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 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    March 27, 2020 

Cooking in the West

I was sitting at the kitchen table drinking coffee on the morning of March 5, 2020 when the cruise ship The Grand Princess came across the screen. Somehow I knew that was the ship my friends, Judy Vidack and Theresa Hopkins were on. The report said t...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, recently, we ran across some interesting truths. When a friend stated that You, Lord, are like an ‘eyelid’, we were like “What? What are you talking about?” Amazingly, we discovered some...

 

Q's health news

Depression and anxiety are the two most common mental health disorders, and every person will experience one or both at some point in their life. Some people experience depression or anxiety over a short period, while others have a lifelong...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    March 20, 2020

Cooking in the West

For those of you who are stuck at home self quarantining, I have a bit of reading material for you this week. This tale by Mark Silverstein, who ranches north of Big Timber, Montana came to my inbox with the following comment, "Your Dr. Seuss...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, having just visited with a couple of near neighbors who are Moms of small kids, sharing some nighttime incidents, it brought back memories from long ago – but – things like ‘back then’ probably...

 

Q's Health News

A virus is an infectious microscopic organism which invades a living organism, such as humans, animals, bacteria, and plants, and uses those host to replicate. There are a multitude of different viruses. Many viruses cause diseases in humans, such...

 
 By Loyd Townsend    Voices    March 20, 2020

Memories

I would like to end my articles about the family of Joe and Marj Schallenberger this week - they brought back many memories to me and hopefully to you readers. I will share a few statistics and inform...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    March 13, 2020

Cooking in the West

My County School Superintendent's office is in the Sweet Grass County Annex, which used to be the old county hospital and medical clinic. Many of my colleagues are sure the Annex is haunted, but in all my years there, I have never seen a ghost. Howev...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: A while back we had the privilege to read a grade school kid’s speech on STAYING ACTIVE/FIT. That brought back some childhood memories. As a farm/ranch kid, whoever thought about anorexia or obesity? We didn’t have...

 
 By Lois Lambert    Voices    March 13, 2020

Bright Ideas

When our son was in junior high, his English teacher asked the students to write about someone they admired. Any mother would be flattered to think her adolescent son admired her. She might not be so flattered by the title of his essay. In bold...

 
 By Loyd Townsend    Voices    March 13, 2020

Memories

Joe and Marj Schallenberger Joe continues his Shifting Scenes article with the statement: “in 1933 Mother passed away and with Floyd and Mildred married and Clyde working outside, he, his dad, and Etola stayed on the ranch.” Hard, tough years:...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    March 6, 2020

Cooking in the West

It is Dr. Seuss's birthday this week, and it is celebrated as a major holiday in elementary schools across the nation. Though there are those who accuse him of being racist and sexist and every other "ist" there is, he was an amazing writer whose...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, a book of devotions began each month with a three-line verse (author unknown) entitled Gifts of the Season. February’s gift was The Seed. [“Planted in winter’s dark womb, prayer seeds germinate, creat...

 
 By Loyd Townsend    Voices    March 6, 2020

Memories

It is time for another Memories article and this time I have chosen a couple and family who were very close and special to Phyl and I. That couple was Joseph (Joe) and Marjorie (Marj) Schallenberger. “Shifting Scenes Vol. II” has an article writt...

 

Cooking in the West

I heard on the radio the other day that children get their intelligence from their mothers. That might explain what has happened to my brain. Perhaps I drained part of it for the first child and the rest for the second. I can almost buy that...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, loneliness is no respect for persons; a group of us gals know that personally, having just met in a Support Group where we shared our thoughts and feelings. It was kind of surprising that even though we...

 

Cooking in the West

Several years ago, we decided that ranching for fun and not profit was not really working for us, so we decided to lop off a few acres with a view up the creek and down the Yellowstone and make money the old fashioned way--selling the rural...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, dear Lord, the snow falls fast, Winter is on our mind. Icicles guard, the wind does moan, a warm place the birds can’t find. Sparkle of frost on windowsill recaps our childhood ‘view’; we’d ‘scratch...

 

Greatest athletes in Carter County history

The January 3rd issue of the Eagle had an article about the Montana Greats Project which was recently published in the Billings Gazette. This article invited Ekalaka people to give their opinions on the greatest athletes from Carter County. I...

 

Q's Health News

A heart attack is serious business, and time is of the essence. If you think you or someone you know is having symptoms of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 and seek help immediately! The most talked-about symptom of a heart attack is chest pain. On TV,...

 

Cooking in the West

I share the copy machine at work with the Sweet Grass County Extension Agent, Marc King, so one day I found an interesting email mixed in with my pile of papers off the machine. It was a bulletin from MSU about a biomarker study of the effects of...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, sometimes friends share interesting things that they’ve found on the ‘net’; take for instance, a penny. Who’d have thought that there was a day to celebrate a Lost Penny, which is the 12th of Februa...

 

Some of Carter County's greats

Since I am not as familiar with the great athletes in all of Carter County, I will focus on the great athletes that were born or raised in the Tie Creek area of the county. In the early years, most every community had a baseball team. For several...

 

Q's Health News

February is American Heart Month! Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Every year, the deaths of 1 in 4 men and women are caused by heart disease. The term "heart...

 

Cooking in the West

As the poets and pickers headed home from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko Nevada this past week, I was sent a poem perfectly timed to the upcoming calving season. Trent Nelson is a cowboy poet who was born and raised in northeastern...

 

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