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December 24, 2018

In my dream, this was the best Christmas

December 23, 2018

If Jesus appeared out of nowhere

December 23, 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 18, 2018

Arrrggh! Ahoy mates, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. . . for the dreaded Porch Pirates!

I remember a simpler time, just a few decades ago, when getting a package delivered was a most special affair. Somebody had taken the time and effort to put something in a...

December 17, 2018

Angels? Mangers? Christmas is about so much more than that. It's about more than what happened in the past. It's about a battler for your future. 

December 13, 2018

Since a big change in 1999, the cost of living adjustment for the state's defined benefit pension fund has become a huge downward pull on the plan's finances.

The cost of living adjustment or COLA paid to retirees by the Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississipp...

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...

December 10, 2018

It’s fitting that the first passages of Scripture that are referenced as the beginning of this ChristAdvent season come not from the New Testament, but from the Old. Christians believe that Jesus’ birth was prophesied hundreds of years ahead of time.

Jesus frequently id...

December 10, 2018

The Mississippi Public Service Commission could have two new members after the 2019 election. 

Central District Commissioner Cecil Brown announced Monday that he won't be seeking a second term on the three-member commission that regulates utilities and that the 74-year-...

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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.