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Ozarks Living.com takes a sustainable step online

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Ozarks Living Magazine begins its fifth year of publication

Ozarks Living Magazine begins its fifth year of publication

OzarksLiving.com has now preserved every issue of GREENE Magazine since Day One in October 2010, our conversion to Ozarks Living at the start of 2014.
You can search online for services and products provided by every advertiser, either by name, web site or key word. You can see their current ads, previous ads, look up a phone number and address, or make comparisons. We hope you will continue to support the loyal advertisers who have supported us these four years.
In between issues, you can keep up with us while we keep up with your favorite outdoor pastimes and destinations, along with gardening news, tips and information to make it easier to live more sustainably in the Ozarks. No matter where you live, you can enjoy the lifestyle of the Ozarks, comment and join in our fun.
We hope it’s like a taste of home grilling in real time, presented with outstanding photos, writing, and the best ideas we can bring to the table. Call it a conversation, not always serious, but at least helpful.
In this issue, for example, we’re showcasing Back to Main Street at Ash Grove as the 150th observance of the Civil War in the Ozarks continues, along with the era of flappers and Ma Barker, holdups, the music of “Blind Boone,” Scott Joplin and others. It’s good to recall the importance of the Phenix Quarry, the significance of Nathan Boone and perhaps celebrate in the Gilmore Round House, where they could clearly hear the canons at Wilson’s Creek.
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When I was about 10 years old, a friend and I published a neighborhood newspaper, using an old Underwood typewriter and a few sheets of carbon paper sandwiched between pages. The first issue was also our last. It was a lot of work and even if we sold all 10 copies, the motivation lasted about as long as our attention span. I regret that I don’t have a copy, nor do I even remember its name, let alone what we wrote about. Eight years later, I was editor of our college newspaper. In less than 10 years, I had a magazine journalism degree and was writing professionally.
Today, a 10-year old might post a thought on Facebook, link to a video, research climate change, look up a Cherokee ancestor who walked the Trail of Tears, or learn of an ancestral tribe in Kenya.
My grandchildren can read a memoir online by an ancestor who was neighborly to Native Americans before the Civil War, retyped by a volunteer historian. A printed copy is valued at about $1,800, but you probably can’t find one. There are only about 50 copies.
In second grade, I wrote a song about cowboys “riding over the countryside,” with three verses. My aunt was my teacher, and we performed it in the round. No film of the performance exists, only memories, today a parent can tape a child’s first steps and post it on YouTube in minutes.
Expertise and memories are good to have. Our body of knowledge helps define us. I remember my first polio vaccine in kindergarten, ending a tragic chapter that still haunts my generation.
A gardener in Kansas City can choose a variety of miniature crape myrtle from Nixa Hardware, order it online, and have it to plant it the next day. From wherever you are in the world, you can look us up online anytime, turn the pages of this issue and every past issue since we started. You can also search for specific topics. We hope it proves useful. That’s why Ozarks Living is online.
George Freeman is editor of Ozarks Living. He writes from the Outer Office or perhaps from a table near you. You can reach him at Editor@OzarksLiving.com, or on Facebook, where he writes often and posts photos.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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