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.

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These Ozarks Hills
7:45 am
Fri April 3, 2015

The Women in Our Lives

Marideth Sisco

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozark Hills. Well, spring has come in the door, fitfully and uncertain, like a child who has done something probably bad, and doesn’t know if you know it yet. A warm day or two and then a burst of snow, and another. Rain maybe, but where it will fall too much or too little no one knows.

Mother Nature is nothing if not fickle. Just like a woman, we say. Well, I’d like to say a little more about that.

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These Ozarks Hills
7:45 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Too Much is Plenty

Rachel Kramer Flickr

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. Living in the Ozarks, it pays to be weather wise. We expect March to come in like a lion, and this March has proved no different. I’ve not been out but three times in as many weeks. Living in the country, alone, and at the road’s end, I’m careful about the weather. 

I shouldn’t complain, especially when the eastern seaboard is in such a horrific mess. It’s not nearly that bad here, it’s just miserable.

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These Ozarks Hills
7:42 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Exploring Beyond the Ozarks

Sweet potato fries
Credit Stacey Spensley / Flickr

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. I've just come in from one of those trips that gave me the label of Snowbird. I went south, way south, and then with only a day at home, I've gone north, all the way north to where it's snowing. So I guess I've met the criteria. 

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These Ozarks Hills
7:48 am
Fri January 2, 2015

A Happy New Year and History in Time

Credit markus spiske / (Flickr)

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozark Hills. Well, wouldn’t you know it? We just got finished celebrating or commiserating about 2014 and here it is 2015, and another New Year is upon us. Or is it?

I’ve been reading up on the calendar, and it turns out the more I know, the less I understand. Trying to create a calendar to accurately keep track of the yearly circuit of this planet around the sun isn’t easy, especially when that planet completes its circuit in exactly 365 days, 5 hours and  49 minutes, give or take a few seconds. 

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

Reflecting on the Joys that Give us Thanks

Credit Hey Paul Studios / Flickr

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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