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December 24, 2018

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Finding young writers. Taking Them to New Levels!

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A new grass-roots writing initiative identifies talented young writers and gives them the same "select" opportunity that their peers in sports and music have. The results are already are great and the plans for growth statewide are big. 

December 10, 2018

It’s fitting that the first passages of Scripture that are referenced as the beginning of this ChristAdvent season come not from the New Testament, but from the Old. Christians believe that Jesus’ birth was prophesied hundreds of years ahead of time.

Jesus frequently id...

September 18, 2018

I have a life-changing relationship with an extraordinary person. It started back in 2002. Justin's life and beliefs still touch me.

Growing up in Mississippi, I have encountered my fair share of racism over the years. I recall a time, about 20 years ago, when my broth...

September 11, 2018

I suppose everyone who is old enough to remember September 11, 2001, can recall exactly where they were and what they were doing that fateful morning. For my generation, the day has the same prominence as November 22, 1963—the day of JFK’s assassination—had for my pare...

August 15, 2018

This day, 73 years ago, was a day of unspeakable relief to the American people, as word came that the war in Japan was over. Though the Japanese empire didn’t officially sign surrender documents until September 2, thereby “officially” bringing World War II to a close,...

August 10, 2018

When I was a student at Kosciusko High School, I had a small part in a production of Annie. The play is, of course, set in the Depression era, and the scene I was in was one which a group of homeless men and women sing a song titled, “We’d Like to Thank You, Herbert Ho...

July 24, 2018

Yesterday marked the 17th anniversary of the death of famed Mississippi author Eudora Welty. Before achieving fame as an author, Welty (1909-2001) made a name for herself in the 1930s as a photographer for the Works Progress Administration. Her experiences of traveling...

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Confused and frustrated by others and his state, Horace Benbow in William Faulkner’s 

Sanctuary says, “I need a change. Either I, or Mississippi, one.”

     Do we sometimes feel like Horace? We love our state, but it confounds us.     

      Mississippimatters' creative co-op of writers, videographers and thinkers invites wrestling with such tensions.

     MM won't cover much breaking news. Instead, it will reflect, suggest  and chat.

     Some entries will be a bit deeper. We will feature investigative articles other publications avoid. Lots of lighthearted ideas will be tossed in about enjoyable people, places and things. Expect an eclectic mix.

      If we're easily pegged politically or socially, we need to do better. Let us know.

     Some contributors have "extra" degrees, others are "degree-less." All can write; they care and dare to share their hearts and minds (and they can turn a phrase).

    Our writers come from unlikely places. We think some of the best thinkers use a wrench. not a pen. 

     Some of our "takes" may upset you.Thanks for feeling! Some may prop up your opinions. We hope to prompt banter at water coolers, coffee shops and family tables.

     It’s so true—we in the Magnolia State often feel like Horace Benbow. Faulkner tapped into us. 

     How about us doing some head-scratching together?  

     Let’s laugh, muse and talk. After all, Mississippi Matters. 

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MississippiMatters is a news blog of cooperative writers, videographers and podcasters published by  The Well Writers Guild, a 501c3 devoted to mentoring Mississippi writers and to addressing uncovered or under-covered topics.  MississippiMatters focuses on offering creative "takes" on our state's culture, ideas, events and more.