Editor’s note: A new feature will appear on The Times editorial page in the coming weeks. Syndicated columnist Ronda Rich will join a list of columnists  Rich has been writing columns for several years and is also a best-selling author whose work focuses on the lives of Southerners. Ronda Rich Bio:

Ronda Rich is a best-selling author who writes about the lives of the people throughout the South and shares her stories in speaking engagements with audiences across the country.  She is best-known for What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should), a classic now in its 40th printing, as well as its two sequels. Her novel, The Town That Came A-Courtin’, was made into a television movie starring Lauren Holley and Valerie Harper. “It is my pleasure and privilege to tell stories of the South as only a deeply rooted Southerner can do. Our South is a place well known for its unique language, eccentricities and colorful characters,” she says.

Her syndicated weekly newspaper column runs in over 50 newspapers across the Southeast. For the first several years of the column, Mama stories were favorites of her readers. Her career could have ended with Mama’s death but the good Lord sent a substitute who is of equal interest to her devoted readers – her husband, Emmy award-winning television writer, John Tinker. His Yankee pedigree goes back as far as Ronda’s Southern heritage so the blending of their cultures has proven quite entertaining. The Tinkers make their home on the Rondarosa in the Northeast Georgia foothills of the Appalachians where “Tink” enjoys occasional uncensored use of his chainsaw and Ronda bush hogs the pastures. (www.rondarich.com)