Remembering Summer

This mysterious sculpture exists along the Meramec River just upstream from confluence with the Mississippi, in Winter Park. A gravel and sand mining firm gave the land to create this awesome open space near Saint Louis many years ago.

Gun Show-Train Show Smack Down

What I remember from a local train show yesterday was the fleam. I hadn’t seen once since running the Ozark Agriculture Museum.            It’s a simple device. They were used to induce bleeding in belief bad blood could be eliminated and health restored. The procedure almost cost the life of our first President.             Luckily medicine has …

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At Joan Ackermann’s in the Berkshires

I got to know Joan at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Kentucky. To me and a lot of others, especially on the East coast, she’s one of the best playwrights around.             More theaters need to produce her plays. Everyone, look for her work!             I was never a theater goer until my …

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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 supervisor for the 1.5 million-acre Mark Twain National Forest, headquartered in Rolla, for many years.          Randy Moore has been in the news. He’s supporting a …

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Unmasking the Paranormal Circus: Meditation on the Dark Side

What drew us here, to this scruffy parking lot in a mid-American shopping mall on one of the last nights of summer warmth? Was it the magnificent tent? The luminary appellation? The possibility of something extraordinary right here in our usually sleepy Ozark city?          I woke up at 4 a.m. today pondering our visit, but …

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