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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. 

April 20, 2018

Spice up the mundane task of cooking daily dishes with new recipes and trendy techniques taught in fun, interactive settings at cooking classes throughout the South. Hands-on cooking classes offer the perfect setting for friends to share great conversations over a deli...

January 22, 2018

Does the title of this article make you wonder, “Doesn’t Richard know that Christmas was nearly a month ago?  Why is he singing a modified version of Christmas song?”  Well, it’s been as cold as Christmas, hasn't it?  Believe it or not, there's a perfectly good reason...

November 26, 2017

Sharing thoughtful sentiments to express appreciation, affection or even to extend a thank-you can mean much more by taking the time to write and send a handwritten note.  In a time when text messages, emails and social media posts are a primary form of written corresp...

November 22, 2017

“So Joe, what are you most thankful for?”

The microphone jutted my way. Five-hundred congregants awaited a profound answer. 

Priming the pump for his Thanksgiving sermon, my pastor combed the aisles, asking folks this highly open-ended question.

“For my family,” one...

November 21, 2017

I have a friend who owns a clothing boutique. As you can imagine, she does big business on Black Friday. This year should be no exception according to the National Retail Federation, which forecasts that sales will increase between 3.6 and 4 percent for a total of $678...

November 21, 2017


 

PART TWO IN A THREE-PART SERIES ON THE THREE PHASES OF FALLING IN LOVE.

—PHASE TWO—

What Happens When the Passion Wears Off?

After an initial, most passionate phase of a relationship, the so-called “Limerence Cocktail”—a hormonal high—wears off and lovers are faced...

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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.