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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

Wild Ozark Hermit Report | Upcoming Shows

The weather is torturing me with spells of warm, sunny days followed by days of bitter cold and wind. I’m so ready for spring. But it’s been busy around here and I haven’t had a chance to make a blog post in a while. So here’s the Wild Ozark Hermit Report of what’s been happening …

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Mistaken Identity | Sassafras or Osage?

Oh my, what a huge case of mistaken identity. The tree I’d assumed was sassafras is definitely not. It’s an Osage orange. And yes, I do know those two trees look entirely different, but all I had to go on were roots and a weathered trunk.

Wild Ozark Musings | January Issue

This post is the same as the newsletter email that just went out to subscribers. A long time ago, maybe a few years, I’d sent out a poll asking if subscribers were also subscribers to my website. Most of the responses were no, so that means posting the newsletter here shouldn’t be too much repetition …

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Traveling With Paints | Roaming Hermit

Usually our trips away from the homestead amount to a weekly errand run. Because going ‘to town’ takes up most of the day, it feels like a cross-country journey. We’ve had and still have out of state travels this month. Next month, we’ll be back to our hermit lifestyle – but not at home. I’ll …

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Map of Kingston, AR 72742

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. Something’s up in Kingston these days, though. It’s end of December 2021 as I write this, and I’ll …

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Header for the April 2021 issue of Wild Ozark Musings

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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