Crystal Springs woman wants everyone to experience ‘ordinary miracles’

Published 2:51 pm Monday, October 30, 2023

A Copiah County woman believes in “ordinary miracles.”

Dorothy Ainsworth “Dot” Day has been a resident of Crystal Springs since 1969, working as a teacher and family therapist. After being diagnosed with Inclusion Body Myositis — a late-onset muscular dystrophy — and living with its progressive debilitating difficulties since her initial symptoms in 1995, she has had to adjust the way she lives many times as the disease has progressed. She has never lost her sense of creativity, however, including her enjoyment of writing.

Her new book “Ordinary Miracles” tells 61 stories experienced by 26 Southern writers, including her own challenges and associated daily miracles.

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“This collection of eclectic pieces pays homage to the helpers, the miracle workers of the ordinary acts making life a little better for each of us,” Day wrote. “May their examples inspire us.”

A portion of the profits from Day’s book will go to support Christian mission work in India through Agape Mission-India, led by Sam and Jezy Varghese of Brookhaven.

When the progressive limitations of IBM made it impossible for her to type, Day partnered with Barbara Grillot Gaddy, a former business instructor and communications manager, to assist. The two friends have another joint venture book set for release in November 2023 — “Battles: Glimpses of Truth” — with more “ordinary miracles.”

“Ordinary Miracles” can be purchased directly from Day via email at or by phone at 601-320-9473; from Gaddy at or 228-369-0963; or via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple eBooks. Signed copies can be purchased at Clear Creek Flowers & Gifts in Crystal Springs, Alfred’s on the Square in Hazlehurst, Lorelei Books in Vicksburg, or Lemuria Book Store in Jackson.