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This is an index of posts that fall into my “Musings” category. Usually it’s on a topic that has no other defined focus, but sometimes these are also my philosophical-type posts. Subscribe to Wild Ozark™ » Musings by Email

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Kingston, Arkansas | A Rural Ozark Town

There are some hidden treasures in the Ozarks. The tiny little town of Kingston, Arkansas in Madison county is one of them. It’s been my adopted home-base since 2005, when I moved up here from south Louisiana. The town itself is tiny, consisting only of a simple square with a gazebo in the middle for …

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2021 April | Wild Ozark Musings | Monthly Newsletter

This is a website version of my monthly newsletter that goes out to subscribers. If you’d like to get this in your mailbox each month, just head on over <click here> to sign up. Sometimes I may post it here to the website, but maybe not always. The best way to be sure you get …

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Hermit Journal Updates | Early Spring Activities

It’s been a busy past couple of weeks here at Wild Ozark. Early spring and warmer weather brings a flurry of activity here at Wild Ozark. I’ve been working on our garden, grinding more rocks, and generally just enjoying the warmer weather. The temps are still cool enough for a jacket mornings and evenings, but …

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Join me on Clubhouse

Are you on Clubhouse?

My daughter called me the other day to tell me about Clubhouse. She had gotten an invitation to join it and after trying it out, thought it would be something I might be interested in. At first I groaned. Not another social media, please. I’m trying to get *away* from being online so much, not …

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Winter in the Ozarks

Winter in the Ozarks | Musings on a Very Cold Day

It was -12F when I woke up this morning at 0500. This is the coldest I think it’s ever been since we moved here in 2005. There hasn’t been many really cold, snowy winters in the past several years, it seems. However, in the first few years here, we had an incredible ice storm (either …

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Is Art made through Magic, Intuition, or Knowledge?

I once heard it spoken in one of the great (virtual) hallways where educated artists gather, that an ‘intuitive artist’ doesn’t exist. That an artist only uses knowledge and conscious decisions to know what to do on their canvas – no mystery involved. The idea, of whether that is true or not, lodged like a …

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My resolution this year is to walk a loosely defined path, and enjoy the moments along the way.

My 2021 Outlook | A Loosely Defined Path

This is probably the first year that I didn’t go through a reflection of the previous year while making plans for the coming year. In some ways right now, it feels like it doesn’t really matter anyway. No matter how much I plan things out, life inevitably has a way of undoing the strands. Then …

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Gratitude to all of my family, friends, and followers and Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Thanksgiving 2020

May your day be filled with abundance and gratitude. I have a lot to be thankful for, and the love and health of family is at the top of my list. I have a husband who is my anchor, best friend, and companion even while on the other side of the world. It’s hard to …

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King, Henry John Yeend; Figures by a Country Cottage; Brampton Museum; https://www.artuk.org/artworks/figures-by-a-country-cottage-18509

The Art That I Love Isn’t Necessarily The Art That I Paint

If find it a little strange that the type of art that I love isn’t necessarily the kind of art that I paint. Mainly that’s because what I love in art are the scenes that no longer exist in our current time. However, I do tend to paint the scenes I love about my own …

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Still the Mind to See and Hear

Nature Journal | Still the Mind to See and Hear

Summary: Still the mind to see and hear things you ordinarily wouldn’t notice. My walking meditation helps settle the audio-visual chatter. 9/17/20 Thursday | Today I stopped at the creek to gather a few rocks. Before that I’d spent the mid-morning hours pulling PDF’s of my old blogs so I can keep them in the …

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Flora and Fauna, and Sacred Art

Sacred Art

These are the ways my muse speaks to me. The messages are given through the flora and fauna of my habitat, and I (try to) pass it along to you in the form of art. This task is something I consider to be sacred. Everything about the act of doing it, from gathering the rocks to the destruction and subsequent re-creation into usable paints, to the transference of an idea into reality on paper… it all is part of a sacred art.

Grayscale Art | Painting in Black, Gray and White

I have a new idea mulling around, and it has to do with grayscale… Sometimes I get really frustrated that I don’t have the colors I’d like to have for a painting I’d like to do. For example, I’d love to paint the plants that live in the deep woods ginseng habitat that I love …

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Idea clippings for my old hermit diaries.

Hermit Diaries | May 2, 2020 | Wild Ozark

With the nice weather we’ve had for the past few days, I’ve been working in the garden. My hermit diaries really don’t reflect a life much different than ordinary life out here at Wild Ozark, though. The only real difference is the presence of Chloe and my new role as homeschool teacher and constant companion. …

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Coronavirus Hermit| Fences, Gardens, Memories & Lilacs

One day I’ll change the title of this from ‘Coronavirus Hermit’ to plain old ‘Wild Ozark Hermit’ journal entries. I’m digging the staying at home deal, to tell you the truth. The only drawback is that there’s limited outlets for making an income from out here, but I’ve been working on stocking my online shop …

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Coronavirus Hermit | Journal Entry for the week of 032020

So what does a hermit do with her time during coronavirus slow downs? Pretty much the same thing I’ve always done with my time out here. Except now with less internet useage, ha. And there’s an extra little body in the house to be a hermit with during this whole coronavirus deal. We’re coronavirus hermits. …

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new products 2020

Activity & Products Lineup for Wild Ozark 2020

Last year I had a lot of plans for a variety of different products. This year I’m streamlining a lot. 2020’s new products plan is an effort to reduce costs and effort and increase sales and income. My next post after this one will be more details about my artist’s business plan. New Products in …

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It's not really raining. It just sounds like it because the sun is melting the frost on our metal roof.

It’s not really raining | Sporadic Musings

As the sun rises over the ridge-top to our east the frost on our metal roof quickly responds. It sounds like rain as the melted drops fall onto the lower roof. But it’s not. The sun is shining brightly outside and there are no clouds in sight. It’s only frost melt.

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