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 …

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 …

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 …

Homes & Heavens

Our neighborhood rouses amazing holiday decorations inspiring hope in this crazy time. Helpful when the craziest President ever endangers our future. What inspires people to string lights around their houses? …

Not Having a Truck

I just sold my truck. For the first time in roughly a half century I have no way to haul bikes or boards, boats or barrels of beer; snakes, smart-ass …

Alford Forest: New Lease on Life

How to escape a pandemic, urban stress or summer’s heat? A river offers a safe, forever cool retreat. Ozark streams present recreation constantly renewed by huge springs, some of the …

Brinktown Picnic and Beyond

While soaring with uplifting music my mind floats back to Maries County, one of the smallest, sweetest bailiwicks in the Ozarks. To the south of the Missouri Rhineland, Cathy’s mother …

Enjoying Raking Leaves, Not Really

For the first time in some 40+ autumns I don’t have to organize the cleverly designed mini-solar collectors which fall from wooden structures dotting my current domicile. No more stuffing …