Saturday, April 01, 2023

Margaret E. Davis: Peaks and Valleys

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Updated 7 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 7 months, 2 weeks ago
A literary art feels the love

A literary art feels the love

Updated 8 months ago
A walk prompts liking to lichen

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

Updated 8 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 9 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 9 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 10 months ago
After the pen comes the pitch

As the minutes speed by until my turn, I am alternately amused and jealous of the quicker wits in this classroom at Flathead Valley Community College, the host venue for monthly gatherings of the Montana Screenwr...

Updated 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Marker effort drives for safety

“Someone said, ‘We need to get with this white-marker program,’” Bob Bigler remembers of that American Legion meeting in 2005. “Well, I could help with that.”

Updated 10 months, 4 weeks ago
Love of trees takes root

Kalispell Parks and Recreation pulled out all the stops for the 150-year anniversary of the tree-dedicated day in the United States.

Updated 11 months, 1 week ago
For officeholders, the ears have it

The 2022 race for Flathead County commissioner has four contenders in the upcoming election. What makes it such a hot seat? I also wondered, What does a county commissioner do all day?

Updated 11 months, 3 weeks ago
Some jobs start after the buck

“You and I, we could sign up and ride in the rodeo next weekend,” emergency medical technician Kim Vierra told me about the amateur rodeo staged between Kalispell and Whitefish.

Updated 1 year ago
Mad skills soar in the skies

The hardest part about attending the Flathead Audubon Society meeting turned out to be finding it.

Updated 1 year ago
Real connections take a hang-up

Pre-Prohibition Kalispell had 28 saloons. That’s nothing compared to Kalispell precursor Demersville: At the height of its population in 1890 it had 73 liquor dispensaries, or about one per 21 residents.

Updated 1 year, 1 month ago
With pole, there’s a free launch

The “dance package” called to me.

Updated 1 year, 2 months ago
Who said it: The kids are alright

The temperature hovered below freezing, and the sun hid behind a gray cover of clouds, but the mood inside Flathead High School was anything but gloomy.