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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 11, 2018

Squirrels. They’re the bane of my existence right now. 

My dogs have been on a squirrel hunt for as long as I can remember. Roxie, my boxer mix, sits on the couch each morning, looking through the tiny slats in the bamboo blinds covering the window, looking for movement...

November 21, 2018

The 2018-19 waterfowl season is upon us.  Though we’ve already had an early teal and Canada goose season back in September, the full-blown duck season is poised to commence, and diehard duck hunters are chomping at the bits to get going.  As in the past few years, Than...

November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving is a big deal in our family. It’s a time to gather together, catch up with family and friends, and…

Who am I kidding? Thanksgiving is all about the food! I typically host the Thanksgiving meal at my home. I have a nine-foot farm table that can easily seat 1...

October 30, 2018

Retreats are a way to escape the demands of everyday life and to focus on one thing, for the most part. I recall going to religious retreats when I was a teenager. Too old for Vacation Bible School, the youth group at my little church would gather together for a night...

October 12, 2018

Mississippi has some great storytellers. Greg Harkins is one of them. With his signature white beard and a twinkle in his eye, he’s been mistaken for Santa Claus more than once, and says he’s been mistaken for worse. Building toys is not his thing. Instead, Greg builds...

August 22, 2018

What weighs in at around nine pounds and contains more information about the state than most ever thought possible?

Published in 2017, it’s The Mississippi Encyclopedia, and by the numbers alone, it’s the most comprehensive publication ever on all things Mississippi....

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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.