Lynnette Hintze: As I See It

With ballooning, it’s all about hot air

September 09, 2018 at 3:00 am

I saw two hot-air balloons floating above the West Valley on my way to work this week, and was reminded how mesmerizing those voluminous orbs can be. Once you spot one, it’s hard to take your eyes off it.When we moved to the Flathead Valley...

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My pursuit of solitude started early

August 26, 2018 at 3:00 am

I was reminiscing with a friend this week about those sweet summers of our youth, and the reckless abandon with which we embraced those treasured days. It was a different time and place, when kids could roam freely without the constant supe...

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TV has gone to the dogs

August 12, 2018 at 3:00 am

I suppose it was only a matter of time before there was a television channel developed especially for dogs.It was one of those “now I’ve heard everything” moments when an email from DISH Network popped up, offering DOGTV for just $4.99 a mo...

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That time I was a dancing queen

July 29, 2018 at 3:00 am

For those of us baby boomers who came of age in the 1970s, there was no way to escape the addictive melodies of the many ABBA songs that swept the world during that era.“Mamma Mia” and “Dancing Queen” played in every disco-themed night club...

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Data overload: some surveys seem senseless

July 15, 2018 at 3:00 am

Sometimes I feel like we’re being surveyed and analyzed to death. Everybody and their dog wants to know how we rate every blessed thing we buy or event we experience.How was your stay at such-and-such hotel? Take this survey for a chance to...

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Fantasy on ice: getting hitched on a glacier

July 01, 2018 at 3:00 am

I never should have doubted my daughter’s ability to pull off the most epic, spectacular wedding I’ve ever seen, all while wearing a ball gown, fishing boots and ice crampons.When Heather told me she and her fiancé Will were getting married...

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Alzheimer’s statistics are sobering — and personal

June 17, 2018 at 3:00 am

I attended an early-morning breakfast meeting last week called “Reason to Hope,” during which Lynn Cabrera, the director of the Montana chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, talked about the group’s programs, research and public policy wo...

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Planes, phones and real conversation

June 03, 2018 at 3:00 am

I just got back from a few days in Minnesota and, as you’re reading this, I’m in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for my niece’s wedding. Then a week after that we hop on a plane again to head to our daughter’s wedding in Alaska.All of this time ...

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Storytelling grabs the next generation

May 20, 2018 at 3:00 am

I come from a long line of storytellers.My paternal grandfather came to America from Norway in the early 1900s and lived with us on the farm during my entire childhood. He would tell us stories about what life was like in Norway, describing...

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‘The times, they are a changin’ for retail

April 22, 2018 at 9:11 am

It’s been a week of big business news in the Flathead, topped by the looming closure of our spacious, refurbished Herberger’s store in Kalispell Center Mall. A lot of friends in my age group are lamenting the loss.Herberger’s is a shopping ...

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