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 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    June 5, 2020 

Cooking in the West

As the sun sets on the primary elections in Montana this week, and the general election looms ahead, the candidates have had a Covid-19 impacted campaign. They couldn't hold meet and greets, shake hands and hand out brochures, or kiss babies. Having...

 
 Voices    June 5, 2020 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, sometimes words and sayings are downright fascinating. One wonders how some such phrases came about. Listening to conversations at a loving family reunion, a long while ago, these sayings were overheard:...

 

Cooking in the West

In honor of National Beef Month, I have decided to rerun a branding etiquette column since I have had numerous requests to repeat it. One of the nicest compliments I have received is when readers have told me they have this column posted on their...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, while living through this special Memorial season this week, it is a season that we hold dear to our hearts, pondering on the precious memories of those who have departed. If our heart aches, it is more...

 
 By Loyd Townsend    Voices    May 22, 2020

Memories

Edna tells of her early years of teaching school in North Dakota, later in Montana in the Ridgeway area and then to the O'Fallon Creek school. She listed most of the students. The winter of 1935-36...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    May 22, 2020

Cooking in the West

To many of us, Memorial Day has become a long holiday weekend that marks the beginning of the summer season, but I hope that at some moment during the weekend, everyone will take the time to think of the sacrifices our service men and women have...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, sometimes while plodding, walking heavily, through a day/time/or a problem, we truly need some wisdom; occasionally we come across some interesting material. A friend shared a special ‘secret’ about the...

 
 By Loyd Townsend    Voices    May 15, 2020

Memories

I have written about “Bud” Asbury, including some information on his parents (Elmo & Bessie), his education, graduation from Carter County High School in 1928 and a small amount on his love for ranching, riding bucking horses and bulldogging....

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    May 15, 2020

Cooking in the West

As we head into week 7 of crisis homeschooling, we have been informed by school officials that we will not be returning to school this spring. We know that finishing out the year is our responsibility as parents or grandparents, and no one is coming...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: Isn’t it interesting, Lord, to note that the word ‘household’ can be defined as an “occupied dwelling that has its own entrance - and a kitchen?” These views are gleaned from “Its Own Entrance and a...

 
 By Raquel Williams    Voices    May 15, 2020

Q's Health News

COVID-19 is high on everyone’s radar, and there continues to be zero cases in Carter County. However, we have to remember there are other diseases out there which we must be aware of and protect ourselves, like tick-borne diseases. Because Spring...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    May 8, 2020

Cooking in the West

Sunday is Mother's Day, so I would like to wish all mothers a special day. Those of us who have lost our mothers realize how time spent with our mothers is more valuable than any other gift we could give or be given. I have never written a column...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, dear Lord, on Mother’s Day, we all have ‘thoughts’ of Moms. As we grew up, we’d ask advice, she’d help us through our qualms. On this fine day, we’re thinking back when we were kids back home; for us...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    May 8, 2020

Other people from Carter Country

I was looking at a memory on Facebook this morning where I had promised to write a story for the Eagle about people I had known in Carter County and those that I had met since then on Facebook. I have never written that story and really don't...

 

Cooking in the West

I am pretty sure that everyone has grown weary of trying to find humor in a pandemic. However, since the whole world is in a state of virus-induced depression, I think we need good belly laughs now more than ever. One of the best laughs I have had...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, everyone knows that You answer prayers, but few realize that You are apt to give one of three answers. We all expect Your answer to be a resounding “Yes!” – and preferable answered yesterday. We take...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    May 1, 2020

Working for Thulesens

I was released from the Army in March, 1959. I worked around town, Miles City, for several months in various jobs. After working several months in these less than memorable jobs, I went to work for Jim and Bettylou Thulesen on their ranch out by...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    April 24, 2020

Cooking in the West

As we head into our sixth week of Covid-19 school closure, I am pretty sure a lot of parents are praying that schools will reopen sooner rather than later. Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up the first week of May, and I have a hunch there is a wh...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, old stories might be ancient, but – this still happens every so often. This is how it was told: One day, a man went to visit a church; he got there early so he parked his car and got out. Then another...

 
 By Loyd Townsend    Voices    April 24, 2020

Memories

In my search for another article I came upon a couple of interesting families in “Shifting Scenes,” and after reading some of these family histories, I have decided to share. This couple each has their own article with information about their...

 
 By Bruce Auchly    Voices    April 24, 2020

Montana Tales and Trails

These are the times that try our souls. Isolation, face masks, drugs and diseases that are difficult to pronounce, let alone understand. Take heart. There's a world out there that proceeds without...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    April 17, 2020

Cooking in the West

Here in our calving commune on Lower Deer Creek, we are going into our fifth week of social distancing or sheltering in place. 102 years ago, the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, the deadliest in history, infected an estimated 500 million people...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, it was interesting when a friend shared that the dictionary defines Easter as a Christian festival which celebrates the resurrection of Christ. Easter, Sunday brought to mind a myriad of images, one of whic...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    April 10, 2020

Cooking in the West

No one alive now will ever forget the Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020 when we all stayed home to fight an invisible enemy. As I write this, we are not sure whether we are effectively flattening the curve, but most people seem to be trying to follow the...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: On a hillside near the city, a grove of olives grew, Gethsemane means ‘oil press’ – its nuance Jesus knew. This Garden Grove, a place of prayer – a happening there one night, near the press for oil – the press...

 

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