columns about her as well as new stories that give an insight into this remarkable woman and irrepressible, sometimes exasperating, Southern character.

February 28, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Mark my words -- Mama, Part 1

From time to time, as my writing career grew, Mama would say, "I built you, little girl. Don't ever forget that."

February 21, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


The graveled road

Several years before Tink and I married, I built a house that, eventually, would become our home together. This French Country cottage suits us very well other than closet space for Tink has been modest and challenging.

February 14, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


What was Lewis Grizzard's favorite hymn?

When I wrote about the night that a woman arose at a little church we were visiting in Highlands, NC, and proclaimed that her favorite hymn was also the favorite hymn of Southern humorist Lewis Grizzard, the mail poured in.

February 06, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


When two worlds blend

It is no secret that when John Tinker arrived in the rural heartland of the Deep South, he was thrust into a cultural environment as different as custom-made wrought iron gates are from barbed wire.

January 31, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


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The bent but not bowed clothesline

ma unleashed her callousness on the Rondarosa, it was hard to see the trees, decades old, fall.

July 19, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


What Irma wrought

When Hurricane Irma was closing in on coastal Georgia, it never occurred to us that the Rondarosa, located over an hour's drive north of ...

July 12, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


The kindness of a beauty queen

It is rarely the large kindnesses or generosities that are remembered (unless, of course, your name is on a building). It is generally the small ...

June 28, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Mama and the clothesline

As we all know, any large project will always have glitches. I learned this during my days of sports marketing and, thus, formed one of ...

June 20, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Talladega makes me so happy I could cry

The sight of Exit 173 on I-20, between Anniston and Birmingham, always brings a smile to my face – the kind of smile that is irrepressible ...

June 13, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Men, machines and me

It's been a few years since I shared the story of Tink and the riding mower but I'll remind you what happened so ...

June 06, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


The old courthouse

A road trip recently swung me down the back roads of Georgia and took me through a little town called Homer. I wouldn't have ...

May 30, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Aunt Ozelle and the great magnolia tree

Frequently these days, my sister and I are brought together for a funeral or funeral home visitation of yet another family member, mostly those from ...

May 23, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


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