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 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    August 5, 2022 

Cooking in the West

My best horse, Tinkerbelle, died the other day, and my heart is broken. I sat down to write a tribute poem to her, but it was still too soon, so I started horse shopping instead. I have bought many great horses for $500 to $1000 so it is really hard...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, sometimes ‘things’ come in bunches like good things, bad things, happy things, sad things – even hurtful things. It’s the hurtful things that are hardest to deal with. We don’t want the attitude...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    July 29, 2022

Cooking in the West

The 4-H Fair is this week in our county. I hope all moms and dads remember there is a fine line between extremely supportive and downright crazy! Having been a 4-H mom, I can tell you it is much less stressful to be a 4-H grandma! 4-H and FFA Fairs...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, sometimes Charity does not involve money/cash. More or less, it helps if a person is in a giving mood to give many different things, maybe like clothes, blankets, even art, a stove, maybe even an...

 
 By Dana Jansen    Voices    July 29, 2022

Know limits when working outdoors in the summer

When there is work to be done there is work to be done. The tasks that farmers and ranchers are faced with are pressing, time-sensitive, and rarely can be done from inside a climate-controlled room. Add in unpredictable weather and already challengin...

 
 By Loyd Townsend    Voices    July 22, 2022

Memories

Sorry it has been some time since my last article, but I will continue with old businesses and individuals who owned and operated them. The last article was about Pickards Market, later Main Street Market. The building is still there but vacant. Next...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    July 22, 2022

Cooking in the West

I know many people are dealing with the tragic aftermath of unprecedented flooding along the Yellowstone river and many of its tributaries last month. I remember our experience with disaster agencies during our last flood in 2011. Fortunately, we...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, the month of July has wind, thunder, lightning, and some think July is a wonderful time for us to lie on our backs and watch thunder heads lift, suggesting snow peaks range upon range. White clouds sail...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    July 15, 2022

Cooking in the West

Western movies often portrayed the camp cook as a cranky drunk. I think this stereotype evolved for a darn good reason... they had to be cranky and/or drunk to survive! Camp cooking is such a fine and pleasant misery that I'd probably do it for free...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, it was precious to see a gentleman help a young lady gather her two little kids and help them into church while she carried a baby. He helped them cross the parking lot, helped keep them together, while thei...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    July 8, 2022

Cooking in the West

Since the 500 year flood we just experienced, most rivers and creeks are running high and muddy, which makes all of us happy--except those planning a fishing trip. These summers of social distancing made camping and fishing the ideal pastime,...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, it is so great to see Sunflowers – they sprout in a carefree manner all over the world. Pollinated by bees, the plants spring up on the sides of highways, under bird feeders, and across fields, in...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    July 1, 2022

Cooking in the West

This is the time of year when I occasionally volunteer to do other's chores while they slip away for a day or two for a pre-haying vacation that usually lasts one day and involves a rodeo. Recently, we were tasked with taking care of our daughter's...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, Flag Day’s past, 4th of July’s ahead; a friend shared about a soldier’s funeral; The American Flag Folded 13 Times: The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life. The second fold is a symbol of our...

 

Carter County Public Health Corner

submitted by Carter County Public Health Free School Aged Shot Clinic including kindergarten and 7th grade | Don't miss out! Call us at 406-775-6332 to pre-register. The clinic is open to all school-aged kids (public, country, home-schooled). The...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    June 24, 2022

Cooking in the West

I have always been a Martha Stewart fan, which I believe I can admit now that she's been out of jail for a long time. I loved her shows and website, but as a backcountry cook I would like to see Martha pack everything in on mules and serve it in a...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, sometimes a fascinating and thought-provoking blurb is found, recently just discovered one exciting enough to share. This one explains in a simple way, how when we commit our ways to You, Lord, that You...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    June 17, 2022

Cooking in the West

When you live on a creek or a river, flooding is a springtime fear. It is ironic that we have prayed for rain since March, but now that the flooding has begun we are almost tempted to pause that prayer. Many areas of our state are still in severe...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, sometimes things pop up and seem to fit right in – so – here’s an acronym written by Lowell Lundstrom [date unknown], portraying important qualities regarding fathers. He wrote that American families a...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    June 10, 2022

Cooking in the West

Facebook and Google and email are wonderful things, but I believe we are living more fearfully because of them. Every day I receive hundreds of messages, memes, and emails. Some of them are tips from readers who would like me to pass along life...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, it’s fun to think that June 8th is called Best Friends Day as well as the 8th having several other names, but it is also fun to think about special things that happen that help us recognize that it is...

 
 By Loyd Townsend    Voices    June 10, 2022

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...

 

Carter County Public Health Corner

submitted by Carter County Public Health COVID-19 vaccine and testing | On Thursday, June 9th appointments are available for the COVID-19 vaccine (both primary and booster doses). Free COVID-19 At Home Test Kits are also available for residents....

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    June 3, 2022

Cooking in the West

As the primary elections loom in Montana next week, I find myself not on the ballot for the first time in 16 years. I have decided to hang up my red pencil after 41 years in education at the end of my fourth term as County Superintendent of Schools t...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, family, friends and loved ones seem to be losing family, friends and loved ones, every week or every month. How great that remaining dear ones have a ‘time’ together, sharing special deeds and thoughts...

 

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