Friday, December 02, 2022


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Updated 11 months, 3 weeks ago

17 million words (or so): that’s all she wrote

Well, dear folks, the time has come for me to put down my pen — back away from the computer is more like it — an...

Updated 3 months ago
Building up beats tearing down

My brother and I were pressed into the project: schlepping buckets of plaster chunks, clearing out crawl spaces and Brasso-ing doorknobs.

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
Early fall hunting, fishing awaits

For the outdoor person or family, the coming weeks will offer many more outdoor recreation opportunities as the summer season winds down and we move into early fall hunting.

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
The little, level trail that keeps on … climbing

I got more than I bargained for a couple of weeks ago when a good friend and I made plans for a Saturday morning hike.

Updated 3 months, 2 weeks ago
A literary art feels the love

A literary art feels the love

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
One dog’s day in the sun

Our son texted us a photo last week during that heat spell of his Basenji dog lying in his arms on the sofa and sacked out on his back, paws limp, legs splayed out and spotted underside exposed for all the world ...

Updated 4 months ago
A walk prompts liking to lichen

One of the first things we learned: Lichen is not a plant.

Updated 4 months, 1 week ago
Kayak yak

I finally got my kayak out on the water this month for the first time, the latest in any season I’ve had my boat out.

Updated 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Good pay and good fishing

Here it is, mid-July, and we aren’t breathing unhealthy air from forest fires. We can be thankful for a cool wet spring, so lots of forest vegetation is still mostly green, not yet burnable.

Updated 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Human nature hunts for sweet life

A couple of weeks after I moved here last fall, a Kalispell resident buttonholed me at an event to ask if people had been kind to me, as a newcomer to the valley.

Updated 4 months, 3 weeks ago
A tale of too many cities

We recently returned from our niece’s wedding in Florida and, though the events were over-the-top beautiful and the fun factor off the charts, getting there and home again was a tad harrowing.

Updated 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Delicious kokanee

For those of us that like to fish or eat fresh fish, July is the ideal time in Northwest Montana to enjoy a fish fry of delicious kokanee salmon.

Updated 5 months ago
Music sets stage for wellness

In my first column, I wrote about how much I loved music, especially live music. That was before I learned how good it is for us.

Updated 5 months, 1 week ago
A sundry history with Yellowstone

The recent news of the devastating flooding in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding towns had me thinking back to the summer of 2007 when I rode my bike into the park on the same highway that suffered ca...

Updated 5 months, 2 weeks ago
New sawyers cut it up

When our dad suspected my brother and me of late-night carousing, he’d wake us up early to go get firewood.

Updated 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Much ado about mulching

Anyone who’s lived in Northwest Montana for more than a few years is familiar with its typical rainy season — June. So far this month, that “wrings” true like a wet rag.