Natchez Trace Parkway one of Country Magazine’s 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Lake Lee in Tombigbee State Park. Credit: Larry Ulrich

Lake Lee in Tombigbee State Park. Credit: Larry Ulrich

Country Magazine released its 2013 Best Scenic Roads to show the most gorgeous scenic drives from coast to coast, and the Natchez Trace Parkway made the list. I can’t help but agree because a trip on the Parkway is a sight to behold – especially in the fall with the colorful landscapes.

To see the full list and what reporter Donna B. Ulrich said about the Trace, click here.

Classic columns grace the rear entrance of the mansion at Melrose Estate Plantation, a national historic park in Natchez. Credit: Larry Ulrich

Classic columns grace the rear entrance of the mansion at Melrose Estate Plantation, a national historic park in Natchez. Credit: Larry Ulrich


So Amibtious

My Morehouse brother raises a good point. When you have dreams and goals, don’t let backbiters be your only motivation. Accomplish your goals and dreams for your own happiness!

Single Dadventures



I’ve never believed in the mantra “Make your haters your motivators.”  However, when one does find success it is only natural to think about all of those who may have made negative comments that could deter others from one’s vision.  The second to last song on Jay Z’s mixed-reviewed Blueprint 3 is one of my favorite songs he’s ever made.  The song starts with an a minor chord and Pharrell Williams saying “3 in the morning on the West Side Highway.”  The chords and the quote set the mood for the song (There is nothing like driving on the West Side Highway at 3 AM.  I find it to be one of the best time and places to reflect while driving).  Off the bat, the song had me drawn in.  Mr. Carter then raps about all of the people who have told him that he didn’t have what…

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Local authors plan book signing in Olde Towne Clinton


Four local authors have been brought together in a special Christmas novella collection from Barbour Publishing. The authors  will be signing copies of Plantation Christmas Weddings at Pentimento Books (302 Jefferson St.) in Olde Town Clinton this Saturday from 9-11 a.m. All four of the novellas are set in Natchez and each involves one of the historic homes of the area.

Author Biographies:

Sylvia Barnes resides in Pelahatchie, Mississippi with her husband of 45 years. She is the mother of two daughters and grandmother of three. Sylvia is a retired manager of BellSouth, and the author of “A Proper Christmas” in the best-selling novella collection, “A Biltmore Christmas.”

Cynthia Leavelle lives in Clinton, MS and teaches English and ESL at Belhaven University. A native of New Mexico, she has two degrees from the University of North Texas. She has published one book with Crossbooks, The Cord: The Love Story of Salmon and Rahab, and has written numerous devotionals and short stories. She is married and has three grown sons.

Virginia Vaughan is a multi-published author of Romantic Suspense for Love Inspired books. A single mom of two grown boys, she resides in Byram, where she is a teacher and leader in the women’s ministry of her church. Her book Jamison Family Values was a Genesis finalist in the ACFW Women’s Fiction category in 2007.

Lorraine Beatty is a multi-published, best-selling author currently working on her eighth novel for Love Inspired Books. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, she lives in Brandon, Mississippi with her husband of forty-six years. Lorraine is a member of RWA, ACFW and is a charter member and former President of Magnolia State Romance Writers.

Upcoming Book signings:

November 16 – Barnes and Nobles, Ridgeland, 1-3 pm

November 23  – Walmart, Flowood, 1-3pm

December 7 – Turning Pages Books, Natchez, 1-3 pm