Forest Fires, Naked Rainbows & a New Book

In a murky thicket I’m finishing final edits and additions to Ozark Voices, my oral history book. Several chapters deal with the U.S. Forest Service.          The head of this huge agency was …

First Killing Frost

Trouble sleeping. After sunset I walk in the woods where stars sparkle above soaring oak and hickories.          What’s that noise? An armadillo, bear or ghost? I’m nervous in the dark …

Biscuits & Gravy with Screaming Pope

This day of remembrance recalls twelve years ago when  the Ozarks suffered a derecho. This squally system with dozens of tornadoes toppled millions of trees, smashed property, totaled our car …

Earth Day at the Homeless Shelter

A freak blizzard early this week has meant snowmen coexisting with redbud trees in full bloom. The cold front probably nipped Ozark fruit and spring soirees. This photo is a …

Whippoorwill Morning

One of these mysterious bird sings downhill at 5 a.m.  The world’s going to be new once again. Warm enough to leave windows cracked, love ballads from doves, owl warnings, …

Trial by Water

It began with a bang. Starting up water service in our cabin, immediately the plastic filter fell to the floor. The tank flooded the basement. Luckily thinking fast, I shut …

Surprised by This Spring

Has anyone else wept for the blooming jonquils or the ten people shot in Colorado a few days ago? They take my breath away as I drive into Arkansas: random …

Reflections at Roaring River

We’ve reached a great turning point, the Opening of Trout Season, March 1st. A week ago it iced all the way to Texas. Snow plows and cinder trucks growled. A …