These Ozarks Hills KSMU's monthly series These Ozarks Hills features stories about people and places in the Ozarks collected and presented by long-time journalist and Ozarks native Marideth Sisco.
These Ozarks Hills

These Ozarks Hills

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KSMU's monthly series These Ozarks Hills features stories about people and places in the Ozarks collected and presented by long-time journalist and Ozarks native Marideth Sisco.

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'We Have Met The Ozarks, And It Is Us'

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. In this week of wacky weather I was looking really hard for a metaphor and maybe a song to describe the springtime Ozarks and its unique weather pattern. I thought of the image of a yo-yo to illustrate the ups and downs, but I went all the way through a semi-famous American rapper, a hip hop artist from the Punjab, a venerable Hostess snack cake and a beloved Asian cellist before I got to the toy, so - so much for that icon. Then I considered the

Ozarks Weather, Predictable by Being Reliably Unpredictable

In this segment of These Ozarks Hills, longtime storyteller, musician and folklorist Marideth Sisco talks about the disruptions that Ozarks weather patterns sometimes bring, and how we learn to live around them. Click the "Play" button below to hear the audio essay. This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozark Hills. Time out of mind, the people of these hills have endured the whimsical and often severe weather common to the region. Long before there were written records or even thermometers as we

These Ozarks Hills: The Day After the Election, We'll All Still Be Neighbors

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. As Autumn graces us with one last splash of splendor this week before the rains finish stripping the trees of their showy palette, it offers a parallel skill of sweeping our minds clear of our troubles for a moment, offering one last grace note of honest-to-goodness goodness to our thoughts. Times are always tense in any year in any country when election times draw near. All our common courtesy disappears and we begin to break out old stored up and

These Ozarks Hills: The Day After the Election, We'll All Still Be Neighbors

"We have turned the corner into an all new season"

TOH 10-18 This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. As of this last week's shift from summer to what appeared to be full-on Autumn, we have turned the corner into a new season – not altogether Autumn, exactly, but that lovely in-between span when, on a cosmic level, we can feel everything begin to shift gears, to try this way and that way, heading back to summer temps for a bit, then not so much. It's almost as if the shifter of gears in this planetary mechanism says, "Wait. Hold on. Summer

Time, The Seasons, And An Aloe Vera Plant

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. I wonder how many of us are aware that we have a clock for tracking the progression of the seasons somewhere inside our house or sometimes even in our workplaces. Well, it's not one with actual hands, and certainly not digital. But we can make it so if we're willing to perform an activity that would certainly get the kids in trouble. It's this. Imagine this little watery, rocky ball we live on that we call earth. Bear with me. This is as cosmic as

Volunteers and the Darlings

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. Well, there's no getting around it. With the solstice past last week, summer is in full swing, and there's no better evidence than in and around my garden, where everything I've planted is leaping out of the ground with limbs stretched toward the sun, and lots of things I didn't plant reaching to compete. I appreciated the week of cooler weather that gave me more hours to weed, but still didn't get to everything. And I also appreciated some of the

Milestones and Memories

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. Milestones, that's what I'm thinking of on this fine morning. June is full of them for me, beginning with this broadcast. Believe it or not you're listening to the first segment of year 12 for this little show. You're probably not as amazed as I am, but isn't that something? I wish I could say it's been aired in an unbroken line but it hasn't. I had to take time off to be human a couple times. I wish I could say I've never repeated myself, but I'm

If We Knew Better, Would We Do Better?

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. I have a fact that I didn't know until a minute ago and I thought I'd share it with you. Did you know that this is the last episode of the 11th year of this series? How did that happen? Don't misunderstand. Barring acts of god or congress, I'll keep popping up on the first Fridays of the month for a good long time to come, unless I'm evicted or until I run out of things to say, which as near as I recall, has never happened. Still, I'm getting to the

"Time is Nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once"

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozark Hills. There's a certain comfort in being able to predict reliably and in advance just when that tree is going to fall, that rock face is going to collapse, the other shoe will drop. But I don't know that that would be a good thing. I think that for me if the warning came, I wouldn't be paying attention –or rather I'd be too rapt in attention to something else. Like that saying that "Life is the thing that happens while you're otherwise engaged." Ah yes. So

"Pillars, We Are Not; But We Are All Of Us Vital"

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. No matter where we live or in what circumstances, and no matter what life throws at us or how determinedly we walk our own path, it takes a while to determine which kinds of destinations at which we arrive are something that was optional, something we might or might not have come to, or whether it has turned out to be somehow inevitable. Relationships, for instance, for the most part are optional. We can end up in them or out of them mostly as a

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