Saturday, June 15, 2013

beauitful wonders of summer

Perhaps to some readers they have found I left my blog unattended for several days or weeks. Summer is demading, at least for me and so I began much needed work around the place. The most difficult job has  been scraping and painting one of our buildings. It was once a home, but now sits quietly as a storage place. I returned it to its original color of deep red. It is now fresh and beauitful and brightens the town. Another house will  be repainted in the autumn to its original yellow. I have mamaged to complete two other paintings of which I will post sometime.The above photos are some of the beautifl wonders of summer. The hollyhock has just began to bloom along with the roses. both are truly wonders of summer. I caught the above blacksnake napping in the sun several days ago. He decided to flee under the house but I managed to get a photo. The crusty old snapping turtle was crossing the road and fearing it might be run over, I hurried it along, although he did not fully mind his manners and tried repeatedly to bite me. I left it  in the grass and as soon as I was out of sight he hurried up the bank, heading for an old pond over the hill.  Good morning on this beauiful but stormy morning. Fathers Day marks this day and many will honor their fathers, grandfathers and great grand fathers. I am blessed with all three titles.  The gun contrroversy has left its mark with many wanting to severely restrict gun to all citizens. I fear it is only a ploy to weaken our right to bear arms and I do not agree. Humans have been killing one another since the begining of time wtih whatever weapon that is current. The bow and arrow is capable of killing many people and was once used to do just that. A hundred men in single file formation  can and have brought down as many men filling the sky with a rain of terror. Knives spears, and broad axes have been responsable for the death of many men, women and children.  Members of family have and will continue to to falll victim to a family member. Friends kill friends and  ofcourse there are those who for no apprent reason kill. Take away all guns and people will still die by the hands of another person. All law abiding people in this country have the right to bear arms and to take away their arms is a terrible mistake. If we would only enforce the writtn law, there would be less of these dreadful murders. My guns are not for killing, but for pleasure such as target shooting,competition and collecting. Hunting is an accepted pastime and most are responsable people, a heritage that has made this country a great and free nation. Of course we can as private cotizens live without guns, but not as free men. My opinion. Adios.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Fragile spring with a hardy spirit

My painting of the Frank and Sadie Dugan Home

Old man winter and I mean old ,is still a tough fellow even if he is on one leg.  Spring however is just an an  infant at least in these parts. Still it has an enduring soul that will prevail.and bring to the land a beauty that is very difficult to describe. Bright yellows have arrived as well as many shades of purple with many more shades of color to  complete Spring's lovely dress. I have finished another painting after many weeks of delay. I have posted the painting, titled Frank and Sadie Dugan Home. They have long since passed on, but the old home place still remains on the hillside overlooking the Niangua River. The house is a special place with memories that have lasted a lifetime.Wouldn't it be a sad and barren world without memories. Adios.

Friday, February 15, 2013

A death on M M highwy

The owl lay to the left of the yellw line near the curve

No one wants to slow down on this winding road

A sad sight to behold

Several days ago while Heidi and I were walking along the road we came upon an owl lying near the center line. It was dead. There were no marks to suggest it had been shot or run over by a vehicle. I must assume it had tried to take flight and was hit by a fast moving car or truck. The poor creature was beautiful even in death. I know little about owls and can't say for certain what species of an owl it was. I picked it up and carried it to some tall grass along a fence line and laid it down. A fitting place for a once wonderful creature of the sky.

Just beyond Heaven's gate

Entering the cedar glade

A most beautiful and wild place to be

A couple of mornings ago I awakened to see a beautiful snowy landscape and so with heidie in tow I headed for Heaven's gate. Before me lay a most remarkable scene along the trail winding through the cedars heavily laden with snow. I saw many deer and rabbit tracks along with coyote tracks. It is always quite along that part of the cedar forest, but that morning was unusualy quite and awesome to say the least. two hours later most of the snow was gone, melted under the warm sun. Adios

Friday, January 25, 2013

Wandering thoughts

Dear Brother
Tomorrow they will take you away in a long black hearse.
A somber line of mourners will gather to follow you home to your resting place.
Your reckless life has brought you down to lay forever still.
All that is left is to take you to that lonely hill.
Oh I know, for a time your friends will drink to you, but alas that will end.
Dear Brother, you will remain beneath that hill to wait for eternity to begin.
I will come now and then to lay a flower at your head and recall the times of our youth and smile.
Goodbye dear Brother.

The Road Home
It is a trace where I’ve seen the dawn glowing faintly many times on the horizon, a promise of yet another day.
Where intimate memories linger along the way
It is a trace where Butterfly flowers often gather along a rusty barbwire fence in the month of May.
 A winding road, where a light beckons from a window and time to hurry
It is a trace forever familiar, beckoning from where ever you may be.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Look closely. Boo!

A fine day for ghost stories

The Hauntings 
By Ronnie Powell

Highway K quietly strays away from State Road 64 south four miles to a small village, where it unexpectedly enters the settlement, then crosses the Niangua River a mile or so on. It turns westward between Four Mile Creek and the river into hills laden with forests and deep hollows and emerges at last into Highway 32. In late spring and summer, Black Eyed Susan and Queen Anne’s Lace crowd the roadside, dreamily nodding to those who pass, and like dream catchers, spider webs glisten between strands of rusty barbed wire fence. Only a small road sign, obscured somewhat by cedar boughs marks the north boundary of the village, allowing just seconds to glimpse the community as one passes through.
The road rushes between two old store buildings, fronted by the Moon Valley Road and Highway M. The smallest building is vacant, its weathered front faded, draped with vine and shadowed by the canopy of a huge elm tree. Across the road to the East stands another general store, a large, stately structure with a high false front where faded letters proclaim its beginning in 1921.
This spacious old store has changed little in its 75 years; but its owners have changed many times. A short distance behind the store is an old tomato canning factory, a relic of the depression era. A rusty tin roof, loose in many places covers most of the weary structure. It is a lonely building, windowless and holds many secrets within its perpetual darkness. A post office and another small store are also located approximately fifty feet east of Highway K. Seven dwellings and a community building completes the cross roads settlement. Most people who pass through the village would never guess what bizarre occurrences have plagued the community and surrounding area over the years. Much of it has become legend, passed down over several generations often reluctantly – by descendants of those who have claimed they have experienced the frightful happenings. Some people scoff at the idea that supernatural entities often come at night to haunt the innocent. Others are skeptical, but some residents are uneasy and uncertain of their convictions. 
It has been speculated that desecrated graves of the Osage Indians, numerous in and around the unique village, are perhaps in part the reason for the majority of the mysterious happenings. Like other native tribes, the Osage Indians of the Niangua River Basin had sacred rituals, ceremonies and customs which demonstrated their sincere belief in a supreme being, a hereafter and also the presence of evil spirits. As exiles from their ancestral lands, the Osage people were eventually forbidden to return to the burial sites to pay homage as their custom demanded. The burial of their dead has been defiled countless times over time and skeletal remains  are often unearthed in plowed fields, hog yards and cattle lots.
It is not just the Osage who believe the spot where a person is laid to rest never forgets and the person in some ways is still there and can actually partake of a living being’s spirit and breath.
A mile or so south of the village there once stood a house besieged by unexplained events in and around it. Rocks were said to fall suddenly from the ceiling or from the trees outside. Many claimed to have witnessed the phenomenon. The owner of the house disappeared without a trace and it was believed his wife and her lover killed him and hid his body in a cave on the Niangua River.
In a house at the center of the community, across from the largest general store, a young boy was badly frightened by a loud wailing in a second story room. His parents told him it was only his imagination. The boy’s father learned that an old man had passed away in the room several years before, after suffering dreadfully from a mysterious illness. A few years later the father himself while standing on the back porch one night felt a heavy hand come to rest on his shoulder.  When he turned to see who it was, he found no one there.
In 1994 after a local woman’s untimely death, her ghostlike image appeared briefly in the above house in question. She was the picture of youth again, clear of skin with flowing raven hair to her hips and she wore a long orange dress.
The old canning factory has not being spared in the haunting of the village, for there have been claims of frightful screams and loud pounding from its shadowy interior. A man repairing a nearby fence decided to take a look inside the building. A door that had long since given up its hinges stood partly ajar near the end of the building. He carefully picked it up and placed it against a tree. Inside the only light shone through the cracks in the walls eerily distorted by the dust. Littering the floor were empty tomato crates and brown glass jugs. Dust lay heavy over all the debris, but no tracks of animals or humans was noted anywhere on the floor.
Above him the explorer could see a loft, half the width of the building and at one end a ladder ascended to the darkness above.  Still at ease and curious, he started up, but stopped abruptly when he heard what he said sounded like shuffling feet overhead.
“The noise sounded, “The said man, “as if someone was trying to creep toward the edge of the loft.” Not one to frighten easily, he scrambled up the ladder and peered around, expecting to confront somebody or some creature.
“The light was poor, the man continued, “but I could see the entire length and breadth of the loft and nothing was there, not even a track to mar the dust on the floor. I guess I lost it then,” he laughed, “for I flung myself down the ladder and ran for the doorway. But when I got there, I found the door had been placed over the opening. I tell you one thing for sure; I didn’t waste anytime busting though to the outside. And I’ve never been back since.
One Sunday morning two people observed a small tin bucket hanging on a peg in the front display room of one other store building, banging violently against the wall. It continued its erratic movement for nearly five minutes. Several times heavy footsteps have been heard in the attic above this store, along with the scraping sounds of something being moved. An aged woman living in a house next door to this store reported she was visited by small children, unfamiliar to her in the close knit community where everyone knew everyone. The children never uttered a word, but ran about pilfering her belongings. One night, she said she saw a group of men killing another on the front lawn and for many nights afterwards she saw them hiding behind trees watching the house. Most people considered her demented.
In the spring of 1992, another woman of senior years was sitting in a chair on her front lawn, directly behind the post office drinking a cup of coffee. She said a blue bird began singing in a tree above her. Delighted by the sweet sound she listened, but said, “At first the singing was that of a bird, but then there were words. It was a sad song of a lost love and I wept.”
A stranger wandered into town one morning in the spring of 1992, weary and haggard from a chilly night lost in the woods. He claimed to have no idea of where he was and wanted only to return home to Springfield. He said he had spent the night huddled beneath a huge oak tree where demons leaped from the tree and danced around him. “They taunted me,” he said, “and they stank like no other creature I have ever known.”
When I asked him if he had been drinking, the young man looked me straight in the eyes and replied, “No sir. I am a Christian. You must believe me. May God have mercy on all of you, for those creatures are everywhere.”
Another stranger passing through Windyville in late summer of 1993, said the town was disturbingly full of spirits. When asked how he knew, he said, “There is an unearthly coldness here and I can feel them.
A child walking with a parent along the south road that leads out of the village suddenly burst into a fit of tears and pointed at a vacant house near the side of the road and cried. “There are ghosts in there.” The house the little girl had so tearfully referred to has suffered the most. Occurrences there have struck terror in many of its occupants and sent them fleeing. Foot steps on the stairs in the middle of the night that finally enters a bedroom to reveal the ghost of a man who once resided in the house. Spiders by thousands suddenly invaded the house, only to disappear and be replaced by an equal number of cockroaches. Strange pale faces appeared at the windows and footsteps hurrying away leaving no tracks. The ghost of the man who once lived in the house has also been reported seen in front of one of the stores in broad daylight, entering a closed window.
For awhile after the above house in question was vacated and often in the evening about dusk a curtain would flutter part way open in a second story window. It has also been reported that an unearthly coldness often settles in around the house in late evening and would chill the bones of anyone who ventured too close. Once a stench emitted from the old structure and neighbors likened it to rotting flesh and the same scent was said to come-from the grave of the man who had once lived in the house.
In the spring of 1994, all the birds in a portion of the village disappeared and did not return until the autumn of the same year. Not even a sparrow could be seen, yet a few hundred feet outside the affected area birds flourished.
 Sometime in the year of 1934, two young women walking along a road near the Lone Rock Cemetery, a couple of miles  from the village reported a cold burst of wind swept out of the graveyard, scattering leaves and other debris across the road where they stood. Seconds later a horse and rider rose up from the cemetery to approximately fifty above the women and hovered there motionless for a few seconds. The rider raised an arm and appeared to be shouting. As quickly as it had appeared, the specter vanished. Sightings of this horse and rider had been claimed for several years prior to that of the young women. No sightings have been reported since.
As I promised, I have not identified the village location or anyone who revealed to me their stories of ghosts, spirits or otherwise unexplainable events in and around the community. This is not a unique phenomenon for there is countless other location, past and present where such events have taken place. Many though scoff and say, “There is no truth in it all.” But there are also those who do believe. I cannot honestly say I believe in ghosts or sprits, however, I will admit there have been and are many seemingly unexplainable paranormal events during the many centuries of man’s existence on Earth.  Most important to me at least, I love to write ghosts stories and they should not me taken literally. In others words my ghosts stories are as far as I am concerned fiction. Adios 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Tried and True

Both items,the old Enfield revolver and knife are my companions tried and true.
The Stetson hat I am wearing dates back to the 1890s, a fitting cover for an old man's head, tried and true. Many years ago when I was a young lad, my two brothers and I were discussing how long each of us would live. They, my two brothers decided I would be the first to go. They gave several reasons how I would die, one being thrown from a horse or drug off into the woods by a stray dog.They of course were wrong and sadly they are no longer here. There is quite a rumbling these days over guns. Much of it is a way to address the last mass shooting. I have owned guns most of life and enjoy shooting them. I don't hunt anymore, I don't need to,and so targets are used. My reason for owning guns first of all I have the right and do not fear a backround check on my behavior. Most important at least to me is to enforce the laws and keep or try to keep guns out of the hands of people who are not legal. Take the guns away from people like that and protect law-abidding citizens. Guns are not evil, nor are knives, clubs bow and arrows etc. If not for guns in part, we would not be free today. The law is our most important tool to use to insure honest folks they will hold on to the right to bear arms. these laws should not be questioned for they are tried and true. Adios

Friday, January 18, 2013

Heaven's Gate and Beyond

Heaven's Gate
The Journey begins
One of many deep depressions from lead mining
A beautiful view deep within the glade
A small meadow where wild turkey and deer can be observed The access to my blog chaged for some reason and I have been unable to post anything on it. I really don't know how but I am back. I do wish they wouldn't keep changing things.Winter again blew in for a few days with ice, snow and a bitter cold wind. I don't mind it too much, but I am always concerned about the wild critters out there trying to survive. I believe I have mentioned sometime back of a cedar forest that is situated west of my home. It lies unbroken for about two miles to Indian Creek. It is an expanse of beauty that cannot be accuratly discribed. Several days ago I decided to open up a place near K highway so Heidie and I could walk along an old road that wanders through it. I trimmed a tree or two along the road to make it more accessible and after several hours I completed the task and wow. Heidie and I now have our own personal road. I don't care for walking along the highway for most people will not slow down for anything.The road and surounding are is quite, where wild turkey and deer can often be observed. Heidie loves to track them, no further out than her leash of course. Deep depression can still be seen along the way on both sides of the road where a hundred years ago lead mining took place. Most of the depression have trees growing in them at the present. Large grey stones are scattered along each side of the road, perfect places to stop and enjoy a cup of coffee.Cedars by nature are quite, but can be heard whispering in the wind, perhaps revealing old secrets. In my opinion one should never speak aloud in respect to the multiude of cedars along the way. This place as far as I am concerned is a tresure and great care should be taken not to change one aspect of it. Adios.