A Retrospective

River Rant,The Blog, debuted twelve months ago with a promise to focus on water and the Ozarks, and my concerns about threats to all. I have tried to remain true to that charge, with a few diversions into family, friends, and floating. My concerns remain,...

ANOTHER PIG CAFO STORY

I debuted my new environmentally themed presentation, Life is a River - A Bend Beyond, to a sizable and engaged audience at the Library Center a month ago. I have received many comments of encouragement since. Things like: “Thanks for sharing...

Bull Creek Rewind

I’ve heard it said that old men are occasionally allowed to wax sentimental.  I definitely pass the age threshold, and writing about Swan Creek and Bull Creek back to back trigger the sentimentality meter.  So here goes.  I apologize in advance! About a...

Swan Creek Meanderings

I’ve busted up more than one canoe on beautiful Swan Creek.  I even turned one inside out - a long story.  But that’s not what this post is all about. Dr. Jim Baker, Missouri State University and host of Ozarks Watch Video Magazine (PBS), must be a real...

Earth Day #49

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”- Gandhi   This was the tag line on the bottom of my pocket calendar, this 4th week of April, 2019. So random, so timely, so vital. I saw so many people doing just this last Monday on Earth Day at the...

Let’s Go Floatin’

OK. Change of plans. I’ll write about Earth Day #49 next post. More on that soon. For now my mind has gone floating. As in float trip, canoeing, spring runs on our amazing Ozarks’ streams. A weekend of snow, rain, and now temperatures soaring into the mid...

Life Is A River – A Bend Beyond

OK, I’m officially inspired. To do something beyond writing. Beyond my books, my blogs, my bitching, my moaning. So I went back to my original blog from last July 8. “I hope it (the blog) stirs some emotion, some passion, some reaction, some action.” My...

Waters of New Zealand, Continued

I was downright angry. They want me to do what? Unpack the whole suitcase that I had crammed every nook and corner full at 5AM this morning, so they can look at my hiking boots? You’ve got to be kidding. It’s all so painstakingly organized and ready to...

Waters Of New Zealand

We just returned from several weeks of hiking through the south island of New Zealand, a long time dream come true, that even exceeded expectations. Beautiful country, beautiful people, but this blog is supposed to be about water. So here we go. Water,...

A Shadow Over Ozarks Waters 2

Our home state of Missouri has become more aggressive in courting corporate agricultural projects, particularly CAFOs, in the name of economic development, since the passage of the “Right to Farm” constitutional amendment and the removal of restrictions on...