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Slices of Life

I’ve always loved gardening. No, I’m going to take that a step further: I’ve always loved growing things.  Growing things - as in flowers, vegetables, friendships, babies and kids, this column, faith, my marriage, knowledge, compassion, kindness and most importantly love. And more, of course. There is always more to grow. I’ve learned many insider tips and tricks about growing things over the years. Today I realized I’m still learning.   I’m in a new climate and meeting new neighbors. That’s a scenario ripe for learning potential. This morning I was talking with a neighbor. She has numerous plants in her yard that are common in...

Invest in our nursing facilities

As Montanans, we care for each other. Across the rural-urban divide, generational divide, and Brawl of the Wild divide. Of all our constituents across Montana, the most deserving are our elderly neighbors who are on Medicaid benefits. They have served Montana well, and at this final stage in their lives seek...

Valley Views

Two a.m. Boink! My eyes pop open. It’s Christmas Eve, but it’s not that I just heard Santa wandering through the house. It’s far more banal: gotta use the bathroom. I crawl out of bed, step bare-assed into . . . oh my God . . . a learning experience. Another one! The heat was off. The...

Slices of Life

Lately I’ve been interested in happiness - scientifically speaking, of course. That sounds counterintuitive, oxymoronic even. How can the cut and dried factual-based world of science have anything to do with something as instinctive and emotional as happiness? Turns out they have more in common than...

Legislative Notes

A new year brings with it new hope for a new beginning.  As the ancient saying goes, the old has died that the new may be tried. And so we celebrate the happy holiday time in the spirit that the year to come will bring more peace, good will, and good faith. The outbreak of modern war in Europe will o...

Valley Views

Eight of us lounged around the table, candlelight flickering on crumpled napkins and cracker crumbs. It was the tail end of our yearly holiday party for our neighbors, and our guests – ranging from 30-somethings to 60-somethings – seemed reluctant to leave. Nor did we want them to. Swapping stori...

Slices of Life

They sat indiscriminately on the clearance rack marked down like a thousand percent from their initial price. Hand towels. Not your everyday, ordinary, run-of-the-mill hand towels. These happened to be emblazoned with the letter “P” as in the first letter of my last name. I contemplated my good f...

Legislative Notes Legislative Notes

I’m not a pro-marijuana guy. I voted against Montana’s adult-use cannabis initiative (I-190) in the 2020 election. However, since Montanans approved the initiative and recreational marijuana has taken effect in our state, I’ve been committed to following the will of the voters and making su...

Slices of Life

There’s one thing (of many) that I love about life: you are never done learning. If you are open to new practices, habits and ideas there is so much more to explore and discover. Big things, little things and everything in between. The day you stop learning is the day you stop living. I believe this...

Valley Views

Fishermen, We’ve been given the gift of early ice fishing even before Thanksgiving. Because of this early cool down, it opens the potential for possibly many of the bays on Flathead Lake to freeze. With the huge amount of forage fish now all over the lake, mostly perch and whitefish, it should dr...

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