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Today is October 4, 2022

Mississippi Is...

Mississippi Is ...

The brilliant yellow daffodils popping up across Mississippi tease us and lift our spirits with a preview of springtime color. Gardeners are counting down the last days of winter, dreaming of the flower and vegetable varieties they will choose for this year’s plantings.

. . . antebellum tours and hospitality doers,
Small towns and Indian mounds.
Delta fields, sawmills and piney hills,
farmers’ tractors and 12-point rackers.
Shrimp boats and live oaks,
blues bands, Elvis fans and Gulf Coast sands.
Civil War sites and catfish bites,
Steamboat wheels and oil well drills.
Gospel choirs, bonfires and rusty barbed wires,
Gravel pits and buttered grits,
Jerry Clower tales and round hay bales,
Porch swings and Walt Grayson’s scenes.
— Lynda O’Quinn, Church Hill

    Mississippi is walking out on the patio of your countryside home, miles away from any town, neighbors widespread, looking to the left through a line of peach and apple trees at a 7-acre lake surrounded by wild ducks and deer. Take another look to your right at your planted fall garden of greens: turnip, mustard, kale, rape and collards. You remember to sit carefully because you have a cup of coffee and a buttered hot biscuit filled with muscadine jelly you made from the bush in your backyard.The serenity is magnificent. The only sound you hear is the old owl hooting in one of the nearby trees in the forest, and sometimes crickets. How wonderful is that?
— Anita Walton Moore, Holly Springs

I can sum up what Mississippi is to me in one word: home!
— Vickie Everett, Mendenhall

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