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. 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.


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JANUARY 4, 2015 6:53PM

Bringing In The New Year

Reflecting on all of the ups, downs and coasting of 2014.
We have so much for which to be thankful.

1. Al, my husband, continues to recover from his stroke. His sense of humor, humility and determination inspire me daily. Plus, he's just so darn cute in a pair of Wranglers. (Yes, at… Read full post »


Glen Cope’s Face Is A Familiar One:

Glen Cope is a fourth generation cattle rancher who lives south of Aurora with his wife, Leanne, and their two children, Orran and Katie.

After receiving his degree in Animal Science from Missouri State University, he returned to the family farming/ranch… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 9:10PM

Getting Up Every Time We Fall

“The greatest glory in living
lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.”
― Nelson Mandela

I have fallen through bleachers, off mountains, from a spinning merry-go-round, into raw sewers, off of swing sets, through monkey bars, off cha… Read full post »

Nine months ago this moment, my life took on yet another change.
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 »

MAY 11, 2014 5:59PM

The Things My Mother Taught Me



 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 songRead 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 »

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 10:10PM

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 »