Lawrence (Larry) Lewis writes about a place and a history to which he himself and several generations of his family have deep connections. He writes with the way of seeing in which “every- thing is connected to everything else.” Osceola: A Town on the Border is a book that makes connections. In it, Larry weaves his own story into the story of his community’s past (and present and future), intending to strengthen the fabric of our common life. In his younger days he was touched in personal ways by three instances of disaster (war, corporate crime and en- vironmental destruction) that have stimulated local citizens to de- velop resilient responses. Back home in retirement he has made the acquaintance of people who treat Earth’s life-support systems with respect. Larry places Osceola and the surrounding upper Osage River watershed inside a long view of human history in which he finds and shares rays of hope.
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Osceola native and St. Louis teacher, Lawrence (Larry) Lewis is a long time resident of Osceola. Osceola was known back then as the Best Town by a Dam Site. A longtime teacher, pas- tor, bioregionalist and amateur naturalist, Larry has been married to Ruth Gilman Lewis for over 50 years. They are the parents of Ellen, Bruce and Frederick and grandparents of members of yet another generation down the line. Ancestors of Larry’s settled near the Osage River and its tributaries Tebo Creek and Hogles Creek in St. Clair, Henry and Benton Counties, Missouri, in the 1830s.
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