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 By Tammy Jordan    Columns    June 24, 2021 

We are Family

We all have a family. Some we are born into, and others we find along the way. Sometimes the family we’re born into isn’t the family we spend the...

 
 By Tammy Jordan    Columns    June 17, 2021

It's All In My Head

In recent weeks I’ve had a lot of people ask me where I come up with the ideas for this column. Usually, my response is something to the effect of ...

 
 By Tammy Jordan    Columns    June 3, 2021

Final Road Trip

This past week I had to say goodbye to my canine companion and best shotgun road trip partner. It was a tough few days, especially those leading up...

 
 By Jean Pocha    Columns    June 3, 2021

Roots and Shoots

Well, the garden season is suddenly upon us. It's already June and our soil is finally dried out a bit from the rain and warmed up a bit from the...

 
 By Tammy Jordan    Columns    May 20, 2021

Difficult Conversations

Sometimes, circumstances, differing opinions, actions from others and even our own actions, call for conversations in order to clear the air, make...

 
 By Tammy Jordan    Columns    May 13, 2021

Help Wanted

If you take a look around, almost anywhere in the state (and likely the country) you’ll notice something in almost every place of business: a...

 
 By Tammy Jordan    Columns    May 6, 2021

It's None of Your Business

There are several things in life that are personal in nature. Some remain private forever, while others are private things you talk over with close fr...

 

Life is too short

Life is too short to live in a negative state of anything. It’s too short to live in pain, it’s too short to live in fear, and t’s definitely too short to keep wishing for time to go by. Believe...

 
 By Jean Pocha    Columns    April 29, 2021

Roots and Shoots: Seedlings and Space

As I was visiting with a young man from Illinois recently, the obvious difference between the open space in Montana vs. Illinois came up. He felt...

 
 By Tammy Jordan    Columns    April 15, 2021

Helping Hands

If the last couple of weeks kept me busy preparing and this week has been all about recovery, then I’m here to tell you, moving forward has me...

 
 By Tammy Jordan    Columns    April 8, 2021

Preparation... an Ongoing Life Skill

As humans, it seems we're always preparing for something. As children, we're more being prepared for things than actually preparing for ourselves....

 
 By Tammy Jordan    Columns    April 1, 2021

Mind and Garden

It’s often said gardening clears a person’s mind, puts them in touch with the land and relieves stress. I’ve gardened pretty much since I moved...

 
 By Tammy Jordan    Columns    March 25, 2021

The Myth of Getting it All Together

One day, I’ll get it all together… I say this every year about the time I get ready to file my taxes. And each year, I do have it a little more...

 
 By Tammy Jordan    Columns    March 18, 2021

Somewhere in the Middle

People have often said that there are always two sides to a story. In actuality, there really are at least three sides to every story, especially in s...

 
 By Jean Pocha    Columns    March 18, 2021

Instant Spring

Welcome to Instant Spring, Montana style. Although the sunny days are far from warming the soil, the snow is gradually sinking into the ground and it’s certainly warming my heart and energizing me...

 

Montana's Lonesome Highway

From the center of the state at Lewistown, it is 262 miles to Sidney and just a few miles further to the Dakota line. At night you can drive 50 miles...

 

Commentary: H.R. 1: The Election Threat

As a country, we've just come through easily the worst election of my lifetime and one where obvious weaknesses in our system were exposed. Most...

 
 By Tammy Jordan    Columns    March 11, 2021

Food for Thought

At any given time, there could be anywhere from three to twenty books that I’m reading. While most people keep their books neatly stacked on their n...

 
 By Tammy Jordan    Columns    March 4, 2021

Tough weeks remind us what's important

I'm not going to lie, last week was a rough one. Two friends came to the end of their lives, another received some discouraging news regarding an...

 
 By Jim Oly    Columns    March 4, 2021

Hey Howdy hey: Something I believe in

This is not something I normally write about, but it is something I believe in. I have recently been reading a book written by Christian writer Joel...

 

Making the most

When it comes to life, I’m one of those live it to the limit kind of folks. I have things I want to do, places I want to go, dreams and aspirations...

 

Op-Ed: Calling for a Convention of States

Last week the Montana Senate voted on a crucial measure to address the current fiscal crisis ongoing in Washington, D.C. Informed citizens know U.S. debt is now approaching $28 trillion. This does...

 

Old Man Winter & Random Acts of Kindness

This past week, as if we need to be reminded, brought about three feet of snow and sub-zero temperatures we haven’t seen in a really long time...

 

Celebrating Love

Welcome to the second week in February. Yes, most of you know what that means… Valentine’s Day is approaching. The day of love. Some people...

 

Losing control

This week I thought I would write about control, and if you know me, this is kind of a funny topic. For those who don't know me, the reason this is...

 

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