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 By Dale Terrillion    Opinion    July 19, 2018 

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...

 

Abuse

There are many types of abuse, covering many of psychological issues. For example, the types include: physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, bullying, passive-aggressive, employer, social media and...

 

Are Pussytoes Really Flowers?

Rosy Pussytoes (Antennaria rosea) are one of my favorite wildflowers. You might ask why, since they're pretty small in every aspect. I love them because they are tough little buggers and can grow in...

 
 By Dr. Todd Fife    Opinion    June 14, 2018

A Few Words on Lung Cancer

My dad doesn't smoke but this last year he was diagnosed with lung cancer. I suspect this was caused from radiation he received as a teenager in the 1950's. It's certainly not just a smoker's...

 

In Pictures

"We take pictures as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone." ~ Unknown People ask me how I got into photography. I've always loved the same things as the next person... the pretty, scenic overloo...

 
 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Purslane

Q: My vegetable garden has been invaded by purslane. What should I do? Hoe it? Leave it to cover the paths? How can I keep it out of the plants? A: Purslane--that flat succulent weed which grows to... Full story

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    June 7, 2018

What is the Veteran Directed Home and Community Based Services Program

With Memorial Day just passed, I am acutely reminded of all the benefits we enjoy in our country due to the service and sacrifices of United States veterans. The purpose of today's Note from Linda is... Full story

 

Arizona or Bust

I started the winter helping plow and shovel – like everyone else. Mostly I hung around then maybe catch another wolf. What's that about the best-laid plans of mice and me? So anyway, I didn't plan...

 

Kinnickinnick – A Hardy Little Plant

Kinnickinnick, or bearberry, which grows throughout the forests of the West, often goes unnoticed because it is not a showy plant. But it is one of my favorites because each spring, when the arrival...

 

Is Imagination Real?

People often consider imagination to simply be thoughts related to past and present daily experiences. If this were the case, imagination wouldn't be different from memories or reciting a poem....

 

How Happy Is a Clam or a Camper?

SEELEY LAKE – A mother looking fondly at her toddler playing in the sandbox might remark, "He's been fussy all morning, but now look at him – he's happy as a clam." Reportedly, Robert E. Lee...

 
 By Heather Layman    Opinion    May 10, 2018

Ridin'

Yesterday, as I was sitting in the alleyway of the barn watching Twist munch on his oats, listening to music, drinking a beer and taking in the first signs of spring, I thought about my Grandpa. It...

 
 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    May 3, 2018

Planting

Q: With our winter that won't stop, what would you suggest about planting dates for the vegetable garden? Our average date for last frost is June 10. A: If there is one constant about Montana...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    May 3, 2018

Are You Concerned About Memory Loss?

I am taken aback by the beauty we share in the Seeley-Swan Valley this May. We share stunning sunny days, majestic snow covered peaks contrasted against gorgeous blue skies, gushing rivers and eye-catching wildlife. Amidst our glorious surroundings...

 

Psychology of Time

Time has long been a mystery. What is it? How does it influence us? Why does it exist? One of the most important questions is: How does it change? As we get older, we all experience time passing more...

 

Horse Tradin'

It's springtime... no wait. Not in my neck of the woods anyway. It's January 78th, but that's another story for another day.  Anywho... What I meant to say is that it's horse trading season again...

 

Yesteryear

Some of this was from my book "Journey to the Backwoods" When I was lad and ol' Shep was a pup, we lived for a spell in an old homestead on the end of a dirt road. Weren't no modern conveniences but...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    April 5, 2018

MAS Makes Educational Opportunities Available

Dear Seeley-Swan residents, Happy Spring! As you know Missoula Aging Services (MAS) opened a branch office at the Bison & Bear Center in the fall of 2016 called Seeley-Swan Resource Center. I am...

 

Fantasy and Reality

Most people know there is a difference between fantasy and reality. Nonetheless, in our society fantasy is more important than we might imagine. From politics to social media, fantasy influences many...

 

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