Pink Orchid: A Mini-Memoir

By Ngoc Pease
From her forthcoming book, All My Tears, All My Blessings: A True Story of Courage, Hope, and Faith, as told to Wayne E. Groner 


Ngoc Pease
I was fourteen years old when I found her. On a cold morning before dawn I made my rounds in front of rich people’s houses about an hour from my village. I untied their garbage bags, selected what I thought would help make a meal for my family, placed the pieces into my own small plastic bag and retied the bags so the homeowners and garbage collectors wouldn’t know.

Sometimes there were streetlights, sometimes only porch lights. I approached a house with

Why I Admire Rose O’Neill: A Mini-Memoir

By Susan Scott


Susan Scott in the
Rose O'Neill Museum
In the summer of 1994, my mother and I had a Girls Day Out in Branson. At an antiques store, I asked the owner if there was something special for us to do, something different. She asked whether we had been to Bonniebrook, home of the world-famous artist Rose O'Neill. I had never heard of her.

We followed the owner’s directions to about nine miles north of Branson and toured the Rose O'Neill Museum. That visit changed my life forever. At the time, my husband and I had a small cabin on Table Rock Lake. We retired in 1997 and moved to the lake area. I volunteered with the Bonniebrook Historical Society and

125 Years of Jews in Greene County, Missouri: A Mini-Memoir

By Mara W. Cohen Ioannides

Mara holds her book, Jews
 of Springfield in the Ozarks 
In 2018, Temple Israel celebrates 125 years in Greene County. The first Jews arrived in Springfield in the early 1860s and the community expanded after the announcement the railroad would arrive in Springfield in 1870. The first congregation was organized in 1893.

I joined Temple Israel in Rogersville in 1996, the year the congregation moved there from its longtime location in Springfield. I came from New Jersey in 1993 to take a position in the English Department at Missouri State University.

Growing Up in Mentor: A Mini-Memoir

By Brenda Burger Mings

Brenda Burger Mings
I was born and raised in Mentor, Missouri, an unincorporated town about seven miles east of Springfield. My maternal grandfather, William A. Bryant, and a son-in-law of his, each owned half-interest in the Bryant & Bradley General Store in Mentor. Grandfather also was a blacksmith at the store. The two of them drove a horse-drawn wagon to Springfield for supplies. The store had a post office until 1906.

I never knew my grandfather. He died in 1922 at the age of seventy-seven. He came from Illinois and