Waning Days...

The great month of July, hallmark of our Nation's birthday, is nearing its annual close. Time to put away the fireworks and bunting and start toting a sweatshirt to your favorite swimmin' place.

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But as you and your kin leave the lazy-hazy behind and start fluttering around like autumn leaves getting ready for Fall, my fondest hope is that you will carry the spirit of Freedom and Independence with you, throughout every though, word and deed, now and forevermore.

In tribute to this sentiment, I'm about to share something with you that came to me by way of email pass-along. And I confess that it's been around this block a time or two. 

But when I received it again this morning, something about it resonated with our topic this month and so I'm sharing my thoughts on Liberty and Justice again.

Saturday Night in the Ozarks...

You never can tell just what you'll find alongside an Ozark roadway on a Saturday night!!! On July 14, 2001, just outside of Leslie, Arkansas, we found a mounting invasion of wooden Indians, a Wizard, a man called "Oily Chainsaw," and the beautifully sculpted eagle you see here. 

To see all the other neat stuff we saw, just give a click here!!!


Summer is such a great time to go for a drive, even when you don't have any place in particular to go. And the ability to meaninglessly meander is one of our most precious natural freedoms. Even though we may not find "The Right To Do Nothing" precisely articulated in our Constitution, it's a cherished part of the freedoms I celebrate. It's good for my soul. 

And there are remarkable things accomplished in the stretch of such a lazy afternoon. You might, for example, indulge in a bit or roadside geology, about which you will learn more by clicking here

May the Fourth be with you!
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?  Please pause with us as we celebrate our Nation's Birthday, and reflect on....

The Price of Freedom

Freedom, Independence and Good Humor, 
aka: The 4th of July

We'll be chatting about all these fine and  frivolous subjects during this annual time of celebrating our National Birthday. And to start us on this illustrious path, you can click here to see what I personally think. 

Then, with special attention to the "good humor" aspect of this intellectual manage a trois, I have a truly magnificent treat in store for you....

Introducing... (with a drum roll and piccolo flourish) the ever popular, phenomenally vibrant and wonderfully funny: Kim Burke (tah-dah!), whose antic-filled articles about life in motherhood's fast lane will tickle your fancy and twiddle your wit. 

New to gozarks pages, Kim's "Incidents and Accidents" commentaries are already a hit elsewhere, in hard-copy publications and also on the World Wide Web. However, there is a special "Natural State" flavor to the bubbling turn of her words because Kim is one of us! An Ozarks Gozarkian. She lives, loves, and writes about family life right here, in "them thar hills." 

She has her very own fun-filled Website, and you'll find a link to it on her new feature column page. But I will give you a sneak preview here with a neighborly plug to steer you toward Kim's very first Cartoon Caption Contest

When you've recovered from belly-laughing, take a look at this somewhat more serious by still lighthearted approach, recommended by a reader as a tongue-in-cheek protest of junk mail

Hopefully, all of this -- or at least one of these items -- will provoke some spirited banter as you gather together in celebration of Independence Day and reflect on the reverie of this sacred event over the months to come.  

In the interim, be sure to check our What's New page to get the scoop on the latest and greatest updates to our little e-zine. And as always, if you're looking to find something that was on the front page of any previous edition of gozarks, just visit our Archives and follow the links.  

Now, as simple good manners and common business courtesy dictate, before I bid you fond adieu until next time,  please allow me once again to express my deepest and most sincere thanks to all of our readers,  columnists, random contributors, advertisers and every member of the Hyper Tech team. Life is sweet because of you. We'll be chatting again, soon.

Christine Louise Weiss, Editor

Justin Bonds, Webmaster

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