I usually check my and Marideth’s blog every day to see what the stats tell me. It’s nice to know what people are reading the most, how they got to your blog… from where, and what terms they used on search engines.
This morning I was looking around the stats and my goodness, someone found MY blog by searching gangsters Ozark hills. And they found ME! I had a smile and a bit of a chuckle over that one. No offense to anyone okay!
I have heard some interesting questions since becoming involved with Winter’s Bone (even though it’s a second hand involvement) about the state of life here in the Ozarks. Yes the movie does indeed portray an aspect of the Ozarks that is very real. And lively. Just like a small portion of some slum area filled with any deprived, hungry, downtrodden minority. Is the portrayal accurate? Yes. Is it indicative of the whole city? No.
Last night Marideth spoke at the Harlin Museum in conjunction with the Smithsonian “Journeys” exhibit about the Economic Movement in the Ozarks. She referred to the situation of out-migration and told stories of her family and their out-migrations using a few other examples as well. She spoke briefly of the socioeconomic similarities between the previous moonshine industry and the current meth industry relating to the hard scrabble and ingenious ability of early Ozarkers to make it on this sparse and rough land, and their akin to isolated living conditions,poverty and the necessity to do what it takes to earn a living.
Maybe that is how someone got into their head the Ozarks have gangsters. I haven’t seen any; unless you call those kids with their pants falling down around their kneecaps gangsters. I think they are just making a fashion statement.
Next Friday evening at 7 P.M. Sasha Daucus will lead a panel discussion on the back to land movement into the Ozarks and the significance that has had on the Ozarks today. Hope to see you there!