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Food & Flavor 18. Top Sirloin Steak & Braised Brisket 24. Cozy Drinks 28. The Bold and the Beaujolais 32. Bravery & Broccoli

Design 36. Modern Rustic


Fashion 38. Velvet Pants

Love 42. Stacey & Clint 46. Lisa & Corby


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Publisher's Note “Joy is increased by spreading it to others.” Robert Murray McCheyne

Let us be the first to wish you Happy Holidays. We are spreading Holiday Cheer in this issue. If you’re like us, the holiday season has snuck up on you. But we think it is time to celebrate and spread some joy! We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and gather with ones you love and have FUN… Let’s send 2020 out with a bang and maybe a little shove. Until next year… Cheers! Merry everything and a happy always, Amanda and Cindy


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Cover Girl

Furry Girl

Kay Sherman Kay is an Interior Designer with Hunter & Company Interior Design. Originally from Idaho where her parents still reside, she and her husband Warren moved to Whitefish more than 20 years ago where they raised their two daughters. She enjoys traveling for inspiration, history, cooking, summer in Whitefish, and downhill skiing again now that she has discovered heated socks.

Bokeh Bokeh is a sweet ranch dog that we discovered while shooting our wreath making feature in this issue. She is always available for a pat on the head and was a very good model for this segment.

Thanks to the Village Shop in Whitefish for styling this cover shot.

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Editor’s Hope “Hope is being able to see that there is LIGHT despite all the darkness.” Desmond Tutu Let’s face it 2020 hasn’t been a great year. Even if you had some highlights overall it was tough on most everyone. The good news is that we all have the capability to think and seek out the best parts of life…and HOPE.

I HOPE… …for peace despite our differences. …for healing for those that have lost. …for happiness for all those I meet. …for forgiveness for those I have wronged. …for love to carry in your heart. …for a better future for our children and grandchildren. I believe in my fellow woman and believe that we can rise above the noise that has threatened the very essence of our being. As women we are strong-minded and soft-hearted. We have overcome obstacles with integrity. We are driven by a cause. We need to lasso our positive attitude and be part of the change we want to see in the future. Blessings to you and your family throughout the holiday and into 2021. Kristen Hamilton Managing Editor

What did I learn in this issue? I’ve heard about Kegel exercises and how important it is for women to do them daily. Heck I’ve even done them. What I didn’t know is that there is a machine that offers the equivalent of 11,000 Kegel exercises in a 30-minute treatment. Read Sydney Munteau’s story about RejuveCare on page 20 in our Business & Health side. Beaujolais Nouveau wine has always been a favorite of mine, but I didn’t know the history of the Gamay grape and the Beaujolais region. Read Sunshine Deveny’s story on page 28 to learn more including her recommendations for some delicious wines to enjoy over the holiday season. That local U.S. National Parks expert, Becky Lomax, has released her latest book – Moon Guides USA National Parks – 2nd Edition. Becky shares her 10 life lessons with Mary Wallace in our feature story in the Business & Health side on page 16.


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Top Sirloin Steak with White Wine Tarragon Mustard Sauce For the White Wine Tarragon Mustard Sauce 1/4 cup olive oil 1 Tablespoon minced shallots 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard 2 Tablespoons dijon mustard 2 teaspoons brown sugar 3 Tablespoons dry white wine (ie. Sauvignon Blanc) 1 Tablespoon minced fresh tarragon Kosher salt, to taste Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste For the steaks 2 (about 8 ounces each) Top Sirloin Steaks Kosher or sea salt, to taste Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste 1. 1. Preheat oven to Roast 400° F.

2. Make the Sauce: Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook until soft, about one minute. Whisk in the spicy brown mustard, Dijon mustard, and brown sugar. Remove from heat. 3. Whisk in the wine, tarragon, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. 4. Season steaks with salt and pepper on both sides.

5. Heat a large oven proof skillet (preferably cast iron) over high heat. When very hot, place steaks in skillet and sear until a nice dark crust develops, approximately 1-2 minutes on each side.

6. Place pan directly into the oven and cook for 5-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of your steaks and desired doneness. (Test by pressing and feeling steak firmness or check the internal temperature with a thermometer for steak doneness; 130-135°F for medium rare, 155-165°F for medium well.) 7. Remove steak from pan and set aside covered with foil. Allow to rest for about 5 minutes.

8. While the steak rests, warm the sauce if needed. Serve the steaks with the sauce dressed on top.



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Braised Brisket with Sweet Onions and Dried Fruit For the rub spices 1 Tablespoon brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic 1 teaspoon ground mustard 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle 1 Tablespoon kosher or sea salt 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper For the Brisket 4 pounds brisket, first cut 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large sweet onion, sliced thin 1 can diced or crushed tomatoes 1/4 cup dried apricots, minced 1/4 cup golden raisins 1/4 cup chopped dried applesalt and pepper Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine the rub spices: brown sugar, granulated garlic, ground mustard, paprika, ground chipotle, sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Heat olive oil in a large large dutch oven on mediumhigh heat. Sear each side of the brisket till a crust forms, about 3-4 minutes on each side.Remove brisket from the dutch oven pot, then add the onions, can of tomatoes, apricots, raisins and dried apple to the same pot. Bring the sauce to a low boil. Place the brisket back into the pot with the sauce and make sure the brisket is covered in the sauce. Place the cover back on the dutch oven pot and transfer to the oven. Bake the brisket for about 3 hours or until the tender. When finished cooking, remove the brisket from the sauce and cover with foil to let rest for about 5 minutes. When ready to serve, slice the brisket into thin slices and top with the sauce. Serves 6-8


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Boozy Beverages to Get Your Cozy On By Sydney Munteanu Photographed by Ace Photography

No question, the holidays will look a bit different this year. And while I’m not planning on hosting any major holiday parties, I’ll be inviting friends over for a few casual hangs throughout the season. Usually, I’ll ask them to just bring over a bottle of wine and call it a day. But the holidays call for sips that are a bit more festive, fun, and let’s be honest… photographable. So this year, I’ve decided to dig up a few of my tried-and-true recipes from time spent in the wine industry, plus a few recent concoctions, and have embraced the home-entertaining mindset, enlisting the help of Honey Home & Design to get serious about entertaining table decor this winter. Read on for your recipe guide to becoming the hostess with the most hot cocoa! Garnishes (and adorable glassware) are optional, but highly encouraged.

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

This is an oldie but a goodie recipe. It was part of my invention for wine-infused cocktails from the days I used to run a wine blog. It’s been made a couple of times since and I love it because it's delicious and super simple. (You likely don’t even have to go to the store for the ingredients.) It’s a rich drink, so this cocoa makes for a great dessert idea! Serves 3

1/2 bottle of red wine 12 oz bag chocolate chips (I love Lily’s no-sugar added) 3/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice) Pinch of salt Garnishes: Whipped cream, marshmallows, candy canes or cinnamon sticks


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Combine the chocolate chips, wine, and milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate chips are melted and the mixture is hot. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream + marshmallows!


(Vegan) Chai Tea Latte Cocktail

Yes, Kahlua is vegan! So I’m running with this one and using almond milk to keep the recipe so. I tend to stay away from dairy so my tummy stays happy, but you could easily swap out the almond for whatever milk you prefer. You can even get creative on the tea flavor if there’s something else you fancy (or have in your cabinet!). Makes 2

2 1/4 cups almond milk 2 chai tea bags 2 cinnamon sticks 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 oz. Kahlua Maple syrup, to taste Garnishes: Whipped cream, whole star anise, cinnamon sticks

Heat the almond milk to a simmer in a saucepan. Add the tea bags and cinnamon, cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Remove the tea bags and cinnamon sticks. Then add in the vanilla, Kahlua, and maple syrup to taste. Pour into two mugs and serve warm with garnishes.



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Cinnamon Hot Toddy

It’s toddy time! Until I made my first one at home, I didn’t realize how simple this drink was to make! This toddy recipe is naturally sweetened with cinnamon + maple syrup. It’s really the perfect cocktail for chilly evenings or an après ski.

For 1 drink: Juice from 1/2 a lemon 2 Tbsp maple simple syrup Sprinkle of cinnamon 2 ounces bourbon Hot water (to fill) Garnishes: Lemon slices, cinnamon sticks

To make a single toddy, add the lemon juice, maple syrup, 2 ounces bourbon, and top off your mug with hot water to top (use less water for a stronger drink, more water for a weaker drink). Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon slice to serve. The longer it steeps the stronger the cinnamon, lemon flavor becomes. Repeat for more drinks!


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Apple Cider Moscow Mule

This drink is so smooth you won’t even know you’re drinking alcohol! The hard apple cider combined with the citron vodka is perfection, no hard bite from the vodka, but the key to this drink is making sure you add a dash of cinnamon!

4 oz. hard apple cider 4 oz. ginger beer 1.5 oz. Absolut citron vodka Juice from half a lime Dash of ground cinnamon

Garnishes: Apple slices, lemon & lime wedges, cinnamon stick or sprig of rosemary In a cocktail shaker, add ice cubes, hard apple cider, ginger beer, vodka, lime juice, and cinnamon. Shake. Pour mixture over a cooper cup filled with crushed ice.

Holiday Spritzer

2019 was my year of discovering the Aperol spritz. I love it as a summer drink, but funny enough, I rarely think of it as a winter option. This version feels festive with its flavors of rosemary and red and green garnishes. Go with an affordable Champagne, cava, Prosecco, or other dry sparkler for this one!

For 1 drink: 1 1/2 ounces Suze liqueur 1 ounce club soda 1 ounce pomegranate juice 3 ounces sparkling wine

Garnishes: Sugar for the rim, cranberries, lemon wedges, fresh rosemary and/or sprig of sage Combine Suze, club soda, and orange juice in an ice-filled rocks glass. Stir gently to combine. Top with bubbly, garnish with an orange wheel and a sage sprig.


The Bold and the Beaujolais… By Sunshine Deveny, CSW Bigfork Liquor Barn

The Beaujolais wine region is situated in east central France just south of Burgundy and north of the Rhone Valley. Technically a part of Burgundy where the esteemed vineyards of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grow, but the story of Beaujolais is dominated by the grape varietal Gamay (or more accurately Gamay Noir a Jus Blanc). Of the 50,000 acres of vineyards in Beaujolais, 95% of them are planted with Gamay. The Gamay grape is known for being low in tannins with a thin skin resulting in a light red wine that can be drunk young. Vintners can also create a stunning wine full of depth and character when made in the traditional manner of wines of distinction. Growing Gamay in the granite soils of Beaujolais gives the wine tastes of red fruit, raspberry, spice, and deep floral notes. If crafted carefully, substantial character and rich structure can be derived from these grapes, producing bottles capable of aging and similar in nature to the more difficult to grow neighbor Pinot Noir to the north.

Grapes are believed to have been first planted in Beaujolais in the first century BC by the Romans, and there is still evidence of Roman influence in the regions of Brouilly and Morgon. Over time the vineyards transferred hands, sometimes by force, with the conquerors continuing to tend the vines. By the 10th century Beaujeu had been declared the capital and was ruled by Dukes until it was ceded to Bourbonnais in 1400. Here starts the sordid history which separates Beaujolais from the rest of the geographical region of Burgundy, and where the Gamay grape takes center stage.


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During the bubonic plague Phillippe the Bold made his famous decree outlawing the Gamay grape and forbidding its cultivation. This dubious declaration to his subjects stated Gamay (Gameez below) was “a very bad and disloyal variety called Gameez.” He went on to state: “And this wine of Gameez is such a kind that it is very harmful to human beings, so much so that many people who had in the past were infested by serious diseases, as we’ve heard; because said wine from said plant of said nature is full of significant and horrible bitterness. For this reason, we solemnly command you… all who have said vines of Gameez to cut them down or have them cut down, wherever they may be in our country, within five months.” Phillippe’s bold decree was motivated by the fact that Burgundy and Beaujolais were well known for its Pinot Noir, which was valued not only for its monetary return but also as a bargaining chip in diplomatic negotiations. While Gamay is much easier to grow and lined the pockets of those vintners who grew it, it did not provide Phillippe with the return on investment he was after. The decree hindered but did not stop plantings of the grape, as sixty years later his successor Philippe the Good had to make a similar decree for similar reasons. As time passed Gamay was reinstated in the vineyards of Beaujolais, leading to another more recent chapter in Gamay’s existence, Beaujolais Nouveau. To understand Beaujolais Nouveau, one must start with the law. The first legislation on wine

originated with the appellation d’ origine controlee (AOC) in 1901, and Beaujolais was declared its own wine region in 1936. With such designation comes rules about when and how much of that year’s wine could be released. After World War II, the law was ratified allowing Beaujolais producers to release more wine earlier to lift the spirits of the citizens. This earlier release was eventually determined to be on the third Thursday of November allowing consumption of the wines just weeks after they were made (hence “Nouveau”). Soon enthusiasts were literally racing to get Beaujolais Nouveau causing a spike in demand, and the release became a national event. Word spread around the world and Beaujolais Nouveau was shipped globally to be enjoyed on the third Thursday of November. By the 1980’s demand had far surpassed supply, and other producers jumped on the bandwagon. The unfortunate result was a flooding of the market with low quality wine. The markets in turn reacted, turning their backs on Beaujolais Nouveau, leaving Beaujolais with a somewhat tarnished reputation. However, to turn one’s back on Beaujolais is to pass up a tremendous value. More emphasis has been placed on the unique terroir, mostly granite soils in which gamay thrives. Wine enthusiasts especially love the ten Beaujolais Cru (St.-Amour, Julienas, Chenas, Moulin-a-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnie, Côte-deBrouilly, and Brouilly).

One producer of note is Nicole Chanrion, who began her career in the 1970s. Her mother thought that creating great wines was man’s work, but she would not be deterred in her goal of following a deep family tradition of becoming a vigneronne. Her passion drove her to work 6.5 hectares (16.1 acres) boldly by herself and to later become the president of Cote-de-Brouilly appellation. Nicole still demands that her grapes are hand harvested and techniques in the cellar are completely traditional including whole cluster fermentation, full carbonic maceration, native yeasts, and at least nine months aging in oak foudres. Her vineyard is home to 10 to 12 thousand vines per hectare all situated on the east and north east facing mid slopes of the Cote-deBrouilly. These hillsides are a prehistoric volcano that left blue schist stone and volcanic rock creating a unique terroir. The result is cherished wines of great structure, minerality, and aging potential.

Nicole has three wines I would like to feature for the holidays a red, white, and sparkling all made from Gamay. Beaujolais pairs so well with the variety of foods we prepare for our feasts and are such crowd pleasers you’ll be covered.

The first, Chanrion Brut “Effervescence,” is a vintage sparkling wine. A brilliant white sparkler that is made in the “Methode Traditionnelle” has aromas of honey, orange blossoms and buttercups. Amazing small beaded mousse (the bubbles) leads to flavors of white grapefruit, stone fruit, and minerality. This wine has wonderful balance and structure leading to a pleasant lingering finish. Start your holiday party with this beauty and light appetizers.

Second, Chanrion Blanc “Perle De Gamay” is a very unique bottling of Gamay (which typically produces red wine because of Gamays purple skin). The grapes are lightly pressed with no skin contact creating a clear wine with opalescence hues, just like a pearl. The aromas and flavors mirror the “effervescence” with a nice acidity holding up to your holiday entrees and pleasing your white wine lovers.

Lastly, Chanrion Côte De Brouilly. This is a garnet red, medium bodied wine with aromas of rose petals, violets, and strawberries. The flavors of bright red raspberries and cherries are well integrated with tannins and acid. It finishes with a finessed spiciness due to the minerality. Beaujolais has so much to offer. Wines that over deliver for the price. Sunshine Deveny, CSW Bigfork Liquor Barn



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A Q& r e i h t e k c i H y r Mallo

At Trovare, they are always cooking up new ideas. The inspiration behind many of those ideas is Mallory Hickethier, co-owner and master of all things concerning operations. For this issue she joins her Mom, Julie, in the Trovare kitchen. Several months ago, Trovare began offering cheese and charcuterie boards. Mallory is committed to the labor and artistry that goes into each board, many of which are custom made to the customers preferences. Let's make a few turns with Mallory and share her story. What do you suggest serving with cheese? A jam and/or mustard, olives and/or cornichons, charcuterie (cured meats), and crackers or a baguette. And wine... that's my favorite! How did you learn to create beautiful boards? By watching other people build theirs on Instagram and just by doing them. There isn't a wrong way to build a board. It is really just about what you and your guests love! How did you come up with the names for your cheeseboards? We have seen other stores name their boards after towns in Italy. Since Whitefish is known for skiing, we wanted to incorporate our love for skiing and the ski resort into the names. Our cheeseboards are named "Home Again," "Goat Haunt," "Hellroaring," "Mully's," and "Good Medicine" which are all trail names most people know and recognize from Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Mallory Hickethier and Julie Hickethier You have a degree in Business Marketing, how did you get into the cheese business? During my last semester of college at the University of Montana, I was job searching when my mom brought up the idea of wanting to open a kitchen store. We had run through thousands of ideas of what towns in Montana would be best. After doing research about the fastest growing towns in Montana that didn't already have a kitchen store, we decided Whitefish was the best place for us. Our family grew up in the ski racing world in Montana, so Whitefish wasn't foreign to us and had always been a dream place to live. Then ideas started rolling about what we would have in our store. Our good friend, Brie, owns Mavens Market in Bozeman, MT and similar to their specialty cheeseboard offerings, we knew we would like to incorporate cheese and charcuterie into our business. When we started to understand more about cheese and meat pairings, Antonella and I put our ideas together to create our own cheese and charcuterie boards. What is your favorite kind of cheese? My favorite kind of cheese depends on the day. I always love Midnight Moon which is a goat gouda that is aged for 6+ months or Parmigiano Reggiano from the Valserena Dairy which is the oldest Parmigiano Reggiano dairy in Parma, Italy. What is your favorite cheese paring on a cheeseboard? Any of our cheeses with the Stone Ground Mustard for Cheese by East Shore Specialty Foods.

What's coming for Trovare next in regard to cheeseboards? We are looking into getting a larger cooler so we can offer more cheeses and different kinds of charcuterie. Eventually I will be going to "Cheese School" to become a certified Cheesemonger by the American Cheese Society! How has your life changed from a few years ago? Never in a million years would I have guessed that I would own a retail kitchen store with my mom learning about olive oil and vinegars, building cheeseboards, and hosting cooking classes. After graduation, I thought I would go work for an advertising agency in Seattle, WA or Austin, TX. I am so happy here and I'm so glad that I said yes to opening a store with my mom because had I not, it wouldn't have led me to learn new things about cooking and being able to continue my ski racing career by coaching the All Mountain Rangers for the Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation. Did you ever imagine that you would be working in a kitchen store with your mom? NEVER! Trovare was always her dream but I can say now that's it our dream to see it succeed.


Bravery &

Broccoli By Austine K. Siomos, MD – Pediatric Cardiologist at Rocky Mountain Heart & Lung

“What is brave?” asked our five-year-old girl before bed a few months ago. I have thought about it off and on since then. There have been countless opportunities for bravery in the news and in daily life. These are some questions I have considered while thinking about my daughter’s challenge. How do we model bravery? How do we talk with our children about bravery? How do we know they are being brave when we are not near them? How do we guide them to become their best selves while acknowledging our own imperfections? We have been asked to be brave lately not only in our approach to the pandemic but also in many other areas, including racial unrest in our country.

In 1946 Albert Einstein gave a commencement speech at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. His speech included a now famous quote, “There is separation of colored people from white people in the United States. That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. I do not intend to be quiet about it.” Although this is not a shocking sentiment now, at the time it was unusual for anyone to speak up about the caste system of the time. It was also dangerous.


Einstein was famous for his scientific accomplishments, but also had first hand knowledge of discrimination as he had fled Germany with

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a bounty on his head in the 1930s. He spoke his opinion, even though his opinion was not popular at the time. He embodied moral bravery.

We have obvious examples of physical bravery in our community and the world. That doesn’t mean that physical bravery is easy. A teacher who has a group of in-person students during the COVID-19 pandemic is showing physical bravery by being present every day and risking his or her health. He or she is also likely showing moral bravery in promoting mask wearing among students and faculty. As Veronica Roth writes in Divergent, “a brave man acknowledges the strength of others.” There are countless examples of strength and bravery in our world today, from essential workers to front line workers to those who are caring for others at home. I am not always brave. The single most motivating thing that convinces me to be brave when I don’t want to is my children. I want them to see me make the difficult choices. I want them to know what it is like to speak their truth, even if it is unpopular.

While occasionally portrayed as unpopular in cartoons, broccoli is good for you. I tell my children a lot of things about broccoli. I tell them it makes them strong, that it makes them grow, that it’s the best for their brains. I may as well

tell them it makes them brave also. There may be a component of placebo effect there, but why not?

Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable. Its close relatives are cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and kale. Although the claims I make to my children may not be highly scientific, there are plenty of scientific reasons to eat broccoli as well.

Lower your risk of cardiovascular disease

Broccoli is an excellent source of fiber, potassium and antioxidants. A study in the journal of the American Heart Association in 2018 demonstrated that older women whose diets are rich in cruciferous vegetables have a lower risk of atherosclerosis.

Reduce inflammation

Every body produces molecules called free radicals, which are toxic in large amounts. Buildup of free radicals is one of the risk factors for cancer. Environmental stresses add to free radicals. Broccoli contains antioxidants that neutralize free radicals.

Decrease your risk of cancer

A study in the journal Science in 2019 demonstrated indole-3-carbinol as a powerful antitumor compound. Fortunately, broccoli is one of the best natural sources of indole-3-carbinol!


I am not always brave. The single most motivating thing that convinces me to be brave when I don’t want to is my children. I want them to see me make the difficult choices. I want them to know what it is like to speak their truth, even if it is unpopular. Boost immune health

Think oranges are the best source of vitamin C? Think again! Broccoli is a surprisingly abundant source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that supports the immune system. One cup of steamed broccoli provides more than 100% of the RDA for vitamin C.

In closing, as Hermione says in Harry Potter, “Books, and cleverness! There are more important things – friendship and bravery.” And Broccoli.

Brave Broccoli


This is almost cheating, it’s so simple. It’s a favorite with my family. The key is sesame oil, which can be used in small amounts to give a sweet, nutty and satisfying flavor that pairs wonderfully with broccoli. Ingredients • 1 pound rice noodles (or udon, soba, wheat) • 2 tablespoons sesame oil • 1-2 heads of broccoli, chopped • 2-4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced • salt and pepper to taste • ½ teaspoon ginger (fresh or ground) • optional garnishes – sesame seeds, almonds, green onions Instructions 1. Cook noodles al dente in a large pot of salted water, drain, set aside

Dr Austine Siomos Pediatric Cardiologist Austine Siomos, MD, brought her training and expertise with pediatric patients to Kalispell Regional Healthcare in September 2015. Dr. Siomos practices at Montana Children’s Specialists, a department of Kalispell Regional Medical Center. She is also part of Montana Children’s and its team of more than 40 pediatric specialists. She has been recognized for several academic accomplishments, including receiving a Pediatric Resident Professionalism Award. She also conducted extensive medical research and devoted time to community service, serving at a Denver clinic for uninsured patients, setting up medical clinics in Guatemalan villages, and working with Habitat for Humanity. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children, as well as baking, recycling and studying languages.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a large sauté pain over medium heat, add broccoli florets and season with salt and pepper. Sauté the broccoli for 4-5 minutes. I like to add a little water so that the broccoli does not become charred, but some like the char

3. Stir in the garlic and continue sautéing for 1-2 minutes 4. Combine the pasta, broccoli and garlic with the remaining sesame oil and the ginger 5. Serve warm topped with garnishes or refrigerate for up to 3 days. Enjoy!



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modern rustic By Wright’s Furniture

With many people turning to home projects and redecorating during these times, we are here to show you just how simple a home refresh can be. At Wright’s our designers work determinedly to present stylish products that are as unique as they are functional. Whether you are updating a single piece to a whole room, Modern Rustic style is favored by many. Embrace rustic charm and comfort with modern amenities. This decor is created through a mix of modern lines, natural elements, earth tones and rustic materials. As a plus, modern rustic designs combine beautifully with many other styles.

Use natural elements such as wood grain, branches, leaves, feathers or antlers as inspiration within a modern rustic design. This unique accent chair shown above features a branch inspired frame made of polished stainless steel and is accented with comfort spring down cushions in a fabric or leather of your choice.


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Mountain modern decor favors a natural light-filled room with a mix of wood tones, metals, leathers or other natural textures, neutral fabrics and large windows.

Designed to stand out, this laminated teak slice panel headboard is paired with upholstered rails and footboard to create a stunning mountain modern bed. It is available in a size king and in the smoke color finish as shown. -All the featured pieces as well as many other options are available at Wright's Furniture Store in Whitefish6325 HWY 93 South, Whitefish, Montana 59937 | 406.862.2455 | Open Daily |Free Local Delivery | Free Design Services | www.wrightsfurniturestore.com



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Stacey June 26, 2020


Location Lake McDonald – Glacier National Park Photography by Carrie Ann Photography


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is when she walks into the room and you smile just from seeing her even if it has only been a few minutes since she left.

Who are you?

Stacey McGough now Franklin from Whitefish, MT. I’m a gemologist and the owner of McGough & Co. I’m the proud mom of two adult children, Andrea & Hunter Lamoureux. I’m passionate about hiking and the outdoors. Clint Franklin of Edmond, OK. Employee benefits agency owner.

How did you meet?

Clint: We started talking through an on-line dating site. Because of the distance, we never really planned on meeting each other. But after a couple of months of talking, Stacey was coming to Tulsa, OK, for an event so I drove up to meet her and take her to dinner. A few weeks later I went to Whitefish to see Stacy and we have been going back and forth ever since.

The Proposal?

Stacey: Clint proposed to me on the shore of Lake McDonald after a day of hiking last September.



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is the deep desire to want to be on this life journey together and share every wonderful and not so wonderful experience together.

What is love?

Stacey: This is hard to answer because anything I say sounds a little corny. Love is just knowing. Love is the peace you get knowing you are with the right person. Love is the feeling of acceptance. Love is the pitter patter you get in your heart and the funny feeling in your stomach when you see his face, hold his hand or hear your phone ring and know it is him. It’s the warm feeling you get when you realize you get to spend your entire life with him, get to grow old with him and experience life with him. Love is the deep desire to want to be on this life journey together and share every wonderful and not so wonderful experience together.


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Clint: Love is when she walks into the room and you smile just from seeing her even if it has only been a few minutes since she left. Love is missing her the moment you are away from her. Love is spending time thinking about the life you will live together and looking forward to growing old together.


Shout Out

Hair:  Michelle Rice - Red Union Salon Makeup:  Riley Freeman Flowers:  Mums

Live music at reception:  Billy Angel Cake:  Miss Patty Cakes Reception:  Casey’s Rooftop bar Jewelry:  McGough & Co Tux:  Mimi’s Bridal Pastor:  David Halen Music at wedding:   Mike Eldred & Nick Spear The week leading up to the wedding was filled with fun area adventures including whitewater rafting, gondola rides, zip lines, hiking, and fishing.

Above Photos by Hope Kauffman

The night before Clint and Stacey’s wedding at the family dinner, Clint’s family surprised the couple with a good oldfashioned dousing of silly string. Thanks to photographer Hope Kauffman for capturing these images. What do you love most about each other?

Stacey: Every girl has “the list.” If you don’t know what “the list” is, let me explain. My daughter and I composed a list of qualities we wanted in a man when Andrea became of dating age. She composed her list and I composed mine. We both agreed she would never marry until she found a man that met the qualities she had on her list and I agreed never to re-marry until I found a man that met the qualities on my list. Clint met all of the qualities on my list. Some of the items on my list were: 1. He has to love God. 2. Remind me of my grandfather (same qualities). 3. Has to be able to sing. 4. Loves the outdoors. 5. Hardworking, Etc. Clint is kind, gentle and genuine. He is an amazing father. I love watching him interact with his two sons. He is always encouraging. When he compliments and encourages, it enables me to move forward and accomplish things I never would have done without his loving nudges. He is so much fun. I cherish our time together. We truly enjoy each others company no matter what we are doing.

Clint: I love her beauty, inside and out. I love her laugh and her smile. I love how she loves life and wants to live it fully. That she loves God.

When did you know you were in love?

Stacey: We had talked via text, email and phone for about two months before we met in person. We met for dinner and drinks in Tulsa. Before I left the hotel room to meet Clint, I heard a voice say, “your life is about to change.” I was so nervous and I knew at that moment something was different. But it was about a month after that and a bit of quality time spent together that I knew that I had fallen in love. Clint: It was about two months after we met in person, about 4 months after we had started talking. Just before the new year in 2017, I flew to Whitefish and surprised her at work. That night I told her I loved her.

Wedding Details?

It was limited to family only with the exception of

a couple of close friends. Our initial plans were changed due to COVID-19 restrictions but that didn’t stop us. The ceremony, performed by Pastor David Halen, was short and simple but extremely meaningful. Pastor Halens words will be remembered and cherished forever. Michael Eldred sang John Denver’s Annie’s Song and was accompanied by guitarist Nick Spear. They are both amazing musicians and the song was perfect. The day was amazing and the weather was perfect. Our reception was held at the rooftop bar at Casey’s in Whitefish with spectacular views. 13 members of Clint’s family traveled from Oklahoma for the wedding. Clint and I spent our wedding night at Whitefish Lake Lodge.


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Location Gratitude Ranch - Kalispell, Montana Photography by Kat Green Photography

Who are you?

Lisa Keller - Born and raised in the Flathead valley. A local realtor with Beckman’s Real Estate. Plus, a representative in the snowmobile industry as a dealer representative with a clothing company called FXR. Lisa has raced cars at the local Raceway Park and snowmobiles with the RMSHA HillClimb circuit.

Corby Kendall – A contractor here in the valley. He works hard to provide for his family. Corby is always kind and generous. Together they enjoy fishing, camping and the outdoors with family and friends.

How did you meet?

Online LOL! A few weeks after talking online, we met and instantly became friends.

The Proposal?

Lisa: Corby had it all planned, and I had no idea. We went to Coeur d’Alene for a long weekend. I was going to be on a road trip with FXR for three weeks and he wanted to let me relax before the trip. Saturday night we had a nice dinner at the Coeur d’Alene resort. Following dinner, we wandered around the resort in the direction of the sky bridge. It was a very snowy evening and he asked if I was going to be warm enough. I said, “Of course I was.” He said he wanted to go to the sky bridge to see where the ferry takes off from. While we were in the middle of the bridge, I was showing him where the ferry is usually ported. He said “Lisa”,


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I Love that even though we’re both very stubborn in our own way, we can still negotiate and compromise to keep both of us happy.

but I didn’t look at him and I repeated that it is there between the windows. He said “Lisa” again and I turned around and he had a ring in his hand. I looked at him and said “SERIOUSLY, CORBY!” He asked, “Will you marry me?” Of course, I said yes!

What is love?

Lisa: Love is finding the one that you can’t live without. It is being with your best friend. Someone that is always on your team and you appreciate and respect them. We are in this together.

and has never tried to change me. He accepts my faults and we make a great team. I am confident in our relationship.

Corby: I love that even though we’re both very stubborn in our own way, we can still negotiate and compromise to keep both of us happy.

When did you know you were in love?

Lisa: I knew the first time I saw him. I said to myself, “Yup I choose you.”

Corby: Trust in being able to go any length with each other. Having each other’s back, no matter what. Caring for one another through all the good and the bad.

Corby: I knew I was in love after a few short months. Feelings were different and everything felt more comfortable. Her feelings mattered to me. We formed a tight bond that I knew would last forever. I wasn't going to let her get away and everything felt right.

Lisa: I love that he gets me. He lets me be me

Since we planned our wedding during COV-


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Wedding Details - Lisa:

ID-19, we had to rely on our family and friends to help pull it off. From making bouquets from driftwood we had collected, to building an arbor and the dancefloor, everyone pitched in and we couldn’t have done it without them. Angie at Gratitude Ranch provided the perfect wedding location and made the final touches to tie it all together. One of my most cherished moments was making a grand entrance in my late grandfather’s ’57 Ford Fairlane. I’m grateful to my cousin Josh for offering it and my dad for working to get it running. Every part of the wedding had a special significance which made the day that much more wonderful.

Fun fact:

We both are huge procrastinators!


We are planning a honeymoon in Florida as soon as we’re able.

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Karen Young

They are the perfect size to treat yourself or someone special.

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32. KRH New Winkley Mobile Mammography 34. Igniting Well-Being 40. Postpartum Support 44. Prevent Cervical Cancer 48. The Health Benefits of a Smile


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have long been a traditional holiday decoration, holding a classic charm and simplicity that works with every home. The variation of the actual design of the wreath is limited only by your imagination. I personally love creating wreaths that are not too trendy; weaving together varying textures, shapes, and colors to provide interest. I prefer fresh wreaths over dried or faux. However, if I must use faux, I incorporate a few fresh sprigs of greenery to make it come to life. I also like to use different base pieces to create interest. While visiting an Antique faire this last week, I scooped up a large wood Hungarian breadboard and an oversized tobacco tray—to create a few looks that you can make yourself. I hope these how-to tips will inspire you to create a unique wreath or front door statement this holiday season.

Get the Look Tobacco Tray

These come in varied sizes, and can be found at local antique fairs and online retailers.

Fieldworkers used these trays during the harvest season on tobacco farms- they would clip the tobacco leaves, and lay them on these trays to carry and dry. These architecturally interesting trays create the perfect base for large doors, gates or walls. Start by incorporating the shape of your greens. I opted for a swag look for the one created below. Place the first layer of greens down, then weave in your second and third layer of greens—until you’re happy with the results. Then weave in colorful sprigs of reds, twigs, berries, pinecones or whatever you feel artistically. Secure the layers of greens with green floral wire to the tobacco tray…then hang on a wall or door. I usually hang this large tray on the dining wall, during the holidays.



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Grape Vine



Grape Vine Wreaths

I like using a grapevine wreath for its natural beauty, but because of its earthy tone I balance it by adding small whimsical greens. To keep the earthy feeling, I like to add small white berry twigs, and cotton springs. To enhance the look, add a set of large bells or hang (from the center of the wreath) an antique cow bell. Adorn with your favorite color ribbon.

Make Your Own Wreath Material Needed

Floral wire - Wire cutters - A wire wreath form - 2-4 assorted greens Ribbon (optional) - Twigs and sprigs for accents

The Hungarian Breadboard

I love the history, and shape, that antique wood bread board’s offer. I found this one at an antique faire and used it on a kitchen wall, along with other various shapes and sizes of breadboards as a wall collage. You see this in the French countryside homes, combining function with art. When the bread board is taken off the wall, it can be used as a base to create beautiful cheese trays. After using the tray, wash it and hang it back on the wall as art. I decided to use this large one as the base for my front door holiday swag. Lay large lighter fern (like evergreen pieces) down, then a second and third layer of smaller whimsical evergreens. I like using the branches of the Deodar Cedar, because of the whimsical dark green character it holds. Next, weave in your berries or colored foliage. Then, tie the ends together with green floral wire (or a rubber band) and secure to the handle of the breadboard. Grab your favorite ribbon, with a wired edge, and make a bow around the handle to camouflage the wire…then hang onto the door or wall. I often tie long chimes on the handle, or jingle bells.

Step 1: Cut all your fresh greens and sprigs to various lengths, layout for easy access. Pre-cut strips (medium and long) of your floral wire.


In recent years, antlers have become popular. I have incorporated them (in their natural color) into table centerpieces during the holidays. I have even seen them painted gold and silver. I think the antlers pair nicely with the traditional evergreen wreath. This wreath was created with a store purchased faux wreath. We weaved in a few fresh greens to add texture, added pinecones and antlers, then secured all with floral wire.


Boxwood is beautiful in its fresh state, as well as in its dry form. The boxwood has a little more traditional look, and those who are allergic (or do not like the traditional evergreens) can incorporate the boxwood wreath into their holiday décor easily. On this wreath, I wanted a little more texture. I started with a base of grape vine, then layered dry boxwood greens, and fresh green boxwood. Next, I added a red and green variegated foliage—for a little color. This would look unique if you weaved in some grape vine ribbon (this can be found on rolls at your local craft store, in the floral making department).

Step 1: Lay wire wreath form wide side down- start layering in the

first layer of greens, as you lay them flat, secure with floral wire. Continue this until the entire wreath form is covered. Repeat with weaving in second, and third layers of greens. Secure each layer as you go along. Last, layer in berry twigs and sprigs, pine cones, colored foliage, and bells—securing with floral wire.


Magnolia is the perfect base for a wreath or a table runner. For individuals who may be allergic or simply not a fan of evergreen for holiday creations, you can find Magnolia fresh in local floral shops, as well as dried. They come with just the leaves or with the large white flowers. Both options are beautiful, and ideal for the holidays. I opted for the dried… non-flowered base, because I wanted to add some fresh sprigs of green that were whimsical into the wreath along with a splash of red berries. Pictured on cover.

Wreath & Swag Tips

Think outside the box for incorporating a base. Anything will work—flat back basket, chicken wire cones, old window frames, shutters, vintage snow shows—really, the ideas are endless.

Tips: Always use at least two greens, with different textures and color. When laying the greens together, make sure they all go in the same direction (so they lay flat). Otherwise, you will end up with a wild looking wreath. Layer in enough greens to cover the entire wreath form and create fullness. Weave in the various materials— rather than just layering them, you want it to look natural. Soak greens overnight in a bucket, prior to starting your project… to ensure longevity.



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The Simple Fresh Green Christmas Table

There is something so elegant about the simple red Tartan plaid and greens. I wanted to help you create a simple table setting for your indoor, or Alfresco, Christmas table.

What you will need‌

Red Tartan plaid table cloth, Light green Spruce branches, Dark green Evergreen springs, Pomegranates, Berries, Floral wire, Wicker charger plates, Neutral napkins. Add low votive candles, wine glasses, friends, and food.


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Cutting into a pomegranate

Step 1: Cut the crown of the pomegranate off Step 2: Cut six vertical slices around the pomegranate Step 3: Pry open the pomegranate. Make sure to work over a bowl of water, to catch the falling seeds.

Step 4: Remove the middle membrane knob. You are now ready to deseed. Work your way through each slice by prying away the peel from the seeds. When you are done your seeds should be on the bottom of the bowl and the white flesh should be floating on top. Scoop out the flesh and drain the water.



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Life Lessons From Becky Lomax Becky hiking in Glacier National Park. Photo by Cynthia Dearing

By Mary Wallace

Becky Lomax has been camping and hiking all her life. She’s like the ‘Rick Steves’ of U.S. National Parks, giving advice on all the best places to go, things to do, and sights to see in our nation’s great outdoors - so much so, that she’s written a handful of books, so others can enjoy camping and hiking in the USA, too. Suffice it to say that she’s learned lots of life lessons as she went.

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Unplug and live in the moment. Becky has found that it is essential for everyone to unplug from today’s barrage of constant chatter and instant communication. She calls it ‘laundering your brain.’ Everyone should spend time to get outside, soak up the scenery, sit along the quiet shore of a deserted mountain lake and just listen to the sounds and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Taste the huckleberries. Immersion is the best way to experience our national parks, so be conscious of being fully present and living in the moment when you go.

Life Lesson #2:

Not everyone was blessed to spend their childhood adventures camping and hiking with their family. Becky grew up in and around the Seattle

area. She was the oldest of 5 kids. Her earliest memories are of family times spent camping in the woods; they never vacationed in the big city. It was just what they did!

Her first clue was while she was guiding a writer from BACKPACKERS MAGAZINE on a backpacking trip in Glacier. Becky was sharing her stories and he looked at her and said, “You really don’t know, do you?” “Ummm…Know what?”, Becky asked. “That MOST people did NOT grow up hiking and camping and haven’t the least idea how to do it, where to go, what to see and what they could learn,” he responded. It truly had never occurred to her that everyone didn’t have this basic understanding of the lifestyle.

Life Lesson #3:

Don’t let your own stupidity cause an ‘International incident.’ In 2018, Becky was hiking in Waterton Lakes National Park, taking the Lakeshore Trail to Goat Haunt across the international border. Becky walked the reasonably flat trail at a fast clip when she failed to dodge an exposed root, which sent her flying and she shattered her hip. One of her hiking partners ran to Goat Haunt to get help while his wife stayed with her. The Glacier NPS rangers arrived via boat since the trail was only 30 feet from the water. The local Waterton EMS crew



(who were apparently bored to tears) turned the rescue into an international event by arriving to help, packing Becky in a fullbody air splint and transporting her by boat back to the waiting ambulance in the Waterton Townsite. After a clinic and a hospital stay in Alberta, Becky was eventually transported 48 hours later to the hospital in Kalispell for surgery.

Life Lesson #4:

Don’t conform, be true to yourself. Becky originally set out to be a teacher. She earned her masters degree from the University of Washington and subsequently taught high school literature and writing for 14 years. After she and her husband moved to Montana in the early 1990s, she worked at a ski area and as a hiking and backpacking guide in Glacier for a decade. She had been mulling over the idea of becoming a writer in her own right when a photographer friend casually mentioned that MOON TRAVEL GUIDES was seeking a writer for a guidebook to Glacier National Park. To avoid wasting time drafting the usual 60-page book proposal in case the publisher already had an author in mind, she pitched a short one-page email to the editor, just to gauge their interest. Surprisingly, she received a phone call the next day, and they practically hired her on the spot due to her guiding experience.

Life Lesson #5:

Go with the flow. Becky never set out to become an expert on every national park in North America. She has always just enjoyed hiking, backpacking and occasional off-trail explorations, especially in national parks. People would ask her advice, and she would freely give it. After she had already written several editions of Moon Travel Guides on Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks, her publisher asked her to author their new book USA National Parks. She is working on several new guides, including one on road-tripping the Rocky Mountains -from Jasper National Park in Alberta to Rocky Mountain Park in Colorado, including all the parks in between.

She has been to approximately 75% of the U.S. national parks and had help from other Moon Travel Guide authors with a few parks for the book. Of course, she plans to continue to explore as many parks as she can. Life Lesson #6: Memories and traditions are important. Becky’s love of the great outdoors existed since before she was born. Her father worked in Mount Rainier National Park while he was in college. Her parents’ first date was spent bushwhacking to a grove of giant trees in the shadow of Rainier, now a bonafide trail known as the

Cross-country skiers in Glacier on McDonald Creek. Photo by Becky Lomax

Becky has found that it is essential for everyone to unplug from today’s barrage of constant chatter and instant communication. She calls it ‘laundering your brain.’ Everyone should spend time to get outside, soak up the scenery, sit along the quiet shore of a deserted mountain lake and just listen to the sounds and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Great Fountain Geyser, from Moon Yellowstone & Grand Teton. Photo by Becky Lomax



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Becky above Hurricane Pass on the Teton Crest, Grand Teton NP. Photo by Cynthia Dearing


Grove of the Patriarchs. As a youngster, Becky remembers gazing up at the giant trees. When Becky’s dad passed away, the whole family honored her father by taking one more hike in his memory on the Grove of the Patriarchs trail.

Life Lesson #7:

Sometimes smaller can be impressive. The total area protected by our USA national parks is approximately 52.2 million acres. Of the 62 named national parks, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, in Alaska, is the largest at 13.2 million acres. The smallest is Gateway Arch National Park, in Missouri, at 192 acres. In New Mexico, White Sands National Park, relatively small at 145,762 acres, is the newest of the 62 parks with miles of snowywhite gypsum sand dunes that are so windblown that the 8-mile loop road and picnic area must be plowed daily. The ultra-white sand enchanted Becky. But when she drove the road there, her mind wanted to interpret the scene as familiar winter snow berms on Montana roads. She found herself awed at the movement and wind patterns of the white sand.

Lesson #8: Watch for opportunities to be inspired. At the lookout on top of Swiftcurrent Mountain in Glacier Park one day, Becky watched a man and a woman doggedly hoofing it up the switchbacks. She noticed the man seemed to be struggling a bit. Once the couple reached to top, the wife chatted with Becky explaining that despite his cerebral palsy, he wanted to hike as much as he could and as long as he could. The couple made concessions to accommodate his limitations so that he could summit Swiftcurrent, which would take them

double the time as most hikers. Becky found this so inspiring and a prime example of who national parks are for – everyone.

Life Lesson #9:

Make the world a better place. Becky gets occasional fan mail or thank-you notes. One, in particular, was from a woman who felt like she had ‘done everything’ in Yellowstone, but she discovered more adventures in Becky’s guidebook to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Becky is gratified to know that her books enable others to experience more of the parks. Her guidebooks include the highlights of the wonders and wildlife that each park offers, and the logistics of visiting each, complete with a maps and information on visitor centers, entrance fees, hiking, boating, food, lodging, and camping options near or inside the park boundaries. Becky also aspires to make the parks accessible to communities of people who are under-represented. She encourages all genders, kids, people of color, the mobility-challenged, and those who have never camped or hiked to experience the pure wonder of our national parks.

Life Lesson #10:


Cross-country skiers in Glacier on frozen Bowman Lake.

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Never stop doing what you love. Becky’s mom, who found both the love of her life and her love of hiking in a grove of giant trees in Washington state, still hiked the Trail of the Cedars in Glacier at age 89 - much to everyone’s delight. Becky means to be hiking at that age, too – even if she needs a walker to do it. She will keep hiking as much as she can, as hard as she can, and as long as she can.

Becky’s latest book

(released Oct. 13, 2020) Moon Guides USA National Parks – 2nd Edition, includes 62 national parks, three of which are new parks. The book highlights places to go for the best wildlife-watching, stargazing, historic parkitecture lodges, kid-fun, Indigenous experiences, scenic drives, hiking trails, and off-season exploration. This updated edition also covers any changes to the parks from the previous edition: from new trails, ranger programs and services, as well as any natural events that have altered the landscape and navigation of a park. For instance, the new edition includes updates to the scenic loop drive that had been partly wiped out by a landslide in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, effects of the 2018 eruption on trails, roads, and Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and status of repairs from two hurricanes in 2017 that devastated parts of Virgin Islands National Park. In 2019, Becky won the Lowell Thomas Award for Excellence in Journalism for her Moon USA National Parks guidebook. It recognized the photography, detail, and breadth of coverage. She often appears on radio and podcasts. Find links to these on her website (https://www.beckylomax.com/ interviews-appearances) , as well as her podcast shows with Rick Steves (yes . . . THAT Rick Steves). Becky’s books can be found in local bookstores, gift shops, visitor centers, and on Amazon. You can follow her @beckyjlomax on Twitter and Instagram.


11,000 Kegel exercises in

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Life-changing treatments


RejuveCare Clinic By Sydney Munteanu, Black Label Branding Photo by Kelly Kirksey Photography

While originally starting her career as a Life Flight nurse in Minnesota, then Missoula, Shelley Otoupalik developed deep compassion for patient care and how the use of medical technology could truly impact people’s lives. Her time as a Nurse Practitioner caring for trauma patients was also where Shelley first discovered an interest in facial anatomy and was ultimately what led her to open the doors to her own clinic/medical spa 10 years ago. RejuveCare Clinic in Kalispell is a truly inviting space where you’ll experience a combined approach of a warm environment with professional expertise. (Plus the RejuveCare team are nurse practitioners, nurses and estheticians with multiple years of skin care and injectable experience.) And while many clients come in for beauty and aesthetic treatments, the two most profound treatments RejuveCare has added to their roster – and what Shelley is most enthusiastic about encouraging people to try – is their FDA-approved BLT EmsellaTM machine and bioTE® bioidentical hormone pellets. “We don’t talk enough about female and male sexual health and hormonal issues in our culture,” Shelley remarks. “When the reality is, they affect everything: our mood, our mental clarity, the


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appearance of our skin, muscle tone, energy levels, and absolutely our libido. Hormones begin to decrease in in our mid 30s.” Another thing Shelley pointed out is the very common issue of bladder incontinence (also referred to as stress urinary incontinence) among clients and her ability to treat it with the BLT Emsella machine. “Bladder incontinence/stress urinary incontinence is an issue for women who’ve been pregnant, gained weight, lost weight, delivered a baby, or had any type of pelvic surgery. I see it here all the time and I want people to know that there are absolutely options,” Shelley says. “When women come into our clinic, I want them to know this is a safe space to ask any question. And more importantly, I want them to know that you don’t have to live this way. Whether you’re worried about leaving the

house for too long due to urinary incontinence or concerned that you don’t have that drive with your partner anymore. You have options!”

So as for my own experience visiting RejuveCare?

Nurse Shelley asked if I would like to sit on the BLT Emsella machine while we did our interview. And admittedly, I was so curious that I just had to say yes. The Emsella is a breakthrough treatment for incontinence that focuses on strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. In one treatment, thousands of supramaximal muscle contractions (or the equivalent of 11,000 Kegel exercises) are delivered through the chair, strengthening the pelvic floor muscles that support our pelvic organs.

“We don’t talk enough about female and male sexual health and hormonal issues in our culture. When the reality is, they affect everything: our mood, our mental clarity, the appearance of our skin, muscle tone, energy levels, and absolutely our libido. Hormones begin to decrease in in our mid 30s.”


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The 30-minute Emsella treatment was fascinating, comfortable, and very simple. You sit on the Emsella chair, fully clothed, and relax with some back pillows while the machine tightens the muscles of your pelvic floor. It’s a completely non-invasive treatment (I was wearing jeans, but I imagine leggings would have been more comfortable), and as you sit there for the 30-minute session you can relax and read some magazines or listen to a podcast if you wish! Afterwards, the effects kind of feel like a massage. I wasn’t sore, but the machine certainly creates an awareness of those muscles within your body and I can see how after a few treatments (the recommendation is six treatments) it really builds your pelvic muscle strength. And for anyone suffering from bladder incontinence, six 30-minute treatments to see improvements would be life-changing. Awesome! FYI: The Emsella is FDA-approved for the treatment of urinary incontinence in MEN and WOMEN!

And what about those hormone pellets? (And what are pellets anyways?) As men and women age, we experience decreased energy, decreased mental clarity (“brain fog”), decreased muscle strength, lowered libido, sexual drive and sexual performance due to rapidly falling hormone levels. There is an answer for this! Pellet therapy is the preferred choice for estrogen and testosterone optimization using bioidentical hormones among many providers, Dosing is calculated using the findings of your blood work, your symptoms, your height, weight and age. A tiny incision is made and the pellet (that looks like a piece of rice) is inserted under the skin in the hip or buttock area. After insertion, the hormone pellets will slowly dissolve over 4-6 months. Patients will start to notice a significant improvement in the above symptoms within the first few weeks. Absolutely life-changing!

Before I left, I had to ask Shelley if she were to pick one treatment for any woman to consider, what would that be? Her response: “Excellent skin care products, facials and sun protection should start in our teens. For women in their 20s to 30s, wrinkle relaxers are a great preventative treatment. In their 40s, start to incorporate laser skin rejuvenation for age spots and sun damage – that’s when our skin cell turnover starts to slow down and you notice more areas of uneven tone and texture. In your 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s more aggressive anti-aging laser treatments are wonderful. And absolutely any time after our 30s is the right time to start a conversation about hormone health!” What you can expect from RejuveCare is kind, caring, experienced practitioners and the emphasis everyone at the clinic puts on fabulous customer care. With two locations (one in Missoula, one in Kalispell) you will be cared for by providers with vast knowledge of both human physiology AND human anatomy. And it’s apparent! Most importantly, she wants people to know, there are numerous easy, affordable, nonsurgical options for women to receive life-changing treatments.


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A Soul-Supporting Foundation As a staff of two, you might be baffled at North Valley Foundation’s mission: to serve as a soul-supporting foundation and make statistic-breaking changes that bring affordable access to health in the Flathead Valley. And yet, because of Executive Director Alan Satterlee’s inclusivitydriven approach, they have in fact been able to do this by supporting an array of local non-profit operations as a more efficient means to make impact. Satterlee is a longtime Whitefish resident, and settled with his family here in 1967. He grew up in the Valley, went to school at Montana State University, and even ran the Glacier Symphony for nearly 10 years. It’s this connection to the community through a life lived growing up here, Satterlee claims, is the key ingredient to be able to find supporters and re-


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By Sydney Munteanu, Black Label Branding ally keep his ear on the ground for the issues, organizations, and individuals the foundation can help the most.

“I’ve never been afraid of change in my life,” Satterlee says of his decision to join North Valley Hospital’s senior leadership team as Executive Director of the Foundation. “I have a passion for people and for what drives them. Health care, especially, is so complicated. And it’s such a service that people need.” His time at the foundation has fulfilled this for him as Satterlee was celebrating his 4-year anniversary at the time of our speaking. While the North Valley Foundation is a separate 501 (c) (3) operating independently of the hospital, they do a huge part in supporting the hospital and its needs in order to provide effective health care to the community. “Small critical access hospitals like ours too often become very siloed. The departments are focused on their specialties and disciplines,” Satterlee explains. “And by default, there can be a lot of public health initiatives that are challenging to adTop photo is Alan Satterlee in the Healing Garden Lower right photo is Alan & his wife Elspeth

dress. This, and the fact that insurances companies don’t pay for many community health programs, and the hospital views those as their benefit to the community.” Since Satterlee has taken on the leadership role, the foundation has become much more integrated with local non-profits, both supporting their operations and further facilitating their funding to help impact community needs that are in line with the goals of


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“In the non-profit sector, it’s common that people just try to do things on their own. I’ve found the opposite to be most effective. The more you can collaborate, the better. And people in the community really value seeing that.” the hospital as identified in the community health needs assessment done every three years. “We don’t operate programs. We raise money to go to the hospital and they in turn either run programs or partner and donate to local non-profits that have expertise in the goals trying to be accomplished,” Satterlee explains. “We can do more by supporting like-minded organizations than trying to reinvent the wheel on our own.” He clarifies that being able to work with local partners is a huge benefit for North Valley Foundation. “In the non-profit sector, it’s common that people just try to do things on their own. I’ve found the opposite to be most effective. The more you can collaborate, the better. And people in the community really value seeing that.”

Some of the projects and support they’ve facilitated to date? A “healing garden” built and managed in partnership with the grassroots community organization Farm Hands. This 3600-square foot garden can be found on the grounds of North Valley Hospital along their one-mile Fit Trail. It’s open to the public for anyone to enjoy the meditative spaces that have been built throughout the garden. Food accessibility in the community is one of the gaps identified, and as such, Farm Hands has become a strong partner organization with North Valley Foundation. Together they’ve started a food prescription program called Food Rx which is now in its third year of operation. “There is actually an amazing amount of people who live in food deserts1 right in our valley, we’ve identified families through our clinic in Columbia Falls that don’t have access or transportation and now they are able to get food from the local farmers markets, supplied by the Food Rx program,” Satterlee explains.

Another high impact initiative of North Valley Foundation is to give greater access to treatments for depression and mental health. “The reality is that Montana has been among the top five states with suicide rates for years,” Satterlee states. “And our county is number 7 in the state, so this has become an important initiative. We have a great local partner, the Nate Chute Foundation, that we support in creating impact here.” The foundation has also facilitated the supply of a new transcranial magnetic stimulation treatment (TMS for short) as part of the hospital’s behavioral health clinic. “It’s a new treatment, but it’s been very well studied and approved for adults with severe depression,” Satterlee says. “TMS uses a focused magnetic field similar to an MRI machine and it’s an incredible treatment for adults who suffer from severe depression. After a six-week treatment for 20 minutes every day, studies show a 65% efficacy rate. That’s a huge number for mental health. But we realize the daily treatment is not exactly practical for someone, who for example, lives in Great Falls and would have to make a long drive every day. Our psychiatrist, Dr. Doug Muir felt it


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was something important to have right in our community clinics, including hiring a nurse to be available administer the treatments.” There have been nearly 40 patients who’ve been able to use it so far. Satterlee proudly shares, “Ten of those folks who were severely depressed had no insurance coverage and we helped them gain access to treatment. They have been able to gain their life back.”

Every three years a report called the Community Health Needs Assessment is released. Satterlee says that it’s typically a huge indicator for the impact North Valley Foundation has been able to provide. “I like to look at these more long-term statistics for impact reporting,” he describes. “The 3-year community health report is great for that. Also, we try to pay attention to stories and anecdotal feedback from the community.” The latter is something Satterlee has been using more of recently in deciding where the foundation can provide local support to the COVID-19

pandemic. “I knew that both the Whitefish Community Foundation and Kalispell Regional Healthcare Foundation started an immediate COVID-19 relief fund, so we deliberately didn’t want to create our own. Instead, we support and direct donors to support those two funds if possible.” Satterlee shares a story for ways he’s been trying to be effectively responsive to the needs of the community this year. He describes, “We had a donor reach out one day, saying they wanted to specifically help feed healthcare workers.” North Valley Foundation created a partnership to do this and support local restaurants by creating to-go meals for workers so they could drive through and grab lunch or a meal to take home for their families at the end of a long day. “We worked with Cafe Kandahar and the Whitefish Lake Restaurant at the golf course to prepare and serve over 1,000 meals

for our healthcare workers. And then another donor, after seeing this, agreed to replicate it in Eureka with a local pizza restaurant,” Satterlee remarks.

Really trying to listen to people and being thoughtfully reactive to the needs of the community and the hospital, seems to be a common theme for the operational approach of the North Valley Foundation. “I’m pretty altruistic,” Satterlee states. “I really believe that what goes around, comes around. Some of our funders have gone on to donate directly to the other local non-profits in addition to, or instead of, our foundation. But for me, the fact that they have becoming individually aware of how they can help us create impact is what is really most important. Our goal is to make our local healthcare system the least expensive and the best quality we can provide.”

For more information on the North Valley Foundation visit krh.org/nvh/foundation. Looking for ways to get involved? Satterlee says that outside of financial donations, one of the best things you can do to support is to volunteer for local organizations! Visit Farm Hands (nourishtheflathead.org) or the Nate Chute Foundation (natechutefoundation.org) to find opportunities for volunteer positions. 1Food deserts are defined as regions where people have limited access to healthful and affordable food. This may be due to having a low income or having to travel farther to find healthful food options.

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JadeLost in Yellowstone By Shannon Johnston

Jade—Lost in Yellowstone brings the wildly popular story of Jade to children in a new illustrated format. The Australian shepherd captured America’s hearts when she survived on her own in the wilds of Yellowstone National Park for 44 days. Jade was 15 months old when she was taking a trip to Yellowstone with her best friend Laila and her two humans, David, and Laura. What proceeded was a tragic car accident that lead to her being lost alone in the expansive national park. Previously written as an adult narrative, Bring Jade Home, the true story of her survival is inspiring. Michelle Caffrey first met the owners of Jade when she hosted them on her boat years previously. When she heard about their lost dog, she was heartbroken for them. She followed their searches, anxiously hoping Jade would be found safely. When she was, Caffrey was both ecstatic and shocked. Having previously written books, she was thrilled and honored when Jade’s owner Laura approached her about telling Jade’s story.

Caffrey grew up in “Chicagoland” next to O’Hare Airport, dreaming of seeing a larger world. Her dreams were eventually realized, traveling by RV around the United States, and later living in Penang, Malaysia. Michelle and her husband then bought a 1906 Dutch barge, the Imagine, and cruised the waterways of Europe, providing stories for her travel memoir, Just Imagine: A New Life on an Old Boat. Michelle has since written two novels as well as Bring Jade Home, her first book with Farcountry Press based in Helena, MT. Jade Lost in Yellowstone is her second book with the publisher. Writing the children’s version was a fun project for Caffrey, allowing her to explore different aspects than she had previously. “What makes this book fun is the ability to get into Jade’s head and experience her struggles and triumphs from her point of view,” Caffrey says. “I was able to use evidence and theories, to explore her struggles to find food, water, and avoid dangerous animals. I intentionally left Jade’s perspective out of Bring Jade Home, which let me bring it to life here in the children’s version.”

This children’s version takes the readers along for some lighthearted moments during Jade’s adventure, from chasing mice to eating poop, sure to get some giggles from kids while they follow her harrowing journey to safety. Readers will be introduced to the animals native to Yellow-


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“I am dedicated to connecting people to the power of plants. I have been juicing for over 10 years in Whitefish and I’m passionate about juice, herbal remedies, and whole plant beauty products.” stone, as well as to the terrain as they follow Jade along as she finds food and water to survive and eventually makes her way back to her family.

Complementing the lively story are beautiful, lifelike illustrations done by Helena, Montana, resident Steph Lehmann. Lehmann grew up in Southern California and received her education in Fine Art and Art History in Europe. She moved to Helena 15 years ago, first working at the Holter Art Museum. “For the past five years, I’ve enjoyed doing book design for Farcountry Press,” Lehmann says. “Writing and illustrating kids’ books is a natural extension of that.” She is the author and illustrator of the popular “Who Pooped Field Guide” series, for which she received a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, and is currently working on another children’s book on Montana history expected out this winter.

Jade—Lost in Yellowstone was a fun project for Lehmann. “If I had to pick, drawing the animals was my favorite part,” she says. Lehmann translates the true story of Jade into kid-friendly illustrations that are both realistic and inviting. “I definitely rely on my fine arts training,” Lehmann says, “but I also have a long history of working with children, from teaching fine art in Seattle-area elementary schools, to crafts at the Seattle Children’s Museum, to leading Boy and Girl Scout troops and teaching preschool.” In her books, Lehmann marries her love of art, children, and animals seamlessly.

Featured in countless national news and media outlets, Jade became a spokes-dog for pet travel safety and a celebrity in her own right. She makes appearances with her owners who speak about pet travel safety and the importance of appropriate pet travel carriers. It was discovered that Jade’s crate

she was in was an airline travel carrier, and not safe for car travel. It broke in the impact of the crash and this is how she ran off into the park, scared and afraid. She was dubbed “the miracle dog” by the media, having set the record for surviving the longest in the park on her own. The previous dog who had been lost had survived only two weeks. Jade making it 44 days is a miracle indeed!

You can purchase Jade—Lost in Yellowstone, Creative Children’s Book Award winner for Best Picture Book of the year, in Whitefish at Bookworks, Imagination Station, and Whitefish Quilts, as well as many local Montana area retailers, and online at Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

Jade currently lives back at home in the Colorado foothills with her owners David and Laura and her best dog friend Laila (who also plays a big part in the story!). She loves hiking and playing, but never strays too far from David’s side. She does however, bark and run back and forth when she sees Yellowstone scenes on television. David and Laura cannot help but wonder what she remembers when she sees the park and animals in it. Jade—Lost in Yellowstone gives us a little peak into what that may be. Jade’s is a story of not only one of a young dog’s triumph against the odds, but also of hundreds of strangers coming together in a desperate search to find her. Volunteers from park staff, as well as visitors to the park, took time to search, set food traps, make posters, and report sightings. This is the feelgood story we all need right now. It shows kids what it looks like for strangers to work together for a common good. It highlights the importance of perseverance, the bond between pets and their humans, and being a good friend. This story will melt your heart and renew your faith in dogs—and people.



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It started with a

Bake Sale By Chris Leopold, Kalispell Regional Healthcare

On July 30, 2020, Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) unveiled their new mobile mammography vehicle, Winkley Mobile Mammography, at a ribbon cutting event in Cut Bank, MT. Equipped with up-to-date 3D technology, the new vehicle replaces the Winkley Women’s Center, which served communities across Montana for over 11 years. The Winkley Women’s Center was introduced in 2008 and was named for local resident, philanthropist, and breast cancer survivor Jane Winkley, whose generosity made this program possible. The coach served patients from Eureka down to Polson, and multiple other communities along the hi-line as far as Malta. With 325,000 miles on the engine and a deteriorating body, it was no longer practical to invest in maintenance costs for the compromised structure. The 2D digital mammography equipment onboard the coach had become outdated as well.

The KRH Foundation set forth to raise just over a million dollars for a new vehicle back in spring of 2019. As a result, three Cut Bank middle schoolers—Jocelyn Taylor, Michaela Osborne, and Adysson Evans—held a bake sale at the Lewis and Clark Festival in July 2019 to help raise money for the service they knew was so essential to their community. In total, they raised $109.50 for the project. Inspired by their efforts, donors all across the state and beyond began donating in variations of that number, including checks for $10,950 and $100,109.50.

kley Mobile Mammography,” to continue honoring the legacy of Jane Winkley. “From the simple act of selling treats at a bake sale, these three young ladies inspired a wave of generosity,” says Tagen Vine, president of the KRH Foundation. “From an idea to a bag of cookies to a million-dollar mobile mammography vehicle—these three girls made a big impact with our donors and will make an incredible difference in the lives of many Montanans.”

In honor of the movement inspired by the three girls, KRH decided to hold the ribbon cutting ceremony in Cut Bank so that they could be in attendance. Representatives from the KRH Foundation, Save a Sister program, and Northern Rockies Medical Center in Cut Bank spoke about the importance of the program's service and the effects it has on the hi-line communities. The event was capped off with a special honorary induction of Taylor, Osborne, and Evans into KRH’s Today’s Achievers, Tomorrow’s Leaders program, a recognition that comes with a $250 donation to a school program of each girl’s choosing.

Breast cancer typically has no symptoms when the A $500,000 donation was made in fall of 2019 for tumor is small and most easily treated, which is the naming rights of the new vehicle, in which the why annual screenings, such as mammograms, are anonymous donor humbly elected to name it “Win- important for early detection. KRH is dedicated to


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providing Montana’s women with access to lifesaving preventive screenings. Last October, KRH began scheduling mammography appointments on Saturdays to help provide better access throughout the year. "We are adding Saturday screenings in an attempt to get more women in in a timely manner," says Cloe Shelton, MD, women's imaging radiologist at the Imaging Center. "Mammograms are the best screening tool we have to evaluate for breast cancer. When screening mammography was implemented and became widespread, the mortality rate from breast cancer decreased 40% across the USA. Screening is sometimes done with MRI and Ultrasound, but it is almost always used in conjunction with mammography." According to Dr. Shelton, early detection is the best weapon we have against breast cancer. When cancer is detected early, it is most treatable with local therapies such as lumpectomy and radiation, often avoiding chemotherapy. Treatments for breast cancer in its later stages can be much harder for some patients to tolerate and the chance for cure can go down.

"Mammograms are the best screening tool we have to evaluate for breast cancer. When screening mammography was implemented and became widespread, the mortality rate from breast cancer decreased 40% across the USA." health}

What Women Need to Know What are the benefits of getting a screening mammogram?

Early detection of breast cancer helps provide you with more choices while increasing your chances of having the best possible outcome.

What should I expect when having a mammogram?

We ask that you do not wear deodorant, lotions or powder and you should also wear a two-piece outfit on the day of the mammogram. Our radiology tech will ask you to undress from the waist up and put on a gown. Two flat surfaces will slowly squeeze together and compress each breast for a few seconds. This compression can be a little uncomfortable, however, it is necessary to produce quality images while using the lowest amount of radiation possible.

How can I schedule an appointment? To schedule a mammogram appointment, call 406-751-9729. Will my insurance pay for the test? Annual screenings are covered in most cases; however, a diagnostic mammogram is applied to your deductible. A screening is for a person who is NOT demonstrating any symptoms such as lumps, nipple discharge or other signs of a problem. It is recommended that it has been at least one year plus one day after your last screening before you come in for a screening. This is the general rule for many insurance companies.


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Well-Being in the Midst of Winter


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Written by Emily Swisher, LCPC Photo by Morgan and Joe Jameson at Jameson Images


After the momentum of the holiday season has passed, the winter months are usually associated with stagnation and an itch for the warmer weather in the months to come. In viewing winter as something to be endured, rather than celebrated, we can easily slide into a mental funk. With Covid restricting our interactions with friends and community, it will be important to be intentional around our mental well-being this winter when we are already prone to isolate. I’ve always been envious of Nordic cultures that seem to thrive throughout winter with countries such as Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway consistently ranking as the happiest countries year after year. Does the answer

to appreciating the dormant winter months lie in the Norwegian concept of Hygge, the idea of creating a cozy environment for an optimal sense of wellbeing? Bringing intention and festivity to the acts of our diet, home, family, and community can absolutely bring joy and these ideas already underlie many of our winter holiday traditions.

For hundreds of years, cultures have been bringing boughs of evergreen and holly into homes to remind ourselves of the life that exists even in the most frigid and frozen of climates. Adorning our home environments with decoration, lighting, and music can be stimulating and uplifting, contrasting the snowcovered landscape outside. Creativity and generosity such as baking, theatre, crafts, and music are gifts meant to be shared amongst the ones we love most. Creating a cozy home environment and spending quality time with friends and family can only go so far in maintaining mental wellness however, and awareness of our physical and emotional needs can be more critical.

health} Physical exercise, diet, direct social interaction, quality sleep, and sunlight exposure are all tangible factors that are the greatest contributors to our well-being. I always recommend clients find a system that works with their lifestyle on tracking how frequently they are meeting these needs. The tracking of our mental processes and stressors, such as; ruminating thoughts, avoidance, and conflict, can be much vaguer and more challenging. While each of our circumstances are personal, several factors to consider for maintaining mental health this winter include the following: • Maintain stimulation through physical activity, meaningful conversations, or anything that requires active engagement with ourselves or another. Not only does participating in something requiring mental or physical presence bolster our sense of accomplishment and connection, but it can help break ruminating cycles where our mind can spiral into negative self-talk. • Set reasonable expectations around personal development, holiday plans, and other circumstances impacted by the pandemic. Remember, we live in a world full of instant gratification, which has altered our expectations for immediacy. There are many factors this year especially, that are preventing our sense of achievement in personal growth around work, relationships, physical health, and leisure. Maintaining unrealistic expectations of ourselves and others will only lead to burnout, frustration, and contempt. • Become mindful of the ‘numbing’ behaviors we each use either to avoid or pacify our feelings. Awareness of these habits (online shopping, gossip, mindlessly scrolling through social media, alcohol, etc.) helps us to recognize how frequently we engage in these reactions, and to start untangling what feeling we are attempting to avoid in doing so. • Change your perspective. Recognize these are unprecedented times and we will return to our sense of normalcy soon. A gratitude practice is the easiest and most effective way to change our negative perspective in the moment and to cultivate a positive outlook moving forward. Any time you notice you are frustrated by an outcome or slow progress, note the 5 to 10 factors that are going well in your life.

Additional support from professionals can help address underlying physical and emotional needs as well. In our northern climate, I do recommend light therapy lamps for those who are prone to be affected by the loss of sunlight this time of year. When using these products, it is important to find one with 10000 Lux brightness and to use it in the morning for approximately 30 minutes. Using these lights can help boost mood and keep our sleep/wake cycle more consistent. Vitamins can be an additional support for helping maintain our circadian rhythms and affect but should be considered on an individual basis with the approval of your physician.

Winter can be seen as a time of enrichment and growth as life draws inward. With so many factors beyond our control this year, it will be necessary to have grace for others, but mostly importantly, for ourselves. This too shall pass; every circumstance and emotion is temporary, no matter how daunting it may seem at the time. I am hopeful that as the snow thaws in the spring, we will have grown closer as a whole with a fresh perspective having lived through the darker and colder days of winter.



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On the path to success

Ivy Alexander is an Inspiration to Young Women Written by Kristen Hamilton

When you think of Industrial Machining, you likely think of a man. Most often, you’d be correct. Meet Ivy Alexander who at 21 years old is one of the first and few women to enter and complete the Industrial Machine Technology program at Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC). Ivy was home educated along with attending a charter school and participated in the FVCC’s Running Start program to get a jump start on her higher education. Running Start offers college level courses to students still in high school with the first six credits free then additional credit classes at a significant discount. As a 4th generation Flathead Valley resident, she knew following her graduation that she wanted to stay local and continue her studies at FVCC. Her brother pursued a trades program in electric studies at FVCC and Ivy thought she’d take a machine trades class to see if she liked it. Turns out she loved it. Having always been artistically inclined, she was surprised how much she was able to be creative while working with machines. “Manufacturing is full of opportunities for women,” she said.

Ivy said “Women are typically detail oriented and that is an advantage in manufacturing. You can be super creative working with machining.”

She went on to explain that machining is a very hands on career and touches just about every part of industry. The tap handle at the brewery could have been made by a local machinist. Or the snowboard you are shredding down Whitefish Mountain Resort on could have been made locally at Notice Snowboards in Whitefish. Then of course there is the booming firearms


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manufacturing industry in the valley with numerous companies settling in over the past few years.

Ivy’s journey to earning her degree has had a few bumps in the road but she has embraced those bumps as part of the process. While a student, she married, endured health challenges, unfortunately went through a divorce and ended up a young single mom to a precious little girl. She says of becoming a mom, “Being a parent is the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced, but she is such a gift and is the best motivation.” Ivy added that she was determined to finish the program to provide a good, stable life for her daughter. She credits her family support along with her amazing teachers at FVCC. She said that “the other students have been very welcoming and helpful.” Ivy’s team during one of her classes (she and five other male students) won a national machining contest hosted by Phillips Corporation. The grand prize for the winners was a 24-hour whirlwind trip to Oxnard, CA to tour the plant while she was pregnant no less. “We got to see the equipment that produces the machines that we work with. It was awe inspiring,” she said.


While attending school at FVCC, Ivy was asked to speak to a group of local educators and career counselors regarding women in local occupational trades programs. Following that, the enrollment for women significantly increased and she was no longer one of the only female students in the building.

FVCC has also asked Ivy to be in a promotional video about women in the occupational trades program there and is very excited to participate. “I want to encourage women to explore manufacturing,” she said of working on this project.

What’s next for this inspirational young lady? “The door is wide open,” Ivy said. Although she has already had local manufacturing job offers, she is considering all options. She said she loves the firearms side of things but also has aspirations to one day open her own local manufacturing company. In the meantime, she is looking forward to being able to work in a career doing what she loves without leaving the valley. Ivy hopes to encourage other women to investigate their career options in the trades while helping lead the way.

Current Occupational Trades programs available at FVCC Commercial Drivers License (CDL); Electrical Apprentice C.T.S.; Electrical Technology; Electronics Technician; Firearms Technologies; Heavy Equipment Operator C.T.S.; HVAC & Refrigeration Apprentice C.T.S.; Industrial Machine Technology (CNC), Nondestructive Testing C.A.S.; Welding and Fabrication Technology; Welding and Inspection Technology A.A.S.; Welding Technology C.T.S.

Visit www.fvcc.edu for more information.



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Postpartum Support with

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Photos by Kelly Kirksey Photography

Pregnancy and birth are powerful life changing experiences; you open the door, step through and never go back. It’s an exciting time, but also an exhausting time! This mental, emotional and physical transition is only made easier with support. Sometimes the support may come from a place you least expect. Aylee Thierfelder, Acupuncturist at Whitefish Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine notes, “We offer both physical and emotional support for new moms during what can be a very intense time. Sometimes we are all so in love with the new baby we forget what mom just went through. My priority is getting mom the care she so desperately needs.”

Women use an immense amount of energy during pregnancy and childbirth. Taking time to rest and recover is crucial, but this is far from customary in our culture today. Getting back to work and responsibilities quickly after birth is unfortunately the norm these days, but this can prolong recovery and healing. Acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxa, (a warming therapy used on acupuncture points) and other ancient wisdom, naturally support new moms and bring them back into balance. “I began receiving treatment from Aylee while I was still in the hospital after giving birth to my daughter. Aylee helped not only heal my body but was also such an invaluable source of emotional support. It takes a village and any postpartum mama should make Aylee a part of theirs.” said Kate, a mom of four and patient at Whitefish Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine.


Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are becoming popular for those looking outside the traditional medical system. Evidence shows this unique medi-

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cine can support optimal health for moms by speeding up the recovery process, supporting milk production, balancing hormones, regulating digestion and combating postpartum depression– all essential to a happier mom, baby and family.


Being a mom can be very stressful. Acupuncture is scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety by balancing the nervous system and resetting hormone levels. New moms can spend a lot of time in their sympathetic “fight or flight” mode after childbirth. Acupuncture helps us relax and shift into our parasympathetic “rest and digest” mode. This shift changes our neurochemistry increasing “happy” hormones and decreasing “stress” hormones so you can relax and ease into life.

Postpartum Depression

Studies show that acupuncture is as effective as Prozac in treating depression but without negative side effects. Best of all, it’s safe and natural for new moms and their babies. Acupuncture specifically treats postpartum depression by balancing the endocrine system (think hormones) and can also address chronic depression. Positive side effects like better digestion and more energy commonly occur!


It’s no wonder so many new parents are tired; to say the least, having a newborn keeps us on our

toes. Scientific studies show acupuncture increases energy in even the toughest cases including those suffering from cancer or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Over time, chronic stress leaves us feeling tired. Acupuncture interacts with the hypothalamic-


We offer both physical and emotional support for new moms during what can be a very intense time. pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis to decrease the cascade of negative stress responses on the body, giving it a chance to heal.


New parents wake during the night for a myriad of reasons. Sleep disruptions during your baby’s first year is totally normal, but lack of sleep for parents can be the most difficult part of the job. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help get sleep back on track by increasing melatonin and balancing the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. Acupuncture can also boost certain neurotransmitters which help the brain relax and the body fall asleep.

Lactation Support

Acupuncture has been shown in scientific studies to increase milk production in breastfeeding women. In addition, acupuncture can also support breastfeeding women in general, as one study found that women receiving acupuncture breastfed their babies longer. Being a new parent is not for the faint of heart, and the love for your child is fierce and often all-consuming. Aside from the physical and mental support, acupuncture creates an important time and space for you to practice self-care. You are alone in a room healing for 30 amazing minutes. This alone is magical. Mamas, take care of yourself and restore!

For any questions regarding postpartum care and acupuncture or to schedule your new patient consultation, please call 406.863.6001.



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Prevent Cervical Cancer The Latest Pap and HPV Testing News By Dr. Erin Lauer

You may have heard in the news over the last several years that pap smears aren’t necessary every year. But what does that mean and why? Why wouldn’t we do pap smears every year? What is the point of a pap smear, anyway? Hopefully I’m able to answer some of those questions below.

Are a pap smear and a pelvic exam the same thing?

A pelvic exam involves two parts: 1) a “bimanual” exam where two fingers are inserted into the vagina and the provider feels the size and shape of the uterus and ovaries using the hand in the vagina and a hand on the abdomen; and 2) a “speculum” exam — with “that duck bill thingy” — which allows your provider to see your cervix (opening of the uterus) and the walls of your vagina. A pap smear is a cell sample from the end of your cervix. This is collected using a small brush, and the cells collected on the brush are put in a special solution and sent to the lab. A pathologist


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(a physician trained in looking at cells and tissues under a microscope) then looks at the cells and says if they have any atypical components or signs of dysplasia— in other words, the pathologist describes how “funny” the cells look and if they look like they might be precancerous or cancerous. For most women over the age of 30 and some women below 30, those cells in a pap smear are also tested for certain strains of a virus called HPV, which is reported on the pap smear results along with how “funny” the cells look. So, in conclusion: you must have a pelvic exam to have a pap smear (your provider needs to use a speculum to see the cervix to perform a pap), but pap smears are not performed at all pelvic exams.

What is HPV and why/when do we care?

HPV (or human papilloma virus) is a type of virus that lives in human genital tracts in both men and women. In women, it primarily lives in the cervix, but can also live in the vulvar tissue and vaginal tissue. There are many strains of HPV, and most of them don’t do much of anything to us. Just about anyone who has ever had sex has

some strain of HPV, but we don’t test for most strains because there’s no reason to — they aren’t hurting us. However, there are a few strains that can cause problems. Some strains can cause genital warts, and some strains can put people at risk of cancer. The strains that can cause cervical cancer cause the changes in cell appearance that pathologists pick up on under the microscope and report as an abnormal pap smear result, like we discussed above — and they are also the strains that we test for in the HPV testing that goes along with pap smears for some women. If those abnormalities are never discovered or are left untreated, then over time (typically 10+ years), they can progress to cervical cancer. We don’t usually test for the high risk strains of HPV in women below age 30 because our data shows that those women’s bodies are likely to get rid of the HPV strains before they can cause any kind of issue — and we prefer not to put women through additional procedures and biopsies if they aren’t actually necessary to preventing cervical cancer.


Ask your gyn provider if you have any questions about the safest way to ensure you don’t get cervical cancer. What are the current guidelines for “cervical cancer screening” and why do they keep changing? “Cervical cancer screening” is the category of tests that we use to identify people who may have cervical cancer. The initial tests you may get include the pap smear, the pap smear with HPV test (sometimes referred to as “cotesting”) and an HPV test alone. Typically for most women, your gyn provider will recommend a pap smear every three years from age 21 to age 29, and then cotesting every 5 years from age 30 to age 65. Reasons they may recommend a different schedule for you include a history of abnormal pap/HPV testing or a disease that causes severe immunocompromise, such as HIV. If you have any abnormalities on your testing, your provider should follow the ASCCP (American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology) guidelines. The ASCCP is the leading organization of experts who study cervical cancer screening. These guidelines have evidence-based recommendations for what to do after an abnormal result. The guidelines try to maximize two goals: 1) prevent you

from developing cervical cancer; and 2) avoid performing unnecessary tests/procedures which won’t actually help you. These guidelines get updated frequently and were most recently updated this year. So, if things seem different than they used to be, it is because your gyn providers are trying to take better care of you and stay up to date!

What if I have an abnormal pap?

The next steps depend on how abnormal the pap smear is, what your HPV testing showed, your age, any history of prior abnormal paps, and perhaps a few other pertinent details from your medical history. However, almost all abnormal paps do mean that you will have closer follow up than the 3 year or 5 year interval between paps recommended for most women. Based on your testing and your clinical picture, you may need a repeat pap sooner, or you may need a procedure called a colposcopy, routinely performed in the office. This involves putting acetic acid (AKA vinegar) on the cervix, which helps us see abnormal areas, looking at it with a special instrument that provides magnification, and frequently taking biopsies (typically 2-3mm pieces) off of the surface of the cervix. These are sent to the pathologist

to look at under a microscope, and they give more details about how abnormal/precancerous the cells are. These biopsies are more involved and uncomfortable to obtain than a pap smear, which is why we don’t do them for everyone. If these biopsies show precancerous changes, we may recommend a procedure called a LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure), also performed in the office, where the lowest portion of the cervix is removed, hopefully removing the entire area of abnormal cells before they progress to cancer. Ask your gyn provider if you have any questions about the safest way to ensure you don’t get cervical cancer. For many cancers (like lung, ovarian, breast, pancreatic cancer, and many more), people often have advanced cancer before they have any symptoms or testing abnormalities. Cervical cancer is unlike those cancers, though, in that we can completely prevent it with the pap and HPV testing currently widely available. If it’s been more than 5 years since you’ve had a pap or you’ve had abnormal results in the past, reach out to your gyn provider about next steps in cervical cancer screening; remember, we’re in this together.



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Changed lives By Kristen Hamilton

If Only Every Child Had Visions of Sugar Plums…

Ahhh the holidays!

Cozy days with loved ones, wrapping gifts, sipping eggnog, and listening to a crackling fire. A light snow drifts gently to the ground. There’s a buttery, spicy scent throughout the house as gingerbread cookies are pulled from the oven. Children and grandchildren sled, build forts and make snow angels until they’re tuckered out. Then, they warm their little hands around the mug of hot chocolate as the steam hits their already rosy cheeks. One of our greatest desires as parents is to make memories for our children and then tuck them safely into their beds as visions of sugar plums dance in their heads. Isn’t that what the holidays are all about? Creating memories for children that will last them a lifetime? Unfortunately, that is not the case for all children.

It’s a cold winter evening and two slight figures crack a window and crawl silently into yet another neighbor’s home. They were previously reported to authorities, but continue to sneak into homes, undeterred. They are here to steal. And they know exactly what they want. Not money, not valuables, nor things they could sell. They simply want food. Jake and Dani are real, and they live here in Montana.


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It’s unthinkable. Their mother had been selling her food stamps to feed her own drug and alcohol addictions instead of feeding Jake and Dani. These innocent souls were so

severely neglected that they had to rely on their own instincts – and each other – simply to survive, day to day. Jake and Dani are only five and six years old. This is why foster families are needed. To be ready and prepared to care for children who have suffered so much. A Child Bridge family was ready to take these children in when they needed safety, stability, and security. Under their watchful and welltrained eyes, these little ones are receiving healthy nourishment for their bodies; and love, structure and consistency for their minds and hearts. Jake and Dani are beginning to heal. But it hasn’t been easy. It never is when neglect is so severe. And these children were found living on the brink of starvation. When Jake and Dani first came into care of their foster family, they ate anything – and everything. Pet food, glue, even carpet fibers. And at mealtime, they’d eat until they were sick. Digging through trash cans had taught them to eat all they could, whenever they could, because they didn’t know when they


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We don’t like to think about it. But somewhere in your town, or very, very near you, children will be removed from their homes for their safety. would eat again. Now, a foster family stands in the gap until these children can be safely reunified with a healthier birth mom or provide longer term care if that isn’t possible.

And, then there is Emily.

Emily was just 4 years old. But already she had responsibility for her 2-year-old brother, 1-yearold sister and 6-month-old baby brother. She kept a watchful eye as they played quietly on the dirty floor of the run-down Montana motel room. Their mom was chasing her next fix and their dad was mid-way through his last high. It was nap time. Emily gathered everyone in the corner of the room and tucked them in under a filthy blanket. Sometime in the middle of that day, the children’s dad overdosed on heroin. Their mom never came back. Hours go by. And now, it is dark. Emily tries to keep everyone quiet. But she can’t keep the hungry baby from crying. Hearing the commotion, a motel employee calls police. When they arrive, the children are in soaking wet and dirty diapers, covered in rashes, and sitting next

to their father’s lifeless body. Little Emily cries, as she bravely tries to comfort the baby.

Sadly, it doesn’t end there. Children without families will often continue the cycle of abuse, neglect and poverty and will recreate this in their The State of Montana placed these children families. The fiscal impact is significant, but the with a Child Bridge foster family. A family who human capital toll is worse. God created the famwas there with clean clothes, warm food and ily unit as the foundational structure for society. compassion. A family who was ready and As families are broken apart by addiction, poverprepared to care for children who’d suffered the ty, illness, death and violence, children are sufferunthinkable. ing without the benefit of ongoing relationships with caring adults. This is a crisis that has grave, moral, social and economic consequences. The Consequences are Dire More foster families are needed to care for these We don’t like to think about it. But somewhere children. The work of Child Bridge is an immein your town, or very, very near you, children will be removed from their homes for their safety. diate and ongoing mission to find and equip fosOther children in foster care are in group homes ter and adoptive families to care for these chilbecause there simply are not enough foster dren who have suffered so much in their young families to care for them when they need it most. lives. Child Bridge is a growing, faith-based, social impact organization addressing this urgent Experts here in Montana and across the nation societal problem. predict increased numbers of children coming Every child deserves to be home for the holiinto the foster system due to the coronavirus. days and loved by a healthy family that encour

The statistics of what happens to children without a family connection are almost as horrifying as the abuse or neglect they have endured.

• 1 in 5 will be homeless after age 18 • Only ½ will be employed at age 24 • 71% of girls will become single mothers by age 21 • 50% will be incarcerated within by age 20

ages them to make memories and fall fast asleep while visions of sugar plums dance in their heads. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming foster parents, or supporting the work of Child Bridge visit www.childbridgemontana.org or contact mbryan@childbridgemontana.org Because you care, because you are generous, you’ll be changing lives!



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The Health Benefits of a Smile by Dr. John F. Miller

All humans are born with innate abilities and skills. Meaning we are born with these instinctual behaviors that are not learned, they are coded in our DNA. One of those innate behaviors is to smile. In fact, with the advances in 3D ultrasound technology we can see that developing babies smile while still in the womb. After birth babies continue to smile, especially in their sleep, and even blind babies will smile to the sound of a familiar voice. Smiling is one of the most basic, biologically uniform expressions across all humanity.

Guinea, and the conclusion is always the same. People use smiling as an expression of joy and satisfaction. They have also discovered that children smile over 400 times a day while adults tend to smile far less. Also, smiles are evolutionarily contagious, meaning being around someone who smiles a lot makes us smile. In other words, Smiles are radical!

Facial expression scientists have studied cultures and tribes from Hollywood to Papua New

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But I’m not done, researchers have gone on to discover that a genuine smile will generate brain stimulation equal to 2,000 chocolate bars. The same study also found that a genuine smile is as stimulating as receiving $25K. Smiling doesn’t just stimulate your brain; it also makes your entire self healthier. Smiling will reduce harmful stress-induced hormones such as cortisol, increase the amount of mood boosting endorphins, and reduce blood pressure.

attractive to others. People who smile appear younger, more likeable, courteous and competent. Who wouldn’t want that? On March 15th I received a text message from one of my Dental Hygienists with a link to a New York Times article titled: The Workers Who Face the Greatest Coronavirus Risk. I opened the link and didn’t even have to read the body of the article because a large infographic told me all I needed to know, Dental Hygienists and Dentists are the two most at risk occupations respectively. This didn’t come as a surprise but was a little unnerving as someone was reporting what we all suspected. We were at risk, and we knew very little about this novel illness. The next few days saw dental offices all over the country shutting their doors with some closing fully while some only handled dental emergencies. Everything happened so fast with different agencies coming at us from every direction with

Smiles are evolutionarily contagious, meaning being around someone who smiles a lot makes us smile. In other words, Smiles are radical! health} what actions need to be taken, and dentists at odds with each other on what constitutes a dental emergency. No one gave us any hard set of rules, only “recommendations.” It was as if no one wanted to be holding the bag when the smoke cleared. At Smile Montana, we went from 32 full time staff to 3 on March 20th. Initially we were all told that this was a 2-week shutdown, but I think we all knew that was very optimistic. We started returning to full operation around the 1st of May. Here we are over 7 months later, and the Flathead Valley is seeing its most cases yet. And during that seven month span we’ve seen political and social unrest across the country leading up to where we are at now, on the eve of the most divisive and contentious presidential election most of us have ever been a part of.

I guess the point I’m trying to make is we’re all worn a little thin and approaching the end of our ropes. Forgive me if I’m misspeaking on your behalf but I’m making a sweeping generalization. As we learned earlier, Smiling offers us so many psychological and biological benefits. And since smiling is contagious, the more we smile the more others around us will smile too...making us all happier, sexier, and healthier.



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