• getting personal: Everything you always wanted to know about personal training but were afraid to ask

    While I wouldn’t say I’ve been procrastinating working on my beach body (see previous months’ forays into cycling, yoga and even dancing), the collective total of weddings, bachelorette parties and vacations I’ve been lucky enough to participate in during the past year reaches nearly to 20.  With my annual beach vacation waiting for me at the end of this month, I decided it is time to seek the help of a professional. 

  • Local Musicians ROOTED IN Hub

    The blues is Mississippi's lingua franca. It's rooted (while transferred from far away Mali) in our arable soil. Though the famous players may have left to electrify it in Chicago or orchestrate in Los Angeles, that music still and will always be identified as ours.

  • SETTLING ON SILENCE

    It seems like every Tom, Dick, and Harry with a cell phone these days considers themselves a photographer.

    And while it’s true that the built-in camera in most of today’s cell phones is better than most high-end digital cameras that were being manufactured as recently as 10 years ago, having access to a quality camera does not make you a professional photographer any more than having access to a blog makes you a professional journalist.

  • Disco: maligned & misunderstood

     Disco is music that goes far beyond white polyester with a black collar jutting out, dancefloors lit in primary colors, the Brothers Gibb, Harry Wayne Casey and the almighty Donna Summer. Disco at its essence represented the freedom to write, to choose and of course - to dance.

  • The legend of Tony Jack

    Every small town in America has a character or two that manages to stand out from the rest of the crowd.

    The Pine Belt has plenty of them – including several being honored this year as part of our annual Best of the Pine Belt Awards.

  • From Uganda with Love

    Southern Miss graduate Lindsey Pellittieri sits in her tiny corner of the world in Gulu,Uganda. There have been many life changes since she moved from the Hub City to this rural village halfway across the globe, about 8,000 miles, give or take, and eight hours ahead of local time.

     It’s been a long time since she’s connected with the Hattiesburg area.

    But in this Northern Region village she’s learned not only about her own strengths, but the strength of Ugandan women and others around the world.

    The seed was planted some time ago, but has started to blossom.

  • Dancing 101: How I learned to stop worrying, and love the beat

    When I arrived at the Front Street studio of Hattiesburg Ballroom and Beyond on a Thursday evening, donning my dancing shoes and a case of the new student jitters, there wasn’t a single corner for this Baby to hide in.

  • Elizabeth Porter: SUPER MOM & WONDER  WOMAN

     She’s a single woman and a local attorney. He’s a blonde-haired, 17-month-old little boy who likes to climb on the furniture and loves a good book about tractors.

    Their story is an unlikely one, but one that was written in the stars.

    Two years ago, Hattiesburg attorney Elizabeth Porter was focused on her growing private practice and her work as a public defender for Forrest County.

    She had already spent two years working as an assistant district attorney and despite having achieved much in her young career, Porter still longed for something more.

  • Ladies Leading the Way

    Rock ’n’ Roll has grown into an intergenerational entity. Since its birth from the hybrid strains of Country & Western and Rhythm & Blues, it grows the most when rebelling against the previous mixture of alleles. However, now Rock ’n’ Roll is entering another phase of singer/ songwriters to push it along the genetic line.

  • The underdog of American Fiction: SCIENCE FICTION

     Science Fiction (to be abbreviated SF here) continues to be a misappropriated and misunderstood genre that for its complex history should at least merit a few more writers than George Orwell (“1984”), Aldous Huxley (“Brave New World”) and Ray Bradbury (“Fahrenheit 451.”)

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