Sunday, January 21, 2018

Snow Miser Grows a Big Heart

This past Christmas, I did not watch any of my long-time favorite shows, not even “It’s A Wonderful Life.” But to have not watched “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is inconceivable. The old animated one, not the Jim Carrey version. Sorry, Jim.

I miss my favorite part, when the narrator says: “And what happened then, well in Whoville they say, that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day."

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I like to think about all this heart stuff.

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Positive Pageantry: According to Organizers, Everyone Wins

With reality television shows such as “Toddlers and Tiaras” and “Honey Boo-Boo,” child beauty pageants have recently come under attack in the media. From charges that pageants put too much pressure on children to accusations that they focus too much on style instead of substance, it’s all been said, and more.

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Letter From the Editor: February 2015


This is a month of joyous celebration! Whether it’s celebrating the love of Valentine’s Day, the festive spirit of Mardi Gras, or the accomplishments of notable artistic Mississippians for Black History Month, there’s a spirit of revelry and appreciation in the air.

This month’s magazine focuses on things of the heart. The literal heart -- as in cardiac health -- and the metaphorical heart, as in the all the things that make us, and our families, feel loved. Use the list compiled by Elizabeth Phelps as a guide to heart-warming stories of love. Any one of these children’s books would make a perfect gift for your little one.

We hope you will also take a peek at our story about two Mardi Gras krewes parading this year on the coast. Learn a bit about what these krewes offer and find out why carnival is such an important part of coast culture.

We hope you have a wonderful month filled with hand-drawn Valentines, festive Mardi Gras throws, and special moments of parent-child joy.


Kara Bachman

Managing Editor

Mardi Gras for Families

Mardi Gras is a big deal for many coast families. Children and adults gather together wearing purple, green and gold to enjoy the sights and sounds of carnival on parade routes across the coast. This year, we decided to ask a few parades why the celebration is so important to coast families.

Jeffrey Cuevas has been riding in parades for 33 years. This year, he’s co-captain -- along with Sindey Cuevas -- of the PCCA Krewe of Legacy. With Mardi Gras early this year, the krewe’s 2015 parade was on Jan. 31.

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Food for a Healthy Heart

On my travels around the world, I notice other nations have citizens on the trimmer side compared to our Mississippians. Perhaps it’s fewer buffets, less fried food, or more exercise. Meanwhile, studies show that Mississippi has the nation’s highest rate of obesity, heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure. As parents, we can change this trend by teaching our children healthy diet habits.

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