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 By Dick Geary    Columns    September 18, 2019 

Parsimonious behavior

As post-war baby boomers, most of us had parents who had suffered through the Great Depression, and then WWII. They faced the poverty of the 1930s and...

 

The soft nature of Southern climates

The leaves fall early this autumn, in wind. The paired butterflies are already yellow with August. Over the grass in the West garden; They hurt me. I...

 

Bull Trout in the Blackfoot

I spent a large part of my youth fishing: the Blackfoot River, Nevada Creek, Brown's Lake, the small creeks near Helmville, plus the pond behind our...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    August 28, 2019

A very good run of friendship

I have an old Peace Corps friend visiting for a few days. In 1972 we met in New Orleans, along with a group of 160 other new volunteers. The orientati...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    August 21, 2019

A Sense of Absence

I knew my father was dead when the helicopter flew low over my house. The ambulance had gone past with lights and siren a few minutes before. I...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    August 14, 2019

An unexpected compliment

It was in Summer School where we Catholic kids learned catechism in preparation for our first communions and confirmations. Two nuns would come to...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    August 7, 2019

A Tedious Chore

Until the late 1950s and early 60s, milk cows were an essential part of the operation of most ranches. The large numbers of children in the families...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    July 31, 2019

Why yes, I ve been to Hawaii ...

Some friends stopped by the house last Sunday. They had been in Hawaii for a couple weeks and shared their impressions with me. I was in Hawaii once,...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    July 24, 2019

Solitude and Isolation

He would never exchange his solitude for anything. Never again be forced to move to the rhythms of others. Tillie Olsen Tell Me a Riddle (1960) Search...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    July 17, 2019

Baseball in Helmville

During the post-WWII years and into the late 1950s almost every town in Montana had a sandlot baseball team. Baseball was in its heyday with Mantle,...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    July 10, 2019

A Belated Thank You

I've been back in the US for over a year, now, and it's time to correct a wrong I left unattended for most of that time. It's embarrassing. I've had...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    July 3, 2019

Visa Anxieties

Emotional weariness and physical weakness are the only things that keep me from foolishness any more. Like I've written, I have the propensity to inve...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    June 26, 2019

The Struggle To Fit In

The summer before my eighth grade (1960), my mother, who still had hopes for me, got the idea that I would do well to attend my last year of grade sch...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    June 19, 2019

Barbed Wire Bonding

As kids, we were always anxious to help our fathers (it was always the fathers those days) in their work. We were participating in the adult life,...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    June 12, 2019

What the transistor hath wrought

In the early 1980's I attended a lecture by Dr. Timothy Leary, the professor and LSD advocate. He said that the world has gone through a number of...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    June 5, 2019

False Accusations and Foolish Kindness

Throughout my life, the only recurring nightmare I ever had was that of me, huddled in a corner, surrounded by an angry crowd screaming accusations....

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    May 29, 2019

Living the good life in Cuiaba' ... for a month

When I entered the Peace Corps they gave me five months of Portuguese lessons in the state of São Paulo before they sent me to Mato Grosso, a state...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    May 22, 2019

Road to Brasilia

When I was in Barra do Bugres this last time, I put a lot of effort into finding old friends from my Peace Corps years. Many had passed on, of...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    May 15, 2019

Disappointment and spectacle on a trip to the Ice Follies

As kids, it was rare for us to travel farther away from home than Deer Lodge. The roads and vehicles of the day weren't much, and we never saw any...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    May 8, 2019

The Grand Trip: a slow drive to Deer Lodge

It was rare to travel much distance from Helmville in the 1950's and 60's. The vehicles weren't that dependable, and the interstate system wasn't...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    May 1, 2019

Great Uncle Pat

Our paternal grandfather's brother, our great uncle, died in 1959, so there aren't many of us left who knew him. We of the 4th generation only knew...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    April 24, 2019

The Shack

I've mentioned a number of times the constancy a person experiences when raised on a rural property. The phenomenon crosses generations and allows...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    April 17, 2019

The phenomenon of dying rural towns

The other day I was in a town about 100 miles from here. Townsend used to be a dynamic place, but there are a lot of empty storefronts there now. The...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    April 10, 2019

Myriad pets, both domestic and wild

Rural children grow up with fewer organized activities than do their urban counterparts, but they enjoy a variety of country opportunities not...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    April 3, 2019

Family comes through in untenable situations

This winter I spent some time in both retro and introspection. The results aren't very good, I'm afraid. I showed some promise as a child, but when pu...

 

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