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Let’s make Mississippi an ‘American Idol’

In light of the controversial events that have transpired because of Mississippi’s House Bill 1523 locally and nationally, with protests by notable Mississippians and some companies refusing to do business in the state, the yin and yang of the universe decided that on the last season of one of America’s top-rated television shows, two Mississippians were selected to showcase their artistic talent – one of the fine things Mississippi is very well known for – and a Mississippian won the contest. Within every place and every person, you can find both good and bad. For far too long, Mississippi has had a reputation of ranking last in many categories. It has become trite to recite the list. The state has the highest high school dropout rate, the highest teen pregnancy rate, the highest obesity rate, highest poverty rate, worst economy, and the lowest life expectancy in the country. Mississippi students have ranked last in school performance, and the state has one of the highest unemployment rates. We read these studies over and over again, and …

What it means to be ‘The Hospitality State’

Mississippi is historically known for a progressively delayed (and often stalled) civil rights legacy. In the minds of some throughout the U.S., the state’s name will be forever linked to the opposition and violence that occurred in Mississippi in the 1960s – opposition and violence that resulted when fellow Mississippians stood firm, demanding the basic, inalienable right of equality, affirming that all men (and women) are created equal and have the right to be treated as such. Mississippi is also historically known for many good things, some of which include generosity, a rich literary and artistic history, and the notion that we are “The Hospitality State.” In light of Governor Phil Bryant’s decision to sign House Bill 1523 (authored by Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton) – a bill that would allow Mississippi business and government workers to deny services to any citizen based on their religious beliefs – (essentially anyone they choose not to serve for any “religious” reason) – it might be wise to reexamine what it means to be “The Hospitality State.” Should hospitality …

One day at a time

Anyone who has ever faced health issues will appreciate this saying. I’m not sure who the first person on Earth was to utter it, but in my opinion, it is one of the wisest thoughts that has ever been expressed. Unfortunately, you won’t realize the depth of wisdom this idea carries until you struggle. When every day is difficult, it’s important to take things one day at a time – and sometimes one hour at a time and one minute at a time. One day may be bad, but the next three could be good. Hold onto hope. Stay positive. It can be overwhelming sometimes if you speculate about life too far ahead. So be mindful of the moment. Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

25 things from 2010

Looking back over my status updates for 2010, here are 25 things that have become clearer to me over the past year: 1. Oftentimes, neither the bad or good things people say about others are true. 2. Electric blankets, chocolate ice cream, cheese and boots are all made by angels. 3. Exceeding expectations will make some people happy and some people mad. 4. I have been traumatized throughout my life by tornadoes. 5. If you hurt animals with cruel intentions, you should endure medieval testicle torture. If you have animals, you should be responsible for them. 6. “Tickling Slow Loris” is the best YouTube video of all time for many reasons. 7. If you ever meet an egocentric, time traveling, Latin-speaking philosophy professor in a period costume with a pocket watch who describes himself as an atheist who believes God is real, hold on to your rings. 8. Everyone who says Who Dat, should be forced to say Whom Dat. 9. I am psychic. 10. The world would completely suck without Muppets. 11. Time stops …

The mysterious wizard

As I was driving home from work the other day, I saw a wizard on the side of the road. Well, maybe he wasn’t a wizard. I’m not exactly sure. Perhaps he was Father Time. I’m just not positive. But he was wearing a long purple robe, a pointy matching hat and a long white beard. Without the pointy hat, I might have pegged him as a religious figure or homeless person, but the pointy hat seemed to scream wizardry. I do not know why he was there. I assumed he was promoting something, but he was on the opposite side of the road standing in front of a fenced apartment complex. Jovial and waving at the oncoming traffic, he appeared to be trying to attract attention to something, but like I said, he was not near a business, so I have no clue where or to what I was supposed to be lured. I have seen wizards, pirates and other characters on the side of the road, but they generally appear in October when …

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Tinkerbell

Is it just me, or do you sometimes feel the need to upchuck when you read about people spending obnoxious amounts of money unnecessarily? I generally get nauseated when I stumble across that MTV show “My Super Sweet 16.” Every episode features a spoiled, delusional child, who is poorly parented by two adults desperate to buy their children’s love with a new Mercedes and an extravagant $200,000 birthday party the size of an Oscar bash. Reuters reported today that a real estate guy named Tim Blixseth is planning to build and sell the world’s most expensive home – a $155 million, 10 bedroom, 53,000-square-foot house in Montana. $155 million? Stop and think about how much money that is for a moment. I live in Mississippi, and for $1 million, you can purchase a mansion. I probably shouldn’t even blog about this, because if Mr. Blixseth or a mega-rich person discovers this fact and decides to purchase 155 mansions here rather than the one exorbitantly priced house in Montana, I’m sure that would have a devastating …