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‘Glacial Ice’ by Hollis Peruvian Chalcedoney, hand cut Aquamarine & Ammonite Stones lie amongst cultured pearls. The reflection of silver beads add to the icy feeling of the one-of-a-kind necklace made exclusively for Montana Woman Magazine. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Montana Woman Foundation Schlorship Fund. Necklace $275 Earrings $60 (Shown on Page 6) To purchase, call Hollis at (406)253-3621


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PIONEERING INTO THE FUTURE for the past 17 years...



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ontana Woman Magazine first arrived on the scene in September 1994. The first issue was as 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. Montana Woman 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 206th issue this month and has been the only monthly publication in the state of Montana for the entire 17 years of its existence. 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 fifty. Talented writers from across the state of Montana share knowledge, laughs and life’s experiences with us each month. 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. For 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. January begins another chapter for Montana Woman Magazine. Not only are we re-launching the magazine with a new look, but we have also grown into a 96-page full-color publication. Rest assured: the look has changed, but the content will remain the same; this is what has made Montana Woman a success. We are dedicated to being a positive resource for communities across Montana, always mindful to insure that articles educate, uplift and 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. We are excited to share more news! In 2010, Montana Woman Magazine became available online and has been embraced by readers worldwide! This had made it obvious that it is time for the magazine to have a digital version. You read correctly! Montana Woman will be 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 new 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. I am excited to welcome our new Creative Director Jennifer Steven to the Montana Woman family. Jennifer’s work with the Blackfeet Nation was recently showcased in The Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. As you turn the pages in our relaunch issue, you will see shining examples of her talent and great eye for color and composition. Welcome Jen! We have many more surprises in store for our readers and our advertisers in 2012! Sharing them now would spoil the fun—so pick up your issue each month to see what is new. We appreciate you allowing us to be part of your life and your community. 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! Happy New Year,

I’ve been photographing Al since we were little so it’s always a treat to work together because as sisters there’s a shorthand that allows us to get the shot fairly quickly and have a bit of fun at the same time. It’s unfortunate that were going to press so quickly as one of my favorite photos of Al is one I took when she was 8 years old after a make over complete with 80’s purple eyeshadow and her coke bottle eyeglasses. I’ve turned over family archives like a burglar in the hopes of rediscovering its whereabouts not only to share, but for payback from a recent practical joke in which her tangled weave of sisterly deception involved a ranking member of the RCMP...But sure that’s another story for another time, hopefully it’ll will turn up in time for the digital issue in the bonus content...Bonus indeed! In the interim, here’s a less controversial photo from our early years. J A N U A RY 2 0 12


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he horizon blends with the skyline, the sunlight is low, or bleak, or not at all; and the only color to be found is a cluster of shocking orange mountain-ash berries, Montana in January. The trees are long past undressing, the lakeshore mumbles an icy refrain, and the world offers a palette of greys that are hard to refuse. And that is where we find it: raw beauty complexity in winter’s natural world manifesting itself in intricate patterns, subtle colors, moodiness, mystery and exquisite composition. Style - A flattering balance of elements which produces a pleasing result to the viewer. And there is no better example of true style than in our exquisitely beautiful landscape. Weathered wood emerges from drifts of sparkling snow; arches of blushing rosehips point to crisp doe prints that lead to glassy ice patches, intermingled with camel colored sand mounds on deserted beaches littered with smooth silvery driftwood the size of dinosaur bones. Tone. Texture. Contrast. Grace. And all so perfectly flattering. And as goes nature, so can go the Montana woman. Whether rancher, cowgirl, physician or technician, fashion inevitably takes form influenced by our culture and our surroundings. Under the Big Sky we don our Carhartts and muck boots, our tweeds and Fair Isles; coats to warm, layers and layers to cast off the breath of the storm. The winter 2012 style trendcast features a blend of familiar and esoteric influences to inspire and invigorate our wardrobes. Here are a few ideas that’ll pull you through the season a little closer to the edge of the fashion scene, and how to do that “Montana Style”: Flapper ~ tea dresses, layers of chiffons, silks; ruffles, pleats; midi and maxi hemlines; turbans with feathers, jeweled circlets, beaded satchels. Montana Woman tip: Use patterned stockings in two layers for warmth, add socks and vintage chunky pumps; headdresses wide enough to cover ears, faux fur muffs; and capes or shawls over jackets or coats for style and warmth. Nomad ~ tribal printed tunics, vests, leggings, sweaters; accessories of wood, beads,beads and more beads; faux fur boots; belts are wide and cinching layers of tunics and vests, or low slung and multiple with texture. Headdressing is key: bands, turbans, scarves. Be inspired by the riches of the cultures around the world. Montana Woman tip: Mimic the tribal in our latitude on the other side of the world: northern Russian/Asian/Turkic tribes; layers of embroidered garments of different lengths; scarves as belts; leg warmers; wrist warmers; and lots of fur: hats, mittens, boots. Romantic ~ laces mixed with knits, wovens, texture; sequins, leather, pretty prints in wool, chiffon... it’s all about layering and elegant remixes of yesteryear with crafted and artisanal touches. Neo vintage takes the sweet finds at the consignment shops and pairs that with restyled sweaters, rescued lace, and handmade accessories like fingerless gloves and fabric bangles. Montana Woman tip: cowboy boots in whites or pastels. Shop vintage!... cashmere sweaters, wool coats with fur collars, pencil skirts, old kimonos, slips. Shop local!... take advantage of artist collective shops and galleries for esoteric accessories. Innovator ~ asymmetric necklines, graphic prints, wide trousers, midi skirts. Clean, simple lines inspired by art and nature that can go either rustic or refined with handmade and random effects,overprinting, mesh, subdued metallics, printed pants, chunky sweaters; unusual texture and shapes inspired by the natural world paired with clever innovation; add texture and sheen by mixing leather with knit, satin and bouclé; deconstructed coats with esoteric surprises,riotous color, combinations of materials, slashed collars. J A NU A RY 2 0 1 2



Montana Woman tip: keep your edge with bold belts, textural vests, monochromatic grey ensembles punctuated with vivid colors and “art pieces”, handcrafted printed scarves and jewelry.

Adventurer/Explorer ~ embrace ethnic styles… pick elements that inspire you from the long ago and far away, like peasant dresses with embroidered accents, aviator hats, shearling lined gloves, lace up boots; belt your wool vests and don that silk dew rag. The secret here is the mix: lots of cultural elements blended with updated classics like Carhartts, wool vests, plaid shirts, tweed jackets, boots built for the adventure.

Montana Woman tip: invest in a super-light down hybrid parka, thinner, so you can layer with fur vests, scarves, chunky wrist warmers for style; colorful Sorrels topped with patterned leg warmers; look for ethnic knits in accessories, and find some super stylish classics at the ranch stores.

Colors • Greys, and many shades of them - try them in monochromatic assemblages of different tones: sweater, skirt, tights, shoes • Scarlet, red hot and all encompassing - dresses, coats, shawls, lips • Plum/Terra Cotta/Smokey Rose/Wisteria - as a combination to add mystery and warmth in knits, headwear or as shoes for a special surprise • Camel/Saddle/Bark - as all over montage of elegance or striking a classical note in a blazer, tights, or coats • Indigo/Ice Blue/Mint - in prints, sweaters, scarves and accessories-the hot accent colors especially nice paired with neutrals and the Plum/Terra Cotta palette • Deep Golden Cognac, “Beetroot Water”, and Illuminated Pumpkin - are in the scene as rich brights for coats, hats, tights, maybe a pair of vintage velvet pants Shoes Snakeskin; suede; satin; slim fitting knee-high boots; vivid colors; wedges and platforms; plenty of buckles; chunky heels; and socks in heels, particularly with tights. Cowboy boots are timeless, especially vintage and ornate. Accessories Hats, from beanies to fedoras, cloches to caps to turbansheadwear is critical and diverse... but cowboy hats are always in styletry a black felt wide brim with a feathered band; chokers/collars/capes; square bangles; layered necklaces; extra long earrings. Essentially, we’re experiencing a time of great creativity and innovation in arts and culture and it reaches even to the fringes here in Montana. Blending the iconic western fashion motif with the flavors of the current trends can create a synergistic and irresistible hybrid—like the Post-Modern Cowgirl, or Rustic Nomadic Seeker, or....?

Check out your local thrift stores for quality clothing at affordable prices.Image taken at the Montana Woman Foundation Annual Autumn Clothing Sale. Stayed tuned for more details on the 2012 sale.


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o, you are considering having permanent makeup applied? For those new to the world of permanent makeup, here is a quick explanation. Permanent makeup is an aesthetic procedure designed to benefit anyone who wishes to have a natural enhancement to their appearance without the use of makeup. It can be used for eyebrows, eyeliner above and below, lip lines, full lip color, and breast areola restoration. Once you make the decision to consider the permanent makeup option, please do your homework and choose the right technician for you. The first step is the consultation with a cosmetic tattoo artist. I recommend speaking with more than one technician. Not everyone is a good match. Speak with several; find the one you feel comfortable with. Ask friends who have had procedures done who they would recommend. Do not make an appointment until you have met in person and observed the work environment. Do not be afraid to ask questions. I advise potential clients to write down their questions and bring them the day of the consultation. Ask to see credentials. Has he/she participated in continuing education over the duration of his/her career? Does she/he belong to an association that provides ongoing education and a peer group? Is the technician physician referred? One of the best forms of credentials is the technician’s client photo port-

folio. Verify that the photos are actual clients of the technician. Ask for references; pleased clients often offer testimonials. In the state of Montana, it is necessary to be licensed by the State Department of Health. A Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Training document evidencing completion of the program is mandatory to be licensed. How long has the technician been in his or her location or town? Beware of the technician who is flying in from somewhere else for a few days’ work and then leaving. The technician is most likely not licensed by our state, and may not be available for a perfection visit. It is important for your technician to be available if you have any questions or concerns during the healing process. Cosmetic tattooing when properly applied saves time and money. Persons with allergies to topical makeup, those with dexterity and vision issues, and those who must look their very best at all times for professional purposes can experience the benefits of cosmetic tattooing. I recall one of my trainers saying, “Every woman in the world wants permanent makeup… they just don’t all know it.” I would love to help you achieve the look you desire. Call today for your free consultation: 406-253-3621. Hollis McCartney’s studio is located at Amoré Salon in Kalispell. For

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ello, Ladies, and happy holidays! I hope that I am able to help all of you every month by guiding you through fun and varying exercises to improve your health. I will try to keep you informed of the exciting world of fitness with classic to outdoor to cutting edge new workouts. I have truly enjoyed exercise and fitness my whole life. The high that doctors say you get from the endorphin dump of exercise has helped me stay a step ahead of “the game”, stress and busy motherhood for years. What are Endorphins? Endorphins are the body’s natural feel good chemicals, and when they are released through exercise your mood is boosted naturally.  As well as endorphins, exercise also releases adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine, chemicals that work together to make you feel good.  I was always in great shape until this past year when it seemed harder and harder to do! I found myself exercising twice as hard to maintain the figure I had always had. I would look in the mirror and see a “flinny” (skinny but flabby!) body. Well, I did have a major milestone birthday that I cannot get myself to say out loud! You know, the big “40”. Ouch, that hurt! My metabolism seemed to be changing; I no longer could eat what I normally ate and was having a very tough time maintaining my weight. “Why?” I thought. Web MD had an answer. They say the metabolism, unfortunately, declines by 5% a decade after age forty. Our metabolisms are influenced by age, sex (men generally burn more at rest than women), and proportion of lean body mass (the more muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolic rate tends to be). I urge anyone to go to WebMD and look up “Make the Most of Your Metabolism”. Fascinating! Here is a quick highlight: Experts say our metabolism involves a complex network of hormones and enzymes that not only convert food into fuel but also affect how efficiently we burn that fuel. Of course, not everyone burns calories at the same rate. And, yes, heredity makes a difference. “Some people just burn calories at a slower rate than others,” says Barry WolfeRadbill, RD, a nutritionist at New York University. J A N U A RY 2 0 12

After reading this information, I felt it was time to add some metabolic boosting workouts into my weekly planning. I had gotten into a habit of concentrating on cardiovascular exercises (physical exercise that raises your heart rate). The heart is a muscle; therefore, working it makes it stronger. A stronger cardiovascular system means more capillaries delivering more oxygen to cells in our muscles, enabling our cells to burn more fat during both exercise and inactivity. But I would find myself putting strength training on the back burner. In order to increase my metabolism I needed to reintroduce myself to weight training… rebuild my muscle mass. To put it simply, “tone up”, and say goodbye to my “flinny” body that started gaining weight. I had to figure out a way to incorporate all exercise and good health with the responsibilities of running a household, cooking healthy meals, hockey practice and games, cheerleading practices and performances, volunteering, community involvement, church, etc.! Wow! I decided to really fine-tune my health and organize my life. I would like to share my story with you in the hope that if you are searching for a new way to conquer a weight or fitness goal, it may provide some knowledge to put you in control and not your falling metabolism or overrunning schedule. Let’s get through the holidays this year with a goal to start. Here are a few simple tools I used to get to where I am at now. This Christmas my goal is to maintain my current weight. I do not want a present for Christmas of 5-10 extra pounds! I will go to all the holiday parties and have a great time while minding my diet. I like to look at the word diet as a noun. Webster’s definition of diet as a noun is: 1a: food and drink regularly provided or consumed, b: habitual nourishment; 2: something provided or experienced repeatedly. Diet is what I eat, not what I restrict. Let’s get started: 1. Figured out my Basal Metabolic Index – a fancy word for your body fat based on weight and height. The BMI chart will show four ranges of body fat: Underweight, Healthy, Overweight and Obese. It’s easy to go to Google and enter BMI Calculator for women. That will help you to see where you are and/or where you would like to be. 2. Figured out my BMR Basal Metabolic Rate - the rate at which your body burns calories just to sustain life, the amount of daily energy expended at rest. You can find your BMR by going to Google and entering BMR calculator for women, or you can use this equation: 655+ (4.35 x weight in ponds) + (4.7 x height in inches) - (4.7 x age in years). Now

I feel scientifically armed with a number and information. Now that you have your BMR, you must next figure out your daily caloric requirement by multiplying your BMR by your level of activity. • If you rarely exercise, multiply your BMR by 1.2 • If you exercise on 1 to 3 days per week, multiply your B MR by 1.375 c. • If you exercise 3 to 5 days a week, multiply you BMR by 1.55 • If you exercise 6-7 days a week, multiply your BMR by1.725 • If you exercise every day and have a physical job or if you often exercise twice a day, multiply your BMR by 1.9. For example, for a women who exercises 6 days a week, her daily caloric requirement is 1287 x 1.725, or 2,220.1 calories.) I will enjoy the wine and desserts this season, knowing that I have a science based number that I want to keep in mind. I will eat what I want in moderation, not deprivation, and I feel prepared and excited for all the holidays have to offer. I believe “Diet can be a noun!” 3. Made exercise a hobby - I look at exercise differently now that the world of exercise is so broad; it used to be more limited. A workout was typically confined to lifting weights with a trainer, required an expensive gym membership that had a year-long requirement, and an almost unobtainable goal if you didn’t put in your two hours. Now I feel there are no restrictions on exercise. It is any body movement that you find fun and enjoyable. Shorter workouts that target all body parts with plyometrics (exercise designed to produce fast, powerful movement) and cardio will up your fat burning potential. Zumba, Pilates, hot hula, belly dancing, pole dancing classes, TRX suspension training, spinning, power yoga, swimming, boot camp, Parisi speed training… the list goes on, including hiking, skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing. Sounds fun, right? My point is: all of these activities sound fun; and a hobby is something we enjoy, an activity pursued for pleasure rather than money. There is something for everyone, any age, and every level. 4. Planned my week in advance - I know what our family is going to eat dinner every day and I need to have all meals ready by 5:00. I plan my exercise around my children’s sports. It makes for a very flexible workout schedule year round. I personally do better on this schedule, but I know people who want to exercise first thing in the morning. I enjoy either morning or evening exercise, and I find that I sleep great

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after an evening workout. If it’s impossible to get your exercise in at day break, try it at night for two weeks. That is how long behavioral scientists say it takes to make a behavior a habit! 5. Be consistent – Women frequently ask me what my secret to staying fit is. I realized that my one true attribute is CONSISTENCY. It is not that I train hard every day, but it is that I do a little almost every day. Please remember that I am only sharing my personal experience and it is always important to check with your doctor when starting any new exercise or health regimen. This has helped me immensely with making my workouts organized and staying successfully on track, and the weight I choose to be. But please remember that you must take into account your own personal health and seek a doctor for any questions you have about weight loss or exercise.

This article contains a lot of information. The problem isn’t finding the information we need to be healthy but developing and sticking with a reasonable plan that works for us individually. If I can help you, or if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. I would like to know what you are interested in concerning exercise and fitness. Do you take or teach a class that I should try? Let me know! Email me at The exercises I have chosen for this month will help you boost your metabolism, strengthen your core and tone your body. Please incorporate these into your workouts or you can do these exercises from beginning to end for an entire quick body workout. Have a beautiful Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I can’t wait to hear your success stories. Your Fitness Friend, Robin

THRUSTERS The Target: Your thighs, hips, shoulders and triceps Hold a pair of dumbbells next to your shoulders and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keeping your back naturally arched, push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body until the tops of your thighs are at least parallel to the floor. Now push yourself back up, but as you do, press the dumbbells overhead until your arms are completely straight. Lower the dumbbells back to the starting position. That’s one repetition. 2 sets of 12

HIP RAISE The Target: Glutes The benefit: It targets the muscles of your rear end, which can help make your belly flatter. The reason: when your glutes are weak—as they are in most women—the top of your pelvis tilts forward. This not only places stress on your lower back, but it causes your tummy to stick out—even if you don’t have an ounce of fat. Your fix: the hip raise. Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Now brace your core, squeeze your glutes, and raise your hips so your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Pause for 3 to 5 seconds—squeezing your glutes tightly the entire time—then lower back to the start. 2 sets of 15


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DUMBBELL LUNGE & ROTATION The Target: Your thighs, hips, and abs Grab a dumbbell with both hands and hold it by its ends next to your chest. Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart. Step forward with your right leg, and lower your body until your front knee is bent at least 90 degrees and your rear knee nearly touches the floor. As you lower your body into the lunge, rotate your torso toward the same side as the leg you’re using to step forward. (For example, if you step forward with your right leg, rotate to your right.) Reverse the movement to return to the starting position, then repeat by lunging forward with your right leg. Alternate back and forth. If that’s too hard: Perform the exercise the same way, but without using a weight. 2 sets of 12 Robin Schaefer has been involved in fitness, modeling and acting all of her adult life. Born and raised in Colorado, she become a nationally ranked gymnast by age 9 and participated in all things “performance”, including singing, dancing, acting, theater and gymnastics. Her cheerleading career culminated with two seasons as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader. Robin was on ESPN 2 as a top five competitor in the MS. Fitness and Ms. Fitness Universe Pageants and won the Ms. Fitness Hawaiian Islands title. She has graced the cover and pages of various magazines including Fit, Shape, Oxygen, Physical and Max Muscle. She had been featured in “Gilad’s Bodies in Motion” television show, infomercials and DVD’s and can also be seen on the television series “Baywatch Hawaii” as a lifeguard in the famous red suit. She resides in Lakeside with her husband, Trevor, and their two young children. Robin is a fitness and nutrition consultant and motivational coach. She can be reached at


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A Primer on Will Preparation and Probate How many times have you read about or heard a story from a friend regarding a family torn apart after a loved one passes away? Not only is it a time of grieving, it is also the time to carry out the loved one’s final wishes. Sadly, in many instances this task separates a family often due to the lack of proper planning. In 2012, we encourage you to give your family a truly wonderful and thoughtful gift, the gift of estate/will planning. Take all of the guesswork out of what can be a devastating situation. Provide your family with a map to follow after your death by preparing a proper will. The Montana Woman Foundation will be hosting an educational seminar on January 14th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will provide basic information regarding will preparation and the steps to follow after a loved one dies. The seminar will be held at The Apple Barrel located at 3250 US Highway 2 E (LaSalle) in Kalispell. The cost of $20 includes lunch and materials. Proceeds will benefit the Montana Woman Scholarship Fund. Attorney Kim Christopherson and Accountant Kathy Kutzman will focus on topics including: • Why preparing a will is a good idea • Who can write/prepare a will • Things to think about before preparing a will • Kinds of property • Statutory distribution of property if a person dies without a will • Exceptions to statutory distribution (property governed by contractual arrangements; probate avoidance devices) • Beneficiary Deed for real property located in Montana


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Life Estates Holographic wills Changes/Revisions to a will; Codicils Distribution of property without probate or appointment of a personal representative Probates in Montana Ancillary Probates Federal Estate Taxes Gifting Living Wills End of Life Registry

1987. I wanted to go to law school in the least populated place I could find in the continental United States, and Missoula, Montana fit the bill. I moved to Montana in May 1996 just after the Freeman standoff in Jordon in March and the capture of Ted Kacyzinski in April. My parents thought they’d never see me alive again!! “I worked in international customer service for American Eagle Instruments, Inc. in Missoula for a year and then started law school at UM in August 1997. I graduated in 2000 and went to work for 5 years at Lucas & Tom, PC in Miles City, Montana. While there, I met and married my husband, Brent, who was the Fire Chief for the city of Miles City. I worked at Pedersen & Hardy, PC in Billings for a year (2005-2006). In July 2005, my husband accepted the position of Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention for the city of Kalispell, so in March 2006, I relocated and later accepted a position at Kaufman, Vidal, Hileman & Ramlow, PC until I opened my own practice, Christoperson Law

About the presenters: Kim Christopherson was born and raised in Virginia and graduated from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia with a degree in German Language and Literature. After graduation, Kim worked in various jobs until 1989 when she went to work for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation as a sales merchandiser, was then promoted to sales manager, and then to the position of district sales manager in north Georgia and eastern and middle Tennessee. What: Basic Information on Will Preparation When asked why she When: January 14, 2012 decided to make the change from corporate Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. America to the study of Where: Apple Barrel law, Kim replied, “My 3250 US Highway 2 E (LaSalle) in Kalispell aunt was murdered on May 13, 1994, and Cost: $20 per person shortly thereafter, her Proceeds will benefit the 15 year old son was Montana Woman Scholarship Fund killed in an automobile

accident. After these two devastating events, I decided it was time I went to law school as I had planned to do since I graduated from college in

Office, PC, in January 2010.” Today, Kim and Brent along with their beloved bulldog, Lillee, are happy to call the Flathead Valley home. Kathy Kutzman was raised on a ranch in southeastern Idaho that was homesteaded by her grandfather and passed down to her father. When Kathy was 15-years old her father and his partners bought the Bozeman Livestock Auction and the family relocated to Bozeman. Kathy attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman for six years. It took this young woman a while to decide on accounting as a major. Kathy explained, “I finally settled on accounting when I took a few classes and realized that I really liked the whole numbers game. My mother had always been my father’s accountant and she was a tremendous help to me in grasping the accounting concepts. “I was married in 1975 to a high school classmate and we moved to the Flathead where my husband worked for a small construction company.  My husband would get laid off from work in the winter and it was hard to make ends meet with three small children.  I was reading the newspaper one day and saw an ad for a tax preparation class offered by a national tax J A N U A RY 2 0 1 2

franchise. I really enjoyed preparing our family taxes and thought this would be a perfect job for me.  I could fulfill the need to spread my wings beyond homemaking and earn some money at the same time to help the family. The best part was that working in the tax preparation industry only required 3 1/2 to 4 months each year and it was in the winter when my husband was out of work.  He could be Mr. Mom while I worked.  He turned out to be a great chief cook and bottle washer.  He took the children skiing every weekend and made their lunches for school and even potty trained our youngest.  They rarely had to attend daycare.  “As I was taking the tax prep classes in

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Missoula (driving there and back two nights a week) it came to my attention that the national franchise in Whitefish was for sale and I purchased it from the previous owner. I was thrilled because I could also run my own business. (The entrepreneurial spirit was handed down from my grandfather.)  I owned that franchise from 1983-2009.  In 2009, I ventured out on my own and now have two tax and accounting offices, Kutzman Tax & Accounting, one in Whitefish and one in Eureka.”  Kathy is an enrolled agent, which means she has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service.  She specializes in income tax preparation for individuals and small business.  “I must say I do like a challenge and prepare tax returns for many different types of entities. Preparing taxes is like solving individual story problems back in school.  Each situation is different and I get to meet so many great people.” We hope that you will join us on January 14th for this informative seminar that will provide you with the knowledge and tools to prepare a gift of love for your family. Please call Montana Woman at 406-755-5753 to reserve your spot. Space is limited to 20 participants to allow for questions and discussion. 



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roy has a wonderful hidden treasure that I am so excited to share with Montana Woman readers. Located at 600 East Missoula Avenue adjacent to the First Montana Bank in Troy, Real Art Works proudly highlights over 19 local artists and artisans whose talents are truly amazing. Real Art Works came to be in large part because of Kathy Jones’ desire to have a quality showroom to showcase artwork by local artists and artisans. Kathy has been sewing since she was eight years old, and loving tradition, she sews clothing, quilts, and home décor. But it wasn’t


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until she went to a weeklong seminar in Lake Tahoe that she really discovered her passion… art quilts. Years later, in the sleepy northwest town of Troy, Montana where she now lives, Kathy dreamed of opening her own business-a place where she could perhaps do her sewing, and friends, family, and out of town visitors could stop in and visit. Encouraged by her husband, Gary, Kathy was increasingly excited about her dream and decided to invite other local artists to be a part of it. After sharing her vision with friends, Lynn Ward and Debbie Shupe, Real Art Works moved closer to becoming a reality. Debbie and J A N U A RY 2 0 1 2

for private showings and offering a gift registry. They are particularly excited to explore the possibilities of hosting events. The staff at R.A.W. is happy to ship items for their customers. If you are looking for the perfect Montana gift, you need not look further; with the wide selection of art and ability to ship, you will be well taken care of. Although Kathy always suspected that an art co-op would be well received in Troy, R.A.W. has enjoyed a level of success in its first few months of business that no one expected, and it continues to grow both in membership and art offerings. Because of the success, the offerings at R.A.W. change almost daily, insuring that no matter how often you visit the gallery you are likely to discover something new. Kathy believes that living in Montana is inspiring in itself, and that being around creative people is infectious. So the next time you find yourself in or near Troy, stop into Real Art Works, visit the artists on staff and lose yourself in the creative atmosphere that permeates every nook and cranny. Chances are you’ll want to take a piece of art home with you.

Lynn loved the idea and together the three decided to put out a flyer to spread the word and gauge interest, inviting local artists to gather for a mid-winter meeting. On a cold snowy Montana night in mid January, people crowded into the Northwest Real Estate Office (Lynn’s “other” job), curious to see what this co-op rumor was all about. Enthusiasm was high as the evening wore on and animated attendees shared ideas about how the co-op could work. With the support of so many, it was obvious that Real Art Works was no longer simply a vision; it was time for the trio to roll up their sleeves and get to work. Their objective was to create a wonderful venue where fellow artist and artisans could come together to display and sell their art. They researched renting a building and made certain that all the business parts of the gallery were in place. They found the perfect location, and after many months of meetings and hard work, Real Art Works (R.A.W.) opened their doors on June 18, 2011. R.A.W. is now the home to a wide range of artistic talents. You can find birch and woven baskets, wood and antler carvings, paintings, photography, beadwork, custom wooden boxes, hand crafted jewelry and much more. And, of course, Kathy’s art quilts are proudly displayed. All of the original and unique artwork offered is by artists from Libby and Troy, but it is hoped that artists from neighboring towns will choose to display their art there as well. R.A.W. is always interested in adding new members, so local artists looking for a tasteful environment in which to sell their creations are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. Artists receive 100% of their sales; the one-time membership fee and monthly dues they pay go towards the cost of operating the business and advertising. The gallery is staffed by the artists and all of the art is professionally positioned in the gallery for optimum appearance. This summer will mark their one-year anniversary and the trio has exciting plans in store for their community, including being available J A N U A RY 2 0 12

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By The Rev. Jessica Crist


012 is the year of the presidential election, the gubernatorial election, the senatorial and congressional elections, and numerous state and local elections. It is a year in which citizens have important choices to make, decisions that affect the quality of our communities, the education of our children and the safety of our planet. And it is a year in which we will be bombarded with messages from candidates, from parties, from interest groups, from corporations. We will be bombarded with messages that try to shape how we think, what are values are, and how we put those values into action. In some ways we are sitting ducks. We live in an information-drenched world, and it is impossible to sort out information from propaganda. It is nearly impossible to separate pure fact from interpretation. For instance, we may learn how many poor people there are in the U.S. compared to 10 years ago. But unless we know why they are poor, we only have part of the story. In other ways, we have enormous resources to challenge the kind of information that we get, to look for its sources, and seek corroboration. We do not have to be passive recipients of anything someone wants to convince us to believe or buy or vote for. We have a choice. We can be proactive, and instead of reacting passively to the messages that come our way, we can formulate our own set of values as a way to filter what otherwise is an impossible stream of information, misinformation and persuasion coming our way. Some people dread election years. They vow to stay as uninformed as possible, and to stay out of politics completely. That, I think, is a cop out. It is giving in to passivity, and it is not very good citizenship. Instead, I urge you to make your new year’s resolution to formulate your list of priorities for the public good, and then to act on them. Research candidates to see where their values correspond with yours, and where they conflict. Make your opinions known, and work for your values in the political arena, in the civic sphere, and in the marketplace of ideas. Politicians will not articulate your values unless you express them yourself. In far too few campaigns in the last 20 years has poverty been a major campaign issue for any serious candidate. Why? Because voters have not demanded that it be an issue. But that can change. In years past pollsters have stereotyped as “values voters” those who had particular issue with abortion, school prayer and homosexuality. But clearly those are not the only values that voters hold, not the only moral positions. J A N U A RY 2 0 12

As a person of faith I put the issue of poverty very high on my list of priorities. There are more passages about poverty in the Bible—both Old Testament and New—than any other issue. Regardless of what pollsters say, poverty is a values issue, and it is certainly one of mine. What’s on your list?

Jessica Crist lives in Great Falls. She and her husband, Turner Graybill, are the parents of two adult children. Rhiannon is a doctoral student at Berkeley, and Raphael is a White House intern, on his way to Oxford University. She is the Bishop of the Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Montana, and travels not only across Montana and Northern Wyoming, but to Bolivia, South Africa and Israel/Palestine.

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Leading thinkers who track Earth’s evolution are agreed that we are moving into a new stage of planetary evolution that began 13.7 billion years ago with the giant explosion of the Universe, empowered by an impulse of evolution. Some of us call this force God, some spirit, some science. In any case, we are at a stage

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aking New Year’s resolutions this year is challenging. This is no year for perfunctory promises to reduce our caloric intake, or be more pleasant to our husbands, or cut down on unnecessary shopping items. For me, this is the year of the Conscious Resolution! I think all of us feel the change of energy pressing in on us. The heaviness of the atmosphere is depressing and frightening. It is filled with constant threats and disagreements between nations and political parties, punctuated by the incessant screaming of the media. So I’m asking that our resolutions focus beyond our immediate concerns. I ask that we consider what we can do to influence positive shifts on our planet and in the Universe. I know. It’s a tall order. Maybe it’s because I am an elder and pray for a rational world for my granddaughters, a chance for a legacy of wisdom to be realized from those of us who want to make a difference before we pass on. We are all aware of the changing currents predicted for this year and will be watching carefully for signs of shifts in every phase of our experience… more dramatic and devastating weather patterns... increased dissatisfaction with our political and economic systems… developments that spawn additional Occupier movements and demonstrations for human rights and equality across the planet. The end of the ancient Mayan Calendar predicted radical changes on Earth at the 2012 winter solstice. The elders of that civilization foretold the end of civilization as we know it—marked by the end of their cycle of time and the beginning of a new era. At the same time, the Earth and the sun will be in a unique position aligned with the plane of the galaxy on December 21. It was 26,000 years ago that this happened as foretold by the Mayans.


to this year. #2 Spend as much time outside in nature as I can to reinforce the importance of preservingour world. #3 Stop being angry at people with whom I disagree. Do my best to listen to and respect their positions. #4 Recycle. Think of the impact the one plastic bottle I don’t recycle has on the Earth and on future generations. #5 Pray. Pray for peace by sending loving energy from my heart to all my fellow beings. As I read this essay, it sounds preachy. I don’t mean it to be. I am just struck by the importance of this time we are spending together on this planet and know we can all do a better job of caring for one another. Please join me in promising to do our best. Happy 2012.

Ina Albert, CSL, is a Life Transitions Coach, Age-ing toSage-ing Seminar Leader and author. She can be reached at (406) 863-2333, or by email where we humans are conscious of our own evolution. The question is: Can we change our behavior to stave off self-destruction? So what do our resolutions have to do with all this? The scope of our actions and our ability to create a society that survives the threat of annihilation from so many fronts is critical. Our resolve to act together to create a global community committed to cooperation, not competition, is central to the outcome. We are no longer separate beings fighting for Darwinian survival. We are interdependent humans, Universal Humans, whose ability to evolve successfully rests on the recognition that we are all part of Earth’s connected organism and must learn to behave differently. So what kind of resolutions should we be making to prevent disaster? They are simple to say, but not to do. First, learn to listen to one another without judgment and anger. When we feel listened to we feel visible and acknowledged. It is the initial step toward making peace. Ethical responsibility begins with face-to-face conversations. My resolutions are tough ones this year. But they begin with the vision of a world in which violence and war are not an option. Here they are— my 2012 promises to myself: #1 Make eye contact with everyone I speak J A N U A RY 2 0 1 2



s an ice storm began, and before traveling for our annual Christmas visit to Mother’s house, I turned on the television to find that one of the local stations was presenting a special report about the weather. The newscaster was describing the current outside conditions and then the coverage switched to live, on the spot, coverage at the Department of Transportation. Those familiar with frozen precipitation know that, when it’s predicted, the sand and salt trucks are out in abundance, especially in an area such as the one where I reside as we get massive amounts of the stuff throughout the winter months. If there is snow or ice on the ground and you see a truck loaded with sand or salt in this neck of the woods, you know exactly what it’s for. Evidently, the “on the spot” reporter either didn’t know or took the opportunity to insult the intelligence of the community with his interview of the spokesperson from DOT. As the interview opened, it could plainly be seen that trucks were being loaded with sand and salt but the reporter felt compelled to ask, “Behind us there are a fleet of trucks. What is being loaded into the trucks that looks like rocks, dirt and pebbles?” The DOT spokesman gave him one of those “you’ve got to be kidding” looks before he answered, “Sand and salt.” “And what will the sand and salt be used for?” “It will be spread on the roads to help with traction and aid in the melting of ice.” “Would it be safe to assume that the sand and salt will be spread on bridges and overpasses where ice is more likely to build up?” “That would be a yes.” “And next the primary roads and thoroughfares?” “Yes.” “When can people expect for the secondary roads to be cleared?” “That would be right after the primary roads are cleared.” “And who would clean up all those rocks and pebbles?” “What? What rocks and pebbles?” This news report was better than any comedy special I had ever

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seen. The next segment featured a woman standing beside a road that had a covering of snow and sleet. The news anchor asked her if it was slippery on the road. She responded with, “Well, snow and ice can be slippery. I’d put my foot on the road and show you what I mean if it weren’t for the movingtraffic.” The picture clearly showed that the traffic was not moving. The last segment was from the inside of a grocery store. The report actually showed empty bread and milk racks. “Yes, they are completely out of bread and milk. Other items are selling as well.” No kidding. People are actually buying staple items at the beginning of a winter storm? How crazy is that? Other stuff is selling too? Oh please say it ain’t so!” I could stand no more. I changed the channel to an educational situation comedy rerun. Now my power is out due to the storm so I’ll just pour a glass of milk, toast some bread and go outside to put my foot in the road to see if the ice is slippery. Just as I thought, it’s pretty treacherous. Here comes a big orange truck. I wonder what that is he’s spreading on the road? Doug Waldron is a substitute teacher and assistant track coach at Seeley Elementary School. He advocates women’s rights and is a member of the Seeley-Swan Talk, Education, Protection Group that offers help and assistance to domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Doug is a retired police chief (Stanhope Police Department, NJ). He as a BA in criminal justice and an MA in Sociology and has done research in domestic violence issues.



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id you have hot running water this morning when you took a shower? Did somebody say “hello” when you got to the office today? Do you expect food on the table this evening when you get home? We take most of it for granted, not appreciating that the things that make our life easier or more convenient are done by people of flesh and blood, like you and me. The problem is that we don’t always acknowledge that others put in an effort to make our lives better, like other people don’t always appreciate that you went the extra mile for them. This phenomenon can make people moody, tired or sick. Some people start drinking or eating too much or maybe they even get a divorce. Maybe you think, “I don’t care what other people do.” But I think we should care, especially in these rough economic times, where people have a hard time meeting their financial obligations because the paycheck was not as big as they had hoped for. We should pay extra, positive, attention to the people around us. Everybody wants to be appreciated and acknowledged, and maybe your tap on the shoulder, wink or compliment will make the difference for someone who is full of worry about how to make ends meet. So take the time to have a cup of coffee with your neighbor. Show how happy you are with your loved ones simply because they are there. When you are an employer, let your employees know how much you appreciate their efforts and when you are an employee, ask your boss about his strategies or ideas. From now on let’s make it a point to tell the people around us, “I’m really happy you are here.” In the end, that’s what makes people live longer!

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fter interviewing many successful women who not only survived but excelled following personal losses, serious health issues or tragedies, I found their crisis recovery and survival methods carry hope and lessons of success for all women. The process used by these women to gain strength and overcome adversity is threefold. Without being able to state the mental mechanics of their recovery, descriptions of their actions and end result are the same. They became survivors. Immediately following a serious blow to their existence, that moment, in a heartbeat, when everything changed, the initial response was shock and disbelief. Instead of withdrawing and giving up, three things occurred in the successful women. Each woman was able to: 1) Acknowledge her nightmare as real; 2) Compartmentalize the overwhelming grief; and 3) With time, deal with each facet and move on. The women innately used the protective mental process, “compartmentalization”. This


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adaptive mechanism blunts emotional overload. In other words, these women placed their shock aside, hid it in a “shock box” and went on with life. By hiding their pain, an inner strength gradually surfaced allowing each woman to regain control and deal with each painful issue. A loved one dies, a frightening diagnosis is delivered, financial ruin occurs or even blindness strikes. Some life events are so devastating they must be absorbed gradually. When the initial shock wave strikes, it is much like a rock being dropped in water. At first a large splash surges upward. The splash is followed by ring after ring of spreading waves. The waves move outward becoming smaller and softer. With their initial shock buried, these women were able to perform jobs and care for their families; they had to. Although the initial shock and pain of the spreading waves weighed heavily on their ability to function, emotions gradually stabilized and life order returned. Each of us experience crisis; it is part of living. Some women survive, and in the end, excel. Others collapse in despair and never fully recover. Instead, they become victims of their experiences and stagnate in depression or selfdestructive behaviors. A broad recovery base develops for those who find the strength to survive. Many discover new friendships and find a passion. “What is a passion?” When you find yours, you’ll know it. A passion is a focus of enjoyment. It makes you smile even when a blur of pain surrounds you. It provides a focus for your brain and meaning for existence. You can share it, but the passion is yours alone. Each of us is different. Women who have a passion before a life-changing event occurs find it helps them recover more quickly. If you need a focus, consider using your life skills to help others. You may find a niche volunteering or helping others less fortunate, such as reading to the vision-impaired, helping at a pet shelter, visiting the elderly or delivering Mealson-Wheels.

Some women helped their recovery by taking a class at the community college to learn something new, like how to make cheese, weave pine needle baskets, write a memoir or excel in martial arts. Daily activity is also excellent for mental and physical health. Consider walking or hiking with a group. Try something new or revive an old interest to set you in the direction of finding your passion. We all need something to energize daily life. For me, it’s watching the sun rise and looking at an image of my granddaughter’s beautiful face before I start my day of writing. Writing is my passion, but I love walking my dog, reading and learning new skills, such as computer applications like PhotoShop which feeds my interest in photography. We can all find strength in the words and life example of Helen Keller, who at 19 months of age, suddenly lost both hearing and vision. With these profound disabilities, she learned to speak, became a prolific writer and graduated with honors from Radcliffe College. Throughout her life, she worked incessantly for the improvement of others and became a symbol of triumph over adversity. She said, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” Studies show people who are physically active, socialize and engage their brains learning new things every day, live longer and happier lives. In 2012, I hope you find your passion.

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COVER STORY How does a young girl raised in a small rural Montana community become one of the nation’ s Top Cops? For Alex Burke it was an amazing sequence of events.

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he small community of Coram, Montana where Alex was raised is located minutes from Glacier National Park. She graduated from nearby Columbia Falls High school in1991 and then attended Flathead Valley Community College for several years, going full and part time while also working at jobs that allowed her to embrace her passion for all things outdoors, including her beloved Glacier. In1999, a friend presented her with the opportunity to attend the Police Academy at Ohio’s Cuyahoga Community College, a four month training program that upon completion enabled her to serve as a seasonal law enforcement commissioned officer. She was also certified as an Ohio State Peace Officer, although she never used that certification. In 2004, she attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (also called FLETC) for five months. Alex told me about FLETC: “This is the police academy that most federal law enforcement officers attend. It is in Brunswick, Georgia, one of a few locations around the U.S. run by the Department of Homeland Security. And it was during this time that, “My love for law enforcement was cemented. Having had prior experience and academies, I was excited

as a ski patroller and dispatcher, and on the Blacktail Ski Area as a ski patroller. Alex spent a winter slinging pizzas at Moose’s back when they had a satellite restaurant on Big Mountain. Off-season was spent bartending and working for the U.S. Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.) doing D.N.A. work on bears. “In 1999 I was working as the backcountry ranger in the Jewel Basin in the Flathead National Forest. Unfortunately, a grizzly bear had been shot by an inexperienced hiker in my area and this led to a small crew of us packing into the Jewel Basin to find the bear’s two surviving young cubs. On this trip I met a guy I only knew by name because I saw it in the Hungry Horse News-Tim Manley. I kept as close a tab on the bears as I could through the media and Tim was always responding to “bear incidents” in the Flathead Valley. I started volunteering for Tim on my days off from the Forest Service. “Then opportunity knocked-a friend of mine ran the Police Academy in Ohio and could get me in for the next session. The only problem was the academy was starting in about a month so I had to act quickly and get my life in order to move to Ohio for four months. I went to the academy, but instead of immediately taking

Shortly thereafter, I received a job offer to work year-round in Alaska for the Park Service in the middle of the bush along the Yukon River. It was like winning the lottery! I love remote areas and the Alaska wilderness is incredible. I then transferred over to my current job in the BLM so I could be back in Montana once again and closer to my family.” Alex says she thoroughly enjoys living in eastern Montana where a typical day for her is spent in the field. “I patrol an area that is bigger than the size of Glacier Park and enforce federal and state laws. It is dynamic in the way that one minute I can be monitoring a paleo (dinosaur site), then checking hunters’ licenses, followed by running someone through Field Sobriety tests for a DUI.” Some days she runs into no one… but wildlife. On other days she will see ranchers and cowboys moving cows from one pasture to the next in the morning and by afternoon she will be dealing with an underage drinking issue. During hunting season Alex may encounter dozens of hunters in a single day. “The BLM has many user groups-outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, hikers, dirt bikers, ranchers, oil workers and many others. There are a number of resources that we protect-archaeological (teepee rings/

to challenge the Montana Academy and passed top of the class in 2007.” I went on to participate in several advanced trainings including fitness coordinator/instructor and taser instructor. I continue to participate in advanced training on annual basis. I really LOVE my job!” That is a brief summary of her education and training, but it doesn’t tell us how this young law enforcement officer and outdoor enthusiast became a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ranger. Alex explains, “As a kid I wanted to be a veterinarian but that morphed into wanting to work with bears and be a Park Ranger in Glacier National Park. It wasn’t the easier path, but I am a firm believer that if you want something badly enough you can make it happen with a little hard work and perseverance. Knowing that I wanted to be a park ranger when I grew up, I started working in Glacier the year I graduated from high school. I hiked Glacier’s trail system every chance I had. I knew several of the rangers and had told them I wanted to go into the “ranger” field at some point. I continued to work in and around Glacier for the next nine years. I worked the seasonal lifestyle during that time.” This meant that summers found her on the river as a guide for Montana Raft Company and Glacier Wilderness Guides. Winters were just as exciting on Big Mountain

a job in Glacier Park the following summer I decided to accept the job offer to work with the Wind River Bear Institute (headquartered in Florence, MT) and be Tim’s assistant for the year. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I met exceptionally amazing people and having Tim as a mentor was a blessing. He is one of the kindest teachers I know! And it was one of the best jobs I have ever had. Not many people can say that they have been in a trap with a live grizzly-I was living my dream! “It was a tough decision not to work with Tim the following year, but I wanted to try this ranger gig and was offered a position as a Law Enforcement Ranger on the Bear Team in Glacier for 2001. Again, I was extremely lucky to have another incredible boss, Gary Moses. “In 2001 the most significant event of that year for our country was September 11. About a month later I received a letter I still keep. The letter stated that due to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, I was being offered a position in Las Vegas, Nevada, to help guard Hoover Dam. I went down for the winter and had quite the introduction to some interesting law enforcement around the Hoover Dam area. “The following summer I came back to Glacier and worked for the Bear Team again.

buffalo jumps/medicine wheels); historical artifacts like homestead ruins; oil/gas, and the wildlife that is found in this area like bighorn sheep, elk, deer, antelope and an occasional moose! We also protect an abundance of waterfowl.” The only predictable thing about her job is its unpredictability. This leads us to one such unpredictable day, January 17, 2009. “It was my day off. It was below zero, but one of those beautiful eastern Montana sunny days. I had taken a spin on my snowmobile earlier in the day while waiting for some friends to arrive from Glendive. We were going to meet in town at 5:00 p.m. for dinner. I was driving into town when I saw what appeared to be a checkpoint at a major intersection on the east side of town. A fireman manning the checkpoint told me that access to town was closed because there had been a shooting and the shooter was on the loose. I immediately called the Sheriff ’s Office dispatch and asked if they needed assistance. Dispatch said they could use my help. After explaining my location, I went home to change into my uniform.” Alex returned to town and went immediately to the Sheriff ’s Office to obtain the game plan. First she was sent to the high school to keep it on lockdown. There were a couple hundred

In what is described by Alex as the fastest and the slowest minute of her life, she was being approached by Sellers who was ARMED. Alex yelled at the other agents, “SHOOT! Somebody shoot!”

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people at the local basketball game. After a bit of time, it was decided that the high school should be evacuated. Alex stayed and made sure that everyone made it to their cars or on the buses safely. While en route to the Sheriff ’s office she received a call from another officer updating her on the situation: The shooting had taken place at Glasgow’s Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital. Scott and Suzanne Billingsley had been wounded and Melissa Greenhagen had been fatally wounded. Scott found Melissa in the hospital parking lot while dropping off some items for his wife Suzanne, a nurse at the hospital. Scott and Suzanne were fired upon. The couple was able to make it to their truck and Scott grabbed his 9 mm and shouted for the shooter to drop his weapon. The shooter did not drop his weapon. By this time an officer was on the scene and fired and hit the shooter, but he escaped. It was later discovered that the shooter was Roger Sellers. None of the locals knew much about Sellers, as he was very reclusive, to the degree that he paid his rent at night. The officer explained to Alex that he needed her assistance because the suspect was in a nearby ambulance. Alex responded and aided in trying to “smoke out” the suspect with tear gas. It was soon discovered that the suspect had been in the ambulance, but had fled the scene. The ambulance had provided the perfect opportunity for Sellars to watch

the chaos from a safe location while bandaging his wounds. The Glasgow Police Chief then instructed all officers to go door to door to look for the suspect. Alex was assigned the road directly behind the hospital. As fate would have it, U.S. Border Patrol Agent, Phil Wright, was on the same road and they joined forces to track the criminal. Fortunately for Alex, she had received tracking training at the Police Academy and she was partnered with an exceptional tracker. Saying they were following a track is a bit misleading. “It was actually partial footprints in the snow. Every couple of hundred yards we would find a drop of blood. This was the only evidence we had as to where the shooter had fled.” In the middle of the hunt, 911 received a call from a local man who claimed to be the shooter. It was a false call, but had to be investigated. Unfortunately, this added to the confusion. However, Alex and Phil stayed focused on the “trail”. Around 11:00 p.m. they came upon a farmhouse and were sure that Sellers was hiding in the immediate area. The adrenaline was high and everyone was on edge ready to capture the suspect. Alex stuck to procedure and insisted on backup. After placing a couple of calls, a K-9 unit showed up to assist them. “Phil did an amazing job tracking the suspect that cold night. When we caught up to the shooter, he appeared to be making a half circle around town… possibly to get back to his residence? This we will never know. Phil and I knew when we arrived at the farmhouse along the Milk River that the shooter was close. We just didn’t know how close. That’s why I called for backup, and as soon as they arrived the four of us headed down the trail.” After seeing a bloody handprint in the snow, Phil set off farther down a game trail on the Milk River. “We found Sellers standing next to a tree along the river bank. He appeared to be contemplating his next move-fight or flight. The next thing that Alex remembers hearing is Phil yelling, “Drop the knife! Drop the knife!” In what is described by Alex as the fastest and the slowest minute of her life, she was being approached by Sellers who was armed. Alex yelled at the other agents, “Shoot! Somebody shoot!” But no one shot because of the crossfire situation. Finally, the officer in front of Alex shot, but was unable to hit the suspect. Still being advanced upon, Alex was left with no

other choice than to fire. Sellers immediately fell dead at the feet of the officer still in front of her. Alex had shot him in the chest/neck area. Later it was discovered that Sellers had

Alex revisiting the scene retelling the nights events.

stabbed a knife in the dog’s mouth of the K-9 unit. Luckily, it had only chipped the dog’s tooth and the dog is fine and still in service today. When asked what provoked Sellers, Alex responded, “It is suspected that he had issues with women. It might have been the fact that a few years back, Seller’s mother had been taken to the hospital in an ambulance and died a short time later. That could have been the cause of him firing upon an ambulance at the hospital. Nobody will really ever know for sure.” After the fatal shooting, Alex spent a couple of weeks performing administrative duties, which provided the opportunity for her to destress. The community’s support was touching and appreciated. The Director of BLM Law Enforcement, William Woody, called her at home to check on her and her status.

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In 2010, Alex was notified via mail that she was the recipient of a Top Cop award. Glasgow’s Police Captain, Brien Gault, had nominated the team for this honor. “I feel very honored to have been presented an award by President Obama.” Alex is one of the few women to ever receive this award. “What an honor to be standing next to amazing officers such as Kim Munley(one of the officers at the Fort Hood shooting). It was a privilege to be in the same company as these heroic officers.” Alex will also be the recipient of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Officer (NLEOMF) of the Month award. The presentation will take place in Washington, D.C. during National Police Week in May

day everywhere) to help our little community of Glasgow.” Alex feels that the shootings were a tragedy. “I would gladly give all the awards back if I could change the events of the day. People died that day and that truly is a tragedy. There were several victims that sub-zero day in Glasgowtwo shooting victims who miraculously survived and one who didn’t. I don’t want anyone to ever forget Melissa Greenhagen. Melissa, unfortunately, did not survive and was a victim to an unspeakable crime. She had just returned from an ambulance run as an EMT. She was serving her community when she came in the line of fire. More than anything, I want people to remember her name, not as a victim, but

importance of doing for others. I want her to grow up understanding what a gift it is to be able to help a neighbor. Bringing life into the world is a little scary-there is a lot of bad out there. The important thing to remember is that there is also a lot of good out there too!”

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Alex & her partner Jeron Wesen, and their baby Harper in Nashua, MT.

2012. National Police Week is in honor and remembrance of officers that died in the line of duty. Twelve living officers are also recognized for heroic action while in the line of duty. Alex is one of the twelve officers being honored. “I am proud to be recognized for my actions, but want others to know that so many officers from many different agencies came to help that night. Without a doubt, they too risked their lives (as do police officers every J A N U A RY 2 0 12

as a mom to her three sons and a beautiful daughter. She was a wife. She was someone’s daughter. She was a friend and a wonderful community member.” Today, as a mother of a beautiful eightmonth-old baby girl named Harper, Alex realizes how precious life is. “Anybody’s day can be up at anytime. It is important to embrace and appreciate each and every day you are blessed with. I also want to impress upon Harper the

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his question often leads to a deeper relationship with God, with ourselves and with others. From the time we are born there is a curiosity within us that drives us to learn about everything and everybody that surrounds us. We begin to respond to touch. We cry when we are hungry and squirm about when we have dirtied our diapers. We begin to respond to familiar voices and faces. We may even make certain expressions with our lips to trigger a response from Mom or Dad. Throughout our lives we never stop growing and learning. I remember watching my kids playing in the sandbox and how they would pick up a clump and then let it slip through their fingers and giggle, only to repeat the process again and again. I remember the first time they felt grass under their bare feet and how it startled them. I remember when they began to crawl and baby-proofing the house. I remember the first step and the multiple pictures that were taken


to capture the historical moment. Not only were they developing their physical strengths but they were expanding their world by experiencing different sensations either by touch, sight or sound. So, why did God create us? As a youth I questioned how I could possibly have a choice in life when I was taught that God already had a plan. Of course, the questions came to life when I was tempted to misbehave in some way. For example, when I was growing up, French kissing was considered a sin, so when you started dating you were faced with the dilemma of making that big decision. And, of course, as a teenager the easiest way to deal with that problem was to say, God wouldn’t present me with this problem if He didn’t already have this in His plan. So, I put the decision back in God’s hands. In other words, I wasn’t about to take the blame. Fortunately, I have matured over the years and don’t question God’s plan any longer. The point is that during those teen years and early adulthood we are still growing. Hopefully, we begin to recognize our strengths and weakness. Most important of all is that we begin to know who we are. So, what exactly is maturity all about??? How exactly does one grow old gracefully??? In our present society, so much importance is placed on youth and beauty that I wonder how my granddaughters are going to age gracefully without some words of wisdom from their grandmother. It has often been said that when you retire it is all over. I beg to differ with whoever feels that way. Retirement is and has been a special time of growth for my spouse and me. It is a time to learn more about oneself and your wants and desires. Your journey into later adulthood has only just begun the day you retire. It is not unheard of that new doors open every day, and only you hold the key. How often do you take time to reflect on your life? Take some quiet time to be alone with yourself. Many years ago I removed myself from my first marriage for several reasons. The most important one was that in that relationship I wasn’t “me”. I was just being someone who was living life through other people’s eyes. I was struggling for my own identity in a world that was quite different

from what I knew and loved. It has been said about me that I have always been about 10 years ahead of my time, and as I age I know that to be true.

I was always encouraged to go for broke. The word “fear” didn’t exist in my life. I was encouraged to succeed rather than to fear success. “Be the best you can be.” Being an only child may have had something to do with the fact that I never had to compete for attention. I took piano lessons at a very early age and started dancing when I was 5-years old. My first solo performance on stage was at the age of 7. So, this brings me to retirement… and I find the same philosophy is a part of my daily life. You never stop learning new things. Every day is a challenge. I’m spending more quiet time with God and learning more about myself and my relationship with others.

Rena Desmond is a retired nurse who moved to the Flathead Valley thirteen years ago with her husband, Allen, from the concrete suburbs of Chicago. Since then, she has plunged wholeheartedly into the area and all it offers in outdoor activities from hiking to golfing to skiing and all things in between. She is also involved in many volunteer groups to which she gives much of her “extra” time. When they can, she and Allen travel and explore places on their “must see” list.

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he Holiday season is a perfect time to choose to create more inner peace and joy by forgiving self and others of past offenses. Georgia, a beautiful and talented woman, had been dealing with a crippling chronic illness for many years when I met her. It didn’t take long to get a sense of her resentment toward certain people in her life. It seemed obvious to me that the stress from it was interfering with her physical and mental well- being. As we talked, the idea of giving up the resentment did not even seem like a possibility to her. After all, these people had not treated her right. She had gone out of her way to give to them and they had not returned her caring gestures and had said unkind things about her. So she cut them off and felt justified in doing so. She talked about the insults and offenses as she attempted to have people understand her position and bring them to “her side”. Her husband didn’t always respond the way she wanted him to and so she felt angry and betrayed by him too. We can all look back into our past and point to times when we were betrayed or even abused by others. Several years ago I worked with a woman in her fifties who had been molested by a young male relative as a child. The experience traumatized her to the point that it had blocked her ability to feel happy. After clearing the trauma stress and coming to a state of forgiveness, her compassion for this man was so strong that it became important to her that he forgive himself. She knew that he was still suffering with guilt and shame. She felt that if he could forgive himself, her process would be complete and she would never have to think about it again. I had the privilege of facilitating some phone sessions with this man to help him release the guilt and shame he had carried for so many years. He was able to achieve a state of self-forgiveness and peace. Talking with this client later, she said the dark cloud was gone from her life. She told me that she is happy and is finally able to be her true self. We have all read the touching stories of people who have forgiven the murderers of their loved ones. What better gift can you give yourself and others this season than to release your pain from past mistakes and grievances and choose to live in acceptance and gratitude in your precious present? Gayle North is a Positive Change Coach who facilitates clearing whatever blocks you so that you naturally create fulfillment of your goals and potential. Call Positive Change Institute to schedule a complimentary consultation and find out how you can make fast, easy, lasting positive changes in your life. (406)837-1214. Visit www. for other info and articles.

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Dear Sherri: I am having some challenges at work. My co-workers gossip about every aspect of other employees’ personal and professional lives all day long. One woman in particular says terrible things all under the guise of comedy. There is nothing funny about what she says. I have distanced myself from the negativity, although by not participating in the gossip I sense I am being targeted too. It is so distracting I am having trouble concentrating and performing at my best in this environment. We work in close proximity, and I don’t feel like I can go to my boss about this without them knowing. Once before when I mentioned my concerns to my boss, she said she won’t tolerate “workplace drama”, as if I were part of the problem Yesterday I sat in my car in the parking lot and had to force myself to go in to work. What sort of tips do you have for me? ~ Keeping it Professional. Dear Keeping it Professional: I get a real sense of the frustration you are experiencing, and assure you that you have every right to feel the way that you do. You obviously value others’ privacy, and understand that gossip can be very hurtful and damagJ A N U A RY 2 0 12

ing. In truth, this behavior reflects poorly on those doing the gossiping rather than on their intended target. I applaud you for distancing yourself from the unkind behavior. It takes courage to go against the grain in an environment where negative group think is as pervasive as you describe. You share that you may be a target of gossip, and it might help you to keep in mind that what others say and do, is all about them, and how we react and respond is all about us. What empowering thought or affirmation could you choose to reinforce your values when your mind drifts to thoughts of being targeted? It may be as simple as, “I am always supporting and spreading positivity to those around me.” Substitute your empowering thought or affirmation as a reminder that you and you alone, choose how you will experience your life. You can choose to be happy and positive regardless of what is going on around you. You made an assumption that because your boss was not receptive to this discussion in the past, she never will be. How might you discreetly approach her in order to have a private conversation where you are able to share how this behavior is negatively impacting your work performance? Approached in this man-

ner, a good leader will make the necessary adjustments for the betterment of all involved.

Note to all - We get to choose who we are in any given moment in time, and we are constantly revealing who we are through our words and actions. Choosing positive, uplifting words and actions shifts our energy higher and helps shift those around us higher as well. The most effective leaders in all walks of life foster positive, uplifting energy! Submit your questions via email to Sherri for possible inclusion in a future column.

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he holiday season, winter solstice, and the arrival of the New Year offer an opportunity to refine our relationship with the gifts in our lives, focusing on and building from the good things, the sweetness. When we show up from a place of appreciation, we invite others to do the same. Women naturally know that. Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer, Executive Director of the Bozeman-based non-profit Hopa Mountain, says, “Women naturally value co-operation and seek out the best in others.” We live in a time when being a critic, looking at what’s not working, comes easily. Most of us wouldn’t know that there’s an entire social movement built around the simply complex act of appreciation. Founded in 1980, it’s called Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and is being applied in systems from healthcare to personal care to family living to community building and government. What is Appreciative Inquiry? The AI Inquiry Commons website says, “In its broadest focus, it involves systematic discovery of what gives ‘life’ to a living system when it is most alive, most effective, and most constructively capable in economic, ecological, and human terms.” Sachatello-Sawyer says, “Appreciative approaches all start with gratitude, with considering those things that we’re grateful for, that are working around us. They are about the commitment to search for the best in individuals, organizations and the world.” Hopa Mountain hosts AI trainings in Montana as a part of its mission to invest in supporting citizen leaders of all ages to realize the hopes and dreams for their hometowns. “At its best,” Sachatello-Sawyer says, “AI centers around asking questions that mobilize others to see the best of what is.” In that process, it reminds the person asking the questions to do the same. I’ve attended several AI trainings. In those I’ve learned that the process begins with an


assessment of what’s working well, then asking how those can be enhanced to get more of what’s working. AI works from the belief that we create the world by the conversations we have; that the focus we choose determines how our conversations unfold. As a BodyTalk practitioner, bringing in to each session a celebration of what is working in my clients’ lives requires that I intend that. My intake form still asks questions about health issues and challenges because that information provides useful benchmarks for assessing progress. However, in the unfolding of sessions, when I actively support clients in feeling good about themselves, their lives and their opportunity for health, I, too, actively experience appreciation for the dynamic and complex process of healing. I experience gratitude for a client’s choice to work with me and I further appreciate the BodyTalk system itself―it offers such amazing tools for healing. Those gifts of appreciation stay with and energize me after clients leave. A colleague, Reiki Practitioner Kimberly Mckeehan, has designed questions for her intake process that support AI: What is your purpose for seeking Reiki treatment?, Which of your daily activities do you identify as life-giving?,Tell me about a time when you felt how you want to feel today. Mckeehan says, “I use the methods of appreciative inquiry in everything I do because to me they describe a natural, creative, and merciful way of being with the world. With my children, I aim to use the events of our lives together to find meaningful ways to frame the questions they are asking with their behaviors. This isn’t easy when they are being loud or rude, but if I can find my way to the need they are expressing, I can usually form a question that generates connection between us and between them and the rest of the world.” Sachatello-Sawyer affirms that AI is both a way of working, and a way of living. “When

other people call out the good in us, we’re more likely to do that for ourselves and to do that for others. So seeing with appreciative eyes can have a powerful ripple effect for ourselves and our communities. “When we identify with the positive, we are more likely to take on new tasks and live into our full potential. It’s true, too, that when we identify what works well in a community or an organization, we can shift in paradigm from what isn’t working to what could be. When we’re working from what’s possible we’re more likely to design and deliver in a way that makes that a reality.” Sachatello-Sawyer also says, “When you appreciate all the good that is, it makes you more hopeful.” This season, celebrate what’s right with your health, your world and our world, then share that gift of hope with your family, friends and colleagues, with your community, and with our global community. Resources: Imagine Montana: specifically designed for anyone who has an idea for something that they would like to work on. The site is hosted by Hopa Mountain and includes resources across topics and interests. imagineMT/ The AI Commons offers, “a worldwide portal devoted to the fullest sharing of academic resources and practical tools on Appreciative Inquiry and the rapidly growing discipline of positive change.” http://appreciativeinquiry.

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Nutrients protect brain function and help slow mental decline. Chromium improved memory Recent research has linked Alzheimer’s disease to glucose metabolism in the brain, doctors in this study said. Twenty-six older men and women with early signs of memory decline took 1,000 mcg of chromium picolinate, or a placebo. After 12 weeks, while the placebo group had not changed, the chromium group had improved learning, recall, and performed better in memory recognition tasks and had fewer memory errors than at the start of the study. Using a magnetic resonance brain scan, researchers also found the chromium group had greater activity in several parts of the brain.

Vitamin E reduced chances of Alzheimer’s disease There are eight naturally occurring forms of vitamin E, and in this study, researchers measured all eight forms in 232 people over age 80 that were dementia-free. After six years of follow up, compared to those with lower levels, doctors found that those with the highest levels of all forms of vitamin E were about half as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers concluded that a balanced presence of the eight forms of vitamin E can protect the brain. Reference: Nutritional Neuroscience; 2010, Vol. 13, No. 3, 116-22 Reprinted from: Natural Insights for Well Being, January 2011 Joe Withey is the owner of Withey’s Health Food Store in Kalispell and is a monthly contributor of health related issues and topics from a natural and organic viewpoint. He and his family have owned Withey’s since 1958 in the same location on South Main Street in Kalispell.

Vitamin E may reduce chances of dementia Doctors in this study said that in dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease, beta amyloid plaques build up in the brain, stimulating inflammatory free radicals. Researchers thought that vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant, might inhibit this disease process. Scientists measured the diets of 5,395 people who were disease-free at the start of the study. After 10 years of follow up, compared to those who consumed the most vitamin E were 25 percent less likely to have developed dementia.

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new year. Unfulfilled old hopes and dreams transition into new hopes and dreams. A new year. Looking forward with optimism and anticipation. Even a little fear and apprehension. We all struggle to move on, try again, and seek solutions to previously unsolved or unresolved problems and issues. Are we ever successful? Are we ever triumphant? Oh, yes. You bet we are! There’s a flame, a light within us that never goes out. Sometimes it dies down and flutters dangerously, but it never, ever dies. It is reborn. Rekindled. Renewed. We reach out with both hands, perhaps bloodied and bruised but not broken. My own never-ending battle is to become a more patient person. Will I ever achieve my goal? Probably not, but I keep trying, keep

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inching toward my goal. I might not reach my idea of “perfection” but I am closer than I was last week, last month, last year. I’m proud of myself for making progress. I’m proud of myself for not settling for less than what I want; what I know I’m capable of achieving. I’m proud of myself for not giving up because it is a very lofty goal. However, I fight too much. Not physically or verbally, I fight to control what I can’t control. Some people might call it mule headedness. After I’ve figured out a great plan of action, I can see no reason for it not to work. I mean, after all, I thought about it at great length and very carefully. I did my homework. It should bygosh happen! But it doesn’t always, especially in my time frame. I am currently engaged in a big fight. My plan is to downsize my home. Simplify. Sounds straightforward, but it isn’t. Not for me. Probably not for many people in my circumstances. Since I became a widow three years ago I notice that the house has become too big. I want a smaller house on a smaller piece of land. Nothing fancy, just a well-built house in a pleasant neighborhood. I’ve done all the right things. I’ve cleaned, polished and decluttered. Over time I’ve had three productive garage sales. I’ve selected surplus and unwanted furniture and knickknacks and sent them to auction. I’ve kept the grass watered and fertilized. I’ve cleaned the logs,

inside and out. The paved driveway is cleared of rocks and pine needles. My home is neat, clean and tidy. There have been several families who wanted to buy the house but needed to sell theirs first. That is one situation I can’t change. Our nation is in a slump, as everyone knows. It’s difficult to get a mortgage loan. Times in the real estate market are tough. And so I wait, not so patiently, for a miracle. That’s what I’m talking about. I have it all figured out and prospective buyers do too, but— it’s not happening. I’m frustrated. I’m anxious to get on with my new life. I’m also learning to take a deep breath and enjoy what I have. All in all, I do appreciate what I have. I have a roof over my head. I’m healthy. I have good friends. I’m not hungry or cold. I remind myself that not everyone can say that. I bow my head and my will and trust in the future. I realize and acknowledge there is a power much greater than my own. I submit with grace. Well, most of the time. So, my advice for the new year is to cowboy up. Look at all the good things in your life and be grateful for what you have. Embrace your life, family and friends. Trust in the higher power. I’m beginning to think it just might be fun. I do love a surprise. Almost always. So, folks, look forward to 2012 with joy and anticipation to a new year.

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he average woman uses 12-25 personal care products a day (shampoo, soap, lotion, deodorant, etc.) and potentially exposes herself to 200 plus untested chemicals in the process. In 1976, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted to ensure that chemicals used in personal care products were safe for people to use and safe for the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for enforcing this law. This weak law left the EPA mostly unable to test or act on these chemicals that may be unsafe. When the TSCA law was first passed, 62,000 chemicals were allowed to remain on the market without testing to see if they were safe. Fast forward 30 years and the EPA has only tested about 200 of these

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More than 500 products sold in the U.S. contain ingredients banned in cosmetics in Japan, Canada or the European Union (EWG 2007b). Nearly 100 products contain ingredients considered unsafe by the International Fragrance Association (EWG 2007c). 22% of all personal care products may be contaminated with the cancer-causing impurity 1,4-dioxane, including many children’s products (EWG 2007d, CDC 2009). 60% of sunscreens contain the potential hormone disruptor oxybenzone that readily penetrates the skin and contaminates the bodies of 97% of Americans (EWG 2010, Calafat et al 2008). 61% of tested lipstick brands contain residues of lead (CSC 2007).

They have created a website called that allows you to research the ingredients in your skin care products so you can educate yourself on their safety. You cannot assume that most products on the market are safe for use. There is no agency monitoring the safety of ingredients used in skin care. The FDA’s own web site explains its limitations: “FDA’s legal authority over cosmetics is different from other products regulated by the agency... Cosmetic products and ingredients are not subject to FDA premarket approval authority, with the exception of color additives.” Cosmetics are a $50 billion industry and are the least regulated products on the market. Moreover, companies that create toxic skin care products have little incentive to offer a healthier alternative. We the consumers buy these products thereby sending a clear message to them to keep making more! This can all be very overwhelming. So, my advice to you is to start small. Educate yourself on what ingredients are in the products you are using. Then, if you identify harmful ingredients in the products you use, exchange one product a month for a healthier option.

chemicals and only partially regulated 5. The remainder of these 61,800 chemicals has never been assessed for toxic impacts on the health of humans or the planet! Many studies have been conducted since 1976 and scientists have linked many of these toxins to a variety of health issues. Even chemicals in low doses over a long period of time can have negative impacts on health. Consider the ingredient “fragrance”. This ingredient can contain hundreds of untested toxic chemicals of which the general public is unaware. The National Academy of Sciences reports that 95% of the chemicals used in fragrances today are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum, including known toxins capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions. Failing to name the chemicals in a fragrance is legal under the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973. Organizations such as The Environmental Working Group (a nonprofit organization founded in 1993) conducts laboratory tests and does extensive research to expose threats to people’s health and the environment. It has created a huge database of commonly used ingredients in skin care products. They report:


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he New Year is just around the corner. And with it comes thoughts of resolutions or change. And for many of us the change we yearn for will be a change in ourselves. This might mean making healthier food choices, exercising more, thinking more gracefully, and/or deciding to take better care of ourselves. Hello. My name is Jamie Lynn and I am one of the luckiest women alive. I have two incredible children, a supportive partner, a healthy body and I love my job. Yes, I love my job. On a daily basis, as a wellness coach, I empower and support my clients as they move forward towards the change they seek. The wealth of information about healthy eating, exercise, and thinking that is available today can be overwhelming. To simplify things and add some perspective, I sometimes describe a healthy lifestyle as having three components that we can play with. These are Mind, Body, and Fuel. In the coming months I will be discussing various aspects of my work in more detail, but for now lets examine our daily life in terms of our mind (what we think), our body (are we exercising wisely), and fuel (what is in the food we eat). Mind “The thoughts in our head create our world,” says Mac Bledsoe, esteemed educator and founder of Parenting with Dignity. For example, even if our spouse or a friend comments on how beautiful we look, some of us might translate this into something totally different, like, “Yeah right, you’re just saying that to make me feel better.” Sound familiar? What we think often determines what we get, so noticing what we think and learning to recognize thought patterns that hold us back is usually one of the first steps in moving towards healthier habits. For some of us though, our most difficult struggle is in asking for help. Very often friends and family or professionals like myself are ready and willing to support, however, we are waiting for you to be vulnerable enough to share where you are and your goals. Being vulnerable can pay huge dividends and without it we are held back, stuck in our old patterns. “There is no escape from vulnerability. When there is little vulnerability, there is little joy, happiness and gratitude. When we truly allow ourselves to be vulnerable, with it comes more joy, happiness, and gratitude.” This comes from Brene Brown’s TedTalk 2011, which I highly recommend watching.

processed food full of so many unnatural ingredients. Life spans are now actually decreasing and a prime suspect is the food we are putting into our bodies. Strangely, there is an abundance of information available about healthy eating, however, much of it is conflicting and past trends suggest that the fads of today are just that. It takes time to sort through it all and most of us simply don’t have time to do it. So many of us are left feeling confused and overwhelmed. First and foremost, eating well requires making a commitment to ourselves and to our families. Eating well also means eating more like our grandparents did (i.e., cooking at home). And while this can seem daunting for many of us, it is possible for all of us if we take it one baby step at a time. Helping to empower families with food planning and preparation ideas is one of my best and most enjoyable skills. Healthy meals throughout the day are a prerequisite for a healthy body and mind. We simply cannot function optimally if we are using calorie rich, nutrient poor food as our bodies’ fuel. Yes, the learning process takes time, however, you will be surprised at how easy, fun and empowering it is. Ideally, making a commitment to be a healthier family involves the whole family. I encourage family meal planning, shopping, preparation and cooking as much as possible. We want our children to grow up educated and prepared for what lies ahead and doing so is a great way to empower them to a healthy future. Jamie Lynn has over 13 years in the wellness industry. Her career began in 1997 as a Massage Therapist. In 2005, Jamie certified as a Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach. Her personal journey to health awakened a passion to share the knowledge and skills that are needed to create and maintain a healthy body. Jamie was mentored by a preeminent wellness coach before branching out on her own in 2008. Using an online food journaling program along with creating individualized exercise programs, Jamie assists her clients in reaching their wellness goals by providing accountability, support, and education. Jamie teaches fitness classes at a facility in Kalispell, focusing on structural biomechanics and core stabilization through movemenT.

Body Exercise smarter, not necessarily harder. What works for your body may not be appropriate for your best friend’s body. It is very common and natural to compare ourselves with others, but thoughtful and lasting change in our bodies originates from within. So, because we each have unique needs, we need an exercise plan that acknowledges who we are, where we are coming from and where we want to go. Ultimately, each person’s individualized exercise plan should include moderate amounts of cardiovascular training, resistance training, and stretch/flexibility training. However, for many the appropriate first step is simply going for a 10-minute walk a few times a week. Adding too much too soon can lead to frustration, feelings of failure and giving up altogether. So, it is important to be gentle with ourselves, and to reflect upon our journey along the way. In doing so, what we discover is that every small success is a wonderful opportunity to feel good about the healthy choices we are making, however insignificant they might seem. Fuel We are part of a great experiment with the food (or Fuel as I like to call it) that we eat. Never before have so many people consumed so much highly J A N U A RY 2 0 12

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By R. Thomas Funk


he freshly filed teeth of the two– man crosscut saw bit into the log, and on each side of the cut little mounds of fragrant sawdust grew with each pass. It was late December 1938, and the long Depression was taxing even the staunchest, especially at this season. The work, though hard, was something the men understood and were used to. The action of sawing appeared effortless due to their familiarity. Their breathing never grew heavy, but clouds of steam billowed with each exhalation. It took less than a minute to saw through the thirty-six inch log. Sixty more blocks minimum were needed to complete the job today. They would have to fall two more trees.


After thirty minutes, their coats began to turn white as the perspiration wicked its way through the wool and the moisture frosted. All this time, no effort was wasted in talking. Each kept his thoughts to himself. Work was scarce, especially in winter. Hard work for low wages was the way of the world here in northwest Montana. There was plenty of food thanks to the gardens their wives had planted and tended throughout the spring and summer. The root cellars were full of home canned vegetables and locally grown fruit. Right alongside of the produce were jars of canned meat, venison, and elk, and hung out in the smoke house were hard cured hams, slabs of bacon, and homemade sausage. Enough flour and the other staples had been purchased and brought home for the winter, but tomorrow was Christmas Eve, and there was no extra money for luxuries like a turkey, cranberries, stuffing and nothing for presents. The last log blocked up nicely. Once they finished sawing, they began splitting the wood. Each block split into quarters. Then came the loading and stacking. Adam stood on the ground, passing each piece in turn to his partner. Hank took each block and placed it on the load, interlocking them so they would not shift or spill. From

start to finish was five and one-half hours: falling, cutting, splitting, loading two plus cords of cut and split buckskin tamarack, and now to deliver it, another two hours to drive. As Hank drove, Adam stared out the window. The scenery was painted a brilliant white. Today was the first time in two weeks that the sun had shown. The snow had piled up until there was two feet on the level in town, and out here it was closer to three feet, and there was a promise in the air of more to come. When they arrived at the store, the grocer came out and inspected the load. Nodding his approval, he disappeared into the building, and a moment later the coal chute doors swung open. Adam and Hank began to unload. The grocer and a helper in the basement shifted the wood into a huge pile in the center of the furnace room. An hour after they arrived, the last piece of wood disappeared into the maw of the basement and the doors were shut. While Hank parked the truck, Adam waited at the front door to the store, then they went inside. The grocer joined them at the meat counter. Two fine fat turkeys were selected and wrapped. Corn meal for making dressing, cranberries, a few yams, brown sugar and other odds and ends went into the sacks too. continuted on Page 50

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By Emily Myers


here are so many beautiful, festive holiday makeup palettes out right now! Whether you like to go au naturel or are a little more daring, there’s something for everyone. First off, my favorite, of course, is MAC’s Ice Parade collection. This limited edition collection features 6-piece eye shadow palettes, eye liners, paint pots, lip glass, lipstick, nail enamel and shimmery pressed face powders all packaged in either clear or white packaging with actual snow globes filled with silvery glitter adorning the palettes! I purchased the shadow palette in cool grey and blue shades, paint pots in a shimmery black and frosty taupe, and the glitter nail enamel (all are featured in my Holiday video)! Next, Stila’s Dream in Full Color Palette contains 29 eye shadows, seven cheek colors, a smudge stick and a 12-page artistry look book to help you discover all the amazing, beautiful looks to be found. This palette is designed in a beautiful dream catcher shaped package sure to impress any gift recipient! Finally, for you “natural” beauties, try Josie Maran’s Seductive Golds Argan Oil Infused Color Collection. This set contains Argan Color Stick in Petal Pink, GOGO Instant Volume Mascara in Black, R.E.M. pen in Glitz shadow (gold shimmer) and Black liner, Argan Natural Volume Lip Gloss in Optimism (sheer shimmering golden beige), Argan Oil, and Argan Illuminizer in Gold. Don’t forget skincare! Try the all natural line of cosmetics and skin care products by Puriva that feature the perfect three step skin care system derived from nature to prep your skin for a perfect, flawless makeup application. Visit for a full product and price guide. I, of course, have tried all of these collections mentioned, so if you would like your own private makeup lesson using these beautiful, high-end quality products, please contact me at 406-270-9842 to set your appointment! Have a happy and beautiful holiday season! ~Emily

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When this was done, the grocer handed each man one dollar and seventy-five cents. The next stop was the Five and Dime. Adam purchased a two-blade Barlow knife, a small metal car, a small doll, a toy hair brush, and a book of bedtime stories for the children. At the jewelry counter he found a small cameo necklace, an embroidered handkerchief, and a gaily colored silk head scarf. With twenty cents remaining, he walked back to the truck. The two men drove home in the dark. It started snowing on the way home. When Hank dropped him off at his door, Adam waved and said, “Goodnight and Merry Christmas.” Hank replied, “The same to you! Goodnight.” Home was a small house, with three rooms and a loft. His wife was sitting in the front room near the stove. She was sewing a new red dress for the youngest. Adam knew she had already completed a matching shirt for the boy, and he suspected that he, too, would receive a red shirt for Christmas. When Adam walked in, she set her sewing down and came to him. He handed her the sacks and returned outside to gather another armload of firewood. By the time he returned, she had emptied the bags. The feast laid spread before them. The children’s presents were on the table too. Her gifts were hidden in the game pocket of his old plaid wool hunting coat. She was speechless. The turkey was a complete surprise. He sat down on the bench near the door, took off his boots and rubbed some feeling back into his feet. Then he hung up his coat on the peg and moved to the table. She was smiling and shaking her head. She touched each of the yams. Then she turned, wrapped her arms around his neck, and kissed him. “You are a wonder,” she whispered. He reached into his pants pocket and retrieved the two dimes. These he placed in her palm. Then he kissed her back and replied, “It’s easy when you have the right inspiration.” They stood like that for some time. Outside, winter returned with a vengeance. Sleet and snow driven by the wind slapped at the windows, but they could not dampen the love and Christmas joy inside. Proverbs 31: 21- She is not afraid of the snow for her household. For all her household is clothed in scarlet. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!! R. Thomas Funk is a fourth generation Montanan and a life-long resident of the Flathead Valley. He and his wife, Glenda, have eighteen grandchildren.


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In that moment, the memories of 50-some years back engaged my every sense as though it were today. The smell of my mother walking in the house after work, By Margie Johnson the distinct scent of pine trees in her clothing, assailed my nose. Even my sad feelings of seeing her wearing sloppy wet cheap brown cotton ave you ever been handed a gift that gloves’ filled me, remembering the curved twine makes your heart leap? You know, ring on the outside of her glove. The glove’s a sudden transition that takes over fingertips were torn and the cloth that covered your very soul? Well, I have; actuher knuckles was worn. Clearly, I could see her ally, three times. sitting down in the wood chair beside the fire, The first time was unexpectedly on Christmas pulling off her thin rubber boots that buckled. morning in 1969 when our premature son, Travis, was tenderly placed in my arms. I They were the best she could afford. And, oh remember my protective hand stroking the my, the sight of her feet! The cold and dampsoft spot of his little head. Immediately, I had ness had built an inch of callus on her heels in to cover my quivering lips to hold back over- her improperly fitted footwear. Even the sight whelming tears of joy. I couldn’t believe how of her thick toenails was upsetting. And just as the gift of a child could instantly grip my heart. painful was seeing again the lines carved across I was entrusted with a soul to nurture. My her forehead. Worry must have been her companion the entire day. She heart leaped with joy. About three years later came an even more was over the age of fifty outstanding gift. My high school friend, Donna and exhausted. She was Bundrock Greenup, taught me The Gospel, a Montana woman who



the gift of Jesus Christ. Never before had anyone shared with me about having eternal life. My soul’s salvation was a free gift, and so undeserved. To this day, my heart still leaps in thankfulness when I worship Him. Those were the two most significant gifts ever given me. But I want to elaborate on another meaningful gift recently handed to me. First, allow me to explain the photos. My mother, Evelyn Hutton, is holding me. She passed away over 20 years ago. I was her 16th child and because I was her last, she gave me her Mother’s Ring. Next, notice Mary Johnson, whom you see in the photo handing me a small, red gift box; it contains a twine ring knife. (Shortly, I’ll explain.) Then notice the photo of me wearing my mother’s Mother Ring (a setting of sixteen stones!) along with that boxed twine ring that Mary gave me. Those two rings tell a story of contrast! How could receiving a cheap, aluminum twine ring hold any sentiment when compared to my mother’s valuable Mother’s Ring? Certainly, having 16 children is work, but the twine ring represented her work also. My mother worked in the Christmas tree yard. And when Mary handed me that twine ring, the strangest thing happened. Immediately, my heart fell… or leaped. I’m not sure which way it went, but the gift grasped my heart. J A N U A RY 2 0 12

physically worked hard, and that was only one job of the many she did to help raise her 16 children. After Mary gave me the twine ring and I returned home, I slipped both rings on my fingers. The truth about why my senses had overwhelmed me finally hit me. My mother wasn’t the type of woman to wear a beautiful piece of jewelry. She was about bringing a paycheck home to provide. That’s how I remember her. And for that reason all my senses leading to my heart were engaged. My sad memories mingled with my gladness to receive this ring suddenly became too much. As a nine-year-old child, I was unable to comprehend my mother’s hard work, but Mary Johnson had. In fact, she spoke with such respect for my mother that she made me miss her. So I phoned Mary and asked to visit her; I wanted to know what the Christmas tree yard work was all about.

This is what Mary told me of her personal experience working in the Christmas tree yard. She worked from 1943 to 1960 while raising her three children. She shared how during the war years (during WWII) many men, like her husband, Jim, went off to serve their country and because there was then a shortage of men, women were hired to do many jobs. At first she actually helped haul trees into the yard to be baled so they could be placed on the railroad and shipped down South. Later she ran the office and then became the Christmas tree Yard Manager. But she said being Yard Manager didn’t really mean anything because you helped out wherever you were needed. Mary valued the hard work because it helped carve out a living for her family during some financially difficult years. She explained that with winter approaching parents worried about having food, warm mittens and snow boots for their children. Also, money was needed for Christmas. Parents wanted to buy for their children and didn’t want them to go without. Mary said she worked side by side with my mother, baling thousands of Christmas trees together. There was a lot to handling Christmas trees; it was tough work and often cold and wet. Work in the Christmas tree yard was only seasonal work. Trees could be cut, usually in October, only after the first frost. After the trees were hauled to the yard, they set a bundle on two sawhorses, tied the trees in a bale wrapping them with twine, then yanking up, they cut the twine with the ring on their finger. They then sawed off the trunk-end of the bale bundles. Bales were then colored tagged according to size, from 2 to 8 feet long. Work needed to be finished by the first part of December because trees were shipped out by railroad south to states like Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Florida. Libby even shipped some trees to servicemen in places like Cuba and The Philippians so they could have a tree for Christmas. But the largest amount railroaded out of Libby was 25 carloads; there were 5,000 trees to a carload. This gives an idea of the magnitude of business for a small town like Libby. Like my mother, Mary too, was a hard working Montana woman. She is also a beautiful Christian woman! Thank you, Mary, for giving me a small gift box that contained a huge meaning. It truly grasped my heart. Margie Johnson is a Montana native who owns and operates a home decorating business, “Decorating on a Dime” in Libby. She is the author of two books and speaks at retreats and women’s groups on topics including grief, life cycles, romance and marriage. Margie can be reached at (406) 293-7196 or by email at





eing that eccentric who grinds her own golden flax seeds as part of a breakfast cereal ritual, I understandably reacted feverishly to the recent announcement in a magazine chiding flax to move aside for the new seed in town—Chia. “Chia? As in the Chia pet that sprouts hair?” asked my daughter to whom I zapped an e-mail with the latest health alert. I shudder to think that the product may stem from the same plant that once grew on those troll-like dolls we all poured water over to watch the weedy hair grow. But after my gastronomic experience over two days of one dose per day, I am beginning to think the plant seed just might stem from the same. Better to not go there, I thought while contemplating the publication of this story. On second thought, let’s. I just might save you from yourself. Chia originated as a staple of the Aztecs and Mayans, and has been rediscovered for its health benefits that include increased energy, lowering of cholesterol, and a valuable source of Omega-3 acids that contribute to heart health. There is almost double the amount of antioxidant in a serving of Chia seeds as in a serving of blueberries, so Chia pets tout. Chia has no flavor whatsoever and is easily digested. For some. Enthusiastic to try the ancient sacred seed, I sprinkled it on my cereal flakes along with the usual flax and oat bran; Lord knows, I am no foreigner to fiber. Ever since my dear mother passed away from

colon cancer, I have vowed to spend my final days struggling through some other form of demise. Hence, I enjoy abundant amounts of not only the aforementioned cereal supplementation, but in addition, daily blueberries, banana, almonds, a combination quinoa, mushroom, and black bean bowl for lunch, and a salad at dinner consisting of raw collard greens, black kale, chard, cabbage, and spinach. Fiber is my friend. Perhaps my naïve addition of the recommended one tablespoon of Chia seeds was the straw that broke the camel’s abdomen. Possibly there is such a thing as too much fiber-or was it simply this seed? Throughout the duration of the day I suffered from cramping as I swelled, only to be intermittently relieved by attacks of gas. I felt like I’d just chugged a tall glass of lemon juice and baking soda and would soon give birth, even though I am far beyond childbearing age. Chia may be better for you than its forerunner, but what good will added health benefits be when I cannot leave the house, even armed with Beano? I refuse to sacrifice the nutty flavor of flax for flatulence. Researching further, I found the list of adverse side effects: Chia seeds can lower diastolic blood pressure to an alarming degree, and if you take aspirin or plan on surgery you need to ask your doctor before eating Chia seeds since they can thin your blood. Whenever I read this caveat, I picture the ambulance driver finding the card in my wallet, as I am loaded onto the gurney while unconscious. Written in red ink: I eat Chia seeds—kindly wait two weeks before performing surgery. Lastly, the imbiber of Chia seeds is admonished to take “breaks” between cycles of ingestion since—get this—the seed can be addictive. How would I crave something that tastes like absolutely nothing? It’s not See’s dark chocolate nougats or Kashi’s Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip cookies, after all. Would I grow dependent upon the notion that this one teeny tablespoon, as painful as it is to my digestive tract, might cure what might in the future ail me? Perhaps, when all is said and done, it is the personality of the purchaser of such seeds that should be labeled, ahem, addictive. Forget Chia; I’ll just add a couple of tablespoons of flax oil to my salad. Kathleen Clary Miller is the author of over 350 essays and stories that have appeared in such publications as Newsweek Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, The Hartford Courant, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, Orange Coast Magazine, Missoula Living Magazine, Flathead Living Magazine, The Johns Hopkins Memory Bulletin, and The Christian Science Monitor. For two years, she was a regular columnist for The Missoulian and now appears on their “Missoula Mom” Blog. Her column “High on the Wild” appears in the Pines Literary Journal and her column “Peaks and Valleys” appears in Montana Woman Magazine. She has contributed to National Public Radio’s On Point. She lives in Huson, Montana. Visit Kathleen Clary Miller’s blog to read other stories:


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NAP! That is the sound of a rubber band that has been stretched to its limits and then springs back into shape. Have you ever felt you were stretched further than you thought was possible? The description of a resilient and bounce back person is one who is able to overcome or learn from adversity or challenges in life. In other words, snap back when stressed or overcoming obstacles. Failure is Okay It is important that kids know that failure is temporary and we may have an opportunity to use the learning experience later in life. Just because an exam, job, game or friendship did not work out, it does not mean the person is a failure. Often, it is just a matter of timing. We all have disappointments, setbacks and failures in our lives.  It is part of the human condition and a major way that we learn how to function in life.  However, many hang on to their failures and become very comfortable with them as a reason for not trying or risking in case of a success. It may be imperative that you learn to move out of your old comfort zone of negativity and low expectations in order to recognize the lessons learned. Think of the difficulties you experience as a challenge, not a paralyzing event. Every single one of us has experienced loss.  Some loss is more complicated or traumatic than others, but it is still loss. Those who learn to become bounce-back people have gained the ability to recognize that bad experiences are temporary.

others overcome adversity and develop a mindset of resiliency. Set Goals - The importance of written goals is astounding. Bounce back people set up a plan to move forward and make changes. You will want to use the SMART method to make goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.  Set goals for the day, week, month, year and lifetime.  Write them down and you will be surprised at how many you will achieve. Be Grateful - As you focus on all that you have, you will be given even more.  When you notice all the things that are going right in your life, the negative situations will not hold as much power over your thoughts. The more you appreciate, the more you have to appreciate. Self-Awareness Quiz 1. Can you re-frame past hurts into lessons learned? 2. Are there people or events that you need to forgive and let go? 3. Will you make a list of 100 things you are grateful for? Life can be difficult, but I have confidence in your ability to become a more resilient and a bounce-back person.  You will want to claim your free report today at  Judy is a Parent Educator, family coach, and keynote speaker who has written more than 20 book , hundreds of articles and speaks internationally on family, parenting and relationship issues. Visit www.ArtichokePress. com for a full listing of her books and workshops.

How to Become Resilient There have been some amazing scientific studies done to establish a method of handling disappointment without becoming overwhelmed. The Kauai Longitudinal Study studied what helped people to bounce back from some overwhelming situations. They called them protective factors and you can add them to your life, too. Resiliency is a life skill and like all life skills can be learned and taught. Just like riding a bike, you can learn to bounce back from adversity. Here are some ideas that I have found helpful… Make Friends and Connections - As you extend your social circle and find those who are supportive, you will find that you can put your problems into a new prospective.  Just being able to have a sounding board helps you to brainstorm new solutions to problems. Read Self-Help or Motivational Books - As you fill your mind with positive thoughts, you will naturally be guided towards positive solutions.  When you read about someone else being brave, it gives you more courage. Empower yourself to spend time and energy focusing on situations and events that you have control over. Watch and read how J A N U A RY 2 0 12






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Where to Go What's a Girl to Do! By JenniferSteven The Glasgow area is well known for dinosaurs, great fishing and hunting, but did you know that it’s an oasis for premier spa and salon services? The locals are well aware of this and having your nails done or getting a pedicure is about as routine as going to the dentist, (only a lot more fun!). One gal explained that the weather probably has something to do with it along with the lifestyle out this way. “Winters are long and hard, and those of us that live on ranches, life is rugged and we don’t get to town as often, so when we DO head in, we really enjoy getting seeing our friends and taking care of ourselves..Plus we only have three months of sandal weather in the summer, so we have to make it count!” So take a cue from the locals and when you next find yourself headin’ this way, take a bit of extra time to enjoy some five star pampering in a quaint friendly Montana town. Oh, and please make sure to tell them you read about them in this fine publication!(Thanks!)


Who knew you could get a top-of-the-line facial with Éminence Organic Skin Care products from Hungary in Glasgow! Sharon Nickels’ is the one of the nicest people you will ever meet and her charming personality and welcoming smile extends to the rest of the staff at Mirror Image Salon. Her facials are truly out-of-this-world. Private quarters, soothing music, warm wraps, aromatic blends, the works... She pampers your skin and sends you home with generous samples of the Éminence products that were used during your luxurious treatment. For the Ultimate Facial, she even massages your hands and feet during your session. (How cool is that!) She is located at Mirror Image Salon 423 1st Avenue South in Glasgow 406.228.2330. Ultimate Facial $65


Walking to Dennis Baadsgaard Massage Therapy Studio, you will instantly relax. This is no regular run-of-the-mill massage. This is a highly refined technical manipulation that a star athlete would expect. Dennis is long time professional dedicated to working your muscles into a relaxing putty. (BTW He is THE go-to guy and works with people of all ages.) His studio is located at 330 4th Avenue South in Glasgow and his number is 406.228.4362. Cell 406.263.4362. $50 J A N U A RY 2 0 12


Allison Nichols over at the fabulous Headquarters Salon is so soughtafter that there is a three month wait list for one of her famous two hour pedicures. She knows her feet! She can be found at 216 5th Street South.406.228.2161. $40


Using essential oils, working with pressure points and using heat treatments for problem areas, Kareen has developed a loyal following. Her 1 1/2 hour treatment will leave your body feelings anew. Kurrent Konnection Therapy Kareen Nicol 406.228.4068 $40


For those of you that are new to the area, the Cottonwood is a fantastic place to stay out this way. It has all the modern amenities you’ve come to expect along with knowledgeable staff is who are a great resource for the local inside track in the Glasgow, Ft. Peck area. They’ll even cook your catch of the day after a successful day of fishing! 406.228-8213.


After all the relaxing treatments, a girls gotta eat! You must try Eugene’s Pizza. Located in the Big G Shopping Center, their homemade pizza is routinely overnighted out of state. (It’s that good!)They’re open from 4pm-11pm. Top favs are the BBQ Chicken or Volcano pizza. 193 Klein Avenue 406.228.8552 M O N TA N AW O M A N . C O M 5 5




very New Year, we say we’re going to do things better than we did last year, right? We vow to get more done, save more money, find ways to spend more time with our loved ones… spend more time on what REALLY matters. How did that work out for you last year? (Yeah… me too.) Sometimes hiring things done is more efficient and more affordable in the long run. I recently spoke with Dani Ruther of “Can’t You Just Do It For Me?” for some tips on getting things done-both on our own and by getting someone else to do it for you. Dani offers a myriad of services to business owners and individuals. For business owners, she likes to do the things that she is good at doingbusiness startup, accounting and administrative services, data entry, public relations and marketing, computer assistance and technical support-so that the business owner can focus on the things that they do well; the reason they started their business anyway, the one that makes them money. For individuals, she provides personal support, computer assistance, and tutoring to help make their busy lives more enjoyable. Her best clients are busy people who are trying to do it all. “My stepdad taught me that a good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. Often we put things off because conditions aren’t perfect, but often doing something is better than doing nothing,” says Dani. Dani seems to be one of the busiest people I’ve ever met, so it makes sense that she is organized and efficient-she has to be. She started her business in 2010 when she was looking for a niche that wasn’t being serviced in the area and that would give her the flexibility to continue her education. While going to school, she volunteered and found herself with a couple of clients doing bookkeeping and research. Dani offers both virtual and onsite services. Her fees vary by the project and client, but she is happy to discuss anyone’s need and budget to help develop an affordable solution. Clients are often pleasantly surprised at how affordable the final result was and wonder why they waited so long to ask for help. Dani graduated with honors from Flathead Valley Community College in 2008. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from University of Phoenix and she is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Business, with a concentration in Marketing. “I am a firm believer in not attempting to reinvent the wheel,” Dani says. “There are resources available for nearly everything. Being solution oriented, instead of focusing on the problem at hand, can help accomplish more.” Dani was expecting her second child (a girl) at the time of the interview, and she has a 7-year old son in second grade. “I love children and have coached baseball and basketball in Whitefish and I teach lessons for the Big Mountain Ski Club.” (See what I mean about her being so busy?) Dani Ruther can be contacted at (406) 871-4525, or via email



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Any New Year advice? “Instead of making a New Year’s Resolution, pick a word for the year to help guide your actions. If you need to get more organized, think ‘release’ (as in releasing possessions no longer needed and emotions that are holding you back). If you want to lose weight, think ‘health’. New Year’s resolutions work for most for only a short period of time because they don’t address what an individual really needs-so just pick a word and run with it.” Here’s wishing all Montana Woman readers good health and happiness in 2012! Mary Wallace is an independent representative for Signature Homestyles offering home organizing and décor workshops. She is also the founder of the first Freecycle™ group in Montana. You can reach her at or visit her websites: signaturehomestyles. biz/mw9182 or

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By Colette Gross

otential. Seeing the potential in something is a wonderful thing. Part of the fun of my going on road trips and digging through junk and piles of discarded, worn items, is seeing the potential in them!

I fell in love with this poor, patched up mohair sofa sitting forlornly in a corner, covered up with old clothes, a broken mannequin, toys and old shoes. But I saw the luscious fabric, and after uncovering the sofa, I saw the gorgeous lines. Potential! I did a thorough assessment of its sturdiness, and because this piece is from the early 1930’s, it is extremely well constructed, with hand detailing. It was built with pride and the knowledge that it would need to last a lifetime. The beauty of antique pieces is that, structurally, furniture was built with attention to detail; and the old saying, “they don’t build them like they used to,” is very true.

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This well loved piece deserved a new life and my vision was a gorgeous ruffled slipcover that would give this shabby sofa a new life! A slipcover is the affordable solution to reinventing a “much loved” piece. The piece sparked my cre-8-ivity and became the centerpiece for my heavenly Christmas vignette in my shop! So don’t forget to look for the potential in items in your home, as you just might find an item to reinvent or recreate! All the best, Colette, ShopGirl






012 is almost upon us and we are starting to focus on New Year’s resolutions. Some people feel like “failures” because in past years they have been unable to succeed in actually manifesting their goals, and are at a loss as to how to make their dreams come true. The good news is that there is a powerful way to create your life on purpose with passion and intentional success! Here are some steps to see your goals come to fruition: 1. THOUGHT AND BELIEF: Identify your desires and goals. Thought is the power. Thought always comes first and then the response or action. Put your attention on your intention. What you think and believe, you receive. A famous person once said, “Think you can, think you can’t, either way you’re right.” Have an unquestioning belief in the power of your true Self. 2. VISUALIZATION: Every reality begins with a vision. Create an image of your desire in the first person, present tense. Ask yourself, “How do I know I got what I want?” Imagine yourself achieving the END RESULT, like you are watching a movie of yourself. Then step into your body and see it from your own eyes. Add the sounds. 3. EMOTION: Add the feeling to your visualization and ask yourself, “How does it feel to have what I want in this moment?” Emotion is the rocket fuel to attract what you want. Understand that you ARE worthy of living in joy, peace, contentment, and love and that you deserve to achieve your goals. 4. GRATITUDE: This is the glue that bonds the manifestation to you. Be grateful for what you have in the present moment. “Like” energy attracts “like” energy and if you feel you are not in a lack of anything you will attract more of what you desire. 5. COMMIT 100%: List the steps necessary to attain the goal. Commit to walking, talking, breathing, and holding even your body language as if your dreams were here NOW.


6. FAITH: Really believe and affirm that it is your Divine birthright to achieve all of your goals. Have faith and continue to affirm and state that it is so. Maintain it as being true, even in the face of all evidence to the contrary. Repeating affirmations is leading the mind to that state of consciousness where it accepts that which it wishes to believe. Raise your “vibrational frequency” to be in absolute harmony with what you want. 7. ALLOWANCE: Allow the magic to take place! Detach from your attachment to the results and let go of the “who, what, when, how and where” it will happen. At this point, you are in the field of all possibilities. Let go of resistance, fear, and the past conditioning... relinquish control, knowing that your thoughts and desires have already been set in motion. Kathryn Edler is an avid seeker and teacher of personal and spiritual growth. She has a degree in psychology and certifications in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Hypno-anesthesiology, Medical Hypnosis and Past Life Regression, and is a Reiki Practitioner. She assists others to deliberately achieve their dreams by living life on purpose with a passion and intentional success.

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I sign my business correspondence “Laugh and learn”. Personal Example: “Love” is fine for family members and close friends. For others, some choices are “Yours Truly”, “Regards”, “Warm Regards”, or “With love”.



When you sign your name, make the autograph neat enough to read easily-so you they know it’s coming from you.

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hould I write a thank you note? The answer is usually “yes.”

A hand-written thank you note is one of the most thoughtful and relationshipenriching of traditions. The thank you note communicates appreciation, acknowledges the efforts of another person, and expresses sincere gratitude. According to Emily Post, “When asked if a thank you note should be written, the answer is usually ‘yes’.” The question is not “if ” you should write a thank-you note, but, “how?” Both business and personal thank you notes have the same basic elements: Greeting, Gratitude, Connection, Appreciation, and Good Bye. How to Write a Thank You Note 1. Greeting The grand master of relationships, Dale Carnegie, advocated using a person’s name in conversation and correspondence. Greet the person you are thanking by name. Business Example: Dear [Name of person:] Personal Example: “Dear” may seem too formal. If you know the person well, use “Hi John,”; “Hello Sarah,” or, begin with their first name, followed by a comma (,). Choose a salutation appropriate for your relationship with the giver. Seniors may desire a more formal salutation. For example, a note to my grandmother would begin “Dear Mrs. Brown,” if you wrote it. A note to my grandmother would begin: “Mimi,” if I wrote it. 2.

Gratitude and Application Express your gratitude. Then describe how you use their gift… the application. What do you like? How will you use, or benefit from, their generosity? Business Example: “Thank you speaking to our association. We really appreciate your willingness to share the top three marketing tips with our members. I especially enjoyed learning about your family’s business. I’ve already put two of your ideas to use promoting our new services.” Personal Example: “The warm gloves are J A N U A RY 2 0 12

a perfect gift for a long Montana winter. I’m using them each morning to drive to work and am reminded of your thoughtfulness.” The gratitude and application paragraph(s) of the thank you note are where we express how much we value their generosity and why. It’s a great place to personalize the “thanks”. 3. Connection Describe your connection with the giver. Mention something important to them such as family or achievement. What’s your relationship? What is your past together? What do you hope for your future together? Business Example: It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since we met at the National Convention in Orlando. I’m so glad we’ve been able to stay in touch over the years. Personal Example: Look forward to spending time with you and the kids this summer in Montana. The connections paragraph establishes why you value the giver. It can highlight your past together, or, may acknowledge something personal/ special to them.

Gratitude is Good for You Being thankful has proven to have a positive impact on your well-being. A recent Wall Street Journal article cited research indicating that adults who feel grateful have, “more energy, more optimism, more social connections and more happiness than those who do not... ” Take time to express your gratitude with a thank you note. Get it in the mail and become an active participant in the act of expressing your thanks with a hand-written note. Is it time for you to send a thank you note? The answer is definitely, “Yes”. Jeri Mae Rowley, MS Human Resource Management and saddle maker’s daughter delights audiences with her unique brand of Western Wit and Wisdom for Your Workplace.™ Please visit her website: www.jerimaerowley. com and learn more about her growing menu of speaking and training products.

4. Appreciation “Thank you again for…” It’s not overkill to say “thanks” again. So say it. 5. Good Bye Like the salutation, your sign off is based on the nature of your relationship with the giver and who the giver is (status in organization, their generation, how long you’ve known them…) Business Example: “Sincerely”, “With Sincere Appreciation”, or your personal business sign off. M O N TA N AW O M A N . C O M




Provided By Lesley Fix, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

getting the maximum benefit from your plan. As you begin to review your 401(k), your first question should probably be this: “How much should I contribute?” At the very least, try to put in enough to receive your employer’s matching contribution, if one is offered. If you don’t earn this match, you are essentially walking away from “free money”. Beyond this, though, the amount you put into your 401(k) might depend on what other retirement savings vehicles you have available.


our 401(k) offers tax-deductible contributions, tax-deferred growth of earnings potential and a variety of investment options so it’s a great tool for building retirement savings. Yet like all tools, your 401(k) must be used properly to get the best results. That’s why you should review your 401(k) at least annually and make whatever adjustments are needed. Depending on where you work, you may get some 401(k) review help from your plan provider. But if that assistance isn’t available, you might want to consult with a financial professional to make sure you’re

For instance, if you’re eligible, you you’ve had your account for five years and don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re 59½. Of course, it’s not only how much you put into your 401(k) that determines its success it’s also Member SIPC

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how you choose to allocate your investment dollars. (Keep in mind that asset allocation does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss.) Your 401(k) may have a dozen or more investment choices, such as stock funds, bond funds and money market funds. To choose the right investment mix, you’ll need to consider a variety of factors, including these: Your age - Generally speaking, the younger you are, the more aggressive you can afford to be with your 401(k) investments, because you’ll have decades in which to potentially overcome the inevitable down periods of the market. As you get older, you may wish to invest somewhat more conservatively, but you’ll still need some growth potential in your 401(k) portfolio. Your goals - Everyone has different goals for retirement. You might want to retire early and travel the world, while your co-worker desires to work as long as possible and then, upon retirement, stay close to home and pursue hobbies. Because you each have different goals, with different income needs, you also may need to follow different investment strategies within your 401(k). Your other retirement income sources - If you have a variety of retirement income sources a pension from another job, an IRA, a spouse with generous retirement benefits you may need to invest differently, perhaps less aggressively, than if you had fewer options for retirement income. Apart from putting away as much as you can into your 401(k) and choosing the right investment mix, what else can you do to get the most out of your plan? Here’s a suggestion: If you have worked at various jobs and acquired multiple 401(k)s, consider rolling them over into one account. You might save money on fees and reduce paperwork, but more importantly, you’ll be able to concentrate your resources and pursue a unified investment approach, with your investment dollars working together toward your ultimate retirement goals. As you can see, a 401(k) review and rollover can reward you in many ways so do whatever it takes to maximize your 401(k)’s performance.

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REAL ESTATE By Chris Noel, Broker

NODOUBT LAND COMPANY, KALISPELL, MT NoDoubt Land Company, Kalispell, MT THERE IS NODOUBT that Northwest Montana is one of the most incredibly beautiful and fun places to live in the world! Whether you are looking for the perfect place for your permanent home, the ultimate recreational area for vacationing or a sound investment, THIS IS IT! THERE IS NODOUBT that the Flathead Valley has something to offer everyone! Four glorious seasons, excellent schools, medical facilities and world class recreational opportunities. From Flathead Lake to Glacier National Park, the views and lifestyles are AWESOME! Steve Middlesworth and Chris Noel, Broker/Owners of NoDoubt Land Company in Kalispell, have over 40 years combined real estate sales experience. Both have achieved their Graduate of Real Estate Institute designation and are members of the NW Montana Association of Realtors. This allows them to assist you on any property listed, regardless of the listing company. Working as a team, Steve and Chris provide the personalized service you deserve! They are hard working Montanans who believe in honesty, commitment and integrity. They also love showing people the area and strive to make the process as fun as possible!

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ELEGANT vintage home totally renovated with a French Flair. Every room is a work of art! Two Trout Streams, historic outbuildings, artesian well and pasture lands enhance this unique find! Located in the East Flathead Valley famous for its excellent soils and stunning views. Perfect for livestock, organic farming or for those seeking the ultimate in country living. $799,000 / MLS#309356 Steve Middlesworth 406-253-8886 Chris Noel 406-261-7008 Brokers/Owners 866-410-6638 Toll Free 406-257-7456 FAX 1103 S Main St., Kalispell PO Box 10962, Kalispell MT 59904 email:

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By Rhonda Young


t’s gotten too cold for me to do much outside so I have turned my computer on once again to tell you of the things I’ve been up to. It’s been two years since we moved into town and I am still working on reducing, or re-using, stuff I’ve collected over the years. One of the biggest accomplishments was the completion of the fence dividing the back yard of our unit from the other side of the duplex. I love how it turned out. My favorite part is the gate, designed by me and using some of my driftwood I’ve been carting around from place to place. My husband wasn’t sure it was

going to work but now that it’s done he thinks I’m a genius! Another piece has been turned into a planter by my front door, planted with Hens and Chicks. I just knew this piece had potential. It just took me a while to figure what for. I had rescued it from the burn pile at our old place because it had so much character. It spent two winters on the front porch over in the corner leaning up against an old willow chair that someday I’ll figure out what to do with. And then it came to me. I spent a couple of

weekends back in August helping one of my husband’s customers rip out a bunch of perennials so that she could expand her lawn area. Her castoffs are finding new life in my yard. Good timing, too, since I had just completed my little rock retaining area using found materials from my other property. My husband thought I was crazy for hauling all that rock here. But I just knew I could put it to good use! And next year, the back fence line will be lush with plantings I gleaned thanks, Jackie! My tomatoes did pretty well this year. I only planted two plants because I had some volunteers from the year before. It was from the volunteers that I had the biggest source of green tomatoes, but that’s ok because I was determined to try the Green Tomato Relish my friend Pam had raved about. She promised that once I tried it, I would never go back to pickle relish again. She’s right! I’m glad to have used up my green ‘maters but it was a grueling process. Next year, I’m going to try the Green Tomato Pie recipe that I found. And check out my little patio extension reusing bricks. I found a small stash at Habitat

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for Humanity and lined them with, yep, you guessed it, bricks hauled from my other place that had been sitting unused for several years. I might not have gotten as far along in my reducing stage as I would have liked but I exceeded all expectations in the re-use arena! Rhonda Young has been a Realtor, an Appraiser and a Building Assistant. She is an inveterate DIY’er always looking for a better way to do things while Reducing, Reusing and Recycling. She can be reached at

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Heating Tips from the ThermoCouple When you think of sleek sexy projects, HVAC is probably the last industry to pop into your mind. We have seen some pretty stylish boiler and radiator designs out of Europe, because that is just how they roll over there; it is always about form and function to their engineers. But leave it to two ex-Apple engineers to bring sleek and sexy to of all things, a thermostat. That’s right: the minds behind the iPod are applying their knowhow to a new smart thermostat called the Nest, and yes, it utilizes that famous click wheel technology. It retails for $245 and will be available online and at box store outlets, but professional installation is recommended.



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MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE! Residual Income is a dependable income that keeps coming in, month after month. It’s vital that you have a consistent income because every month you have bills to pay, and every year, taxes are due. Being self-employed is critically important to each and everyone because it allows you to have a Plan B with Residual Income that you can count on, month after month. This income guarantees that if times get tough, your Plan B comes in to action. If you wish to lead yourself to true Residual Income and have a Plan B for you and your family, then take action! It is rewarding to be a leader inYOUR life — especially when you realize its long-term and far-reaching effects. Only those who think in the “long-term” have the ability to be great leaders. Those who think in the “here and now” often trade the future for more immediate but less fulfilling benefits. Leaders must be trustworthy. They must know where they are going. A TRUE LEADER TAKES STEPS TO DISCOVER WHAT IS BEST FOR OTHERS, AND THEN STEPS OUT TO LEAD PEOPLE IN THAT DIRECTION.


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ow exciting to be among the elite Montana Woman Magazine contributors. I am flattered and honored to be able to join you each month to answer your questions about all topics important to you! Send me an email with your question at askpen@montanaeoman.cpm... Ask away! Dear Penelope: I have a chicken that eats her eggs after she has laid them. Why does she do this and how do I get her to stop this awful habit? Sincerely, Trouble in the hen house Dear Trouble: Oh, you poor dear. I have the perfect solution to your problem. This falls under animal husbandry and, honey, I know a lot about any kind of husbandry after all, I have had six of them! But, that’s a story for another time and another place. Let’s get back to your problems and save mine for another day. Let’s start by talking about the solution and then I will get down to why your little hen is eating her eggs. The solution goes something like this: Stew: 1 (2½ pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces (She is about 2½ lbs. – no? If not, maybe you have another trouble maker in the bunch?) 3 ribs of celery, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 1 teaspoon of your favorite chicken seasoning 1 (10¾ ounce) can condensed cream of celery or cream of chicken soup Dumplings: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt Ice Water To start the chicken: Place the nasty ole’ hen with the celery, onion and seasoning in a large pot. Add 4 quarts of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer the chicken until she’s nice and tender and the thigh juices run clear, approximately 40 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot and when it is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and separate the meat from the bones. Return the chicken meat to the pot. Keep warm over low heat. To prepare the dumplings: Mix the flour with the salt and mound together in a mixing bowl. Beginning at the center of the mound, drizzle a small amount of ice water over the flour. Using your fingers, and moving from the center to the sides of the bowl, gradually incorporate about ¾ cup of ice water. Knead the dough and form it into a ball. J A N U A RY 2 0 1 2

Dust a good amount of flour onto a clean work surface. Roll out the dough (it will be firm), working from the center to 1/8-inch thick. Let the dough relax for several minutes. Cut dough into 1 inch squares. Add the cream soup and dumplings to the pot with the chicken and simmer gently over medium-low heat. My dear, you will be so warm and full from this delicious surprise that the mean ole’ nasty cannibal chicken will only be a distant memory… until you have leftovers, that is! The answer as to why that poor chicken is eating her eggs? Well, I have heard that it can be any number of things including the nests being overcrowded or the eggs not being collected often enough. And another reason, and an important one: they need plenty of water or they may eat their eggs looking for the liquid. Speaking of liquid, I better pour myself a glass of wine to ponder this subject further! Good luck, my little chickadee! ~ Penelope Penelope and her seven dogs enjoy the life of a ranch woman along Montana’s Hiline. Several ranch hands (which might explain her having had six husbands at the tender age of 40-something, but doesn’t look a day over 36!), a housekeeper and a cook allow Penelope the time to devote to helping others with their problems. Her free time is spent at the spa, vacationing around the world, and managing the ranch hands. She has never had the urge to have children as that would truly interfere with her “all about me” lifestyle. We encourage you to write in questions that you need answered. Penelope may shock you from time to time, but she will always find your answer!

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appy New Year, darlings! I hope 2012 brings you exquisite jewels, fashionable clothing, much sought after shoes and “to die for” purses. Most of all, I hope this new year blesses you and those around you with good taste. That is the topic I would like to discuss with you this month. I am sad to report that our society is fast becoming people fashion followers. Let’s face it, my dears; it is expensive being a woman. What woman doesn’t absolutely love a frequent manicure and pedicure? The rewarding (but painful) waxing sessions can make even a Debbie Downer smile. This “all about me” time makes one feel “put together” and confident. Unfortunately, all the beauty services in the world cannot take the place of good taste. I would like to share a few pointers that I have learned over the years. Ladies, keep in mind that sweats do not count as leisure wear. It is one thing if you are doing yard work around the house, but to go to a social engagement in sweats falls under the category of “poor taste”. My advice is to dress for the occasion. Looking your best doesn’t mean that you need to be overdressed or underdressed. There is a time and a place for every outfit-it is your job to learn to figure out what is appropriate.

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A classic style and proper garment choice make you and your wardrobe acceptable at all functions. Knowing your size is just as important as knowing how to dress for the occasion. Wearing clothing that is too big or too tight is hardly ever a good idea. I want to know who invented jeggings, those awful legging jeans. I haven’t seen one person who actually looks good in them. Ill-fitting attire gives the impression that you are careless. Don’t even get me started on the distasteful people who find it okay to have their underwear showing, especially the kind that really does resemble dental floss. Not everything that is fashionable is appropriate for every figure. Pick outfits that are comfortable and at the same time enhance your silhouette. It is just as important to remember your age. Contrary to popular belief, dressing like a teenager when you’re in your thirties (and beyond) does not make you look younger. Dressing according to your age will make you more attractive if you pay attention to the details like color, fabric and style. Although today’s fashion allows the combination of different colors and fabrics, it is still important to make it match. What you are wearing should actually go well together. While we are on the topic, choose colors that complement your lovely complexion and bring out your beautiful eyes, versus tones that make you fade into the background. If you are unsure of which colors are right for you, my darlings, there is a simple way to help make the correct choice... look in the mirror before you embrace your day. Take a few extra moments before leaving the house to twirl in front of the mirror-this will help you avoid being the talk of the town… in a negative way. My final tip is to pay attention to the inside. It doesn’t matter how stunning you look if you carry around the extra baggage of bitterness, unforgiveness, envy, prejudice and hatred; these will overshadow even the most fabulous outfit. That, my darlings, is the worst fashion no-no of all. Wishing you all the best in 2012. Here’s hoping your inside matches your gorgeous outside! Ta Ta,

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recently read a great metaphor for weddings. The author compared the “Will you marry me” question to a piñata. “Once it’s been busted with a squealing, ‘Yes!’ thousands of little queries fall out.” Too true, too true. Before you know it the happy couple is being put on the spot: What’s your favorite color? What’s your theme? Where’s the reception and ceremony?, and so on. The questions seem never ending. Here are the top three things to focus on that make the rest of the answers fall into place. Accomplish these before you attend a wedding shower, and instead of feeling overwhelmed, you will feel in control and find the experience much more enjoyable and pertinent:

the bride’s and bridesmaids’ dresses. Then go to your local flower shop and ask for the top 3-5 locations in your area. Flower shops deliver everywhere so they’ve seen most locations. Don’t be afraid to use their knowledge. A sign of a great florist is one that is happy to help and, even better, has pictures of the locations. 3. Again, use your florist. Ask whom they see most frequently delivering cakes and catering events. And as long as you’re at it… ask what photographers they would suggest. A list of 3-5 names in each category will cut your time and headaches in half. Sure, you should still research them and look at their websites to determine which of them you’d like to make an appointment with, but that takes a lot less time than starting from scratch with no names or numbers. Follow these three simple steps and you’ll have a much more relaxed, enjoyable and rested time planning your wedding. From all of us at Glacier Wallflower & Gifts, have a wonderful day and remember to visit our website for all you floral needs. Also, keep in mind that your local food bank shelves are now empty. So do your best to help restock their shelves. If you bring you donations to Glacier Wallflower during the month of January you will receive 10% off instore purchases. Let’s make it a truly happy New Year, Montana! Lisa Levandowski owns and operates Glacier Wallflower in Columbia Falls. She shares monthly tips on decorating your home and office, and gives user-friendly insights into great craft ideas.

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1. Choose your date. Your date often determines your theme, colors, flowers and menu. For example, if you are having a spring wedding your colors are often pastel oriented, which affects the invitations and décor. Your wedding arrangements may include tulips, daffodils and hyacinthsflowers that are in season and as a result less expensive than other times of the year. As for your menu, it is often lighter serving zesty lemon asparagus with new potatoes, lamb and lavender ice cream. 2. Select your venue. Locations fill up fast; many are booked 1-2 years in advance. If you are not sure what’s available, first ask yourself if you want to get married inside or outside. This simple decision often influences J A N U A RY 2 0 12

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If your left ear itches, someone is criticizing you. ~ Beulah Gaither, Collinsville, IL Boys born on January 1st are lucky raising cattle. ~ Frank Stewart, Collinsville, IL It’s lucky to wear red garters on New Year’s Day. ~ Celine Stewart, Collinsville, IL It is bad luck to take something out of the house on January 1st. ~ Lloyd Gaither, Collinsville, IL In the cold of winter, Mother would close off the front room and we would use the small back room because it had a coal stove in it. It was always a chore because the stove would be taken out and stored for the summer. My two brothers and Dad would have to bring it in and put it back up, hopefully, without spilling too much soot. I can remember how excited we were when Mother informed Dad that it was time to bring in the stove. Dad groaned and Mother worried they would be careless and make a mess. All we could think of was that there would be buttered popcorn that night after supper. Suzanne McAllister is 77 years young and shares the many things she has learned and from whom she learned them in her column. She was born in the middle of the Depression and has seen many marvels in her lifetime. Soon to be published in a book titled, I Didn’t Get Old Being Stupid, Susie is looking forward to 23 years more. What else could anyone want… except what is around the corner?

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By Amy Grisak


y gardening life really took off in the herb garden, and it’s coming around full circle. Even though there’s snow on the ground-and too much of it in my book if there’s an inch-I’m planning my new herb garden. When I was little I spent quite a bit of free time reading books on herbal medicine and history, and at one time, I compiled a box of note cards with the herbs and their uses written on them. I’ve grown culinary herbs for years, including 2000 basil plants one year, but only lately has my interest in the medical aspects been sparked again. This is primarily due to my friend Jennephyr Reiche-Sterling, a fabulous herbalist whom I got to know better through the community gardens. Her business, Earth Heart Spirit LLC, instructs people on how to use plants for healing. She’s been teaching me what the plants can do for our health so I’ve decided to plant what I use in the teas and tinctures. I’ve picked out a location on the east side of the yard against the neighbor’s fence. It’ll be out of the way of the general traffic, but should do well over there since there’s at least a bit of protection with the neighbor’s trees. Plus, I want it to encompass the elderberry bushes I already have planted over there that struggle because of lack of water. I figure if I can include them in the plan, they’ll be watered more frequently and should finally take off. I started wild licorice last summer from seed pods I found in a pocket. It’s called “Jealous Wife” because its barbed pods cling to practically anything it touches. They germinated just fine so hopefully I’ll have healthy plants to put in the herb garden next spring. Licorice is my go-to herb for anything having to do with a sore throat. It’s also good as a decoction to control fevers in kids. Plus, Jennephyr has me taking a tincture with

flowers are exceptional for heart health. Since that’s an issue in my family, it’s a good thing to be proactive. The nice thing about hawthorns is they have beautiful blossoms in the spring and bright berries in the fall. The thorns can be nasty, but as long as I put it in a corner, it’ll be fine. I mentioned the elderberries earlier. Elderberry syrup, which you’ll find even in grocery stores these days, has powerful anti-viral properties. There have been studies with the Israeli army proving its effectiveness so it makes sense to have it on hand. I made a tincture of Echinacea and elderberries this fall to have on hand to fight off flu and cold viruses, but it would sure be nice to have my own supply so I can boil up some syrup, too. Echinacea is another must-have for the herb garden. It’s renowned for its immune building qualities. The roots are often used, although the leaves are effective, as well. I started several plants last year, and will plan on transplanting them this spring. Other plants I will include are: chamomile, yarrow, marshmallow (for coughs), elecampane, calendula, nettles (yes, they spread, but not if you eat ‘em fast enough), valerian, lavender, roses, comfrey, horehound, oats, red clover, meadowsweet and thyme. I know there will be more, but those jump to mind. It’s going to be a fun project to create the garden and install the plants, but it will be even better to know that I have all of these plants on hand to help keep my family healthy. One of Amy’s first culinary experiments was unsuccessfully trying to talk her siblings into eating creamed dandelion leaves. Since those early attempts, she has learned the art of cooking in quantity at the Izaak Walton Inn, and created surprising dishes using herbs and edible flowers at her former herb farm. Now her culinary and gardening adventures are chronicled on

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licorice in it that’s good for aiding my adrenal glands. With the frenetic lifestyle, it seems I’m running ‘em pretty hard, and need to take care of them so I don’t conk out along the way. I also need to buy a hawthorn tree. Jennephyr says they’re traditionally the heart of the garden, which is only logical since their leaves and J A N U A RY 2 0 12






By Lorraine Blackmer-Purdy


his recipe was handed down from my grandmother Martha Printz, who made this pie quite often due to the simple fact there was an abundance of Macintosh apples in the area as the Bitterroot used to be the ‘capital of the Macintosh. There was a large Applehouse north of Darby close to the railroad and they shipped apples all over the United States. For apple pie lovers who want the perfect tasting apple pie with a flaky crust – you will be in pie heaven. Using fresh apples, a homemade pie crust recipe, and the perfect blend of spices; this is the apple pie that is a true delight in every forkful. Give this recipe a try – it’s dandy!

and then divide in half. Roll each half to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Place crust in a pie plate, pressing evenly into the bottom and sides. Cut decorative patterns in the second half of the crust. Allow crust to rest while preparing apple filling.

Never Fail Pie Crust

1 tsp lemon juice

3c flour

1 tsp salt

½ tsp baking powder ½c butter

½ cold water

Pinch cinnamon


Fresh baked pie on Lorraine’s back porch.

Mix dry ingredients and cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Slowly add cold water, one tablespoon at a time, until crust mixture forms a ball. Sprinkle flour onto a rolling surface. Roll dough out,

Apple Filling

4 cups Macintosh apples ( pared and sliced ) 1 T flour

½ c sugar

¼ tsp nutmeg 2 T butter

( add if apples are not tart ) Mix cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar & flour in a small bowl. Layer apples, butter and sugar mixture in the pie plate – alternating between the three until all ingredients are used. Top with decorative upper pie crust. Using fingers pinch the top and bottom layer of crusts to form a seal. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake for an additional 15 – 20 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly. J A N U A RY 2 0 1 2



Bergie’ s Cafe 410 Sergeant St.(117 & Hwy2) Nashua, Montana 406-746-3441 Hours of Operation: Sunday 8am–8pm Monday 11am - 2pm Tuesday - Saturday 8am–8pm

his quaint restaurant nestled in eastern Montana is a breath of fresh air. The atmosphere is friendly and the staff graciously serves up Montana hospitality. The history of Bergie’s dates back to 1969 when Larry Bergstrom started offering simple wholesome food to his friends and neighbors in downtown Nashua. The family sold the business in 1991 and Bergie’s went through a number of owners. Then their son Shawn bought back the family business in June of 2001. Today Shawn carries on the family tradition of great food at fair prices.

her salad made up of a fresh bed greens (not iceberg) topped grilled chicken, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, feta cheeses and balsamic vinaigrette. We both decided it was mouthwatering and perfect! Sounds good? That’s not even the best part. Make sure you save room for dessert – homemade ice cream! You read correctly, they have six different flavors each day. The flavors include licorice, chocolate chip with cookies and cream, old-fashioned maple nut and other rotating daily flavors. Larry has come out of retirement to offer ice cream made from the freshest of ingredients. Real cream, fresh berries and other tempting ingredients makes the ice cream a must have for locals and visitors. This Montana food critic gives Bergie’s eight Stetson out of ten. If you are looking for casual dining after fishing or hunting or a meal on your way to the interpretive center or a simply an old fashioned Montana treat, make sure you check out Bergie’s. You will not be disappointed with the friendly customer service, quality of food and affordable prices. Let us know what was your favorite ice cream flavor!

Bergie’s café can easily be found on Highway 2 and 117 in Nashua. It is an unassuming café, but a very popular one. On most days, the parking lot is filled with trucks and other vehicles with local plates – where the locals eat – that is always a good sign. Upon entering Bergie’s you immediately notice the counter seating at the old fashioned soda fountain. The soda fountain dates back to the early 40’s when customer service was at the forefront . Just like days gone by there is plenty of booth and table seating as well. The menu offers something for everyone from sandwiches to salads. Being an all American girl I decided to go for the cheeseburger and fries. My mom always looking for something new decided on the balsamic chicken salad. Oh my goodness! Let me tell you all about our amazing lunch. I was in hamburger heaven with the juicy hand-formed burgers served on fresh toasted buns. Mom was just as ticked with

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I am excited to be joining the MONTANA WOMAN family. In future issues I will be discussing all topics dealing with food! However, this month I would like to take this opportunity to share a little of my HISTORY and how I became a Montana Woman.

’ve always been in the kitchen, watching the ladies make their sauces and seeing the men light up with their barbecue tales. I remember sitting in the kitchen listening to my mom and her mom arguing about some over-orunder spicing in various recipes. I also remember watching the Mexican nana’s roasting and grinding chilies; and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. I can’t sew, and I’m not artsy, but in the kitchen there are no rules; you just get to play… and with FOOD! Woo Hoo! I grew up in a little town called Huntington Beach, CA. My mom was a rock star at food. She loved making sure her family was well fed and healthy. While all the other kids got Twinkies and Ding-Dongs, I got home-made cookies and a well balanced lunch in my sack. I traded out so many great things Mom made so I could try the packaged stuff; the packages were all shiny and colorful and my lunch just came in waxed paper. Not realizing how smart she was, I became a 200 pound junk food junkie over the years. Around 1980, tired of being a fat girl, I decided Mom might know more than I did and started cooking and eating real, wholesome food. I quickly discovered that making my own food is so tasty and healthy that today I appreciate all I learned from her and enjoy a healthy weight, and will for the rest of my life. I wasn’t much of a scholar, so in 1980 I got into the mortgage


business. Interest rates were going from the double to single digits and I was recruited from my waitress position by a desperate group of people who needed some help. Working in an office, I’d bring in my share of pot-luck food. One day I brought in some garlic bread to share with my coworkers. Everyone went nuts! Great bread, fresh garlic, parmesan cheese, tomatoes, basil, olive oil… it was pretty, tasty and comparatively healthy. They all asked for the recipe so I wrote it up. A few days later one of the gals asked me (I promise this is true), “How hot should the iron be for me to press the garlic?” That simple question made me realize that there was a whole generation of young women who thought that cooking was putting a bag of popcorn in the microwave. Eeewwww!! So, I set out to write them a really simple cookbook. I titled it The Way to a Man’s Heart Is through His Stomach. It was fun, easy to follow and launched me into the foodie direction I now follow. People started making the recipes, copying them for friends, and soon I was asked to demonstrate “how-to’s” at parties… or just make the food so the hostess wouldn’t have to think about it! The cookbook translated into my being asked to make food for special events, which segued into preparing meals in all kinds of situations. Always a hobby, I never expected to be able to make a living at cooking until now. In November of 2009 I was recruited by Mann Mortgage to J A N U A RY 2 0 1 2

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help with their operations. It was an extraordinary chance to move from Southern California to Northwest Montana. When I arrived I was instantly taken by the rugged beauty and the small-town feel of the Flathead Valley. It was truly the opportunity of a lifetime. Of course, I still had to eat… In southern California, there’re a million restaurants with a zillion choices, so when there wasn’t time to shop and cook, there were plenty of options. It was a really interesting transition moving here as a foodie. I took in all the recommendations for restaurants and had some really great experiences, but never really found my favorites. Then, along came Christopher Dodd and Barney Frank. These guys decided that all the problems of the universe rested in the mortgage business and they were going to fix it. They came up with all kinds of legislation designed to protect the consumer from us evil mortgage bankers. From my perspective, they took a really stressful but fun business and turned it into just a really stressful business. All the fun left. So my friend and co-worker, Sarah Severson, and I started plotting our escape. We both love to cook and thought

the Flathead could use a little something new. In our spare time we talked about food, what the valley could use, what had been tried… and more about food. In the end, we landed on Taste This! We want to give people the opportunity to experience real, wholesome food. It’s been an amazing and short trip. I converted my basement into a commercial kitchen in 2011, resigned my comfy banker position in June and have been cooking ever since. Some services that Taste This! offers: • In Home Family Dining - Check our website daily ( to see what’s cooking for dinner. You just stop by and pick up a ready to finish meal for real family dinners, even on hectic weekdays. • Dinner Parties - We do all the shopping, chopping and prep work for your special occasion. We’ll deliver and even stick around to serve and clean up so you can enjoy your party. We specialize in smaller entrée Tastes! Sure, we can do a sit-down meal and everyone will love it, but we prefer to make it an event by rolling out extraordinary Taste! after Taste!

Special Occasion Dinner-For-Two Take the kids to Grammy’s and get comfy. We’ll take care of everything for a restaurant-style experience in your own home. We will completely customize the meal to your specifications and desires. Meal Planning - Special diets? Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo, Picky Kids? We can help with the planning, shopping and prep work so you can accommodate diet needs on the fly.

We buy and use local ingredients whenever possible. Our baked goods, sauces, salsas, boutique butters and dressings are all house-made fresh for your event and are available packaged and bottled to take home. Well, my friends, I have to run. The holidays are soon approaching and I need to get busy helping in kitchens across the Flathead. I hope you will allow me to help make your next gathering less stressful for you. I can’t wait for you to Taste This!

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n such a diverse world of beliefs and needs, it’s important to offer health care solutions that incorporate options. Combining worldclass physicians, leading-edge technology and an award-winning facility with a patient-centered approach provides the environment for optimal healing. Holistic care providers work with the “whole” person, taking into consideration his or her mental, physical and social conditions prior to developing a care plan focused on returning the patient to wellness. North Valley Hospital takes holistic care a step further by incorporating integrative medicine that complements the high caliber physicians and technology found at our hospital. By taking proactive measures to facilitate this kind of care, our providers are able to best serve our patients’ needs. Even before North Valley Hospital was a Planetree affiliate, the staff worked collaboratively to provide a holistic approach to medical care. Becoming an affiliate has allowed us to network with like-minded medical facilities around the world to grow and develop richer ways to focus on healing the

mind, body and spirit. Therapeutic massage is one of the tools available to provide relaxation and enhance healing. The North Valley Hospital massage program has grown leaps and bounds since its inception in 2005. Massage therapy has been shown to reduce anxiety, reduce mental and physical fatigue, improve circulation for faster healing and relieve stress. We offer free 15-minute massages to our patients throughout the hospital. Massages are offered prior to surgical procedures and after births. Also, patients who stay overnight in our medicalsurgical-pediatrics rooms may take advantage of a massage with a doctor’s approval. Family members of patients may also partake for a nominal fee. In 2008, acupuncture and acupressure were approved as treatments for pain and nausea at North Valley Hospital. With a physician’s order, patients can receive acupuncture for post-operative pain (including C-Section), fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, chronic menstrual cramps, chemotherapy-induced nausea/ vomiting, headache, migraines, tennis

elbow, lower back pain and postoperative dental pain. After receiving requests and input from our patients, we recently added acupuncture for labor pain. With an increase of individuals experiencing allergic or intolerant reactions to pain medication, acupuncture offers a gentle solution to boost the body’s natural painkillers and nausea suppressant. The applications allowed at North Valley Hospital are scientifically measured with supported results. Combining integrative therapies for pain and nausea has truly benefited our patients.

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Sometimes, it’s just not possible to leave a bedside. That’s why North Valley Hospital offers family nourishment stations in the Birth Center and Medical-Surgical-Pediatrics units to provide quick food for those supporting their loved ones. And when it’s time to go home, we help patients and caregivers spend time focusing on healing rather than cooking by offering to-go meals for outpatient surgery patients and new parents. At North Valley Hospital our commitment to patient-centered care means caring for the “whole” patient – mind, body and spirit. So, when you think of healthcare, keep in mind your mental well-being too.

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eason’s Greetings! Aren’t the holidays a joyous and festive time? Sure they are, but aren’t they stressful and fattening too? How can we survive the inevitable weight gain and maintain our sanity through the New Year? Below are some hints and tricks to help you have the merriest season ever. Stress Control: Remember the reason for the season: families, giving, and celebrating the birth of our Savior. The holidays are not supposed to be anxiety producing! Last month’s article was all about controlling stress so I don’t want to bore you all again… sleep, time for self, and good nutrition are the keys (aren’t they always?). Fat Control: I am all about LIVING and enjoying delicious food but we have to have some sort of control so we don’t over-indulge. Here are some tips: • Drink water or sparkling water instead of alcohol or fruity punches. Who wants to drink their calories? • If the above is impossible for you, limit yourself to 1 glass of wine/ beer at a social function and sip water the rest of the time. • Snack on the healthy things at a party-veggies, nuts, cheese/meat, olives, etc. Bring something healthy so you always have an option. • Have small portions of all foods you like… don’t eat tooooo much. After two bites of food it all tastes the same. • Exercise on those holiday days!!! Helps stress and our waistline. Even a walk after dinner helps. • Let’s say you blow your great diet plan… who cares! Get over it! Start the next day with great intention and a plan. If we only overindulged one or two days a year, we would all be thin. 2012 New Year - Improved You: Let’s say you make it through the holidays and are ready for positive change for 2012. How do you start? I hate resolutions… we all know they fail. So, what about just giving yourself goals for the new year and take baby steps to get there. This is a fail-proof way to get results. Here are a few great ideas for positive change: • Goal - Eat better in 2012. • Start by eliminating sugar. • Eat more protein (75-100grams/day) • Eat more fruits and vegetables. • Eat less grains (wheat, rice, quinoa etc.) • Drink more water. Goal - Get more exercise in 2012. • Start with doing 20-30 minutes per day of moving activity… walking, skating, skiing, elliptical, cycling, etc.-10,000 steps per day counts too. • Add some strength training to your regimen. Weights, resistance J A N U A RY 2 0 12

bands, and even full body resistance (squats/pushups) count. Try something new… yoga, snowshoeing, ice-skating, Zumba. Do something that is fun and counts for exercise a couple times per week. Ski, skate, play hockey, sled, etc. • Goal - Feel better in 2012. • Take your vitamins! D3, Omega-3, and a multiple vitamin are the basics. I have given doses in previous articles. • Sleep more. 8+ hours per night is optimal. • Laugh more. Reduce your stress hormones and have a good chuckle. • Live more. The more we do for ourselves, the more we can do for others. • Take charge of your medical issues… see someone if you are fatigued, stressed, hormonally challenged, or even for a basic checkup and annual exam! I wish you the merriest and healthiest holidays ever. I also wish you the best year of your life. Make 2012 what you think LIFE should be like. No one can change your life but you… do it! • •

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here are a variety of different options for birth control. The type of birth control you choose could depend on many factors. Some questions to ask are: How much does it cost? How long before I want to get pregnant or am I finished having children? Do I need protection against sexually transmitted diseases? Do I have any allergies? Do I have any health or medical conditions that could interfere with or be affected by birth control? What is the efficacy of the birth control method? Do I have problems with my period? What side effects can I not deal with? Are there religious considerations?

Ring which is a thin flexible vaginal ring that is inserted into the vagina for 3 weeks at a time then one week off and repeat. Some pills have only progesterone and are often referred to as the Minipill. Other progesterone only methods include the Depo Provera shot, Implanon and the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD). Depo Provera can be given monthly or every 3 months. Implanon uses a single silastic rod that is inserted beneath the skin slowly releasing progesterone. It lasts up to 3 years. The Mirena IUD is placed inside the uterus and slowly releases progesterone working for up to 5 years. Another IUD is the ParaGard which contains copper and works up to 10 years. Nonhormonal methods include a variety of barrier methods. Over the counter options include: male and female condoms, the Sponge and spermicides (foam, tablets, film) best used with a barrier method. Barrier methods that need a prescription are: diaphragm, Lea’s Shield and Fem Cap. These are all placed in the vagina over the cervix and used with a spermicide. Another method for those women who do not want to use hormones is Natural Family Planning. There are several methods out there but the most reliable and least restrictive is the Cervical Mucus Method. This is the ability to assess cervical mucus throughout the cycle and avoid intercourse around ovulation. For women who want permanent birth control, further options available include: tubal ligation, Essure and vasectomy. Each method has its own risks and benefits. To learn more details about birth control options, talk to your provider about what might be best for you.

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shopping experience? No problem, Rivermist welcomes private parties. The backyard is perfect for meetings, baby showers and bridal teas.

During a recent visit to Libby I discovered a Montana secret. Not being very good at keeping good news to myself, I encourage you to gather close while I share the news! Upon entering Rivermist, I was greeted by Denice and offered a flavored coffee. Immediaty, I knew this wasn’t going to be an average shopping experience. She encouraged me to make myself at home while she brewed my unexpected treat. Always one to be on the lookout for a good story, I asked Denice about the Rivermist’s history. Come to find out Denice PurdyPatrick is one of the owners. As luck would have it, her business partner Valerie Souther was also on duty. Over a hot cup of coffee I learned that Denice and Val first opened their doors on May 5, 2005. The idea of going into business together was an unexpected topic of discussion during a birthday celebration in November of 2004. The rest as they say is history! Today Denice spends time researching items that are sure to intrigue and thrill Rivermist visitors. She does an excellent job of finding unique home décor and gifts. Val enjoys the decorating part of the business. She loves giving detail to vignettes throughout the store. Both work behind the counter as well. Everything from the coffee to elaborate gift wrapping services – make sure the customer knows that their needs come first. No store bought bows will be found at Rivermist. All packages are finished with a handcrafted fabric and wire bow. I asked how they came up with the store’s name. Val explained, “We wanted a name that would be inviting to locals and visitors. My husband is a builder and I noticed a plan in one of his books named Rivermist. It was perfect! Libby is known for its year round fog. I like to think of the fog as river mist .” How fun is that? Whether you are looking for local artwork, specialty kitchen items, the perfect baby gift, candles, stationary, or bamboo and organic cotton clothing, they have just what you are looking for! Denice happily shared , “Rivermist has something special for everyone! Gifts for all occasions and home decor for every room!” Looking for a private J A N U A RY 2 0 12

Frost Creek Boutique opened its doors in May 2011. Owner Tasha Johnson had worked for Rivermist for approximately four years, when she was approached by the owners to open her own store within Rivermist. Not only do the three women share November birthdays, they also share the desire to provide excellent customer service. Frost Creek is the perfect compliment for Rivermist. Tasha embraces the unique gift of being able to start a business within the doors of an already established and successful business. I had to ask about Frost Creek’s name. Tasha explained, “Frost is my maiden name. I wanted to incorporate my name into the store’s name. Creek sounds good with Rivermist – thus Frost Creek!” As Tasha’s daughter approached her tweens, she realized that Libby was in need of a boutique that carried a young girl’s line. Frost Creek offers everything from fun tutus, jewelry, diaries, to many things that are feminine and fun. In addition, there is a wide selection of garden and outdoor decorations. Another common thread between the two shops is the desire to support Montana made products. Frost Creek carries bookmarks made in Butte. Skinny dip candles from Missoula grace the shelves (a four in one candle that can be used as a candle and then the melted wax can be used as a moisturizer for elbows and feet or for massage oil and body balm). Creamy caramels made in Bozeman are big sellers. Antler necklaces made in Columbia Falls grace the shelves of Frost Creek. The next time you find yourself in Libby, take a few moments to explore off of Highway 2. You just never know what Montana secret you will discover! M O N TA N AW O M A N . C O M




he holidays are here and with them the flurry of decision making about what to get for your significant other, children, parents, siblings, and friends. Sometimes the perfect gift comes like a bright idea, while at other times it’s just a pain in the neck to figure out what to get that certain person. At Club Sun we would like to make this sometimes stressful task easier. We can create a gift bag with a beautiful decorative touch, filled with whatever you would like: maybe a bottle of lotion, lip gloss, a gift certificate, body wash, sunglasses, or whatever else you would like to include. Tanning is the perfect way to warm up in the freezing winter months. As a child growing up in California I rarely experienced a white Christmas. Sure it was cold, but only occasionally was there a cold blanket of snow. On Christmas Eve we kids were allowed to open one small present but had to save the rest for the next morning. I would try to talk my parents into letting me sleep on the couch so when Santa Claus came down our chimney I could say, “Hello, Merry Christmas. I was a very very good girl this year.” But I just couldn’t outsmart my parents.


Waking up Christmas morning I could smell the fresh coffee and the sound of my mom in the kitchen making a delicious breakfast! My dad would come rushing in my room to wake me up and tell me to come open my presents. I wasn’t the typical kid on Christmas morning jumping on her parents’ bed begging them to wake up so I could open all my pretty wrapped presents under the tree. Don’t get me wrong… I loved Christmas but I really loved to sleep in! After my brothers and I were up and in the living room, we all sat around the tree while my dad would pass out presents. After opening them we would play with our new cool toys and try on our new clothes. My mom would make an amazing lunch/dinner and we would have a day where all we did was hang around in our pjs and enjoy each other’s company. Now that we are living in Montana our traditions have changed a little bit. With all of the kids grown, it is very difficult to plan our get-together for Christmas. My oldest brother, little sister, nephew, and dad all remained in California meaning our family shrank significantly when we moved to Montana. Although we are smaller, the love between us remains the same. Traditions have changed to accommodate our new form of family, our work families, our significant others’ families, and our immediate family. I love the holiday season. People seem more cheerful and more willing to give back to the community. The air around us is light and filled with joy. The landscape is a winter wonderland of white snow, and Christmas lights on homes, businesses, and trees remind us it is a time of celebration and togetherness. In our home it is the aroma of freshly baked sugar cookies that provided the feeling of comfort and warmth, topping off the atmosphere of the holiday season. Here at Club Sun, we love the Holidays and would love to help you with that perfect gift for your loved ones. As a Smart Tan Certified Salon we are educated to assist you with all your tanning needs. I recently completed a 20 hour 6-part course to become a “Master of Smart Tanning”. The course provided me with the knowledge I need to properly advise our customers on the benefits of tanning in moderation. We have been picked as “one of the top tanning salons in the country” and our bed mix is one of the “best in the West”. We have recently re-lamped our entire salon with new bulbs, and cleanliness is not just a goal, “it’s a requirement.” Ask us for our personal recommendations and professional opinions on what would create the best tanning experience for your special someone. We also have a Versaspa Sunless Spa or personalized Airbrush technician applied tan for our sunless customers who love the airbrush tan look. We would love to create a personalized gift bag for you. Remember, “It’s always SUNNY at Club Sun!” We look forward to seeing you soon at the Club! Merry Christmas and have a very Happy, Safe and Prosperous New Year! Spreading Sunshine; it’s what we do!

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We have also added more value to the Steamboat experience by including all bottled water and soft drinks, coffees and cappuccinos, wine and beer with dinner, and deluxe, pre-cruise hotel stay and complimentary shore excursions on every voyage.



What sort of onboard programs will you offer? The American Queen will feature a Riverlorian on every voyage, lavish showboat style entertainment, big band, swing, Dixieland jazz and music from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. We will also present an in-depth enrichment program and all the onboard services and niceties that you expect, and then some.


By Dottie Maitland


h, the season of wishes. I remember as a child I savored the day the Montgomery Ward, Sears and J.C. Penny catalogues arrived. Before I was old enough to read I circled the pictures and as I grew older I cut out the articles and put my list in order. Guess we are never too old to wish, but later in life we call it an addition to our “bucket list”. I sure have one for the bucket list this year! After you explore this travel package you will be adding it to your list for you, your family or friends. Do you remember the Delta Queen? She was a wonderful paddlewheel steamship on the Mississippi. I always wanted to cruise with her, but there was way too much work to complete. By the time I was ready, she was gone. I was so disappointed. River cruising is very popular especially in Europe, perhaps because it is traveling in smaller numbers, more personal service and getting closer to the destinations to view all the scenery that is many times missed. We travel today for “edutainment”, a combination of education and entertainment. We like handson experiences that follow our hobbies or special interests. It is so much fun sharing these with others who have the same interest. Cruising brings out one’s spirit of adventure. Maybe it is the Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in us that call us to the Mississippi. Oh wow, when I got an email from Great American Steamboat Company I was jumping for joy like a four year old. It was the announcement of the American Queen. Check out the packages such as holiday J A N U A RY 2 0 12

cruises, autumn cruises, springtime cruising, etc., featuring the Mississippi River, Ohio and Tennessee River segments. My favorite will be the Civil War history series, or how about the Kentucky Derby? From the brochure I have added the questions and answers you might have. Frequently Asked Questions I’m an avid Steamboat traveler. How will your experience compare to the former operations? We have taken everything you loved about the fabled Delta Queen Steamboat Company and are adding some delightful new enhancements. Our Chief Executive was the President of the fabled Delta Queen Steamboat Company during its mid-90’s heyday when it was at the peak of popularity and guest satisfaction. We know that history, heritage and tradition reign supreme and our goal is to present our guests with an experience that is even warmer, friendlier and enriching than your fondest memories of voyages past.

What kind of dining can I expect? The American Queen will feature a bevy of dining options and is the only paddlewheel riverboat to feature multiple specialty dining options, all at no charge, of course! The opulent J.M. White Dining Room will offer full breakfast, lunch and dinner service along with specialty buffets and even a New Orleans Jazz Brunch. You may also dine at The Front Porch of America, the River Grill or order from our specialty Po’ Boy menu almost around the clock. All of the cuisine aboard the American Queen is overseen by the celebrated American chef, Regina Charboneau. A native of Natchez, Mississippi, she is the Queen of Heartland Cuisine and has designed menus that are brimming with oldfashioned comfort foods, American classics and new twists on old favorites. What about the accommodations? The American Queen features a diverse range of elegant and well-appointed accommodations. From economy inside staterooms to lavish luxury suites, each is decorated with Victorian-style furnishings and features plush bedding dressed with the finest linens, tasteful amenities and all of the modern conveniences you expect. Check out the website at www. You will love being part of a 200-year old American tradition of cruising the rivers. Call your favorite travel agent for brochures and booking. When you send your letter to Santa, tell him to remember Dottie. She loves “Going Places”. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and May You Have A Blessed and Peaceful New Year.

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’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. Sure, I’ve made dozens, all with good intentions and a bit of magical thinking, believing this time the resolution will stick, this time I’ll lose the weight, balance my life, or achieve the goal. This time things will be different. While a few resolutions have stuck, generally my wishful self-promises end up broken. When that happens, self-esteem suffers, confidence takes a hit, and motivation wanes. When resolution falters and my trust in self weakens, it hurts, not helps, my view of an optimistic future. Yet, I’m a huge fan of goals, dreams, and aspirations-whatever you call them. Mine come in a variety of forms, from a life-to-do-list to aspirational dreams. They’ve been dreams like a trip to Africa, moving to Montana, starting a business, and being a multiple book author. One element these bigger goals have in common is that they weren’t accomplished in one year, but in many; not by one New Year’s resolution, but by the ongoing focus of what was important to me. They were achieved with baby steps.

So, instead of New Year’s resolutions, I’m doing what I always do when the New Year enters-I’m celebrating my progress. What’s different today from a year ago, I ask. If I can do more sit-ups this year than last, it goes on my progress list. If I’ve read ten books, I put it down. If a relationship with someone I care about has improved, it’s there. Then, I savor my list. It’s amazing how good it feels to note progress, any progress, toward something that matters to me. This simple self-acknowledgement of movement during the past year inspires me in the next. You see, here’s the thing-when every day challenges and life-happens events collide with resolutions, the resolutions are the first to go. But when my goal is making progress toward my life’s potential, I can keep that dream alive, no matter the ride. It took twenty-five years for my husband and me to turn our dream of living and working in Montana into a reality. If we had made it a New Year’s resolution, it would have been snuffed out long ago. Instead, it was an ongoing focus of who we were. Today we have new dreams we’re working on in the same way, defined by how we want our future to look. In the scheme of things, I’ve learned that it isn’t the goal or dream that matters, it’s the pursuit. It’s our incremental progress that changes lives, builds futures, and opens a box of bigger possibilities. That’s what builds the life you want. So as we collectively welcome 2012, may this year be a year of progress, for all of our dreams! Nan is the award winning author of Hitting Your Stride. Her new book, The Titleless Leader, comes out May 2012. More about Nan and her work at

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As a warden for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, my dad had to live trap at least one nuisance bear every summer. Due to the nature of the issue, the traps had to be set where humans congregate, and this revealed another problem: humans can be just as big a nuisance as the animals. FWP’s bear live-trap was mounted on a trailer for easy hauling and made from an 8-foot length of 4-foot culvert with heavy-gauge grates covering each end. One grate was a trap door that was slid upward in a framework and secured in place by a cable attached to a tripping mechanism that was baited with meat inside the trap. Generally the meat was some kind of delicacy, like roadkill. (Sure, roadkill isn’t the snack your mother always made you, but it’s yummy to bears. Don’t judge them.) After a bear had been deemed a nuisance, Dad’s procedure was to warn people living or staying in the vicinity about the bear and the trapping procedure, and ask that they keep all food sources, pets and children, especially snack-sized pets and children, secured and away from the trap. He would then set the trap each evening and be there to check it at the first hint of morning light. It’s a well-known fact among those who deal with wildlifehuman interactions that once a bear is successfully trapped, its nuisance-ness is contained, however, that is the moment in which humans take on the role of nuisance themselves. And even the most mild-mannered and harmless of humans can get into trouble. When a popular summer campground in Dad’s region was having trouble with an adult black bear raiding coolers and garbage bins, Dad hauled his family—wife, snack-sized children, pet dog and all—out for a weekend of camping and bear trap watching; the logic being that camping there would save him the two-hour round trip each dawn and dusk to check or reset the trap. Besides, the wife and dog were pretty self-reliant, and we kids were considered resourceful, expendable and less appealing than roadkill. The morning Dad discovered the trapped bear, a little old lady taking her miniature poodle out for a pre-dawn stroll through the campground stopped to ask about the goings on. Dad answered her questions while moving her farther from the trap and advised her to keep this safe distance while he went about getting ready to haul the bear away to a less populated area. However, there is something about a trapped bear that is irresistible to humans: that rare opportunity to see an entirely wild and beautiful creature so closely and yet so safely. There is, on the other hand, something about being captured that causes bears to become nervous and agitated. Bears will do in a cage that which the popular saying says they do in the woods. Except the stress causes diarrhea and, of course, they are trapped in the small space, nervously pacing through that which they would normally deposit in the woods and leave for fertilizer. To put it bluntly, their pacing feet churn their poop into J A N U A RY 2 0 12

a smelly goop. And while the sturdy culvert and grates keep onlookers safe from the bear’s claws, teeth and thoroughly perturbed bulk, they are not effective against every bear menace. While Dad was securing the trailer hitch, the sweet little old lady apparently was slowly maneuvering closer to the trap to catch just one glimpse of the bear hiding in the shadowy depths. When she finally took one too many steps closer, the agitated bear lunged toward the little old intruder, slapping his large, goopy, paws against the grate. Dad whipped around in time to see the wild-eyed poodle arcing through the air in a terror-fueled launch from its human’s arms; then Dad ran around the cage to find the little old lady staring gape-jawed at the trap—splattered head to toe in soupy bear poop. “Oh my,” she said in the understatement of the year. I tell you this story as a warning. I have to trap a feral cat at my place. It ain’t no black bear, but I fear that the lesson may still apply. I’m retrieving the wild thing while wearing full HazMat gear. If you insist on visiting during the trapping process, I suggest you stay well outside of the cat’s splatter zone. (Then go a few more yards. No telling what kind of a pitching arm a feral cat may have at Pam lives with her one-armed husband and several four-legged freeloaders on 80 acres of north-central Montana. Despite rumors, she was not involved in the arm incident, but she is the guinea pig in a DNA study looking at genetic markers for smart alecks. Visit Pam at her new blog site,





By Linda Looser



ard to believe, but another year is facing us. The beginning of the regret of those extra pieces of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving; of wishing away those cold and snowy mornings spent with fat, sugary pastries and creamladen lattes. And now we find renewed and sudden interest in “instant” weight loss ads and infomercial exercise gurus. We all want to lose those extra holiday pounds and inches, and we’re ready to plunge into any program that offers instantaneous “deflating” and a new body in just a few sessions. The primary reason most of us “fail” in losing weight is because there is NO instant AND permanent change. Diets that result in instant and excessive weight loss ALWAYS result in gaining the weight back, plus more. You cannot starve yourself because your body will try to hold onto fat in order to keep energy reserves for your basic bodily functions. Then, when you do start to eat “normal” again, your body is very reluctant to let go of fat because you have “trained” it to be ready for the next starvation cycle. Remember “everything

in moderation” is the most successful, and simple, long-term diet plan. I know you’ve all heard it before, but adding WATER to your diet will help you lose those pounds! You should be drinking (6) 8 oz. glasses of water per day just to help your body function normally and even more if you are exercising. Diet colas do NOT qualify as substitutes! In fact, many studies show drinking diet sodas actually increase your weight! They really don’t know why, but it may be that the “sugary” taste keeps feeding your sugar yearnings, and you eat items full of calories but trick yourself into thinking you’re eating healthy because you are drinking it with a diet soda! As for exercise, think about what you enjoy doing the most. Realize that an exercise program that works for your co-worker may not work for you because you don’t ENJOY it. Some people like to work out alone at home, while others need the motivation of friends or enjoy the social atmosphere of group exercise sessions. If you already enjoy an activity such as walking or biking, try to think of ways to increase the activity by adding weights or resistance to increase the benefit of the exercise. If you don’t exercise because of chronic pain, look into warm-water exercise programs in your neighborhood that will relieve the stress on joints and help painful muscles relax. If you find you “just don’t have the time” to exercise for a full session during the day, try to break it up into three 10-minute sessions a day (for example: stretching in the morning, a fast walk at lunch, lifting some weights in the evening). If you need motivation to get out and take a walk, go to your local animal shelter and adopt a dog (believe me, they never let you down!). Above all, eat in moderation, keep yourself hydrated, and exercise doing something you enjoy. Do all of these knowing that you won’t

be facing “regret” next year and you CAN enjoy a few decadent pleasures during the holidays. Wishing you health and happiness in the New Year! Linda Looser has been a physical therapist for 6 years, specializing in Women’s Health as well as Incontinence Treatment and Certified Lymphedema Management for women, men and children. She owns and operates her practice out of New Horizons Physical Therapy in Hamilton, Montana.

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Answer Your Questions

Drs. Taylor and Rogers have been performing complex surgery

for women through tiny “keyhole” incisions, with a combined experience of 64 years (since 1989.). By performing thousands of all major types of female surgeries as “band-aid” surgeries, they have developed techniques allowing patients to safely go home in 5 to 6 hours after surgery—including patients having surgery for cyst removal and hysterectomies. This is an option for the patient; over 90% of patients choose this option, and are grateful.

Q. What is minimally invasive surgery? A. As described above, surgeries are performed through probes as thin as a pencil with the incision requiring 1 stitch or a steristrip. Q. What percent of surgeries are performed as minimally invasive? A. Surprisingly, approximately70% of surgeries nationally are still performed with a large traditional incision. However, Drs. Taylor and Rogers make a large incision less then 1% of the time, with 99% of all surgeries performed through “keyhole” incisions. Many are done using lasers!

and magnifies what the surgeon sees by 10 times! “We are seeing anatomy and tiny blood vessels that we’ve never seen before. It also INCREASES PRECISION and there is much less blood loss, almost none in many cases of hysterectomy and cyst removal. The instruments are ‘tiny’ and can rotate in all directions, even around ‘corners’. We can see better and therefore operate better”. Q. Is the Robot used for all female surgeries? A. No. Your doctor will determine what surgery should be performed with the robot. Q. Does the robot do the surgery by the push of a button? A. No. Though it is called a “robot”, DaVinci cannot act on its own. Instead, the surgery is performed entirely by your doctor. Dr. Richard H. Taylor, M.D. and Robert M. Rogers, Jr., M.D. are board certified gynecologists at Northwest Women’s Healthcare.

Q. What are the advantages of minimally invasive surgery? Dr. Robert Rogers and Dr. Richard Taylor with the “robot”. A. Less pain Less blood loss Less risk of infection Home very quickly Quicker recovery Small incisions/good cosmetics Less scarring Better outcomes and patient satisfaction Q. What is the DaVinci Surgical Robot? A. The Robot simply enhances what we have been doing for years. It’s an advancement in surgical technology. It attaches to the instruments that go through the tiny “keyholes” in the abdomen. Q. How does the Robot enhance surgery? A. It provides a 3-dimensional image (versus 2D like a T.V.)

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hey’re big; they’re bad; they’re beautiful. That was my initial thought when I saw the Billings Rimrock Roller girls skate into the Flathead Valley Fairgrounds on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. Towering on their skates, they whizzed around the track in all shapes, sizes and shades of tights. I wondered how our local team, the Flathead Valley Roller Derby’s Big Mountain Misfits, were going to size up against this seemingly line-backer built team. At the time of the bout, National Public Radio had recently broadcast a story about Billings, illustrating the fact that it’s an anomaly of a vibrant economy amidst a country still deep in the recession. As I looked at the players of the Billings team, I have to admit, they did look a bit more robust and scarier than some of the more modelesque builds of Big Mountain Misfits such as Raine Maker and Viola Blood. New to the sport, I wasn’t quite sure how it was all going to work out, and I was slightly afraid for our local girls. Little did I know physique, image and appearance were all conventional perceptions that crumbled in the face of the sport known as roller derby. When the bout started, I saw that there definitely is a linebacker mentality implemented in the sport. Athletic and agile on their skates, each team melds together their “blockers”, and like linebackers, their goal is to try and seal off the track so the “jammers” can’t get through, or to alternatively create a hole so their own jammer can get through. Offense and defense operate simultaneously. It’s a contact sport, or as Lisa Pooler, aka “Scarley Davidson” explains, “It’s like rugby on wheels.” Lisa is one of the founders of the Flathead Valley Roller Derby League and, before joining roller derby, she was a self-professed couch potato for 10 years. “I went from doing nothing but surfing the couch for 10 years to skating two hours per night.” Her involvement in the sport, like many other girls, came about by supporting a friend, in her case, her sister-in-law. Her brother was so ecstatic about his wife’s new found hobby that he changed his entire work schedule so she could attend practices. Originally from New Hampshire, Lisa had visited Glacier National Park for years, and was on the verge of relocating to the area, “so I could ride my motorcycle through Glacier National Park whenever I wanted.” When she interviewed for a job with Kalvig and LeDuc, PC, the initial phone interview went well. When she was called back after the initial interview, “They asked me who Scarley Davidson was and I knew they googled my name and found my roller derby name,” she said with a laugh. “I explained my love for motorcycles and roller derby.” Little did they know, they were about to hire one of the founders of the Flathead Valley Roller Derby League. “They’ve been unbelievably supportive.” After moving here, one of the first friends she made in the Flathead Valley randomly asked her to start a league. Although astonished by the idea, Scarley embarked upon the endeavor that she refers to as her “third job”. Like so many of the leagues around the state, the organization came about with an announcement and the simple hope that women would show up. The initial founders of the league, Scarley Davidson, Pippy Broadknockings, Smashbox and Rhoda Hell, weren’t sure what their initial turnout would be. They were overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up to skate. From stay-at-home moms, students, and professional women to 40-something year old athletes, the spectrum of women expressing interest splattered the board. Ariel Lockwood was one of the attendees at that first meeting. “I showed up with my good friend, who swore she was coming along just for moral support,” she said. “By the end, she was hooked.” As a stay-at-home mother of three Ariel was looking for something to get her out of the house and provide exercise. “I was never really into sports. I was a choir geek in school! But I had a weak knee and needed to strengthen it and this did it.” Showing up to skate is just the start of what it takes to become a roller derby girl. “You have to pick your roller derby name and then develop the persona and alter ego to go with it,” Ariel explained. “Each name is unique to each skater’s personality.” With a background in art and music, Ariel played with puns on Andy Warhol’s name. Not long before joining derby, she had Raggedy Ann tattooed on her wrist. “I sent out a Facebook request for my friends to vote on my suggestion of Annie War Doll. They all loved it.” For some, like Scarley Davidson, there’s no real separation between who she is on the track and in her personal and professional life. For others such as Salley Kelley, aka Raine Maker (named after her daughter Raine), the track allows her more leeway to explore a different sort of character than her “domestic goddess” stayat-home mother role embodies. “I feel like when we’re out there playing you can be badass, and normally, I’m not a bad ass,” she said with a laugh. “I’m super skinny and lanky but out here, it’s a different story. “We always say, ‘it’s fun to hit your friends, just leave it on the track,’” Raine Maker said. And she’s taken her fair share of hits, including one that broke her wrist and resulted in a permanent titanium plate. J A NU A RY 2 0 1 2



Until you’ve attended a roller derby match, it’s hard to understand why you’d pay to play a sport where the odds of getting hurt are, well, pretty good, to say the least. One roller derby league writes on their website, “We like to say it’s not a matter of if you’ll get hurt, it’s a matter of when.” For veteran Glenna Bergland, Glennacide, the physical nature of the sport piqued her interest, and having a background in sports and in the Army made roller derby seem like a natural fit. “You get to hit people, and I like that! So, for me, it sounded great,” she said in the most dissonantly sweet voice you can imagine. Like Annie War Doll, Glenna is a stay-athome mom. It was in her mother’s group she heard about roller derby. “I’d played sports my whole life and was in the Army. When I got out of the Army I got pregnant with Susie, had her, and somehow three months after Susie was born I got pregnant with Ginger,” she said. Although she didn’t go into details, it’s safe to assume that Glenna, a registered nurse, and her husband, a family physician, are pretty sure how she got pregnant with Ginger. “After Ginger was born, just listening to the women in my mother’s group talk about roller derby made me interested, and I had gained all this weight and wanted to get some exercise,” said Glenna. And like Annie War Doll, it was a place where she could leave her “mom hat” at the door. “If you have little kids you need an outlet,” she exclaimed. “Little kids can drive you crazy!” For Glenna, there’s no real division between her skater persona and real self, but she does recognize the appeal that some women find in the artistic aspect of the sport. “There’re people that may not be super athletic but really enjoy dressing up, and it can get a little risqué, but that’s a lot of the history in the sport,” she said. “Roller derby is evolving and it’s being recognized now as more of a sport, but back in the day it was seen as more of a raunchy sport. Back then, it was completely off the wall, and not acceptable for a woman

at all. Some of these gals were super raunchy and risqué for their time.” Roller derby evolved in the 1930s out of marathon roller skating races, modeled after the danceathons of the 20s. In 1935 the first Transcontinental Roller Derby skateathon was held. It was a huge success and provided jobs to many people who found themselves out of work from the Depression. Contact evolved in the sport as skaters tried to pass each other and employed tactics of elbowing and “whipping” to take out opponents. The organization of two teams, with a home team and away team, and the system of scoring used in derby today evolved in 1939. The appeal of the sport steadily grew with only a short interruption from WWII. However, in 1948 roller derby debuted on CBS-TV. With the rise in televised popularity came all sorts of entertainment antics in a sport already on the verge of harlotness just by its mere domination by women. The sport grew in participation, legitimization, recognition and financial success until the 70s. At its height, players received salaries. Rules introduced in the 60s made the sport more visually friendly for television watchersincluding the introduction of players wearing helmets, with jammers having the signature star on their helmet. By 1973, growing fuel prices and overhead costs effectively shut the sport down. Several attempts were made to revive the sport in the late 70s through the 90s, but it wasn’t until 2000 that derby started resurfacing in Texas. Bad Girl Good Woman Productions culminated in 2001 as a women’s only roller derby federation. Founders set up four teams and the first match was held in Austin, Texas in 2002. This was the beginning of roller derby’s wholehearted comeback. In 2005, there were 50 similar women-only leagues. By mid-August of 2006 there were more than 135. The Flathead Valley Roller Derby League is modeled after these national leagues as a modern day flat track roller derby league. “We

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The Flathead Valley Roller Derby league donates both a significant amount of time and money to local charities, including several thousands of dollars to the Boys & Girls Club of Glacier Country, Violence Free Crisis Line/Abbey Shelter, Meals on Wheels and the Veteran’ s Food Pantry.

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(the Flathead Valley Derby Committee) created a steering committee comprised of seven people and they help guide decisions for the league,” explained Glenna. “Because we’re skater run, big decisions are decided and voted on by the entire league. The committee meets once a week now at 8 a.m. every Sunday. So between practicing three times a week, attending one meeting a month and then the steering committee, it’s a huge time investment for me.”

And those strong women of the Big Mountain Misfits beat the Billings Rimrock Roller girls, who by their own means braved the snowy drive from Billings to compete with only half of their usual lineup of players that Saturday night in November. For those interested in trying their legs at derby, each league typically holds a weekly “fresh meat practice”. Please contact the following league in your area for times and locations: Billings: Magic City Billings: Roller Derby    Missoula: Hellgate Roller Helena: Hel’z Belles Roller Bozeman: Gallatin Roller Great Falls: Electric City Roller GrrrlZ Flathead Valley: Flathead Valley Roller

For those looking to join, the time commitment, physical endurance and possibility of hitting concrete at high speeds are all factors to consider. An additional factor, as Scarley Davidson noted, is that it draws women of all walks of life, shapes and sizes. For all the celebrations of diversity that it brings, there’s a resulting multiple personality disorder. “It’s a skater run league and the majority of skaters are women, and the majority of the women are strong headed, very loud opinionated women,” remarked Glenna. “It’s funny because it makes for a very interesting dynamic. We are in control. There are male refs but they’re in the background… they’re just kind of out there on the periphery. I guess in that perspective, they’re more in the traditional women’s role. I think that a lot of people may be intimidated by us because we’re very strong women.”

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s Montanans we are naturally aware that this state is chock full of characters. It’s no accident that in your local library there is many a book on the subject of ‘The Treasure State’ and it’s people; the good, the bad, and the ones you wonder about. The quotes you are about to read, we’re actually said and obtained through gentle conversation (or blatant eavesdropping). If you should hear something that you just can’t shake off or simply makes you giggle, please email us with it at chatter@montanawoman. com, or if you’re old school, please drop us a note! Enjoy! “Women turn crazy after they get married” declared a long to be single 20 something fella at a cafe in Coram. A shop owner in Troy said she didn’t want to sell all her product because then she would have to order more, and that would be a lot of work. “Doesn’t EVERYONE own massage candles?” Stated matter of factly by an employee in Essex putting together romantic gift baskets for guests.. A member of the media in Missoula asked a colleague, “When all of your contemporaries have failed and given up, what makes you want to give up and why haven’t you already?” “You’re government is so complicated, where I come from you know, we have the Queen.” - Declared a Canadian woman residing in Missoula (reminding us yanks that we have no Royal ties whatsoever! “We don’t carry ‘mother of the brides’ dresses because the mothers are such a pain in the butt.” Said by sales associate at a bridal shop in Missoula.


ON THE BOOKS: ACTUAL STATE LAWS In Montana, it is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays, and illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all. It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone. Excelsior Springs: Balls may not be thrown within the city limits. Helena: No item may be thrown across a street. Helena, Montana, mandates that a woman can’t dance on a table in a saloon or bar unless she has on at least three pounds, two ounces of clothing. Salisbury: Pop bottles are not to be thrown on the ground. Whitehall: It is illegal to operate a vehicle with ice picks attached to the wheels. A band performing in a club that serves alcohol is prohibited from leaving the stage in Billings It is illegal to use your lawn sprinklers to annoy passerbyers. In Whitehall, you canít drive a car with ice picks attached to the wheels. It is illegal for a man and a woman to have sex in any other position other than missionary style. It is illegal to bring a bomb or rocket at city council proceedings. It is illegal to use speed-dial in the city phone system. J A N U A RY 2 0 1 2


Capricorn: December 22 - January 19 Consistency will play a role in how things turn out. Don’t make an impulsive move. A deal may entice you, but without all the facts and figures in place, it will be best if you take a pass. Work on a sure thing, not a gamble. Aquarius: January 20 - February 18 Emotions will be difficult to contain and arguments will be hard to avoid. Focus on what you can learn from the situation or experience. Love is in the stars, but uncertainty will prevail. Don’t make promises you can’t keep. Pisces: February 19 - March 20 Your best efforts will pay off. Avoid emotional manipulation that will take your mind off what needs to be done. Separate your personal and business affairs. Involvement in groups that put stipulations on your beliefs must be avoided. Aries: March 21 - April 19 Excitement will unfold and good wishes and greater prosperity are apparent through winnings, settlements, contracts or gifts. Do what you can to help others and the rewards will be high and emotionally touching. Change will bring love and success. Taurus: April 20 - May 20 Don’t let uncertainty win when it comes to your status or position. Keep things in perspective and don’t overanalyze the situation you are in or you will overreact, causing more harm than good. Sit tight and go with the flow. Gemini: May 21 - June 20 Take pride in your home, family, friends and life. Take a creative approach to making the most of what you’ve got and you will outshine anyone who tries to compete with you. A change of heart will benefit you. Cancer: June 21 - July 22 Change can make the difference in the outcome of something you are working towards. Your willingness to try new things will show your adaptability and eagerness to fit into the plans of those with whom, or for whom, you work. Versatility will help you professionally. J A N U A RY 2 0 12

Leo: July 23 - August 22 Keep your plans simple. You can have fun and impress someone you are interested in by being imaginative and frugal. Overdoing, overreacting and being emotionally indulgent will work against you. A change of scenery will do you good and lead to new friendships. Virgo: Aug 23 - September 22 Keep your emotions out of the equation when dealing with friends, relatives and neighbors. Too much of anything will turn sour. Keep an open mind, but at the same time maintain a practical perspective about what’s going on around you. Libra: September 23 - October 22 Emphasize home, family and creativity. A change in the way you do things or live your life will bring about professional alterations that better suit you. Don’t let the past or the demands of others stand in the way of your plans. Scorpio: October 23 - November 21 Communication may be a problem for you if you aren’t mindful of what you say. Someone is likely to end up with hurt feelings. Concentrate on protecting partnerships and you will avoid a multitude of mishaps, disagreements and a loss of reputation. Sagittarius: November 22 - December 21 Don’t let the past haunt you. Deal with any emotional connections that are pulling you backward so you can get on with your life. A move, or even adjusting the way you think or deal with such matters, will help.

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id you know that the first cover of Life Magazine was photographed in Montana? By the time she was on assignment in the Ft. Peck area in 1936, Margaret Bourke-White was already well known in the industry for her technically innovative shots of steel factory workers and breaking barriers with her assignments for Fortune Magazine. During her time spent here, the local Army Corps escort noted that he thought Margaret spent too much time photographing the townspeople and not enough on the construction itself. Bourke-White who famously had a knack for being at the right place at the right time, was true to form as her photo essay became part of the first issue of Life magazine and her image of the Ft. Peck Dam spillway not only became a cover, but an iconic image representing the machine age & the power of modern technology to dwarf humankind. Locally, an original Life magazine layout is on display at the wonderful Ft. Peck Interpretative Center. (The Historic Ft. Peck Hotel also has the full layout on display in one of it’s hallways)...and should you stumble upon a copy and be in a philanthropic state of mind, the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce would love to have a copy for their archives. Their number is 406.228.2222. Bourke-White’s photographs are housed in a number of museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She is also represented in the collection of the Library of Congress.

Pictured from Top: (1)Margaret Bourke-White, self portrait, during a WWII photo assignment, 1943 . (2) Convinced that pictures could tell a story instead of just illustrating text, Henry Luce launched Life on November 23, 1936 with the spillway of the Ft. Peck Dam gracing its cover. (3) The original horizontal photograph from her photo assignment. (4)Margaret Bourke-White holding a print of her photograph from the first cover of Life magazine.


“By some special graciousness of fate I am deposited - as all good photographers like to be -- in the right place at the right time. Go into it [photography] as young as possible. Bring all the asset you have and play to win. “- Margaret Bourke-White - written after she was stricken with Parkinson’s disease.

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