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Women’s History Month in Springfield at Missouri State University

Thank goodness a rowdy game of Humans versus Zombies erupted just outside the classroom while I was speaking to a group of students at Missouri State University for Women’s History Month. Otherwise, I would have had the impression that all of today’s university students aren’t managing much time for fun.   Despite their alternative, a […]

Continue Reading By on April 1, 2015 in blogging, Ozarks, women

Ozarks Water Quality

Tires and trash are typical finds when Missouri Steam Team volunteers conduct water cleanups.  Plus, volunteers take thousands of samples for ongoing water quality reports.  Their latest 2013 report shows reason for concern about nitrate, ammonia and phosphate among other contaminates in public waterways.  These can come from a variety of human activities and agricultural sources. […]

Continue Reading By on July 10, 2014 in agriculture, clean water, conservation, environmentalism, Ozarks, wildlife

Family #FitNStonyfield into Summertime Fun

*Sponsored post with Stonyfield to help bring you more fun content!  #FitNStonyfield Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime…what isn’t there to love about this season?  Days get longer and sunnier, flowers bloom, and a pesticide-free lawn beckons bare feet to run and explore! As I write this post there’s a tent in my backyard because my […]

Continue Reading By on July 6, 2014 in agriculture, organic, outdoors, Ozarks, parenting

Arkansas Mom Calls for Moral Response to Community Health Problems

Arkansas Mom April April Lane made sure to wear her Arkansas Razorbacks shirt on the day she was having her picture taken for a news article.  She’s proud of her Ozarks heritage, is president of the Environmental Alliance at the University of Central Arkansas where she attends, and wants to raise a healthy family […]

Continue Reading By on May 10, 2013 in Arkansas, children, environmental, family, health, home, mom, mother, Ozarks, parenting

Arkansas Fracking Jobs and Human Costs

Northcentral Arkansas Jobs.  Good jobs.  Average salaries over $74,000. Sounds like a good thing for Arkansas, according to many looking for economic stability.  A consortium of oil and natural gas producers proudly announces on its website that the industry employs more than 20,000 workers throughout the state.  Southwestern Energy alone says it employs more than […]

Continue Reading By on May 8, 2013 in Arkansas, energy, environment, family, green, health, jobs, natural, Ozarks, parenting, safety, sustainable

Visiting the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home

Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home in Mansfield, Missouri Like countless other parents who grew up reading and watching the Little House on the Prairie stories, I’ve treasured my little set of books by author Laura Ingalls Wilder and looked forward to sharing them with my girls.  The Little House way of rural life, full of […]

Continue Reading By on April 5, 2013 in education, family, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Midwest, Ozarks, parenting, pioneer

Ozarks Family Nurtures Heirloom Seed Heritage

Debbie GettleMother of Baker Creek Seed founder Jere Gettle The aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls and yeast bread loaves filled the air at the Baker Creek Flour Mill when our family stopped by for a visit.  Debbie Gettle was behind the counter where she’s well-known for her baked goods.  “It’s an old, natural way […]

Continue Reading By on March 27, 2013 in agriculture, family, farming, garden, heirloom, Ozarks, seeds

Visiting Bakersville Pioneer Village

We crossed Baker Creek or its tributary three different times along the dirt road drive to the old Rippee homestead.  At first, Bakersville looked like any other busy farm that happened to preserve several wooden barns.  Up close, more details likened it to the popular Silver Dollar City attraction just a few miles away in […]

Continue Reading By on March 25, 2013 in agriculture, eating better, farm, food, garden, heirloom, Midwest, Ozarks, seeds