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At A Cousin's Funeral, Memories And Stories Evoke Gratitude

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In this segmet of These Ozarks Hills,  storyteller and Ozarks native Marideth Sisco is on her way back from a cousin's funeral, where she was reminded of her deep roots and familial journey. 

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“Driving toward home today, I see in my own soul a great gratitude for the memories of long ago that keep me centered on the difference between what’s important in my life and what’s not—and keep me firmly fastened to my own path, driven not only by what I’d like to get finished before I leave this world, but what new vistas still lay open to explore," Sisco said. 

Marideth is a Missouri storyteller, veteran journalist, teacher, author, musician and student of folklore focusing on stories relevant to Ozarks culture and history. Each month, she’s the voice behind "These Ozarks Hills.” Sisco spent 20 years as an investigative and environmental writer for the West Plains Quill and was well known for her gardening column, “Crosspatch,” on which her new book is based. Sisco was a music consultant and featured singer in the 2010 award-winning feature film “Winter's Bone.”