May 2016 Newsletter: Creating Memories on the Mighty Mississippi!

“Moments like this are luminous pearls that shine forever in the heart of every traveler…” ~Gayle Harper Author of “Roadtrip with a Raindrop: 90 Days Along the Mississippi River“ Creating Memories on the Mighty Mississippi! May 12, 2016 Dear River Citizens, Across the Mississippi River region, 1 Mississippi brings people and organizations together to improve the health of our mighty River. In fact, many of our member...

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Walk Together, Mississippi Delta

“Walk Together, Mississippi Delta” is the second installment of Dr. Rolando Herts’ series, “The Mighty River.” To read the first installment, click here. Reprinted with permission by Rolando Herts, Ph.D., Director The Delta Center for Culture and Learning and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area I ask, for the sake of our beloved Mississippi Delta region: who is willing to walk together, hand in hand to the...

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Maps: You Are Here – Now Get Lost! – Series Episode 5

Note: This is the fifth installment of my six-part blog series “River Gator: Exploring the River, Expanding Ourselves,” a recollection of my adventure on the Lower Mississippi River. Ever since I was a girl, I have loved maps, especially when I saw the all-powerful “You are here” arrow or dot. There is something so nice about being put on the map – I AM THERE. Driving across the country with my family as a child, we used a good...

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River Connections

One of my favorite things about being a 1 Mississippi Intern is connecting with River Citizens and hearing about their connection to the Mississippi River. In May I wrote about running along the Mississippi Riverwalk in Dubuque, IA and how the River is so empowering. While at the Dubuque Farmers’ Market, I spoke with a lady from Omaha, NE who was visiting family in Dubuque. She told me she had just gotten into running and the day before she...

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Roadtripping With a Raindrop

Although I had bumped into 1Mississippi a few times, I had not really looked at the website until recently. When I did, it was immediately clear that I had found a community of “my people” – folks who, like me, seem to have Mississippi mud in our veins. I signed up to be a “River Citizen” without a second’s deliberation and posted my testimonial to the great River’s place in my heart. A few days later, I “met” by phone and...

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Priceless River Memories

It seems like summer has FINALLY arrived in Iowa (knock-on-wood). After winter snows extended into May and days of cold rainfall in early June, Iowans have finally been able to sport their summer wardrobes. With these higher temperatures the innate attraction of humans to water becomes noticeable. Although I have not had the opportunity to take a day trip to the Mississippi, I incorporate the River into my running route to briefly satisfy the...

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Ode to my Father

In April this year, my father Earl Peoples Jr., celebrated his eightieth birthday. Unable to be in his presence at the time, this is what I would have said about him. My father introduced me to the Mississippi River when I was just four years old. My mother, Iveara Peoples, worked the night shift at a local retailer, so my father used these chances of babysitting to enjoy his favorite hobby, fishing. At the time, we lived in a small town outside...

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