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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 6, 2017

Without much effort most of us could probably reel off a half a dozen or so snack foods and beverages we grew up with that had their origins in the South.  Goo-Goo Cluster candy bars, Little Debbie cakes, Coca-cola, and Dr. Pepper are a few that come quickly to mind....

November 28, 2017


With hunting season upon us, it might be interesting to consider how the terminology of shooting has contributed to our language.  Most, if not all of the sayings related to guns, come down from the days of muzzl...

November 15, 2017

How’s this for climate change:  It was 1816 –  Mississippi was still a year away from statehood –  and it may well have be the coldest year on record,  not only in Mississippi, but throughout North America and Europe, if not the world. 

Historians ca...

November 7, 2017

Over the weekend I watched Rio Grande, the first of at least eight movies the late, great Irish actress, Maureen O’Hara, made with John Wayne.  I began thinking of all the movies I have enjoyed in which the lovely O’Hara starred, and I was reminded of something that pr...

October 27, 2017

Back before the new four-lane version of U. S. 49W was built through the Mississippi Delta, the old two lane 49W, now State 149, going south from Clarksdale, went through Indianola, Belzoni, Midnight, and Yazoo City, in that order, before reaching Jackson. 

My father,...

October 24, 2017

Newspapers from Pennsylvania to Missouri reported in 1888 that “Col. Lamar Fontaine” of Mississippi had trained a pair of bears to pull a buggy and could be seen driving “his novel team every fine afternoon.”  Anybody with trained bears to pull his buggy must have been...

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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.