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Making a Difference

This month, many of us are thankful for good health and good fortune, especially since the fall was fraught with so many natural disasters. More than ever, people are stepping forward to give back to their communities, and we’ve featured several of their stories in this issue of DeSoto Magazine.
Writer Gayle Harper takes a look at Volunteers in Medicine, one of those organizations that is truly serving people in need. Retired doctors have opened free clinics in disadvantaged communities, including three in Mississippi. Another health-related story by Karen Ott Mayer features a new lung-screening program at Baptist Cancer Center that is making a difference in detecting lung cancer in the earliest stages.
Of course, Thanksgiving is on all our minds and we couldn’t ignore some unusual ways to celebrate. It’s hard for me to believe, but there are some people who don’t like turkey and cornbread dressing. For those folks and others who just want something different, writer Jill Gleeson has suggestions to make a turkey-less Thanksgiving quite memorable. If you are a fan of “Game of Thrones” or “The Sopranos,” you are in for a treat.
Readers will notice we have a few holiday stories in this issue. We thought you might want to know about the “Wacky Tacky Light Tour” early because tickets sell out for this unusual Birmingham tradition. Writer Verna Gates has firsthand knowledge because she founded the event in 2006 as a fundraiser for a children’s science camp. If you are looking for a slicker holiday destination, you’ll want to read Debi Lander’s story about “ICE!” in Nashville, Tennessee, Orlando, Florida, and Grapevine, Texas. It’s never too soon to make those holiday plans.
As you explore this issue, please know that all of us at DeSoto Magazine are grateful for you – our readers and advertisers. We feel blessed that we can bring you stories about the South, and we are thankful for your support.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Mary Ann

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