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Ben there, done that

The electronic cigarette or vape industry has recently come under fire with the United States Food and Drug Administration, and many states are passing sweeping bans and other sanctions. A study of 11,000 people conducted by the National Cancer Institute’s Health Information survey found that positive public opinion of vaping has sharply declined. The information creates a few questions: are we witnessing the death of an industry or an outburst of public hysteria? We first need to understand how the problem developed. In the last two decades, the vaping industry has rapidly gone mainstream. Companies like Blu and Juul have taken the world by storm by promising a safe alternative to...

Take mind off cold, head to warm library

Okay, what happened to fall? We are not ready for winter so we have fun things going on at the library to take your mind off of the cold.   On Thursday, Nov. 7, Angela is hosting a Downton Abbey themed tea and coloring party. Refreshments will be served and supplies will be provided to make place car...

Practical ways of counteracting obsession

Practical ways of  counteracting obsession   Editor, Humans easily create mental models which do not match reality. We collect partial, inaccurate “facts” – and then over-react with imaginary (positive or negative) interpretive predictions. Obsession can be destructive...

Life is a classroom

Editor,  It occurs to me, with all the things going on in America right now, that we need to practice what my spiritually based social teachings advocate. It is covered in one word. The word is “forgiveness.” This word can mean different things to different people. This is what it means t...

Bahá’í invite others to celebration

By Deborah Sogge-Kermani for the local Bahá’í community Dear Friends! We stand at the edge of a precipice. In our community and in localities around the world, vulnerable children and disheartened youth are falling over the cliff. Driven by hopelessness and misery, abandonment and abus...

Confessions of a previously type-A Halloween personality

As a kid, I took Halloween seriously. I mean, heck, there was only one day out of the whole year where candy was free and Halloween was it.  Making the most of the night was paramount to sugar success. We had a limited amount of time before our neighbors shut off their porch lights and went to bed, s...

Emotions define human behaviors

Editor, “Hate” is a word often in the news. Emotions (hate is one) are driving forces of human behavior. People often act (vote) upon emotions rather than reason. Here is an abbreviated interpretation of how emotions form and what they represent – the brain in a nutshell. Early few-ce...

Ladies Night businesses thanked

Editor, Many thanks to the Polson Business Community for sponsoring the enjoyable Ladies’ Night Out on Oct. 11. Thanks to the businesses that stayed open 'til 8 p.m., providing great refreshments and offering a 20 percent discount on merchandise. All the ladies I saw that evening were having a wonde...

Ben there, done that

OK! Ever questioned why we use it without a second thought? As a native English speaker, certain words are spoken habitually; such is the case with the word OK. Where did it come from? Why do we use OK so much? OK’s story begins in the late 1830s in Boston when the fad of using misspelled abbreviati...

Slices of Life

I buy him treats because I can (my teenager who now looks down on me by about eight inches). My teenager thinks he doesn’t need his mom anymore, and he’s probably mostly correct, sigh. So, I surprise him with treats. Small things I know he likes. I leave them in places where he will find them:...

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