Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Margaret E. Davis: Peaks and Valleys

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Updated 3 days ago
Writers dig into ways of China

He spoke flawless Mandarin. I felt a mix of jealousy and awe over his perfect tones, those quirks of pronunciation that give each Chinese word five different meanings.

Updated 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Make every birthday phenomenal

Success needs savoring. Milestones mean taking stock. We recently partied to mark the 130-year anniversary of Central School and the 25-year anniversary of its tenant, the Northwest Montana History Museum.

Updated 1 month ago
Kick out rote, kick up the roam

“Death Cafe”— it’s not your average cuppa. Intrigued, I headed to Whitefish on a recent spring afternoon to spend time in a coffee shop with 16 others discussing the end, our ends.

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Burning questions answered

On my recent drives along U.S. 93, I had seen the plumes. Instead of cringing that it was wildfire, I’d smile because it meant someone was cleaning up a pile — a burn pile, that is, and a chore that many yearn to t…

Updated 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Big bird saves the day

When we walked in earlier to the Lone Pine State Park visitors’ center, AmeriCorps program specialist Eryn O’Brien greeted us with a hearty, “Are you guys big birders?” She took our “no” in stride, and provided the…

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
Fresh ears for young writers

It’s all good. I practically skipped with glee after these volunteer gigs, and the rejuvenating effects lasted for hours — just for bringing fresh ears to new writers.

Updated 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Cupid’s got nothing on Marion

They had me at “Anti-Valentine’s Day” in the event promo. I called my adventure buddy, and we headed to Marion.

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
Behind the open mic

Now a weekly event, the all-comers confab traces its roots to about six years ago, when emcee-organizer Colton Christensen worked at a Whitefish restaurant.

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Sharp shooter captured a town

In these weather-bound days I hole up and read for hours. I finished a book about Lucie Duff Gordon, a London intellectual and translator who fled to Egypt in the mid-1800s to save her health and fell in love with …

Updated 4 months, 1 week ago
Packers cultivate sunny outlook

Days are supposed to be stretching longer since solstice but to me it doesn’t feel like it. Winter can be hard around here.

Updated 4 months, 3 weeks ago
The laureate rocks

I didn’t expect to hear Mary Oliver’s verse from Montana’s poet laureate, and here Chris La Tray recited her “The Summer Day.” We listened, then bent our heads to draw.

Updated 5 months, 1 week ago
Maybe the Swifties take charge

After talking about journalism and sharing stories, we said bye at Sea-Tac with the idea we might meet up again as I often visited Seattle.

Updated 5 months, 3 weeks 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 6 months 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 6 months, 2 weeks 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.