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MONTANA WOMAN

2014 Collector Series Volume 1


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MW Inbox 8 Rock Your Locks 10 Middle of the Night 12 Inside Out 14 Candid Cuisine 16 Peaks & Valleys 19 Steppin’ Out 22 Panache 24 Jewels’ Gems 26 Feature Story 27 Beyond the Surface 34 Relationships by Bunny 36 History Lesson 40 Thrive 43 Ask the Coach 44 Living Beautifully 46 Healthy Living 48 Lipstick Logic 52 Keeping it Real 54 Inside the Treasure Chest 56 MW Treasure Chest 57

Creating with Colette 58 Be a force of Beauty 60 Western Comfort 62 Age-ing-To Sage-ing 64 Snapshots of Life 67 The Awakening Mind 69 Woman to Woman 72 In the Scheme of Things 74 From the MW Kitchen 76 Petals, Projects & Pizzazz 79 Family Matters 80 Fabulous Female 83 Community Matters 86 Encouragement for Today 88 Business On My Mind 90 Montana Treasures 92 Intuitive Insights 94 Look to the Stars 96

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Editing Department Andrea Blair Advertising Director Gina Ellis Advertising Department Cindy O’Boyle Gina Ellis Danielle Thompson Photographers Andrea Blair Jill Courtney Jennifer Steven Valerie McIntyre Digital Art Department Zach Klehm Jennifer Steven

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inspire me to do the same. When we share our selves and our trials and victories, we create common ground, acceptance and encouragement. With each anniversary it is always hard to believe another year has ended. However, it is truly a blessing to approach a new year full of new beginnings and endless possibilities. Montana Woman Magazine has seen a lot of exciting changes over the years. This has taken commitment, patience and a bit of courage, but I believe that whatever we aspire to do, we can do! Whether it be love, success, a childhood dream, and ultimately happiness, the most important idea is that you must never lose sight of your goal.

PUBLISHER’S NOTE For a fledgling business, each day is spent out on a limb, hoping for the right conditions to spread your wings, take a leap and soar. The thought of still being in business twenty years later is daunting, but exhilarating. 20 years is a long time! To be in business for two decades means, “We’re doing something right. People like us!” But it is not the time to become complacent, pat ourselves on the back and say, “The hardest part is behind us,” because if reaching this mile marker has taught me anything, it’s that it doesn’t come easy. We’ve accomplished a lot but taken our lumps in the process, had lots of fun, lots of laughs, a few tears, introduced and explored new ideas, met many, many people and shared what we hoped Montana women would appreciate and resonate with. To make another twenty years successful is going to take another twenty years of hard work. But, hey, we’re Montana women… so bring it on.

We all have a story – often times we have dozens, hundreds, even thousands of our own stories. Laugh ‘til it hurt stories, devastatingly difficult to stomach stories, and stories that we know could change people’s lives. Telling our story often makes us feel vulnerable. It is not easy to overcome the fear of putting ourselves out there; baring our souls to the world. But we must. Bestselling author of Daring Greatly, Brené Brown says, “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” I am honored that the women featured each month have entrusted Montana Woman with their stories. By sharing their experiences with others, they serve as a source of inspiration and education for many women all over the world. The women who grace the covers of Montana Woman have graciously shared their hopes, dreams, struggles, fears and achievements. Their strength is evident in the way they live their lives and reach out to help others. They

Thank you for supporting the dream of Montana Woman. Our anniversary gift to our Montana Woman family is a complimentary digital subscription on iPad. Download the Montana Woman app (found in the lifestyle section) and enjoy a year filled with interaction, video and lots of extras not found in the print or online issues. Happy Reading! This is a major milestone for us. As we celebrate with this special 20th Anniversary Issue, I find myself wondering how we’ve made it this far already. I am once again reminded that Montana is blessed with a diverse group of women filled with integrity, strength and kindness, and without them, this magazine would not be what it has evolved into today. We are honored that you have allowed us to be a part of your lives and look forward to hearing your stories. Take Care,


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Celebrating 20 Years! FROM OUR READERS Dear Editor: I LOVE your magazine. It is full of stories about inspiring women. The January issue true to form shared a story of a woman who blossoms during difficult times. Misty Upham’s story brought joy to my heart. It is great to see a small town Montana girl make it to the big screen. Sincerely, C. Wills, Hamilton

FROM OUR ADVERTISERS As a small business owner, making the right choices on how to spend advertising dollars is crucial to my success. I have been consistently pleased at the positive response I receive from my ads in Montana Woman Magazine. The creativity, professionalism and forward thinking of the entire team are appreciated. Cindy Branch genuinely wants my business to succeed and working together to develop my ads feels like a partnership. The innovative ideas she and her team present to me is impressive, yet they listen to my ideas and blend them together to create an ad that speaks to my current needs. I have seen the growth of the publication and am thrilled at the level of sophistication the magazine has achieved. Colette Gross, Owner The Shops at Station 8 Columbia Falls MT

Thank you for helping me grow my business. I have been placing ads in Montana Woman Magazine

for many years. They have been an asset to my business. When a potential client calls me, I always ask where they heard about me. More times than not the response has been “I saw your ad in Montana Woman Magazine.” I have also had people come up to me who recognize me from the photo. I highly recommend this publication for your advertising dollars. The graphic artists do wonderful layouts that catch the reader’s eye. I also respect the mission of the Magazine and the Montana Woman Foundation. Hollis McCartney Hands On Studio

Montana Woman Team, Thank you for such an amazing experience. It was so much fun to be part of the February 2013 Issue, The Heart and Soul Issue. The Montana Woman Team absolutely rocked it! Blessings From, The Montana Chocolate Company Apricot Lane Duckboy, Inc. Ellie Brown & Associates

FROM OUR CONTRIBUTORS Hi Cindy: I received your magazine today and besides any adjective that may fit under awesome, beautiful, and breath taking I was actually speechless while browsing the issue. Well, I still recall our first meeting, mmm, I’ll just say a ‘few years’

back here in Seeley Lake. As if a newborn babe, Montana Woman Magazine has been nurtured and developed and has grown into one of the most beautiful magazines I have ever seen. Heck, even before your new changes, I truly believed that Montana Woman Magazine was without question the most superb women’s magazine in Montana bar none. I continually pinched myself to think that I actually write a column for you, now; you are scaring the hell out of me. I have spoken to several others here in Seeley Lake who receives Montana Woman Magazine and all have the same kindly remarks and wish you all the best. Congratulations Cindy, I am still speechless. Doug W.

Montana Woman : Cheers on your 20th Anniversary Edition, Montana Woman team! As I begin my third year authoring Ask the Coach – Let’s Strut Your Stuff, I am honored to contribute to your uplifting magazine. In The Hummingbird Way, I encourage readers to minimize exposure to everyday negativity in order to fulfill the highest vision they hold for their lives. Montana Woman magazine provides a brighter viewpoint through editorials, and articles intended to inspire, motivate, and edify its readers. With monthly content ranging from heartwarming and funny, to thought-provoking and enlightening, Montana Woman flies high in my book! Sherri G.

Congratulations: Ten years ago I pitched my idea for an article to Cindy Branch for the Montana Woman Magazine. I felt that the women of Montana needed to know about the Becoming An Outdoor Woman Program (BOW) To learn new outdoor skills or improve on what they already knew. After a few questions Cindy said, “I think you should write a series of articles.” I wrote that series and have been a monthly contributor since I pitched that first idea. The magazine has grown from a 24 page black and white edition to a full glossy color, 95 pages in a bound edition. Not only has the magazine grown in size, every month you can experience a new writer and new advertisers. The content is all encompassing. The articles offer ideas on healthy diets, exercise, breathing, and beauty. Often you may read about life changing events, or how to set goals within reason. Each month the magazine cover and layout gets better. The design is creative, and well balanced. The magazine continues to offer full-bodied articles and is not overcome with advertisers. I received a wonderful compliment from my daughter in Chicago about the magazine when she said, “Mom this magazine is table top quality.” I’m always excited to see the coming months magazine. Congratulations on the 20th anniversary edition. May there be many more. Rena D.


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ROCK YOUR LOCKS

The Best Styles from 1994 to 2014 By Jhette Black

Hair is such a fun topic of conversation, especially when you’re reminiscing about styles of the past. This issue of Montana Woman is the perfect setting for a stroll down memory lane. After 20 years I can only imagine that Cindy and the gang have seen some pretty nifty do’s float through. In all honesty, I have to admit that I was sure the hairstyles in the moment were the best we’ve ever seen and today my opinion has remained the same. I love the casual elegance of what we’re seeing today and I appreciate the road we have traveled to get us here.

1994 – 1997 Jennifer Anniston and Meg Ryan lead the way with layered bobs. Everyone wanted their style. Also popular was the use of bold highlights.

1998- 2001 Sweet little Cameron Diaz hair from Something About Mary and zigzag parts are definitely trending as well as the Pixie cut worn by Halle Berry. Long is making its way back and so is Cher… sporting her natural wave and long hair on the cover of her album Believe.

2002-2005 Reese Witherspoon led the trends with Sweet Home Alabama… we loved her and wanted her hair! Also long locks are showing up everywhere through the acceptance and popularity of hair extensions (whoot, whoot!). We are starting to embrace a more bohemian wave…a fun and very feminine way to roll.


2006-2009 Super straight, Shaggy, Midlength and bangs go strong and then move into longer hair, volume and hair pretty accessories. The undercut hairdo showed up and it was like we could have it all- Rock star or classic beauty, the sky was the limit and all was loved. 2010-2013 It gets a little blurry from about 2009 to now…many of the trends that we loved had enough to love about them that we are still seeing strong notes from the past play out today. Messy is definitely a trend that is going to follow us through 2014. Even the most elegant of hair styles has tousled tones while mixed with beautiful hints of refinement and femininity. It’s a great balance that exemplifies beauty in its natural state with a pump of glamour. Embrace the ease of 2014; with a few accessories you can take the best casual hair and be ready for a night of dazzling beauty!

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MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

A Blessed Night of Sleeping on the Couch

I know! I know! February being Valentines and all, you’d expect I’d say something about romance, hearts or love. But let me get to that. First I need to explain. Last night, after tossing and turning before becoming irritated, I finally grabbed my pillow and stomped out of the bedroom on our brand new extra plush carpet…knowing my sound asleep husband would not even hear me. On my way to the living room couch I grabbed my thick furry throw blanket that was stashed in the hall

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closet. Trying to spread the short sized cover over me completely added to my aggravation. I just wanted to get comfortable and get past being upset. I wasn’t disgusted with my husband. I was irritated I couldn’t sleep. Now that is not to say in all our years of marriage there hasn’t been a time or two one of us never stomped out of the bedroom being mad at each other and slept on the couch, because we have.

uncomplaining husband awake. We went to bed late as it was. But my restlessness was keeping him from getting a much needed good night sleep, and he had to be up early the next morning. So out of love and respect for him, the couch was my act of sacrifice. Seriously, giving-up my dreamy mattress and smooth sheets that feel like liquid gold pouring over my skin takes a sacrifice!

But here is where love comes in. My being a sweetheart, I knew my tossing and turning was keeping my

So now seeking to get cozy on the couch wasn’t easy either. To make that short blanket fit required my curling-up


into an ‘S,’ otherwise known as a fetal position. And that is when the thought struck…the fetal position is the shape we are born in. Now, I don’t know how it is, but for whatever reason in the middle of the night, I went directly from that thought to remembering my uncomfortable sleeping arrangements as a child. Did I mention my mother had 16 children and I’m the youngest? However, back then I never thought of my childhood sleeping arrangements as uncomfortable or inconvenient, but as being incorporated. My mother, having 9 boys and 7 girls, had a method of arranging us all for the night. On a regular bed she tucked 6 of us smaller ones side-by-side crosswise, filing us from the footboard to the headboard. We were packed in like sardines. So, tonight sleeping out here on the couch, I need to count my blessings, because once I was born, there was no hope of ever going back

and curling-up into this blessed fetal position. Oh, and did I mention of us 6 kids tucked in, 4 of them were bedwetters and 2 of us were swimmers? As we grew older and bigger (and obviously with good posture), we were then blessed 4 to a bed. My mother placed 2 girls at the top of the bed and 2 girls at the bottom. The only problem was, we all slept with someone’s feet in our face all night. When I tell that story, I like to wink and tease my husband in front of our friends… “I never got to sleep alone until I got married.”

huge family and they were making fun of us. I was offended because my mom did know what to do with all us kids! She could pull the silverware drawer out, turn it over, push it back in, scoot my highchair up to it, and make me my very own little table when we had an extra dinner guest. Not to mention she could also convert a long dresser drawer into a bed for me if need be. There were numerous other ways she improvised. Like, she could…. oh just a minute. Did I hear my husband calling? Hmmm. Maybe there is romance in the air. Gotta go! I don’t know if I am missing those strong loving arms or sheets of liquid gold most, but I’m out of here. Sweet dreams.

One last childhood thought this late night while hunkered down in my blessed fetal position. I remember being in school and the first time I heard the nursery rhyme “There was an Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe”… and how she had so many children, she did not know what to do. Seriously, I thought that was a true we story about ourwoman_Layout 1 trade montana

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INSIDE OUT

Cheers to 20 years! By Gina Ellis

a lifestyle that calls on all of my ability to live fully in creative power and appreciation. It is built on a foundation of service and requires a keen eye; always looking for the contributions others are making as a source of encouragement to move us and our readers closer to our full potential. I have learned so much from my experience with the Montana Woman team.

As a Certified coach I am passionate about the power of creativity. I have found that many of us tend to compartmentalize our concept of creative potential into our ability to do arts and crafts, decorate or make something “look” good. Creativity runs so much deeper than a look. It is a force that perpetuates growth in every aspect of life. I love my role with Montana Woman Magazine. It exemplifies a model of innovation that I cherish on a daily basis. The more I get to know about the magazine’s journey, the deeper my appreciation grows for the opportunity I’ve been given to flourish by its side. My life has shown me that there is undeniable truth in knowing you cannot sustain any state for long if you are doing so through a competitive

mind set. Of course, competition is healthy to a certain extent and in all honesty, I have to work to maintain a bigger perspective than just the win… especially when it’s not all going my way. However, in my heart I know that as long as I resource my ability to create, as long as I tap accountability and hold close the fact that I have chosen all that I have, then I have a force that is sustainable through any circumstance. At any given point I have the power to step back, reassess a situation and create what I want from it with a loving heart. My experience with Montana Woman is that of awesome variety, passion, service, newness and a full spectrum of feelings all tied into a loving (and sometimes very crowded) bundle. It is

I began my relationship with this establishment by way of the Montana Woman Foundation. It was here that I received a true sense of the heart that circulated life through the many facets of this organization. Although I didn’t set out with a vision of serving others by way of a magazine, I was open to possibility and it has continued to show up and deliver. The amount of growth that has taken place within the magazine continues to create momentum for the future. We have realized a global status with the iPad and web version of the magazine which means our voice has a presence in lives all over the world. I know that when your voice is grounded in service, inspiration is abundant and possibilities are endless. I think part of our most significant drawbacks as people is that we don’t dream big enough. I am committed to dreaming big and grounding myself in a life that makes a difference. I am so happy to be part of a team that feels the same way and strives to deliver the best they have to give. From the bottom of my heart I congratulate Montana Woman for 20 years of service. Thank you for the gift of serving with you and for the joy you bring to my daily life.

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Words are not enough to express the level of excellence Sykes Restaurant and Market are able to deliver on a daily basis. In addition to being a huge service to the community of Kalispell as an extension of home for many, they know just how to add excitement to the everyday through holidays and special events. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Jayson and his team have put together a menu filled with romance and exquisite flavors sure to impress the very core of your heart! Best of all, Chef Rick Haase

has created a dish that he is more than happy to prepare for you and your loved one or, that you can prepare in the privacy of your own home… depending on your vision of romance. If you are planning to dine at Sykes, make sure you have a reservation and that you are ready for amazing (last year they had a full house and then some). Pam, the lead waitress and front of the house makes sure the dining room is set to please the romantic essence of the occasion and the food (which I myself have sampled) and wine will leave you happy all over!

your mouth! I can’t wait to prepare this for my Valentine date, especially if the saying - the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach- is true… someone bring me my apron!

Directions: Preheat oven to 500 degrees Boil (with minced garlic) and mash 2 Yukon Gold potatoes. Add butter, about 1 tablespoon blue cheese, salt and pepper all to taste and set aside (keeping warm) Prepare steak the way you like it Wrap puff pastry around body of the prepared shrimp, discard excess pastry Bake in preheated oven at 500 degrees for about 9 minutes or until pastry is light golden brown

Ingredients:

This year Chef Haase is preparing a pan seared 6oz sirloin topped with puff pastry wrapped shrimp. He serves this with roasted garlic and blue cheese mashed potatoes as well as shredded brussels sprouts with bacon. This is finished with a Horseradish, lime and sweet chili sauce. The presentation is beyond impressive and the flavor is like being shot by Cupid as it enters

SURF & TURF 6 oz sirloin (or preferred cut of meat) 4 Jumbo Shrimp, tails on- shelled, deveined and washed puff pastry sliced into 1 inch strips for wrapping shrimp Sauce Juice of one lime 2 Tablespoons diced green onion 1 Tablespoon horseradish ½ Cup of sweet chili sauce

In a sauté pan heat fresh juice of one lime, 2 tablespoons diced green onion, 1 tablespoon horseradish and ½ cup of sweet chili sauce. *Don’t overcook or it will breakdown; just enough to incorporate all of the flavors. In another sauté pan, add 3 pieces bacon – chopped and sauté over medium high until cooked. Then add your Brussels sprouts (sliced about ¼ inch thick) to the bacon and sauté until tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.


Once everything is ready, it’s time to assemble your masterpiece. Look at our picture or come up with your own creative ensemble. Hint: The sauce goes on top

I must say that I love the element of romance that a perfectly paired wine can contribute to a special meal. Jayson is the man to talk to when you’re in Sykes and contemplating the amazing wine selection offered. He is a true wealth of information and I guarantee you’ll go away with something you didn’t know or haven’t tried …and life will feel fresh again! For this meal Jayson shared, “When you have surf and turf, it’s important to find something that’s a nice blend, such as a Chardonnay that’s not to heavy- not too much butter, not too much oak. That’s why I chose Decoy Chardonnay. It works great for this menu, and it will bode well for people who like a white wine. On the reds, a Zinfandel works really well because it’s just a nice blend that doesn’t get overpowered by steak but it’s not as light as a Pinot Noir. For the Zinfendel, I like the Temptation blend because it leads into the whole Valentine’s ambiance. Troublemaker is another blend that I chose; it has kind of a neat moniker that is also fun for Valentines and it will go really well with this steak. And the last one that I picked is an Italian wine. I picked it because I wanted something that had a great price point, it’s Italian and that also plays into the thought of romance. Every one of the wines I chose is something that we can poor in the restaurant for Valentines dinner or you can buy next door. I asked Jayson how he would start the night. “If you’re cooking at home, I would recommend a white and a red bottle of wine. You’re always going to want something to begin the night and a

well balanced Chardonnay is great even before you’ve had any protein on your pallet. And then the shrimp that are in this dish are on the top so you can start eating that and then break into one of these three reds that go with the steak that’s on the bottom.” Jayson added, “The one thing you want to remember with Italian wine is that you always want to have it with food. The Italians blend their wine to go with food. If someone has tried Italian wine and not really liked it, it’s probably because they didn’t have it with the right food.” Again, I have learned something new and feel ready to embrace a go at Italian wine (with my steak of course!). The good news is that the red wine will carry you right into dessert. Sykes is serving a beautiful chocolate torte for this Valentine meal extravaganza and Jayson assured me it will be fabulous with the richness of this dessert. It’s as decedent as one can imagine (also available in the market to go). If you have had all the wine you care to manage, a beautiful cup of Montana Coffee Traders coffee will be waiting to bring your dining experience to a close. It is in my book, the perfect ending to a very fulfilling Valentine date.

Whatever you choose, may you love and be loved from your taste buds to your toes this Valentine’s Day. …As for me, my apron is out and my wine is waiting. Sykes has everything I’m going to need to make magic so bring on the Valentine!

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WOOD AND MEN by Kathleen Clary Miller


My mother had to move her car permanently out of the garage. The doctor down the street often stitched my father’s fingers back together on the kitchen table. I grew up thinking my father lived in our garage because whenever he was not at the office, I found him there, sanding, varnishing, or hammering in his makeshift shop. His dream (shared by every man I’ve ever met) was always to have his own structure in which to produce the workings of his own hands. There wasn’t enough land where we lived in Pasadena, California, but after my mother died and my father and I moved in together on an acre, the addition he built was his and his alone. Make no mistake about it, his woodshop was a sacred place. Bill Clary, at 87, ate his cereal at 7:30, headed down the back stairs, out the back door, and across the stepping stones to his shop for another day of work, pausing for a sandwich at exactly noon (“stomach time”), and ending at 5 p.m. sharp for a noggin or two of Pusser’s Rum. He was the consummate carpenter, the master craftsman of the furniture he designed. For over fifty years, he made every bed, dresser, table and chair in the two places we called home. Beginning with a stool he built for his own father at age seven, he afterward created astonishing works of art ranging from aircraft-plywood rocking chairs to zebra-wood jewelry boxes laced with ebony. No one in our family knew the retail price of a single piece of furniture. “I’m looking for a project,” he’d announce, and the phone lines would start vibrating and letters poured in from nieces, nephews, and grandchildren across the country. They’d send him pictures from which he rendered his own designs, drew precise measurements with by that time slightly shaking fingers. And although the etchings on paper may have been a bit wavier that they’d used

to be, the end product—an angico coffee table dressed with a mixed-wood mosaic inlay, for example—was perfect, seamless, balanced by an arch constructed from layers of veneer, the joinery virtually invisible to the naked eye. Just as the aroma of barbecuing steak turns heads on a summer evening, the scent of sawdust from my father’s shop was the call of the wild. In 1996, when we moved to San Juan Capistrano, a neighbor, upon observing the contents of the moving van in the driveway, wandered across the street on the ruse of an introduction. “What incredibly beautiful furniture!” he said as his eyes passed from a polished round occasional table, to the inlaid grandfather clock, to the Texas sofas. When my father acknowledged that there was no room for all of it in our new house, the neighbor didn’t miss a beat. “What would you charge for that table? And may I come over and see your shop?” What is it about the grind of the saw and the aroma of sawdust that arouses grown men from their sofas for a sudden dog walk? They would drift

past our driveway, noses in the air, craning their necks to catch a glimpse of the handicraft they could sense was being sculpted by a master. We already know about men’s insatiable urge to acquire tools; ever since early man first fashioned a stone to pound with, his progeny have kept pace by inventing a better belt or box to keep them in. But an entire building dedicated to those treasures was enough to lure total strangers to my father’s cave. An elderly gentleman wandered by to inquire about repairing a broken chair in his living room and ended up staying out there until dinner. The young doctor next door brought over a box he was making, and the next thing I knew another apprentice was in the shop, abandoning his wife and children every moment of his free time. If they wanted to talk to him, they now telephoned the shop. Yes, guys, it even had its own phone number. Once inside the sanctuary, row upon row of drawers compartmentalized the enviable inventory. The eye candy of shiny brass fittings engaged the unsuspecting visitor, but it was the idea of having it all in a dedicated


space that left them salivating. Plus, by nature, it was always messy. There was no nagging allowed in there, no tidying regulations. Wood shavings and scraps littered the cement floor, and the windows were smudged; one even remained broken from a flying piece of ply that jettisoned through the shop and across the back yard one spring. People who turned down our driveway often didn’t turn away for hours. Whenever I cracked the front door for the UPS deliveryman, his eyes widened with wonder at the eclectic mix of warm woods in the entryway and living room. Like having been granted free admission to the museum of fine art, he stepped into a fantasy world of carpentry and saw not only the product of an artist, but the history of a family and the man who had always been there to fix whatever was broken. The deliveryman was impressed with the furniture, yes, but what he was really

itching to do was go out back and see the shop that Bill built.

entourage, and every weekend I had the entire house to myself.

The man I am now married to first began enticing me with all the reasons I should meet him for a glass of wine. But when Brad learned that my father lived with me and had his own wood shop, he flat-out told me to forget the wine; he really wanted to get to know my father. And soon after he proposed, Bill went over to Brad’s garage to check out the groom’s tool dowry—a stunning collection from Bridge City Tool Works, and a brand new Skil saw with no place to put it. A marriage made in heaven, and I believe a wedding that would have been shot-gunned to the altar had I hesitated for an instant. There was no reluctance on my part; I knew a good woodworker when I saw one. I wisely installed carpet the color of sawdust, carried sandwiches and drinks out to my husband, my father, and the ever-increasing neighborhood

My father is gone now. Brad and I built a log home in Montana on property he’d owned for decades, dreaming of the day he could retire there—and have his own woodshop. When visitors arrive, forget the house tour. The only thing the man really wants to see is out back of the garage where he now collects tools and is creating cradles for our first two grandchildren.

There’s over 50 years of history behind these doors.

“I’m in the man cave,” Brad announces with his last bite of bacon. “Call me when dinner is ready.” Some women would complain, but this is how I was raised. Familiar territory; all is right with my world. It is a woman whose home is her castle; man would give his kingdom for a shop.

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Reality Finds Heart By Rena Desmond

Occasionally, life throws us a curve. Today you are flying high, tomorrow your whole world can crash. The loss of a loved one or a cancer diagnosis are life changes that are devastating. Fortunately, our health care providers, relatives, friends and survivors recognize the devastation and somehow come together to form a group to help relieve some of the stress. One such service oriented organization, WINGS, was started in 1996 by a group consisting of a physician, social worker and two cancer patients. They all saw that the stress of cancer took a huge toll on people. For some, the question of how they would get to the treatment center and where they would stay was overwhelming. The group formed WINGS to help defray out-of-pocket expenses associated with cancer treatment. WINGS’ fund raising efforts provide monetary support to qualified individuals to assist with expenses such as housing, transportation and meals. 100% of every donation goes to someone in our community to assist with costs arising from travel for treatment both inside and outside of Montana. Recently I was visiting with a gentleman who has received assistance from the WINGS organization. He could not say enough about his appreciation for the financial assistance he received. His goal is to be able to donate to this organization as soon as he gets back on his feet. Over the last 17 years, 2,518 people have been assisted by fundraising efforts as well as County and cash

grants. The oldest recipient is 100 years old and the youngest recipient is 3 years old. Another service-oriented organization is the Montana Woman Foundation. This group started in February of 2006. Cindy Branch traveled across the entire state of Montana and interviewed women from all walks of life. During her visits with these women she realized that due to life changing events many women were in need of returning to school so that they could support themselves and their families. Sudden illness, death or separation of the main bread-winner reverses the responsibility of providing a secure environment for women and children. Often, returning to school is in their near future, in preparation for a return to the work force. It was quickly recognized that the cost of education was prohibitive. It was obvious that a scholarship fund was the top priority for the Montana Woman Foundation. Since its inception the Foundation has given over 20 scholarships to women of all ages (ranging from 18 to mid 60’s) all over our great state. Then the day arrives for that first job interview. It didn’t take long for the Foundation Board to realize that these women could not afford to clothe themselves for reentrance into the work world. Thus the Clothes Closet was founded. It

was a two-fold service. Clothes were donated to those who needed them and arrangements were made for an annual sale, open to the public, with monies raised aiding the Scholarship Fund. The Montana Woman Foundation has also helped fire victims with clothes and furniture. Cindy Branch said that she was impressed with Montana’s heart of service as she traveled across our beautiful surrounds. She continues to provide service with heart through her daily work. These two service oriented groups provide help from the heart when life’s devastating realities decide to challenge us. Very briefly, it all started with a group discussion, and realization there was a need, and finally a way to help fulfill that need. Once a year these two organizations join together in their fund raising efforts for a fun-filled day at Village Greens Golf Course. Come join us on June 21, 2014 and be sure to bring your HEART—oops, and your pocket book.


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A love for baking and creativity can produce some amazing results. Joyce Dye has loved baking all her life, a passion shared by her family. In 2004 she opened Just Desserts in Evergreen. This year for Valentine’s Day, we are doing tiramisu tuxedo cakes, with mascarpone cheese filling. This can be either single or double layered.  Step 1:

Step 2:

Step 3:

Bake your favorite yellow cake in heart shaped pans. You can use any left over batter for cup cakes. Cool and poke holes in top (a wooden skewer works well, as toothpicks are too small).

3/4 Cup water

8 Ounces Mascarpone Cheese, room temperature.

THE CAKE

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3 Tablespoons coffee crystals

FILLING

4 Tablespoons sugar

8 Ounces cream cheese, room temperature.

1/4 Cup Kahlua

1 Cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted.

Bring to boil, simmer 5 minutes, continuously stirring. Pour over cake.

1 Teaspoon almond extract Cream the above with electric mixer. In a separate bowl whip 1 cup of heavy


whipping cream. Fold into cheese mixture. Spread evenly over bottom layer of cake. Place 2nd cake on top.

Step 4:

FROSTING

Cover with your favorite chocolate frosting (we use Brazilian black for the dark, rich color).

Step 5:

ASSEMBLY

Mark template on waxed paper, using back of pan for size. Roll out white fondant. Place template on top and cut shirt portion of the tuxedo. Place on to cake. Roll out chocolate fondant. Place template on top and cut. Place on cake. Cut out bow tie shape and cut buttons. Using whatever fondant you wish, make a rose boutonniere. Place on left lapel.

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Living Life with a Dash of Sass! JEWELS’ GEMS By Jewels Devine

My darlings, 2014 marks my 10th year with Montana Woman Magazine. I remember picking up my first copy at a little coffee house in Bozeman. I stuck it in my purse and planned on perusing the pages over the next couple of weeks. After all, my dears, my social calendar keeps me extremely busy and usually doesn’t allow much time for sitting with a cup of tea and leisurely reading. However, I can often be found sipping a cold martini and discussing the latest fashion blunders and embarrassments with my dear friend Bunny. That’s another story… When I returned home from Bozeman, I pulled out my copy of Montana Woman Magazine and casually began thumbing through the pages. As I started reading this simple black and white publication, I was immediately hooked. My casual page-flipping turned into intent reading and enjoyment. In the pages of this fine magazine, I found honest opinions, inspiring stories and heart. Over dinner that night I was sharing my latest treasure with my darling Big Daddy. He

immediately encouraged me to submit some of my ponderings, rants and raves to the editor for consideration. He was sure the MW family and I would become fast friends.

from attention. I encourage everyone to dance like EVERYBODY is watching and to march to their own drummer. I have found it is ok to not fit in - and usually a lot more fun!

Now darlings, not much intimidates me in this ole’ life. However, the idea of putting my thoughts down on paper for someone else to accept or reject made me a tad nervous. This may come as a shock to you (or not) but I tend to bend the rules – A LOT! Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t break the law…I just bend it until it cracks and then back up a bit! Putting it mildly – I am passionate, outspoken and opinionated.

Getting back to the topic at hand, I submitted a few emails overflowing with my viewpoints and thoughts on a variety of topics. I hit the send key and waited for a response. What seemed like an eternity (but in reality was four hours) passed and then I noticed an email in my inbox from Cindy Branch. She welcomed me on board and said that I was the “spice” she had been looking for. Thus began our journey.

I have learned, as I have gotten older that rules are made to be broken. I embrace my ability to live life on my own terms and never ever apologize for it. I leap at every chance to go against the grain, refuse to conform and often find myself on the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten paths of others. I believe in laughing in the face of adversity and often leap before I look. I love adventure and never shy away

Over the years Montana Woman Magazine has become a dear friend to me. I have my darling Big Daddy to thank for it. He was correct - MW and I have a lot in common. Thank you Montana Woman Magazine for allowing me to come along on the adventure! Happy 20th Anniversary!


Pioneering into the Future... F O R T H E PA S T

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Montana Woman Magazine first entered my life in September 2001 in a big way: I became the Publisher and Editor. What a blessing to be at the helm of a magazine that celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and has the honor of being the only monthly magazine in the state of Montana. During my time with the magazine, I have seen abundant growth and have had the pleasure to meet inspiring people throughout Montana. Over the years this always-evolving publication has increased in readership and circulation. During this time color has been added, as well as an increase in the number of pages. What started as a contributing family of ten has now grown to over sixty. Talented writers from across the state of Montana share knowledge, laughs and life’s experiences with us each month. I have been asked numerous times about the key to Montana Woman Magazine’s success. After placing much thought into this question, I have realized that there is no simple answer. I believe that with most successful recipes it is a variety of ingredients working together that contribute to any success. Montana Woman is no different.

1994

The first issue was a single sheet of paper.

Vision: Montana Woman Magazine first arrived on the scene in 1994. The first issue was a single sheet of paper—actually more of a newsletter; the magazine part would come later. The new publication was well received by the community and soon enjoyed the success of becoming a 12-page black-and-white magazine. A lot of thought and energy went into the creation of that first

newsletter. The purpose was to “provide interesting and beneficial information along with questions, answers and possible solutions to issues that many women face daily.” In addition, the goal was to provide an inspiring look into the lives of some exceptional people.

1998

Celebrating four years in publication.

Dedication: I sincerely believe that success isn’t handed to anyone; it requires dedication, determination, consistency and passion. I almost

forgot to mention the requirement of hard work and lots of prayer. You see, to me, my time with the magazine is not a job, but a way of life. Having been born and raised in Montana, I feel fortunate to be a Montana Woman. I like to think that no matter your geographic location or place of origin, there is a little Montana Woman in all women. We make a concious effort to focus on the positive. The news is filled with current events full of gloom and doom. Yes, they are a part of our reality. We have the power to change our reality. Try looking for the good in the world and see how your attitude changes and


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My first issue hit the stands.

Honesty: We practice the “only as good as your word” philosophy. The Montana Woman team understands that making a promise or a commitment matters. We appreciate and treasure the trust that Montana communities have placed in us. Therefore, our readers, contributors and advertisers can rest easy knowing that we will deliver a quality publication each and every month.

2002

A business woman, a rancher, an organizer for local fundraisers and simply a nice person. Growth: Change has been a big part of the history of Montana Woman. A friend of mine sports a bumper sticker on her car that states simply, “Change is inevitable – Growth is optional.” Montana Woman Magazine and its staff embrace change and encourage growth. In 2010, Montana Woman Magazine became available online and has been embraced by readers worldwide! Our amazing

recepiton made it obvious that it was time for the magazine to have a digital version. Montana Woman was the first Montana magazine available digitally. (Visit iTunes to download your app today!) Each month readers can get their Montana Woman Magazine fix on their iPad. The tablet edition gives readers access to all they’ve come to love about the print edition plus exclusive bonus content and interactive extras that aren’t available anywhere else. In 2012, we relaunched Montana Woman Magazine with a new look. The look included 96 pages of full color. Although the look changed, the content remained the same; that is what has made MW a success. We are dedicated to being a positive resource for communites across Montana, always mindful to insure that articles educate, uplift and/or entertain the reader. Montana Woman focuses on the people and events that are positive forces in helping shape the communities big and small across our beautiful Big Sky Country.

2003

Pam shared dream of qualifying to race in the Iditarod. Collaboration: Montana Woman Magazine is blessed to be embraced by an amazingly talented team of people who embrace our vision. Montana is blessed with people who are

willing to think outside the box while helping others achieve their dreams. The growth of our beloved magazine is thanks to many caring and talented people throughout our great state. Montana Woman Magazine understands that there is more power in collaboration than in competition. What a blessing that it brings together like-minded individuals that share a common goal. In this case the goal is to serve you – our reader. As you flip through the pages of every issue, you will notice that it truly does take a “village” to create the quality product you enjoy each month.

2004

Bobbi Lockhart shared her journey of faith, love and forgiveness. The Element of Surprise: In 2013, we started the Montana Woman Collector Series. The Collector Series allows us to step outside the box and explore different themes while staying true to our roots. The Prohibition Issue, The Steampunk and Trashion Issue, The Pin Up Issue and The Military Issue were all well received. Readers enjoyed the diverse, colorful and creative topics and layouts shared in these beautiful issues. Some might say that the Collector Series is a bit edgy. I would agree. Isn’t it fun to shake things up every now and then?


We have many more surprises in store for our readers and our advertisers in 2014! Sharing them now would spoil the fun—so pick up your issue each month to see what is new.

2005

Stephanie Funke shares her devastating story of losing a son in war. Inspiration: The offical nickname for Montana is The Treasure State because of its rich mineral reserves. The mountains of Montana have yielded fortunes of gold and silver since the first substantial deposits were discovered in the mid 1800’s (Montana’s state motto is Oro y Plata – Spanish for ‘gold and silver.’) Montana is also home to the most valuable gemstone found in America – sapphires. I feel that Montana’s true ‘treasure’ is its people. Montana communities are filled with wisdom, knowledge, talent and cultural history. These hardworking, honest people are preserving the traditions of the past for future generations. They lead by example and dilligently work to support their families and communities. Montana folk are happy to lend a helping hand. Montana is also known as “Big Sky Country.” The beautiful blue Montana sky blankets everything from breathtaking mountains

to rolling prairies. As you cross county lines you will find the scenery to be as diverse as the people who call it home. The state website sums it up very nicely, “Montana represents the untamed, the wild, the natural. Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks are starting points. Between the parks lie mountains that don’t have names yet, in ranges you’ve never heard of. Scattered in their valleys, you’ll find small towns full of friendly locals sharing the unexpected and smiling with sincere western hospitality.”

2006

Sheron Green was one of the first women to receive a Purple Heart Award. Gratitude: I forgot to mention that when my path joined that of Montana Woman Magazine I had no experience whatsoever in publishing. I had experience in managing people, I had dabbled in marketing, I had spent much time organizing choas, and I dealt well with deadlines. I had no idea what to expect, but I was ready to embrace the adventure. Those first couple of years were a true learning experience. In the beginning I was a one woman show. As I look back at some of those first issues, my lack of graphic design experience, photography skills and writing ability are painfully obvious.

Luckily, I didn’t have to go through the experience alone for long. I called upon friends and business associates to advertise, contribute articles and help promote my new career path. The response was overwhelming and many are still part of the Montana Woman family today. The Hair Hut, Withey’s Health Foods, Glacier Wallflower and The Izaak Walton Inn have advertised since the beginning of my reign. Many contributors have been with me since the beginning as well: Lisa Levandowski, Jessica Crist, Dr. Lora Lonsberry and Jeri Mae Rowley. I sincerely appreciate your desire to share our journey with us. Thank you for all the feedback and leads you have given us over the years. It is exciting to learn about what inspires you. Please keep sharing. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your life and your community.

2007

Jeannie Jorgensen trained with Patch Adams. “The most important thing you wear is your smile.”

Service: Montana Woman Magazine is a service based organization. We want to play an active role in the success of business owners and help build strong communities. The Magazine highlights Montana-owned and operated businesses that are unique and community-minded.


Montana Woman inspires readers across the state by keeping them up to date on topical trends. This is done by staying on track with current events, fashion, and points of interest. The Montana Woman Team actively covers topics of importance to women such as business, health, fitness, investments, and numerous other topics. Our goal is to educate, entertain and inspire our audience – all while providing an insight that will not only benefit readers professionally but personally as well.

2008

The Reverend Jessica Crist: Montana’s First Female Bishop. Giving Back: The women that grace the covers each month have all inspired me in some way. Their grace, kindness and ability to see the best in every situation is a constant reminder of Montana’s diversity. I was raised to believe in the importance of sharing one’s blessings and having the heart of a servant. We are all in this journey together and should support each other always. All of these things inspired me to start a Foundation to help build stronger Montana communities. The Montana Woman Foundation was founded in 2006. It is a nonprofit organization that was started by a group of Montana

2009

Jane uses her art to educate and empower women.

women who realized that they could not have achieved their goals without the mentoring and support of other strong women. With this in mind, the Foundation was formed to provide a resource that could extend a hand of support, encouragement and nurturing to women striving to reach their goals.

2010

Angie and Crissy Pagel Shining examples of making good choices. The Montana Woman Foundation exists to support a community that recognizes and supports the beauty of our women, their dreams and the power of collaboration. The mission of the Foundation is simply to provide assistance for the success of women of all ages. To encourage these women to then give back to their communities by helping fellow Montana women in need, no matter their social, economic or cultural differences. In addition, we promote positive feedback and a circle of giving The Montana Woman Foundation

sponsors several fundraising events that make it possible for us to provide resources to deserving women. The Foundation hosts educational workshops on a variety of topics perfect for the entire community, provides clothing to women who are reentering the workplace or starting a new job, helps families who have lost their homes to fires, and have recently started mentoring programs that support women of all ages. The Foundation has been blessed with community support that allows three Montana women to be scholarship recipients each year. To date, over 25 scholarships have been awarded to women ranging in ages from 18 to 65. The Foundation is just one of the ways that Montana Woman Magazine strives to be an active voice in Montana’s communities. We also support local charities and fund-raising events. Together we truly can make a difference. Won’t you join us?

2011

Jen Johnson is a coach (boxing and horse riding) and a competitive athlete. As we celebrate this milestone, we are reminded that magazines have “bones” – the unchanging elements that give structure to creativity – as surely as buildings and houses do. Montana Woman Magazine celebrates a strong


2012

that have made our state great. We hope that you will join us each month as we celebrate these true Montana treasures! Thank you for helping make the past 20 years possible. We couldn’t have done it without YOU!

Kqyn Kuka shared the importance of finding a balance between life and work. foundation built on honesty, trust, creativity and strong business ethics. When you pick up the current issue of Montana Woman Magazine, know that you are holding a publication that illuminates the events, people and places

Montana Woman Magazine is delighted to continue “Pioneering into the Future.” Thanks to our devoted readers, faithful advertisers, talented contributors, and dedicated staff, I am happy to report... The Future Is Looking Good!

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By Sheila LeDuc, RN / Photo by Lovelight Photography called epithelial cells. Millions of these cells are what you see on the surface of your face; the outer skin surface consists of many layers of epithelial cells. New cells are formed in the deeper layers every day, and grow upwards to replace the damaged old injured cells on the surface. The newer cells are healthier, look better and give the skin a fresh glow. Thus anti-aging, beauty and wrinkle treatments include exfoliation. Yay for Microdermabrasion and the daily use of the Clarisonic face brush!

My name is Sheila, and I’m pleased to be offering skin care treatments here at the MW Spa. These include Microdermabrasion, Precision Peels, facials and light therapy. I would like to give you a brief overview of the skin, the largest organ of your body. Your skin is the first line of defense from the sun, the environment, toxins and bacteria. It holds your vital essence inside. It keeps you hydrated, provides wound healing, controls heat regulation, provides vitamin D for bone health, and provides a tough outer layer to resist friction, abrasion and pressure.

The second layer of the skin is the dermis. It is pink and can bleed when injured. It provides vital life-giving support, oxygen and nutrients to the epidermis; it holds your skin to your body and helps hold the skin’s shape. The major components are collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Collagen, a protein, is produced by fibroblasts. Elastin is a special type of collagen that gives your skin elasticity. Hyaluronic surrounds and supports the collagen, and all the cells of the dermis and epidermis. It maintains the moisture content of your skin.

The skin is composed of two layers. The outer layer is the epidermis; the cells are

The appendages to the skin are the hair follicles, sebaceous glands and sweat

glands. They all reside in the dermis and open either directly or indirectly onto the surface of the skin. Underneath the dermis is the subcutaneous fat. This supports and protects the skin, nerves, blood vessels and other vital structures. As we age, the vital health sustaining functions of your skin decline. Epidermis cells are less plump and healthy looking and turnover declines. Pigment cells increase in an attempt to protect you from the sun – thus brown spots. Small blood vessels appear with thinning of the skin (epidermis, dermis, and underlying fat). The most dramatic effect takes place in the dermis with loose of collagen and elastin. Hyaluronic acid, the moisturizing matrix supporting your dermis and epidermis declines by 50% at the age of fifty. As you can see skin is complex and must be nourished, cleaned and treated on a daily basis to stay healthy. Nothing can stop the hands of time or inherited skin conditions, but through medical treatment and proper maintenance, you can slow down the aging process. Professional skin care is not vanity, it is simple good health.

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Keeping the Spark Alive

by Bunny Sweets about it). If you are in the very first stage of a new relationship and you’re still “reeling” him in, creating a sense of anticipation in his world is like owning a magic wand. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a simple, sexy secret to creating romance in their marriage. It’s fabulously honest and my friend reports her husband loves their new passion. Hello my beautiful sisters in womanhood! I am so excited to be off and moving through 2014. I can just feel the gift of anticipation all around me, and you know the best thing about anticipation, don’t you? It’s open ended - no specific expectations, just the excitement of what “could”

happen. I love to think of anticipation as a daily game. Anyone can play, and the benefits are life changing to say the least! In the world of romance, this is the very best game of all because it can be played at any level of your relationship (I get butterflies and smile just writing

You meet a man, have that first date, and there is mutual (they will make their intention clear if they feel the connection, and if they don’t, it’s not mutual) interest in the possibility of more to come. How do you insure you keep their interest throughout this new and fragile state of the relationship? You must, must, must maintain a state of anticipation. Let them feel the hope of seeing you again by not making yourself too available (maintain your sense of self, my sweets)! Behind the scenes, do your homework. Take what you know about them and leave little hints of your knowledge and interest in your conversations. Don’t overwhelm with details…that’s a disaster waiting to happen when it comes to creating intrigue. Truthfully ladies, men don’t want the details upfront, they want to know they stand a chance…just a chance so they get the thrill of working for their prize. Most men like to earn what they obtain and if they don’t, throw them back to the sea! If you are like me and my dear friend Jewels, love knocked on your door a while ago. Nonetheless, finding ways to keep the fire roaring is half the fun of being with your man. Keep him guessing and impressed with your desire for him. Show him you are willing to take that extra step to melt his heart. I was recently visiting with a friend of mine who was just bubbling over with excitement. She shared that she had been building a snow fort for her husband while he was out of town.


Within the snow-built walls of her palace she had a fire pit and a massage table. Along with that were little notches in the walls for candles. She ran an extension cord from the house to her “love nest” so she could offer her honey a heated massage table. Can you just imagine? Heck, I’d be willing to be her date on this extravaganza…it’s one of the coolest things I’ve heard! Talk about going the extra mile!

fit it into their very hectic schedule. She introduced me to the book Forty Beads by Carolyn Evans. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a simple, sexy secret to creating romance in their marriage. It’s fabulously honest and my friend reports her husband loves their new passion. Their marriage now maintains a very charged sense of anticipation on an almost daily basis (so reports my dear BFF).

I know another lady who has been married for over 30 years. She loves her husband deeply and was looking for a way to bump up (no pun intended) their story and

The point is, my sweets, you have all you need to leave a lingering desire for more with the one you love. Don’t give it all away out of affection and a desire

to please! So many of my sisters do and it just drives me crazy because it leaves them empty! Take a step back and let yourself be the desired one. Enjoy the process of building possibilities with your love interest and trust that time is on your side. The journey to romance is just as powerful as the experience you’re

anticipating. Once you have them, show them what you’re made of. Go for the gold like my friend and her snow fort! Life is short, so when you find that special someone let them know they matter. Last dear sisters, enjoy the moment; each stage of your relationship is sacred and don’t forget to always honor your sweet!

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HISTORY LESSON

Evelyn Cameron By Gina Ellis

There has been quite a buzz about the photographer of the Montana Frontier, Evelyn Cameron, since her prints, negatives and journals were discovered in the late 70s. This wonderful documentation of life and photographic history of Montana’s frontier was found by Donna Lucey. This find has enriched our understanding of life on the badlands of eastern Montana and affirmed our belief that what makes a Montana woman is her heart and commitment to persevere and grow in all situations. Evelyn Cameron was born in 1868 to a wealthy family in a small town near London, England. Her father was a successful East India trader who passed away when Evelyn was just four years old. He made her the recipient of a comfortable trust fund that supplied her with 300 pounds per year. He entrusted Evelyn’s cousin, Wickham Flower, who was an attorney in London, with her inheritance.


Evelyn was the second to youngest of six children. Her siblings chose a very glamorous lifestyle, but Evelyn followed a different suit when she married Ewen Somerled Cameron, son of Reverend Allan Gordon Cameron. Her family didn’t agree with her decision. Not so much because her fiancé was 14 years Evelyn’s senior, but more because he had no substantial financial worth or prospects of future wealth. However, Evelyn and Ewen shared a love for wildlife, the outdoors and natural living. They honeymooned in the badlands of eastern Montana after their wedding in 1899. Evelyn’s choice of honeymoon was inspired by her brother’s stories of his experience up the Yellowstone to Miles City on a hunting trip he had been on. The couple was led by none other than one of General Custer’s old scouts. They also brought along their English cook to assist them in their adventure. Soon after their trip, Evelyn and Ewen decided to settle in eastern Montana, leaving their life in London behind. Now Evelyn’s new husband was indeed a scholar and avid outdoorsman, however, he was not a businessman. The couple started their life in a very rustic 3 room cabin on the Eve Ranch (named after Evelyn) and failed with their first several ranching ventures with horses. Due to several financial blows, one which included the failure of the Miles City bank that they had all of their money in, Evelyn had to request an advance on her trust money. When she was refused because she was a woman and had no authority over her own money, Evelyn began taking in boarders to help create income. By this point, Ewen was ready to return to London and say goodbye to life on the great Montana Frontier. Holding true to her Montana woman’s heart and determination, Evelyn pushed on and began growing vegetables to sell. She would haul hundreds of pounds of her vegetables to sell to

chuck wagons, saloons, remote ranches and everyone else she could think of. Evelyn earned over five dollars a day with her vegetables and though this was wonderful, she decided to give photography a try after one of her boarders encouraged her to give it a go. Evelyn ordered her first camera by mail and it’s safe to say she put it to good use. Evelyn hit the ground running. In addition to contributing photographs to the Montana wildlife articles Ewen was writing, Evelyn also wrote articles and

sold her photographs to other authors. Soon, word got out and cowboys and ranchers passing by would often stop to be photographed. Not being the least bit put off by hard work, Evelyn was also in the practice of traveling long distances to cater to her clients and encapsulate the images she enjoyed such as wildlife, sheepherders and cowboys. She also did a magnificent job of portraying the largely ignored life of the Montana woman pioneers. Evelyn captured a look into their challenges and also their achievements. Some of the most appreciated women Evelyn depicted in her work were a group of sisters referred to as the “Red Yearlings” because of their dominant strawberry blond hair and amazing horsemanship skills. Becoming famous,

the sisters were offered jobs with Wild West shows and the opportunity to perform for President Roosevelt—they declined. Without the detailed journals and pictures by Evelyn Cameron, many of the stories and extraordinary women would not be known to us today. I am forever impressed and my perception of what it is to persevere has been enriched to a new level of understanding thanks to the life of this truly astonishing Montana woman.

Evelyn Cameron died in 1928 at the age of 60. She had been widowed and left to run the ranch alone for 13 years prior to her death and left all of her belongings, including her ranch to her best friend, Janet Williams, which is where her brilliant work was discovered. I would like to end this history lesson with a sincere thank you to Evelyn for her strong sense of devotion to her life here in Montana and the dedication she showed in preserving her experience for generations to come.


THRIVE

Love Your Heart to Save Your Life By Holly Alastra, LCPC, RD

do and see and enjoy with family and friends. As a dietitian, I know firsthand that if you want to live a quality life well into your later years, you’ve got to place a high priority on your health. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) says that one in every four deaths is due to heart disease. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, almost eighty percent of heart disease is preventable, and even small lifestyle changes can have a big impact.

I’d like to live a long, healthy and active life, a life like my great Aunt Mary and Uncle Frank. In their nineties, they eat out, take in plays and performances, attend family functions, and walk daily. My childhood and young adult years were largely miserable, and now that I’m finally happy (for me, this came with learning and practicing mindfulness—the ability to observe my mind and redirect it when it begins to go down a negative path), I’d like to be around long enough to make up for lost time.

During my teens and early twenties, I suffered with an eating disorder, and now I must live with the long-term consequences of my past behavior. I am at risk for osteoporosis and I live with chronic reflux. Besides being uncomfortable, the reflux increases my risk for esophageal cancer. Still, there is no point in dwelling on what’s wrong with my health. I’d much rather focus on all that I can do to maximize my well-being. Because of my past, I am doubly vigilant of staying well. There’s just so much life to be had, so much to

Clearly, one of the most important things we can all do for our health is take care of our hearts, and there is no better time than now. February is American Heart Month, a time designated to commit to loving your heart. Here are some tips to keep your ticker strong: Get enough physical activity: a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity on most, or preferably all, days of the week. If you need to lose weight, get 60 to 90 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on most, or ideally all, days of the week. Improved fitness reduces heart disease risk at any weight. In other words, if

you are overweight and fit, you are healthier than those persons who are unfit yet thinner. Make your diet largely plantbased—eat more vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Eat more unsaturated fat and less saturated fat. Good sources of unsaturated fats are nuts, seeds, liquid oils (like olive and canola), fatty fish and avocadoes. Avoid excessive alcohol intake and don’t smoke. If you do smoke, quit as soon as possible. Choose foods low in salt, especially if you are over fifty or have high blood pressure. Maintain a healthy weight. Know your body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference. A BMI of 19 to 24.9 is associated with lower health risk. A waist circumference less than 40 inches for men, and less than 35 inches for women, is also related to lower health risks. Manage stress. This can help keep your blood pressure from temporarily spiking. No matter what your plans are for the month of February, take time to show your heart some love!


ASK THE COACH By Sherri Gerek

Dear Sherri:

Dear Begin Again:

For several years I have been considering making a major change in my career. This would involve leaving the work I have been doing for nearly twenty years to do something completely new. So far I have been unable to pull the trigger to let go of a career I find unfulfilling, primarily because it pays well. Although the new venture would be something I am very passionate about, with a lot of upside to it, I would be starting from scratch, and I wonder if I have what it takes to begin again. Those closest to me think I am crazy to consider leaving a “sure thing” for the “unknown.” To a certain degree, the fact that my inner circle are not rallying behind me also plays into my insecurity about this whole issue. So, what, if any, guidance could you offer me?

You share considering leaving behind unfulfilling work to start a new venture you are passionate about, and question if you have what it takes to begin again. It’s understandable that you are experiencing some insecurity, and very natural for you to feel this way. Anyone in your position can certainly relate to what you are going through.

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It takes a lot of courage to walk away from the known, and into the unknown. The fact that you are seeking guidance seems to indicate your desire for change is not diminishing, despite not being supported by those close to you. What insight might that provide? Let’s make a shift to get you thinking in the creative side of your brain!

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For a moment, try to envision your life a year or two from now, having made the change you are considering. How would that make you feel? What do you imagine yourself becoming then, that you are not becoming now? How important would this be for you?

is one of the primary reasons I became a coach. The bottom line—without a reasonable belief in your abilities, and the conviction to move forward despite what others may believe or say; your most cherished dreams will never be more than dreams.

Recently I wrote a book ,The Hummingbird Way, Putting Hover, Zip, and Zoom to Work in Your Life (due to release in paperback in the next 30 days, and e-book format shortly thereafter). I would love for you to read it! I use the lyrical metaphor of the hummingbird, the smallest bird on the planet, to illustrate how to observe and apply valuable life lessons from nature. There are twenty-two lessons in all – Fly Higher, Hover and Rise Above It, Every Feather in Place, and Make Course Corrections, to name a few – all themes with a direct correlation to our human experience written to inspire positive self-development.

Starting with Lesson 1, I will help you to identify and overcome confidence draining messages in order to move past any fears that may be holding you fast to your current circumstances. See what stands to change for you when you take what you want, combine it with I believe I can, and fuel it with focus, dedication, and self-discipline.

The Hummingbird Way begins with the lesson, Have Confidence in Your Ability to Fly. Self-confidence is critical to one’s success, and helping my clients tap their own incredible inner resources

I hope you are inspired to connect with that which you find most fulfilling! Warm wishes from me to you! The New Year is here! Watch for the release of The Hummingbird Way. Order your advance signed copy via email: sherri@letsstrutyourstuff.com for $19.95 US plus shipping and handling. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Montana Woman Foundation, Susan B. Komen for the Cure, and Safe Harbor MT.


LIVING BEAUTIFULLY

What’s In Your Bag? A guide to your basic makeup essentials By Emily Myers / Photo by Lovelight Photography

In the world of cosmetics today, it is easy to become overwhelmed with the vast selection of cosmetics. From foundations to formulations of mascara, the task of purchasing can be downright daunting to some. Let me help make your selection choices a little easier by following these steps in creating your makeup essentials kit. Remember your skin first and foremost; how to keep it supple, youthful and protected. I suggest visiting an esthetician for a thorough skin analysis to determine the needs of your skin before choosing a skin care regimen. When it comes to makeup, whether you’re an experienced makeup maven, or the mascara and lip balm type, as we get older, the use and proper application of makeup becomes more essential in maintaining a youthful, healthy appearance. I know this may not be important to some; however, I do know that we all want our outer appearances to reflect what’s on the inside. Let me break down the most important makeup essentials. Primer: Use a primer to provide a protective barrier on the skin while creating an adhesive structure for makeup so that you have durable wear. Looking at the ingredients in your makeup is key. If your foundation is a silicon base, you’ll also need a primer

with a silicon base. If your foundation is water based, your primer should be water based. Foundation: This really is the “foundation” of your makeup routine. It’s used to create a blank canvas for the rest of your makeup application, evening out skin tone, color and covering blemishes. The main thing is to choose a foundation shade that matches your skin tone. It can be difficult if purchasing at a drugstore, as you cannot try it on first. Remember to ask about return policies with cosmetics as most retailers will allow full returns on opened and used items. In choosing a foundation, remember these two key points. First, the shade; your skin has one of three color undertones: pink, yellow or neutral. One way to make this easier is the metals test. If you look better with silver, you have pink undertone, if you look better with gold, you have a yellow or golden undertone. If you’re like me and you look equally good in either, you’re neutral. All foundations are yellow (warm) or pink (cool), where the high-end

cosmetics also offer neutral. Next is the shade level, usually a number; the higher the number, the darker the shade. Loose Powder: Regardless of the brand, all foundation needs to be set with powder. Loose, translucent powder is the best. You can use a sponge or fluffy brush. Pay special attention to the forehead, nose and under the eye. Blush: Every woman needs blush to add color back to the face, as foundation cancels out color. The most wearable shades are a pink-y coral and mauve. Apply to the apple of the cheek moving the color upwards and out toward the temple. DO NOT skip blush. Without color, you’ll look sick and tired!


Mascara: First, don’t bother with brown mascara, unless you are the fairest of the fair. Black is always best as it creates fuller looking lashes resulting in an open, bright-eyed look. This step can be an instant face lift. Curl lashes first, then apply 2-3 coats of black mascara. If you are not a wearer of mascara, you will be amazed at the quick, effortless results! Lipstick, gloss or balm: Any of these choices are fine as long as there is at least a hint of color in your selection. If you are bold, than go for a bold lipstick. Otherwise, choose a gloss or balm with a light to medium pink-y beige tone. This will impart a beautiful natural color to the lip. By following these basic steps you will have the essential building blocks for your customized makeup kit. From here, the sky’s the limit! For questions about product, application or services please visit www.emjcosmetics.com and fill out the contact form. ~Emily


BREATHE EASY WITH

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After exercise, the airways can narrow, causing wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Doctors become concerned when exhaled breath volume declines by 10 percent or more. About one in 10 experience this level of airways narrowing after exercise, and in winter competitive sports, up to half of participants may have symptoms. Researches analyzed three airway capacity studies that tested vitamin C or a placebo on a total of 40 exercise participants. Combining all results, compared to placebo, vitamin C reduced airway narrowing by nearly half. Doses in the studies were placebo or 500 mg of vitamin C one-andone half hours before exercise; 2,000 mg of vitamin C one hour before exercise and, in the third study, 1,500 mg of vitamin C per day for two weeks. Discussing their findings, doctors said these promising results suggest physically active people may reduce respiratory symptoms by taking vitamin C.


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Tie Dye Emotions It’s not black and white for everyone nor are there shades of gray Life would be so simple if we all would live that way We’d have no doubts, no second thoughts, nothing to ponder The mind would stay still, not wander and wander All thoughts would be sane, all actions precise No side stepping issues, no toss of the dice All our emotions we’d store on the shelf We’d pay no attention or question ourselves But we have our emotions and they won’t sit aside Give me attention cry out the tie dyes! Those tie dye emotions won’t leave us alone They haunt and they lurk and we cry and we moan The pain keeps us captive, our hearts in a vice. It’s a Black and white world versus the tie dye.

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Give Yourself and Your Family the Gift of a Healthy Heart By Betty Kuffel, MD & Bev Erickson


Holidays and traditions are fun, but how about using this Valentine’s Day to kick-start a healthy change in your lifestyle? Although it is nice to give and receive sweets, maybe this is the year to indulge in some new heart healthy practices to make you feel better and maybe even prolong your life. Having a healthy heart is a wonderful gift you can give to yourself and to your family. Our wonderful, loving and funny Dad died suddenly of a heart attack at home at the age of 52. Saying goodbye to him was horribly painful and left a hole in our hearts to this day. To fill that hole, we’d like to share a little of what we’ve learned about heart disease to help keep families from ever having to experience a preventable heart attack. Following high school, we entered the medical field: Betty became an Internal Medicine physician; Bev became a nurse, worked in Coronary Care, but later became a journalist. Together we formed Lipstick Logic LLP as a means of promoting science-based health information to help others live longer, healthier lives. With heart disease being the number cause of death in both women and men, we’ve put together our top 2014 heart health tips on how you might improve not only your heart health but the heart health of others you love. Top 2014 Heart Healthy Tips

EXERCISE If you are planning dinner out or an intimate dinner at home this Valentine’s Day, be sure to add some exercise to your day – either before or after dinner. An inactive lifestyle is one of the top risk factors for heart disease. Fortunately, it is a risk factor you can do something about. Regular exercise, especially aerobic exercise, strengthens the entire cardiovascular

system, improves circulation, increases endurance, lowers blood pressure, reduces body fat and boosts self-esteem.

medication may be advised so a consultation with your medical provider is recommended.

Before starting a regular exercise program, it is best to talk to your doctor. The best types of exercise include stretching to increase flexibility and aerobic activity like walking, jogging, skiing, rowing and water aerobics to strengthen your heart and lungs and reduce your heart rate and blood pressure. To achieve maximum benefit, work up to 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least three to four times a week.

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ELIMINATE STRESSORS Although holidays in general have a way of increasing stress in our lives, Valentine’s Day is different. It can make us feel loved and thankful, but it can also add stress if we are lonely or grieving. If you are alone this year, invite a friend to go to a movie with you or visit someone in the hospital or nursing home. Giving the gift of your friendship will warm not only your friend’s heart but your heart as well. When stressed, the body releases a hormone called adrenaline to prepare us to deal with difficult situations. Adrenaline surges increase breathing, heart rate and blood pressure. Occasionally, these are good responses but when constant over weeks, the body remains in high gear and the impact may be damaging. Risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overeating, over drinking alcohol, lack of exercise and sleepless nights may result. It is important to make every effort to find a solution to ease or eliminate excessive stress from your life. Solutions like exercise, the elimination of caffeine, a regular 7 to 8 hour night’s sleep, plus maintaining a positive attitude may help. Medications don’t reduce stress, but blood pressure

If you are a smoker, give the best Valentine’s Day gift you could ever give yourself and your family this year -- A Stop Smoking Promise. Smoking damages the heart, blood vessels, lungs, bones, bladder, digestive organs, eyes and mouth, plus the health of those who breathe secondhand smoke. One of every five deaths in the United States each year is due to cigarette smoking and it is preventable. Our Dad had lots of risk factors – a stressful job, high blood pressure and high cholesterol plus he smoked. He also died very young. One of the best ways to avoid heart disease and early death is to never smoke. Regardless of how long you’ve smoked, if you quit now your health will be better. If you don’t smoke, avoid secondhand smoke. Stay away from places where smoking is allowed and ask friends and family members who smoke not to smoke in the house or car.

EAT HEALTHY Valentine’s Day is associated with chocolate and decadent treats. While it is okay to indulge once in a while, when it comes to heart health, eating healthy is a daily necessity. Very simply, if you follow the suggestions below, your heart and health will thank you for years to come. Control your portions – how much you eat is as important as what you eat. Daily, eat fresh green vegetables and fruits rich in vitamins, minerals and fibers. Eat whole grain high fiber foods like oatmeal, couscous, quinoa, barley & whole wheat breads, instead of white breads, cakes and cookies. Stop eating trans-fat and fast foods like hamburgers, fries. Sparingly use butter, margarine


and shortening. Choose proteins like lean meat, fish, poultry, low-fat dairy, egg substitutes, beans & lentils. Reduce your sodium intake – don’t add salt to foods and check labels of the products you buy. To eat heart-healthy, plan ahead. Create a variety of menus and when buying groceries for meals and snacks, choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins low in fat and salt. Variety adds interest and insures you get the nutrients your body needs.

ENJOY LIFE

healthy adults and the affect of positive personality traits like happiness, contentment, and enthusiasm on heart disease risk. The findings did not prove that happiness protects the heart, but several possible explanations for how happiness may protect the heart were provided: Happy people tend to sleep better, eat better, smoke less, and exercise more. Happiness produces fewer stress hormones that are bad for the heart and more good hormones that are good for the heart. 

Plan something fun this Valentine’s Day and every day. Daily, devote at least a half hour to doing something enjoyable or relaxing because the heart benefits you’ll receive are very positive.

People predisposed to happiness have lower risk for heart attacks.

A Canadian research study found happy people have 22% fewer heart attacks. The study evaluated 1,739

Betty Kuffel, MD and Bev Erickson

Wishing you a very Happy, Healthy Valentine’s Day

For more health information see: www. yourheartbook.com

KEEPING IT REAL

Satureja Montana Winter Savory This hardy perennial is easy to grow and makes an excellent companion plant for most other herbs. Its aromatic scent repels harmful insects and pests while attracting bees and other pollinators. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use winter savory.

Winter savory is not as well known as its cousin, summer savory. However, both are used as a culinary herb, imparting a spicy, peppery flavor to dishes in which it is used. Winter savory has a stronger, sharper flavor than summer savory, but it still blends well with thyme, sage and rosemary, as well as other mints.

HERB BLEND FOR SOUPS 3 tsp parsley, dried 3 tsp winter savory, dried 3 tsp marjoram, dried 3 tsp basil, dried 1 ½ tsp lemon peel, dried Combine all and mix well. Use ½ to 1 teaspoon for flavoring.

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SAVORY HERBAL MARINADE Great for Meat or Wild Game 2 ½ cups red wine ¾ cup red wine vinegar 1 small onion or several shallots, chopped 2 carrots, diced 1 stalk celery, chopped 2 cloves garlic, sliced 2 fresh bay leaves, broken into pieces 2 tsp each fresh thyme, oregano and winter savory, coarsely chopped Allow meat to marinate overnight or about 12 hours. CHICKEN: Exchange the red wine for white wine and the red wine vinegar for white wine vinegar. Change the herbs to French


tarragon, lemon thyme or rosemary or any combination of those.

PORK: Add fresh mint to the white wine marinade. FISH: Use lemon juice and the winter savory chopped fine.

WINTER GREENS PESTO ½ cup chopped walnuts 8 ounces kale, trimmed, rinsed and chopped 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 cloves of garlic, chopped 2 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp salt ½ tsp winter savory Directions: Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the nuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and roast them in the oven until they are golden and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Step 2: Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Have a large bowl of cold water ready. Drop the chopped kale into the boiling water. When the water returns to a boil, swirl the kale around a few times until it becomes limp. Drain the kale and plunge it into the cold water. Drain again, then place the kale on a clean dishtowel and blot away the moisture. Step 3: Place the nuts, kale, Parmesan, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a blender and puree until uniformly smooth. You may need to add more olive oil to reach desired consistency. Storage: To refrigerate, cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pesto. Will stay fresh for up to 3 days. To freeze, place desired portions in small containers with plastic directly on the surface of the pesto, or place in plastic freezer bags, and freeze for up to two months.

Helping you create a roadmap for your business. If you could change one thing to make going to work tomorrow better, what would it be? What is one thing you could do today to make that change start happening? If you answered I am not sure, or I do not know how to get started, give me a call. Together we can create a plan of action that will work for you, so that going to work isn’t such a chore anymore. Don’t end 2013 with the same list of business goals that you had at the beginning. Learn how to take the steps necessary to make effective change and reach your business destination.

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INSIDE THE TREASURE CHEST

Shifting Gears By Page 57’s, Tyler Hensleigh

epression and other mood disorders, and stress relief. On a financial note if you ride to work like I do, you save money on gas, and even from an environmental aspect, the use of human powered transportation reduces the use of fossil fuels.

When I was asked to write an article about winter bicycling by Gina at Montana Woman Magazine, I was at first excited. Anyone that knows me knows that I love to experience new things and I have never written an article for a anything outside of my 9th grade journalism class over a decade ago. When I sat down to write it the following day, my excitement shifted to worry, and soon after, confusion, then panic. The truth is I don’t know much about bicycling. The employees at Wheaton’s can vouch for me on that. The first time I rented a bike from Wheaton’s, I told Mark Christensen I needed a 43 size bicycle—no unit of measurement, just a number. I don’t even know where I got the number 43 from but somehow I associated bicycle sizes with shoe sizes. When Mark looked at me with bewilderment, I felt embarrassed, but he was very understanding and didn’t make me feel too foolish. When I had a flat tire and needed to get a new tube, I gave Patrick Brooks the size after combining two different tube sizes to

successfully create a size that does not exist. I think I have made my point. So as I sat down to write this article, I started to do some research on some of the costs of bicycles and gear and to be honest, in my own experience, it’s all relative; the bicycle tube I got from Wheaton’s for 6 dollars has already outlasted the life of the one I got for 2 dollars ten-fold. As far as gear it’s about the same. I wear clothes that will keep me warm in the winter and that I am willing to get a dirty and not so expensive that I go in to cardiac arrest should I find a tear in it. In short, you get what you pay for. As far as benefits to cycling, it can be associated with improved cardiovascular fitness, as well as a decrease in the risk of coronary heart disease. Riding a bike is great for toning and building your muscles, especially in the lower half of the body – your calves, your thighs, and your rear end. Physical exercise has also been linked to improving self-confidence, boosting happy chemicals to help with

Although the winter conditions in Montana may not be the greatest, I have yet to fall with my studded tires and although I may not know much about the components or the mechanics of the bicycle, the reasons listed above should be enough for you to take a closer look at bicycling. But, to be honest, to me there are just a lot of amazing byproducts to bicycling. The real reason I enjoy riding my bike so much is that it allows the opportunity for me to slow things down a bit. While driving to work there are times that I feel I am in autopilot behind the wheel, not taking any moments to look outside the small scope of the road that is right in front of me. Some days I don’t even remember the drive at all, and in a world that appears to be moving faster and faster, biking allows me to stop and smell the roses. So, as I head up the hill on Hwy. 93 North to work, I shift my gears, and so too, a shift occurs in my perspective. I pause for a moment, sometimes several, and overlook the valley and the mountains that make up the Flathead and take some time to fully appreciate this beautiful place I have chosen to call my home.  It is those fleeting moments of clarity that give me a reason to get on my bike, again and again, day after day, and begin to understand a little bit more how to not worry so much about the destination, and learn to enjoy the ride.


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Cre ing with Colette

Styling: It’s all in the Details

By Colette Gross / Photos by Andrea Blair


Details! Details! Details! Yes, they matter. We all care about the little touches that go into making one’s home comfortable, appealing and inviting to guests. Hosting a birthday party, bridal shower or a simple gathering of friends takes time, yet it is so rewarding to feel and hear the appreciation. Even though the current trend is to have simple gatherings using vintage and well-loved pieces, it is in giving attention to the details that will make your guests feel special. As for everyday living, our home should be a warm comfortable sanctuary that is functional for our family, and one that reflects us personally. I have been intrigued with styling homes for many years; helping friends and relatives enhance the features of their homes by rearranging furniture, selecting a new wall color, lighting placement and shopping for new accents for their rooms. I was just a junior when one of my high school teachers asked me to help style her daughter’s wedding, and even then I had an eye for the way to style and decorate. Styling is what I now do every day in my shop when I am creating vignettes with new arrivals of furniture and home accessories. Styling a home, office or an event incorporates a few basic principles of visual presentation. Implementing these can transform a space into one that is inviting, warm and uncluttered. Let us help you transform your space into something magical! To get started, first look at one room at a time and determine how a new color can bring new life into the room. If you are happy with the wall color, which is the biggest feature to update, then evaluate the accent colors with your rugs, pillows, lamps and tabletop decor. A great sofa and coffee table may need new accent pillows or an area rug to make it feel enlivened. Try a new seasonal color or the current color

of the year: Radiant Orchid, which sounds bright, but in various tones would look amazing with browns, greys or navy blue.

Come in for a friendly visit or email us to chat! Enjoy creating!

Next take a look at furniture placement with a critical eye. Ensure that the flow from one room to another is easy and not blocked by a large piece of furniture. I like to move furniture in a living room and bedroom seasonally to capitalize on a wonderful window view or perhaps a fireplace focal point. By rearranging the furniture you already own you can then determine what your needs are when shopping.

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Now the really fun part! Repurposing a piece from one room to another is an excellent way to use what you own, especially if it is a cherished antique or family piece. Shop your spare room, basement or attic for pieces that have been under-utilized. A trunk, a vintage set of wood crates or an industrial cart from your husband’s garage could be the perfect end table, coffee table or bedside table. All it takes is a bit of finesse and flair to see the new potential in an unused piece. This is what truly brings personality into a room and adds your unique style. Lastly, it’s time to edit; to remove a few pieces that just add clutter, not style, to the room. Editing seasonally is the perfect time to pack up items that you want to keep but that aren’t necessary to a room’s function or look. I love showcasing collections in a grouping together with plenty of empty space between the groupings to allow “breathing room,” and bringing one single piece and highlighting it under a glass cloche. Instant display! This is just the beginning! All of these principles of styling can be utilized in any home or space. My team and I at Station 8 invite you to speak to us about your styling needs and let us help you Cre8 the space you’ve been longing for.

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Colette’s Styling Tips at a Glance • Color Bring in a new color as a room accent with a new vase, grouping of ceramics or colored lampshades. • Furniture Placement By moving just a few pieces you can open up a space and make the room appear much larger or cozier depending on the need. • Repurposing By bringing in an unused piece from another room, a piece can be given a new purpose. Try a vintage typewriter table as a bedside table. • Editing Remove the unnecessary. Take one special collectible piece and place under a cloche to highlight its beauty.


BE A FORCE OF BEAUTY

Why bare Minerals? By Miriah Kardelis

neck. bareMinerals cosmetics come from the finest natural ingredients, all of which are made from pure minerals. The main ingredients in bareMinerals products are titanium dioxide, mica, bismuth oxychloride and zinc oxide. Titanium dioxide is one of the 21 different FDA-approved sunscreen ingredients used for skin. It remains on the surface of the skin to help scatter UV light and form a barrier to block harmful rays. Mica is a typical coloring agent used in mineral makeup and helps give your skin a glowing appearance. Bismuth oxychloride is what gives the makeup a pearlized look. Zinc oxide is used to soothe, protect and heal the skin. It is also another barrier used to protect your face from harmful UV rays. Zinc oxide contains an astringent and antiseptic, which makes it beneficial for healthier skin.

The history of bare Minerals is one of inspiration, perseverance and beauty. When it comes down to it, there are numerous reasons why bareMinerals is good for your skin and your spirit. The products have been tested by dermatologists to support the benefits for the skin. bareMinerals is safe to use with many skin conditions, and the products can even help heal or clear

up certain conditions like rosacea, acne, dry skin, oily skin and sensitive skin over time. bareMinerals is also so healthy and beneficial for your skin that you can even sleep with it on. In addition, bareMinerals has such a natural look that you can use a slightly darker shade of the product without worrying about getting that embarrassing makeup line around your

On a more internal note, Bare Escentuals makes a very strong statement about its vision, which is an unconventional view of the retail business...“Love. Understanding. Community. That’s what Bare Escentuals represents. It’s a trusted source. It’s the belief that products can actually be good, makeup can be fun, business can be personal and companies behave more like communities.” A more personal campaign was launched in February 2012. bareMinerals unveiled the


most natural campaign to date, “Be a Force of Beauty.” The campaign drills home the brand’s statement that “pretty is, beauty does” by finding five women to personify the brand’s ethos. But what really makes this campaign stand apart is its completely original casting process. After narrowing down a shortlist of 78 women from the 271 questionnaires they sent out; bareMinerals started their blind casting. Finding their five forces of beauty involved interviewing them from behind a wall, judging them on their voices and responses, but never once seeing their faces. And while the finished campaign is both striking and beautiful, all the women have laugh lines, wrinkles and freckles on show; the way nature intended. “Be a Force of Beauty - What is a Force of Beauty? We believe that when you feel truly beautiful, you wield enormous confidence, and you have the potential to change a moment, ignite a conversation and start a new adventure… A Force of Beauty is an energy, a strength, a movement”. This broader brand experience is ultimately as much about peer to peer community as it is about making bareMinerals products, and as much about making women look beautiful as it is about making a positive difference in women’s lives.

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Pump up the Romance What special occasion would be complete with out champagne? I love a good champagne cocktail. The bitters and brandy bring refreshing warmth to the average glass of champagne. The better tasting the champagne, the better the cocktail will be (my way of saying this is not a time to be cheap)! When making champagne cocktails it is important to always add the champagne last, opening the bottle right before serving for the best results and the best visual when the sugar cube dissolves. If you are serving this for a party, prepare the glasses you need with everything except the champagne for the fastest service.

CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL Ingredients: 1 sugar cube 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters Champagne 1 oz brandy Orange slice for garnish Maraschino cherry for garnish

Preparation: Place the sugar cube in the bottom of a Champagne flute. Use the dashes of Angostura bitters to saturate the sugar cube. Add the brandy. Fill with Champagne and watch the sugar cube dissolve in a fountain of bubbles. Garnish with the orange slice and cherry.


If you are planning a romantic dinner this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget that drinks can compliment your meal. A well mixed drink provides the perfect opportunity to impress that special someone in your life with your mad cocktail skills! I have a few recipes tucked away for those romantic occasions. I try to keep them dusted off and well used. After all, practice makes perfect! These recipes are just the ticket for when I am ready to turn the lights down low and the romance up on high! Looking for a sensuous drink with a beautiful mix of flowers that is perfect for any romantic occasion? The Blushing Geisha is light on the alcohol but the bouquet is anything but light. In this wonderful drink there is a mix of the complex flavors of TY KU sake liquor (aphrodisiacs included), luscious pomegranate juice and rose nectar for a little herbal sweetness. Mix it up with your special someone and watch the sparks fly!

THE BLUSHING GEISHA Ingredients: 2 oz TY KU liqueur 1 oz pomegranate juice 2 oz Sence rose nectar lime wedge for garnish

Mocktails with cranberry juice are a good choice to offer non-drinking guests. The cranberry adds a great snap to take the place of the zip of alcohol.

BERRY SWEETHEART

Ingredients: 3 oz red cranberry juice 3 oz apple juice 1 oz honey Maraschino cherry for garnish

Preparation: Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add the juices and honey to a mixing glass. Stir the ingredients with a bar spoon. Pour the contents of the mixing glass into the highball glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Have fun with the cocktails you create with embellishments that fit your mood. (wink, wink). Carve fruit into heart shapes or garnish with chocolate covered strawberries or heart shaped cinnamon hearts. Don’t be afraid to get creative.

Preparation: Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir well. Strain into a stemmed glass or over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.


AGE-ING TO SAGE-ING®

By Ina Albert

Mom and D

Saying Good-Bye I was not with my mother when she died. Actually, I was not with her for the previous four years before her death. Alzheimer’s disease prevented her from being present to anyone except my father, and then only occasionally. When Mom finally passed after suffering for 10 years, I was living on Lakeshore Drive in Chicago in an apartment that faced Lake Michigan. It was the day after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, when I got the call from my brother.

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“Where have you been,” he shouted over the phone from his home in Maryland. “I’ve been trying to get you for three days. Mom died on Tuesday and now it’s Friday.  The nursing home didn’t know how to get hold of you, so they called me.” “I’m married to a rabbi, you ninny, and it was Rosh Hashanah.  For the past three days he’s been leading services in synagogue out of town.  You remember - that place where Mom and Dad took

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us every Jewish New Year.” I leaked sarcasm like an old oil drum. There was a pause. “Mom died on Tuesday,” he groped, “and I didn’t know what to do. You have all the papers, her will and everything.  And I didn’t know what to say to Dad.  I knew her body’s got to be shipped to Philadelphia for burial and the funeral parlor had instructions, but I didn’t know if there was any money to pay for it.  I was so frustrated.  Sorry.”


At times like these it is a blessing to be married to a clergyperson, so I handed the phone to Rabbi Allen and went into the living room to stare at the calm surface of the lake that stretched into forever. As I sat there, a strange rocking swept over my body.  My mind was blank, my breathing even, and my body began to unwind. Muscles that were knotted for years loosened like well-done meat falling off the bone. There were no tears, only a feeling of relief and the constant back and forth motion that I couldn’t control. A gentle touch on my shoulder released me after what seemed like hours. Allen wrapped his arms around me as he explained what had to be done and the plans that he had made with my brother. When told of her death, Dad, who suffered from a series of mild strokes, heart disease and depression for years, simply said, “She was a wonderful person.”   For ten years he lived in an apartment on the hospital grounds next door to her nursing home. He spent every day of those 10 years at her bedside, feeding her, dressing her, coaxing her to smile, and talking to her about all the things they would do together when she got well.  Yet, he showed no deep sorrow for the loss of his wife of 56 years. He just walked back to his apartment and called his one

remaining close friend who lived nearby in Miami. Over the years, I had clothed myself in the heavy armor of emotional control coated with anger in order to handle the responsibility of caring for them as they aged. Now, sitting at the window, the armor refused to release. My father had said good-bye in the simplest way; so simple that the doctor asked that I tell him again when I arrived in Florida the next day. “I don’t think he understood.” But I knew that Dad had always handled difficult situations with utter calm and control. It was his way. As he aged, he became even more placid. Still, I agreed to tell him again the following morning hoping that by being with him I would be able to touch the release button for myself. “Your mother was a wonderful person.”  We sat together in the morning sunlight in the hospital garden. I felt no unusual attachment in his good-bye, just the utter calm of knowing and acceptance of the inevitability of death.  Neither of us shed a tear. It was not until later when I sat down to write her eulogy that my feelings began to surface. I struggled to put my armor aside to describe the woman I lost so many years ago; a woman who hadn’t recognized me for years; whose sickness had frustrated and angered me, turning my life into a series of frustrating weekends

trying desperately to keep them both comfortable and alive. I wrestled with the guilt I felt at feeling relieved by her death.

hers. They belonged to the disease and shouldn’t tarnish the gentle, patrician, loving, funny woman that was my mother.  I knew I had to let go of my armor to rediscover her. What became stunningly clear was that she was a victim of the disease, but so was I.

At some point while sitting at my desk, I looked up at a picture of her as a young woman in her twenties; a sweet, beautiful face framed by hair coiffed in closely styled waves. Kind. Serene. Peaceful. Then the tears finally began to make their way to the surface, remembering her before her illness, when she was alive, cooking, playing golf, beaming up at me at my college graduation, diapering my sons, celebrating my brother’s wedding. These last painful years were not

As I wrote, the photograph over my desk glowed with her young face and opened the floodgates of loving memories that swamped my being. And so the healing began with forgiveness and love. I left my self-made prison of anger and sacrifice behind and moved out into the open fields of loving memories of Mom that would mend my heart and nourish my soul.

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Don’t Jump SNAPSHOTS OF LIFE By Douglas E Waldron

I went through an adventurous period in my life when I would try just about any thrill seeking activity. I have been sky diving, bungee jumping and used to rock climb frequently. I have even flown a contraption known as a Para-plane, which is basically a three wheeled go-cart with a parachute powered by a couple of chain saw motors.

had no desire to partake in the activity but the woman I was dating at the time thought it would be fun to go. “I found a place where you can jump for seventyfive dollars,” she proclaimed. “You jump off a platform that’s suspended from a crane.” Although I really didn’t want to go, she pestered me until I finally gave in.

Remembering an incident that happened during my childhood, I can’t imagine where my thrill-seeking bug came from. I was with my family in the North Carolina mountains when we stopped at a tourist trap that happened to have a chair lift ride. I told my father that I wanted to ride the lift but he rejected the idea saying that, because of my age, I might be afraid once I was onboard. I begged him to take me and he explained that if I got scared during the ride, there would be no turning back until our chair returned.

The following weekend, we drove to the place she had seen advertised. The deal was that you were actually paying for a ride to the top of the crane. It was up to the individual whether or not they wanted to jump and jumping was not required. However, if the crane hoisted the platform so much as an inch, your money was gone.

I was relentless in my effort to convince him to let me go, and finally he gave in. As he paid for our non-refundable tickets he asked me, “Are you sure you want to go? “Yes.” “You aren’t going to be scared?” “No.” We approached the platform and an available chair was coming towards us when I told my dad, “I’m scared. I don’t want to go.” “I tried to tell you!” he bellowed. “Why wouldn’t you listen to me? I told you!” I had almost completely forgotten that childhood memory until I went bungee jumping for the first time. I actually

I paid one hundred fifty dollars so we could both jump and we boarded the platform. Just before we stepped onto the platform, I turned to my date and asked, “Are you sure you want to do this?” “You bet!” she said with a rather reserved smile. We were almost half way to the top when I noticed her grip tightening on the handrail. By the time we reached the top her knuckles were white. “It didn’t look this high from down there,” she said.

“You aren’t going to jump are you?” “I’m scared.” “I tried to tell you!” I bellowed. “Why wouldn’t you listen to me? I told you!” The operator put a harness on me and over the edge I went. I must say that anger and the feeling of uncontrollable falling is a rather invigorating sensation. Once I was lowered to the ground I explained my situation to the proprietor and, although he wouldn’t refund my money, he allowed me to jump again. Back to the top I went and just as I stepped over the edge I said, “This one’s for you Dad!”


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THE AWAKENING MIND

Trauma and Recovery By Lora Lonsberry,Ph.D.


Consensus is building that all successful therapy relies on affect regulation and that most, if not all, serious disorders are, indeed, disorders of affect regulation. The core affect giving rise to all other painful, disorganizing affects, is fear. Although effective for the organization of brain function in many realms, Neurofeedback is perhaps most singularly effective in quieting fear.

presently Neurofeedback offers the most significant hope for personality, conduct, severe mood, and attachment disorders. Fear, of course, underwrites less severe conditions as well as all psychological disorders seen in the light of affect regulation. In Neurofeedback terminology, affect regulation is usually broken down into over-arousal, underarousal and instability of arousal with no valence toward pathologizing.

There are many connections between fear and psychopathology in the emerging literature on attachment, brain development and affect regulation. This research is extremely important because

When someone has lived in a state of fear and then fear suddenly recedes, there is inevitably a crisis in identity. When we can predict and manage this crisis, we make it a time of possibility rather than a time of more fear. The

neurofeedback practitioner must be prepared for very rapid shifts in state and must be able to discern the meaning of these state shifts and also be able to teach the client to do so. Neurofeedback presents us with a fundamental paradigm shift away from psyche or learned behavior toward the infrastructure of both the brain and nervous system. Once we begin Neurofeedback this paradigm shift has profound implications for the way we view psychopathology and the way we approach its treatment. Neurofeedback enhances psychotherapy but psychotherapy also enhances neurofeedback. They work most beautifully together. Those in psychotherapy tend to stay in neurofeedback and those doing neurofeedback tend to do much better in their therapy. The alliance with the therapist contains and sustains the patient through any periods of destabilization or lack of progress with training. With help from the therapist, neurofeedback teaches one of life’s most important lessons – we are not our states. Neurofeedback training allows a forum for the naming and practice of new emotional and behavioral capacities such as empathy and trust. It allows for the integration of rapid changes in state and identity, as well as the possibility for exploration of all that was lost in clients’ inability to regulate affect. Finally, it allows for the consolidation of the new self that is born of affect regulation within an attuned relationship. The integration of neurofeedback and psychotherapy is one of the richest experiences any therapist could hope to have. We have the exceptional privilege of being at the intersection where brain becomes mind. affectiveneurosciences.com 752-6634.


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Does What I Drink Really Matter? by Robert M. Rogers, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.O.G., Gynecologist Northwest Women’s Health Care

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is necessary and there are current medications and easy solutions to help. There are many women today that unnecessarily leak urine and are harming their bladders simply due to what they drink as daily beverages. Caffeinated and carbonated beverages are very popular and very

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IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS

The Choice By Nan Russell

An early morning business trip put me and my husband on a 4:00 a.m. shuttle ride from a Portland, Oregon area hotel to the airport. I’m not a morning person, so early chit-chat is typically not my norm, but the bus driver was a friendly guy and we were the only people on his bus, so talk of weather and the early hour prevailed. When I asked about him pulling the middle of the night shift, he told me he started at 3:30 a.m. and ended at 2:00 p.m., this was his first week on a new job, and he commuted 50 minutes from the Mt. Hood area. “Ouch,” I said. “Guess that affects your sleep.” Expecting the typical grumbling, his response surprised me. “No one said I had to do this,” he stated matterof-factly. He went on to say he never understood people who complain about their jobs or what they have to do. “Why don’t they leave and do something else?” he asked. “I have a choice every day. I choose to work here.”

His words stayed with me. At first I thought them reflective of his great attitude. But I’ve come to think of his words differently, representing his way of orienting in the world. He’s right, he does have a choice. And so do I. It’s a powerful thought. I have a choice to exercise today or not; to do a great job at whatever I do today or not; to hug my husband and tell him I love him today or not. I have a choice to play with my granddaughters or stay buried in my gadgets, to smile at a stranger, let a driver into traffic, or stay in touch with family and friends. I have a choice to make someone’s life easier or harder, to be kind or inconsiderate, to criticize or encourage. I have a choice to hold onto what went wrong or grow from mine or other people’s mistakes. I have a choice to forgive or withhold forgiveness, to love or hate, to laugh or scowl. I have a choice to embrace the life I have or wish for someone else’s.

It’s easy to like our choices when things go well. But life can be messy, disappointing, complicated, frustrating, and challenging. What do we see, then? As 19th-century journalist and novelist, Alphonse Karr, wrote, “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses.” How do you orient to your world, responsibilities, challenges, and life when you find more thorns than roses? That bus driver sparked my thinking about a bigger choice. It’s not just that we can choose how we approach our lives and the people in them. In the scheme of things, at least for me, the choice goes deeper. This is the only life I have. I can define it or be defined by it; wish for all I don’t have or enjoy all I do; actively engage or watch from the sidelines. The reality is that embracing our life’s potential requires being awake to the choices we make; living purposely, consciously, and goo-heartedly.


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SOUP FROM THE MW KITCHEN

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Nothing beats the winter chill like a steaming bowl of soup. For me a piping hot bowl of soup is the ultimate comfort food during the winter months. Soup doesn’t have to be rich and creamy to be satisfying. Healthier winter soup recipes can include plenty of fresh veggies and great proteins.

GOLDEN WINTER SOUP Ingredients 2 T butter 5 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash 2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled russet potatoes 1 tsp kosher salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 cups sliced leek (about 2 medium) 4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 1 cup half-and-half 12 ounces baguette, cut into 16 slices ¾ cup shredded cheese of your choice 3 T chopped chives Preparation Preheat broiler. Step 1: Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add squash, potato, salt, and pepper to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add leek; sauté 1 minute. Stir in broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until potato is tender, stirring occasionally. Place half of potato mixture in a blender. Remove centerpiece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining potato mixture. Stir in half-and-half. Cover and keep warm. Step 2: Arrange bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet; sprinkle evenly

with cheese. Broil bread slices 2 minutes or until golden. Ladle 1 cup soup into each of 8 bowls; top each serving with about 1 teaspoon chives. Serve 2 bread slices with each serving. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper, if desired. Wine note: This is one vegetable soup that can easily handle a lighter red wine. Stick with the French and choose something like Pinot Noir. This wine has pretty red berry fruit, great balance, and gentle tannins that make it ideal for lower-fat dishes. The underlying earthy, leathery flavors bring out the rustic nuances of the potatoes and squash.

TUSCAN CHICKEN STEW

This easy-to-create comfort food has Italian inspirations including basil, fennel and minced garlic. It is always a favorite at family gatherings. Ingredients 2 T olive oil 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes 1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch thick wedges 1/2 tsp fennel seed 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini or other white beans, drained and rinsed

1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained 1/4 cup red wine 1 tsp basil leaves 1 tsp garlic, minced 1 tsp rosemary leaves 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp oregano leaves 1/2 tsp black pepper 1 package (6 ounces) baby spinach leaves Directions: Step 1: Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 10 minutes or until browned. Remove chicken from skillet. Add onion and fennel seed; cook and stir on medium heat 5 minutes or until tender. Step 2: Stir in beans, tomatoes, red wine, basil, minced garlic, rosemary, salt, oregano and pepper. Bring to boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 3 minutes. Return chicken to skillet. Step 3: Stir in spinach. Cover. Cook 5 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted. Bon Appetite!


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PETALS, PROJECTS & PIZZAZZ

Love Bug Bouquet

By Lisa Levandowski

This sweet little bouquet is fun for parties and great to make with kids. For this project you will need: 1/2 brick of oasis 1 stem of red mini carnations 2 black boutonniere pins 1 short 6”- 8” round designer dish/ 11 galax leaves 2 puffy foam hearts for antennas bowl 1 can of black paint black wire for accents 1 knife, or for kids use scissors 2 white button chrysanthemum 8 large red carnations blooms STEP 1: Soak oasis in fresh clean water and place securely into designer dish.

bloom. Now poke the “eyes” into the oasis.  You may have to make a small cut in the galax to get the button stem through the leaves and into the foam.

STEP 2: Cut large red carnation stems to 2” lengths.  Poke 4 stems on one side of the oasis and then 4

STEP 5: Fill in any holes with the stem of red mini carnations.

on the other side. There should be at least 1” of oasis showing between each side. STEP 3:   Spray the galax leaves black.  When the leaves are dry, make a line of them down the middle and another line across the front. STEP 4:   Cut each white button bloom to 2” stem lengths; put a black boutonniere pin into the middle of each

STEP 6: Now for the final touches; add your puffy heart shaped antennas and black wire accents and you have the cutest little Love Bug bouquet this side of the Mississippi! From all of us at Glacier Wallflower & Gifts have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  Remember to stop in our store or visit us online at www.glacierwallflowers. com for all your floral needs.


FAMILY MATTERS

The Walking Brain Dead

By Kisa Davison

I ruined my son’s life today. There will be no iPods, iPads, tablets, Gameboys, or any other technology allowed. The only day that the kids will be allowed to use their technology is Saturday. RICKY’S LIFE IS OVER. to explain the madness that provoked my decision to torture my children.

The decision to reinstate this rule came after we played what should have been a friendly game of Monopoly last night. What typically is a night of conversation, teasing, jokes, and stories became a night of regurgitating and reenacting Vines, YouTube videos, and jokes they’d seen online. I felt as though my children’s minds had been hijacked by people I have never met. So, this morning when I laid down the new rules, two of my three sons shrugged and made a feeble effort to put up a fight. They ended up deciding to head out to play a game of football. But poor Ricky. He spent the better part of the morning with his head buried in his pillow, making lists of why we are the worst parents on the planet. Later, when Ricky was still buried deep in his cave of disdain, Joe asked me why I made the decision to ruin Ricky’s life. Once I was able to control my sarcastic laughter, I wiped the tears and sat down

I explained that I consider our minds like a worm’s digestive system - garbage in, garbage out. If all we see, read, hear, and experience is offensive, sophomoric humor, then that’s what we’ll talk about, replay, and present to the world. I reminded him that he and his siblings are smart, talented, and compassionate. To water down their creativity with videos of kids twerking, adults falling into cakes, etc. wouldn’t be that much of a concern except the time it takes to watch all of that. When can I expect them to practice their instruments, tidy their rooms, read books, play catch in the yard? Today’s iPods aren’t much different than the TV was in my youth. We can’t spend all day, every day watching TV or eating Twinkies, or playing Clash of the Clans. That’s just not how we live life to its fullest.

serving brussel sprouts, smile and see how much more accepting your kids are of your gourmet selection. 3. Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask Before Assisting Others. The truth is that if your child faints while you are putting on your own mask, you will still be able to help them. But if you faint, then you will be of no help to anyone. As dramatic as it is, this rule applies for many other areas in life. 4. You Made Your Bed, Now Lie In It. I’ve always liked this one mainly because I love nothing more than sliding into a nicely dressed bed after a long day. On the flipside, I do not like at all having to deal with the consequences of poorly-made decisions. But, I suppose that’s part of the deal. And it’s certainly a reality that we have to deal with every day as parents.

So there I was, repeating the same conversation that I heard from my parents thirty years ago. Ugh. Which made me wonder what other Universal Truths in Parenting there were. And so here’s what I’ve gathered so far:

5. You’d Better Watch Out! Your Face Will Freeze Like That. Think of the most grotesque mask you’ve ever seen and then think of looking at that mask every day in the mirror - that should be fair warning enough to put more effort into practicing less horrifying reactions to spilled milk.

1. Garbage In = Garbage Out. Consider that what you put out in the world (via your athletics, academics, friendship). It consists largely of what you’ve consumed.

I’m sure there are others that are equally crucial to surviving as a parent and molding responsible, productive members of society. This is a good start.

2. A Smile for a Stranger Opens Many Gates. Is it so difficult to smile at someone? No. And believe it or not, your smiles create a sense of happiness that is contagious. Next time you are

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Find the Fabulous Female

Within YOU…

By Stacey A. Rowcliffe

Love…This month we celebrate love and cherish those close to us. Let’s be realistic, this month can also be a time when females compare their relationship with the girl in the next cubicle or the girl next door. “Look at the beautiful flowers she got from her boyfriend…I wish my guy would have done the same.” Or, “My life would be so much better if I had a man.”

This reaction to Valentine’s Day is so unhealthy for you and yours and can become toxic to all those around you. Whenever we compare ourselves to others we naturally generate negative thoughts and feelings towards ourselves and our loved ones. Instead of celebrating love, this type of behavior resents and judges love. So how can we be that fabulous female example of one

who celebrates and cherishes the love all around her? Let’s look at one meaning of love, “Love is patient, love is kind. I does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs.” (Cor: 13:4-8, NIV) If we just focus on giving back and accepting people for who they are, the love within


shines out to all of the people we connect with throughout the day. We can also make a mindful choice to see all the love around us instead of getting hung up on the fact that we don’t have a date or didn’t get chocolate or flowers. Love is around us daily, not just on Valentine’s Day. It demonstrates itself in nature, in animals, in children and other people. When you wake up tomorrow, take five minutes to slow down and really see the beauty and love in the sunrise. Much of our mindset and behavior comes from how we view our environment, so slow down and take in your amazing environment.

WHAT LOVE DO YOU SEE AROUND YOU EACH DAY? CAN YOU BE HAPPY FOR OTHERS IN LOVE? HOW WILL YOU GIVE TO OTHERS TO SHOW THEM LOVE?

CAN YOU EMBRACE AND ACCEPT PEOPLE FOR WHO THEY ARE? During the writing of my book, Female Fusion, I was blessed to be able to share so many women’s stories of adversity and the one thing that was underlying all of these was love. These courageous women made it through their challenges thanks to the love from God, others, and even their love of self. Love is the thing

that helps you to keep going when you’re going through a storm, so this February let’s celebrate every kind of love we’re blessed with, while being genuinely happy for the love other women have in their lives.

In the end, all that matters is the moments of love we experience while here on this earth.

Blessings ‘n Hugs!

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COMMUNITY MATTERS

The Link Between Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease By Gina Ellis

have an infection; there is bleeding and trauma caused by the smallest agitation, not to mention more major dental procedures. The same bacteria have been found clumped in artery plaques, which poses this topic of interest. Also, any part of our bodies that have been compromised, such as an artery, valve or joint is automatically susceptible to disease causing bacteria which are why at risk patients are put on antibiotics for dental procedures.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Robert Larson from Alpenglow Dental in Whitefish, and discuss his views on the connection between periodontal disease (gum disease) and heart disease. There has been a lot of conversation about this recently, and I thought it would be of value to explore the facts a little further. I asked Dr. Larson to give me an overview of his

interpretation of the matter. He shared that science has known for a long time that there is a connection between periodontal disease and heart disease, however, there is not a causative connection that can be proven as of yet. Experts do know that the same disease causing bacteria found in the mouth can enter the blood stream by way of your gums. Think about the vulnerability of gums that

While there isn’t proof that gum disease causes heart disease or vice versa, the links that have been made are reason to inspire basic good oral care. Dr. Larson and his team believe in teaching awareness of how connected our bodies are. Gum disease has a powerful effect on our overall health and wellbeing. Taking care of our teeth and gums is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. Make it a priority to brush twice a day and floss regularly. Also, make sure to keep your appointments with your dental hygienist at least once a year but preferably every six months. It’s very important to get your teeth professionally cleaned to maintain a check

on tarter and other issues that can creep up. I’d like to than Dr. Larson for taking the time to explain this topic with me. Not only did I learn, but I am inspired as well. If a healthy lifestyle matters to you and your family, make sure you include excellent oral hygiene in your routine. The payoff may be much greater than a pretty smile!

Robert Larson, DDS, is the owner of Alpenglow Dental in Whitefish. He has 30 years of experience caring for patients as a general dentist. His background includes all areas of delivering comprehensive dental care and particularly enjoys helping people look and feel their best by enhancing their smiles.


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The Gift of Love If you had the ability to package love, what would it look like? Would you spend hours choosing the perfect gift wrap and just the right bow? Would you buy an expensive box of the most mouth-watering chocolates ever made? Or would it be something completely different? Maybe it would appear as a grandma cuddling her grandchild, while reading a favorite bedtime story… or better yet, an impromptu story with the aid of a vivid imagination that only years of life’s lessons could concoct? For men, perhaps it would be a bouquet of flowers arriving at the office where the special woman in his life is employed, making her feel warm and fuzzy and just plain happy to have him in her life! No matter how you package it, love looks and feels good! Okay, so by nature, we as women are probably more

partial to Valentine’s Day than men; big surprise! But, what man doesn’t like a nice card from his honey? What king doesn’t like to find a note written on the mirror by his queen, staring at him as he splashes cold water over his face on the morning of the 14th which reads:

“Happy Valentine’s Day, With Love Always!” What would happen if we used the emotion and the caring, the appreciation and the kindness of Valentine’s Day to soften our hearts from one year to another, and we continually gave the gift of love? After all, even the smallest act of consideration is a show of affection: Speak to the lonely

Write a letter to that relative you’ve lost touch with Help an elderly gentleman across the street Read to someone at a nursing home Shovel the neighbor’s snow Run an errand for someone who doesn’t drive Take Grandma for a manicure Mail a note of encouragement

So why not make this Valentine’s Day the beginning, the starting line, and place the invisible finish line where warm and fuzzy feelings meet and you know you’ve made a difference in the life of someone else! When you know that, you’ll realize, as Theodore Roosevelt said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!”

Happy Valentine’s YEAR!

There are so many ways to show love; let your imagination take you outside the box!

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APOLOGIZE SOON & SINCERELY When your customer is unhappy, say “I am so sorry,” even when it is not your fault. Tell your customer what you will personally do right now about their complaints and concerns.

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Intuitive inSIGHTS By Mel Mathes

MANIFEST


Dear Readers Congratulations...you are now in the second month of manifesting in 2014! I like what you’ve done so far...good job! I can’t wait to see what you manifest next!!! I recently had a woman contact me for a reading who said that she had been reading my columns on manifesting. She said she thought the idea sounded great, but it doesn’t work for her... she thought maybe she didn’t deserve anything. It saddens me when I hear from people that say they believe they don’t deserve what they are trying to manifest. Quite a few people have difficulty in receiving gifts and compliments from others, as they are more comfortable giving. Trying to receive something from a higher power is almost impossible for them. Others like them, for one reason or another, seem to suffer from having a low self-esteem in some areas of their life. I sympathize...I’ve been one of them. I looked online and found that several others agreed with my thoughts on the subject of feeling unworthy to manifest one’s heart’s desire. We are all worthy simply because we were chosen to be here on the earth at this time. God or the higher power that created us must have been wise and powerful... it created the earth and all its diverse bounty! If one does not feel worthy, they disrupt the natural flow of energy into their life and this creates a blockage that makes their manifestation impossible. Sometimes it makes it easier to manifest and accept something when you realize what you’re asking for is just a small portion of what the universe has to offer! It helps to realize there’s more than enough for everyone in the world and there’s more being created every day. You are not the only one

manifesting! Know what you’re trying to manifest wants you to find it as much as you do...it needs to fulfill its destiny as well...after all, you’re the one that manifested it!

because they have a fear they wouldn’t be able to handle something after they did manifest it!

Manifesting always starts with a thought about something you desire in your life. I actively begin manifesting by being grateful for what I already have...no matter how big or how small. Then I envision what I want, imagine myself having it, think about how it is going to affect my life and how happy I will be to have it. I focus on what it will look like...I speak with joy about what will come into my life because words and thoughts about it feeds the manifestation and brings it more quickly!

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I then prepare for its arrival by making a space for it by getting rid of everything I don’t want. The action of clearing sets me up to receive...the universe hates a void and will do whatever it can to fill it up. I’m careful to choose wisely about what I want and when I want it by being ready and feeling worthy to receive it! Once it arrives I say thank you, thank you to God and to the universe!

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Look to the Stars

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Aquarius / Jan 20 – Feb 18 Things may be mentally focused this month, which could conflict with your emotional nature. Strong opinions may crop up, and you should take the time to listen. Don’t force things to come out if they aren’t ready. If the apple isn’t ready to fall from the tree, don’t wrench it off. Wait until the apple is ripe and the fruit will fall to you effortlessly.

Pisces /Feb 19 – Mar 20 Communication is a big theme for the first quarter of 2014. Every time you speak, a large audience is listening to every word. The stronger you are at expressing your opinions, the better. You’re flighty this month, jumping from one thing to the next, but this is fine. You may get quite a bit done when you act in this fashion. Aries / Mar 21 – Apr 19 Your emotions may feel restricted, but this could be for the best. Try to take a lighthearted approach to the situation, and don’t get too serious about anything. The more flexible your attitude, the better off you’ll be. Keep your feelings under control by not reading too deeply into the subtleties of things. Taurus / Apr 20 – May 20 This is a great month for you. You should find that your general mood is excellent. You’ll have the perfect thing to say in every situation. Your adaptable nature will come in handy, as people around you will be quite rigid and unyielding. The more disciplined you are when it comes to emotions, the better off you’ll be. Feel free to be the social butterfly. Gemini / May 21 – Jun 20 It may be hard to come to grips with your emotions. You may be flightier than usual. Realize that this is to your advantage. Come out of the quicksand and take a breath of fresh air. An upbeat attitude is critical to making progress in anything you undertake. Find the answers you seek in conversations with others.

Cancer / Jun 21 – Jul 22 Your words may get you into trouble, so be careful of what you say. Try to keep a lid on hasty comments fueled by intense emotions. These comments may come out the wrong way and be used against you later. Bring your cheerful disposition to the group and leave your stubborn attitude at home. Goals and discipline may be major themes today. Leo / Jul 23 – Aug 22 You may be a bit confused during this emotional time of year. Other people’s actions may send you into a whirlwind of conflicting emotions. You may be sensitive regarding your goals. Discipline is a key aspect of 2014. Stay true to the principles you hold most dear and you won’t go wrong. Friends are waiting in the wings to help you with whatever bothers you. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance. Virgo / Aug 23 – Sep 22 Communication is key to your success. Make your intentions known right away to avoid unnecessary confusion. The more you can settle now, the better off you’ll be down the road. You’re the missing piece of the puzzle, so step up to the podium in order to fill your very important role. The bridge you provide fills in a critical gap that will be of great aid to others. Libra / Sep 23 – Oct 22 Channel your energy into constructive tasks. Look to where you can make important connections. There’s a fine line between helpful suggestions and manipulation. Try to avoid the latter. There’s

something holding you back. This restriction is probably for the best. You could get burned out by constantly going to extremes in every action. Trust your energy and follow your instincts. Scorpio / Oct 23 – Nov 21 Restrictive forces may come into conflict with you this month. The good news is that you should be able to find a space of peace within your emotions. Seek a mediator who can help you sort out stalemates that may exist between you and others. Opportunities for freedom and autonomy are out there waiting for you to grab. Seek the bizarre and unconventional ways of doing things. Sagittarius / Nov 22 – Dec 21 A planned, disciplined approach works best. One thing to keep in mind is that it’s important to connect with others now. Trying to do things alone may seem like the right thing to do, but you’re much more efficient when you enlist the help of others. Don’t be shy about approaching people you don’t know very well. Capricorn / Dec 22 – Jan 19 This is a terrific month for you. Your emotional state of mind is wonderfully upbeat. Things should be flowing your way, and there’s an instinctual knowing that will help you navigate through whatever rough spots may come your way, if any. Take this opportunity to secure commitments from others and nail down plans that you intend to complete.


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