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 […]

Smartphone Holiday Memories

More families travel during the holidays than any other time of year. In fact, for some families, the holiday season is the only time of tyear they gather together to break bread with loved ones. However, in this day and age smartphones too often pull us away from conversations and family moments, even during the […]

Choosing Gratitude

On the book table at Anderson’s Oncology Center, I find Nancy DeMoss’ book, Choosing Gratitude. Paging through, I see a heart-rending story: In a New Delhi slum, a three year old boy is leaning against the cot of his dying mother. The boy’s eyes are hollow, his stomach is distended, and his face is fly-infested.      “Standing there […]