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Young trendsetters spot frugal fashion

Only eight years out of high school and I’m already falling behind. As much time and energy as I devote to fashion, I can never be as hip as today’s youth. And what is it that makes them so trendy? Effortlessly, our teen fashion experts roll out of bed every morning in the cutest, most colorful designs, throwing items together that I could never dream of possessing — much less matching. Whether youth equals fashion or fashion equals youth, it’s clear that our teens have an edge — a fearless way of dressing themselves that inspire the world-class designers and fashionistas alike. And as of late, the fashion world has stopped to hone in on the opinionate...


Build a stronger community, support local business

“Shop local,” is a common slogan. Now more than ever, the advice is sound for Montana economies and communities. We all have the opportunity, in fact a personal invitation, to shop locally while enjoying a celebration of the re-opening of Polson’s Main Street this Friday.  Downtown ...


Fashionista forgoes shopping for donating

I couldn’t stand it another moment. My closet — dark, cluttered, impenetrable. Clothes littered the floor, a Polaroid camera next to the chicken wire, and my forlorn sewing machine shoved next to mismatched socks and strapless dresses fallen from crooked hangers.  Every morning I have the...


Freedom of speech, however abused, must be protected

Picketing at a funeral takes a special caliber of person. One of those oh-so-righteous types – so crazed by their own sense of morality and so sure they alone are carrying out the will of God that they spread hate and animosity instead of the more fruitful bearing seeds of Christianity – love and...


Projected budget shortfall is $368 million

It wasn’t all bad news in Helena last week. My committee, Legislative Finance, heard the yearly fire costs for this biennium. We spent just under $2 million dollars. That leaves $22.5 million remaining in the fire suppression account. We’ve been very lucky the last three years. The forests fro...


Making a new family tradition

Remember being a kid and raking a huge piles of leaves just for the joy of jumping into them? The lovely earthy smell of fall leaves enveloping you as you happily tossed, kicked and crunched to your heart’s content … we carry those simple pleasures with us into adulthood.  In this electr...


Big Red Machine finally makes appearance in October

I’m very glad for some of the things my dad passed down to me. I’m glad I was one of his lucky sons that got any kind of semblance of his work ethic.  I’m glad that I got his sense of humor. If I couldn’t laugh at myself, I would be in serious trouble. And I’m glad...


Flu vaccines available early for seniors

The Area VI Agency on Aging would like to let seniors more than 65 years of age know they are eligible to receive flu vaccinations early, before flu season ramps up.   Medicare clients can get the flu vaccine at no cost. There is no coinsurance or copayment applied to this Medicare benefit, nor is it...


Be sure to cast your vote Nov. 2

Historically speaking, one hundred years isn’t a very long time. It was even less than that, 90 years ago, when American women gained the right to vote. The year was 1920 and it had taken women’s suffrage proponents more than 70 years to win the battle. It’s difficult to imagine in today...


Frugal furniture, lifestyle inspires fashionista

This weekend I had an intimate love affair in Denver. Every night I slept and snuggled loosely in the arms of an beautifully ornate, cable-knit cashmere sweater.  The gray sweater was soft on my sensitive skin and lulled me into sweet dreams of sunshine and happiness.  It belongs to a friend ...


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