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 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...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    March 27, 2019

The demanding life of a ranch matriarch

I don't know how our paternal grandmother managed. She wasn't different than any of the women who raised families in the early and mid-20th century. T...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    March 20, 2019

Grandmother Ethel

With most of the news being about politics these days, I think often about our maternal grandmother who was a dedicated Republican in the Eisenhower...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    March 13, 2019

The birds of spring, a harbinger of summer

This last siege of storms has made for long winter. The snow is welcome, but it may delay spring grass and the return of migratory birds. As kids,...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    March 6, 2019

The cold frustration of winter

This last blizzard got me thinking about how hard the old timers had to work just to keep the house warm from September to May, and to cook every day...

 

Kenny

When I was at my sickest in Brazil, and my legs didn't work to the point I sometimes couldn't get off the toilet by myself, I remembered a rancher...

 

'Sundry rubber goods'

I've always kept myself on the outer edges of society, preferring to observe its actions and ideas with a soft contempt, always keeping my "ironic...

 

Learning patience from the farm flock

Years back almost every ranch kept a "farm flock" of 100 – 200 ewes. They provided extra income from their wool and lambs, but could be a nuisance...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    January 30, 2019

An ongoing loss of heritage and history

Some time ago I saw a photograph taken at the Helmville cemetery on the day they buried my great grandfather in 1922. In the picture there's a...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    January 23, 2019

Rites of Passage

It took me a long time to fully appreciate the differences between a rural upbringing and an urban upbringing. These differences are not especially...

 

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