Category Archives: Ozarks

When the Inner Child Bubbles

“After a while the middle-aged person who lives in her head begins to talk to her soul, the kid.” –Anne Lamott, from the novel Joe Jones Yesterday morning I awoke to perfection. My eyes fluttered lazily in the pre-dawn moments … Continue reading

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Ghosts, Good Ol’ Boys and Chain Gangs: My Trip to Peppersauce Bottoms

It’s Sunday evening . . . late . . . and I’m sitting in my recliner in the darkened living room, once again battling against (and losing to) the insomnia demons.  I am in a foul mood.  Not only am … Continue reading

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A Peaceful, Easy Feeling

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” — Khalil Gibran When my sons were younger, my world revolved around them.  I believed that all “good moms” put their … Continue reading

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This Place: Part II

When I first moved to this area, I was so discouraged by how different it was from where I had grown up that I failed to see what a wonderful place it actually was.  Two years after that initial move, the Water Patrol decided to … Continue reading

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This Place: Part I

In June of 1981 my husband-to-be, who had just graduated from the Water Patrol Academy, was stationed on Bull Shoals Lake and was told to find a place to live in the Pontiac area.  We were both from “swampeast” Missouri–Poplar Bluff, … Continue reading

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