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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Contemplating Other Realms at the Tag End of Another Year

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. Once again, as we come into the shadow of the Long Dark, the giant clock that marks our time on this planet is winding down with an almost audible ticking. We feel it in our bones, the tap, the beat, the sound of days ratcheting away. Surely that's one cause for our frenetic dashing about this month, grabbing the tree, the turkey, one more present for the pile, chestnuts for the fire, satsumas for the stockings. We joke about the diets to come, the

At the Departure of a Loved One, Reflections on the Seasons of Time

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. Try as I might, although I always yearn for Autumn, I cannot await its coming without realizing that it signals more than anything the end of things. Not everything. But some. Several. And certainly some I am loth to see depart. The balmy days. The long evenings. The garden annuals. And friends. Neighbors. And family. Those are the hardest, and leave us hoping desperately that they all will at least reach their full growth, hopefully their prime or

Twenty Pounds Of Peaches? Depression-Era Food Insecurity Spans the Generations

In this month's segment of our series These Ozarks Hills, master storyteller Marideth Sisco evaluates her own family history and subliminal psychology behind hoarding food--and what she refers to as "Depression Thinking."

Twenty Pounds Of Peaches? Depression-Era Food Insecurity Spans the Generations

Ozarks Storms Aren't Like They Used To Be

In this segment of These Ozarks hills, storyteller and Ozarks native Marideth Sisco reflects on tornadic Ozarks storms past, present and future after this week's outbreak on Tuesday. You can listen to the essay by clicking the "Play" button below. This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. I was going to start this piece by saying finally Spring has arrived and seems to be sticking. Not swooning and falling back into February, not plunging headlong into July. I swear it's been getting so

'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

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

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