Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Margaret E. Davis: Peaks and Valleys

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Updated 3 days, 23 hours ago
Some pivotal actors are quietest

As we gathered for a quintessential American holiday last week, I found myself also feeling grateful for Norwegians.

Updated 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Science meets art in Yellow Bay

“Who here loves plants?” Seattle artist and former river guide and garden designer Sarah Jones asked the few dozen of us assembled for a day alongside Flathead Lake.

Updated 1 month ago
We can LEARN to save lives

According to federal mortality data, suicide in the U.S. hit an all-time high in 2022. In Montana, the state with the second-highest suicide rate in the country, it increased 42% from 2011 to 2021.

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
History exudes quirky diversity

One perk of my job came a year after I started at the Northwest Montana History Museum: I got to go to the Montana History Conference.

Updated 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Democracy fans make it personal

“What is democracy?” Kristina Graber Wilfore asked the audience of about 40 people at her talk last month at the Northwest Montana History Museum.

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
A memorable performance for several reasons

We thought it was just a piece of trash on the road to Bigfork. It seemed to flutter in the wind like a brown paper bag. As we got closer, we saw it was earthbound and alive.

Updated 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Six things may be Good enough

Or maybe they were just regular Northwest Montanans, judging from the activities of many current Kalispell residents.

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
Plots’ points send a message

My family often braked for graveyards in our decades of Montana adventures, and I fondly recall the first cross-country meet of the season in high school, which took place in an Anaconda cemetery.

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Everyone's got a story to share

Emcee Barbara Schiffman stepped to the fore in the Arts & Technology Building at Flathead Valley Community College one evening last spring to announce the setup for that night’s “story concert.”

Updated 4 months, 1 week ago
Turn and face the change

We can’t change the certainty of change. That’s the source of our frustration with it. It highlights our lack of control and the folly of foresight as it neatly sidesteps expectation.

Updated 4 months, 3 weeks ago
We can see clearly now

For more than 50 years, travelers along U.S. 2 might have spied a bison in a plexiglass “tank” mounted atop a pole on the north side of the road where Kalispell gives way to Evergreen.

Updated 5 months, 1 week ago
We craft the future to come

Any one of these things would make a community proud, and Kalispell got three new landmarks in six months.

Updated 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Traditional craft never gets old

When artist and Salish Kootenai College educator Frank Finley gave a talk at the Bigfork Art & Cultural Center last summer, he shared many ways to look at Native American art. One thing he said in particular caught…

Updated 6 months ago
Tread the boards and take a bow

What a marvel to see a living resume parade in front of you, and to have honed hundreds of students’ strengths and sparked creativity, all while asking kids to risk self-expression and to experiment and expand thei…

Updated 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Rock needs a new place

Sure the place was a little dusty, and the alphabetizing made no sense, but it made the hunt all that more potentially rewarding. Who knew so many records from France would end up in the Flathead?