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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 20, 2018

Our society suffers from the stigma of stereotypes.  Certain expectations hover over women when it comes to their homes, hobbies and workplace. 

Then there are women such as Ginger Edwards, a successful contractor and avid hunter, who breaks molds by prospering in...

July 27, 2018

If someone works all day in front of a computer and knows nothing about fitness, how can they live a healthy lifestyle?

Locals J.C. Hiatt and Thad Daniels found the solution.

Through the development of a specialized fitness program for developers called DevLifts, they ar...

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...

July 12, 2018

As a media consultant the past five years, Mary Ann Kirby knows the ins-and-outs of maneuvering through the media in a way that cashes in for her clients. 

However, “media consultant” is a title Mary Ann accidentally stumbled upon while in a season of searchin...

June 27, 2018

Natchez is known as the oldest established city on the Mississippi River, and the hub of the steamboat era. As if Natchez wasn’t already a tourist’s dream, the addition of a winery, brewery and distillery have added more reasons for tourists to visit the city and to st...

June 21, 2018

It’s been medically proven that engaging in enjoyable leisure activities can lower stress hormones and blood pressure. An article in the Psychosomatic Medicine Journal says that leisure activities can make you feel better all over and reduce your waist circumference an...

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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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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.