The “People” Problem with Pets

The Hub City Humane Society began as an idea on a laptop in the back office of a Veterinarian’s clinic in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Now, it provides compassionate care to the thousands of homeless, neglected and abused animals in the area. Hub City Director Virginia Cheatham began volunteering at a local shelter over 17 years ago […]

SNOW, FIRELIGHT AND BOOKS

There was only a sprinkling of snow, but icy streets kept us inside for a couple of days. Those cozy, snow days brought back memories of all-day card games with our grandchildren while chili simmered on the stove, and each of us always had a good book waiting to be read. Pete, our grandson, sent […]

The Winter Blues

  Outside, overcast skies hide the afternoon sun. Summer’s vibrant green and the kaleidoscopic colors of fall have long vanished, leaving only fallen leaves to sweep across a cold, barren ground. Winter in the south may be relatively short, but its colder and shorter days can still bring in the winter blues. Seasonal depression, otherwise […]

Antebellum Days – Schools (Part 1)

In Lauderdale County’s early days, education revolved around household activities and everyday survival. Living off the land required the backbone of most household members, from fetching water from a nearby creek to firewood for cooking and staying warm. The first school in the territory had been established for Choctaw children by Presbyterian Missionaries in 1824 […]

The Nature of Life

Teaching natural childbirth classes wasn’t a profession Elizabeth Steele had planned. It was after the Marine Corps transferred her husband to Meridian, Miss. in 2005 and she became pregnant with their second child. Since she had had natural childbirth with her first, she began researching natural birth options for her second. “I found one natural […]