Write...or Die Trying

I used to work in a factory. Now I work in an office. Either way, my writing was dying. So now I must: Write...or Die Trying.


Goin' to Branson

Our family is headed out to one of our favorite weekend places: Branson, MO.

I've always been fascinated by the town, but not for the same reason those 2-3 million city slickers go there. Early 20th century writer Harold Bell Wright stayed there and wrote his immensely popular novel Shepherd of the Hills based on the region. It's definately not the Branson of Wright's day, what with all the music shows, attractions, motels/hotels (and eventually, if organized crime gets their way, casinos) and sundry other attractions. Still, a palpable shadow of the quiet, Ozark mountain people still wanders through the hollers (that's a small valley for you city folk) if you listen hard enough.

The Ozark mountains have a long and interesting, but little known history. If you want a glimpse of what it was like around here in the late 1800's and early 1900's, then pick up a copy of one of Wright's books.


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