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Looney Creek

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It’s now a sanctuary for animals, this old church at Looney Creek Cemetery. Erifnus doesn’t mind. Buried here, my great great grandfather was shot by a Union firing squad, along with nine other young men, in a terrifying event that became known as the Macon Massacre.

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Foggy Memory

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It was a giant, to a kid. The old hotel towered over Route 66 at Highway 63. Atop a glass penthouse that crowned the roof, a green neon pennant glowed through the fog, framed perfectly by my bedroom window as my eyelids got heavy and I dreamed of travel along those old motor highways.

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Mother Earth, Artist.

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Beyond this peaceful spot, on this autumn afternoon, the Great Impressionist had turned expansive soybean fields into giant green-and-gold palettes. Some fields, planted earliest in the spring, already had turned brown, the beans ready for harvest. The drive through the patchwork of soybean fields was reminiscent of a Monet canvas or a Van Gogh landscape. Green, speckled with bright yellows …

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On A Pedestal

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Sometimes a photo jumps at you. This one had my name on it.

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Feel the Burn

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The first known grist mill along Camden County’s Little Niangua River was burned to the ground by unknown assailants in the middle of the night. It was 1864, and the mill family barely escaped alive. Today, nothing remains of Burnt Mill but a cave from which a vigorous Ozark spring pours into the Little Niangua. After the Civil War, another …

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