Ozarks RFD is a collection of essays written by a popular Ozarks newspaper columnist reflecting on life in rural Missouri. Topics include such things as weather events, childhood memories, grief and loss, continual evolution of place, old cars, old dogs, holiday rituals, and family and community.
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About the Author
The newspaper column is a surprisingly difficult genre: strict word count limits, inflexible deadlines, and the necessity to be both original and familiar to a broad spectrum of readers. Jim Hamilton is a master practitioner of the form. His columns capture a moment, dig deep into a memory, analyze an emotion. Each column is a finely crafted exploration of an experience or recollection, and although you can see their origins in the deadline-driven world of newspaper production, they transcend those origins and offer us lasting insights. There's both sweetness and precision in these columns, a combination that is hard to pull off and even harder to sustain; Jim Hamilton has managed that challenging art for more than forty years. This collection of work from his recent years of writing is something to be savored.
Steve Wiegenstein, Author of The Daybreak Series
Jim Hamilton has long been a wordsmith whose weekly offerings have reconnected community newspaper readers with memories of their own early years. He also has afforded readers of all ages with the opportunity to appreciate the simpler and special things nature has to offer. This collection of some of those offerings is certain to appeal to those already familiar with his craftsmanship and those who will be happy they have come to know through this book how he can turn a phrase.
Dave Berry, former newspaper editor and publisher
Jim's columns over the years have made me smile. Some have made me laugh. Still others have made me choke up and cry, with tears running down my cheeks. Others allowed me to reminisce. Some remind me of my own childhood and growing up in the Ozarks. All have made me think.
James Sterling, past president of the Missouri Press Association and Recipient of the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism