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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. 

It’s not often that someone has the courage to make a straightforward, common sense observation that goes against cultural talking points. When that does happen, however, it’s hard to keep from laughing outright, which is what I did when I came across a Twitter stateme...

January 8, 2018


Maybe we ought to go lighter this year. Just a thought.

A recent article says that the average American consumes twice the amount of material goods than 50 years ago; the average 10-year-old has 238 toys but plays with only 8; and Americans spend $1.3 trillion yearly...

October 24, 2017

The “Tiny House” movement is sweeping the nation.

Cable TV shows feature young couples—often with children—downgrading from 3,000 square-foot houses to about 500-foot spaces. The "new digs" still can cost more than $200,000 to build.

The goal? To simplify. Chunk the clut...

October 3, 2017

Mississippi's neighboring southern states offer great getaways with luxurious accommodations, relaxing recreational activities and fun-filled activities for couples and families. Pack your bags and turn up your favorite beats as you cruise to Birmingham, Alabama, for a...

August 31, 2017

Nestled along the mighty Mississippi River, Memphis, Tennessee thrives as a celebrated destination for visitors who look to be in tune with their senses - from the sounds of soulful music, to the taste of savory cuisines and sights of iconic places in history. Pack you...

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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.