Copperheads & Cottonmouths

Plate 1. Abandoned Ozark barnyard, Taney County, Missouri. Nightfall by Joshua Heston Night falls. The air is warm in the darkness. Overgrown meadows and abandoned farmyards come alive, first with insects, then vermin. Mice. Voles. Shrews. Rats. All hurrying to eat, to store, to prepare for the onrushing winter that — deep within their genetic…

Shannon Bacon

Shannon Bacon

“I’ve described myself as a ‘closet painter’ since I was old enough to hold a paint brush,” she says. Born in California, Shannon Bacon’s creative career includes the titles of professional writer, film creator, and artist. “My collections are an epitome of my heart. It’s very personal. I want my clients to look at something…

Jesus Was Homeless

Jesus Was Homeless

“We started as a grassroots organization to serve folks in poverty in our community,” shares co-founder Bryan Stallings. “We have grown into an organization which transforms lives by providing next steps and hopefully help people to climb out of poverty.” Jesus Was Homeless provides the Meal Delivery, Jobs for Life, Meet the Doc, and Gateway…

Cottonmouth Water Moccasin

Cottonmouth

Editor’s note: the articles below have been challenged by several readers, calling Dale Grubaugh’s comments “misleading,” and “false.” While StateoftheOzarks respects many differing viewpoints, Grubaugh’s recorded experiences are just that: recorded. An actual experience cannot be labeled “false” if it has occurred — and Grubaugh’s experiences occurred. His writings are presented here objectively. For a…

Old Rugged Cross

Old Rugged Cross

The Old Rugged Cross Sung by Dale Grubaugh. WORDS AND TUNE OLD RUGGED CROSS, GEORGE BERNARD, 1913. FIRST VERSE: On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, The emblem of suff’ring and shame; And I love that old cross where the dearest and best For a world of lost sinners was slain. SECOND…

AmazingGrace

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace Sung by Dale Grubaugh. JOHN NEWTON, 1725 TO 1807. EARLY AMERICAN MELODY. AMAZING GRACE. C.M. FIRST VERSE: Amazing grace! how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind but now I see. SECOND VERSE: ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,…

An Ozark Workout

Back about 1981 when I loved cheeseburgers and didn’t wear pants. Come to think of it, little has changed since those days. An Ozark Workout by Joshua Heston “I’m sitting across from Joshua Heston, editor of the impressive StateoftheOzarks.net. We are in the cozy Vintage Paris coffee shop in downtown Hollister, Missouri. The winter air…