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 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    March 18, 2022

Cooking in the West

Calving season has begun on many ranches, and although it is an exciting time bringing all those new lives into the world, it is a stressful time of trying to keep the animals and the humans alive and healthy. This year we are calving in two...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, today or maybe even this week, we might just feel like completing some winter projects or we might just pack them away for another day. The urge to clean and plant surges deep within us. No false sense of...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    March 11, 2022

Cooking in the West

After my column about a full brain ran, I received many priceless responses. First of all, several mathematical geniuses noticed that not only has too much information overfilled my brain, but it also made it dyslexic. It seems that I reversed the 1...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, it is still March and there is still time in our forecast for some SNOW to come our way! When Snow is falling, we might want to take a minute or two to watch, as falling Snow is rather spellbinding stuff to...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    March 4, 2022

Cooking in the West

My favorite holiday of the year was this week, which was Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2. It has become my tradition to do a Whoville poem to celebrate Dr. Seuss and my First Amendment right to freedom of expression. Watching the drastic erosion of...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, sometimes rereading things from long ago is most interesting. Take for example a remark like, “Do everything without complaining;” a Bible verse from Phil 2:14. We probably all know a few chronic...

 
 By Erwin Curry    Voices    March 4, 2022

The Corner

I haven’t been stuck in the mud for some time, Yes that old ‘gumbo’, such treacherous stuff, The vehicle would be wrestled with, so rough, When in this slick clay, try avoiding the grime. You might high-center...stuck, it seemed a crime, One...

 

Carter County Public Health Corner

COVID Vaccine | Following are dates available to make appointments if you are interested in getting an up to date COVID vaccine. We have dates available for adult, adolescent and pediatric individuals. Please call us to schedule an appointment if...

 

Cooking in the West

One of Big Timber, Montana's most renowned residents, Gwen Petersen, closed the gate just 5 days before her 94th birthday last week. I am so thankful that my "Ode to Coveralls" poem that referenced her ran before she passed, and her beloved friend,...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, when looking out at the starry sky, a song comes to mind: “My Lord! What a Morning!”[1] (From Rev. 6:12-13: … when the stars begin to fall). A glimpse of falling stars is the Perseid Meteor shower, in...

 

The Corner

This last summer I walked the streets where once, I drove a maroon colored Mercury, Up and down Main, it was so endlessly, Good to kids back then, an accepted stunt. Learning to drive on icy street, no fuss, It was as fun as fun might always be,...

 

The Corner

The Miles City tournament back then, We students looked forward to it, excite, It, a taste of adult’s freedom, of nights, Where we, as teenagers...no books...nor pens. We’d go to the games, to watch our own men, Playing against Sacred Heart, a...

 

Cooking in the West

I just cannot resist helpful hints (now known as hacks) or tips on how to remove every stain known to man or cure anything from warts to arthritis with a home remedy. Sometimes though, I have to question the effectiveness and efficiency of the...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, even though we are a bit AFTER Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be nice to share a poem about love. A bit late, but still appropriate: author and date, unknown: “Love is a smile that warms the heart,...

 

Cooking in the West

One of the few good things about winter on the ranch is that you can wear coveralls. They are called “coveralls’’ because they hide a multitude of sins like Christmas cookies, fudge, eggnog, and winter comfort foods. You can wear your...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, February reminds us of Love! Valentine’s Day might be printed in red on some calendars, but there are dozens of names that may fill out the rest of the dates on many friends’ calendars. Chuckle along...

 

Chamber notes

submitted by Carter County Chamber of Commerce After discussions about seemingly perennial fire concerns and the core mission of the organization, the Carter County Chamber of Commerce voted at its December 2021 meeting to discontinue its practice...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: What do ‘we’ see when we look up? In January, SNOW? Moisture is needed, that’s for sure, ‘Twould help Spring grass to grow. As Winter ends, there’s sleet and haze, sometimes that too shows up. But it’s still...

 

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, what fun to dine with tiny tots: [not their real names], Ida, 18 months old and big brother, Evan, age 4, and their grandparents. Both tots are so cute and well mannered, fresh from heaven, curious, just...

 

Cooking in the West

Out here in the western agricultural world, there has never really been a need for the women's movement. Women have pitched in to make farms and ranches work since before barbed wire, and they didn't have to burn undergarments to gain respect....

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, humor is everywhere. We can look at health, exercise and even Alzheimer’s, - which, we’re told, that even dogs can get! One way to slow Alzheimer’s, is to go for a walk – with your dog. Fresh air...

 

Cooking in the West

After watching four seasons of "Yellowstone", we have come to the realization that we have been ranching all wrong for our entire lives. . . or else maybe the show is not quite as authentic as co-writer Taylor Sheridan thinks it is. He is quoted as...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, we’re into a New Year, a clean month, a bright new day. Thank You, Lord. William A. Quayle, in his book “God’s Calendar,” has some fascinating musings about months. Some for January are: “The Cale...

 

Cooking in the West

As I get older, it becomes harder and harder to find a winter sport that I can participate in, because I don't dare risk my knees, hips, skull, etc. So when our friends, Keith and Holly Williams from Virginia, suggested a snowmobile outing, it sounde...

 

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