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Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, curious things happen, now and then. A friend said that she and her hubby had started a Gratitude Book: every day they would/could write one thing for which they were thankful for. She gave a few examples...

 
 By Loyd Townsend    Voices    April 22, 2022

Memories

Snow is deep — the days long, maybe do an article for you readers. In going through the Shifting Scenes Vol. III, I found two families I had been thinking about for some time. Those two were Chris and Gerda Bentz and Damian (Curly) Culver....

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    April 22, 2022

Cooking in the West

This last week of moisture came as a blessing and a curse. There were undoubtedly large death losses of young livestock in the areas that were hit by days of blizzard conditions, but in some areas like here in our neck of the woods, the moisture was...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, we hunger for sacred space and yearn for quiet time. We know that You are always ready and willing to meet us in that space. We must study, meditate, praise, and pray so that divine space becomes the...

 

Carter County Public Health Corner

submitted by Carter County Public Health We have partnered again with Smiles Across Montana to make a return visit to our community in the later part of May. This is a dental care opportunity for parents of students in Ekalaka Public School...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    April 15, 2022

Cooking in the West

Many readers know the Story family and might remember that Chance Story, from Martinsdale, Montana (formerly of Big Timber and Ennis, Montana) won a $3000 Academic All-around rodeo scholarship last...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, William D. Longstaff (in 1882) paraphrasing Hebrews 12:14 wrote the song, “Take Time to Be Holy.” In those four verses he tells us to make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak, spending...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, another friend slipped off to You, and then this ‘piece’ showed up, author unknown. Just sharing as we grieve, knowing our dear one has gone on ahead: “Grief like a mantel covers me. We kissed goodbye...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    April 8, 2022

Cooking in the West

One of the advantages of writing a weekly column for 27 years is that I have a scrapbook of my life saved on my computer. This week, my grandson Alex turned 12, so I thought I would type "Alex" in the search bar to see what stories came up about...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    April 8, 2022

Meat processing plant in Belltower

I was very happy to see the article in the Eagle about the meat processing plant near Belltower called OCC Legacy Cuts. Probably nobody remembers but I wrote an article for the Eagle a few years ago suggesting this very thing. It is a little...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    April 1, 2022

Cooking in the West

Spring is officially here, and that signals a shift in my world. I have to shift from physical fitness activities like power walking to the break room for a snack and lifting paperclips to doing things like lugging newborn calves into a sled from...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, dear Lord, Red Velvet cake is colorful to make. Mix white frosting to spread on top, once cake’s put in to bake. Friends love to share their recipes, then share with neighbors, too. Some soup, biscuits and cook...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    March 25, 2022

Cooking in the West

There is a health care crisis in America that has nothing to do with Covid. My personal health care crisis involves trying not to put myself in the position of requiring health care despite my husband's ideas. I have health insurance, but I hate to u...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know Lord, some days one awakens with a song in their heart, a smile on their lips and feel “in love” and it doesn’t even have to be Valentine’s Day or JUNE! We might just have our heart in tune. Some favorite...

 

Carter County Public Health Corner

submitted by Carter County Public Health Did you know in Montana drowning is the second leading cause of death in children through 17 years of age. Here are just a few Montana stats: 29 children drowned in Montana ranging from infants up through 17...

 
 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...

 

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