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 By Loyd Townsend    Voices    July 31, 2020

Memories

This article will be a little different as it will be about a community and some of its history that was unknown to me. The information is taken from “Shifting Scenes Vol. II,” was written by Wesley Brewer and is entitled “Tie Creek Community....

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, it has been a while ago, but we did appreciate the thoughts expressed by a chap who was telling a group of us that there are backbiters out there, haters of You, Lord, proud braggarts, those who are...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    July 24, 2020

Cooking in the West

Until last week, here in Sweet Grass County, we had no COVID cases, but as of my deadline time, we now have two cases. We do not fall under the Governor’s mask mandate yet, but it might be unlikely that we will stay under four cases in our county....

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, sometimes while looking for one thing, one finds something else, like a snippet from a longer article, called “A Quote for Today” – how about that? Then up popped the first quote: “What the caterpil...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    July 17, 2020

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 free gratis...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: Oh, Lord, You know the good and bad about every single one of us, and after reading this passage in Psalms, it seems like, here we go again. We read: “What fools the nations are to rage against the Lord! How strange...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    July 10, 2020

Cooking in the West

As the COVID numbers rise, so do the fears that we may have to go back to more restrictions. It is hard to put a cork back in an open bottle, so it will be interesting to see if we are faced with trying to do so. Most families are concerned about...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You now, Lord, each day that You give us, is a ‘room of time’. We can use that time or we can abuse it, we can spend it or waste it, we can fill our time with recollections of past failures and moan all the ‘what...

 

Graying Pains

by Eric Dietrich and Brad Tyer People have been parsing the human lifespan into a taxonomy of ages forever. Aristotle proposed three categories: youthful, prime of life, and elderly. Two thousand...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    July 3, 2020

Cooking in the West

Many readers know the poetry from Sandy Seaton Sallee even if they don't know Sandy or her husband Scott. Sandy and Scott own Black Mountain Outfitters in the Paradise Valley, and they need some prayers and love right now. Just as their busy summer...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, on the 1st day of July, there is a list of some Special and Wacky Days. One special day is Canada Day/Dominion Day, plus National Postal Worker Day. Then, how about a creative Ice Cream Flavor Day. Now...

 

Legal Tips

Hi Ekalaka! It is definitely been a while since I’ve been able to write an article for you, but I know that today I’m going to be talking about a very important topic. It is come to my attention that there are several scams going around town...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    June 26, 2020

Cooking in the West

Summer is the time when I decide to roll up my sleeves and clean out some junk. However, my parents were children of the Great Depression, so I can still hear their voices ringing in my ears when I think about pitching stuff that could potentially...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: Respect, what is respect, Lord? It seems like our idea of respect has really changed in the last decade or two, wouldn’t You say so, too, Lord? Perchance, do any of us even remember that, in essence, respect might be...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    June 19, 2020

Cooking in the West

As Father’s Day approaches, the rivers and creeks are running high and muddy, which makes all of us happy--except those planning a Father’s Day fishing trip. This summer of social distancing makes camping and fishing the ideal pastime,...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: DADS are special people No home should be without. For every family will agree. They’re “SO NICE TO HAVE ABOUT.” They are a happy mixture of a “Small Boy” and a “Man.” And they’re very necessary, In every...

 

Q's Health News

Often, women are more concerned about taking care of others than taking care of themselves. I know I do – I do my best to make sure my daughter has clean clothes, food she’ll eat, things to do. Now that she’s a tween, she is pretty good at...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: This is really wonderful - SHARE IT!! As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realize: Whether we wear a $3000 or $30 watch - - - they both tell the same time. Whether we carry a $300 or $30 wallet/handbag - - - the...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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