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Hi, rambling friends. Let's start this new year with a story that is part of our local history. Let's step back in time to March of 1981. I had a 1980 Ford four-wheel pickup with deep mud logger tires that I thought could go through anything. One day, on my way home, I decided to take a different route to enjoy the country roads. I was on Sand Springs Road and went to the bottom of a hill, and suddenly, I was confronted with a challenge I was unsure about. The old country road was underwater for about 50 yards. Back then, we did not have the luxury of our roads being graveled with white gravel as we do today. I stopped my truck and thought, "this could be a problem!" Being young and invincible, I said, "Go for it." I backed up a ways, revved my four-wheel truck up, sped forward at a high rate of speed, got about 100 feet, and sank it to China. Here I am now in the middle of a swamp of red clay and mire and mad. All I could do was get out, talk to myself, and walk home for the last two miles. Got a friend with a tractor and long chain, and he pulled me out. After being pulled out, my friend with the tractor went home, and I got to thinking about where I was at and the importance of this spot. more
Taken from the writings of Vance Randolph and others. more
MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. – When used in controlled, supervised conditions, fire can be a beneficial land management tool. However, it’s important to stress that prescribed fire involves planning and on-site management. more
First of all, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! We have gone another year with our ramblings, and I feel so honored to share my stories with you. Our last series was a gruesome story of two Jews that survived the nazi holocaust. This week, I want to share my greatest Christmas with you! OK, rambling friends, are we all ready to sit back and relive the past? The year is 1994, and I wrote a play entitled "The Miracle of Mystery Mountain." Back in those days, we did outdoor productions involving dozens of volunteer actors. We practiced for weeks and then performed them for the public at Frontier Theater. This play was about two orphaned girls struggling for their survival in the California mountains during the gold rush years. Their parents were killed in a landslide, and the two teenage girls became instant orphans in Miner City. more
The following column is continued from Dec. 6. more
One of the most common sparrows in North America has a history that’s far more interesting than many people realize. more
You will never see seagulls in Missouri. more
The arrival of a Christmas catalog in the mail recently revived memories of when the Sears and Roebuck “Wish Book” saw double duty around our house. more
Hi to all my friends and neighbors of the Marshfield Mail. Here it is already week nine and I thought this series would be over in four weeks about Otto and Zelda, our two Jewish Holocaust survivors of World War Two. However, as fate had it Hamas the terrorist organization of the Gaza Strip attacked Israel and history is repeating itself all over again. I have been greatly troubled this week about what is going on in the world with the protest against Israel. Tens of thousands have hit the streets the world over offering support to Hamas. Their chant has been, more
Just exactly what lies beneath Marshfield? For a century or more residents have told stories of how a giant cavern lies below the sidewalks and streets, connecting businesses, private homes and even … more
“Harbinger of winter” is a term that has a more somber feel to it than its warm-weather counterpart – “harbinger of spring.” However, one marker of seasonal change – the arrival of dark-eyed juncos – is a well-known sign post of winter that makes everyone smile. more
I came into some unexpected treasure a few weeks ago — wire-tied hay bales. After several years of relying on rusty wads hanging in forgotten corners of the barn, we have a fresh supply of baling wire. Wire-tied bales used to be common on Ozarks farms, and thus, an ample supply of wire. But in recent years fewer square bales have been tied with wire than with hemp or plastic twine, and small square bales have largely been more
As the holidays inch closer and closer, I find myself feeling conflicted. I always loved the last six weeks of the year. Thanksgiving and Christmas are times of love and celebration, regardless of who you are. Everyone just seems to be a little bit happier. more
Cranberries have long been considered the crown jewel of Thanksgiving dinners, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. more
To the Editor: more
Hi everyone, I am so very glad to be back for another week about our story of a couple that lived more
Whether you’re a native-born or naturalized Ozarker, Dr. Phil Howerton’s latest poetry collection, “Gods of Four Mile Creek,” is sure to touch your heart and sentiments. more
Hi everyone, I am so very glad to be back with week seven as we learn about two Holocaust victims of Hitler’s death camps to eliminate all Jews. Let’s do a quick review so we can get our new readers up to par.Their names were Otto and Zelda. They lived amongst us in our community keeping their past very private. She had her Nazi numbers across her forehead and he had his numbers on his forearm. This story is not easy to write about because it is so very terrible. Also: after getting started on this series: Hamas terrorists of Gaza invaded Israel. They killed and wounded thousands and beheaded dozens of young children to make a point of their hatred of Israel. Folks, friends and neighbors, how can human beings have such hatred toward others to be able to slaughter innocent civilians and children with no more thought than stepping more
What’s the one thing we never get back once it’s gone? And, how we spend it determines so much about our lives? It’s time. Sweet, precious time. We are all given a certain amount of it, to borrow, when we are born. Then, we get to decide what to do with it-or at least a portion of it. Some mindlessly squander it, seeming never even to gain awareness of it. Some cling onto it once it's gone, always wishing for a return of their “good ole days.” Also, there are some who wisely embrace this mysterious, abstract dimension that we call time. more
The square in Seymour was busy last week as country music artist Zach Bryan’s film crew set up to get some shots of southern Webster County for an upcoming music video. more
Hi everyone! What a week the last few days have been! On October 7 the world was told and shown on media everywhere of a major attack on Israel from the terrorist organization: ‘Hamas’ who is the controlling political party of the Gaza strip next to southern Israel. After lighting up the sky with deadly rockets, over a thousand Hamas fighters from land, sea and air breached the more
If you haven’t heard the soulful voice of Oliver Anthony in the last eight weeks, I truly do not know where you’ve been.  Many Missourians were able to listen to him live Saturday … more
Like many folks of my generation, I tend to see much as it once was, not as it is. more
I have recently been stirred by the idea of delving into all alternative healing methods- studying them, asking experts about their ideas, and experiencing the benefits, of course. Among the stories of sicknesses and diseases that are all around us, and all the fear propagated by the media, we may be led to feel hopeless. The stress adds up, and it can feel like nothing is within our control. Like it’s never going to get better. Like the way out is through medication, drugs, or alcohol. But there is another way- a way that is our birthright. more
Hi everyone! Are we all ready to dive into part two of– Holocaust Survivors Living Among Us? more
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