The Ozarkian Spirit...Backroads & Byways
- 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.
I spent 17 years as editor of The Aurora Advertiser in southwest Missouri. My journalism career spans over four decades, having worked as both a full-time and part-time writer for over five publications. I teach full-time at Aurora High School and also serve on adjunct staffs of Crowder College and Drury University.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Nine Months And Counting The
Ways To A New Normal
June 17, 2014 04:49PM
- My Advice to The Graduates of
May 18, 2014 03:43PM
- The Things My Mother Taught Me
May 11, 2014 05:59PM
- Here's To You, Dad: It's Been
April 29, 2014 09:41AM
- Zeros 4 Heroes Puts Aurora On
April 23, 2014 09:55PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Thanks, Ruth...Glad you
liked it. You are amazing and
have a lot in
July 25, 2012 12:19PM
- “Yes, Al, some of the
comments you make are ones we
yesterday in our
July 19, 2011 07:27AM
- “Thank you, Gabby. I
believe strongly that this is
August 10, 2010 07:01PM
- “Thanks muchly...He had a
lot of jokes...some were off
June 29, 2010 12:13PM
- “Thanks, Jane...I'll be
glad to take you there! A
in action. Let's
June 16, 2010 09:53AM
Kim McCully-Mobley's Links
Nine months ago this moment, my life took on yet another
My husband walked in the house after cutting wood and went to
take a shower and rest. Within two hours, we would both realize
he was in the midst of a full-blown stroke. We would wait for 72
hours as doctors ran… Read full post »
Dear Graduates of 2014:
I usually write a letter each year to the seniors. As a proud member of the AHS Class of 1979, I have long held my head high about being from Aurora, being a Houn’ Dawg and knowing that I am a survivor and an overcomer.… Read full post »
Isaiah 40:31---“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Mother loved that verse. She also loved the song… Read full post »
Thirty-one years ago today Thomas Stanford Estes died in Springfield, Missouri, after a night of tornadoes and storms all over southwest Missouri. His friends called him Stan or "Buck" (among other things). Until his illness hit full tilt in 1976-77, he lived live on his own terms, worked hard, loved… Read full post »
There are few things more American than baseball, the Star Spangled Banner, paying tribute to our veterans and enjoying a Spring afternoon.
Thursday will be no exception as a three-year-old dream of Rodger Wheeler’s comes to fruition. He will be rooting on his Aurora Houn’ Dawgs… Read full post »
(Here you go....Several have noticed I've been unusually silent these past few days. I've been doing a lot of soul searching this week. Spent a day or two dodging the media. I wanted to focus on my students, my work and my family and friends.
Frazier Miller is… Read full post »
Drury Universityï»¿: 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
(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
Al continues to improve daily.
He is feisty and stubborn and fiercely independent.
He comes from good… Read full post »
52 Pieces of Wit & Wisdom
You Can Take To The Bank On My Birthday!
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. In… Read 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… Read full post »
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
She is a poet and an educator and knows the value of connecting would-be writers to their anchors to create… Read full post »
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 »
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 to… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
“Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I learn.
Involve me and I remember.”
&nb… Read full post »
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 feel… Read 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.
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 »
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