Thursday, July 25, 2024

Margaret E. Davis: Peaks and Valleys

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Updated 1 week, 4 days ago
Benediction to merging art forms

A dozen people gathered June 20 under tents outside as photographer Barbara Michelman and writer Charles Finn talked about their collaboration, “On a Benediction of Wind: Poems & Photographs from the American West.”

Updated 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Don’t quit your daydreaming job

At the University of Montana in the late 1970s, Pete Fromm admits he wasn’t a great student. Consumed by the mountain man stories he’d absorbed as a youth, he much preferred adventure and daydreaming.

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Students learn how to go beyond Google

Many adults may not know the difference between primary and secondary sources. I had to look it up to be sure.

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Students go beyond Google

Many adults may not know the difference between primary and secondary sources. I had to look it up to be sure.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Of blooms and building booms

I appreciate these semiwild oases. Given how difficult it is to manage larger, popular spaces for the public good, it is these smaller parcels that may mean the most, especially for locals.

Updated 2 months, 1 week 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 months, 3 weeks 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 3 months 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 3 months, 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 4 months 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 4 months, 2 weeks 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 5 months 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 5 months, 2 weeks 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 5 months, 4 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 6 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.