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 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    January 27, 2023 

Cooking in the West

I have gone on record as a proponent of global warming--especially when the thermometer dips below zero. Following December’s storm dubbed Storm Elliott, which brought record low temperatures to Montana and Wyoming, I am starting to wonder if globa...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, that word ‘TIME’ -- now that is an appropriate word for another new decade which, more or less, has already begun, right? Checking out the dictionary, we view lists of numerous definitions. No matter...

 

Cooking in the West

This past weekend, I attended a natural cheese making workshop presented by Allison Cooley Agee, and the take-away for me is that cheese making is extremely labor intensive. There are so many steps and so many pitfalls to avoid that my cheeses would...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, it’s only a few days into the New Year and how fun to snuggle under a nice thick blanket in my quiet-time chair, looking forward to these silent moments with You, Lord, in the wee hours of a, so far,...

 

Memories

I am going to continue on the old Ekalaka business places, people and locations. My next business on main street was the Pickard Market owned by Charles and Victoria Pickard. I am going to spend some...

 

Cooking in the West

Technology never ceases to amaze me! Not only have they invented cars which drive themselves (something I am going to need very soon, and my family might argue that I need right now), but drones are going to change the way we live and play. They now...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, even though Christmas has passed, this was thought-provoking; Sarah Young wrote some interesting thoughts, so, just sharing a little bit of what she wrote: “I am leading you along a way that is uniquely...

 

Memories

In my last article, I wrote about the Rowleys teaching and now I am going to step back a little with more interesting information. In 1956, both grade school and high school boards voted to place one...

 

Cooking in the West

Every day a few minutes after we posted the daily lunch special on Facebook, the phone would ring. Caller ID would announce, "Call from Cole Drug," and we would answer the phone by saying, "Hi, Paul!" He would usually order the special, but we knew...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: Lord, You watched two gals enjoying a quiet time in the park. A young fellow stopped and asked: “Are YOU Miss Sue?” Sue smiled and nodded her head. He continued: “I’ve been looking forward to seeing you for a long...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, the old is everlastingly new as we anticipate the celebration of Christmas once again. Through that special event, Your gift of Your only begotten Son from heaven, happened over 2000 years ago, it is...

 

Cooking in the West

I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas filled with feasting as part of the celebration. Even though intermittent fasting and the Mediterranean Diet seem to be the rage in diets right now, I hope you will enjoy this little Christmas rhyme I...

 

Memories

I would like to share more information on the Rowley family. To follow up, I said Mr. Rowley's first times of teaching was the day after Labor Day in 1920. Now a little bit about Ruby! Ruby Johnson...

 

Cooking in the West

Every year I find myself in the same predicament as I look down the barrel of the Christmas gun. Every year, it is as though Christmas sneaks up on me out of the blue. So with just days left before Christmas, I am in my usual pre-Christmas panic...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas, like preparing for guests and gifts, singing and visiting – it’s all getting a little bit exhausting for all of us, old or young. Generally...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, sometimes when one gives a gift, one gets ‘something’ back. We recall a paper rose given to a dear Aunty quite a long time ago. No matter when or what was given to her, she always sent/gave a ‘thank...

 

Cooking in the West

Since I am retiring from my County Superintendent of Schools job at the end of this month, I am trying to clean out file cabinets and computer files. Some days I don't get a lot accomplished, because it is like taking a 41 year trip down memory lane...

 

Memories

My last article about "Mister Rowley" started at his birth, followed by his education and teaching positions. In 1925 he learned of an opening of the principalship of the schools in Ekalaka, Montana...

 

Carter County Public Health Corner

Positive Influenza cases have arrived in Carter County | It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine. High Dose and Regular flu vaccines are available. Call to schedule an appointment or with questions, (406) 775-6332. Radar item for parents of...

 

Cooking in the West

Next weekend, we will again be cooking for the Sons of Norway Christmas party. Although I have been doing it for several years, I still feel like a poser when I am cooking Norwegian food for a traditional dinner. Although it has not been confirmed...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, friends stop occasionally and tell interesting stories about their lives. A gal, we’ll call her Jill, stopped a while ago, mentioned how lovely the Autumn’s Leaves were, some falling, some still...

 

Memories

It’s been a long time since I have written an article for the Eagle, but a short time ago I was going through the “Shifting Scenes” books and came upon a very interesting family. It starts in Volume II on page 746. The names were William and...

 

Carter County Public Health Corner

Contest Highlights Carter County Public Health’s Tobacco Prevention Program recently sponsored a door decorating contest at Ekalaka Public Schools for the second year. This year the theme was “The Great American Smokeout.” The Great American... Full story

 

Cooking in the West

Every year right before Thanksgiving back when I was teaching English, I would ask all of my junior high students to write poems entitled, "I Am Thankful For..." I always modeled a few lines of an example poem for them, so with a very straight face...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, when someone says, “Remember when…” that phrase stirs up all kinds of feelings of warmth and happiness; all five senses seem to partake in the memories. There’s just something about recollecting the...

 

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