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Oppression, anger, explosion

Did you ever shake a carbonated bottle of water, or soda pop or something similar? Of course, you have. The pressure inside the bottle builds-up. You can't see it but when you open the lid, the...

 

We must work together to ensure justice for all

On May 25 our nation witnessed the horror of George Floyd dying with a police officer’s knee pressed into his neck. Mothers everywhere, from Minneapolis to Maine to Missoula, winced hearing a dying man call to his own. This act is but a snapshot...

 

Weekend Warriors

Between work, family/friends and errands, it's understandable why weekend warriors cram all their physical activity into two days. Unfortunately, five days of inactivity, and being active on the...

 
 By Philip Gregory    Opinion    June 4, 2020

The evolution of the .44 magnum continued

This column picks up where the last one ended concerning the development of the .44 Magnum cartridge. The last column ended with the introduction of the first .44 caliber, self contained cartridge...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    June 4, 2020

How to enroll in Medicare during COVID-19

What is Medicare? Medicare is federally supported health insurance for: • People age 65 or older • Anyone on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) • Anyone with End-Stage Renal Disease or... Full story

 
 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    June 4, 2020

Compost, walls of water and plant bedding

Q: Would too many pine needles be bad for my compost? A: Poor old pine needles! They often get a bad rap from gardeners, for no good reason. Pine needles have been accused of making paths slippery...

 

Smart phones may be rapidly aging our necks

It's almost a reflex these days to pull out our smart phones when we're waiting for someone or standing in a line. But what's this modern convenience doing to our neck? A surgeon-led study assessed...

 
 By Kim Heninger    Opinion    May 28, 2020

COVID-19 support group: Strength through each other

Each of our lives have been touched, reconstructed, impacted, emotionally imploded, all to varying degrees. That is what this support group is about. I would like to offer a support group at no...

 

More tools of the trade

From the time I was 15 and bought my first chain saw, that old gear drive McCulloch for $25 with money I earned trapping, I've probably owned every brand of saw made: Lombard, Stihl, Pioneer, Husky, S...

 

Facts about lower back pain (LBP)

Did you know that 80% of Americans will experience significant back pain over their lifetime? Of those Americans that experience back pain, 54% of them spend their day sitting. Leaning forward in an...

 

From isolation to personal development

During this time of sheltering-in-place and isolation, many people are struggling with being alone or even in the same shelter with family members. Isolation is particularly difficult for extraverted...

 

How much exercise do older adults need?

Did you know that not getting enough physical activity has been linked to illnesses like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's and high blood pressure? So how much activity is enough to help...

 
 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    May 7, 2020

Zucchini secrets & bolting spinach

Q: My zucchini always produce poorly. Because of my altitude, I grow them in a hoop house or low plastic tunnel, whichever you call it. They do grow and eventually they flower but I have lots more...

 
 By Kellen Palmer    Opinion    May 7, 2020

Praise for teachers

In our current situation it is more evident than ever the variety of roles teachers take on during the course of the school year. They provide guidance, support, a friendly ear and an education. I...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    May 7, 2020

The TeleCare Program offers social connection

Dear friends in Seeley-Swan, Missoula Aging Services introduced a new program called TeleCare. The TeleCare Program matches clients with volunteers for friendly assurance calls. Volunteers provide a...

 
 By Philip Gregory    Opinion    May 7, 2020

The evolution of the .44 Magnum

I don't have much confidence in the idea that we humans evolved from pond scum but I know for certain that firearms and ammunition have evolved through the ages to give us the wonderful products we...

 

Dentistry and the COVID-19 pandemic

Hello Seeley Swan friends and community members! First, I wish to thank the support of our community throughout the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and the understanding of many patients who had... Full story

 

Exercise and your mood

Exercise has great benefits for your physical health but did you know it can benefit your mental health too? When you exercise your brain releases chemicals like endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and...

 
 By Kim Heninger    Opinion    April 30, 2020

Be exemplary, be safe with DIY masks

News update: We now know that masks are protecting and are necessary. But how do we start this practice, make it fun and easy (do-it-yourself) so it does not take medical masks from our treasured...

 

Children need physical activity

• Did you know that there is a rise in diseases in children that in the past had only been seen in adults? • Things like obesity, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are being seen more...

 

Those mules

There are those like Virgil Burns you could call "mule men." I've had several but wouldn't call myself a "mule man." Often I reasoned who had the smarts - me or the mule? Take Festus for instance....

 

Rejuvenate your health

Hello Seeley-Swan and beyond community! For those of you I have not met yet I'd like to introduce myself and tell you about this great new feature available through the Pathfinder. My name is Kim...

 

Responsibility during a global crisis

There are many ways to understand responsibility. For example, caring for and not endangering another person, such as caring for someone you love – your spouse, your children or your parents. A...

 

What freedom means to me

I am confident if you ask ten people what "Freedom" means to them, you would get ten different replies. During these difficult times of quarantine, maintaining social distances, staying at home and...

 
 By Shirley Faust    Opinion    April 9, 2020

Jury duty - A privilege of democracy

Raise your hand if you would like to serve on a jury. If you raised your hand – thank you! If you didn't, consider this: If you were the subject of a jury trial and needed a jury of your peers to...

 

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