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A few years ago, I discovered Mississippi Magazine and was so impressed with the issue that I bought it and thoroughly enjoyed everything in the publication. I immediately became a subscriber and can hardly wait for each new issue to arrive.

The November/December 2004 issue proves to be another great one. In fact, each issue makes me want to pack my bags and head for your state for an extended stay.

I also want to congratulate Patty Roper on the book she has published. I am looking forward to receiving Easy Does It: Entertaining.

Katreen Lee

Leighton, Alabama

Editor's note: We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to Easy Does It: Entertaining, Patty Roper's new hook filled with simple Southern party ideas and recipes. The book may be ordered online at or by calling 800/844-8418, ext. 81. For more details, see pg. 64.

You're doing a beautiful job with the magazine, and I only wish I were closer to see some of the splendidly decorated homes you picture. But your articles are the next best thing to being in Mississippi at Christmastime. Keep up the good work!

John Polhamus

San Diego, California

I read your magazine from cover to cover the first day I get it. It's so true to Mississippi--a real delight. The "Christmas in Water Valley" article in your November/December issue was great! Thanks so much.

Dona Lovelace

Water Valley

I always enjoy reading the Small-Town Spotlight. The November/December issue featured Soso ("Where in Mississippi is ... Soso?'), and I found it very interesting, especially how the town was named. When I was growing up in the 1940s and '50s, a music teacher named Mr. J.B. Coats held singing schools at different churches; he was from Soso. He wrote gospel songs connected with the Stamps Music Company. I was surprised that he wasn't mentioned in your article.

Opal Cothern


Editor's note: According to the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, prolific songwriter J.B. Coats hailed from the Summerland area, just up the road from Soso. Even after his death in 1961, his music lives on; some of his gospel songs have been recorded by well-known artists such as Elvis Presley, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, and Trisha Yearwood.

In the September/October issue, you printed a letter from Terry Robbins saying that she had given a year's subscription to your magazine as a Christmas gift to a friend in England. Well, that's me! Terry and I have been penpals for over 30 years, and we still find so much to tell each other in our letters. In 1996, we were able to meet when Terry was on a trip to England, and it is a wonderful memory. I am enjoying receiving the magazine so much. The articles about historic and scenic places in Mississippi interest me most, and I like the recipes and gardening articles, too. Even the adverts are interesting, as I can compare what people like buying in Mississippi and in England. Thank you, Terry, and thank you, Mississippi Magazine!

Eileen Bostle

Harrow, Middlesex, England

I just wanted to say what a great job you guys did with the Mississippi Art Colony article ("A Gathering Force," September/October). We have had many writers who have attempted to capture what we are all about over the years. It usually it ends up being a feature on the artists they know best--or the ones from their "neck of the woods." But finally, in my opinion, an article has been written that truly captures the spirit of our experiences at "Colony" without demeaning in any way the importance of what we are there for. I enjoyed it tremendously. Thank you so much!

Jamie Tate, director

Mississippi Art Colony


Thank you very much for the great article on Holly Springs and "Miss Holly Springs" ("Holly Springs Eternal," September/October). Lois Bonds keeps us all aware on "What and Who" through her enjoyable long 3- and 4-legal-page handwritten letters. We were in the same graduating class a "few" years ago, and she hosted a 50th-anniversary homecoming dinner in her daughter's home, the Walter Place. A note to all Holly Springs alumni: Send the museum a donation so it can be returned to its restored home in the old "Mississippi Synodical College" building.

Cora Peeler Lamond

Williamsburg, Virginia

Please send your ideas and opinions to Letters to the Editor, 5 Lakeland Circle, Jackson, MS 39216, or via e-mail to (Please note, letters may be edited for length and clarity.)

And don't forget to send in requests for your favorite recipes from Mississippi restaurants to food editor Mary Leigh Furrh for our Dish It Out column. Send requests via e-mail to or in writing to Dish It Out, 5 Lakeland Circle, Jackson, MS 39216. (Recipes from chain restaurants may not be available.)
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Date:Jan 1, 2005
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