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 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    July 30, 2021 

Cooking in the West

Just when my muscles have grown used to working, it is almost time to go back and sit at a desk as the school year approaches. The entire month of June, my body thinks it enlisted in the Army and no one told it. By July, the severe muscle cramps...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, it’s amazing what one can find out about plants, all sorts of plants named from A to Z, found in books, computers or even from friends! How about Alpine Currants, [Yum!], beautiful Baby’s Breath,...

 
 By Erwin Curry    Voices    July 30, 2021 

The Corner

I arrived back in town on a hot July afternoon some days ago, A passed brother-in-law to remember - and a town with new construction - with obvious determination - grit and goals, And Mother Nature seems to be giving another of her serious tests,...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    July 23, 2021

Cooking in the West

Often it is true that the dead become greater in death than they were in life. Such was not the case when our adopted dog, Marvin, died, and he became an international rock star on Facebook when within hours he received tributes from ranch vacation...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, some recipes are worth sharing! Here’s one for any time – even if this one doesn’t have salt! Author unknown, it’s called: HAPPY HOMEMAKER CAKE: “Mix two heaping measures of love with common...

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    July 16, 2021

The home place

My Grandparents, Fred and Lena Coons, homesteaded near Belltower in 1911. Grandpa came out and homesteaded and after some time Grandpa and my Mother joined them. My Mother was born in Malvern, Iowa on January 10, 1910. She was just a little one when...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    July 16, 2021

Cooking in the West

It is a tough year in Montana with drought, grasshoppers, and now wildfires. As I write this, our Musselshell Ranch is under evacuation order from the Peterson Fire. We are praying that our place will be spared while knowing that our neighbors to...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, life isn’t all sunshine and laughter – our seas are not always calm but You know all about it, Lord, for You created us. We’re clay vessels. We tend to wear out and get ill, both mentally and...

 

The Corner

As I sit here, memories come to mind. As a child, I have come to Ekalaka to visit many times. Each visit builds on a journey of the past to the present, for which I am grateful to know my father's...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    July 9, 2021

Cooking in the West

I absolutely love kitchen tips, and I try to pass them along without too much commentary, but sometimes I just can't resist sharing comments about the actual practicality of those tips. For example, Martha Stewart claims that if you have a headache,...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, several friends went walking one morning, through the nearby park, along some hills, loving and appreciating the view, enjoying their time together. Gal #1: “I’m out of water, I’ll soon need a drink....

 
 By Bill Lavell    Voices    July 2, 2021

My recent trip to Ekalaka

Those of you who follow Facebook probably know that I made a trip to Ekalaka last week. Actually it wasn’t so much a trip to Ekalaka as a trip to Camp Needmore for a family reunion. I did get to Ekalaka and will tell you of my impressions. First...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    July 2, 2021

Cooking in the West

To many of us, Independence Day is celebrated with rodeo. I hope that as you are celebrating this year with big beef burgers and a rodeo and hopefully no fireworks due to the extreme fire danger in this drought, you take some time to reflect on this...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, You have given to us some days that are special and worth a celebration and there’s one very special one this Sunday, that would be THE 4th of JULY! May we pause to consider what it means to be an America...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    June 25, 2021

Cooking in the West

As I sit here today on Father's Day, I find it hard to believe that my father would have turned 102 this July. He has been gone for 24 years, but he still lives large in my memory. He was one of...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, a friend mentioned that she and several friends had a difficult time trying to go to sleep. Taking pills didn’t help, neither did going to bed early or working late. ‘J.J.’ smiled and said, “You...

 
 By Erwin Curry    Voices    June 25, 2021

The Corner

Fourth of July at Belltower Hall - back - when growing up, I recall that it was fifty dollars worth - and it may have increased after the initial startup, But it was such a great time for a kid - firecrackers and sparklers - and booms and spark...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    June 18, 2021

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: You know, Lord, a 3-generation family occupies a row in church. The young family has three little children; Mamma holds the baby, 2-year-old hugs Daddy, the 4-year-old climbs onto the seats, walks over to Grandpa; the audi...

 
 By Vicki Fix    Voices    June 11, 2021

Mayor's Notes

Happy Spring to all! It has been some beautiful weather, but would be nice to see some more moisture. Just thought it was time to share some notes from the Mayor and a few reminders. It is spring and...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    June 11, 2021

Cooking in the West

"Have you lost your mind?" Millie Woolley asked. "Yes, I thought you were smarter than that!" added Shelly Carroccia, as we stood outside the papered over storefront windows of the boutique my daughter Brooke and I are starting on McLeod Street in...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, a friend mentioned some interesting dates throughout the WHOLE calendar, but she really liked those in June; the one that gave her a chuckle was the 9th, Donald Duck Day, his first appearance was in 1934....

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    June 4, 2021

Cooking in the West

I receive many submissions from readers, and I love to share them. However, in my 26 years of writing this column, I believe this is the funniest piece any reader has ever sent me. Thanks, Tom Ogle of Paris, Illinois for making me laugh out loud...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, when one thinks about Dairy Products, we might wonder which are the most important for the well-being of the human body. Just ask anybody, and they’ll perhaps say that Ice Cream is probably the most...

 
 By Alissa Miller    Voices    June 4, 2021

It's farmers market season

Have you considered selling your harvest or homemade jams at a farmers market? Do you know what it takes to become a farmers market group with other farmers like you? Would you like to join a farmers market group? Farmers markets are a great way to...

 

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