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Amber Helsel

Assistant Editor Amber Helsel likes food, art and food related-art. She can school you in a round of "Harry Potter" trivia any day of the week, and she begrudgingly does CrossFit (although not all that begrudgingly). Send her story ideas at amber@jacksonfreepress.com.

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Local Adventurers Wanted

As I've gotten older, I've realized the importance of home—and also how expensive it is to move and travel all the time.

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Oh, The Places I May Go

It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat from south Jackson or a Republican from Rankin County. We can all agree that the city needs help.

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Beer: If It Looks Good, Drink It

I've always loved this particular phrase from "Bizarre Foods" host Andrew Zimmern: "If it looks good, eat it."

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Don’t Cut the Creative Industries

A ton of art mediums can provide a different point of view, from painting something in an unfamiliar style, to getting low to the ground and capturing that perfect photo, ...

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Jackson Needs More Camaraderie

It's great to have a sense of pride in your neighborhood, but it's also important to remember that we're all part of one city.

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‘Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor’

I've talked about this before, but we are a nation of many immigrants. Unless you're Native American, you can likely trace your roots back somewhere across the seas or down ...

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Standing and Fighting Together

These days, everyone is speaking out, and as Donald Trump's tweets and speeches become more and more erratic, and his politics become even more insane and exclusionary, it's necessary.

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Change in 2017: Crawling, Then Walking

God willing, 2017 is a year of change for me and hopefully for others, too. As we move forward in the new year with whatever changes we make, we should ...

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

I try to live by two mottos: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and "Be the change you wish to see in the world." I ...

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We Can Be Scared Together

With the current political turmoil, I'm glad I got to attend TEDxJacksonWomen. It was a bright spot in the midst of a hairy election cycle, and now it can be ...

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Eat Healthier, Shop Local

Businesses such as Sweet & Sauer, which specializes in fermented foods, give Jacksonians healthier food choices.

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Running a 5K in Your Shoes

Races are a thing in Jackson; here's a list of the 5Ks and other races coming up.

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Hannah Lawrence

Hannah Lawrence says she had a normal childhood up until the age of 13. She made good grades and loved to play sports such as soccer. Then, a bout with ...

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Picnicking for ‘Jubilee’

Margaret Walker Center Director Robert Luckett says that it is remarkable that author and poet Margaret Walker, who was an African American woman, chose to live her life in Jackson, ...

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On the Road Again

Summer is the ideal time to hit the road and explore little-known spots in our fascinating state. Here are a few places that make for great and quick road trips. ...

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You Are Invited ...

Alicia Stapleton, who also goes by Cookie, says she likes to use real embellishments for the wedding invitations she designs such as a small starfish for a destination wedding, or ...

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Celebrate Moms Locally

Your mom may sometimes tell you, "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out of it." But this Mother's Day, why not take your mom out ...

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The Sweet and the Sauer

The day before the grand opening of Sweet & Sauer's fermentation kitchen at The Hatch in midtown Jackson, Lauren Rhoades was in her kitchen, preparing ingredients for her fermented mustard.

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Robbie Fisher

Recently, Jackson-area filmmaker Robbie Fisher's film, "A Mississippi Love Story," which follows the journey of couple Eddie and Justin Outlaw, won Best Direction at the New York Premiere Film Festival.

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Robbie Fisher

Recently, Jackson-area filmmaker Robbie Fisher's film, "A Mississippi Love Story," which follows the journey of couple Eddie Outlaw and Justin McPherson, won Best Direction at the New York Premiere Film ...

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