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Slices of Life

There’s something about a new year that often has me reflecting on time. I guess that’s fairly natural. For many of us, January is a time of assessing priorities, setting goals, wrapping up the old year and planning for what’s to come. This year, those thoughts were punctuated by a note I received in the mail from my friend, Alice, in Ohio, who is a regular reader of this column. Alice originally reached out to provide kind words of support after the loss of my husband and we became friends. She was 96 years old at the time. Alice has since had a birthday and is currently 97. I hope she doesn’t mind my divulging her age; it should be a source of pride. Not many...


Valley Views

One of the great motion pictures of all time was the 1939 Academy Award blockbuster directed by the legendary Frank Capra called Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  The movie was based on an unpublished manuscript by Lewis R. Foster with the title, “The Gentleman from Montana.”  Columbia pic...


Thank you for the laughs

Editor, Good job Bob McClellan. I hope we see more letters like this. I hope we see more letters like this. We need the laughs and not all the depressing letters. Let’s lighten this year up. Last year was bad enough.    Ethel McCready Missoula


We are all in this together

Editor, When I first moved to Montana, decades ago, I was impressed with the level of friendly debate between friends and neighbors - something I did not often see in the state I came from. Sadly, with the extraordinary stressors that we have today, many of us are circling the wagons, thinking of others a...


View from the Library

We are really looking forward to 2022 here at the library with the return of some favorite programs and some big changes on the horizon for our building. Story Time returns on Thursday mornings at 9:15 a.m. starting Jan. 13. This program is geared toward kids ages 3-5 and their parents or caregivers. Each...


Things to consider

Editor, Here is some “fun stuff” I came across.  Do you ever wonder:   - Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin?  - Why is ‘abbreviated’ such a long word?   - Why is it that doctors call what they do ‘practice’?  &nbs...


Political platforms

Editor, Looking back over the past year, I see the work that Senator Jon Tester has done.  I thank him.   He’s helped to secure disaster relief to farmers and ranchers who face drought, get federal money for MT and local school districts to procure domestically produced food during supp...


Health View

When I was a little girl, my most prized possession was my Fisher Price hospital. I took it with me everywhere I went and I would play for hours with the little round blue people with their surgical masks and blonde ponytails. Even though the figure dressed like a doctor was clearly a man and the ponytailed ...


Health View

Are you thinking about changing your habits in the next year to achieve better health? Are you thinking about trying to eat healthier or perhaps becoming more active? If the answer is yes, then you have joined thousands of others who are setting goals to adopt a healthier lifestyle, whether it be to protect ...


A Taylor’d Approach

Recently a friend of mine told me about a principle she’d learned from a Buddhist: everything is transient. I may not be Buddhist myself, but the concept intrigued me. It touches on something we all know but do a wonderful job of keeping out of our day-to-day thoughts.  The impermanence in life...


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