Creative Writing no image

Published on January 26th, 2012 | by Newt Rayburn


10 Great Things About Being Back in Mississippi

10 Great Things About Being Back in Mississippi

by JoLynn Wells – from The Local Voice #148

1. Rain instead of snow.
2. A landscape of steep beautiful hills and waterfalls of kudzu populated by people sweet as pecan pie.
3. Dancing to live music, sometimes in the middle of the street.
4. The slow easy way of speaking down here that sounds so soft on the ears.
5. “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name…” and for me that sure ain’t Cheers in Boston.
6. Grits & Greens, black-eyed peas & cornbread, and a belly full of luck & money on New Years’ Day.
7. Hearing on the radio in their entirety first… “Mama, I’m Coming Home” by Ozzy Osbourne followed by the Doobie Brothers’ “Black Water.” Mississippi moon, won’t you keep on shining on me?
8. The velvet ditch wins over a broken glass littered gutter every time.
9. Fried chicken from the gas station.
10. Longer, brighter days remind me that I too can be a ray of sunshine, spreading light, warmth and happiness wherever I go.

"Day 62: Is Socks Dead Yet?" by White Collar Criminal
"Games People Play" by White Collar Criminal


About the Author

Newt Rayburn founded THE LOCAL VOICE in March of 2006. Previously, Newt was Editor of PROFANE EXISTENCE in Minneapolis, and Art Director for Ole Miss' LIVING BLUES magazine. Newt won a National Magazine Award in 1999 for his SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE with THE OXFORD AMERICAN. A seventh-generation Lafayette County, Mississippian, Newt Rayburn's alter ego—Neuter Cooter—lead the Mississippi band THE COOTERS to Rocknoll Glory across the USA from 1993-2018. Newt is a family man who also is a publisher, photographer, writer, musician, landlord, and Civil War enthusiast.

Leave a Reply

Back to Top ↑
  • Click Here for Food & Drink Specials Tonight
    Click Here for Entertainment this week
    The Townies 2023 Local Favorites Awards Results
  • Categories

  • Top Posts & Pages