A.J. Wolfe is a native Mississippian who’d rather spend her time with books than people. When not writing or re-reading Throne of Glass or Pride and Prejudice, she can be found harassing her two dogs, Lila and Lulu, scrounging around the house for morsels of chocolate, listening to an unhealthy amount of music, and playing video games. A.J. has been writing ever since she could form coherent sentences, but she didn’t realize how badly she wanted to write a complete book until she read the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. A.J.’s favorite things include being a fantasy nerd, exquisite sarcasm, Manchester City, traveling, and her family.

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Even the elements bow to someone…

Family isn’t always defined by blood, but it means everything to eighteen-year-old Natalia Rhys—especially after her brother was ripped away from her. With no power to make a difference, there’s nothing she can do… Unless the powerless become the powerful.

Natalia has grown up in the oppressed sectors of Araedia, avoiding the brainwashed soldiers of the tyrannical President Vayne Averie. Vayne rules the sectors with fear and suppression as he searches for Elementals—individuals who can harness the power of one of the four elements—and most of all, the Aether… the ultimate Elemental prophesied to either utterly destroy or save Araedia by wielding all the elements.

With her last elemental assessment looming, Natalia can only pray that she and her closest friends, Damien and Aurum, won’t end up as pawns in Vayne’s army. But when they encounter a group of rebels—led by Vayne’s mysterious son, Roman—they’re thrust into the middle of a war they might not be able to win. As Natalia and Roman grow closer, her old bonds are tested and she’s forced to face an uncertain future.

Will Natalia survive the constant bombardments threatening to destroy her and her world, or will she crumble and fall under the weight of war that lies on her shoulders?

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May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s important to keep your skin healthy! Many skin changes are just a normal part of the aging process. However, others can signal health problems. It pays to know what is normal and what is not.

Every Thursday in May we will post informative content on our Spirit of Women Facebook page and give you The Skinny on Skin! We will give you tips on getting to know your skin, information about common skin conditions and cancers, ways to protect your skin from the sun, and answer frequently asked questions about sunscreen. Follow us on Facebook to stay in the know on health topics that affect women of all ages.


If April showers bring May flowers, then what do May flowers bring?

Pilgrims, of course!

But, since we’re in the South, probably watery eyes, a runny nose, congested head, sneezing, and all of those other allergy symptoms that descend upon us in a cloud of yellow pollen this time of year.

We are well into allergy season, as if anybody had to be alerted to that fact. We’ve seen all of you out there waving your white flags of surrender! An earlier-than-normal spring sent pine trees, bushes, and shrubs into overdrive, which left our cars, driveways, and streets speckled with lots of yellow pollen (unfortunately, that wasn’t a yellow brick road!) and our heads filled with lots of congestion. But it might be time to visit the Wizard, if that’s how we want to refer to those wonderful medical professionals in white coats who prescribe antibiotics, shots, or lots of Vitamin C to help us get over this seasonal allergy hump.

You’ve been coughing, sneezing, and carrying a box of tissues around to negate those runny nose symptoms. The seasonal crud has hit you hard. No, this isn’t an excuse to quit those outdoor chores that roll around this time of year. But you do need to find a way to get this malady, also known as hay fever, under control or at least at bay. For many, Mississippi’s allergy season runs from February through November for those things like grass, trees, and weed allergies, which throw their pollen to and fro like Mardi Gras beads from mid-March until June.


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Highland Community Hospital in Picayune, one of the regional hospital facilities under the Forrest Health umbrella, opened a new Wound Healing Center on April 20, 2023.

The Center is located on the first floor in the hospital outpatient department and is staffed by a unique team of doctors, nurses, and techs who are especially successful at caring for people whose open sores have resisted traditional treatment.

The Wound Healing Center specializes in the treatment of patients with serious injuries and conditions that could lead to amputation if not treated and properly managed. Some of these wounds include diabetic foot or leg ulcers, leg ulcers due to poor circulation, soft tissue infections, bone infections, preservation of skin grafts, burns, pressure-related injuries, and crash injuries.

Problem wounds rarely result from a single cause. Our medical team treats the whole person, not just the wound. A treatment plan is tailored to meet your specific needs in close collaboration with your primary care physician and/or referring physician. Strong emphasis is placed on patient education and proper nutrition, with the goal of preventing the wound from reoccurring and reducing the likelihood of future problems.

For certain medical conditions, the use of Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is needed. This treatment is done at Forrest General Hospital’s Wound Healing Center in Hattiesburg. This is one of the most successful and sought-after treatments in wound care. Your doctor will determine whether HBO is an appropriate part of your treatment plan. 

Other Forrest Health Wound Healing Centers can be found at Walthall General Hospital in Tylertown, and Pearl River Community Hospital in Poplarville. A referral is needed from your primary care physician in order to seek treatment at the Wound Healing Center. For more information visit, forresthealth.org.


In recognition of National Donate Life Month, Forrest General Hospital hosted a Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) flag raising at the hospital’s main entrance. The event honored donors and recognized the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation.

MORA has teamed up with Forrest General and other hospital partners across the state to promote National Donate Life Month during April. Throughout the month, they recognized the need for eye, organ, and tissue donations in the state. For more information, visit the Mississippi Donor Registry at www.donatelifems.org


Forrest General Hospice Services offers a Bereavement Support Group that meets the first Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Asbury Hospice House dining room. If you are looking for spiritual and emotional support after the death of a loved one, please join us! 


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Hattiesburg Clinic Memory Center will be offering free memory screenings throughout 2023. If you are age 45 or older, you are eligible to receive this service.

The next screening will be held on Thursday, May 18, from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Registration is now open and is required in advance. Space is limited and sessions fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended.

To register for a May screening, contact Memory Center at (601) 268-5620. 

Additional 2023 screening dates are:

  • Thursday, July 20
  • Thursday, Sept. 21
  • Thursday, Nov. 16

Memory Center is on the sixth floor of Hattiesburg Clinic located at 415 S. 28th Ave. in Hattiesburg. To learn more about Memory Center and its services, click here.


A memory screening is a series of questions and/or tasks that take about 20 minutes to complete. The screening can indicate if someone might benefit from a comprehensive medical evaluation. However, it is not intended to diagnose any illness or replace consultation with a qualified health care provider. Screenings at Memory Center are available on select dates throughout the year.

Madalene's Moms : Early Summer Session


Madalene’s Moms classes will continue in the new year! Whether you are expecting a new addition or you are adding to the family, we have the perfect class for you!

PREGNANCY EXERCISE: Mondays, 5:00 PM –  May 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th; June 5th, 12th

BUMPS TO BABIES: Monday, 6:30 PM –  May 8th & June 12th

JUST MOVIN’: Mondays, 9:00 AM –  May 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th; June 5th, 12th

FIRST YEAR: Mondays, 10:30 AM –  May 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th; June 5th, 12th 

TODDLER YEARS: Wednesdays, 9:30 AM –  May 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st; June 7th, 14th 

Order at CAREing Expressions Gift Shop!

CAREing Expressions Delivers: Do you have a loved one in the hospital or a friend who had a baby? Take a few minutes to brighten their day with a gift card from CAREing Expressions! Flowers, candy, cards,  and balloons make a great “Get Well Soon” gift, or think outside the box with candles and decorative or beauty items from the gift shop! 
The best part is you don’t even have to leave work or home. Shop by calling 601-288-4283 to find everything you need and have it delivered anywhere in the hospital, excluding the ICU, at no extra charge!


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