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A review: What Kind of Difference Do It Make? Stories of Hope and Healing

In these days of partisan politics, angry mobs, shouting congressmen and rising racial tension, “What Difference Do It Make?” offers an oasis of peace and good will. Although Hall told me this book seemed more difficult to write than “Same Kind of Different as Me,” the struggle was not in vain.



True Blue: Area quartet brings jazz standards back to life

When the subject of jazz comes up, most people think of New Orleans, St. Louis or Greenwich Village in New York City. Hardly anyone thinks of jazz as an option in rural East Texas.


‘Down By The River’ a musical tour of Mac McAnally’s Southern roots

Mississippi native Mac McAnally is more comfortable behind the scenes rather than the bright spotlights. “Because of where I come from, I am so bashful,” McAnally told me during an interview in 2008. “In truth, I will not perform unless there's absolutely no one else on the stage. If there's a pet on stage, I will defer to that and become the side man.”


The Siege: Finished product doesn't live up to billing

Before any author can find success, he must find his style.


Lucky Girl: Adoptive daughter discovers Chinese roots

Although she was adopted from China as an infant, award-winning journalist Mei-Ling Hopgood had a typical American upbringing. Growin up, she thought her Chinese parents were were peasants who gave her up so she would have a chance at a good life.

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