Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism professor Alysia Burton Steele will appear at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center for two presentations on Saturday, Feb. 20. The first presentation will be 1:30 – 3 p.m., free and open to the public.
During her first presentation Steele will share excerpts and behind-the-scene stories from her book, "Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother's Wisdom.” This book, just released in April 2015, is a tribute to African American church mothers from the Mississippi Delta and its surrounding regions.
Love is a universal language. And while it may mean the same thing to most people, it’s as different as those it casts its powerful spell over. People celebrate this emotion in a plethora of ways. To each his own. And while it speaks the same language from one culture to the next, it celebrates in a number of different and unique ways and even looks a bit different – Ou te alofa ia te oe (I love you – in Samoan), for example. In this instance, the love was worlds apart... or at least 6,293 miles or 10,032 kilometers.
A Hattiesburg resident began his journey to become an Iron Man nearly 15 years ago.
As someone who grew up swimming, Ben Hughes first realized he wanted to try his hand at triathlons while as a lifeguard in college when he helped work some of the competitions.
“I just thought it looked like fun and decided to give it a try,” he said.
Hughes said to get started he talked to people who were already competing to get advice. He learned about how to train and what goes into preparing for races this way.
Triceps and biceps glisten and workout shirts have turned several shades darker due to perspiration, maybe better defined as true sweat. Tendrils of hair slowly escape the confines of pony tails and between repetitions are quickly pushed and tucked back. There are the sounds of kettle bells hitting the rubber floor surface, the rhythmic whack of a jump rope and the clank of weights as gravity pulls them back to earth.