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My Heart is in the Ozarks by Jory Sherman (eBook)

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Jory Sherman is a widely published author whose regional observations of the Ozarks have appeared in magazines for several years. His work is noted for its vivid and poetic imagery. His gentle touch, his knowledge of language, his ear for human speech, his keen observations of nature, are hallmarks of his writing power.


My Heart is in the Ozarks

The beauty of the Ozarks is incredible. Its seasons clothe her beauty, enhancing and deepening it in the eyes of the beholder.

The region is a vast geographical area, with boundaries still disputed by some. The heart of the region is in Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas, with fringes stretching up as far north as Illinois and into Kansas and Oklahoma. Other states claim sections of these hills and I do not dispute them. My own experiences here are in a relatively small portion: Northwest Arkansas, and Southwest Missouri.

It would take a lifetime, perhaps several lifetimes, to go over every inch of even this small area. I am always amazed at how much there is to see and experience along just one of its innumerable roads. And, there always seems to be another hill, another valley, begging for recognition.

The Ozarks country is a microcosm of constant changes and ferment. One is struck by the abundance of life here. Tuck­ed into her recesses are farms, homesteads, whiskey stills, livestock, antiques, fish, game, and always, people, natives, newcomers and visitors here for a season or a shorter span of time.

This is a book of impressions; my impressions gathered over the past four or five years. Not everyone who comes here or lives here will see or feel the same things I do, and the door is left wide open for each reader to add or subtract from each sketch according to his or her own sense and sensitivity, attunement and appreciation.

This is a book for the people of the Ozarks: For those who have always lived here, and those who have migrated from various other places; for those who have passed through and carry a part of her beauty with them wherever they are; and for those who have not been fortunate enough to come here in person, so they can store some of her images and seasons until they too can come, and forever more carry a part of her immense beauty with them wherever they go.

Jory Sherman - 1982




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