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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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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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A Nation of Immigrants

Though I don't know where I come from, one thing is clear: At some point in my ancestry, my family migrated to this country. Like many families that came to ...

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Our True Mental States

So 18.1 percent of the total U.S. population has a mental illness, and 50 percent of adults are likely to experience some type of mental illness in their lifetime. And ...

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It Started With Ramen

I had real ramen for the first time last year at one of the Mississippi Museum of Art's Museum After Hours events. And I don't mean the instant kind. I ...

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Look to Hattiesburg

Jackson is far from perfect, but it’s at least a city that knows things needs to change—and for the most part, it seems to want to.

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Keep Breaking the Glass Ceiling

A couple of weeks ago, I posted something to Facebook that I thought could possibly get some political backlash from my conservative friends and family: "Regardless of politics, the fact ...

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In Tough Times, Be Grateful

A few things have made me realize that it's important to give thanks every day—not just one day of the year.

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Women Misrepresented in Media, Business

Recently, I watched the documentary "Miss Representation" by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. The 2011 film focuses on the misrepresentation of women in mainstream society and the pressures we face because of ...

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Can’t-Miss Food Events

On Jan. 30, Sal & Mookie's New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint is hosting a Wiseacre Brewing Beer Dinner.

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A Space for Experimental Art

A large geometric shield sits in a corner, the word "SUBMIND" projected on it. Local artist daniel johnson, who does not capitalize his name, stands in front of a crowd ...

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Running the Blues

We're at the beginning of the year, so besides making resolutions, that means another thing: It's time for the Mississippi Blues Marathon. This year's event is Saturday, Jan. 7.

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Forging a New Path: Foot Print Farms

On a frigid day in December, the slightly warm air inside one of the high tunnels, also known as natural greenhouses, at Foot Print Farms in Jackson contrasts the chilly ...

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Bring in the New Year, Jackson Style

On Thursday, Dec. 29, Deep South Pops and Blazewalker Pictures will host the After-Mas Music Festival in the Highland Village courtyard (4500 Interstate 55 N.).

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Dorothy Stewart

Dorothy Stewart says that when she was growing up, someone once asked her, "Dorothy, what do you want to be?" "I want to be a doctor," Stewart replied.

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Last-Minute Fun

Christmas has been approaching ever so slowly, but now it seems to be coming in at warp speed. If you're still trying to find last-minute gifts and stocking stuffers, here ...

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Emmi Sprayberry

Nine years ago, when Swell-o-Phonic was in the space where Fondren Public is currently located, it wasn't just a skate shop and clothing store. It also housed an art exhibition ...

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Local Holiday Eats

Check out this list of restaurants and businesses that have holiday specials.

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Give Local

'Tis the season for giving gifts, so why not shop local during this holiday season? Here are some fun ideas from local businesses.

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