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Another Winter 96-97?

Those of us who lived through the winter of the big snow 96-97 remember – plow ¬– shovel daily. We lived then on the Swan side of the Summit. Come February you couldn't see my jack fence. I had...

 

Grateful for Meals on Wheels Support

Merry Christmas, The qualities of kindness and compassion…define Seeley Lake, notably generosity towards older adults receiving Meals on Wheels (MOW). During March’s March for Meals campaign, $2,300 was donated to Seeley Lake Senior Center...

 

When the Shadow Appears

Previous articles described the dark side of the personality or the shadow. Since each person possesses a personal and collective psychology, the shadow has two forms: the personal and the...

 

Goodbye, Old Friend

For Grandpa and Teton. May they be riding down those trails together again... It's been time for a while now...to say goodbye. And I knew you knew that when I walked out in the corral the other day on...

 

Again Birds of a Feather

Have you watched and wondered how a flock of small birds just weave and turn as one headed for somewhere? Like some inner radar maneuvering this way and that. Just another wonder of Ol' Mother...

 

Variations in Consciousness

In past articles, I presented conscious and unconscious parts of our psychologies in many different ways. Believe it or not, there are still many other ways to describe and discuss these critical parts of human nature. In this article, I thought...

 

Don't Leave Money on the Table

Hello and Happy Fall! My note this month explains the 2016 Montana Elderly Homeowner/Renter Credit Form 2EC. There is one money-saving offer anyone in Montana who was age 62 or older as of Dec. 31, 2016, should not ignore. It comes from the Montana...

 

Long Live the Hunt

Along the back trails of my memories I remember some great hunters and the companionship we shared. Uncle George was a stalking backwoods instructor. I often saw him moving through the woods with no more sound then the breeze that rustled the dry...

 

Alive

3:15 a.m. I open one eye and look at the alarm clock as it sounds, my body not wanting to leave the warmth and comfort of bed. My brain starts slowly processing the day's task at hand. Ten hours in th...

 

Denial

Denial is word commonly used in the therapeutic world because many people deny their surrounding reality and their emotions. It is important to ask: Why is denial so common and what does that really...

 
 By Jim Zachary    Opinion    October 5, 2017

Your Local Newspaper: The Real Deal

While no one should ever say "I know it's real because I saw it on the internet," everyone should be able to say, "I know it's real. I read it in the newspaper." Real newspapers reporting real news...

 

Estate Planning for Everybody

Hi all, I am inviting you to come to an important, free event at the Double Arrow Lodge with delicious snacks and beverages provided! Missoula Aging Services and I are bringing Montana's premier...

 

Out 'N The Woods Again

I have a sign by my cabin door that sez, “I’d rather be lost in the woods then found at home.” All these years lost from the Out ‘N The Woods column made me think what a college professor said to me when I quit writing. Sez he, “Your...

 

Re-Inhabiting Burned Lands

Fires alter wildlife’s food, water and shelter forcing animals to either adjust or find new homes. In an intense fire, the complex humus layer on the forest floor gets charred, depleting nutrients and causing soils to repel water. Erosion is greate...

 

Strength or Consequences

When people experience crises, such as the fire crisis in Seeley Lake or the loss of a loved one, there can be a variety of reactions. One of the most common reactions is to avoid their psychological...

 

How Does Wildlife Survive Fire?

Wildlife has evolved with fires over the eons. Though wildfire certainly takes its toll, not as many animals die as one might expect. However, more animals die if fires occur early in the season when babies are still being cared for or if fires are s...

 

Medicare Open Enrollment

It's that time of year again to start thinking about your Medicare coverage. Briefly, Medicare Part A is coverage for inpatient care; Medicare Part B is coverage for doctor visits; Medicare Part D is...

 

Migraines

Having a headache is no picnic, in fact, these things can be quite debilitating. People get headaches for all kinds of reasons. Sore muscles, a bad neck or just a stressful life often causes tension...

 

The Chemical Messages in Smoke

Smoke. More smoke. Ridiculous amounts of smoke. That has been what we in Seeley Lake have been breathing and looking through since July 24th. We know the smoke is impacting our health but how is it impacting the trees and plants? Plants breathe and p...

 

Out N' The Woods Again

It’s been a while since I lived in the Seeley-Swan. And many things and people there I truly miss. But I wouldn’t miss the smoke. Us old folks with health problems are having a time of it, even over here in Proctor. Like I said many years ago...

 

Trail Time

I've logged some serious miles on my saddle this summer and I've had the pleasure of riding some fine horseflesh. With each mile looking out between those ears, I soak up the intrinsic value of time...

 

Yarrow: A Common but Incredibly Healful Medicinal

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, is one of my favorite flowers because it is tough and the deer don't seem to like it. Its shallow roots make transplanting easy and it tolerates some neglect in the...

 

Psychological Complexities

This past week, a reader asked me a question. The question was basically the following: I'm really good at what I do for living. So why do I dislike it? The answer can vary from person to person and...

 

Snake Season is Here

Not a hunting season, but a season to admire Montana’s snakes for what they are: a vital cog in the natural world that serves an important purpose even if some of us suffer the heebie-jeebies at the mere thought of a snake. Last week while out for...

 

The High Cost of Permanence

As the Rice Ridge fire pressed down upon us and I prepared to evacuate, my belongings felt like a burden. Protecting them was clearly not worth the loss of someone’s life. I couldn’t help but wish that our culture lived on the land differently....

 

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