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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. 

August 31, 2018

Port Gibson, Mississippi, the town U. S. Grant supposedly called “too beautiful to burn,” is well known for two houses of worship that sit on U. S. Highway 61, the road that forms the chief street of that town (there’s still no bypass around Port Gibson).  Most Mississ...

July 16, 2018

Fifty years ago wolf sightings were reported in Mississippi at least as frequently as panther sightings are today, especially by hunters in the Delta between the Mississippi and the levee. 

Most, if not all, of those “wolves” seen by Mississippians were probably coyote...

July 6, 2018

Since the 1950s children have learned the song about Davy Crockett that says he was “born on a mountaintop in Tennessee,” and that “he kilt him a b’ar when he was only three,” but how many of us know he once was a horse trader in northeast Mississippi? 

Well, here’s th...

June 11, 2018

Six degrees of Kevin Bacon, I am told by trendier souls than I, is a game based on the idea that any two persons on earth are no more than six acquaintances apart; that each of us knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, etc, who knows any other person on t...

April 26, 2018

As  Kelley Williams wrote for Mississippi Matters some weeks back, the Mississippi River has an ongoing tendency to eliminate kinks and bends in its channels – so much so that the experts fear the river in the not too distant future could bypass its present route throu...

March 23, 2018

A roadside marker in Choctaw County, Mississippi, along the Natchez Trace commemorates Pigeon Roost, an extinct village that took its name from the Passenger Pigeons – now extinct for over a century --  that once migrated through the area by the millions. 

And yes...

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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. 

                           The Editors

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