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Dear Dietitian: Small bowel obstruction

Dear Dietitian, I recently had surgery to correct a small bowel obstruction. I have been following a low fiber diet, but now I've been instructed to...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    November 13, 2019 

Mountaintop Musings: Are you prepared?

As summer fades to fall many people start worrying about winter. I guess that is a natural thing for us to do. Each season brings about change, new responsibilities, and finding a new rhythm for life....

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    November 13, 2019 

Trapped

The best of men That e'er wore earth about him, was a sufferer, A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit, The first true gentleman that ever...

 

Dear Dietician: Cold and flu season

Dear Readers, It is estimated that the common cold is responsible for 150 million missed workdays each year in the United States (1). With cold and...

 

Dear Dietician: Nutrition attitudes

Dear Readers: Have you ever endured the unpleasant experience of someone criticizing or ridiculing your food choices? One day at lunch, the...

 

Mountaintop Musings: Finding Balance in the Swings of Life

I must say that I have really enjoyed the World Series so far this year. Of course, I am rooting for the Houston Astros and by now they may well be the champions. If not, they and the Washington...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    October 30, 2019

A hard hunt, a ne'er do well & a missed bull

"Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed" - Alexander Pope. It was during the mid 1960's. I was 17 or 18, and Dan,...

 

Dear Dietician: Raw Milk

Dear Dietitian, I have a friend who drinks raw, unpasteurized milk. She claims it has many health benefits, and that pasteurization of milk is...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    October 23, 2019

The pistoleiros of Mato Grosso

I had been in Barra do Bugres, Mato Grosso for six months when they had to kill Pedrão. He was one of the four professional assassins, or...

 

Dear Dietitian: Eating healthy

Dear Dietitian, Please settle an argument between my wife and me. Our eleven-year-old son is about twenty pounds overweight. My wife, who has been...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    October 16, 2019

A serious and sophisticated game

I watch a lot of baseball during the season, which runs from April to the end of November. I enjoy the other televised sports, but with the disinteres...

 

Fort Benton: The Birthplace of Montana (Part 2)

In September 1887, the railroad arrived at Fort Benton, signaling the end of the era of river trade, and it seemed the town would die. But a Canadian...

 

Dear Dietician: orthorexia

Dear Dietitian, My thirteen-year-old daughter started a new healthy eating program about six months ago. She seems obsessed with healthy eating and...

 

This is Montana: Fort Benton: The Birthplace of Montana (Part 1)

Fort Benton rests along the mighty Missouri River. Founded in 1846, it's the oldest town in Montana. During its first century, Fort Benton would...

 

Mountaintop Musings:

I have been guilty of placing myself at the center of the universe. My needs are most important, I have the solution, and everyone else must accept that. I would bet that everyone reading this has bee...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    October 9, 2019

The poor old cow's not just to blame

Brazil is burning the Amazon again. Their new president has declared an open season on both the environment and indigenous people. I liked his...

 

Dear Dietician: Fad diets

Dear Readers, It seems there is always a fad diet out there that, once and for all, will solve our problems. Many of us have been on these diets,...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    October 2, 2019

A measure of sense

Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul. Mark Twain  Inscribed under his bust in The Hall of Fame The U.S. owes...

 

Dear Dietician: Wheat & gluten

Dear Dietitian, I've been experiencing a lot of digestive problems like stomach cramping and bloating. My friend who has celiac disease thinks I may...

 

City Bands Embodied Early Montana Communities (Pt. 3)

Note: This is excerpted from "The Missoula City Band: Stories in Time." By the end of the 19th century, the Garden City Band had improved enough to pe...

 

Debunking the Perception of "Self"

Debunking the Perception of “Self” Part 2 For those of you who were expecting a “Musing” last week I apologize. I have been so busy with ministry and family that come Monday morning last week...

 

Pragmatic Matt

Matt announced to his family that he was finally going to clean out the horse barn. With the passing of the work teams and the introduction of ATVs,...

 

Dear Dietician: Addiction

Many of us know someone who has struggled with an addiction. Perhaps they have tried to quit smoking or are addicted to drugs like heroin or...

 

City Bands Embodied Early Montana Communities (Pt. 2)

Note: This is excerpted from "The Missoula City Band: Stories in Time." By the mid-1890s, the City Band had emerged as the default 'go-to'...

 

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...

 

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