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Holidays made happier by friendly folks

January 05, 2020 at 3:00 am

As a new year flings open its sash to let in the fresh air and the passing year shutters its window and turns out the lights, there are a few people I encountered during December whose kindness made the holiday hubbub just that much more pl...

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Travel makes the world a smaller place

December 29, 2019 at 3:00 am

One of the added delights of the holiday season is the chance to catch up with some of the neighborhood kids who were fixtures at our house when our two daughters were growing up. They’re scattered all over the country, from Seattle and Por...

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A Christmas reflection

December 22, 2019 at 3:00 am

In one of the last lectures in the mindfulness meditation lecture series I listened to recently the author tells an old story about a woman of means named Kisa Gotami, who lived during the Buddha’s time, whose young son had died.Consumed by...

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The muscle behind the music

December 15, 2019 at 3:00 am

The sounds of Christmas music soothe our souls and evoke special memories, whether it’s listening to carols on the way to work or attending any of the myriad holiday concerts offered this time of year.I’ve been on the front line of providin...

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Take a virtual history tour through Montana

December 08, 2019 at 3:00 am

The Montana Historical Society’s Explore Big website, which launched in 2017, has expanded substantially this year. The website, Explorebig.org, and free mobile app now give users instant access to nearly 1,750 stories and images about plac...

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Blessed by a phone call with Mom

December 01, 2019 at 3:00 am

One of my biggest Thanksgiving blessings this year was a 10-minute phone call with my mother the day before the holiday.It had been a couple of months since I had “visited” with Mom, who is well into the throes of Alzheimer’s disease. My br...

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A meditation on mindfulness

November 24, 2019 at 3:00 am

The other evening I happened to notice I was grinding coffee beans with my left hand while shaking the salad dressing bottle with my right. I’ve pretty much been this way (doing two things at once) since I became a parent many years ago.My ...

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Feminist issues still hot-button topics

November 17, 2019 at 3:00 am

I happened to see internationally known feminist and writer Gloria Steinem being interviewed on one of the late-night talk shows recently. She’s been making the rounds to promote her latest book.Hearing her speak jogged my memory that I had...

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Entering the rut

November 14, 2019 at 11:23 am

Hunting season is entering the best two weeks of this deer and elk hunting season. Many veteran hunters have spent lots of time afield for the last several weeks, but have been reluctant to pull the trigger on any deer unless it was a troph...

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Face to face with Facebook

November 10, 2019 at 3:00 am

Social media fans may have a bone to pick with me after reading this column about their daily penchant to peruse online posts.For the record, I’ve chosen, since that method of communication was invented, not to partake.I realize Facebook, T...

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