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Slices of Life

Last night my mom appeared in one of my dreams.  She passed away nine years ago – from Alzheimer’s. I haven’t been able to think about her – not really – since. It’s an ugly disease.  I’m weak to say so, but my last memories of her are haunting. I’m only speaking my truth. Watching someone you love – your mom for goodness sakes – forget who you are, how the world works, which pronouns to use, how to take care of themself – is devastating.  When I’d visit, she’d ask (innocently), “Who are you? Do I know you?” What do you do in that moment but make light of it and try to be pos...


Ben there done that

For myself and other youth, we hardly remember the world before Facebook. Our parents documented our lives with posts in the digital world before we even knew how to use a computer.  A 2010 study by the Internet security company AntiVirus Guard revealed that 80% of babies and 90% of two-year-olds hav...


September is Suicide Prevention Month

“We need to talk about suicide,” teachers said choking back tears, or letting them flow, as they interviewed recently for Montana’s Teacher of the Year award. They shared with us on the selection committee that student suicides hurt their hearts and devastate schools, and we need to bring t...


Been there, done that

Over the past several years, terms like Bitcoin, cryptocurrency and blockchain have made their way into headlines. In a nutshell, Bitcoin is a completely digital currency. It allows secure, anonymous transactions to take place over the Internet without the oversight of any government or centralized system. 
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Slices of Life

I never used to consider myself a bird watcher, but this summer I’ve had various species of birds cross my path.       Ducks are great swimmers; the same can’t be said about flying. Oh, sure, they do fly, but they work very hard at it. They stick their necks out (literally) and ...


Deadline nears for infrastructure grant supporting governments, schools

Homeowners know that when a leaky roof is spotted, it’s important to act quickly to find and fix the leak. If left unattended, that slow drip overhead can turn into a ceiling that collapses – costing far more to repair and threatening the integrity of the entire home.  The same should be ...


Slices of Life

During the summer months, I enjoy going barefoot and dipping my feet into the lake. My husband and I experience our own version of a pedicure when we wade in a shallow sandbar and the minnows swimming there nibble on our toes. It scared me at first and grossed me out to be honest. But it only tickles and is ...


Enjoy free movies, crafts, computer classes at library

It took a while but summer finally got here, and at the library we are in the last month of our summer reading program. On Thursday, Aug. 15, at 10:30 a.m., we will have a special showing of the 30-minute documentary, Earthrise. This story is told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts and recounts their experien...


Savor summer vacation with family

There aren’t many weeks of the year that can rival a summer vacation. Except maybe a winter vacation, but hey, it’s summer so let’s stay in the here and now. Vacations, no matter what time of year are preferable to a regular old non-vacation week. But in my opinion, summer beats winter a...


Slices of Life

My grandbaby has started talking. One of her first words was “water.” It’s a multi-tasking multi-purpose word in her life. When she’s in the bath, she’s surrounded by water. When she’s in the lake, she swims in water. When it rains, water falls down on her from the sky to ...


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