M. Scott Morris


M. Scott Morris is an award-winning feature writer and columnist, and has worked at the Mighty Daily Journal since 1996. If you've got a story idea about an interesting person, place or thing, he'd love to hear about it.

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Stories Written by M. Scott Morris

You’ll have to trust my memory because there’s only so long I can poke around the Internet and call it “research.” I can’t find a story by Aesop, the ancient Greek fabulist. He wrote parables about talking animals, like tortoises and hares, and each one had a moral, like “Don’t take naps in the middle […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Ollie Johnson and her husband, George, had an important disagreement about 10 years ago. They’d lived in New Orleans, and fled to Tupelo before Hurricane Katrina and the flood waters hit their hometown. “We sat in the hotel and watched as they called out different areas hit […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Most people decided to skip the stoner/action flick “American Ultra.” It didn’t crack the top 5 in box office receipts, so it’s doubtful we’ll see Jesse Eisenberg unleash his mad, death-dealing skills in a sequel. “American Ultra” is an off-kilter movie. It’s different elements don’t exactly line up. There’s […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal OXFORD – These are busy, creative days for Sam Haskell III. When he’s not in Hollywood, he’s in Atlantic City or Conyers, Georgia. A recent weekend at Magnolia Hill, his Oxford home, provided the chance to change out his laundry and catch “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” with his wife, […]

I’ll never vote for him, but I’m enjoying the audacious candidacy of Donald J. Trump. When you get down to it, he probably is the president we deserve. He’s a reality star, after all, and Americans can’t get enough of those. Trump’s got no strings holding him up. He doesn’t have to bow and scrape […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Neuroscience tells us happy people can make great art, but that doesn’t mean angry artists can’t blow the doors off. “Straight Outta Compton” opens in a poverty- and crime-ridden part of Los Angeles, where aggressive policing sweeps up the guilty and innocent alike. It’s a tense place, and friends […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal JACKSON – More than 100 authors will gather at the Mississippi Capitol on Saturday for the first Mississippi Book Festival. Tupelo’s own Emily Gatlin is author coordinator for the event. She’s been making arrangements for 102 authors, including John Grisham, Greg Iles, Haley Barbour and Ellen Gilchrist. Grisham will […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – A water oak on Elvis Presley Drive probably doesn’t know it’s involved in a competition. Then again, who knows what a tree might think? Terry Tyler, a 26-year-old Tupelo resident, has lived next door to the tree for about eight years. “It just sort of blew me […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal SHERMAN – A photograph from 1971 shows a 3-year-old Martha Mitchell Swindle holding tight to her Winnie the Pooh. “We were probably on our way to church,” she said. That Pooh didn’t survive her childhood. Swindle said she wore it out. But her affection for the Silly Old Bear […]

The everyday world was supplanted by the Elvis World this past week. From Tupelo to Memphis and beyond, Elvis Presley fans have been showing their respect for Tupelo’s favorite son, who died on this day in 1977. Dick Guyton, executive director of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation, oversees the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum. He’s […]