Echoes of the Ozarks V is an antholgy about people in the Ozarks as seen by native and residential writers who live and love here.
Circle of Life Trilogy
"Another Kind of Needy" (p.113) is the story of the formation of the unique prison ministry-literacy program established 13 years ago by two Ozark friends, Arkansas native Don Heern and the author, Pat Oplinger.
The Storybook Project is a grassroots literacy program that serves both male (Grimes Unit) and female (McPherson Unit) inmates incarcerated in the Newport State Correctional Facility in Newport, Arkansas.
"I wasn't born in Arkansas, but I got here as soon as I could. I traded the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania for the foothills of the Ozarks.For fourteen years I have awakened to cardinal songs and fallen asleep to katydid chorales. What a deal!"