Ozark Outdoors

What we really need is fewer gates and more gatekeepers?

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There really is more information available than we need. For example, we don’t need to know that somewhere on a distant freeway, a police car is conducting a slow chase of another vehicle while a news helicopter broadcast live while soaring overhead in the off chance something exciting may happen.

A photo of a garden gateWe do need to know if it might freeze tonight, or if there’s a killing storm on the way. But do we really need to relive every storm for which The Weather Channel has access to video? Or what five former athletes and out-of-work coaches (rather than four, or three, or just two) think about a sporting event that will be interrupted every few minutes to tell us there’s a better, lighter, less-filling beer? Not likely.

Just because we can doesn’t mean we should. Think of the wasted fuel, electricity, talent, time and resources that could find and tell us a real story. If you want excitement, stand outdoors this time of year and listen, watch, feel.

Too much information passing through the gates of our mind likely means we won’t have time to sort it out. We all need a gatekeeper to organize our information flow.

What I would like to know is:

1.    Where can I pick some great morel mushrooms?
2.    Which wild mushrooms are safe to eat?
3.    Where can I hear a pileated woodpecker, or see a bald eagle?
4.    How can I get a better lawn for less work and energy?
5.    Do electric cars really save energy over time?
6.    How can I attract butterflies?
7.    Do geese bite?
8.    What’s the state flower of Missouri?
9.    What becomes of old barns in the Ozarks?
10.    What’s just one step I can take to save energy – and save money doing it?

The answers to these questions are in GREENE Magazine. All you have to do is join us to have the time of your life.

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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