By Riley Manning Daily Journal In World War II, the Know Your Bible company began manufacturing metal-plated Bibles, designed to fit in the front pocket of a soldier’s uniform. Over the course of the war, stories reached home of these Bibles blocking bullets, saving the lines of young infantrymen. Earlier wars saw other tokens, flasks […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Everyone knows the expression “Spare the rod, spoil the child,” from the book of Proverbs. Many remember being unspared not only the rod, but the ruler, the wooden spoon, the fly swatter, the blackboard eraser, the palm of a hand or anything else immediately in reach. But raising a child […]

Today’s importance on the Christian church’s calendar calls a worldwide majority of the faithful to affirm the Communion of Saints, the concept that all of God’s people are spiritually connected and united. In other words, Catholic and Orthodox Christians (and some Protestants) believe that the saints of God are alive and are constantly interceding on […]

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The Rev. Rick Brooks of St. Luke United Methodist stands in the Clayton Avenue church where repairs are being made.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Like many others, the Rev. Rick Brooks said it’s difficult to believe half a year has already gone by since April’s tornado. His church, St. Luke United Methodist, suffered severe damage from the storm, along with neighboring churches Holy Trinity Lutheran, First Christian and others. “To be honest, […]

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Philip Lindsey started Healing Horses Ranch back in 2011. Lindsey takes abused and neglected horses that have been seized by the county and nurses them back to health. His mission, he said, is bringing people and children who are just as broken to Healing Horses, giving them an escape from from the plagues of their daily lives. Lindsey is still taking group reservations. Contact him at (662) 315-1567.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Healing Horses Ranch occupies the only flat spot on an almost 18-acre spread out in the Hatley countryside. It isn’t too much, a small arena next to a rough barn and a cottage for horse tack, rolls of barbed wire for fencing, and other ranch necessities. But to […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal As photographer Thomas Wells and I were turning to leave, Philip Lindsey told us he had one more thing to show us. We followed him around the back of the barn. “You can tell I built the barn first, because it looks so bad. I’m no carpenter,” he tells us. […]

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Monks at Magnolia Grove Monastery in Batesville listen to the bell and recite Buddhism's five contemplations before their noon meal on Sept. 18. Buddhism's practices of mindfulness help them keep in touch with their soul, which they define as the part of a person that seeks freedom from compulsion, distraction, and the ego.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal ‘Bless my soul,’ ‘He’s got soul,’ ‘Save my soul,” “She’s an old soul.” The word “soul” has found its way into our every day vernacular, but what exactly is it? Even among thinkers concerned more with philosophy than religion, perhaps especially so, the concept of the soul is one of […]

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Mike Pittman fills his roaster with coffee beans on Oct. 1 at his workshop in the Brewer community. Pittman and his wife run My Brother's Cup coffee, a coffee delivery service, and use 90 percent of the proceeds to fund his missionary work in Asia.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – In the corner of a metal warehouse in the Brewer community, Mike Pittman measures out jugs of raw coffee beans that come in hefty burlap sacks from Ethiopia, New Guinea, and Puerto Rico. Using a one-man industrial roaster he purchased himself, Pittman processes the coffee all the way […]

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Tom Robinson, of Tupelo, walks into the parking lot of All Saints Episcopal Church with his 15-month-old Golden Doodle Trisket to be blessed by the Rev. Paul Stephens.

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – All sizes of critters, from as big as a horse to as small as a newborn kitten, were blessed at the 20th annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday. Hound dogs, bulldogs, cats, chicks and even a monkey and a horse lined up to receive their blessings from […]