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Raised to shop better

Tink had been in Los Angeles for a week, so that morning before his plane left LAX, it occurred to me that a good wifely thing to do would be to welcome him back to the Rondarosa with a home-cooked meal.

May 22, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Men of war

We had a funeral at church the other day, which was not unusual. Rodney laid his work aside and came to direct the choir. That, too, was not unusual. I sang in the choir. Now that was very unusual.

May 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Mama writes a book (or wants to)

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. She was a true Southern original.

May 08, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


10 animals that cause the most human deaths

By FAITH HEATON JOLLEYDeseret News National

May 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Lifestyle


Beautiful in a different way

She was not a pretty woman in the days of her youth. Her lips were too thin, her forehead too high and her eyes so round that they seemed to bulge into the lens of the glasses she wore.

May 01, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


The little girl with red dirt feet

Most husbands, if they carry a photo of their wives, like for it to be one of glamour and beauty. That would not be my husband.

April 24, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


A year later, marathon is still #BostonStrong

One year ago I prepared to welcome another spring in a way that has become a family tradition: running the Boston Marathon.

April 20, 2014 | By Kim Cowart Copyright 2014 Deseret Digital Media | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

It is each of the many Easters of my life that I remember more clearly than any other holiday. Christmases blur together with only a few standing out in my memory, such as the one when it snowed all day, the year I lost my voice completely, and the two times that I wasn't home - one working in Washington, D.C., and another in London.

April 17, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

For years, I blamed it on those richly royal blue suede high heel pumps. The ones with the ridiculously tall, spiked heel and absurdly pointed toe. I was 22 when I bought them, 36 when I donated them to the Salvation Army.

April 10, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

The woman looked over the selection of books, picked up four and smiled. "My husband said to buy whatever I wanted."

April 03, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment but still Rodney keeps trying.

March 27, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

Any self-respecting Southern woman has a list of casserole recipes a mile long ready to bake at a moment's notice. You got a sickness or a death in your family, we've got just the casserole for you.

March 20, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

Mama had great stories. My favorite was the only one I asked often for her to repeat. It has become something of an anthem in my life.

March 13, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Landing Day set for Saturday

The Georgia Salzburger Society will celebrate its 280th Landing Day on Saturday at Jerusalem Lutheran Church.

March 13, 2014 | Staff report | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

By chance, we happened upon him in a small gift shop. The clerk recognizing me laughed and said, "What a coincidence! She just bought a copy of your book!" She gestured toward a small woman browsing through a group of men's sweaters.

March 06, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


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Guyton girl takes a sweet stand against cancer

Tisha Holland put her heart into a school project this spring.

July 21, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Lifestyle


The art of frying biscuits (and everything else)

Mama used to fry biscuits. If you knew Mama, that doesn't surprise you because she fried every food possible. In the course of her life, I knew her to fry green beans, corn, grits and cornmeal mush.

July 17, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Nothing to pull your hair out over

Q: Since our daughter, now 2 years old, was born we have lived with my parents. Being the first and only grandchild, she has been the center of attention. Several months ago, our son was born and we moved into our own home. Almost immediately, our daughter began pulling her hair out, sometimes in handfuls. Doctors have said she does it for attention and we should just ignore it. That's what we've done but it has not stopped. It's now gotten so bad that I've cut her hair because the side she pulls has gotten so ...

July 14, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


The politeness of the South

There are many things I love about the South. We're fiercely patriotic. We're neighborly. We're storytellers without equal. We're unabashedly and unapologetically faithful. We're proudly hospitable. But here's what I love just a little bit better than all the rest: We believe mightily in courtesy and manners.

July 10, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


How to deal with a ‘sassy’ child

Q: The "sassiness" that I have heard so much about from my friends started a few months ago with my 5-year-old daughter. She will say things to me that I actually find myself tongue-tied on how or what to say to correct her. Sometimes, she apologizes, which tells me she knows she's talking disrespectfully to me. What do you think about 10 minutes of time out for this sort of thing?

July 07, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


State launches new ExploreGeorgia.org tourism site

Georgia Tourism, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, announced the launch of the state's newly redesigned tourism Web site. ExploreGeorgia.org offers visitors custom features, including the new Georgia Trip Planner, shareable trip ideas, interactive maps and more.

July 07, 2014 | Staff report | Lifestyle


Precious memories that really are

In the tiny country church where I spent most of the first 22 years of my life, where I found the Lord at the age of 11, where, without fail, I had the leading part in every Christmas pageant and where my daddy laid down the law in more ways than one, we sang hymns from a brown songbook and a green one that were filled with the haunting melodies that have penetrated the Appalachians for many decades.

July 03, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


How to deal with your child’s tantrums

Q: When he throws a tantrum, which happens several times a day, my 20-month-old often gets down on the floor and starts banging his head. Worried that he may hurt himself, I pick him up and comfort him. I know that reinforces head-banging, but I don't know what else to do.

June 30, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Keeping thy word

Not long ago, a friend of mine was huffing, puffing and carrying on something awful about an injustice she had recently suffered. She had dealt with someone rather devious and the result was, well, rather devious.

June 26, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Getting your kids to tell you when it’s time to go

Q: My 26-month-old daughter will go on the potty happily every hour when told (we're using your "potty bell" and it's working extremely well) and produces every time. As a result, she's having very few if any wee incidents.

June 23, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Mama and her money

It was a couple of years before Mama just up and died without warning and when we least expected it, that I was visiting her one day.

June 19, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


‘Boy who cried wolf’ lost on grandson

Q: We are very concerned about our 8-year-old grandson's lying. He always pleads innocence and wonders plaintively why no one ever believes him. When someone confronts him with some misdeed they saw him do (example: poking holes in the back door screen), he merely shrugs his shoulders and grins. His parents have punished him repeatedly by taking away screen privileges, but to no avail. They've also told him the story of the boy who cried wolf to explain why no one believes him. This has been going on since he was a small child. We are all concerned ...

June 16, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Living the American Dream

Somewhere along the line, it seems, people have stopped talking about the American Dream. I can't recall the last time I heard anyone, in person or through the media, remind folks that we live in the greatest country on earth and that here in this land of profound freedom, opportunities abound and no one, regardless of race or level of economic upbringing, is held back from grand and lofty aspirations.

June 12, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


The encouragement of a boy named Juan

Thousands of days, all those filled with clouds, rain, snow or sunshine, have passed since that time, yet the lesson sticks stubbornly to my heart.

June 05, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Remembering a heroic family

It happened recently. The 20th anniversary of the death of stock car racer Davey Allison. Maybe you remember him. Maybe you don't.

May 29, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


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