The Ozarkian Spirit...Backroads & Byways

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Kim McCully-Mobley

Kim McCully-Mobley
Aurora, MO, Missouri, USA
June 11
Managing Editor/Publisher/Owner
The Ozarkian Spirit/Spirit Publishing
I am a gypsy/rebel/cowgirl/pirate with a passion for: all things folklore, teaching, reading, writing, photography, the outdoors and the people I meet along life's journey. I am a member of the Ozarks Writers' Colony in Eureka Springs and am a participant of project/place/digital storytelling and MAKE workshops through the Ozarks Writing Project and the National Writing Project. I am a three time National Endowment Humanities grant winner for Landmark events based on Civil War and Civil Rights studies.


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MARCH 13, 2014 6:46AM

Celebrating A 22-Year Journey

Drury University: 22 years ago this month I went to work for Drury University as a satellite coordinator in Aurora....We had over 400 students complete over 13,000 credit hours in an 11 year span. It gets kind of murky because several of our students began to take classes on camp… Read full post »

MARCH 11, 2014 10:10PM

Mr. Edwards, Wherever You Are...

I just saw the neatest thing while walking in the cemetery...well, actually, two neat things...I saw an older couple ahead of me holding hands. Their body language spoke volumes. She would stop and look at a headstone or pick up a rock. He would break stride just a bit to wait… Read full post »

I sat with a Korean War/United States Air Force Bomber Pilot today at Mt Vernon Veterans Administration clinic/facilities...or at least that's what I thought he said. He was teasing me about holding Al's hand in the waiting room....wanted to know if I knew what that led to...

"No," I said. "Do you?"

"D… Read full post »

JANUARY 15, 2014 11:34AM

Four Months & Counting...Our Blessings

Four months ago today about this time, my favorite cowboy (Al Mobley) suffered a stroke. He/we have made great strides in the weeks that have followed. I have tried to be open, honest, humble and positive here--where we've received support from friends, family, colleagues and strangers.


I po… Read full post »

DECEMBER 4, 2013 6:39AM

Ate Any Good Words Lately?

Jeremiah 15:16---"Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts."---

There's an old adage about having to eat your words. The message is to be careful… Read full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2013 10:16PM

Less Salt...More Walks...Lovin' My Man

 (I wrote this three weeks after my husband had a stroke in September.Our world changed in an instant. I am so grateful to have him back home, where he belongs----with me.)


Al continues to improve daily.
He is feisty and stubborn and fiercely independent.

He comes from goodRead full post »

JUNE 11, 2013 10:58PM

52 Bits of Wit & Wisdom

52 Pieces of Wit & Wisdom

You Can Take To The Bank On My Birthday!

---McCully-Mobleyisms 101

I have learned a few things the hard way. To be truthful, I’ve learned just about every darn thing worth knowing the hard way. InRead full post »

Each May (for the past several years) I have written a column/letter/blog to my seniors at Aurora High School. It is always a bittersweet time. I am anxious to see what they will all accomplish. But, I am always sad to see them go.  I guess that’s the “Mama Mobley” in/Read full post »

My mother is no longer with us in this world, but her spirit remains alive and well in her children and grandchildren. She is the bar by which I measure my friends, my colleagues and strangers I encounter.

You didn't have to be around Faye McMorris
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JANUARY 23, 2013 12:35PM

Where I'm From: Chat Creek/Wilson Ave.

In the past, I have used a poem by George Ella Lyon to teach a variety of things, from symbolism to imagery to sensory writing skills and more.


She is a poet and an educator and knows the value of connecting would-be writers to their anchors to createRead full post »

JANUARY 2, 2013 9:53PM

Welcome, 2013, & Hang On For The Ride

Welcome, 2013, & Hang On For The Ride!


“Begin the new year square with every man."
-Robert B. Thomas, founder of The Old Farmer's Almanac



In my longtime role as newspaper editor, I had a standing gig on New Year’s writing a tongue… Read full post »

December 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

to You and Yours!

Looking back at the past year, it has been full of milestones and benchmarks. My son, Jake, graduated from Drury University--with two bachelor’s degrees in May. He is pursuing his career in banking and continues toRead full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2012 10:15PM

Thankful For Cold November Mornings

I have been posting my Thankful November posts since the first of the month on Facebook, my favorite social media site. I love this time of year for a lot of reasons, mainly because it was my mother’s favorite time of year—when she celebrated her birthday, gathered her family around the… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2012 10:10PM

Thankful For Cold November Mornings

I have been posting my Thankful November posts since the first of the month on Facebook, my favorite social media site. I love this time of year for a lot of reasons, mainly because it was my mother’s favorite time of year—when she celebrated her birthday, gathered her family around the… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2012 10:12PM

Yet A New Northwest Arkansas Treasure

After almost half a century of meandering around Northwest Arkansas by foot, wagon, horse, truck, automobile and trolley, I didn’t think there was a place in Eureka Spring, Arkansas, I hadn’t written about, photographed or prowled around. I found out last Friday night I was wrong. (Keep i… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2012 11:19AM

Involve Me & I Remember....

“Tell me and I forget.

Teach me and I learn.

Involve me and I remember.”

                                   &nbRead full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2012 7:51PM

Returning To The Silent City

Pumpkins are off the vine.

Mums are in full bloom.

The threat of frost is in the air.


A light fog hovers over Highway 39 as I head south from my home near Madry towards the Arkansas line.

Johnny Cash is on my stereo telling… Read full post »


I’ve been waiting a year to see what they do next.

I am fighting the urge to drive to the site right now to wait on them.

I love the smell of old paper.

I love the look of old ink.

I love the feelRead full post »

My dual credit English students are writing their own obituaries the next couple of weeks. I designed the assignment to enhance their understanding of certain types of literature because so many of our literary classics have themes involving death, grief, tragedies and new beginnings.


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SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 6:46PM

Aurora Schools Chartered In 1873

A friend of mine asked me when the first public school was chartered in Aurora, Missouri. I found an old document in a box that talks about the first school house in town was noted in 1873 and was a “little white frame building,…near where Franklin School” used to stand.… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2012 9:41AM

A Region Diverse In Its Heritage

The Ozarks…


The region is diverse in its offerings and rich in its heritage.


Those who have found the secret of living and working here know the people of the hills, hollers, valleys and towns are equally wealthy in terms of standards, goals, values, work… Read full post »

Holding those old, yellowed, newspaper clippings in your hands helps recall treasured memories from days gone by. From Jake’s homerun at McDonald County to Grandma Carrie’s obituary from the 1960s, we find our hearts in the midst of our treasures.



Old letters, bright ChrisRead full post »

AUGUST 16, 2012 5:27PM

People Are Watching....


I was checking my Facebook wall Tuesday this week and saw where a former graduate of Aurora High School, Marcia Moreland, had visited with a teacher in a nearby community at a back to school open house event.


In visiting with this teacher, Marcia told him she had heard through theRead full post »

My summer is quickly winding to a close. But I am always eager and ready for whatever’s around the corner. A new school year is always fun.


There was so much I wanted to accomplish this summer, so many places I wanted to go and piles of stuff I wanted… Read full post »

JULY 17, 2012 5:09PM

Some Wounds Haven't Healed

Several authors, experts and professors spoke to us throughout our week at Civil War Camp, otherwise known as Crossroads of Conflict July 8-13 on the campus of University of Missouri at Kansas City.



Among those experts were Diane Mutti Burke (On Slavery’s Border), Dr. Chris Phil… Read full post »