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 By Dale Terrillion    Opinion    May 21, 2020 

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...

 

Seeley-Swan real estate - What now?

2019 SALES FINISHED WITH THE HIGHEST SALES RECORDS SINCE 2005 In 2019, property sales in the valley finished substantially over the total sales records that were set in 2018. The housing markets in th...

 
 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    April 2, 2020

Walls of water, potatoes, zucchini & row covers

Q: What are walls of water? A: They are 18-inch plastic cylinders which act like miniature greenhouses. The wall forms a circle of water-filled tubes. Walls of water can be purchased at a hardware or...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    April 2, 2020

Resources for these challenging times...

Dear Seeley Swan friends,​ I am writing this note from my home office and feel somewhat removed as I expect you all do too. These are extremely challenging times for all of us and can feel scary. I...

 

Protect yourself, stay home and help others

We grew up listening to our parents and grandparents tell stories of personal sacrifice during World War II: rationing, conserving, sharing and pulling together as families, communities and the...

 

Mental health and self-care during the coronavirus crisis

While COVID-19 poses a significant threat to our physical health, it also threatens our mental and emotional health. We're concerned about infection and the health of loved ones. We're struggling...

 

Stop – Chat

Many moons ago while cutt'n timber on a big burn between Lowman and Garden Valley, Idaho for Columbia Helicopter, I drove by a somewhat ramshackle place. One of the last buildings head'n up the river....

 
 By Kim Heninger    Opinion    March 26, 2020

This time....

This time calls upon our creative imagination, coping skills of positive self-talk, understanding and trusting that we can find a new normal. Talkback to worries and look for opportunities. Fresh air...

 

Power from internal to external

Power is often experienced in relation to other people, as when a person expresses power over someone else. However, power is also closely associated with control. An example occurs when one spouse...

 

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