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A Visit to the Dentist

Occasionally a few childhood memories remind me that the good old days weren’t necessarily all that good. Dentistry comes to mind here, and how a visit to the dentist has greatly changed for the better over the course of the last fifty years. As a...

 

Forward to the Past

Sometimes enough is enough. I'm thinking specifically here of cell phones. My husband and I both have used Tracfone for years; you maybe remember, those old-fashion flip phones that don't do much...

 

Streaking in Wallace

Every year, my sister and I plan a get-away together. We choose a destination, set a date for our adventure, and off we go. When we lived a mile apart, our sister trips took us in any direction we wanted. Now that we live nine hours apart, we...

 

End of Summer Blues

The thought of approaching winter leaves me cold – no pun intended. Labor Day, in my opinion, denotes the most depressing holiday of the year because of the many events it signifies have come to an end. Hot languid days have come and gone for...

 

Older Dogs Learning New Tricks

I used to believe that old dogs could certainly learn new tricks. After all, age and experience have to count for something. In the case of canines, dogs learn the fine art of manipulating their humans as the dogs age. They can learn at any age what...

 

New Lease on the Biking Life

I have loved biking ever since I first mastered the balancing act required to propel a two wheeled conveyance down the road. Through the years I've had an assortment of bicycles ranging from a single...

 

Packets, Parcels, and Packages

We have absentee neighbors. They live just down the road from us during the summer months, but they have obligations in Nevada so they live in that state for the winter season. Sometimes they need to order items for their Montana home while they are...

 

National Rude People's Day

It seems that anymore, someone somewhere has set a day aside for anything and everything imaginable. Just in the first several days of January and February alone, we have such oddities as Bloody Mary Day, Science Fiction Day, Fruitcake Day, Tater...

 

Spring into Summer and a Healthier You:

Diabetes affects people of all ages, but it occurs more often in older adults. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than one in every four Americans over the age of 65 has diabetes. Managing diabetes can be tough, but support from...

 

Four Seasons

I sat at my desk a few weeks ago looking out my window watching the snow fall. My mood turned as sour as curdled milk as those fluffy white flakes kept slowly but steadily falling out of the sky. If the calendar said November, I’d smile as the...

 

Moose on the Loose

We do have a few moose here in the Virginia City area. We don’t have herds of these largest members of the deer family, like we do elk or deer, but these majestic creatures do roam the countryside. My friends in Alder see them frequently...

 

Breakneck Speed

Cornucopia Road lies just outside Virginia City. This rutted gravel road begins at the pond on the west side of Virginia City, and snakes its way uphill, making numerous sharp curves and turns on its way to the top of the mountain. I would guess a...

 

New Year's Resolutions

With the return of January, every publication in creation tackles the subject of New Year’s resolutions and making improvements of all sorts in one’s life. When the new year dawns bright and fresh, writers, figuring this is a good way to fill...

 

Give It a Year

We humans like instant gratification and quick results. Most of us wait impatiently in line, become enraged when we need to queue up to take our turn, and chew viciously at our fingernails waiting for someone else who does not value punctuality and...

 

The Lost Art of the Thank You Note

My generation grew up writing thank you notes. Whenever we received a gift from anyone, we sat down and wrote a brief note expressing our appreciation for the item in question. Sometimes it proved difficult to thank someone for a totally...

 

"Turning 65: Medicare Basics" Program Offered

Are you nearing the age of 65? If so, you have a lot of decisions to make as you may need to sign up for Medicare. “Turning 65: Medicare Basics” program will be offered from 3 pm to 4 pm on...

 

Halloween Night

My opinion of Halloween has changed drastically through the years. I have come full circle in the process, beginning with an initial delight in the fall celebration as a child, growing to dislike the...

 

Vigilantes Alive and Well in Virginia City

Most people have heard of those famous, or infamous depending on whom you talk to, vigilantes that ruled the streets of Virginia City in late 1863 and early 1864. These citizens took it upon...

 

Shake, Rattle and Roll

Tender footed me has never experienced major weather upheavals. Hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, forest fires, and other natural disasters or weather phenomena all belong in the realm of ‘they happen to someone else, far far away from...

 

State Health Officials Confirm West Nile Virus Cases

State and local public health officials are reporting the season’s first West Nile Virus (WNV) detections with both mosquito samples and humans testing positive for infection. Three human cases have been reported in McCone, Bighorn and Toole...

 

Sunshine Showers

I love the sun. I understand completely why the ancients worshipped this blazing disc. Giver of life, casting brightness to light our path, increasing one’s sense of well-being; John Denver hit the nail on the head. Sunshine on my shoulders DOES...

 

Fancy and Not So Fancy Footwear

I noticed a most stunning pair of shoes this past weekend. These shoes gleamed in the sunlight, the silver soles merged into a metallic red that glistened and flashed as the wearer of these magnificently fashionable footwear moved along the street....

 

Roughing It, 21st Century Style

We learned in school about the hardships those who settled the west endured: no running water, leaky, drafty shacks made from sod or tar paper, working from dawn to dusk to clear the land and get the crops in, sickness, cold, shortage of food; the li...

 

Student Exhibit Documents Social, Cultural Perspectives On The Yellowstone River

Who owns a river? That is the question that Dr. Bruce Wendt’s junior history class at Billings West High School attempted to answer last spring. Their research and project became an exhibit at the Western Heritage Center entitled, “Who Owns the...

 

Big Tobacco – Targeting Our Youth

When you walk into a grocery store or convenience store, what do you see? Rows of groceries. Coolers with soft drinks and beer. Counters and cash registers. And, in a lot of places, tobacco products on a large wall display. Stores aren’t just where...

 

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