About the Author

lareeca2LaReeca Rucker is a journalist, photographer and multimedia journalism instructor who spent 10 years covering the people and issues of Mississippi as a features writer at The Clarion-Ledger, the state’s largest newspaper.

She wrote about trends, personality profiles, human interest stories, religion, arts and culture, entertainment and general assignments for the print and web editions of the newspaper.

She dislikes consistently rude people, the scary skinny trend, orange slice candy, centipedes, gossip, tornadoes, twerking, secondhand smoke, social politics, loud and repetitive sounds, juvenile Tweets, bad grammar, poor manners, heirloom ideologies that have never been questioned, political and religious zealots, cilantro, adults with high school mentalities, “isms,” the fact that corporations rule our country and injustice.

She likes dogs and most animals, scary movies, intelligent conversation, thought-provoking ideas, weird sea creatures, kindness and compassion, vintage clothing, riding boots, photography, words, home decor, learning, collecting antiques, drawing and painting, most vegetables, traveling, writing songs, finding fossil imprints in rocks and making crafts.

This blog is a modern look at Mississippi and the South.

She is a graduate of The University of Mississippi, where she studied print and broadcast journalism and literature.

To date, she has won more than 40 journalism awards, primarily from the Mississippi Press Association for writing, photography and design.

Her work has appeared in publications and websites across the country, including USA Today, New Jersey’s Daily Record, South Dakota’s Argus Leader; New York’s Poughkeepsie Journal; The Delaware News Journal; Louisiana’s The Town Talk; The Tennessean; The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal; The Hattiesburg American, and numerous blogs and industry publications.

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