These Ozarks Hills

The first Friday of every month at 7:30 a.m.

Join us for a monthly radio essay by longtime Ozarks storyteller Marideth Sisco, in which she looks at the unique traditions and traits of this region we call home.



These Ozarks Hills
7:46 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Reflecting on the Joys that Give us Thanks

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This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozark Hills. I always feel when I come to the ragged end of the year that I’ve been in a year-long race, and will just barely make it to the finish. There is always too much to do, and at my age, the time goes whizzing by until sometimes I mistake the second hand for the hour hand on the clock. This year has had its share of ups and downs for everyone, but it’s also had its blessings, and I’m thankful for them as well.

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These Ozarks Hills
7:36 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Try to Put the Garden on Standby and Enjoy the Winter

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This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozark Hills. Well, November is here finally. The frost officially found the Halloween pumpkins, and the relentless garden has finally gone to bed. And so can we, just as soon as we figure out where to put those last jars of applesauce and those boxes of sweet and Irish potatoes.

You know, don’t you, that the garden is actually never done? It’s just been put on slow forward.

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These Ozarks Hills
7:35 am
Fri October 3, 2014

What Are You Harvesting This Ozarks Autumn?

Canned apple sauce
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This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozark Hills. You know, it’s a funny thing, but even though I always know this little talk is coming I’m never sure what it is I’ll talk about until I sit down to do it. I may have plans for a talk. But I never know for sure.

For instance, here it is October, I was all set to wax eloquently on the joys of life in the late garden, and how there is more than one official harvest season in the long, lazy Ozarks fall. And I had a few things to say about where the holiday Lammas got its name. But all that fell apart when I had a sudden fit of apples.

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These Ozarks Hills
7:37 am
Fri September 5, 2014

For the Love of an Ozarks' Garden

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This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills, asking: How big is a garden? It’s a silly and unanswerable question, and sounds like those old jabberwocky jokes that passed through in the 60s, like “what’s the difference between a duck? Answer: One leg’s both the same. There is either no answer, no answer that makes any sense, or “it depends.”

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These Ozarks Hills
1:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Help on an Ozarks Tomato Farm From South of the Border

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This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. Lately, I’ve been thinking about how one’s perspective changes over time. In other words, I’ve noticed that the older I get, the more the things I think strike me as very funny sometimes, especially when put up against what I used to think.

For instance, when I listen to the news, I no longer agonize about the possible consequences of the things people do. I almost never gasp and exclaim – “ Oh my goodness. What am I gonna do about that?” 

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