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 By Dave Carroll    Columns    November 14, 2018 

Mountaintop Musings: Real hope for real change

With the elections behind us it is time to celebrate! Yes, no more attack ads, the road-side placards are removed and the political phone calls have ceased! The people have spoken, and it seems once again we voted for “change”. It was a little... Full story

 

Dear Dietician: Blue Zone

Dear Dietitian, What makes "blue zone diets" like the Mediterranean diet so healthy? Sincerely, Chris Dear Chris, Blue zones are areas of the world where people live much longer than average. The...

 
 By Hope Quay    Columns    November 14, 2018 

My Smart Mouth: Vintage fashion, not vintage attitudes

By now, just about everyone in town is aware I am a vintage enthusiast. Most specifically, I have a passion for vintage clothing, but my love for the remnants of days gone by is not limited to fashion - I am also a fan of vintage dishes and kitchen...

 

This is MOntana: Montana's Greatest Wonder: The Missouri River (Part 4 of 5)

On June 16, 1805, Captain Clark of the Corps of Discovery – with an extremely ill Sacajawea accompanying him – halted below the confluence of Belt Creek and the Missouri River ("portage creek,"...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    November 14, 2018 

Gilding the technological lily

One afternoon, back in the 1990's, an old friend and I were philosophizing. The question came up as to what technological development of the 20th century had, or will have, the deepest effect on...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    November 7, 2018

Good neighbors, good fences

Robert Frost wrote that one time he came upon the owner of the land next to his. The man was building a fence in the woods, where there was no actual need for one. When Frost asked him why, the fellow...

 

Mountaintop Musings: A Great Opportunity

Well a new week is here and with that we have new opportunities in store for each of us. For some it may be the chance to harvest your first deer or elk! Now that would be an awesome thing for sure! For others (like me) it may be a chance to harvest...

 

This is Montana: Montana's Greatest Wonder: The Missouri River

When the Missouri River puts Cascade behind, it looks out toward the sunset and the distant Rocky Mountain Front, the range of mountains that gave Montana its label "Land of the Shining Mountains."...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    October 31, 2018

Re-adjusting to the seasons

Winter lies too long in country towns; bangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen. Willa Silbert Cather 1873 – 1947 The consistently warm weather in Brazil spoiled me. It took about a...

 

Dear Dietician: Trans Fats

Dear Readers, We've all heard of trans fats by now, but what are they and what effect do they have on the body? "Trans" is a chemistry term that refers to the arrangement of molecules. In a trans...

 

Dear Dietician: Natural Foods

Dear Readers, What images come to mind when you think of a natural food? An apple freshly picked from a tree? A loaf of bread fresh out of the oven? Fresh green beans right out of the garden? Some...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    October 24, 2018

Respecting the Halloween traditions

Every fall, about 2,000 years ago, the Celts celebrated a festival they called Shahmain (show-in). As the centuries passed, some Roman and Catholic Church activities were blended in with the Celts'...

 

Mountaintop Musings: the Cure

One of the greatest joys a minister of the Gospel has is to have those who sit under his teaching take the Word of God and apply it in their lives. It is satisfying when people actually read the Bible and learn what Jesus really was about. It is...

 

Dear Dietitian: Metabolic syndrome

Dear Dietitian, My husband has just been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. We are both overwhelmed and need advice about what to do. Signed, Beth Dear Beth, A new diagnosis can often be frightening a...

 
 By Hope Quay    Columns    October 17, 2018

My Smart Mouth: Mercy Killing in the morning

Today I euthanized a chicken. Nothing starts the day like a little mercy killing before breakfast, right? In case you weren’t aware, chickens are by and large conscienceless, carnivorous little jerks who will devour any flesh available to them and...

 

Dear Dietician: Dairy

Dear Dietitian, I recently read an article that said we should eat whole-fat dairy products like whole milk and yogurt. We've always heard that we should choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products....

 

This is Montana: Montana's Greatest Wonder: The Missouri River (Part 2 of 5)

Almost immediately upon departing the Three Forks area, the newly formed Missouri is neatly tucked into a mini-gorge. Then, only 16 miles from its inception, the Toston Reservoir and Dam decelerate...

 
 By Hope Quay    Columns    October 10, 2018

My Smart Mouth: The return of decorative gourd season

We’ve reached the second week in October, and summer is over. Summer, that tantalizingly brief season of Vitamin D and seemingly endless evenings, officially ended at midnight on September 21 in North America. We made it through relatively unscathe...

 

Mountaintop Musings: Debacle

Lisa and I have been on the road for over two weeks. It has been an awesome and wonderful trip. We have made new friends, renewed old friendships, and am getting to know and love our new daughter-in-law’s family. There has been a great spirit in...

 

Dear Dietician: Fasting

Dear Dietitian, A close friend of mine has recently lost thirty pounds on an intermittent fasting diet. It reminds me of crash diets that were once popular. Is intermittent fasting a good way to lose...

 

Montana's Greatest Wonder: The Missouri River

On Aug. 12, 1805, Meriwether Lewis penned in his journals, "the road was still plain, I therefore did not dispare of shortly finding a passage over the mountains and of tasting the waters of the...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    October 3, 2018

Term Life

I have the propensity to make decisions with little forethought, then when things fall apart, cast around for help to get out of the situation I created. My siblings have always come through,...

 

Dear Dietician: Breakfast

Dear Dietitian, I am trying to lose weight, so I often skip breakfast. My husband insists that this is not good for me and actually works against my efforts to lose weight. What do you say? Shirley De...

 

The Yearling Days

Here in western Montana most ranches are what's called "cow/calf" operations. The owners maintain a herd of cows and sell the offspring at about six months of age, the calf crops go to feedlots, most...

 

Mountaintop musings: Road Tripping

By the time this is in print I will be in Springfield, Ill. Then on the 23rd Lisa and I will be sharing our ministry with Zion Hill Baptist Church in Chatsworth, Ga. The following week it is on to Cleveland, Ohio to officiate our oldest son’s...

 

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