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ass Welchlin calls his bike ride from northeast Minneapolis, Minn., to Jackson in 1998 “12 days of the best conversations I had between myself and God.” The trip took a total of 1,134 miles, or at least that’s what his odometer said when his bike broke down at the intersection of Fortification and State streets. Before that journey, the longest he had ever ridden was 720 miles. Fortunately, he already had a job here. Around 1997, while he was living in Minneapolis, Welchlin met Spencer Perkins. Perkins, then the owner and editor of “Urban Family & Reconcilers,” and his friend Chris Rice, who currently serves as the director of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School in North Carolina, had been to Minneapolis several times in their work across the country with Christian community development and racial reconciliation. Welchlin attended Park Avenue United Methodist Church, which had been having some problems within the congregation. Perkins and Rice did a reconciliation workshop that Welchlin calls “a cross between a workshop and an intervention” during the week. Welchlin was amazed by the work the pair was doing in communities across the nation, including the Christian commune in Jackson, the Antioch Community. “(It was like) Amish culture, but you didn’t have the Puritan guidelines,” Welchlin says about Antioch.


“It was a very unique social experiment.” After Perkins’ passing in 1998, Perkin’s father, Dr. John Perkins, hired Welchlin to help the Perkins Foundation with fundraising and volunteering while they revived its racial-relations ministry, Reconciler’s Fellowship, after the organization closed its doors on the Antioch Community, and almost shut down the race-relations ministry. Youth for Christ asked him to be on the board in late 2008, after he had given to the organization for a year and volunteered for a while. In October of this year, YFC asked him to be the executive director. The organization’s mission is to “reach young people everywhere.” Welchlin’s fiveyear goal is to grow the organization and saturate the metro area and surrounding middle schools with YFC’s programs and outreach. He also wants to begin a capital campaign and find another facility for the organization. Welchlin calls his biggest inspiration his family: his wife, Cassandra, whom he met here, and their three children, Kyita, Zia and Corban. Zia, 5, was diagnosed with severe Childhood Apraxia of Speech, a rare disease that gives a child trouble forming speech movements. “Having a child with a disability is a whole different category of parenting,” Welchlin says. For more information on Youth for Christ, visit —Amber Helsel and Chellese Hall

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11 Public Shakeup

Reorganizing the public works department could have lasting affects on Mayor Lumumba’s legacy and how developers deal with the Jackson City Council.

29 Worldly Wonders

Explore the significance of Muslim history in “The Legacy of Timbuktu” at the Mississippi Arts Center.

31 Hard Realities

“It’s that abject cruelty of America’s most awful institution that provides the thread for Solomon’s story, and not only makes it hard to watch but hard to find anything to be hopeful about. From the moment Solomon is captured, in Washington, D.C., it seems possible that he could be killed at any moment; we steady ourselves for the next act of crushing inhumanity to which black bodies will be subjected.” —R.L. Nave, “No Comfort in ‘12 Years a Slave’”

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by Amber Helsel, Editorial Assistant

Sacrificing the Turkey


swore to myself that the first editor’s note I wrote wouldn’t be about food, but alas, here I am, writing for the Holiday Food issue. Food is one of the main subjects I like to talk about, and eating is what I like to do. It always has been. My dad says he knows when it’s noon because I start complaining about being hungry. And when I don’t eat, or don’t eat that much, I tend to get pretty “hangry” (angry because you’re hungry). You can get me to do just about anything for food. I volunteer for events I’m not particularly fond of because I want the fun little bites and desserts and free meals. I love wedding receptions simply because they usually have wonderful things to eat. My mom says that, to lose weight, I have to practice self-control when it comes to food. I figured out a while ago, though, that that’s never going to happen. It’s not that I don’t want to. I do, but I just can’t. I don’t keep chips at my house because I know I’ll eat the whole bag. I try to stay away from candy because I know I can’t stop eating it. I’m not saying that I will never be able to control myself around food. It’s just not as simple as saying no. To be able to practice control, I have to change my whole way of thinking about food. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I made the decision last week to be a vegetarian. You see, whenever I sit down and think about the best way to change my lifestyle, I always come back to the idea of being a vegetarian. I’ve tried multiple times, but my inability to just say no to turkey sandwiches or pepperoni pizza stopped me. For two weeks while I lived in the dorms at Ole Miss, I was a vegetarian who “sometimes ate meat,” which meant that I ate Chick-fil-A whenever I didn’t want anything else. Probably a year ago, I told myself that this was it: I would finally just say no. But my love

for boneless wings turned me right back around. I tried again probably three months ago. I called myself a “baconatarian.” Basically, I was a vegetarian who also ate bacon, which I guess could be called semivegetarian. It was my way of weaning myself from away from meat, but after a while, finding

If I’m ever going to win the battle for my health, I have to make a drastic change.

non-omnivore ways to get protein became hard, so I relented and started eating meat again. This time, I wanted to be a baconatarian again, but I’ve realized over the last few days that I really don’t want to eat meat at all. Being a vegetarian may seem like an extreme reaction to my unhealthy eating habits, but normal has never been my style. In everything I do, I either give it my all, or I don’t even try. I’ve gone back and forth on my health so much that it’s wearing me out. So what’s a hopeless girl to do if she doesn’t want to be 30 and still overweight?

I told myself that whatever I did, this had to be it. No more back and forth. No more feeling guilty. No more joking around with something as dangerous as too much weight. I could ruin my entire life over one more piece of chocolate or another turkey sandwich. I know the time for sane decisions is over. If I’m ever going to win the battle for my health, I have to make a drastic change. For me, that’s trading in my burgers and deli sandwiches for hummus, salads and all kinds of vegetables I don’t like. (I know, I know. It’s hard to be a vegetarian if you don’t like vegetables, but I guess it’s the same as someone with a few tattoos being terrified of hypodermic needles.) I’ve been pondering the idea for a while, always too hesitant to finally decide to do it, but my breaking point came in the form of a book, or, at least, the little bit I’ve read of it. “Crazy Sexy Diet” by Kris Carr (skirt!, 2011, $19.95) presents a diet based on Carr’s drastic lifestyle change. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with a rare, incurable, but slow-moving form of stage 4 cancer. But instead of letting herself wither away, she made the decision to fight back. A lot of her book deals with the alkaline v. acidic diet argument (basically, eating meat and animal by-products over vegetables produces a lot of acid in your body, and can cause some serious health issues. Hello, Heartburn City.). The book argues that an alkaline diet (whole foods, plantbased) is better. So far, I believe every word she says, and she uses inspiring language as opposed to the women who wrote “Skinny Bitch,” which is basically a vegan manifesto disguised in a harsh diet book. I’ve had vegetarians, vegans and former vegetarians recommend that book to me, but every time they even mention the name, I stop them in their tracks. There’s a difference between

constructive criticism and insulting someone profusely. Carr radically changed her lifestyle by changing her diet to an alkaline one. She is now a champion for wellness, and has published many other books. “Crazy Sexy Diet” is great and informative, but maybe a little too hard for someone like me. A drastic lifestyle change like Carr’s has to happen gradually. I’m not saying that I’ll never get to that point, but I have to move at my own pace. Since I’m only about 20 pages into “Crazy Sexy Diet,” I guess you could say the book is more of someone shedding light on what I already know, rather than changing my mind. Before I bought the book, I flipped it open to a random page, and I liked what I saw. Then, I got home and realized that what I held in my hand was a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle change book. At that point, I didn’t want to make the sacrifice, so after reading those few pages, I told myself I’d return it. But over the next couple of days, I decided to sacrifice my love of meat for a healthier, better me. And I decided to keep the book, to finish it with a new outlook. I’ve now spent seven days as a vegetarian, and though I haven’t strayed from fried foods, lots of bread, and grilled-cheese sandwiches, I feel better than I’ve felt in a long time. Along this journey, I know I could encounter problems such as lack of vitamin B12 and iron, and just my general need to be an omnivore. The next step is to kick it up a notch and focus on more than not eating meat, but that time will come. For life changes such as these, you have to take baby steps and make sure to put one foot in front of the other. It may not be the decision everyone else would make, but it’s the one that feels best for me. To win a long battle, sometimes you just have to change your perspective.

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R.L. Nave, native Missourian and news editor, roots for St. Louis—and for Jackson. Send him news tips at rlnave@ or call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He wrote for the talk section.

Rick Cleveland (rcleveland@ is the executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. He wrote the column about his friend Willie Morris..

Alexis Moody is a self-proclaimed nerd, music lover, Sabre fencer, Steam video game player and all around fan of all things awesome. She wrote for the cover package.

Copy Editor Dustin Cardon is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. He enjoys reading fantasy novels and wants to write them himself one day. He wrote for the cover package, and he also edits and posts the JFP Daily.

Music Editor Briana Robinson is trying to become an expert on all things music. Her other passions include dance and photography. Send the music scoop at She wrote a music story.

Editorial Intern Mo Wilson is a Millsaps College student. He enjoys pizza, the Internet, dancing alone in his bedroom, social justice, politics and giggling. He wrote an art story.

Advertising Designer Andrea Thomas is a lover of all genres of music, fashion and good food. She spends her free time exploring everything Jackson has to offer. She designed many of the ads for the issue.

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Offering Solutions by Mable Sessions As a child, I used to hear my father say that you should not point out a problem without offering a solution. So, even though I have no money to throw at the problems the Jackson area, here are a few possible ways to combat them. First is the school system. More and more of our young people are not completing school. We need to go back to having the trade schools as a part of the curriculum. I will be the first to admit that not all of our young people are college material, but they are all teachable. Maybe drafting classes would encourage some children in the engineering direction, (others) might be encouraged to design clothes in the homemaking classes. A nurses’ aide or LPN program for young people from the 10th grade to graduation would go a long way in career building. Or, at the very least children could learn to cook at home, and stay out of McDonalds, etc. With so many single-parent homes, being able to prepare meals at home would not only save money, but also give the child a sense of contributing to the home, empowering them to know that they could make a difference. Then, there is the fact that we keep in-

viting companies to come to Mississippi, but we have not put in place a work force to show our commitment to the company. A free trade school, outside of the customary school system, alongside junior colleges, would go a long way in providing an able workforce. It may encourage some of those high-risk children to stay in school and be ready to work, or have enough of a background in training to show themselves capable of learning. The Chinese saying about teaching a man to fish makes so much sense in the everyday world. If we teach the children to do a thing with dignity and pride, it is something that will last a lifetime. I truly believe that education is the key. I also believe that the school system should not be the only educational tool we use. Mentoring could help some children just as much. A child will do what you do much quicker than they will do what you say. There has to be a way to make apprentice programs available. Hospitals could use the cheaper labor (volunteers welcome!). Law offices, farmers, the police department, the sheriff’s office, etc. could all have a hand in grooming young people for future careers. As I said, I have no money to throw at the problem, but some of these monies should be out there already.

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“Anywhere you go in the world where you have bad economics and bad education, you have crime.” —Jackson Mayor Lumumba on the idea that crime in the capital city is worse than in other cities.

John Donald Cody, a defendant in a $100 million, cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud case, is found guilty of racketeering, theft, money laundering and other charges. … The U.N.’s World Food Program distributes rice and other items to nearly 50,000 people in the Tacloban area of the Philippines. Thursday, Nov. 14 Officials announce that President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law. … Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger is sentenced to life in prison. Friday, Nov. 15 Republicans push toward House passage of a measure to let insurers keep offering health coverage that falls short of the Affordable Care Act’s standards. … China loosens family planning rules that limit many couples to a single child and abolishes the country’s labor-camp system. Saturday, Nov. 16 Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, erupts for the first time since 1992, lighting up the sky over much of eastern Sicily.

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Sunday, Nov. 17 Dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms sweep across the Midwest, leaving at least six people dead and flattening entire neighborhoods. … Residents of the Libyan capital launch a general strike and hold protests, demanding the city’s myriad of powerful militias be disbanded after violence in which nearly 50 people were killed over the weekend.


Monday, Nov. 18 George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood-watch volunteer who was acquitted of any charges in the 2012 fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, is charged with aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief after his 27-year-old girlfriend called 911. Tuesday, Nov. 19 Civil War historian James McPherson and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speak to mark the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Comment at

Departing Brazilians Detail JSU Thefts by R.L. Nave


ackson State boasts that more than 90 countries are represented among students and faculty members. Make it 89. Last weekend, 27 students from Brazil withdrew from Jackson State University following three incidents dating back to the summer in which the students were victims of theft. The most recent incident happened the evening of Nov. 9, when a male student says he was robbed at gunpoint as he was leaving the campus cafeteria. The student, who asked that his name not be printed, said two male assail- Diversity at Jackson State University took a hit recently when the school lost 27 Brazilian ants, each brandishing a handgun, students, whose consulate withdrew them after a series of thefts. demanded money, but the student didn’t have any. he reported the theft to campus police, but cials are trying to get to the bottom of what “I (didn’t) feel comfortable walking he never got his stuff back; he also contacted happened. Stringfellow also aid he doubts alone,” the student told the Jackson Free the consulate. that thieves targeted the international stuPress at a going away function in Jackson. Even though it was the only time he dents. He and his fellow Brazilian students had ever had anything stolen while attending Julio Del Castillo, president of the Latin were attending Jackson State as part of a the school, Joao Pedro said his confidence American Business Association, said the inciscience, technology, engineering and math was shattered. dents are a black eye to JSU and to Jackson development program sponsored by Brazil’s “It became clear that we couldn’t walk but that he also doesn’t believes the robberies government. Apparently, the attempted the university alone,” he said. are part of a pattern. armed robbery was the final straw, and the The first incident happened over the Del Castillo said he still considers consulate decided late last week to pull the summer, when a student named Brenda “Jackson a nice place to live even we have students out of JSU and move them to an- said she was leaving the cafeteria after some issues.” other school in the southeast. breakfast and a man snatched her iPhone “Latinos, African Americans, Indians Another student said that on Nov. 8 his and ran away. and whites, in my experience get along rebackpack bag that contained his cell phone, “It’s really emotional,” Brenda said. ally well. … Hopefully, this incident will not dorm keys and a favorite sweater disappeared Eric Stringfellow, executive director for affect the city as narrative,” Del Castillo told while he played volleyball at the recreation JSU communications, said Monday that he the Jackson Free Press this week. center. The student, who asked to be identi- did not have enough information about the Email R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreefied only by his first name, Joao Pedro, said incidents to comment, but that school offi- Comment at TRIP BURNS

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Hank Bounds, the state higherlearning said the state’s colleges and universities are among the nation’s most affordable. p 10

Memorable Mayors By admitting to smoking crack cocaine, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has entered the pantheon of most controversial mayors. Here are a few others that shouldn’t be forgotten.

attacked him for saying, “When I see a cat in the street, I accelerate. Stray cats have no business on the street. So, bang! I accelerate,” in a radio interview.

by write-in. “His biggest political rivals would be other local businesses that would hate that he comes over and takes a nap and leaves fur everywhere,” one resident told CNN.

Luigi Bobbio of Castellammare di Stabia, Italy, banned miniskirts and other clothing he considered too revealing, as well as swearing in public, sunbathing and playing football in public areas, according to the BBC, to keep up public decorum.

Arturas Zuokas of Vilnius, Lithuania, once got into a tank and ran over an illegally-parked Mercedez Benz to prove a point about illegal parking in the Baltic city with a population just north of 500,000. There is video evidence of this, and that is awesome.

Stephane Gendron of Huntingdon, Quebec, had to apologize after animal-advocacy groups

Stubbs the Cat of Talkeetna, Alaska, has served as mayor since winning a 1997 election

Frank Melton of Jackson, Miss., led the illegal demolition of a duplex with sledgehammers, claiming the residents were drug dealers, and conducted a public feud with an alleged drug dealer who went by the moniker “Batman.”

“The impact is dramatic and will have a long-term impact on the community.” —Beneta Burt, director of the Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity, on effects of food-stamp cuts.

“They are led by people who have said, ‘We would rather have 30 pure conservative senators than the majority.’ Well, I’d rather have the majority.” —former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on the Tea Party to The Clarion-Ledger.

Jackson Talks Crime Solutions by R.L. Nave

by Amber Helsel


f you’re a wine connoisseur, you’ve most likely heard of Beaujolais Nouveau Day. In France at 12:01 a.m. on the third Thursday in November, Beaujolais Nouveau is released to the French masses. The country celebrates this wine with parties, fireworks, music and festivals. The wine, generally a cherry red vintage, is made from handpicked Gamay grapes, and its quick fermentation process—about six to eight weeks long—lend to its crisp, clean flavor. The cheap and cheerful drink originated over a century ago to celebrate the harvest season. The French aren’t the only ones who can celebrate the first harvest of this year’s European wines. Wineries ship Beaujolais Nouveau around the world in time for bottles to land at liquor stores and wine cellars on the same day—the third Thursday. Check with your local wine seller to see if they will have Beaujolais or other Nouveau-style this week. It also makes a great addition to your Thanksgiving celebration, as it is a mid-range wine that can work with both light and heavy foods. Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé! city version of a stimulus program and is participating in Alignment Jackson, a consortium of government agencies and nonprofit groups working on education in the capital city. Ingrid Cloy, another audience member, framed Lumumba and Robinson’s points a different way. “Stop talking about crime,” Cloy implored. “Crime is not the problem—crime is a symptom of the problem.” Email R.L. Nave at or call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. Comment at



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t a forum in Jackson last week, and killed outside his home after feuding positive stories in Jackson. “I know you more than 100 people descended with a man the previous night. The previ- have to keep ratings up, but the most on the Mississippi Capitol to ous month, the teenagers Jason Murphy important thing is human life,” Robincombat what organizson said at the meeting. ers called the “recent onslaught To be sure, violent crime of crime in Jackson.” has dominated news cover Among the innovative age in recent weeks. State Sen. crime-fighting solutions audiJohn Horhn, who organized ence members proposed were the meeting, said that a “tipping having church leaders meet peripoint” for him was the murder odically, building more commuof 7-year-old Jaidon Hill. Hill, nity centers, locking up crimialong with his mother and stepnals for longer periods of time father, were killed earlier this and praying harder. month. The family, who lived Jimmie Robinson, the in Brandon, had been missing president of the Virden Adfor about a week before investidition Community Assogators discovered their bodies in ciation, offered perhaps the Copiah County. Police arrested most radical ideas. and charged two Jackson men “Put your arms around a in connection with the deaths. young black man, and let them “I don’t know what was Robinson, president of the Virden Addition Community know you love them. Treat them Jimmie going on with the adults in Association, has a radical solution to crime: love. nice, and show them you care,” that family, but that child did Robinson said. not deserve to die,” Horhn said He could be dismissed as naïve, but and A.J. Barber were also murdered in the at the Capitol, eliciting nods of approval Robinson is a septuagenarian Army veteran neighborhood. and applause. who lives in a neighborhood that has seen Robinson recognizes the tragedy In a twist of irony, Horhn himself five homicides in recent months; many of those murders, but is also frustrated became a criminal statistic when Jackson of those victims were young and black. at the local news media for being so Police arrested him on suspicion of DUI. In September, William Brown was shot quick to report killings while ignoring Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that of the 1,210 traffic deaths among children through the age of 14 years in 2010, approximately 17 perby Amber Helsel cent involved an alcohol-impaired driver. Overall in 2010, about 10,228 people he one drawback to DO place the bags at the died in alcohol-related car crashes, reprefall is the plethora of street by 7 a.m. on garbagesenting nearly one-third of all the nation’s leaves that gather in our collection day. They will be traffic-related deaths. yards, which brings on the collected with the rest of At Horhn’s forum, there was little inevitably not-fun task of your trash. discussion of crimes such as DUIs. Most Help your community by raking the piles. The city of DON’T be discouraged if following city guidelines of the conversation centered on property Jackson has some do’s and you find only a couple of on the disposal of leaves. crimes that young people commit for fast don’ts for exposing of your your bags gone. It may take cash. Of the more than 100 people who leaves. collectors up to two days attended, many had stories about being to get them depending on charge (anything in the victims of smashed car windows, stolen DO place leaves in garbage how many there are. municipal separate storm cars, home and business burglaries, and bags (preferably composta- DON’T leave bags loose sewer system that is not home invasions. ble), trash cans or any type or open. composed entirely of storm Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumof lawn or garden bag. DON’T leave bags on the water) and is subject to ba, whose eldest son, Kambon, was shot DON’T rake leaves and curb that weigh more than fines. If the storm sewers in the head years ago but survived (he other debris on the curb. 60 pounds. have an illicit discharge, the remains paralyzed), stressed the imporOr into your neighbor’s DON’T mix trash with contaminated wastewater tance of maintaining the proper peryard. That’s just mean. the leaves. enters into storm drains or spective on crime. DO make sure inlets and directly into the local water “Anywhere you go in the world drain pipes are clear of REMEMBER that put- supply before getting treatwhere you have bad economics and bad leaves to avoid damage or ting leaves in storm drains ed at a wastewater plant. education, you have crime,” Lumumba flooding issues. is considered an illicit dissaid. He noted that his office is growing the city’s public-works department as the



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State Buckles Under Steep College Costs


ollege costs are soaring, and Mississippi students remain grounded. New information from accountmanagement service, a subsidiary of media conglomerate Hearst Corp., shows that Jackson is among the cities with the highest average student-loan debt. The report, published in late October, ranks Jackson No. 8, with an average college-loan indebtedness of $16,540.99. Memphis ranks No. 1 on the list, with student borrowers having $19,507.37 in college debt. This news comes on the back of more troubling news about the affordability of college. Just before the federal government went into partial shutdown mode amid a dispute over the government’s ability to borrow money, the U.S. Department of Education released the latest data on the three-year federal student-loan cohort default rate, which measures the percentage of borrowers who default on their federal student loans. Those numbers are on the rise, going from 13.4 percent in fiscal year 2009 to 14.7 percent in FY 2010, the report shows. Whitney Barkley, a staff attorney with the Mississippi Center for Justice, said that with all that debt piling up, the collegeloan bubble could be “the next big crash,” possibly surpassing the mortgage meltdown that ushered in the Great Recession. “Borrowers (of today) can’t contribute to the economy the way that previous generations contributed to the economy,” Barkley said. A glint of good news for Mississippi lies in those grim numbers, however. Here, about 55 percent of stu-

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Higher Learning Commissioner Hank M. Bounds has confidence in the state colleges and universities.

plan to make college affordable. “[S]tudents and families and taxpayers cannot just keep subsidizing college costs that keep going up and up,” Obama said in his Aug. 24 weekly address from the White House. The reasons for the increases in tuition are numerous, but chief among them are that states have cut funding for their schools in reaction to the latest economic downturn. In Mississippi, state funding has decreased by nearly a third from 2008 to 2013, which comes out to a cut of $3,146 Help from Washington? per student. Over the summer, President Barack The Center on Budget and Policy PriObama went on the stump to promote his orities, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, warns that those cuts do not bode well for the future if states do not begin to re-invest in higher education. “[S]tates $1.2 that enact deep tax cuts will make it much $1.01 more difficult to rebuild their higher-edutrillion cation systems and jeopardize their ability 1.0 In trillions, including outstanding principal and to compete for the jobs of the future,” the interest balances CBPP stated in a March report. Donations are also down, too, es0.8 pecially for private colleges. Costs, on the other hand, despite some draconian $516 budget cuts, have still crept up. In the 0.6 billion end, schools have passed on their shortfalls to students. The first tine of the president’s three0.4 pronged plan involves setting up a value rating system to rank colleges. He has directed the U.S. Department of Education 0.2 to come up with the system based on metrics such as whether schools provide access to low- and middle-income students, 0 tuition costs, average student-loan debt at 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013* graduation and whether those graduates *Through the third quarter source: The Washington Post get well-paying jobs after they leave the halls of academia.

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dents graduate with loan debt compared to the national rate of approximately 75 percent. That’s due, in part, to Mississippi’s strong community college system, which helps keep studentloan default rates down, Barkley said. Nationwide, the problem is daunting. At $1.3 trillion, outstanding student-loan debt is second only to mortgage debt in the United States. In Mississippi, the average graduate leaves college with roughly $24,000 in loan debt, which is also lower than the national average of $26,600. Fueling the bubble is a big jump in college tuition costs at public universities, which have risen 50 percent since 2000 and, because of the economic slump, more people went back to school to learn new skills. During this period, for-profit, or proprietary, schools expanded their presence in the college marketplace. Barkley noted that for-profit institutions are typically more expensive than traditional twoand four-year colleges. “The growing number of students who have defaulted on their federal student loans is troubling,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan through a press release about the student-loan rates. “We remain committed to building a shared partnership with states, local governments, institutions, and students—as well as the business, labor, and philanthropic leaders—to improve college affordability for millions of students and families.”

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The second part of the president’s proposal is “The Race to the Top: College Affordability and Completion” challenge, which will reward states “that are willing to systematically change their higher education policies and practices,” to “increase the number of college graduates and contain the cost of tuition,” the White House website states. The last part of the plan proposes to cap student-loan payments at 10 percent of earnings. Although the details are far from clear, yet, the first part of the president’s proposal is already generating criticism, and it has some college administrators worried. M. Christopher Brown, president of Alcorn State University in Lorman, believes that in Mississippi, where tuition at public universities is lower than anywhere in the country, a high-value ranking could artificially keep Alcorn’s tuition so low that it could interfere with his school’s ability to function. Ranking colleges to determine eligibility for funding is nothing new. In a nationwide analysis published on its website in February, the National Conference of State Legislators showed that a dozen states had already mandated performance metrics to determine the amount of funding state colleges and universities receive from state coffers. The metrics include course completion rates, time to graduation and the numbers of low-income and minority students. At the time of the NCSL analysis, most states had either implemented performance funding, were transitioning to it or were talking about it. The analysis showed Mississippi being “in formal discussions” to hop on the performance-funding bandwagon. Lawmakers made it official before this year’s legislative session ended in March. Hank M. Bounds, Mississippi’s commissioner of higher education, responded to a Jackson Free Press interview request regarding the president’s plan with the following email: “Mississippi public universities provide a great value and return on investment for our students and our state. I am confident that they will do well if the proposed rating system is put into place. “The new allocation model approved by the Board of Trustees in April is a performance-based model that already drives improvement in student retention and graduation rates. “Mississippi has the lowest per capita income in the country, so our universities understand the issues of accessibility and affordability and work hard every day to open doors of opportunity to all of our students.” Comment at

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ith all the talk about putting Jackson first, attracting business and teaching kids other parts of American history besides the Christopher Columbus discovery myth, reforming the city’s public works department took a back seat during the 2013 municipal elections. That’s ironic, because after it all shakes out, the reorganization of Jackson’s public works department could end up as a highlight of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s legacy. The change—a physical, economic and philosophical one—began long before

Many Jackson streets, like Mill Street, have needed work for years and could soon get a makeover if the city’s department of public works gets the political equivalent of a steroid shot.

Lumumba dismissed former department director Dan Gaillet on Oct. 29, citing philosophical differences. Instead, the change began at a Jackson City Council meeting July 30. Ward 4 Councilman De’Keither Stamps and Ward 3 Councilwoman LaRita Cooper-Stokes killed a motion to adopt a change order to the contract the city had with Florencebased Hemphill Construction to rebuild Fortification Street. The construction company’s original bid for the project was $8,988,961, nearly three times the city’s annual street-resurfacing budget, to reconstruct 1.2 miles from Farish Street to Greymont Avenue. The work included replacement of water and sewer mains, including a 24-inch water main on Jefferson Street between Fortification and Manship streets. It also provided for Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalks, changing the street from four lanes to three lanes between Jefferson Street and Greymont Avenue, replacing six traffic signals, adding traffic-monitoring cameras and fiber-optic communication wires, and installing decorative lighting fixtures. But workers had found a 42-inch water drainage pipe clogged with trash underneath the street, and it was going to cost an additional $151,000 to clean it out. Stamps took a stand, saying nothing would change in Jackson’s municipal gov-

ernment if it didn’t start with the way the city managed its money. His phone blew up for the next week. His email was full. Business owners on Fortification were furious that he had seemingly delayed the project. In the end, it may prove to have been worth it, he says. Even though the same measure came before the council and was approved two weeks later, the message, Stamps says, got through. “I wish I could explain how much of an effect that one ‘no’ vote has had,” Stamps said Thursday. “With that one vote, we changed the way companies bid on projects that the city puts out requests for proposals for. People aren’t lowballing us and just expecting us to approve subsequent change orders anymore.” The next shoe to drop was Lumumba’s decision to dismiss Gaillet, who had held the position since 2009 under former Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. Lumumba promoted Gaillet’s assistant Willie Bell to serve as interim director. Gaillet re-surfaced in Biloxi, where that city council has tabled mayor A.J. Holloway’s nomination of him to lead that city’s department of public works. Bell has become the new face of public works, even if his job does carry the dreaded “interim” moniker. “One thing we’re doing differently is that we have more people involved in the decision-making process,” Bell said at a Nov. 4 council meeting. “For example, we had a representative from human and cultural services sit into a meeting yesterday to talk about City Hall. In the end, that means more aspects of a project are taken into account on the front end, and that kind of collaboration will help us make better decisions for the city.” Now, the mayor and the city council are looking inward, ready to change the way the city handles public roads and pipes— doing the exact opposite of the privatization that more conservative elected officials tend to favor. The council has already approved the 2014 city budget, in which Lumumba increased the public works budget $22 million to a whopping $398 million. That opened the door for the department to hire more workers and purchase equipment to and supplies to fix the streets. Whether Bell, who worked on Lumumba’s campaign and served as Gaillet’s deputy director, will hold the position longterm is uncertain, but Stamps says he has confidence in him. “I don’t know if he is the long-term answer,” Stamps said. “But I think he is more than capable of becoming that leader we desperately need in that position.”

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‘onslaught’ “No part of this city has been spared from the recent onslaught of crime in Jackson. Everybody’s been affected.”

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—State Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, who was arrested and charged with DUI hours after he held a community-crime forum at the Capitol.


Why it stinks: The hypocrisy of whining about crime and then being arrested for committing a rather serious crime is so thick and heavy that this space is too small to adequately address it and all of its dimensions. Horhn’s remarks also underscore the problem as a narrow view of crime. Sure, people commit violent crime in Jackson, and property crimes, too. But people also run red lights, they cheat on their taxes, they sell counterfeit merchandise and they drive drunk—in Jackson and everywhere else. When was the last time a public official in Mississippi staged a public demonstration to demand an end to the rampant rolling of stop signs at Jackson intersections, even though doing so could get someone killed? After all, drunk driving, like other forms of crime, can touch many lives. Do DUIs factor into Horhn’s calculus of the recent onslaught of crime in Jackson? Will he rally? We’ll be waiting.

City: Get Messaging Right on Sales-Tax Referendum


ard 6 Jackson City Councilman Tony Yarber made a good point at the council work session Monday night. He pointed out that, with just one month and 25 days until the city puts to the people a referendum on a 1-percent sales tax, we still don’t know what the benefits or repercussions of a “yes” vote will be. Yarber suggested delaying the vote, now scheduled for Jan. 14, 2014, to give council and the mayor’s office more time to gather information and sway voters to support the measure. Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. agreed, adding that he felt council members should have a united message as they go out into their respective wards to sell the tax increase. “Just to leverage your point,” he said. “I just heard you say it will bring $20 million in additional revenue, and I’ve been saying $7 million to $8 million.” This kind of discrepancy is scary, considering the drawbacks the 1-percent sales tax has attached to it. To whit, it is a regressive tax that hits everyone equally, including the poorest among us, and the committee that will oversee the disbursement of these funds could potentially include members that do not have Jackson’s residents best interest at heart. There’s also a lot of good a 1-percent sales tax could do. Estimates on how much money the city would get—the overwhelming majority of which

would go to vital infrastructure—ranges from $8 million to $20 million. The official number from the mayor’s office is $15 million. If that is true, and this is a 10-year tax, that could mean $150 million in future revenue the city could borrow against. That sure would help the city get a jumpstart on fixing its wastewater management system to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s consent decree, still the biggest cloud hanging over our city. With the increase in capability at the public works department, we could double the spending, and thus actual work, we do on streets for the next 10 years. We can’t imagine many Jacksonians who wouldn’t get behind that. But we have major reservations about the municipal government raising our taxes. Our property tax rates are already higher than those of our bedroom communities, and this year’s $500 million budget is already massive for a city the size of Jackson. We’re with Yarber: The city’s leadership needs to step up and tackle these questions head on. If we are going to cede another $15 million to the city, we need to know exactly what we are going to get, and we need to be assured of who is going to be spending it on our behalf—and what that commission will look like. We only have one shot at this, and we don’t need to rush it.

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y late, ineffable friend Willie Morris, gone from us for more than 14 years now, would turn 79 next week. I miss him. Safe to say, everyone who knew Willie misses him. If I could write him a birthday letter, here’s what it would say: Dear Willie, Happy birthday. Cheers! See how I used the word “ineffable”? Keeping your favorite word going for you, pal. Sure do wish we could have one of birthday dinners at The Mayflower, but I’m sure Mr. Mike is taking care of you up there. I’m betting the Greeks run the restaurants in heaven, too. Tell Mr. Mike the Clevelands say hi, and miss him. Tell him he won our bet. He died before they restored the King Edward. Tell him I’ll pay him his five bucks, Willie, but I hope it’s not too soon. Boy, so much has happened since the last time we talked. I hardly know where to start. But you always want to talk sports first so there’s this: The Ole Miss football Rebels are 7-3 and beat Texas, your alma mater, earlier this season. Lots of people asked me who you would have pulled for. I said there’s not a doubt in my mind you would have pulled for the Rebels. But here’s something you really won’t believe. The football coach at Ole Miss, Hugh Freeze, makes $2 million a year. That’s right: $2,000,000—six zeroes—and he’s fixin’ to make a whole lot more. The coach at your alma mater makes $6 million a year. To coach football. It’s still a crazy world, getting more crazy all the time, Willie. Remember the old south end-zone bleachers where we used to sit at Ole Miss games? The stadium is bowled in now. There are luxury suites at the top. You don’t even have to hide your whiskey. You can keep it up there in a locker. Seriously. One more sports thing, Willie: The Saints won a Super Bowl. No, really. I was there. I saw it with my own eyes. The Saints ain’t Aints any more. Oh boy, there’s so much else. You wouldn’t recognize your city, the Old Bold, as you called it. Well, you would recognize the streets. I’m afraid they are still an adventure. But they’re working on it, we’re told. Our mayor’s name is Chokwe Lumumba, which scares the bejeezus out of suburbanites. Smart guy. He’s got a grand opportunity. I have high hopes. We’ll see. You wouldn’t recognize Fondren, your old neighborhood, Willie. We’ve got restaurants, shops, taverns, art galleries, too much traffic. We’ve got our own little town is what we have. The food’s better than ever at Walker’s, but you can’t brown-bag any more. I went to a book signing last night at The Apothecary, which is a speakeasy-type bar behind Brent’s. Cool.

Let’s see, what else? America has elected a mixed-race president named Barack Hussein Obama—twice. It’s a long story. Trust me, you’d like him. Our buddy Malcolm White is now the state’s director of tourism. Is that not perfect? We always knew he could draw a crowd. I see your neighbor, Gov. Winter, occasionally, although never often enough. He’s doing great. His 90th birthday was celebrated in the Old Capitol, where we had your visitation. You would have loved it. He got a standing ovation, just as you did at your funeral. Oh yeah, tell Will D. Campbell “howdy” for all of us, please. He presided over the best funeral I ever attended: yours. Last time I saw Gov. Winter was the groundbreaking for the Civil Rights Museum, which is going up right next to the William Winter Archives and History Building on North Street. Yes, Willie, we are getting some things right. Hey, we’ve even got a library named after you. Your buddy Tyler Cleveland whom you scared the hell out of at the witch’s grave, is writing, like you always said he would if he didn’t become a Major Leaguer. Well, he didn’t come close to the latter. Genetics got him, Willie; he just never could stand in against the curve, and he always ran too long in the same place. Annie Cleveland is still acting. She’s now up in Chicago, fixin’ to do a bunch of plays by Mississippi playwrights. Boy, she misses you. She still remembers the witch’s grave, Willie. How could she forget? Remember? You saw the witch coming out of the woods and ran after her, while 5-year-old Annie screamed bloody murder, and I hid behind a tombstone. Then you came back yelling: “She bit me! She bit me! I think she bit off my ear!” That ketchup sure did look like blood. I think Annie finally stopped having nightmares about age 12. I know you want to know about books. Donna Tartt, your student who wrote beautifully about you, has written a new one, “The Goldfinch.” The Times gave it a smash review. I am 500 pages in—already fearing the last page. Steve Yarbrough, another of your students, keeps writing fine books. Richard Ford’s last book, “Canada,” was his best, yet. Johnny Evans is still fighting the good fight at Lemuria even with Books a Jillion, and people buying books online and reading them off their Kindles. Kindles? It’s another long story. Beautiful JoAnne is still beautiful, Willie. She still breaks out your uniquely printed menus at dinner parties. We all miss you, Willie, but she misses you most. Everybody—and I mean everybody— says hi. Your pal, Rick

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A Political Casualty Even with Meredith’s full-time job, the family struggles to make ends meet. They are just three of the approximately 47 million people in the U.S. who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a government food-assistance program for low-income families. SNAP, which has had many names over the years, recently became a casualty of political haggling, ostensibly in the name of fiscal responsibility. The cuts threaten the stability of the families like the Starks. While members of Congress, who each earns in excess of $100,000 per year, demonize SNAP recipients, the program has been a lifeline for many people during the Great Recession. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which funds the programs that individual states administer, helps pay for breads, cereals, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry and dairy products, as well as seeds or plants that

can be grown to produce food SNAP does not pay for alcohol, tobacco, pet food, soaps, paper products, cleaning supplies, vitamins, medicines, food consumed in a store or hot food items.

income must be less than $23,803. The federal stimulus program of 2009 increased SNAP payments. Congress not only rolled back those increases, but slashed the benefits further. As of Nov. 1, the maximum Courtesy Meredith and Chris Starks

eredith Stark nervously shifts in her seat, leaning in and, then, leaning back. Her eyes are dark brown, overcast like the sky outside Love’s Truck Stop in Tupelo. Her warmly friendly personality peeks through her nervous energy. She’s modestly dressed in a long-sleeved lavender knit top, black boot-cut slacks and black tennis shoes. Her straight, brown hair is pulled back in a neat ponytail with the occasional tendril escaping to frame her face. She talks quickly and emphatically. She’s the picture of a stressed mom fighting a fierce battle to keep it all contained. Stark has good reason to be stressed. She’s working full-time at a local hotel as a customer-service representative, studying pre-nursing courses at a local community college and taking care of her 5-year-old son, Noah. Her husband, Chris, is a student and sits at the end of the booth. Noah is ridiculously cute, grinning and staring curiously from behind his glasses, his wiry little frame bobbing up and down next to his mother. Chris has to jump up and follow him as he makes his escape from the hard, plastic booth. He is a happy kid, oblivious to the struggles his parents face on a daily basis.

Meredith and Chris Stark are working full time and going to school to make a better life for their son, Noah, pictured here. In 2011, the Starks signed up for the federal foodassistance program SNAP to help while the couple works to get back on their feet.

Mississippi SNAP recipients must meet certain criteria as outlined by the USDA. They must work for “low wages,” be unemployed or working part-time, receive government-assistance payments. Elderly and disabled people can also qualify for SNAP. For a household of three, annual

benefit levels dropped from $526 to $497 per month for a family of three like the Starks. ‘Pretty Much Homeless’ Meredith Stark and her family signed up for SNAP in 2011. “We lost our job ... in Missouri, where we were at before,

and things kept spiraling out of control. We were pretty much homeless. And then (Chris’) mom offered up a home, and we came here,” Meredith said. She earns $7.25 per hour. Chris is attending school full-time and cares for Noah while Meredith is working. “It’s hard to make it off that,” Meredith said. “I’m trying to better our lives. It (SNAP) helps.” Meredith works nights as a customer-service representative at a hotel in New Albany and takes pre-nursing courses three days a week at a local community college. She hopes to graduate from nursing school and practice pediatric nursing. Noah has autism. When the Starks were in Missouri, Chris was working in a call center for Chase Bank. It was a decent paying job. They were staying with Chris’s grandmother; but she wasn’t used to toddlers, especially impulsive ones like Noah. She eventually asked them to leave. Because of a previous eviction, Chris and Meredith couldn’t find a landlord to rent to them. Then, Chris lost his job. They were running out of options in Missouri. Chris’ mother remarried and offered to let them move into her house in Tupelo. “There was no other option,” Meredith reflects on their odyssey to Tupelo, Miss. In June 2011, the family signed up for SNAP. It took a month to get an appointment, and they had to produce pay stubs from Meredith’s employer to receive $133 per month; now, the amount the receive has been slashed even more, down to $105 per month. Living has been reduced to a dayto-day juggling act. Chris and Meredith worry about running out of money for food and gas. “I budget our gas on a dayto-day basis,” Chris said. Now that Noah can take the bus to preschool, their commutes are less financially taxing. They occasionally rely on their parents for help when times are especially tough, but Meredith doesn’t like to. “It’s embarrassing. … I feel so weird to even ask,” she said.

Bad for Business While cutting SNAP could represent a solution looking for a problem, economic experts say that rolling back SNAP could be disastrous for both the

Steve Holland, a Tupelo-area state lawmaker who champions social safety net issues, fears that SNAP cuts will hurt Mississippian families and farmers.

families that rely on the program as well as local economies. “It’s certainly the wrong time to pass cuts in Mississippi. Businesses are going to hurt from this cut as well,” said Ed Sivak, executive director of Mississippi Economic Policy Center. Sivak said the some 3,400 authorized SNAP retailers generate revenue and stimulate a flagging economy. SNAP benefits get spent locally, in local businesses. “It supports people who are working there,” Sivak elaborates. People who don’t even depend on SNAP benefit indirectly from the program. SNAP retailers hire workers in their stores. They provide jobs for the truck drivers needed to transport food. They provide business to farmers who produce the food. This doesn’t even factor in the number of jobs only peripherally related to the food industry, such as graphic designers for print ads and food containers, mechanics who service trucks. During the current fiscal year, Mississippi SNAP recipients injected $750 million into the state’s economy. Legends abound about “welfare queens” spending their entire lives on SNAP, literally mooching off the government, but Sivak indicates that this is a political myth. “Participation in these programs is often temporary,” he said. But the long-term effect of these cuts could be devastating. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities’ report on SNAP cuts illustrates the scope of these cuts in terms of meals per month that Beneta Burt, with the Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity Inc., believes that SNAP rule changes that allow people to use benefits at farmers markets like the one her organization operates has had a positive effect on the health of SNAP families.

SNAP recipients will lose. Based on the Thrifty Food Plan’s $1.70 to $2 per meal calculations, a family of four will lose 21 meals per month. A family of three, like the Starks, will lose 16 meals per month. Of the approximately 47 million people on SNAP, about 72 percent are in households with children, and more than 25 percent are living in households with seniors or someone who is disabled. Between 2007 and 2011, the number of SNAP recipients increased sharply. The Congressional Budget Office reports that the spike in SNAP participation was primarily due to the recession and the country’s slow recovery. SNAP became a safety net for the casualties of the recession who faced job or income loss. In 2012, SNAP enrollment began to decline in response to a recovering economy. However, Mississippi numbers reveal a more disturbing story of a state recovering from the recession at a glacial pace. Beneta Burt, executive director of Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity in Jackson, is concerned about how SNAP cuts will affect the overall health of the community. Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity Inc. is a community project whose mission is to achieve health equity among Jackson’s vulnerable populations. The group advocates using fresh ingredients in school lunches, and they’ve established a farmers market in Jackson featuring fresh local produce at affordable prices. Burt said SNAP recipients use the farmers market, thanks to a growing awareness of the importance of nutrition. “The response is improving over the past years,” she said of her organization’s farmer’s market. SNAP reductions will reduce

Courtesy Beneta Burt

In response, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services vowed sanctions against anyone the agency determined used their benefits improperly. These so-called food-stamp riots became a rallying point for conservativeminded politicians playing on age-old stereotypes of government-handout recipients, but on close inspection, data show that food-stamp fraud is actually low. Stores and recipients face severe penalties for SNAP fraud. The USDA can permanently disqualify a retail store from the SNAP program. Recipients can lose their benefits. Both parties could serve jail time for knowingly committing fraud. SNAP trafficking, the act of selling SNAP benefits for cash, is a violation of federal law. Reports from the Washington, D.C.-based think tank group Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, show that people traffic approximately $1 out of every $100 in SNAP benefits—only 1 percent. Over the years, technology, such as replacing the old paper food-stamp booklets with electronic debit cards, have also cut trafficking. Overpayment of SNAP benefits is equally rare. A CBPP analysis of an annual audit showed that in 2011, the SNAP overpayment rate was 3 percent. In addition to the USDA’s audit, the federal government imposes penalties on states that have overpayment rates that exceed national averages. When errors do occur, they are typically the result of honest mistakes as recipients—and often government personnel—navigate the complicated benefits system, the CBPP found.

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Mass Confusion It’s understandable that Meredith feels weird asking for help. SNAP recipients have been on the receiving end of considerable flack lately. In mid-October, a computer glitch resulted in mass confusion across a large swath of the country when people discovered their electronic-benefits transfer did not work over the weekend. People in Mississippi, Louisiana and 15 other states were temporarily unable to use their food-stamp debit-style cards the Saturday after vendor Xerox Corp. ran a routine test of backup systems that resulted in a system failure. Xerox announced late in the evening that access had been restored for users in the 17 states the outage affected, hours after people reported the first problems. In Maine, shoppers left carts of groceries behind because they couldn’t get their benefits. In Louisiana, supermarket operators like Walmart decided to allow people to continue using their cards, and some people stocked their baskets with merchandise. Soon, some officials started to characterize the incident as emblematic of widespread abuse and clamored for reform. U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., leveled public criticism at Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a fellow Republican, for not pursuing what he called “SNAP abusers” more aggressively. “The recent over-the-top food-stamp theft and fraud gave Louisiana and the program a real black eye. I’m certainly glad the state is acting on my urgent suggestion. I look forward to discussing the details with Secretary (Susan) Sonnier in my upcoming meeting with her and Attorney General (Buddy) Caldwell,” Vitter told the New Orleans-based newspaper The Times-Picayune at the time.

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SNAP, from page 15 storeowners’ ability to hire fully against his father’s workers. hand. They load into their “Cuts to programs to white Hyundai. The sky assist those in need … it is darkening. baffles me,” said Simmons, Yet, the Starks have reawho also notes that children son to be hopeful. With who are poorly nourished Meredith’s full-time job and have difficulty concentrating Chris’ recent acceptance to in school. nursing school, the family be Simmons’ colleague, lieves the boost from SNAP Sen. Kenneth Wayne Jones, a will pay off in the long run. Democrat from Canton who Chris said SNAP frees up chairs the Mississippi Legiscash so that the family can aflative Black Caucus, called ford to pay for gas and utilities SNAP “a life-sustaining proand that he has picked up a gram” and said he was “blown few more money-saving skills. away” by news of the cuts. “I do my own tune-ups,” Rep. Toby Barker, Rhe said. Hattiesburg, has worked on It’s the policymakers food-security issues and bewho are hell-bent on casting Meredith Stark swings with her son, Noah, at a park.The Starks lieves SNAP cuts will impact SNAP users as lazy and unuse SNAP to purchase seeds for a family garden, in addition to business and hopes individwilling to work hard who are regular groceries. uals in the community will out of tune, the Starks said. step up to help their neigh“They don’t see the effects bors during tough times. of having their benefits cut back. Mere(of cuts) on people’s lives,” “Families are going to take a hit,” dith points out proudly that SNAP can be Chris said. Barker said. used to purchase seeds. Over the summer, With her voice quavering slightly, she planted tomatoes. Meredith added: “We’re going back to Planting Seeds “I like gardening,” she said, smiling. school to better our situation. We don’t In the meantime, the Stark family is Back at the truck stop, Noah smiles want to depend on the government.” doing what they can to stave off the effects widely, giggling and tugging play- Comment at Courtesy Meredith and Chris Starks

participants’ purchasing power. That may set food-equity organizations such as hers back from reaching their goals in the community, even with the school gardens and the nutrition education they provide children with. The population they are attempting to reach already has limited resources. “The impact is dramatic and will have a long term impact on the community,” Burt said. Cuts Shortsighted Mississippi lawmakers have shown little appetite to invest in social-safety net programs such as Medicaid and SNAP, despite the health benefits for the nation’s least healthy state. Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, who formerly chaired the House Medicaid Committee and champions health-care issues in the Legislature, called the SNAP cuts a bad idea. “People are going to buy less food. Even Mississippi farmers benefit from SNAP,” Holland said. Sen. Derrick T. Simmons, D-Greenville, also believes the cuts to SNAP are shortsighted and is concerned not only for his constituents who receive SNAP, but also for how this will negatively affect the farmers, the farming industry and

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CHAR Restaurant (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601956-9562) The menu includes cornbread dressing, cream spinach, butterbeans, smashed sweet potatoes, green beans and whole pecan pie. You can also purchase regular menu items in bulk; however, no modifications, please. Orders need to be placed 24 hours in advance. The restaurant will be closed Thanksgiving Day. Crazy Cat Bakers (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 173, 601362-7448) Desserts only: sweet potato pie, spiced apple cake with caramel glaze, chocolate chip bourbon pecan pie, caramel carrot cake and bread pudding with brandy-butter sauce. Crazy Cat will take orders until they can’t take any more. Pick-up will be the day before Thanksgiving from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Diamond Jack’s Casino and Hotel (3990 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601636-5700) The hotel offers a $15.99 buffet special from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., which features fried fish and chicken, baked salmon, sliced

For Heaven’s Cakes and Catering (4950 Old Canton Road, 601-991-2253) Cake and dessert orders will include

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Broad Street Baking Co. & Café (4465 Interstate 55 N., 601-362-2900, Fax number 601-362-2990) Broad Street offers a catering menu of specialty bread, soup, side dishes, brunch items, main courses and desserts. Breakfast biscuits are half a dozen for $10, a dozen for $18; Monkey bread for $6.95 per loaf; Chicken and sausage gumbo for $30 per half gallon; Curried butternut squash bisque for $28 per half gallon; BRAVO!’s spinach and goat cheese salad to share for $17; Cranberry relish that serves six for $20; Spinach casserole—Chef Dan Blumenthal’s specialty—for $20; Andouille dressing for $18; Fried turkey breast $13 per pound or $100 for a whole; Fall sugar cookies $30 for a dozen; Pumpkin spice cake $38 for 10-inch round cake; and more. Orders accepted until Sunday, Nov. 24, and will be available for pickup Wednesday, Nov. 27, by 2 p.m.

pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese, peel-and-eat shrimp, carved turkey and brisket, smoked sausage, and more.

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gingerbread cupcakes and nut tarts. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Calling ahead is encouraged. Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Rd., 601-957-2800) The Hilton offers a buffet special at $27.95 per person from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day in the Westbrook Ballroom. Serving mimosas, Champagne, coffee, tea, turkey, sweet potato casserole, mud pie, apple pie and more. Customers can order classic or a la carte. Orders can be placed for premade meals with 48-hour advance notice. Julep (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601-362-1411) The catering menu includes a 10-12 pound turkey for $55, whole stuffed chicken for $20, herb crusted pork tenderloin for $18 per pound, and pepper crusted beef tenderloin for $35 per pound. Sides include dressing for four to 20 people for $15 to $41.50; pints of soup for $9 and quarts for $15; Julep yeast rolls, angel biscuits and corn muffins at $9 per dozen; and a variety of sides, dips, and desserts including cakes, pies and puddings. Available until Thanksgiving eve at 6 p.m.

as sweet-potato casserole, mashed potatoes, vegetables (collards, turnips, green beans, lima beans and peas), and various baked goods such as cakes, pies and rolls. Primos Café (2323 Lakeland Drive, 601936-3398) Primos offers delivery of a buffet-style dinner package for $14.50 per person, which includes sliced white meat turkey, cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, two vegetables of choice, cornbread or rolls, cranberry sauce, desserts of choice, and tea. Vegetables include sweet potato, squash and green bean casserole, lima beans, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese. Desserts include caramel, Italian cream, strawberry and red velvet cake, and lemon ice box and sweet potato pie. Dinner and dessert plates, cups, straws, cutlery napkin packs, extra napkins, ice, lemons, butter, sweeteners, serving spoons, tongs and pie servers included. Cakes serve 24 and pies serve eight. Extra desserts can be ordered. Extra vegetables are $1.65 per person. Chafers can be rented for $15 (must be returned by 10 a.m. the next day) The Strawberry Café (107 Depot Drive, Madison, 601-856-3822) The menu includes appetizers such

as spinach and artichoke dip, hummus and the Strawberry Picnic, which includes baked brie, strawberries, salami, strawberry preserves and crackers. They also have apple and Vidalia onion, and apple and butternut squash soup. Café sides, entrees and desserts include sweet potato smash, baked apples, green-bean casserole, pork tenderloin, smothered chicken, beef tenderloin, glazed boneless ham, strawberry mascarpone cake, German chocolate cake, and bread pudding. Bread selections include pumpkin, banana, strawberry, blueberry, and cinnamon, as well as Mississippi spice and lemon poppyseed muffins. Order before 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25. The menu is online at Grant’s Kitchen (2847 Lakeland Dr., Flowood, 601-665-4764) Grant’s Kitchen will be open the day before Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m., but will be closed Thanksgiving day. All catering orders for the holiday must be in by Sunday picked up by Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. The restaurant will serve its regular menu, along with Thanksgiving dishes such as turkey and dressing. Customers will be able to vegetables and sides in pints, quarts, gallons and half gallons. For pricing, go to Two Sister’s Kitchen (707 N. Congress St., 601-353-1180) Two Sister’s Kitchen will take Thanksgiving orders from its regular menu through Friday. The restaurant will not be open on Thanksgiving. Cookin’ Up a Storm (1491 Canton Mart Road, 601-957-1166) Cookin’ Up a Storm will have a full holiday menu including stuffing with sausage, pecans and apples, $38.95; sweet potato casserole, $34.95; corn soufflé, $24.95; vodka liqueur chocolate cake, $35; mini cinnamon rolls, $6.95/dozen; scalloped pineapples, $24.95. The restaurant will accept orders up to the last minute or until it runs out of food. Cookin’ Up a Storm will be open Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be closed Thursday through Sunday. Sugar Magnolia Takery (5417 Highway 25, Flowood, 601-992-8110) Sugar Magnolia Takery will have a full holiday menu including asparagus casserole, butter beans, turkey, spiral-cut ham, dressing and cranberry salsa. The restaurant will accept orders until the last minute. It will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, and will 17 be closed Thursday.


hanksgiving should be a time spent with family and friends, being present in the moment and letting gratitude into your life. Part of the tradition of the day revolves around preparing and eating a meal with your loved ones—but if the prep part of that equation interferes with family time, why not make life a little simpler and pick up part or all of your holiday meal from one of Jackson’s delectable local restaurants? Bon appétit!


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Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution for breakfast, blue-plates, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys & wraps. Famous bakery! Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) Lunch. Mon-Fri, Sun. Koinonia (136 Adams St. 601-960-3008) Coffeehouse plus lunch and more! Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches.

PIZZA 904 Basilʼs (904 E. Fortification, 601-352-2002) Creative pizzas, italian food, burgers and much more in a casual-dining atmosphere in the heart of Belhaven. Sal & Mookieʼs (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the fried ravioli. Bring the kids for ice cream! Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) More than just great pizza and beer. Open Monday - Friday 11-10 and Saturday 11-11.

ITALIAN BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Award-winning wine list, Jackson’s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Ceramiʼs (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami.


Early winter is the perfect time to use local seasonal produce, such as broccoli and cauliflower, before most farmers markets close up shop for the season.

Stir Friday Veggie Edition 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon chili garlic sauce 1 tablespoon onions 1 tablespoon garlic 1 tablespoon ginger 1 bunch bush snap peas 1 head broccoli or one pre-cut bag 1 head cauliflower or one pre-cut bag 1/2 bunch mustard greens

Heat a wok to medium heat. Add in the sauces, onions, garlic and ginger. Simmer until onions are clear. Add in the broccoli and cauliflower. Then add the snap peas and mustard greens. Cook until veggies are tender.


Getting Cold Slaw 1/4 cup vinegar 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons sugar 3 to 4 tablespoons lime juice 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika 2 cups red and white cabbage, shredded 1/2 cup shredded carrots

Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma. Vasilios Greek Cusine (828 Hwy 51, Madison 601-853-0028) Authentic greek cuisine since 1994, specializing in gyros, greek salads, baklava cheesecake & fresh daily seafood.

BARBEQUE Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork along with burgers and po’boys. Haute Pig (1856 Main Street, 601-853-8538) A “very high class pig stand,” Haute Pig offers Madison diners BBQ plates, sandwiches, po-boys, salads.

COFFEE HOUSES Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi.


Add the cabbage and carrots into a mixing bowl. Toss the vinegar, oil, sugar, lime juice, salt, cumin, and paprika into the cabbage and shredded veggies mixture. Let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to marry.

Apple and Spinach Seasonational salad 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 5 ounces baby spinach leaves 1 apple of your choice, sliced 1/3 cup pecans, chopped Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Mix the oil, mustard, vinegar together in bowl and toss in the spinach. Place it in serving plates. Add the apples and sprinkle pecans over the salad.

Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland 601-899-0038) Best Burger of 2013, plus live music and entertainment! Hal and Malʼs (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or daily specials. Capitol Grill (5050 I-55 North, Deville Plaza 601-899-8845) Best happy hour & sports bar, kitchen open late, pub food with soul and live entertainment. Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Cool Alʼs (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And don’t forget the fries! Fenianʼs Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and Irish beers on tap. Martinʼs Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, beer selection. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Pan-seared crabcakes, shrimp and grits, filet mignon, vegetarian sliders. Live music. Opens 4 p.m., Wed-Sat Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot.

ASIAN AND INDIAN Crazy Ninja (2560 Lakeland Dr., Flowood 601-420-4058) Rock-n-roll sushi and cook-in-front-of-you hibachi. Lunch specials, bento boxes, fabulous cocktails. Ruchi India (862 Avery Blvd @ County Line Rd. 601-991-3110) Classic Indian cuisine from multiple regions. Lamb, vegetarian, chicken, shrimp and more. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, an extensive menu features everything from curries to fresh sushi

VEGETARIAN High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jackson’s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant adjacent to Rainbow Whole Foods.


uring the months of October and November, Mississippi produce blooms in the flavors of the upcoming holidays. Here are a few recipes that use all the fantastic produce Mississippi has to offer. Seasonal foods in Mississippi for late fall and early winter include: apples, bush snap peas, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, Chinese cabbage, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, pecans, radishes, rutabagas, spinach, turnips and more. Here are some recipes to try some of these wonderful seasonal vegetables.

Eslavaʼs Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Huntington Grille (1001 East County Line Road, Jackson Hilton, 601-957-2800) Mississippi fine dining features seafood, crayfish, steaks, fried green tomatoes, shrimp & grits, pizzas and more. The Islander Seafood and Oyster House (1220 E Northside Drive, Suite 100, 601-366-5441) Oyster bar, seafood, gumbo, po’boys, crawfish and plenty of Gulf Coast delights in a laid-back Buffet-style atmosphere. Que Sera Sera (2801 N State Street 601-981-2520) Authentic cajun cuisine, excellent seafood and award winning gumbo; come enjoy it all this summer on the patio. Rockyʼs (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best.


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he Christmas holidays are my favorite time of year. From made-from-scratch hot chocolate, cold weather, celebrating the season with friends and family, and holiday candy—it’s all amazing. The one part I don’t like, though, is the gift-giving. Now, don’t give me that look. I’m not Ebenezer Scrooge. I love giving presents to people, but I’m not a great shopper and, most of the time, I don’t have a ton of money to spend. Homemade gifts are always an option but, for me, it’s hard to choose what to make. Holiday candy is one gift I’ve been dying to DIY. It’s fairly simple—and who doesn’t love chocolate or sweet-and-salty treats? Tempering is the way to get really professional looking and tasting chocolate, but it can be complicated. These candy bars are probably the best homemade gifts I’ve ever made. They are easy and highly customizable. Maybe one day I’ll even make my own chocolate.

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· 2 cups water · 1 pound (16 ounces) baking chocolate · Candy bar fixin’s—I used mini M&Ms, pretzel sticks, chopped almonds and chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups.

Tempering is easier than you think, but you have to have the right materials to accomplish it. Here’s what you need: · A rubber spatula · A medium to large-size saucepan · A large glass or stainless steel bowl

1 · A cooking thermometer—one made for candy is handy because you can hook it to the edge of the bowl or boiler, but you can also use a meat thermometer. · Candy bar molds—You can find these at craft or baking stores.

Set up the chocolate mold by prepping your candy bar toppings and adding them to the bottom of the mold. Chop chocolate into uniform pieces—about the size of playing dice. Chop one quarter (4 ounces) of the baking chocolate even finer. Reserve this for later. Simmer two cups of water at medium heat. Once the water starts steaming, place a bowl with the less finely chopped chocolate in the pot. It should rest on the lip of the pot and float in the water. Start stirring with the rubber spatula. Once the chocolate is halfway melted, turn off the heat. The steam underneath the bowl will be enough to finish melting the chocolate. Stir until smooth. Check the temperature of the chocolate. Once it reaches 110 degrees, remove the bowl from the pot, being careful of the steam. Dry the bottom of the bowl thoroughly to get rid of any moisture that may the affect the chocolate. Add the remaining chocolate and stir vigorously until everything melts. Check the temperature again. Once it cools to between 90 and 110 degrees, it is ready to pour into in the mold until full. Another way to tell the chocolate has been properly tempered is if the chocolate is shiny and smooth Smooth the chocolate out with the

spatula. Gently tap the mold against a flat surface to get out any air bubbles, then refrigerate the candy bar until set, about 30 minutes. If it isn’t set all the way, put it in the freezer for a few more minutes. To really make your chocolate look special, wrap it in aluminum foil and wrapping paper. I used a 16-inch by 12inch piece of aluminum foil and a 10inch by 5-inch piece of wrapping paper and sealed just the edge of the wrapping paper with a bit of glue.

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Quick bread with hard cider is a crumbly, delicious treat.


ard cider has to be one of my favorite types of alcohol, and I’ve wanted to try incorporating it into a bread recipe for a while. I had seen recipes for soft apple cider bread, but not many for the alcoholic kind. So, I decided to use a basic recipe and replace the liquid with hard apple cider. I was nervous—I’ve never made bread, this particular experiment seemed crazy. As it turned out, this loaf of quick bread was not only delicious, but it was so easy to make. Be forewarned though: it’s awfully crumbly.

Hard Apple Cider Bread 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup white sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup hard apple cider 1 large egg 1/4 cup unsalted butter

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a medium-sized bowl and whisk together. Melt the butter and combine with the egg and cider. Whisk the wet ingredients together and then pour them over the dry ingredients. Mix the batter with a rubber spatula until the ingredients are combined. This is quick bread so it’s OK to have a few lumps.

Pour the batter into the pan and spread it evenly with a spatula. Hit the pan against a flat surface to get the bubbles out and make sure the batter is evenly displaced. Bake the bread for 45-50 minutes. After about 20 minutes, take the pan out of the oven and gently run a sharp knife 1/8 of an inch into the surface. This should help with cracking, and is also a good way to watch the bread for doneness. Place the pan back in the oven and watch it for another 25 minutes. When time is up, or when the bread looks ready, take it out of the oven and stick a sharp knife or toothpick into each corner. If you see no batter, the bread is done. Let it cool for 15 minutes. Serves: 8-10

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A Vegetarian Thanksgiving eing a vegetarian or vegan is sometimes a struggle on the holidays, especially the one completely devoted to food. To help out, I’ve complied a menu with some well-known staples, but with a veggie twist. I included a Tofurky recipe, but you could also purchase a “celebration roast” for your main dish at the local co-op. This staple is so good that you might have some omnivores eating it. Desserts and side dishes are also a great way to introduce vegan food to those who are somewhat skeptical. These recipes come from an amazing cookbook called “How It All Vegan!: Irresistible Recipes for an Animal-Free Diet” (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2002, $20.95) by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer.

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Perfect Pumpkin Pie 1 1/2 cups soy milk egg substitute (to equal 2 eggs) 1 16-ounce can of pumpkin 1/2 cup sweetener 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger 1 pie crust (graham crackers works great)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk and the egg replacer. Add the pumpkin, sweetener, cinnamon, and ginger and mix together well. Pour into a pie crust and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the center is firm.

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Marinade: 1 1/2 cups boiling water 1/2 tablespoon dill 1/2 teaspoon rosemary 1/2 teaspoon thyme

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Emeralds are notorious for their flaws, which can be hidden by treat-


Hardness: 6.5 to 8.5 Birthstone month: January Colors: red, green, yellow, orange, brown, pink, purple, gray and black Durability: can withstand everyday use, easy to put into jewelry

Garnets display the widest range of colors, and the varieties are defined by colors. Pyrope, or red garnet, is the most popular color.

Hardness: 9 Birthstone month: September Colors: white, colorless, blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, pink, purple, gray, black and multicolored Durability: very durable

Sapphires are tough and durable, but will chip and fracture if you handle them too roughly. The name generally refers to the blue variety. The most valuable type is corn-

Hardness: 10 Birthstone month: April Colors: colorless, blue, red, yellow, orange, brown, pink, blue gray and black Durability: Durable but pay attention to the stone’s cut and clarity.

When shopping for a diamond, you have to worry about the 4 Cs: color, cut, clarity and carat weight. The color scale ranges from a D-2 to a Y, indicating the intensity of the gem’s tint. Colorless diamonds

flower blue, which can cost thousands of dollars per carat depending on the particular gem. Any color other than blue is called a “fancy sapphire.” Also, the term “white sapphire” actually refers to colorless sapphires. Little known fact: In ancient times, Persian rulers believed the world rested on a blue sapphire and its reflection colored the skies. (source:

are commonly used in jewelry, but natural diamonds usually have a yellow or brown tint. The cuts range from brilliant to emerald, but some cuts are more dangerous for the stone than others. The clarity of a diamond, determines much of the stone’s value and durability. Then, of course, you have the carat spectrum. A carat, labeled as ct, equals .2 grams. flickr/koshyk


Demantoids are the most valuable these days because of their emerald-green color. If you’re shopping for a garnet, look for varieties such as rhodolite, the pink variation, and andradite, the green variation. Little known fact: The word Garnet is derived from the Latin word “granum,” meaning grain. This refers to the round shape of the gem.



ing the gemstone with oil or a synthetic lubricant. The gemstone is sensitive to pressure and banging. Jewelers developed the emerald cut to relieve the pressure during the stone’s cutting. If you have your heart set on an emerald ring, it’s important to ask a jeweler to take a look at it.


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Hardness: 7.5 to 8 Birthstone month: May Color: green Durability: Durable, but any inclusions, or cracks in the stone, may make the gem vulnerable to damage if handled roughly.


If you were born in June, feel special because your birthstone is one of the rarest gemstones in the world, so don’t expect to find a real one easily. It’s also difficult to distinguish between real and fake Alexandrite stones. Since it’s hard to find a newly mined one of these, most people end up buying period pieces, which can be fairly expensive. One neat thing about Alexandrite: Many types change colors in different lighting,


rings. Then, in 1947, Frances Gerety coined the phrase “A diamond is forever” at N.W. Ayer & Son, De Beers’ advertising company back then. A decade of smart marketing changed our perceptions on engagement rings. Now, I’m not saying you should turn your nose up at diamonds. They’re beautiful and brilliant, but don’t be so quick to set your mind on the gemstone. As you’ll see later, diamonds are finicky. Consider all your possibilities. f you do your research, you can find a stone that fits your budget and your significant other’s personality.


Hardness: 8.5 Birthstone month: June Colors: blue, red, green, yellow, pink, purple, gray and multicolored Durability: With a high hardness rating, they’re durable but also rare.



1888, diamond engagement rings have become more and more significant. They’re beautiful and durable with a hardness of 10, the highest score on the Mohs scale. But they’re not as glamorous as you think. Diamonds are, in general, prized for their rarity, but they’re not actually that rare. The good folks at De Beers have a huge supply, but keep the gemstone “rare” by only selling diamonds in small amounts. In 1938, De Beers launched an ad campaign to convince men that their significant others needed diamond

Hardness: 9 Birthstone month: July Color: red Durability: very durable

Rubies are the most prized gemstones because of their color, durability and numerous other qualities. The colors tend to go from a bright red to a dark reddish brown. The most prized color is a deep blood red with a bluish hue, called a “Burmese Ruby.” Little known fact: Rubies are actually a type of sapphire. They are identical in all properties except for colors, but the red gems have gained so much significance that they became a class of their own. Ruby only comes in red, and sapphires come in a variety of colors except for red, so all rubies are sapphires but not all sapphires are rubies.


Gold Gold is the most sought-after metal in the world. It’s durable and flexible, but doesn’t oxidize in air and water. White gold is an alloy of the metal, generally made by combining 75 percent gold with 25 percent other metals such as copper. White gold also has rhodium plating to make it more durable, but jewelry has to be re-rhodiumed every 12 to 18 months so the metal doesn’t lose its shine. Platinum Platinum is a rare metal that resists corrosion at high temperatures, but is the most expensive metal you can buy for a ring. Palladium Palladium steel-white and doesn’t tarnish. The best part? It’s less expensive than platinum and gold, and will make you feel like Iron Man.

Juniker Jewelry Co. (4500 N. Interstate 55, suite 116, 601-366-3754, junikerjewelry. com) specializes in diamonds, but if you love antique jewelry, this is the place for you. Jackson Jewelers (253 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601-9921700) has beautiful jewelry that combines gemstones with diamonds. Joel Clarke & Sons Jewelry (1675 Lakeland Dr., 601983-2600) carries all types of jewelry, including rings.


n many cultures, it’s traditional for the man in a courtship to give his betrothed a symbol of their impending marriage. The first recorded use of a diamond engagement ring was Archduke Maximilian of Austria’s proposal to Mary of Burgundy with a ring containing thin, flat pieces of diamond in the shape of an “M.” Since then, and especially after Cecil Rhodes bought out Barney Barnato’s mining company and founded De Beer’s Consolidated Mines (now just known as De Beers) in


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eagerly opened an email recently from sissippi Women Lawyers Association hosted Dr. Elise Smith, my former professor a social. I formerly sat on the board of that at Millsaps College. She wrote that organization, but for the past few years, she was teaching a course this fall on I leaned out (as it were) of it. What better social justice and wanted to see if I would time to lean back in? So, off I went one be willing to allow some of her students to Wednesday evening to the Library Lounge interview me for a project. A bit daunted, at The Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St., 601I replied that of course I would—I always 948-3429) to socialize and see what my felenjoy talking, and my unabiding love for low lady lawyers had to offer over beverages my alma mater means I say yes to anything and hors d’oeurves. related to Millsaps. But I wondered: What Maybe it’s because I hadn’t networked on earth did I have to say to these bright, with a women’s professional organization in young minds on such a profound issue? a while and needed some female empower During my interment energy, but I left view with two young totally energized. Talkwomen from the class, ing with other womwe covered some topics en—some of whom related to social justice were figuring out how I’d expected—economic to build a career that disparity, access to edusuited their needs, some cation and opportunity, struggling with whether race. But then, one of to make a change, some the students caught me who were well-estaboff guard, asking, “Do lished in careers, others you think a glass ceiling just starting out—al(for women) still exists?” lowed me to talk about I paused. I had my own experiences, ofnot considered gender fer encouragement and equality when I thought ideas, and get support of of social justice. Yet, my own. I left with new without hesitation, contacts and have made I said, “Yes.” Then I Women can apply the lessons a point to stay in touch. thought to myself that of leaning in to their careers While I certainly and lives no matter their my answer wouldn’t profession. don’t deny that women have been the same 10 face unique challenges years ago. Life experiin the workplace, I ence—my own, and don’t think that means my friends’ and colleagues’—and a lot our male colleagues, spouses, significant of reading and thinking have evidently others and bosses aren’t important. We changed my perspective. should engage with them, not think them I suppose I can’t mention a glass ceil- incapable of understanding or as oppresing without referencing “Lean In,” because sors or something. By contrast, they can 2013 has been the year of Sheryl Sandberg provide some of the best encouragement. and her seemingly never-ending book Personally, having a strong male supporter tour. I’ll admit, I have not read the book who can push me when I need it and can and, frankly, I don’t intend to. I did read see what I’m capable of has challenged me a New York Times article about moms in the best way possible. “leaning back in” to the workplace after Bottom line: Finding mentors, suptaking time off to raise kids, but because porters and, sometimes, even commisthat particular dilemma has zero relevance erators is important. It might be a more to me, all I remember is that the woman formalized approach, such as joining prowho only returned to work because she fessional organizations and identifying a had to after a divorce seemed really bitter. mentor with whom you meet regularly. And so, I pondered the glass ceiling Or perhaps you take a more casual one, and what a gal is to do. Can one figure out networking at social events and talking how to Lean In without the guidance of Ms. through things with your friends. Sandberg? I say yes. From what I gather, the Either way, it’s worth putting in a conidea is to talk about the challenges women scious effort to think about one’s career goals face, to change the conversation from talk- and prioritize reaching them. Even though I ing about what we can’t do to what we can, didn’t read her book, I’m glad Sheryl Sandand to support one another. berg reminded me, and I wish those Mill About a week after my glass-ceiling saps students the best in breaking through conversation with the undergrads, the Mis- that ceiling, too. Cheryn Netz


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n an America where public American narratives of and educational prosperity. The exhibition opens with a know that about two thirds of all the world’s gold came Muslims are limited to images of terrorists and pov- scale-model that University of Mississippi archictectural from that region.” erty-stricken refugees, our perception of Muslim his- students constructed of the Great Mosque of Djenné, the Manuscripts from world traveler Ibn Battuta said the tory may be similarly warped. Especially in a small first university in the Timbuktu region. The structure still Timbuktu region was the safest he had traveled, and it also state such as ours, the scarcity of Muslims to counter the stands in the city of Djenné today, but only as a mosque dispelled other Muslim myths. “He also talked about things dominant stereotypes about their culture furthers the “because when the colonizers came in, all the universities like women’s liberation, and how women were traders and narrative. That’s what makes the work at the Internation- were destroyed,” Okolo says. very independent there,” Rashid says. “So his story really al Museum of Muslim Culture so important. After using an interactive map to track the spread of helps us to shine a light on the region.” The Jackson museum, the first of its kind in America, Islam across Africa, patrons watch a couple of video pre- The exhibition then moves from the prosperity of the reprovides a valuable resource for both Muslims and Afrigion to the havoc that the colonial slave trade wreaked. can Americans to learn more about their legacy. It’s had “What our studies have shown is that at least one-third its ups and downs: After the Sept. 11 attacks, someof all of the enslaved Africans that were brought to the one threw a brick through one of its windows, which Americans came from this region,” Rashid says. resulted in a massive wave of support from Jackson’s The exhibition features two stories of engovernment and local colleges and universities. slaved Muslims—Ibrahim Adbar-Rahman, who The museum’s exhibition, “The Legacy of Timwas a prince in the region prior to his capture and buktu: Wonders of the Written Word,” highlights the subject of a recent award-winning PBS docuhow West African Muslims contributed to the world’s mentary, and Umar Ibn Said, who was a schoolknowledge and may have even been responsible for master and managed to write an autobiography your favorite blues song. while he was enslaved. “(The autobiography) was IMMC’s co-founder and executive director of the only one of its kind,” Rashid says. the exhibition, Okolo Rashid, acknowledges that dis The tour ends with an exhibit that draws a Jackson’s International Museum of Muslim Culture is the only one of rupting false narratives is a central part of her work at its kind in Mississippi. direct connection between the Muslim background the museum. When she gives tours of the exhibition, of the slaves that made up a majority of the Amerimany visitors are surprised to find out that a huge concan slave population and the Mississippi Blues music tingent of black Muslims and that Muslims are responthat came from those workers. The display prompts sible for inventions such as the loom. the viewer to push a button. A traditional Muslim While the museum is small (it takes up one wing of the sentations about the region’s contributions and Rashid’s call to prayer rings out followed by a blues song called “LeMississippi Arts Center, where it moved in 2006) and lacks trip there to retrieve the artifacts. Museum goers then vee Camp Holler.” A plaque next to the button points out the deep pockets of big museums such as the Smithsonian, make their way under a 20-foot by 30-foot camel-skin the similarity of the vocal tremors and lyrical content. The word of mouth and public support has ensured the museum’s tent that Rashid and her husband, Sababu, brought back resemblance is striking. residency in the Jackson area since 2001. from the region. Blankets, a camel saddle and original The International Museum of Muslim Cultures (201 “It’s because the significance of the story (of African manuscripts are under the tent. E. Pascagoula St., 601-960-0440) is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Muslims) and the lack of knowledge behind it,” Rashid says. Panels on the wall outline the economy of the re- Tuesday-Thursday and by appointment only on Saturdays and “The Legacy of Timbuktu” exhibition tells the sto- gion during the height of its power. “The most profitable Sundays. Admission is $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and $7 for 29 ry of Timbuktu and the surrounding region’s economic business was book trading,” Rashid says. “(Also,) we now students. Visit for more information.


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In “12 Years a Slave,” Chiwetel Ejiofor takes on the story of Solomon Northup.

duced. Like many of the films about slavery that preceded it, “12 Years” is based on the true events of Solomon Northup’s life. A talented violinist from New York, Solomon traveled to Washington, D.C., in 1841 as part of a circus of sorts. There, in the nation’s capital, Solomon is kidnapped and, reminiscent of the powerful scene in the 1970s miniseries “Roots,” a new identity as a runaway slave from Georgia is literally beaten into him. Solomon is eventually sold into slavery in Louisiana, where he later

writes, “slavery exists in its most abject and cruel form.” It’s that abject cruelty of America’s most awful institution that provides the thread for Solomon’s story, and not only makes it hard to watch, but hard to find anything to be hopeful about. It seems possible Solomon could be killed at any moment; we steady ourselves for the next act of crushing inhumanity to which black bodies will be subjected. In that way, “12 Years” is an obvious rebuke of its precedents.

For example, in “Glory,” the fictionalized account about a band of slaves who escape to enlist in the Union Army during the Civil War, the audience knows—no matter what happens to the Massachusetts 54th Infantry—that the good guys will win the war. The drama in “Amistad” (1997) and “Lincoln” (2012) mostly takes place in courtrooms between white heroes and villains; slavery is more or less a device. “Django Unchained” does for slavery what “Inglourious Basterds” (Quentin Tarantino directed both films) does for the Holocaust in creating an alternative history where a formerly enslaved bounty hunter in Mississippi has license to kill evil white folks who cross his path. But when Solomon Northup fights back and turns the whip on a weasely little overseer, it’s only a fleeting triumph as we brace for the white world’s vicious reprisal. Even as Solomon rides away to be reunited with his family in the North, part of us wishes it were Patsey who was on her way to freedom instead. It’s a hard, hard movie. But if Solomon Northup and millions of others survived slavery, there’s really no reason you can’t.

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n the film “12 Years a Slave,” a white drunkard and degenerate gambler named Armsby is, for a time, forced to labor alongside black slaves in the cotton fields of Louisiana, presumably to work off a debt. At the end of his first day picking cotton in the fields owned by the cruel plantation owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), Armsby (Garret Dillahunt) picks just 65 pounds. On Epps’ plantation, any slave who picks less than he or she seems capable of is flogged. But Armsby’s flaccid load earns him only a pep talk, while the film’s protagonist, Solomon Northup (Chiwetal Ejiofor), and other slaves who missed their mark are led out of the barn for their daily beating. On the same day, the diminutive Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o) picks her usual 500pound bale, for which Epps hails his pet gift from God, a “n*gger among n*ggers.” For Patsey, who is also the object of Epps’ sadistic sexual desires, winning her master’s esteem is no consolation. “I got no comfort in this life,” she confides to Solomon one night. There is no comfort at all in “12 Years a Slave,” which Steve McQueen directed and Brad Pitt, who also has a small role, co-pro-

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“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is at 10 a.m. at Mississippi College (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton). $10, $5 students, $4 group rate; call 601-925-3000; … Jayne Anne Phillips signs copies of “Quiet Dell” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $28 book. Call 601-366-7619; email info@;


Robert Gordon signs copies of “Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $30 book. Call 601-366-7619; email info@lemuriabooks. com; … Fondren Unwrapped is from 5-8 p.m. in Fondren. Free; call 601-981-9606; … Art Space 86 pop-up art exhibit is from 5-8 p.m. at Glo Design Studio (2951 Old Canton Road). Free admission,

Folk-rock band Seryn performs a free concert Nov. 21 at Duling Hall.

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Liporello Book Workshop is at 11 a.m. at Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts (140 Wesley Ave.). Free; email; … Katt Williams performs stand-up comedy at 8 p.m. at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). $32-$99; call 800-745-3000. … The Dirty Dozen Brass Band performs at 9 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601-292-7121; email jane@;


“Mississippi I Am” Film Screening is at 7 p.m. at by BRIANA ROBINSON Northside Baptist Church (2300 Newport St.). Free; email; … E. WilFax: 601-510-9019 lander Wells Fashion Show is at Daily updates at 7 p.m. at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). $35; find “E Willander Wells” on Facebook. … Power of the Mic Comedy Show is at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Mediterranean Fish and Grill (6550 Old Canton Road). $10; call 646-801-1275; find Power of the Mic on Facebook.


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Kerry Thomas performs at Red August’s business networking and shopping event, “Six in the City: Holiday Edition,” Nov. 25 at The Penguin.

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military; call 601-664-0930; … Willie Nelson performs at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). $35-$85; call 800-745-3000.

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Renaissance at Colony Park Holiday Open House is from 5-8 p.m. at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-519-0900; … Six in the City: Holiday Edition is from 6-8 p.m. at The Penguin Restaurant & Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St.). Free; call 601-790-0501 for vender information; email


Turkey Tuesday is from 10 a.m.-noon at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). $4-$6; call 601-576-6000; … James Tristan Redding and Troy Petty CD Release Concert is at 7 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe (111 Millsaps Ave.). Free; call 863-6378; find “James Tristan Redding and Troy Petty ~ live in Jackson, MS!” on Facebook.


Artifact and Collectible Identification Program is from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601- 576-6850. … Boxers Rebellion Hybrid Kickboxing is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Mississippi Basketball and Athletics (2240 Westbrook Drive). Registration required. For ages 18 and up. $150; call 601-974-1130;

Squat & Gobble Nov. 21, 6 p.m., at Reservoir Pointe (140 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland). Friends for a Cause’s annual party includes refreshments, a silent auction, and turkey calling and dance contests. Greenfish performs. Proceeds benefit domestic-violence shelters such as Catholic Charities and the Center for Violence Prevention. $40, $70 couples, $5 raffle ticket; call 601955-1677; Midtown Holiday Studio Tours Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., at Midtown Arts District (McTyere Avenue, Millsaps Avenue, Wesley Avenue, Wilson Street and Keener Avenue). The Business Association of Midtown (BAM) is the host. Visit businesses, and enjoy products and performances that are “Made in Midtown.� Also enjoy a Holiday Pop-up Market of local art. Performers include Lizzie Wright, England 1819 and more. Free admission, items for sale; email or whitneygrant@;

Holiday Fondren Unwrapped Nov. 21, 5-8 p.m., at Fondren. The holiday event includes a visit from Santa and Fonzy the Fondren Reindeer, a Christmas tree lighting with carols at Duling Green, shopping and dining. Free; call 601-981-9606; “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever� Nov. 19-22, 10 a.m., at Mississippi College (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton). The play based on Barbara Robinson’s book is about trouble-making siblings who participate in a Christmas pageant. $10, $5 students, $4 group rate (one free chaperone per 10 students); call 601-925-3000; Handworks Holiday Market Nov. 22, 9 a.m.7 p.m., and Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Shop for handmade gift items from more than 140 exhibitors at the annual event. Concessions included. Reservations required for groups. Strollers permitted. $7, children 12 and under free, $5 per person in group of 12 or more; call 205-937-4834;

(345 St. Andrews Drive). WLBT news anchor Howard Ballou emcees. Honorees include blues artist Jesse Robinson, Trustmark Bank CEO Jerry Host, USM department chairman Dr. Mark Miller and John-Richard Corp. CEO Alex Malouf. Reserved tables available. $55, $45 members; call 601-353-0909; Rankin Glow Run 5K Nov. 21, 6 p.m., at Shiloh Park (Shiloh Road, Brandon). Wear a neon outfit to the race and receive a glow bracelet, glow necklace, glow stick and access to the disco tent. The event is a fundraiser for the Rankin County Chamber’s Youth Leadership Program. Registration required. $30, $30 students ages 12-18, $10 ages 12 and under, $10 children’s bike and trike race; call 601-825-2268; Speak Big! Pitching Your Business Nov. 21, 6-8:30 p.m., at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (100 International Drive). The Latin American Business Association (LABALink) and Confer Consulting and Communications are the hosts. Professional-development consultant Pam Confer give tips on moving a small business to the next level. Refreshments served. RSVP by Nov. 20. Free; call 601-447-5915 or 601-918-1994; email jessicagordon19@yahoo. com or Nature Lecture Series Nov. 21, 7 p.m., at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton), in Price Hall. Prentiss Cox talks about hummingbird biology with an emphasis on feeding and migration. Free; call 601-926-1104; email; YMCA Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast Nov. 22, 6:30 a.m., at YMCA Downtown Jackson (800 E. River Place). The guest speaker is former WWE wrestler Ted Dibiase Jr. Courtney Sartin Sushenia performs. $250 table of eight, individual tickets available; call 601-948-0818, ext. 4007; Platinum Productions 5D Barrel Run Nov. 22-24, at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (1207 Mississippi St.). Youth compete in races for cash prizes. Competitors pay entry fee. Free; call 228-860-8104; email twoodcock@neseenterprise. com;

Thanksgiving in the Park Nov. 24, 2 p.m., at Poindexter Park (200 Poindexter St.). The Healing Place along with other local organizations gives away dinner plates, personal hygiene kits and care packages. Free; call 769-257-0815 or 601927-8692; email

Farm to Table Dinner Nov. 22, 7 p.m., at High Noon Cafe (2807 Old Canton Road). High Noon chef Troy Woodson prepares a five-course vegan organic meal made with local ingredients. BYOB. $50 per person (cash or check); call 601366-1602;

Toy Drive for Batson through Dec. 13, at Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (1505 Eastover Drive). Donate new, unwrapped toys for distribution to pediatric patients at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. Toy donations welcome; call 601-432-2400;

Reservoir E-waste Day Nov. 23, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Reservoir Fire Department (2232 Spillway Road, Brandon). Bring any unwanted electronics for environmentally-friendly and secure disposal. Check the website for a list of accepted items. $2 charge per monitor & $12 charge per television, no charge for other items; call 601919-0062 or 601-421-6160; email barrett@ or jeannine.b.may@;

Community History Is Lunch Nov. 20, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Author Gerard Helferich discusses his new book “Theodore Roosevelt and the Assassin: Madness, Vengeance, and the Campaign of 1912.� Free; call 601-576-6998. Lunch and Learn: Social Media Strategies Nov. 20, noon-1 p.m., at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Learn how to use various social media platforms to market and promote your organizational cause and to increase fundraising. $15, free for members; call 601-968-0061; Mississippi World Trade Center Annual Meeting and Global Business Awards Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Country Club of Jackson

Family Nature Detectives Workshop Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The nature exploration workshop is for families with children ages 5 and up (one adult per two children). Registration required; space limited. Bring lunch. $15 per family, $10 for 0.5 CEUs; call 601-576-6000; email; Peaceful Parenting Expo Nov. 23, 10 a.m.2 p.m., at Rankin County Community Center (2230 Spillway Road, Brandon). Get information on preparing for pregnancy, birth and parenting, breastfeeding, nutrition and more. Includes exhibitors, speakers, demonstrations, children’s activities

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Wellness Crazy Cross Country Run Nov. 20, 6 p.m., at Madison Middle School (1365 Mannsdale Road, Madison). Fleet Feet Sports host the 5K dirt trail run on third Wednesdays. After-party at Papitos (111 Colony Crossing Way, Suite 1200, Madison). Free; call 601-899-9696; Peaceful Parenting Expo Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Rankin County Community Center (2230 Spillway Road, Brandon). Get information on preparing for pregnancy, birth and parenting, breastfeeding, nutrition and more. Includes exhibitors, speakers, demonstrations, children’s activities and food vendors. Free; call 601-720-1465; email Kids Run Nov. 23, 10 a.m., at Millie D’s Frozen Yogurt (140 Township Ave., Suite 112, Ridgeland). Fleet Feet Sports is the host. Run a half mile or a full mile on fourth Saturdays, and enjoy frozen yogurt afterwards.. Free; call 601899-9696; ALS (Lou Gehrig’s) Support Group Nov. 25, 6:30-7:45 p.m., at Methodist Rehabilitation Center (1350 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The group meets on fourth Mondays in the BankPlus Community Room on the second floor. Free; call 601-364-3326.

Stage and Screen Events at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). Doors open at 7 p.m. Free; • Evening of One Acts Nov. 22-23, 8 p.m., in Blackbox Theatre. The event includes original short plays and desserts. Proceeds from dessert sales go to benefit Belhaven’s Iota Upsilon chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honorary society. Call 601-965-7026. • Best of Belhaven I Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m., in the concert hall. The Music Department presents the most outstanding student performances of the semester. Call 601-974-6494. DOXA Dance Concert Nov. 21-22, 6:30 p.m., at Belhaven University, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.), in the Studio Theatre. The event highlights emerging young creative artists’ choreography and performance. Doors open at 6 p.m. $2, free for Belhaven students and employees; call 601-965-1414; “Winnie the Poohâ€? Nov. 21-23, 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 24, 2 p.m., at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). The play is based on A.A. Milne’s popular children’s books. Reservations recommended. $15, $10 seniors, students, children and military (cash or check); call 601-825-1293; Microphone Mondays Nov. 25, 9:30 p.m., at Jackson State University, Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center (32 Walter Payton Drive), in Studio A. Enjoy poetry, spoken word, rap and music at the open-mic event. Held on second and fourth Mondays. $5; call 601-979-1646 or 601979-1647.

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Scandal Wine Glass Paint Party Nov. 22, 7-9 p.m., at Studio AMN & Designs Art Gallery (5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite C-212). Fans of ABC’s “Scandal” enjoy painting Olivia Popeinspired wine glasses. Limit of 25 guests; RSVP. $15 per glass; call 769-218-8165.

Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music’s Early Music Concert Series Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., at St. Peter’s Catholic Cathedral (123 N. West St.). Organist David Yearsley performs music from the Dresden organ contests in the 17th and 18th centuries. $15, $5 students, $125 season tickets; call 601-594-5584; email;

“Something Beautiful” Painting Class Nov. 23, 7-9 p.m., at Easely Amused (7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Henry Muse is the instructor. Registration required; space limited. $30; call 601-707-5854; email paint@;

Bachtoberfest Nov. 23, 4 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, Hattiesburg (509 W. Pine St., Hattiesburg). The Meistersingers perform selections from Bach, and a beer and bratwurst dinner follows. $30; call 601-466-5462; Judy Dunaway Nov. 23, 6:30 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). The McComb native and composer performs with latex balloons. Free; call jdunaway@ “Pops I: The Streisand Songbook” Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s performance features cabaret singer Ann Hampton Callaway performing some of Barbara Streisand’s hits. $15 and up; call 601960-1565;


Capital City Throwdown Nov. 23, 8 p.m., at Central City Complex (609 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Performers include Floyd Taylor, Vick Allen, J Won, J.J. Thames and Terrell Moses. Doors open at 7 p.m. $20; call 800-745-3000.

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Literary and Signings Applause! Writers Series Nov. 21, noon-1 p.m., at Willie Morris Library (4912 Old Canton Road). The speaker is editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, who discusses his new children’s book, “Banjo’s Dream.” Free admission, $18.95 book; call 601-968-5811. Writers Live! Nov. 21, noon, at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Dr. Robert M. Shows discusses his book, “A Sentence of Death: Words That Killed A President.” Free; call 601968-5811;

Creative Classes Events at Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts (140 Wesley Ave.). • Liporello Book Workshop Nov. 22, 11 a.m. Artist Lindsey Landfried facilitates the bookmaking class. Materials included. Free; email; • “Multiple Memories”: Contemporary Relief Printing through Linocut Nov. 22, 1-4 p.m. Jonathan D. Metzger is the instructor. Learn to make a piece based on memories of or experiences in Jackson in the printmaking class. Registration required. $50, $45 members; email; Art Junction (Grades 1-5) Nov. 21, 4-5 p.m., at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Participants create a different project each month. Meets on third Thursdays. Free; call 601-856-4536;

Hoot and Holler Day Camp Nov. 26, 10 a.m.2 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Children ages 5-8 explore the museum’s galleries and participate in hands-on activities. Registration includes supplies and a snack. Bring lunch or purchase from the Palette Cafe for $7. $45 per child; call 601-960-1515; email; Bob Ross Painting Classes Saturdays, 3-7 p.m. through Dec. 14, at Hobby Lobby (200 Ridge Way, Flowood). Bob Ross certified landscape, floral, and wildlife art instructor Michael Hughes offers the class. Sessions also available on color theory and composition. Limit of six to nine students per class. Registration required. $60 landscape and floral, $75 wildlife, $20 supply rental; call 601214-5268; email

Exhibits and Openings Events at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in the Bennie G. Thompson Center. Free; call 601-977-7743; email jgilbert@ • “Stirring” Printmakers Exhibit through Nov. 30. See works from Rabea Ballin, Delta Martin, Ann Johnson and Lovie Olivia. The works explore dialogues about hair, domestics, slavery and Afro futurism. • Africa and Oceania Treasures: The Genevieve McMillan Collection. The exhibit contains ancient tribal artifacts. Scheduled tours available. Jackson Art Movement’s “Composition” Art Show Nov. 21, 7-9 p.m., at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). Exhibitors include Kathryn Wiggins, Allison Jeffries, Sarah Grafton, Clara Bradford, Jacob Rowan, Samara Thomas, Kateri Tolo and Garrett Nasrallah. Free; call 364-5416; email; follow @JaxArtMovement on Twitter.

Be the Change 12Ks for the Holidays Nov. 23, 7:30 a.m., at Fondren. The event includes a 12K run, a 5K walk and run, and a one-mile kids’ fun run. Holiday costumes welcome. Proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Center. $35 through Nov. 9, $40 after, $45 day of race, free fun run; call 601355-6276; Books for Tots Campaign through Dec. 13, at Jackson/Hinds Library System. Donate new, unwrapped books at any JHLS branch. Monetary donations also accepted. Free; call 601-968-5810 or 601-968-5807; email or;

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Winning with Harmony by Briana Robinson

What was the competition like?

The competition took place in this big atrium of the Lincoln Center. It was very singer-songwriter. One person would go up, and they would be playing an acoustic guitar, and everyone would be quiet. They would sing a song, and everyone would clap. That’s very different from the environment that I’m used to, so I was totally freaked out. It was not a show; it was very much like a coffee shop singersongwriter vibe. The winner is chosen based on both songwriting and performance skills. What do you think it was about yours that blew the judges away?

I think what set us apart was the fact that we were a band. Everyone else in the competition was a single man or woman. So I think that was pretty attractive to them. And then I think our songs were more unique, I guess. This was a song competition, and most of the people that entered were like singer-songwriters, and that’s not our vibe at all. Because of that (and) because of our

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kind of quirky, interesting songs, we were immediately differentiated from the rest. How do y’all approach songwriting?

The initial idea for a song will be me coming up with a melody and then working that melody into a couple different parts. And then after all that’s done, (we) put lyrics to it, and Dave will come in and we’ll work out the arrangement and instrumentation on it. So it kind of starts with a really simple idea, and then it evolves once we all get our hands on it. It’s a collective effort though. What about the lyrics?

I recently discovered a lot of my songs have to deal with feeling guilty about something. I think that’s a very Catholic thing that I, for whatever reason, have in my blood. It’s definitely about certain memories and certain feelings—kind of trying to put something out there and, at the same time, be a little vague so it’s not always just cut and dry or uncreative. I prefer to be a little ambiguous with lyrics. How do you and your brothers’ musical background influence how you write and perform?

Well, just being brothers, we want to emphasize vocal harmonies. We think it’s something that is kind of unique, and I think we do harmonies pretty well because we’re brothers. How do being from Jackson and living in New Orleans affects your music?

I think that in both places we’ve gotten ourselves in trouble, and that helps with coming up with something to write about. Also just being in the deep south, I think it’s kind of hard to escape the native music of both places, whether it’s Jackson or New Orleans. I think rhythmically especially, the native music of both places have influenced

our music. That’s the best way to describe it. The rhythmic nature of blues or funk or jazz definitely plays a part in the chords that we use and the instrument placement that we use. There’s definitely some vibes in there. (But) we don’t play your standard Mississippi music or standard New Orleans music. We’re influenced by many different types of music from all over the country. When you first started the band, why did you decide to create the music video and record the EP before ever playing a live show together?

I guess because we wanted to have something to show people before telling them to come see us live. … A lot of bands that I hear start playing shows right out of the gate and evolve and develop and then finally develop something. (We want to be) a recorded band before a live band. … There are a lot of bands that are hugely successful and don’t sell a lot of records but bring thousands of people to their shows. That’s not us. What we’re striving for is to make really good records, and that’s kind of why we did the recording first, because that’s what we’d like to be known for. Do you think that your performances or recording best represents your sound?

Before we did anything ever, we made that four-song EP. We had no idea what we sounded like. I can’t even say that is a great representation of (us). I think we’re growing into our sound, and (that) has to do with us playing live a good bit. I think we’re kind of figuring out the core of our sound right now and getting closer to it. Cardinal Sons plays after Rooster Blues at 10 p.m. Nov. 27 at Martin’s Lounge (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712). Visit cardinalsons. com to download “Make an EP.” This interview was edited for space.

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I think I may have come across an artist who had won it in years previous. (We just) kind of went through the steps and sent in our video for “October Rolls.” A couple months later, I got a bunch of phone calls and emails (in May) saying we were early-bird finalists. I didn’t really think much of it for a while, and then they were telling us that we needed to be in New York City in October.

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ut of more than 2,000 entries for the Mountain Stage New­Song contest, Jackson-bred and New Orleans-based trio Cardinal Sons rose to the top. The band of three brothers—lead vocalist and guitarist John Shirley, keyboardist and vocalist Joe Shirley, and drummer and vocalist Dave Shirley— traveled to New York City in October for the competition and became the grandprize winner. As the Mountain Stage NewSong winner, the band will have several high-profile performances, including at New York City’s Lincoln Center, Utah’s Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe and on National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage show. By February, the band will record and mix a new EP with producer, musician and songwriter Charlie Sexton. Cardinal Sons will be in town Nov. 27 to continue its tradition of performing at Martin’s Lounge before Thanksgiving. I spoke with John, the oldest brother, by phone about the band’s direction.



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hen it comes to music, Mi- “I consider myself a songwriter first, cah Smith has what every and all of the guys in the band are way performer needs: soul and too creative to hide behind other people’s dedication. As a young wor- music,” he says. “There’s definitely nothship leader at Highland Chapel, he found ing wrong with playing (mostly) covers, the same characteristics and “must haves” but it wouldn’t be true to who we are.” in a couple of fellow churchgoers. When The biggest difference in Sun Ballet he met Alex Ingram, 25, and Chris Gra- and other bands in Jackson lies in its styham, 24, they were playing in a pop-rock band called All Day All Night. “Alex asked me to rewrite lyrics and re-record one of their songs. They really liked it, so we started playing together, just casually at first,” Smith says. They played with a friend, Jonathon Hernandez, before Mick Parsons, 27, former drummer for Jonezetta, became the group’s Jackson-based band Sun Ballet brings its original permanent percussionist. material to Ole Tavern on Nov. 22. “His joining really made everything feel complete,” Smith says. “We just all really listic choices. It does not steer clear from clicked in terms of our musical sensibili- the sound of pop. Smith’s voice may not ties and what we wanted from it.” be rough and rowdy, but the softness and Sun Ballet considers itself indie rock, delivery of well-written lyrics is beautiful but each member has completely differ- and even quite comforting. This band ent music influences with, of course, a gives listeners the opportunity to do what few common interests. Ingram, lead gui- they should in the first place—to listen to tarist, grew up listening to bands such as verses try to make out what is being said All Get Out and As Cities Burn. Graham, through the loudness of power chords the band’s bassist, played mainly in metal and repetitiveness. bands before Sun Ballet and listens to The The band has two three-song EPs on Dangerous Summer, Go Radio and The iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. “Merit” Story So Far. is more on the singer-songwriter side, Parsons, on the other hand, brings whereas “Vultures,” released in late July more of a classic alternative feel to the of this year, is a rock album. “With each group; one of his favorite albums is The of our songs we try to create a different Cardigans’ “Long Gone Before Daylight.” yet cohesive feel,” Smith says. Rhythm guitarist and vocalist Smith, who Sun Ballet performs Nov. 22 at Ole also writes a music column for the Jack- Tavern on George Street. The band is also son Free Press, says that Dear and the currently working on material for a fullHeadlights and The Format influence his length album. The guys plan to start relyric writing. cording an EP in early 2014. “Most of the time, our songwrit- “We’ve actually struggled a lot with ing process involves me bringing a bare- finding shows in Jackson, which is a pretbones song concept to the guys where, ty unfortunate fact. Again, just stylistimusically, it hasn’t been given the full cally, we don’t match a lot of what’s here,” treatment yet,” Smith says. “My first fo- Smith says. “Hopefully, in the near future cus is always lyrics, then the vocal mel- promoters won’t be afraid to throw us on ody, and once I’m happy with those, ev- to a show for that difference, though. … eryone pitches in on how the final song I think we have a greater audience in our will sound.” city, and it’s just a matter of finding our Sun Ballet only performs original way in front of them.” music. Smith recognizes that not incor- Sun Ballet opens for Sick/Sea at 9 p.m. porating any cover songs may be a setback Nov. 22 at Ole Tavern on George Street for the band, but he would rather the (416 George St., 601-960-2700). Visit members be able to fully express them-, or find the band 36 selves musically. on Facebook.

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THURSDAY, NOV. 21 NFL (7-11 p.m., NFL Network): The New Orleans Saints can add to the Atlanta Falcons dumpster-fire of a season with a win on the road against their main rival. SATURDAY, NOV. 23 College football (11 a.m.-3 p.m. CBS): Mississippi State must win in Little Rock against Arkansas to keep its bowl hopes alive. … College football (6:30-10 p.m., ESPN): Ole Miss hosts Missouri in a game that could have ramifications in the SEC East. SUNDAY, NOV. 24 NFL (7:30-11 p.m. NBC): The Denver Broncos travel to take on the New England Patriots. MONDAY, NOV. 25 NFL (7:30-11 p.m. ESPN): Two teams not living up to 2013 expectations take the stage as the Washington Redskins host the San Francisco 49ers. TUESDAY, NOV. 26 College football (6-9 p.m., ESPN): Northern Illinois looks to complete an undefeated season and bust the BCS against Western Michigan. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27 NHL (6:30-9 p.m., NBCSN): For your weekly hockey fix, check out the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning hosting the last-place Philadelphia Flyers. Thanksgiving is nearing, and then Christmas. By the time we celebrate New Year’s Day, the college football season will be over, and the NFL season will be reaching its ending.

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hat a difference a year makes in college football. If it was 2014, the four undefeated schools left would be a lock to be in the four-team playoff—but, as it is 2013, we could see more controversy in the BCS’ last year. I love watching Twitter and other forms of social media during football season. After each win, three of the four fan bases love to try to make their case for their team playing in the national title game. Alabama is in the driver’s seat to play for the title, so Crimson Tide fans have little to complain about. But Baylor, Ohio State and Florida State all want to stay unbeaten to lock up the second spot in the title game. On social media, I see Ohio State fans feeling disrespected over their 22game winning streak, Baylor fans feeling they get no respect because the school is not a traditional power and Florida State fans saying their previous seasons should

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not be held against them. The teams have one thing in common, which is that all three want to face Alabama. If Alabama can stay undefeated, someone is going to get what they wished for, and they might not like the outcome. If I had a vote for the Heisman, my top three would be Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston and A.J. McCarron. Without quarterback Manziel, Texas A&M might not have reached bowl eligibility, as bad as the Aggies defense has been. Winston has FSU on the verge of its second-straight conference championship and first national title since 1999—although the Seminoles’ quarterback could lose my vote depending on the outcome of a sexual-assault charge. McCarron has Alabama in position for a third-straight national championship. The quarterback should be considered for his play as the one constant in the Tide’s last three seasons.


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The Paris Review interviewed Mexican poet Octavio Paz. “Just how much revising do you do?” the interviewer asked. “I revise incessantly,” Paz replied. “Some critics say too much, and they may be right. But if there’s a danger in revising, there is much more danger in not revising. I believe in inspiration, but I also believe that we’ve got to help inspiration, restrain it and even contradict it.” I bring this up, Scorpio, because I believe you are ripe for a phase of intense revision. Inspiration has visited you a lot lately, but now it will subside for a while so you can wrangle all your raw material into graceful, resilient, enduring shapes.

Costa Rica will be closing its zoos in 2014. What will happen to the 400 or so animals that are housed there? They will have to be rehabilitated at animal rescue centers and then released into the wild. I suspect there will be a metaphorically similar process going on for you in the coming months, Sagittarius. Parts of your instinctual nature will, in a sense, be freed from captivity. You will need to find ways to retrain your animal intelligence how to function outside of the tame conditions it got used to.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

Will fate kick your sweet ass sometime soon? Quite possibly. You may be compelled to face up to the consequences of your unloving actions or unconscious decisions. I’m pleased to tell you, however, that you might be able to dramatically minimize or even neutralize the butt-thumping. How? Go over the events of the last 11 months, and identify times when you weren’t your very best self or didn’t live up to your highest ideals. Then perform rituals of atonement. Express your desire to correct wrong turns. Give gifts that will heal damaged dynamics.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Bill Withers became a big star in the 1970s with hits like “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean on Me.” But he hasn’t recorded a new album since 1985, nor has he toured. What happened? In “Still Bill,” the documentary film about his life, Withers says, “I watch other people show off and I say, man, I used to want to show off. If I could just get, you know, moved to. I need a little injection in my showin’ off gland.” I wish you could get an injection like that, too, Aquarius. I’d like to see you show off more. Not in a contrived, over-the-top, Lady Gaga-esque way. Rather, the purpose would be to get more aggressive in showing people who you are and what you can do. I want your talents and assets to be better known.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

I have a feeling that your value will be rising in the coming weeks. An attractive person you thought was out of your league may express curiosity about you. You could get an offer to do an interesting job or task that you had previously considered unavailable. I bet your reputation will be growing, mostly for the better. Who knows? If you put a half-eaten piece of your toast for sale on eBay, it might sell for as much as if it were Justin Timberlake’s toast. Here’s the upshot: You should have confidence in your power to attract bigger rewards and more appreciation.

ARIES (March 21-April 19):

The poet Charles Baudelaire prayed for help, but not to God—rather he prayed to the writer Edgar Allan Poe. Novelist Malcolm Lowry sometimes pleaded with God to give him insight, but he also prayed to the writer Franz Kafka. I really like this approach to seeking guidance, and recommend it to you in the coming days. Which hero, dead or alive, could you call on to uplift you? What amazing character might bring you the inspiration you need? Be brazen and imaginative. The spirits could be of more help than you can imagine. Magic is afoot.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):

U.S. Confederate General Richard S. Ewell (1817-1872) sometimes experienced episodes in which he truly thought he was a bird. Princess Alexandria of Bavaria (1826-1875) believed that when she was young, she had eaten a glass piano. Then there was the Prussian military officer Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher (1742-1819), who imagined he was pregnant with an elephant. Sad and funny and crazy, right? And yet it’s my understanding

that all of us have fixed delusions. They are less bizarre than those I cited, but they can still be debilitating. What are yours, Taurus? Do you secretly believe that a certain turning point in your past scarred you forever? Are you incorrectly wracked with anger or guilt because of some event that may not have actually happened the way you remember it? Here’s the good news: Now is an excellent time to shed your fixed delusions.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

Philosopher Eckhart Tolle suggests that “there may be one person who reflects your love back to you more clearly and more intensely than others.” For some of us, this numinous reflection comes from a special animal. Whatever is the case for you, Gemini, I urge you to devote extra time to your relationship with this creature in the next 14 days. Meditate on how you could provide more nurturing and inspiration. Brainstorm about the possibility of deepening your connection. What practical actions could you take to boost your loved one’s fortunes?

CANCER (June 21-July 22):

The Cancerian soprano Kirsten Flagstad was regarded as one of the great operatic singers of the 20th century. Critic Desmond Shawe-Taylor said that “No one within living memory surpassed her in sheer beauty and consistency of line and tone.” She specialized in the operas of German composer Richard Wagner, whose master work, “The Ring of the Nibelung,” takes 15 hours to perform. Flagstad was asked to name the single most important thing she needed in order to perform Wagner’s music with the excellence it demanded. Her answer: comfortable shoes. Regard that as good advice for your own life and work, Cancerian—both literally and metaphorically. It’s time to get really well-grounded.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):

Have you ever been in a social situation where you really didn’t care what anyone thought of you and therefore felt absolutely free to act on your inner promptings? When was the last time you lost all your inhibitions and self-consciousness while making love? Can you truly say that sometime recently you have been totally responsive to your festive impulses? If you have experienced any blockages in expressing this type of energy, now is a perfect moment to fix that. You have a date with robust, innocent self-expression.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

Norwegian public television is experimenting with a phenomenon called Slow TV. In one reality show, the main character built a fire with logs and kept it burning for 12 hours. In another program, patient viewers watched for five days as a cruise ship made its way along the Norwegian coast. A third show featured a woman knitting a sweater from start to finish. I wish you would get hooked on slow-motion activities like those, Virgo. Maybe it would help you lower your thoughts-per-minute rate and influence you to take longer, deeper breaths and remember that relaxation is an art you can cultivate. And then you would be in righteous alignment with the cosmic rhythms.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

You’re smarter than you think you are, and soon you will be even smarter. Previously inaccessible wisdom is seeping up from the depths of your subconscious mind, making its way to your conscious awareness. Your eyes are noticing more than they usually do. Your memory is working at peak levels. And your enhanced ability to entertain paradoxical ideas is giving you special insight into the nature of reality. What will you do with this influx of higher intelligence? I suggest you focus its full force on one of your knottiest problems.

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