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Slices of Life

Most of life isn’t cut and dried – unless you are an herb. The bulk of our days operate on a continuum with each of us finding our own way forward in our own way. There’s lots of room for middle ground. You may give a book or movie three or four out of five stars. You might kind of sort of like your uncle Jim, but only in small doses. People, places, jobs, homes and our neighborhood all fall on a spectrum that can vary from day to day. But some things are black and white, with nary a shade of gray. There is no time for dangling your feet in the water. You are either in the pool or out. You are either wet or you are dry. You can’t have it both ways, despite the fac...


Slices of Life

We all have a general understanding of the word old. I have an old dining room table. My house is old. No one would dispute either of these facts. They are based on age and time.  But when it comes to people, the line blurs and there are innumerable shades of gray. There are many different ways to be...


Ben there, done that

Have you ever been surfing the internet and seen ads or pop-ups that seem a bit too familiar for things you were just looking at, that know your name, or where you are? Don’t be freaked out, the NSA or the Russians are not spying on you (probably). These ads are just using a fascinating piece of web te...


View from the Library

We kick off March by “Coloring Outside the Lines” during our adult coloring program on Thursday, March 5, from 2-3:30 p.m. Join us as we think a little outside the crayon box and doodle your own mandala then add lots of color. All supplies are provided. Friday, March 6  an animated childr...


Slices of Life

When it comes to parenting, I’ve been around the block a time or two. Heck, I’ve practically worn out the course. My husband and I have even transitioned to the next generation of parenting, which is so great it can be described as “grand.” Our daughter and son-in-law are parents t...


Been there, done that Been there, done that

I have undergone one of the biggest adventures of my life thus far. I moved 5,000 miles away from my hometown of Polson to Lausanne, Switzerland. Not being the ultra-adventurous type, this was a huge jump to take. I had visited when I was younger with my family, so I was aware of a bit of what I was getting ...


Slices of Life

Something about a new year (or decade) gets me focused on the English language. I’m not sure why. Normal people focus on indoor exercise and weight loss during the winter months. I think about words and the heaviness they can cause when used in a redundant manner.  Heavy phrases are like extra ...


Slices of Life

I’ve written about universal parenting truths before (2015), but there are so many of them, it warrants a second column (and perhaps even a third). There are simply some things we all experience as parents (and often don’t talk about because they are embarrassing or uncomfortable or maybe we are ...


Lake County fighting for existence

I am respectfully writing this letter in response to Chairwoman Fyant’s message in the Char-Koosta News article January 29, 2020. There have been few Lake County Commissioners that have more respect for or been more supportive of the CSKT people than I. The disagreements over our varying interpretat...


Damage claim report should be shared with Lake County

In anticipation of a Settlement Act that would implement the Montana Water Rights Compact, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes began doing their homework several years ago to come up with a settlement dollar amount that would satisfy the damage claims inflicted on the Flathead Reservation by the Flat...


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