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Gutsy Leo

My first trip to the great land, many moons ago, took me to Haines, Alaska. There to cut timber for an outfit called Alaska Forest Products. And Leo Smith was in charge of us out there on the Lynn...

 

New product for Medicare open enrollment 2019: LASSO Healthcare MSA

Hi all, I hope you are enjoying the beautiful fall colors. Medicare Open Enrollment (Oct. 15-Dec. 7) is once again in full swing! This year for 2019, in addition to four regular Medicare Advantage...

 

Collective Shadow

I described the shadow in previous articles but it is so relevant for our daily lives that it is important to present it again. This time let me introduce a few twists and begin with this quote from...

 

Believe

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” -Marcus Aurelius Life. It’s unexplained; the highs and lows, the ebb and flow of good and bad, the mixed bag of emot...

 

Almost a wreck

Many moons ago, when I lived on the Summit, Beaver Creek drainage was my main haunt. Got to know it, like they say, like the back of my hand. So one fine September day, MC and me, you remember M.C. wh...

 

Time to apply for Low Income Energy Assistance

Happy Fall, Now that temperatures are dipping it's once again time to apply for Low Income Energy Assistance (LIEAP) and Weatherization! The State of Montana, through the Department of Public Health...

 

Exaggerations and Beliefs

Exaggerations are not unusual and, of course, everyone has beliefs, but are the two related? The current atmosphere in the U.S. places each person on a visual pedestal and under observation. Today,...

 

The way they were

Many moons ago, before computers took away good men's jobs, Allen Chaffin read the meters around the area. We'd have a talk whenever he caught me at home. He tells me his wife Mildred wanted to...

 

Indian Paintbrush - Hummingbirds' haven

Years ago, I was hiking over a high mountain pass enjoying the insane, kamikaze flights of at least fifty hummingbirds intent on gathering nectar from a field of brilliant red paintbrushes. I was...

 

Lilac

Why do the leaves of my French lilac fold up? It lives outside the garden fence, in full sun, in rocky soil which we have not improved as we did the garden soil. It has small leaves and double dark...

 

It's time to think about your Medicare coverage

As we approach Medicare's Open Enrollment Period, Oct. 15 – Dec. 7, it's time again to start thinking about your Medicare coverage. Open enrollment is when Medicare beneficiaries should review...

 

Projections, Fears and Stories

You might remember from previous articles that psychological projection occurs when we experience another person, object or situation in a way that is influenced by our unconscious (hidden)...

 

Strong enough to bend

It was a hot, high noon in July as I topped Pyramid Pass headed down canyon on an eight-day backcountry trip to the heart of the Bob Marshall. I'd seen the burn scar late last fall after the fires...

 

Hazards of the profession

It was another one of those timber tramps over Idaho way for Columbia Helicopters. Just this side of the grade that goes up to Grangeville, there's a Forest Service road to the left. Up, up through a...

 

You, me and them: Differences

Since there are so many different people in the world, is it a surprise to realize variety is the norm? Unfortunately, the differences can create tensions, problems and provoke harm. This is evident...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    August 2, 2018

Sign up for Smart911

Hi all, I am so thankful for this beautiful July and August weather! We have certainly had our fair share of weather challenges to deal with this past year-fires, floods, wind storms and record...

 

Mint

Q: Clover has invaded my bed of mint and is choking out the mint. Is there any way to eliminate the clover and save the mint? A: You could dig out the clover, but that strikes me as solving the...

 

Ferns Forever

Ferns evolved 360 million years ago when the supercontinent Pangaea still existed. They are one of earth's most ancient plants and predated dinosaurs, mammals and flowering plants by over 120 million...

 

Camp'n Out

Back when I was a lad and Shep was a pup, one of my greatest desires was a week camp'n out in the wilderness. And so one summer it came to pass that myself, brother Tom, cousin Snuffy and last but...

 

Oral Health and Diabetes

Diabetes is a metabolic disease leading to high levels of sugar in the body. It is one of the most commonly encountered chronic diseases identified by health care providers including dentists. What...

 
 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Pototoes

Q: Even though I knew better, I planted my potatoes only two inches deep. Should I pile dirt around them to protect them? A: To protect the developing potatoes from growing at the surface and being...

 

Fear of Leaving One's Home: Agoraphobia

It might seem peculiar to think that some people fear leaving their homes. It's not the home that is in question but the fear of going into the world outside of the home. Sometimes it is described as...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Apply for the Medicare Savings Program!

Happy Fourth of July to everyone! Summer is finally here and we can get outside and enjoy! It's also a great time to save money on Medicare by applying for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP)! If you...

 

Seeley Swan Real Estate - Questions About Fire and Snow

THE QUESTIONS The questions about the market are usually the same – What effect has the Rice Ridge Fire had on real estate in the valley? Has everyone listed their homes for sale after last winter? At the end of July last summer, the Rice Ridge Fir...

 

A Reformed Hippie

We'll just call him M.C. I don't remember where I met him but his story was quite fascinating. He sez he was living in a eucalyptus tree down California way. Working just enough jobs to keep him in we...

 

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