Stepping into the spotlight

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By Scott Naugle | Photography by William Colgin // A warm, soothing light washes gently through the abundant windows and envelops the senses. The glow is charged with a relaxed and encouraging energy, nudging one towards creativity and calm. The cerulean ceiling suggests the infinite possibilities of the sky; the red door invokes the passion of a caring heart; and the freshly painted white wooden countertops look like fresh, unmarked…

Congratulations to 40 women deserving the spotlight

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By Kearn Cherry, Lighthouse BPW president // More than 90 nominees poured in from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We are proud to be able to recognize 40 finalists this year. The judges will select one winner in each of the seven categories: Medical, Nonprofit, Corporate, Government/Military, Education, Entrepreneur, and Young Careerist (ages 21-35). From these winners, a Woman of the Year will be named. In addition this year, Lighthouse…

On ‘cue: The Shermans love serving a side of laughter with the grillin’

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By Dana Sleger // Renny and Linda Sherman are one of those couples you just want to hang out with on a regular basis. Their down-to-earth approach to life and fun-loving relationship with each other offers a magnetic appeal that has earned them quite a reputation among their circle of friends as the hotspot to be for a wonderful evening of entertainment. When dining at their home in Gulfport, you…

Made for entertaining: SPINNERS’ BACK BAY HOME BUILT FOR FUN, COMFORT

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Kelly Spinner desired to create a home her family and friends could enjoy when she and her husband, Ivan, built their house in Biloxi, six years ago. The Goose Point house features inviting spaces decorated with a contemporary flair — and plenty of ways to be entertained. “Entertaining, having our family and friends over, is one of our greatest joys,” she says. Spinner tapped a number of suppliers to achieve…

Antiques Road Trip: Take a tour of South Mississippi’s finest vintage shopping

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By Dana Sleger // If you’re an antique lover, how sweet it is to live in South Mississippi! Treasures abound here, and the shopping consists of a rich collection of stores full of antique, vintage and collectible items. Confused about those terms? Don’t be! As far as shops go in this area, the term “antique” is a label with multi-faceted meaning. When delving into this eclectic collection of shops, the…

SUCCESS through failure

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By Karen Sock // At some point in our lives, we all experience some kind of failure. Perhaps, it is in a relationship with family, friends or colleagues, or in achieving a personal or professional goal, or in running a business. In all cases, it can be devastating, demoralizing, embarrassing and painful. Ultimately, what is important is extracting the lessons learned from the experience. You must ask yourself what have…

Summer-proof your makeup!

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By Mallory Fitzgerald // USE A LIGHTWEIGHT MOISTURIZER You get bonus points if you can get one with an SPF built in! Moisturizing is never a step you can skip, even in the heat. It will bump up the health and elasticity of your skin, making it easier for any makeup to hold on longer. A moisturizer with a gel consistency will soak into the face instead of sitting on…

Ms. Audrey’s Southern Kitchen has all the favorites

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By Dr.  Philip L. Levin // “If you go to China, you want the best Chinese food in town; in the South, we want to offer the best Southern food in town.” With this philosophy, Ms. Audrey offers up the most delicious Southern cooking you’ve ever tasted, from crisp batter-fried chicken, to shelled purple peas, to Delta farm-raised catfish fillets. The lunch buffet offers patrons a plethora of great Southern…

Release forgiveness and free yourself

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By Randolf Robbins // I never really remember my dad being at home. It seems that, by the time I came along, he and mom were already having a troubled marriage. I seem to remember Mom finding a note on her dresser one day — I think it was note from Dad — basically saying he was leaving. Dad stayed in the small town, got remarried within a few weeks…

A rare seer: Johnson reflects, conveys humanity

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By Scott Naugle // There is a space, intellectual and personal, from where an extraordinary writer considers and ponders our existence. Courageous and eloquent, he or she
brings us into a place and time we’ve
often overlooked or misunderstood. Rheta Grimsley Johnson is the rare seer with a warm and knowing introspection shared within her writing. Johnson is a columnist, reporter, speaker, author and a 1991 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for…