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Editor’s Note On our Cover Steppin’ Out - Golf Groupie Jennelle Cassidy At My Mother’s Knee pp. 5 - 7 Cover Story - Jennelle Cassidy View from the North 40 - It’s Questions All the Way Down Just Stoppin’ By - Matrimony Montana Bookshelf - The Case of the Abandoned Castle In the Scheme of Things - A Bit of Reflection Encouragement for Today - What is Success? Snapshots of Life - Wow! Now, that’s Hot! Community Matters - N. Valley Hospital’s Birthing Center Cover photo by Jill Courtney Living Beautifully - Warm Weather Makeup Peaks and Valleys - Should I Tell My Daughter...? Bits and Pieces - Till Death Us Do Part Healthy Living - Hear, See, and Think Better Woman to Woman - Ingrown Hairs Tattered Tales - Why, Grandfather? Facing the Odds - The History of Insurance DaVinci Robotic Surgery - A Minimally Invasive Surgery Option Page 8 Age-ing to Sage-ing® - Saving and Savoring Our Years Soul Responsibilities - Are You a “Slave to Fashion”? Montana Postcard Clutter Control - Getting Organized The Awakened Mind - Neuroplastic Revolution Page 13 Change is Easy - Psychological Reversal... What’s That? Simple Reflections - As the World Turns Shades of Strength - Gisela Jarriel Front Porch Hospitality - “One in a Million” Montana Men Tea Time - Debunking Tea Myths and Legends Montnan Spirits - Hibiscus Mojito Page 24 Panache - Sugar Skin Rub From the Kitchen of Montana Woman - Fennel and Pear Chicken Thighs Candid Cuisine - The Palette Cafe Petals, Projects and Pizzazz - Tropicals 50 Real Food Revival - Enjoying Summer’s Bounty 51 Everyday Fitness - Getting Started 53 Lipstick Logic - Probiotics Not a “Cure-all” as Claimed Page 31 54 In Loving Memory - She Did... So Can You 55 Look to the Stars 55 Jewels - Faking It 56 Fun-draising - Life on the Wild Side Page 51





Behind The Scenes Sandra Lonon - Assistant Editor Sandra grew up in North Carolina, but has called Montana home since the late 80’s. She lives in Bigfork with her husband, Gene, and their two dogs. She is the mother of three entertaining and independent children. After a long career working with children with special needs, Sandra is enjoying editing in her semi-retirement. Nanci Williams - Graphic Design Nanci has been a graphic designer for more years than she can remember, having worked with design studios, advertising agencies, architects, music promoters, and in TV news. She was born in New York, raised in Georgia, and lives in Kalispell with her partner, Charles, and their dogs. She also enjoys swimming and teaches a water exercise class at the Summit in Kalispell. Jill Courtney - Photographer Originally from Minnesota, Jill moved to Montana in 1985 for bigger mountains and smaller mosquitoes. She is a comfortably diversified photographer, living with her family in Whitefish and affectionately called the Pixlady by her local subjects. Jill enjoys sharing beautiful, interesting and compelling pieces of art as seen through her lens. Melanie Hobus - Makeup artist Melanie has spent most of her life in Kalispell, MT where she has been involved in theater and dance. Starting at an early age Melanie gained experience in doing hair and makeup. She started her career at Amore’ Salon and Spa specializing in bridal updos, makeup, and acrylic nails. Melanie is excited to bring out the beauty in Montana’s women.

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From the Editor

I am happy. Not just the “sunshine on my

shoulders makes me happy” feeling, but the “wow, freshly painted toes digging in the warm sand and a cold drink in my hand” kinda happy! It is beaming out of me like sunshine on a beautiful summer’s day. Is it possible to explode with happiness? When people ask me how I’m doing, I’m excited to share just how blessed I am. I am blessed with a wonderful husband, amazing friends, a supportive family, a job I love and a state I am proud to call home. My overwhelming expression of joy initially takes people a bit aback— they seem unprepared for the positive energy… maybe because of the depressed state of current affairs? It seems that, as a society, we have given in to the gloom of a cloudy economy. I am not hiding my head in the sand (just my toes); I know that things are tough right now. We could discuss the war, the national debt, the compromised justice system, the unemployment statistics, our most recent physical ailments, our never ending to-do lists, and on and on and on…. I am simply choosing to not focus on the negatives; I am embracing all that is good and encouraging everyone around me to do the same. There is multitude of good things going on all around us. The trick is to hone our awareness of, acknowledge and embrace the positive. I believe that if we focus on the good, things will get better. Good attracts good… not a new concept. What saddens me is that there are those who question another’s happiness… as though being happy isn’t a good thing. If a friend tells me she is doing well or having a wonderful day, my response should be one of rejoicing, excited to hear of her blessings. When did happiness become something we hide or fear to express? One thing that makes me happy is music—I’m a big fan. I find that the right tune can brighten even a seemingly hopeless day. Lyrics often express my feelings and thoughts better than I can. My new favorite tune is by Uncle Kracker and sums up this joy I am feeling. Please, indulge me by allowing me to share a couple of lines from “It Feels Good to Be Me” with you. “I keep stylin’, smilin’, handin’ out the sunshine It’s like I caught some crazy, happy disease Damn, it feels good to be me” These are just a few of the lines I really enjoy in this upbeat song. If you haven’t heard it, check it out. I feel pretty certain that by the end of the song there will be a smile on your face—and that is a good thing. Until next month, keep handin’ out the sunshine!

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GOLF GROUPIE by Rena Desmond


would like to open this article with a great big THANK YOU to all who responded so positively to the last minute changes regarding the scheduled June 27, 2011 golf tournament. The good news is that the new date is Saturday, September 17th, 2011. The Tournament will still be held at Village Greens Golf course with a shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. I hope to see you there. One of the main reasons for the change was the fact that the weather pattern put us about one month behind our normal spring and summer season. High waters on holes 13 and 14 caused some serious concern. So, here’s hoping for a beautiful and long fall. I don’t know if there is such a thing as a “Golf Groupie” but I think I want to be one. A groupie can be described as an admirer of a celebrity who attends as many of his or her public appearances as possible. The young man that comes to mind immediately is the hottest phenom to the hit the golf scene since Tiger Woods. This young man was born in Belfast in Northern Ireland on May 4, 1989. He grew up on the links at the Holywood Golf Club near his home. His father, uncles, and cousins learned to love and play the game from his grandfather, Jimmy, the patriarch of the Mcilory family. At the age of 2 this young man made his father, Gerry Mcilory, proud by sending golf balls 40 yards out. It was time for a real set of golf clubs. No more plastic clubs; they just wouldn’t work any longer. He proved he was the best of not just his age group when he won the World Under 10s Championship in Doral when finishing the course with 5 shots less than any of the other 80 kid players. From this point, his parents made a pact to work as hard as they could to fund their son’s golf lessons and send him to compete with the greatest players in the world. His father, Gerry Mcilroy, worked 100 hour weeks as a laborer to support his son’s dream to become a professional golfer. His proud mother and devoted wife, Rosie Mcilroy, worked the night shift at a 3M factory packaging millions of rolls of tape. She was very goal oriented, and it has been said that she is the grease that kept the machine going that promoted her son’s career. Mom planted the goal oriented drive for success, while Dad provided the love and skill for the game of golf. I’m sure you golf fans know by now who I’m talking about; and if you’re not a golfer or fan, this young man’s name is Rory Mcilory. His down-to-earth family attitude is like a breath of fresh air. He has been described as dedicated, gracious, grounded, confident, refreshing, resilient, conscientious, and with a good sense of humor about himself. He blitzed the field at the US Open at Congressional, setting a tournament record with a 16-under 268. And yet if you listen to Rory Mcilory talk, he is extremely modest and understands he needs to not sit back on his heels. I have admired a few golf celebrities in the past but this young man has turned me into a “Golf Groupie”.





by Suzanne McAllister Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead. ~ Edna Willis, Collinsville, IL Doing injury puts you below your enemy. ~ Rev. Kinsey, Collinsville, IL Ill customs and bad advice are seldom forgotten. ~ Beulah Gaither, Collinsville, IL First pancakes and first borns seldom turn out well. ~ Barbara Mikula, Kalispell, MT

Back in my younger days we didn’t have organizations that donned orange vests and went out to clean up trash along the highway. We didn’t call it re-cycling either; we called it “earning money”. On a summer day we would grab our bikes and head for the two lane hard road that passed for a freeway and gather every glass bottle and jar we could find. These containers were thrown out of car windows and had held all sorts of liquid such as soda, vinegar, milk, sandwich spreads, pickles, jams, etc. When we had filled our baskets or gunny sacks we would head for the nearest grocery store where we would cash in our bottles—two for a penny, which was a lot of money then. The bottles and jars were then sent back to the factory where they were washed, sterilized and refilled. One year I found a five dollar bill along the road and proudly bought my school shoes with it… and had money to spare!


Jenelle Cassidy Life is Sweet with NO Wheat! by Cindy Branch


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ennelle Cassidy, born and raised in Whitefish, is a sixth generation resident of the Flathead Valley. When Jennelle was 15 years old, Dorne Michels passed away; he was her father, her best friend… and her strength. Jennelle says that her mother, Jeanne Newbury, had the heart and courage of a lion to raise five children on her own. Jeanne’s love has been constant in Jennelle’s life and has strengthened their relationship beyond the typical one of mother/daughter—they are dear friends as well. Dorne and Jeanne also instilled in their daughter the importance of working hard, assuring her the rewards would be great. Jennelle says her strong faith came from a long line of impeccable Montana women—great-grandmothers, grandmothers, great aunts, mothers, and friends. “My earliest memory of work was at the age of nine when I babysat for a neighbor every day after school. Throughout high school I worked at Haines Drug alongside my grandmother, Carol Newbury. Then I landed one of my favorite jobs—front desk receptionist at the Pine Lodge. I loved working with people and soon realized that it was my niche. After a couple of years there, I went to work at the reservation center for Big Mountain. This was all in preparation for a job I really loved, Group Tour Coordinator and Reservation Manager for Glacier Park, Inc. I stayed with that job until my husband, Scott, and I started Precision Painting. That

was ten years ago. Always wanting to continue my growth and keep myself challenged, I started Brought to Life Beads four years ago. It is located in Whitefish at the Mountain Mall and has allowed me to pursue my dream: being creative, working with people, and teaching something I love.” Jennelle now happily calls Columbia Falls home with husband Scott and their three children. When asked about the children, Jennelle proudly shared, “Our oldest, Lexi, is a beautiful and vibrant 16 year old. Our son, Dausson, is a towering teddy bear at just 12 years of age. Our youngest son, Houston, is the comedy and light in our family and is 11 years old.” It was Houston who gave his parents a real scare, one that led them on a journey that resulted in starting their new business, Sweet NO Wheat. “This journey has not been an easy one. It began when Houston was 8 and became very sick.  He could barely get out of bed and could not focus at school. Schoolwork and lack of energy became a daily struggle for him.  I would have to keep him out of school because of continuous stomachaches, headaches, vomiting and so on.   “After a year of being in and out of the hospital and clinics, and countless x-rays, ultra sounds and blood tests, we finally stumbled on an answer.” The answer came from a family friend, a nurse, who asked if any food allergy testing had been done. Willing to try anything to make their sick little boy well, Scott and Jennelle quickly set up an appointment for another blood draw for Houston.  The answer came





three days later—Houston had serious food a blessing to my body as well. This was an allergies to wheat, gluten, eggs, dairy, garlic, answer to a prayer!  I finally knew what had Jennelle and Scott peanuts and artificial sugar.  In addition, been ailing me for most of my life, all because Houston had colitis and celiac disease so I would not give up on healing my son from badly he was bleeding internally.  Jennelle and Scott, the inside out.” who would do anything for their children, began the Night after night, Jennelle would bake trying to search for baked items that Houston could enjoy and achieve a great tasting loaf of bread that was not dry or not feel deprived. Jennelle wanted her little boy to hard as a brick. After many, enjoy the things other children looked forward to. many attempts, she achieved the Can you imagine a child not being able to enjoy his perfect loaf and proudly shared own cake at his birthday party? Pizza parties, BBQs, the news with her dear friend, the classroom treats and other typical events all kids Louise Gulick, owner of enjoy were not a part of this young child’s life. It was Louizanne’s Catering in hard for Houston to understand and perhaps even Whitefish. Jennelle also started Jennell and Louise harder for his parents when they felt unable to help talking to other people and their child. discovered there was a huge need Lexi, Houston, and Dausson Jennelle told me, “I read everything I could about for gluten, dairy and egg-free baked items and treats. working in the bakery. celiac disease and gluten intolerance.  And I began to When Jennelle sought Louise’s advice about opening a bake.  I really had not enjoyed baking because it was too structured bakery catering to those with food allergies, she responded, “I’ve tried for me. I love to cook, adding a dash of this and a pinch of that.  But it myself and it is much harder than I thought, and that was just I’m not a recipe kind of girl; I do best when working and thinking gluten-free! Kid, you have a personal attachment to this and I know outside the box.  Well, I quickly found out you have to go by a you can do it.  If anyone can make it work, it is going to be you, Jen.” recipe, using it as a base, when it comes to gluten, dairy and egg-free That was all the encouragement this devoted mother needed and she baking. It is more than just one challenge... it is three all wrapped then boldly asked Louise if she could rent her kitchen. Since that into one. You take the base... then you make it your own. When moment she has not turned Houston would struggle with staying within the limits of this back. 10/10/10 was lifestyle, I would get back to the books and see what more I could do Jennelle’s first day in the for him.  I started to master cookies, little desserts and simple treats, commercial space slinging but I struggled with bread.” dough and Scott was by her The Cassidy’s realized there was not going to be a magic pill to side working with her on all cure their son. Their main the “experiments”. There focus became making items were the not so good (mason that would appeal to his bricks) and the aha! taste buds. Jennelle said, moments of Lemon Drops, Jennelle, her Mom Jeanne, “This was one of the greatest Cinnamon Rolls, and and brother Jeremy challenges of my life.  After Artisan Bread. the first year, I found that I Houston has proved to be Jennelle’s most demanding critic. If he was eating less gluten as well has a craving for something, she embraces the challenge. Since its and was feeling a significant beginning, Sweet NO Wheat has been selling out of items daily. difference in my People come into the new shop just to see if they are “for Jennelle’s Mom, Jeanne, her own health. real”—that it is possible to bake items that are gluten, grandmother, Carol and aunt Gail Houston’s dairy, and egg-free. And if baking without these doctor had told us the allergies are hereditary and he felt ingredients were not enough of a challenge, the family’s certain it had come from me.  A round of blood tests pastor, PD, presented Jennelle with yet another one. He revealed just that: I, too, have celiac disease and have had suffers from a yeast allergy and asked if she could eliminate it for many years.  I had been suffering from migraines that ingredient as well. Jennelle took on the challenge and that were so debilitating that I could hardly get out of made fresh baked items beyond his expectations. This the bed in the morning and my energy level was so low turned out to be yet another blessing as the demand for that every task seemed to be a challenge. I was so yeast-free products has proved to be just as important as focused on taking care of the children that I didn’t pay gluten, egg, and dairy-free. Sweet NO Wheat offers loaf Jennelle, Julaine, attention to my own poor health. So, all the work I was bread, hamburger buns, flatbread, focaccia, pizza crust, Justin and Jeremy putting in to make our son feel normal was proving to be cinnamon raisin bagel bread, dipping sticks, all kinds of 6




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cookies, scones, brownies, pumpkin bars, lemon bars, rhubarb bars, muffins, cakes and so much more! The house specialty is the product that started it all—bread! Prior to achieving that perfect loaf of bread, Jennelle had a heartbreaking conversation with her son. “Houston sat me down and poured his heart out to me about what he really misses, what he wants so badly, the tastes that he sneaks even if it is a great risk for him. ‘Mom, I want bread that will not fall apart!’ That night I had a dream and I truly believe God gave me the answer I had been seeking for nearly three years.  I came back to the kitchen and did exactly what I was instructed to do in my dream.  I cried at the sight of my first real, flexible, flavorful, spongy loaf of bread. I put my head in my hands and thanked God for it all—all the struggles to get me where I am.  I went back through all the recipes and made the changes. To my great surprise, it made my recipes interchangeable. I could hardly wait to get this beautiful bread to our son.  I made sandwiches for the whole family just the way we like them—loaded!  With Houston’s first bite he said, ‘Mom, why are you feeding me real bread?’  I began crying and immediately knew it was literally the bread of life—for our lives. Houston had sandwich bread, finally!  He ate with the best and brightest smile, the smile that had been lost for a long time.  It was then that I realized there are so many people in the same situation—longing for something as simple as great tasting bread. To feel normal, to be freed in a way” I love the name of their growing business and was intrigued by the origin of the name. Jennelle explained, “My husband Scott and I are great ‘thinkers’ and even better when we go for drives.  We went out on a drive and began brainstorming about a name for our Cousin Brina Ellis, business. One of the names that didn’t Jeanne and Jenelle’s daughter Lexi make it, but was fun to joke about was No Glue for You.  The name we did decide on was Sweet NO Wheat. It is perfect because life can still be sweet without wheat. We asked the kids for their opinion and the vote was unanimous.” Jennelle and her family have turned this life altering challenge into a true blessing. I asked Jennelle what the future holds for Sweet NO Wheat. She giggled and replied, “We just opened a store in the Whitefish Mountain Mall along with Brought to Life Beads.  We now have a cold case to carry your everyday needs.  We are able to educate people who just don’t know what to do with their new diagnosis or those who have suffered for years but had nothing worth biting into. We have a huge demand for our specialty products and we need to get them out to people faster, and in more places.  When the store had been open for only six weeks the word hit the newsstands and the store sold out of bread... 56 loaves, to be exact… in one day! There is such a demand that Scott and I find ourselves taking time away from our other day jobs to make this a full time investment. Right now, we bake from 4:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and then go off to our day jobs. Some

nights we have to go back in to the kitchen for the night just to keep up with the demand. Scott does the Farmers Market on Tuesdays in Whitefish and has a near sell-out each time. The most common responses we hear are: ‘Please do not go anywhere’; ‘Where can I get your products daily?’; ‘I am from out of town; how can I get it when I leave and will you ship?’; ‘What restaurants carry your products?’ and ‘How do I order?’ Currently, we have just the one store in Whitefish, but we have plans in the works that will allow us to meet the needs of the Valley.” Sweet NO Wheat is in the planning stages of expanding into a manufacturing site in the Flathead Valley. “We want to serve our locals and also get to those outside of our valley who do not have access to the extensive options we offer.  Being in the pizza joint on the corner or the local coffee shop is great, but we want to blanket the market and provide greater accessibility, creating more normalcy for people with allergies with our unique menu. We have literally grown overnight. We have people stopping in from all over the U.S. and a few from outside the States saying that they have heard about us and are excited to try our products. My email is overflowing daily with question or orders. Our Facebook page has created a lot of buzz, too.” Scott and Jennelle have been approached by a couple of major franchises that would like to offer their allergy-free products in their nationwide stores. “Knowing that we are making a difference in so many lives is very rewarding! Some of the folks that have stopped in to check us out are almost desperate. Our pastor had not had a hamburger bun in many, many years. The gluten, dairy, egg and yeast-free bun I created for him turned out truly awesome.  And I have so many other great customer stories. One is of a mother of three who was literally starving herself because her love of food ended with her diagnosis. She was overjoyed with our Cherry Almond Cookies. Another woman had multiple allergies that left her with very limited options.  She could not get the wrapper off the Lemon Drops Bar fast enough; it was gone by the time I gave her change back.  There was a little two-year-old girl who really touched my heart. Pizza is her favorite food, but she couldn’t have it because she has severe celiac disease. Her enthusiasm and happiness in the simple joy of now being able to have her favorite food brought me to tears. A little boy came into the store singing, ‘We are getting me bread today. We are getting me bread today!’ Most people are just astounded with what we have on the menu— and then they find out there is no egg, no dairy, as well as no gluten. Most items are also yeast-free and some items are low sugar as well. Sometimes we have people just gaze into the case not sure what they are going to get. I have not been hugged, kissed and thanked so abundantly in my entire life as I have been since the beginning of Sweet NO Wheat. ‘Options’ has not been a word in the vocabulary of so many for years. We are able to offer these people the gift of options.” Sweet NO Wheat is definitely a family affair with Scott and Jennelle doing most of the baking; the three kids help bake, clean, and man the store. For this Montana family, life is absolutely “Sweet NO Wheat!”




View from the North 40 IT’S QUESTIONS ALL THE WAY DOWN by Pam Burke

Why is it that the phone always rings right after you tip

over the can of paint?

How come only my favorite horse gets hurt? Why does the dog never need an emergency trip to the vet unless he’s dirty, full of cockle burrs and smells like whatever he last rolled in, which was not roses? Can anyone explain why people who are an hour late in the spring when we lose an hour with the time change never show up an hour early in the fall when we gain the hour back?

Why is it that the horse with the thin tail likes to stand with her rear end next to fences so the wire barbs and wood splinters snag her tail thinner, and the horse with the thin mane likes to push her head through the same fences stripping her mane even thinner? Why are runway models skinny, even though “gorge” means to “stuff oneself to capacity”, and “gorgeous” means “beautiful”? Wouldn’t it be awesome of the sky were lime green tomorrow? Every Montanan knows the local weatherman is wrong, lying or just plain mean, so why do we insist that spring is supposed to come early or late in any given year just because a ground hog 2,000 miles away in Pennsylvania said so?

How come it’s always the horse I don’t like getting hurt and needing doctoring—forcing me to be nice to a horse I’d rather be rid of? What’s up with Australia and New Zealand having the only known poisonous bird species?

How come it’s always the horse that’s for sale that gets hurt?

Why is it that no disposable razors are built with the little lubricating strip-thingy placed in front of the blade? Why does skin need lubricated after the blade slices across it? Shouldn’t there be a strip of some kind of blood coagulant after the blade?

Why is it that we have a little cautionary voice in the back of our head, rather than a loud-mouth, inner-policeman getting all up in our face with a fluorescent warning sign and a big whistle to really keep us from doing stupid stuff?

How come the only horse that gets hurt is the one I’ve invested time into training? Why, when the temperature is 40 degrees outside in winter, do we rush out to enjoy the heat wave by shoveling snow in shorts and a T-shirt, but when it’s 40 degrees in July we say it’s “freezing” out there, drag out the insulated coveralls and hole up under a comforter with some hot cocoa? Why is it that no matter what day of whatever season of the year it is, when it’s 40 degrees outside, that’s just a quirk of Mother Nature, but if it’s 40 degrees inside the house too, it’s an emergency of unnatural proportions?

How come whichever horse I just bought with good money is always the one that gets hurt?

And why, oh why, do I never get surprise company until my house looks like a herd of Tasmanian devils just chased Wile E. Coyote through my living room? Just asking. (I never leave with that terrible feeling that I’m going to be missed at

Why is the robin considered the herald of spring and not the gopher? Or the skunk?




Just Stoppin’ By

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MATRIMONY by Judith Lavezzi

Wedding—the caravans come together. When my friends Rosia and Brent

take their vows later this month, we will be there. I have noticed, over time, that Rosia has the knack of being a part of things, a talent that enriches all of us. She listens carefully and learns from a lot of women, and remembers much that is said, even offhandedly. I have known her since she was a mostly a girl beginning her own tentative steps into the spider’s web of woman-ship. We have all claimed a piece of nurturing her, and noticing, and participating in another forward step as she has grown up. Now, she is going to return to the scene, her home state, walking into the embraces of trusted and loved elders, sisters, friends, and take her place in the tapestry that exists among us, but this time as a married woman, a grown woman, ready to stand on her own solid size 6 feet, and begin a different life. We will witness this commitment, struck silent by the scope of that promise, yet energized more by the hope of its fulfillment. We will be applauding in the pews; some tears will also be shed, since we know the unpredictability of life, even after the warm hopes for a rosy and unendingly happy future. She will be launched into a new sort of commitment, one in which we will do our part to honor and to support, each in our distinct way. In many ways she is the child of multiple hearts, like the neighborhood cat, owned by all and no one, and loved by many on a consistent basis. She always had the knack of being both dependent and independent in equal measure, not losing herself into either, but carrying each, side by side. Adria is a strong girl with that quiet persistence often possessed by those who labor, steadfast without the brighter spotlight. This wedding is like so many marriage ceremonies and their festivities that follow; the celebrations of the camps conjoined. Occasionally, it is the Montagues and the Capulets, swords drawn around their progeny, their own avatars in the ancient struggle against forgiveness and the forces of passion; other times, it is the high art of romantic comedy, ala Mr. Darcy and the Bennet family, societal intrigue and contrast. All marriage, however, represents a community in celebration of itself, acknowledging something that is intrinsically good, regardless of and separate form what the future brings as events unfold. Acknowledging perhaps as well, that no matter how screwed up we get individually, we all know that this is a beacon of hope and renewal at a larger level. The wagons are circled around the promise of the future, within which all have an ownership investment in the outcome. Musicians play with abandon. The songs are sung, the stories are told and re-told until we all share memories; our history made true by later repetition, if not by strict fact. There is room at the table for joyous hope, and there is room at the table for error as well. We all know that, and yet, we turn our faces to seek the sunshine, enjoying the bright and shining faith that tomorrow will indeed be better than today, that this time, the final chapters will be written with a happy ending. How could it be otherwise, we say. We are all gypsies in our hearts, ribbons flying, violins playing, and dancing into the night together to acknowledge the success of improbable promise snatched from the abyss.


THE CASE OF THE ABANDONED CASTLE Author: Phyllis Seeley Burroughs by Cindy Branch


he name Phyllis Seeley Burroughs will sound familiar to many of you. Phyllis wrote poetry for Montana Woman Magazine for many years. Her “By the Verse” column covered a variety of topics that educated and entertained readers in Phyllis’ own inimitable style. Phyllis, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Arts from the University of Utah, began her professional career as a dancer with the Pink Garter Players in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, touring the southeastern United States. She enjoyed the spotlight and entertained many fans at both public and private functions with her quick wit and comedy routines. Phyllis now happily calls the Flathead Valley home with Tom, her husband of 46 years. In October of 2010, Phyllis, in conjunction with Sweet Bee Press (Whitefish), released her first book, The Case of the Abandoned Castle. This highly entertaining, easy to read, 39-page book is perfect for almost any age. The main character, Sam, is an adventurous young “tomboy” who befriends Danny, a young orphan boy who quickly becomes a part of Sam’s family. Samantha and Danny enjoy one adventure after another that encourage the reader to look for deeper messages. There is an unexpected twist in the story that ends with yet another life lesson. I highly encourage you to pick up a copy of this wonderful book written by Phyllis Seeley Burroughs and illustrated by Sarah Richards. Please contact Sweet Bee Press at 406-892-4209 for ordering information.




In the Scheme of Things…

Encouragement for Today



by Nan S. Russell


carved sign on a wall in a country store caught my eye. “All because two people fell in love,” it read. It got me thinking in this, our anniversary month, how that saying relates to our lives. There are, of course, the tangible results—two little girls, ages four and almost two, who call us Nana and GrDad, delight our lives, and make us smile. Plus one young father and husband whose creative spirit, zest for life, and loving ways make us proud parents. And an amazing daughter-in-law who completes our family with grace and a welcoming style. But the intangible impact of falling in love with this man who shares my life, is harder to quantify. Yet I feel it every day. While graying hair and extra pounds changed the outer package, my heart beats strongly with love, joy, and gratitude for this life we share. I don’t claim a marriage without mistakes, scars, or life-happens-shifts that challenged, pushed, and demanded change or renewed focus from us, individually or collectively. I don’t assert some magical happily-everafter fairy tale experience (although that’s appealing). We’ve enjoyed wonderful years, and we’ve struggled and weathered less than good ones in our time together. I don’t profess to know what works for anyone else, but I do know this: Dan brings out the best in me. He helps me see tomorrow’s sunshine when it’s raining, makes me laugh, challenges my thinking, pushes me from my comfort-zone, offers alternative perspectives, and nudges my good side. Yet, all the while, letting me be me—talents, shortcomings, technical incompetence and all. By nourishing my soul, supporting my dreams, and encouraging my life’s passions, I am who I am today because I fell in love with, and am loved by Dan. It is that gift of unconditional love that ripples in intangible ways. Thirty-six years ago, a small group of family and friends gathered on an August day in the mountains to celebrate our simple ceremony of love. “You invent the future that you want to face,” were the words we chose to engrave in our rings, plucked from a Fleetwood Mac song popular at the time. In the scheme of things, that vision has served us well as we created a life, a family, and a future. It still does as we embrace new demands, dreams, and changes together. Certainly, no one knows what the future holds. But we have today and it holds a loving, joyful anniversary celebration with my husband and best friend. Falling in love with Dan is the best thing that ever happened to me. The resulting wonderful son, daughter-in-law, and darling granddaughters think so, too!

by Teresa K. Stockton


irst and foremost, success is a matter of vantage point. The view from where you sit may be a complete blur to me. While some might see success as receiving that long-awaited promotion, another strives to teach a child better reading skills; your neighbor may experience success by finally being able to pay her monthly bills on time, while the person across town finds peace in realizing she is able to support her children without sharing her life with an abusive partner. Success is in the eye of the beholder! Booker T. Washington said, “I have learned that success is measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed!” But, it will not come by sitting on our laurels in anticipation of a knock on the door. The same is true of the transitional process toward success, and I am persuaded that procrastination is its enemy! In the words of author and motivational speaker, Nisandeh Neta, “Everything you could have been, all the accolades you could have won, all the achievements nagging at your mind, haven’t happened for one reason, and one reason only… you procrastinated!” What a sad eulogy which reads, “She could have been so much more.” The key is this: you must be an active participant in the change required to reach your success. It is not enough to want it; it must become your driving force. You must put legs beneath your wants, wings upon your dreams, and turn your dreams into reality. Resolve to do at least one thing daily that will carry you closer to your definition of success. It is analogous to eating the elephant one bite at a time; if we were to see a complete picture of everything necessary before taking the first step, our feet would become as lead. On the other hand, if we focus only on what is attainable for the day, we will soon look back and be amazed at the distance we have travelled. It has been said that if we want to go where we have never been, then we must be willing to do what we have never done. The struggles will only sweeten our eventual triumph. Reach out and reach up, and success will attach itself to you like the calories in a hot fudge sundae! Teresa is the author of “Life Should Be More Than Just Surviving: My Search for the Woman Within” available through

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NORTH VALLEY HOSPITAL’S BIRTHING CENTER by Cindy Branch Pamela Parsons, CNM and Jeanne Tremper, CNM


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Glacier Maternity has been a part of the Flathead Valley since 1995 when Julie ach year, more than a 100,000 women in the Sherrick, CNM, began the practice. They began delivering babies at North Valley United States give birth to their babies with the help Hospital in 1998, the same year that Jeanne Tremper, CNM, joined the practice. of nurse midwives. In the Flathead Valley, Glacier Maternity officially became a division of North Valley Hospital in the fall approximately one-fourth of the women choose of 2010, where they deliver an average of 200 babies per year. nurse midwives for their maternity services. The I asked Jeanne what made them decide to join forces with North Valley numbers continue to increase as word spreads that Hospital. She told me that North Valley practices the Planetree philosophy. having a baby with a nurse midwife is a safe, “North Valley believes that care-giving is best achieved through kindness and satisfying experience. compassion, and their desire to focus on patient-centered care was a perfect A Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) has a Bachelor’s match for Glacier Maternity. We believe that spending more time with our Degree in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Nursing patients during our visits helps us to establish a closer, more personal with an emphasis on midwifery/women’s health. relationship. We also spend more time with them while they are in labor to When they care for women and their families in offer support and encouragement. We think it is very important not to place a pregnancy they follow a very similar regimen as the strict time line on an individual woman’s labor and, within safety guidelines, ob/gyn doctors do in terms of frequency of prenatal are able to give extra time, attention and flexibility to help coax a labor that visits, ultrasound and laboratory testing. One thing may be progressing slower than usual. However, if a patient on which they specifically try to develops complications in their pregnancy, labor or birth, focus is offering their patients the three ob/gyn physicians that we work with are right more time. Their mission is to there to assist us and our patients if needed. North Valley is spend extra quality time with very supportive of midwifery care and our patients and we pregnant women to calm their are so thankful to have such excellent physicians to call on if fears, lend support and treat them needed. I am very proud of the fact that our primary, or as individuals. Through education first, c-section rate is four percent. This is significantly lower and experience, a nurse midwife is than the overall rate in our area (17 percent) as well as the qualified to be the main caregiver national rate.” throughout pregnancy and Glacier Maternity currently has two CNMs on staff, childbirth. The word midwife Jeanne Tremper and Pam Parsons. (Its founder, Julie means “with women”. Certified Sherrick, retired in the fall of 2010.) Jeanne graduated from Nurse-midwives are part of a long the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in tradition of women helping Nursing. She worked for six years in maternal-child health women, with a special sensitivity, nursing before beginning her nurse-midwifery training. a sound knowledge and good Logan & Andrea Shawback with Pamela Jeanne then graduated from the Frontier School of common sense. Midwifery and Family Nursing (the oldest nurse-midwifery program in the North Valley Hospital’s website explains, “The United States) with a certification in nurse-midwifery in 1998. She received foundation of the Birth Center at North Valley her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University Hospital is family-centered maternity care. The basis that same year. She is the proud mother of three daughters whom she of this concept, which recognizes the family as the delivered with the guidance, care and support of a nurse-midwife. strongest unit in our society, is to individualize care Pam graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Grand Canyon so that parents are involved and share the University in Phoenix, Arizona in 1993. She has eighteen year’s experience as childbearing experience according to their wishes. a labor and delivery nurse and as a nurse in a busy prenatal and pediatric Whether you are a nuclear family, single parent, or clinic. In addition, Pam has experience as a community health nurse and a belong to an extended family, it is the objective of school nurse. In January, she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Nursing and the entire staff to meet the variety of individual Certificate of Midwifery from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family needs so the experience may be fulfilling and Nursing. Pam and her husband Walt have moved to the Flathead from rewarding.” 14



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join them at their visits as well Blackfoot, Idaho. She has as at their birth.” two grown sons, David and The staff at North Valley Michael, and is expecting (L to R) Kim Stratton, Crystal Boyd, Jeanne Tremper,CNM, understands that getting her first grandchild this fall. Pamela Parsons, CNM, & Jackie George ready for a birth is an exciting Jeanne shared these time. They pay special attention to the mother’s safety thoughts: “I often think midwives don’t choose midwifery; it chooses them! and comfort. The spacious, private birthing suites in As a labor and delivery nurse, I observed many births that could have been the Birth Center make the expectant mothers feel at a much better experience for the woman, her baby and her family than it was. Often it appeared that it would have taken so little effort to have made home. Maintaining the bedroom feel, supplies and equipment are kept relatively out-of-sight while being it a better experience— close at hand. A nurse will watch the mother’s and the a little more time here, a little more effort there, a little more communication on what was important to them, to what she and her family baby’s progress carefully. A warm and relaxing whirlpool is available for those who desire to labor in a wanted the experience to be. I was drawn to midwifery in the hope that I tub. And, an Aqua Doula ® is an option for those who could help make the birth experience a better one for women, their babies, wish to have a water birth delivery. North Valley’s and their families.” Hospital’s Birth Center is the only hospital in Montana “Women are tremendous that offers water births. individuals. They are able to About this option Jeanne told me, “At North Valley grow a whole new little Hospital, we are able to offer our families the option of person in their bodies while a water birth. Water birth is a very safe option for still going about their daily delivering the baby while in the comfort of a warm routine, which is amazing in birthing tub. Women tend to find the warm water of itself! Then in labor (and the tub helps to keep them significantly more relaxed life) they show amazing as well as offering pain relief benefits both during their strength, integrity, labor and the delivery. Babies also often appear to be vulnerability, versatility—it significantly calmer immediately following their birth is an honor that they allow in the water as they transition into their new me to be a part of such an Logan & Andrea Shawback environment.” amazing time in their and The care and concern for the mother’s and baby’s their family’s life. I am so appreciative. I am truly inspired by the women I well-being doesn’t end with the birth. The Birthing meet through my practice on a daily basis.” Center offers a Mother-Baby Support Group that Jeanne went on to say, “What makes Glacier Maternity special is a provides a perfect opportunity for new mothers to combination of things that come together to make it a caring and meet with seasoned moms along with one of the Birth supportive environment for women and their families. Besides Pam and Center nurses to ask questions and find reassurance myself, we have three wonderful medical assistants who work together as a with all the new changes in their lives. team to provide excellent care to our patients and their families. The basis The staff at North Valley Hospital and Glacier of our care is the respect of the patient and their choices in their healthcare. Maternity encourage parents considering using a As is true with North Valley Hospital, we encourage patients to communicate with us what is important to them in their general health care midwife or who want to discuss birthing options to contact them at 406-863-3535. as well as in their pregnancy, labor and birth. Each patient has her own personalized birth. Many pursue natural childbirth while others know they would prefer the comfort of an epidural during their birth. Some patients want only their spouse in the room while others want all of their family and friends. Terrific, either way! We look at birth as a family event and encourage our patients to have whomever they feel comfortable with to




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Peaks and Valleys SHOULD I TELL MY DAUGHTER CHILDBIRTH IS A BEAR? by Kathleen Clary Miller


hen I answer the phone Kate is breathless. “I’ve decided on the theme for my baby! Winnie the Pooh! It’s gender neutral!” I blink twice. First, to understand that babies now are thematic. Second, to process the term “gender neutral” then glean that she is referring to Winnie being appropriate for either girl or boy rather than the baby being neither girl nor boy. Despite the urgency in her voice, she is whispering into her iPhone since she’s out shopping with her mother-in-law for her sister-in-law’s baby shower—the party for the baby who is actually due in a month. “I know this isn’t about me!” she giggles, “but I just can’t help it!” She keeps her voice down so no one else can know that when it comes to anything related to any newborn, it is about no one else but her. Kate’s baby is still a twinkle in her eye, a conversation she and her husband engage in daily, now that Kate has the childbirth bug. She has successfully negotiated with him to “start trying” in December. Something tells me he’s gonna get lucky a lot this Christmas. In the meantime, she leaps onto the Internet to determine what foods might enhance fertility (I point out that if she is anything like her mother, she’ll be pregnant five seconds after she ceases birth control). She visits her doctor to wonder when to commence pre-natal vitamins and cease double shot lattes. She prays her sister-in-law won’t take the baby names she’s already chosen. As Pooh would say, “Oh, bother!” Last week, she called to ask whether I thought she should have a spinal during labor, or experience natural childbirth. Uh-oh—now there’s a loaded question. Her friend Dory had opted to give birth to her second child the way nature intended it. Recovery from the tearing that occurred during her first birth experience because the spinal had rendered her too numb to feel it happening had been, “the worst part of all,” she reported to Kate. Twenty-eight years ago I gave birth naturally to both my daughters, primarily because the mental image of a spinal being administered was enough to make me buy another puppy and forget being the mother of a human. When everyone was in awe that I had done so, I went with sainthood instead of confessing my real motive. Should I tell her the truth about labor pains or what I told myself when I thought transition might be my final hours on earth? “What did Dory tell you?” I asked, hoping she would determine her path due to someone else’s advice so I wouldn’t later be the bad guy. “She said she thought she was going to die, but then when it was over, it was over.” That about summed it up. Except for the distinct memory that after birth, in the maternity ward, where nurses offered a class on bathing your newborn, I seemed to be the only woman who had trouble walking down the hall to attend and took a sitz bath for myself instead. “It takes a little time to heal from the episiotomy,” I said sheepishly, not going into the details of that particular procedure. I subscribe to the old adage that what you don’t know can’t hurt you.

I quickly decided to offer encouragement, the practical and helpful information that, hand in hand with the silent vow that I would never have sex again, astonishingly saw me through a billion hours of labor and into blessed delivery. After all, I would like to have a grandchild someday. “It helped me to remember that the uterus is just a muscle. Contractions are like squeezing your arm really hard.” It felt more like cutting it off, like that guy in the book and movie had to do when he got caught between a rock and a hard place… but why go there? My motherly instinct kicked in; I wanted to spare my baby the agony while having her baby, so I should advise, “spinal”. But what about the ecstasy? She’d seen me, certifiably menopausal, still sob whenever I watched a woman giving birth naturally on some cheesy sitcom. That moment of personal triumph is as overwhelming as Rocky winning the fight. Ironically, despite the paralyzing pain, I’d trade every moment before or since just to be back there again, hee-hee breathing and willing my cervix to dilate to ten centimeters. “Does it hurt to push?” Kate asked while snapping pictures in Babies R Us and emailing them so I could instantly see all the Pooh paraphernalia. Winnie or not, there’d be plenty of pooh all right, once the diapering began. I told her that when I pushed it was quick and actually a huge relief, but many a female friend had informed me that hours into it her bearing down had been… well, hard to bear. “That’s when you might wish you were gender neutral,” I answered. Visit Kathleen Clary Miller’s blog to read other stories: http://


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Bits and Pieces TILL DEATH US DO PART: A REAL ESTATE STORY by Chris Noel/Broker Nodoubt Land Company, Kalispell


t first glance you would assume this is a wedding story, and in a way it is; not a story about a marriage between a man and a woman, but rather the marriage of a family and a home. After over 20 years in the real estate business, I have not only seen my share of ups and downs in the market, but can also attest to the fact that there are VERY few transactions that do not bring the term “Murphy’s Law” to mind. It is rare indeed to have a real estate purchase go 100% as hoped for upon acceptance of a Purchase Agreement. The first stage is one of euphoria, or at least happiness to have negotiated the deal. Everyone is content at this point. There are typically several obstacles to work through at a minimum, which are expected. What is a test of human endurance are the unexpected issues, which although not uncommon, never cease to cause enough problems to make everyone involved succumb to various levels of stress. This particular home buying saga began when I was called upon to represent a friend and her family on the purchase of a new home. In some ways their strict search criteria made my job easier as there were few choices in the area they wished to live. They also had a certain price range limit as well as particular floor plan requirements. Working as a team, we watched the new listings daily and made offers on several homes, only to be beat out by “better offers”. Due to the fact that the real estate market has been declining over the past few years along with the excessive amount of inventory to choose from, it has been a “Buyer’s Market” to a large extent. The change this year is that the foreclosure properties seem to be “Priced to Sell”, and they are selling! It is not uncommon to be in competition with several offers simultaneously. In such a situation the “Bank” typically responds with a Multi Counter Offer to all parties giving them a last chance to make their highest and best offer. At this point, a buyer often elects to make a full price offer, or even a greater than full price offer, to secure the property. Then the clock starts ticking to comply with the terms of the Buy Sell Agreement. My buyers were so determined to make this particular house their home, they were willing to comply with the performance demands contained in the “Bank’s” counter offer. They had earnest money at risk, not to mention the appraisal and miscellaneous loan approval expenses, should they be unable to close on the date specified in our contract. The “Bank” refused to negotiate any of the dates when we needed additional time for the completion of the financing process and were demanding the buyer’s pay $100.00 per day for each day they failed to close past the contract date. After weeks of team work we received the news we had been longing to hear! The appraisal was approved, the final loan commitment was issued and we were ready to close! We all rejoiced until we were notified by the title company we were mandated to use by the “Bank” and which was in Great Falls, that there was a problem. Seems they could not provide my buyer’s with clear title due to an error in the foreclosure process on this particular property. We were absolutely astounded at this unexpected turn of events! Here the “Bank” had put all involved through a grueling endurance test, demanded results in unreasonable time frames, all of which we worked to meet, only to now tell us that they couldn’t close? At the last minute, First American Title Company in Kalispell saved the day by finding a resolution to the title issue. At the closing table my friend stated that she was NEVER going to buy a house again; she would be buried in the back yard! It was she 20


who is quoted saying, “Till Death Us Do Part!” I prefer to think of their family “Living Happily Ever After” in their dream home, as I know they will! The purpose of sharing this story with Montana Woman Magazine readers is meant to be a “heads up” should anyone out there be interested in purchasing a foreclosure property. These sales tend to be dictated by the “Bank” and buyers must understand the process and accept the property “as is” in most cases. Buyer’s Check List: 1. Be preapproved or provide proof of cash funds upon submitting an offer to purchase. 2. Secure the services of a reliable REALTOR or real estate attorney for guidance through the transaction. 3. Be willing to agree to additional terms and sign all documents/ disclosures generated by the “Bank”. 4. Agree to owner occupancy of the purchased home or disclose “Investor Status” and comply with certain rules and restrictions. 5. Have a thorough, professional home inspection/be prepared to make any repairs required. 6. Review Title Report carefully/request verification from your Title Company on any questions. 7. Termination of the Buy Sell Contract is subject to all dates for performance stated in your contract/monitor dates carefully so you are not in jeopardy of losing your earnest money. 8. Consider having an appraisal done even if it is a cash transaction. 9. If acreage is included in the sale, be sure to confirm all property boundaries during your due diligence time frame. 10. Request an updated Title Report prior to closing for final approval. This is an excellent time to purchase real estate; there is NODOUBT! If you are a “seasoned” buyer, you understand the process. For those who do not have the experience to know what to watch out for, I hope this article will increase your awareness. The bottom line is whether you are an owner occupant or an investor, the end result should be a positive experience!



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More folate, better hearing Hearing declines with age for many reasons. To see how nutrition might affect hearing, doctors in this study eliminated those who might have lost hearing due to infection, disease, trauma, noise, or ear-damaging drugs. Researchers tested 126 apparently healthy men and women, aged at least 60, and found that those with hearing loss in high frequencies—the type most common with age—or speech fequencies, had blood folate levels about onethird lower than those with normal hearing. People with more vitamin B12 also tended to have better hearing than those with lower B12 levels.

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complaints and those with Alzheimer’s disease both tend to have low levels of the omega-3 docosahexenoic acid (DHA). In this study, 485 otherwise healthy adults, aged at least 55, with impaired memory, took 900 mg of DHA per day, or a placebo. After six months, while the placebo group had not improved, those who had taken DHA had better memory and learning compared to the start of the study and made fewer errors on memory and learning tests, compared to placebo. Researchers also found that DHA levels had doubled in the DHA group, and memory improved as DHA levels increased. Reference: Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; Vol. 143, N. 6, 826-40 Reprinted from: Natural Insights for Well Being, May, 2011

Curcumin compound eases eye inflammation Swelling and irritation in the iris of the eye, or anterior uveitis (AU), can blur vision, be painful, make the eyes sensitive to light, and must be treated to avoid complications. In this study, 106 adults aged 21 to 68 with chronic AU, who were taking standard antiinflammatory eye medication, began taking 600 mg of a curcumin-soy phosphatidylcholine compound twice per day. After six weeks, 86 percent felt better. After one year, AU relapses had declined to 36 from 275 in the year before the study, an 88 percent improvement. DHA improved memory Doctors said that healthy people with memory




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by Shawn Shanahan, RNC, MSN, WHCNP, WHE Northwest Women’s Health Care Center

hen an area is kept shaven, hair ends can become sharp, coil upon themselves and poke into the skin. These in-grown hairs can be uncomfortable, but are easily relieved by uncoiling and pulling out the ends. Avoiding shaving for a while will promote healing. Shaving also contributes to folliculitis, superficial inflammation at the base of a hair follicle created by friction and bacterial invasion. A new razor should be used each shaving episode to reduce the entrance of bacteria into otherwise intact skin. Invasion of the bacteria into deeper layers of the skin leads to furuncles, which contain pus and are painful, red and warm to the touch. Carbuncles are convergence of more than one furuncle with even deeper invasion of bacteria. Friction and perspiration in the groin and genital areas along with normally present bacteria, particularly staphylococcus, create a wonderful environment for these types of minor infections. Squeezing pustules and poking them with nonsterile instruments should be avoided as secondary infections can develop leading to deeper infections, or abscesses. Warm tub soaks, hot compresses and scrubbing gently with soap and water can promote healing. Corn starch or baby powder to the groin area can reduce friction and moisture for prevention, but sometimes antibiotics are needed for flare-ups of furnucles and carbuncles plus incision and drainage for abscesses. A simple exam can determine the best treatment for these common genital nuisances.

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he ability to bounce back from disappointment or failure requires life skills that can be taught. It is not easy nor will it work unless you work at gaining optimism. Many of us yearn for transformation but don’t want to change what we have been doing, even if it has not been effective so far in our life. Just like playing on the seesaw or learning to ride a bike, there are steps to gaining mastery. Reflect back on when you were a child and learned to ride a bike or swim by yourself. It took some determination on your part and a desire to succeed. It also took a great deal of faith. You had to overcome doubts, fears and personal insecurities about your ability to succeed. But you did it! If we are smart, we look for others who have already mastered the skill of resiliency and will share their wisdom with us. No one has to do it alone. There are guides, coaches and mentors who can offer encouragement and support. Others can give us tools to succeed, but ultimately the decision to change can only come from within. Acquiring this resilient ability begins by recognizing that we assume responsibility for choices. Each one of us, no matter where we are in the world or what we do, is in charge of our own lives. We may not be able to control outside forces, but we can control our inner thoughts, emotions and reactions to circumstances.


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Tattered Tales WHY, GRANDFATHER? by R. Thomas Funk


he sat on the garden bench, her white dress glowing in the morning sunshine and her hair glistening like a halo. She swung her feet back and forth and swiveled her head as far as she could trying to catch sight of him. She was worried he might not come. She smoothed her dress again and looked up. A man appeared before her as if by magic wearing a tan hat and carrying a coat folded over one arm. She looked at him, and in an almost silent whisper asked, “Are you grandfather?” It was a question of someone terrified that the answer might be no. “Of course I am!” he replied and his face broke into the biggest grin she had ever seen. He knelt on one knee and held his arms out to her. In an instant she was off the bench and racing into his embrace. He fell over backwards with her and laughed. It was a hearty laugh, a merry laugh, even better than a Santa Claus’ laugh. When he sat up he said, “What would you like to do this morning?” “Can we go see the forest mommies?” “Certainly!” he replied. They stood up and she wrapped her hand around his little finger and they began to walk. “It’s sad how they all ask the same thing,” he thought. The walk was slow because her legs were so short, but soon enough they neared a field of green grain. Grandfather stopped, picked her up so she could see better, looked up in the sky, and pointed at a bird. “That’s a Red Tail Hawk,” he explained. She watched the bird soar on invisible currents of air. When it came near a tree on the edge of the field there appeared two tiny birds chattering for all they were worth. They flew above the hawk, and then dropped like stones on top of him. At each pass, the hawk would roll over and bare its talons, but the smaller birds avoided the out-stretched claws and continued tormenting the larger bird until it finally gave up and sped away. One of the small birds returned to the tree, but the other gave chase a while longer. “Those are sparrows; their babies are hidden in that tree,” Grandfather said. “The one still chasing the hawk is the mother. She wants to make sure the danger is past and her babies are safe before she returns to her nest.” They continued their walk and soon found themselves on a rocky slope. Overhead, clouds moved swiftly in from the west. “Wait a moment,” Grandfather said. Look around carefully. Do you see anything unusual?” She stopped and looked around, and finally shook her head no. “On the ground, just there,” he said pointing to a lump of earth. She stared at the lump, and in a moment it materialized into a bird sitting absolutely still. 24


Above them, lightning flashed across the heavens followed immediately by a thunderous crash. She jumped, startled by the noise. The rain drops were huge! Grandfather knelt on the ground and she sat on his bent knee. She snuggled into his side and he unfolded the coat he was carrying and used it to cover both of them. The full fury of the storm unleashed itself and the rain poured down. From under the coat she watched the bird. It never moved. The rain pelted it hard, but the bird remained where it was. The storm was brief, and soon the rain slowed, then quit. She stood up and Grandfather stood and shook the excess water from the coat. At his movement, the mother bird jumped up and moved off quickly all the while making the most plaintive cries. Then she stopped and flopped on her side fluttering one wing as if she were badly hurt. “Grandfather, what’s wrong?” “Nothing, Sweetheart,” he replied smiling. He pointed back to the spot where the bird had sat during the storm, and she noticed four speckled eggs on a nest of wood chips. “She’s pretending that she’s hurt so we’ll follow her and she can lead us away from her nest. She’s a killdeer.” “Can we go look at the eggs?” “Just for a moment. We don’t want to cause her any undo worry. Don’t touch the eggs or the nest.” She walked near the nest and marveled at how the eggs blended so perfectly into the surrounding. In the meantime, the killdeer’s cries became more desperate, and the mother bird moved dangerously close to the pair. “We need to move off and let her calm down,” Grandfather said. She took hold of his finger and they resumed their walk. They circled back towards their starting point as the sun began to settle into the west. They were emerging from a small stand of trees when Grandfather stopped abruptly. He was watching to his left. She looked in the same direction just as a doe stepped into the clearing. She was cautious. She looked in every direction and took a single step. Then she looked again. After several minutes, she looked over her shoulder, and out of the tall grass appeared a baby fawn. No bigger than a button, he was all legs and ears and looked like cinnamon toast with white sugar sprinkled over it. He pranced up to his mother, nursed for a moment, and then took off jumping and dancing as best he could. A loud bark sounded to the rear and out of the trees came three large dogs growling and moving towards the deer. The doe stationed herself between the dogs and the fawn, but the dogs split up and began to approach her from different sides.


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The hair on their backs stood up and the growls intensified as they drew nearer. The doe was frantic, but she couldn’t run, because the fawn could never keep up. The dogs moved in for the final rush. “Grandfather, stop them!” she pleaded. “ENOUGH! STOP THAT! his voice thundered. The dogs froze. Their tails drooped and their heads lowered. “Go home! GIT!” The dogs tripped and fell all over themselves in their efforts to comply. The doe watched them leave. Then she turned and looked at Grandfather. He looked at her, smiled a little bit, and nodded his head. The doe nodded in return and then she and the fawn continued on their way. “Oh Grandfather, I was so scared!” Picking her up and carrying her, he said, “There is nothing to fear here, ever.” When they got home, they ate a light supper; then he drew her a bath and laid out a nightgown. Afterwards, he dried and brushed her hair. As he tucked her into bed, he could see questions in her eyes. He sat on the edge of her bed. “Why, Grandfather, did the mommy bird not move until the rain stopped?” she asked. “Because she loved her babies so much she wanted to protect them.” “Why didn’t the mommy deer run away when the dogs were growling?” “For the same reason,” he replied. “They would have hurt her baby.” She was deep in thought for a moment, and he waited. He could see tears forming in her eyes. “Why, Grandfather? Why didn’t my mommy protect me? Is there something wrong with me?” “No, Darling. You are a perfect little angel.” “Why did she do it then? Why did she let that man kill me?” Her voice cracked as she wept, and Grandfather gathered her up in his arms, held her close, and rocked back and forth. “I cannot explain,” he said softly. “I do know that your mommy is sorry. She regrets what she did. For the rest of her life, she’ll wonder as she passes a grade school what you would have looked like on your first day of school, or what you would have done after high school, or what your wedding would have been like.” He continued to rock her and her sobs finally began to lighten. When she was finally asleep he put her back into bed. As he stood at the door, he looked at her and whispered, “I know how this hurts, but tomorrow there will be no more sadness, no memories, no questions. You have suffered all you will ever suffer.” He shut off the light and said, “They just don’t realize there are consequences.”


The Return By Lisa Birkeland

Laughter be my medicine For sorrow, my dis-ease Oh, how to be a denizen Of highest flight I please? Lo, how the moonlight rises To make a dream seem real Alas the sunlight prizes all But love I want to feel I grip me with the talons And tear me with the beak As ash, I, phoenix howlin’ Within one wants to speak Forsaking how I got here I’m given wings to see... My voice was caged within my fear So I have set it free!




Facing the Odds THE HISTORY OF INSURANCE by Jose´ Frank Farmers’ Insurance Group


he main concept of insurance—that of spreading risk—has been around as long as human existence. Whether it was hunting giant elk in a group to spread the risk of being the one gored to death or shipping cargo in several different caravans to avoid losing the whole shipment to a marauding tribe, people have always been wary of risk. The first written insurance policy appeared in ancient times on a Babylonian obelisk monument with the code of King Hammurabi carved into it. The “Hammurabi Code” was one of the first forms of written laws. These ancient laws were extreme in most respects, but it offered basic insurance in that a debtor didn’t have to pay back his loans if some personal catastrophe made it impossible (disability, death, flooding, etc.). In the dark and middle ages, most craftsmen were trained through the guild system. Apprentices spent their childhoods working for masters for little or no pay. Once they became masters themselves, they paid dues to the guild and trained their own apprentices. The wealthier guilds had large coffers that acted as a type of insurance fund. If a master’s practice burned down, a common occurrence in the wooden hovels of medieval Europe, the guild would rebuild it using money from its coffers. If a master were robbed, the guild would cover his obligations until money started to flow in again. If a master were suddenly disabled or killed, the guild would support him or his widow and family. This safety net encouraged more and more people to leave farming and take up trades. As a result, the amount of goods available for trade increased, as did the range of goods and services available. The style of insurance used by guilds is still around today in the form of “group coverage”. Insurance companies thrived in Europe, especially after the industrial revolution. In America, the story was very different. Colonists’ lives were fraught with dangers that no insurance company would touch. As a result of lack food, wars with indigenous people and disease, almost three out of every four colonists died in the first 40 years of settlement. It took more than 100 years for insurance to establish itself in America. Not content with the titles of statesman, scientist, inventor or author, Benjamin Franklin added insurer to his collection. In 1752, the Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire became the first mutual fire insurance company in America. Much like London in the 1600s, houses at this time were made almost entirely out of wood. Worse yet, the settlements that grew into the cities were built close together. This was originally done for security reasons but as cities grew, developers built homes very close to each other for the same reasons they do today—to fit as many homes as possible on their development plots.  The Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of 26


Houses from Loss by Fire set new standards for building houses because it refused to insure houses that were considered fire hazards. The criteria they used to evaluate buildings would one day be reworked into both building codes and zoning laws. Seven years later, Franklin was also instrumental in getting the first life insurance company, the Presbyterian Ministers’ Fund, off the ground. Various religious authorities at the time were outraged at the practice of putting a value on human life, but criticism cooled when it was seen that insurance worked to protect widows and orphans. The industrial revolution then brought the necessity of both business insurance and disability insurance to the forefront. Throughout history, the types of insurance offered have been expanded in reaction to new risks; in 1864 the first accident policy was sold and in 1889 the first auto insurance policy. In 1935, the Social Security Act came into effect, providing unemployment compensation and old-age benefits. This took away some of the insurance companies’ territory and it sent a clear signal that encouraged the industry to begin regulating itself for fear of more government involvement. World War II brought a wage freeze and companies, desperate to attract the workers still in the country, started offering group life and health insurance. These big policies went to large companies that could handle them. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled that insurance should come under federal regulation, but Congress passed the McCarran-Ferguson Act in 1945, returning control to the state level where it remains to this day. Insurance will always be a part of our lives because people and businesses are always looking for ways to minimize risk. Because of the range of insurance policies available, insurance has become more and more complex. For something as individual as personal insurance, my advice is to work with a personal agent who can help match your coverage with your changing life.


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rs. 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.

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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!

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or the past few weeks, my husband, Allen, has been short of breath and experiencing an ache in his chest. At our age, that is serious stuff, so off we went to our internist and cardiologist to have him checked out. The doctor ordered a cardiac catheterization to see if his heart was operating properly.  So yesterday I spent the day in a hospital room waiting for the results of the test.  These are harrowing times, and I realized how lucky I was to have dear friends with me to hold my hand and keep my fears at bay. Fifteen years ago, I tried to deal with Allen’s by-pass heart surgery by myself. My children lived far away, and I had no family close by.  So I played super wife, to be strong for him and not impose my burdensome fears on friends. In spite of my determination, my friend Rona and her husband appeared just as the doctor gave us the good news that his heart repair was successful.  I collapsed in Rona’s arms sobbing with relief.  Later I realized how foolish I was to try to go it alone.  This time was different. One of the women holding my hand had become a grandmother the night before.  She helped deliver a beautiful baby girl—her daughter’s first child.  So there we sat, celebrating and fearful at the same time. An hour later we received the good news that my husband’s heart was fine.  Again tears were shed, but this time I had company. It was wonderful news, but still left us with concern about his symptoms. Now it would be on to the next specialist in search of a diagnosis. But before we left the hospital, I was holding Baby Lilly in my arms cooing grandmotherly sounds and listening to her first case of the hiccups.   Last night I found myself in a state of wonder at the full range of emotions we experienced yesterday—a new baby and the fears of continuing life all at the same time. I watched my husband face the situation with courage and grace, joking with the nurses, listening carefully to the physicians, and thanking everyone who took care of him. He truly demonstrated the wisdom and gratitude that defines being an elder.  We are living longer and stronger. Most of us will experience the new life stage, Elderhood, an additional 30 years of life.  Yet, because of our fears, most of us will fail to value and enjoy the wisdom and gratitude that comes with our later years. “We live life forward, but understand it backwards,” said the philosopher Kierkegaard.

  Today there is a powerful industry based on the concept of unending youth based on anti-aging therapies and products that encourage us to capture our youthful appearance and energy through the denial of the last and longest stage of human development—elderhood. Noted gerontologist, Dr Robert Butler, invented the term “ageism” to summarize his critique of how our society fails to value later life. Toward the end of his own life, at age 83, he exemplified the spirit of positive aging that he promoted throughout his career:  “The underlying basis of ageism is the dread and fear of growing older, becoming ill and dependent, and approaching death.  People are afraid, and that leads to profound ambivalence.  The young dread aging, and the old envy youth.  Behind ageism is corrosive narcissism, the inability to accept our fate, for indeed we are all in love with our youthful selves, as is reflected in the yearning behind the expression ‘salad days’. Although undoubtedly universal, ageism in the United States is probably fueled by the worship of youth in a still-young country dominated by the myth of the unending frontier... ” Rather than trying to reverse nature, author and teacher Richard Leider, Ph.D., encourages us to spend this last stage of life savoring its sweetness and saving the parts of our world that need care and protection, by preserving the environment, mentoring young people with the knowledge and wisdom we have acquired, and sharing our stories to inspire values of kindness, understanding, consideration and peace. Rather than being a time of decline, Elderhood is a time of growth and creativity. It is a time to help build a future for generations to come.    As I live through these days, my constant prayer is that I continue to savor and save each of them, tasting its sweetness and being embraced by their wonder.   Ina Albert is a Life Transitions Coach, author and certified Seminar Leader of Age-ing to Sage-ing® workshops and presentations. She can be reached at or (406) 863-2333.





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re you a “slave to fashion”? If so, you may very well be part of an insidious system that uses actual slaves to produce the things that we so love to buy. Really. So you thought that slavery was outlawed in the nineteenth century? It was. But it is still alive and kicking all over the world. It is called human trafficking. And it is nasty. And it is pervasive. The U.S. State Department estimates that there are up to 27 million victims of human trafficking in the world today. And it is not just “over there”. It is here, in the United States. Human trafficking most especially affects women and girls, although boys are victims, too, and, to a much lesser extent, men. Human trafficking takes a variety of forms. It preys on the vulnerable. Sometimes parents entrust their children to someone who promises them a job, an education and passage to some place better. Sometimes adults depend on someone to get them a job, a green card, a place to live, and get betrayed. Some victims of human trafficking become, in effect, sex slaves. The Pulitzer Prize winning couple, Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn write compellingly about this appalling form of trafficking in their book, Half the Sky. Based on interviews with women and their families all over the world, they chronicle systemic sexism that is manifested in the utter disregard for the lives of women and girls in way too many places. They write: “The global statistics on the abuse of girls are numbing. It appears that more girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the battles of the 20th century. More girls are killed in this routine ‘gendercide’ in any one decade than people were slaughtered in all the genocides of the twentieth century.” They conclude that while the moral challenge was slavery in the nineteenth century and the battle against totalitarianism in the 20th, “in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world.” Kristoff and WuDunn do not just write about this problem, they advocate tirelessly. And they take action. In his New York Times op ed column Kristoff described his efforts to free two young women who were involuntary prostitutes in Cambodia. It was easy, he wrote. He simply bought them. And set them free. One was able to go back home, start over again despite the shame, and have a life. The other could not make it. Without family and community support she found she was no longer able to live on the outside, without the drugs that had been forced on her at first. So she went back. She was still a victim. Not all victims of human trafficking are in the sex trade. Some end up in factories, producing clothing and other goods. Some end up in packing plants. Some end up in domestic servitude. Whatever the locale, they are effectively slaves, forced to “pay back” the person who brought them into the country, provided housing, and transported them to work and back. The most vulnerable are youth. Even in our country. Each year tens of thousands of migrant youths come to the United States in search of a better life. In 2008 President Bush signed legislation to protect migrant youth, by paying special attention to unaccompanied minors. But enforcement has always been an issue. Now, in 2011, a bipartisan bill has been introduced, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 1301.) This bill gives special protection to unaccompanied minors, to minors who are victims of crime, and to minors who have been separated from parents and family. The purpose of the bill is to protect vulnerable children from those who would abuse or take advantage of them. We cannot stop all trafficking either domestically or across the globe with this bill. But it is a start. And it is taking the moral high ground for which we pride ourselves as a nation, welcoming the stranger, and protecting the vulnerable. I encourage you to contact our Senators and Representative and ask them to vote for this bill that protects the innocent.




Beating the Heat Well it is finally summer and we have seen a few downright hot days. Heat issues around here are often made extreme by wide expanses of glass that bring those beautiful lake and mountain views into our homes. Even with open windows, the long lingering sun can result in high solar heat gain inside your home. Minimizing that solar heat gain is always a good idea and any number of products are available; awnings, thermal shades, reflective window films, and nature’s own, leafy trees. Attic heat needs a path to escape and many attic spaces are under ventilated. Attic fans, gable vents, and other passive vents are used to drop that often inferno heat to acceptable levels. Solar attic fans are a great choice too. Newer high efficiency whole house exhaust fans with insulated dampers and low wattage motors circulate lots of air and can certainly take the edge off, but mechanical air conditioning is the best solution to truly remove that heat, plus you can set your thermostat and forget it. If you’re a little hot under the collar, we can help you cool down with a strategy that fits your budget. Just give us a call at 406-257-1341.

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hances are you probably already have most everything you need slide under the bed to contain rolls of gift wrap and ribbon. to start an organizing project in your home or office. While it’s true • Pillow Shams/Pillow Cases - Store folded blanket and a change that I do sell organizing products, you might be surprised to hear that of bed linens inside the pillow shams that you got to match your I don’t always suggest buying a bunch of stuff before you get started. comforter —and PRESTO—instant hidden storage in plain In fact, whenever I do an organizing consultation, I always start with a sight! Have some mismatched frayed pillowcases? You don’t short “walk & talk” appointment to discuss the client’s organizing have to throw them out! They make a great laundry bag for goals and also case the joint for great storage items they already have lingerie or your child’s stuffed toys. Just place your items in the that can be re-purposed for the project at hand. pillowcase, tie a knot on the open end, and you can usually toss Here are some common household items we’ve found that can be it into both the washer and the dryer without worry—saves time repurposed for storage: on hand washing. • Ice Cube Trays can hold small items in an organized way Place a clean pillowcase in your suitcase when traveling to necklaces on one side, matching earrings on the other. Beading keep dirty clothes separate from clean ones. They also make a and craft supplies, scrapbooking items. nice garment bag for hanging clothes in the Buttons, threads, and sewing notions. closet; just cut a hole in the center of one end and Once you get started, it’s hard to stop! slip over the garment on a hanger. • Baby Food Jars/Jelly Jars/Pickle Jars - guys • Inside Cabinet Doors - Store the school like these in their shop to store screws, calendar, weekly menu, and list of household nails, and other small items. They can repairmen phone numbers inside one kitchen clearly see what is inside. The perfect way cabinet door. Tack up a manila envelope and you to store these is to glue the lid to the can store appliance warranties, home underside of a shelf and then screw the maintenance records, and write the dates and filled jar into it. details of service calls on the front of the • Vertical Storage – Don’t discount using wall envelope. You can even paint the inside of one space for storage. Wall hooks should be in cabinet door with some chalkboard paint for a every room; to hang aprons, pots and family message center and/or grocery pans, or dishtowels in the kitchen, coats shopping list; great information at your in the entryway, backpacks, pajamas, fingertips, but nicely out of sight —neat and and athletic gear in your teen’s tidy. bedroom, towels in the bathroom, There is one other way to get organized mops/brooms in the utility room, tools for free. Invite me and a handful of friends in the workshop. over for a fun party and organizing workshop. • Shelves - A narrow bookshelf behind the Everyone gets and gives great ideas and you clothes rod in a closet makes great get lots of free Signature Homestyles hostess hidden storage for stuffed animals, benefits. Or contact me for a free walk & shoes, purses, etc. A shelf installed talk consultation so we can find all the great about 12-15 inches from the ceiling storage you probably have hiding in plain adds visual interest to your room, but sight in your own house. If you have an Less is More... allows for both display and storage out organizing tip or question, please send it to of the way. I can show you how! me in care of the magazine. If used in a • Luggage - Why use it only for traveling? Let me help you simplify! future column, you’ll receive a free Your luggage can serve a dual purpose consultation or certificate for organizing by storing out of season clothes. Use products from me. locking suitcases to hide Christmas gifts Yikes, is it August already? If so, you can you’ve purchased (good for you for find me at the horse races at the Kalispell planning ahead!) and need to hide safely Race Meet at the fair! See you there! away. 406-257-8316 • Under-bed Storage - Shoe boxes can line up neatly under your bed and free up closet floor space. Board games also fit nicely under a bed. A long flat box can

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For four hundred years mainstream medicine and science believed

In the 60’s and 70’s brain scientists showed that the brain changed its very structure with each different activity it preformed, perfecting its that brain anatomy was fixed. The common wisdom was that after circuits so it was better suited to the task at hand. If certain “parts” childhood the brain changed only when it began the long process of failed, then other parts could sometimes take over. The machine decline; that when brain cells failed to develop properly, were injured, or died, they could not be replaced. Nor could the brain ever alter its metaphor, of the brain as an organ with specialized parts, could not fully account for changes the scientists were seeing. They began to call structure and find a new way to function if part of it was damaged. Since the brain could not change, human nature, which emerges from this fundamental brain property “neuroplasticity”. These scientists persisted in slowly overturning the doctrine of the unchanging brain. it, seemed necessarily fixed and unalterable as well. In this way a They showed that children are not always stuck with the mental abilities neurological nihilism—a sense that treatment for many brain they are born with; that the damaged brain can often reorganize itself so problems was ineffective or even unwarranted—had taken hold, and that when one part fails, another can substitute; that if brain cells die, spread through our culture, even stunting our overall view of human nature. This was certainly the case in 1964 when, at the age of nine, I they can at times be replaced; that many “circuits” and even basic reflexes that we think are hardwired are not. One of these scientists sustained brain damage from being kicked in the head by a horse. One gusty October morning my father and sister and I had set out even showed that thinking, learning, and acting can turn our genes on or off, thus shaping our brain anatomy and our behavior—surely one of on horseback to move about 85 yearling heifers to a pasture north of our ranch house in eastern Montana. As we approached the far fence the most extraordinary discoveries of the last century. In the course of my travels and studies in life, people who had been with our bunch of surly yearlings, Dad loped forward to open the blind since birth have been enabled to see, deaf to hear; people who had gate. Cattle began to run with wind in their ears, and I kicked had strokes decades before and had been declared incurable, were Playboy (my older sister’s high powered barrel-racing horse) out to helped to recover with neuroplastic treatments; I have met people head-off the lead. As I advanced at a fast gallop, my sister’s white whose learning disorders were cured and whose IQs were raised; I saw headscarf began to flutter in the wind, and when Playboy saw the evidence that it is possible for eighty-year-olds to sharpen their white flash whip from behind, he abruptly shied—darting and ducking quickly to the side. My foot slipped through the stirrup and memories to function the way they did when they were fifty-five. I saw people rewire their brains with their thoughts, for several long seconds I dangled under to cure previously incurable obsessions and ora Playboy as he bucked and kicked wildly in a traumas. And I remain intrigued with the desperate attempt to get free of his up-sideonsberry hotly debated models of the brain which we down rider. At about the time his hoof hit my PhD now know is ever changing. head, my tennis shoe came off and he Neurofeedback The idea that the brain can change its own thundered away. structure and function through thought and THERAPY The next thing I knew, a couple of weeks activity is, according to Norman Doidge, later, a five inch diameter chunk of my skull Neurofeedback and Psychotherapy for M.D., quite possibly the most important had been removed to accommodate brain Feelings, Thoughts and Behaviors. alteration in our view of the brain since we swelling from my epidural hematoma, and I first sketched out its basic anatomy and the Regardless the age, neurofeedback can would require a metal plate the size of a horse’s help your brain improve its ability to pay workings of its basic component, the neuron. hoof to replace it. No one knew how much I attention, develop more stability and improve The neuroplastic revolution has profound would be changed by this experience. 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Change is Easy PSYCHOLOGICAL REVERSAL... WHAT’S THAT? by Gayle North, CH Positive Change Coach


o you notice that you have good intentions but don’t follow through on some of the most important ones? If those good intensions have to do with your own health or well being, chances are that you are in a state of psychological reversal in relation to that particular area of your life. We all experience these “failures” from time to time. What is Psychological Reversal? Psychological Reversal refers to a resistant state of energy or state of the subconscious mind that causes a person to relapse, sabotage the self or resist any form of treatment, change, or progress. The theory is that when we are in a state of Psychological Reversal, no treatment will work no matter how hard we try, how good the practitioner is, or how willing we think we are to make changes. How can you know you are in a state of Psychological Reversal? 1. You believe that you would feel better or enjoy your life more if you reduce your weight or quit smoking or cut down on your drinking, or exercise more but you just don’t seem to do what it takes to be successful. You may cling to excuses. 2. You have chronic negative thoughts—especially about yourself. Doesn’t it make sense that we would already be doing those things that will bring greater health and enjoyment of life if something within us wasn’t blocking us? When we notice that we are not doing what we believe we should be doing, we start criticizing and condemning ourselves. You may find yourself making statements like: “What’s wrong with me? I KNOW it’s stupid to (neglect my exercise, eat like this, smoke, gamble my money away), etc. I must be crazy—or dumb!” You may say things to yourself that are even worse than that! These statements cause you to sink into deeper levels of psychological reversal. Most of us picked up the idea that the way to motivate ourselves is to criticize ourselves. If you have been trying this on yourself you may have already discovered that it doesn’t work. If it isn’t working why not try something different? You cannot motivate a young student to do better in school by labeling him as stupid, or condemning or ridiculing him for his falling grades! If you do, you will plunge him into a state of psychological reversal and he will experience greater anxiety and hopelessness. Even if his grades improve, the improvement would not be lasting or satisfying to him because fear is his motivation. In addition, the improvement will be limited and probably temporary because you have now convinced him that he is stupid. This student is probably intelligent and capable of making good grades. If he really feels good about himself, he will WANT to get good grades. 38



In the same way, many of the people who come to PCI to reduce their weight have convinced themselves over the years that they are naturally fat and that getting thin will only be temporary because if they were to stay thin, they would have to be engaged in a constant battle that would mean deprivation. They also think that without a battle they would revert back to the fat version of themselves again. Debbie Johnson, author of the book, “Think Yourself Thin” says, “We have it backwards. You tell yourself that you will like yourself when you get thin. The truth about this is that when you like yourself, you will become thin.” Debbie was a very successful sales woman who carried around about 70 extra pounds for years. She got the notion to begin to treat her body the way she treated her clients—by creating rapport—rather than being critical. Her new approach worked and she lost the extra weight and has kept it off for over 25 years now. Correcting psychological reversal requires the use of simple selfapplied techniques that usually facilitate quick correction. When clients come in for positive change coaching, we begin right away to clear the psychological reversals that keep them stuck in old defeating patterns. After addressing the psychological reversal, people often feel lighter and more confident that they can be successful with their goals. They can then concentrate on establishing the habits that will create success. Gayle North is a Positive Change Coach.  She will help you make fast, easy, lasting positive changes so that you can enjoy life more fully. Control your weight, stop smoking/chewing, and clear negative emotions.  Call Positive Change Institute at (406) 837-1214 or Toll Free at 1-866-ToGayle to find how you can make fast, easy, lasting positive change in your life today. Visit  for other articles.


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I have lived with Meniere’s Disease all of my adult life. Named

after the French physician who first recognized this condition, it is considered incurable, although two out of three people will eventually see their symptoms resolve. For the others, like me, Meniere’s can be a chronic, lifelong event. A disorder of the inner ear that impairs both balance and hearing, Meniere’s Disease equally affects men and women and can range from mild to severe. It usually occurs in just one ear but can sometimes attack both as well. What causes it is unknown. The main symptom is a sudden, unpredictable attack of vertigo (severe dizziness) normally accompanied by nausea and vomiting, ringing in the ears, pressure in the ears, hearing loss, and a sense of imbalance that can last for days, although many of the following symptoms are experienced by some as well: fatigue, interrupted sleep patterns, headaches, clumsiness (which means lots of bumps and bruises), pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders (from trying not to turn your head so you won’t set off a vertigo attack), trouble concentrating, memory problems, sensitivity to loud sounds, lightheadedness, a falling sensation (like the ground is suddenly dropping out from under you), sensitivity to moving objects (like a train going past or snowflakes falling), and sudden, random feelings of imbalance so intense that a few people even fall to the ground. These symptoms tend to come and go, although some people have them every day. Sudden, profound vertigo can be a debilitating event. Often with no warning, your surroundings suddenly begin to spin and rotate at a rapid rate. With no set pattern these attacks can occur as often as every day or as little as once a year or less. This makes it difficult to live life in a normal way. Driving a car or other equipment, your reliability and performance at work, and relationships with others are all affected by this sporadic, unpredictable disease. The symptoms can be treated with several medications although what works for one person doesn’t always work for another. There are also some procedures and surgeries available, but these are usually reserved for when symptoms are severe. Meniere’s affects people to such a wide degree there is no one reliable prognosis for anyone who suffers from this disease. Some are helped by the treatments available while some are not. Some experience spontaneous remissions for months or even years, while others have a rapid progression, leaving them profoundly deaf. Completely individual to the person who has it, Meniere’s can be only mildly annoying or totally disabling, and every variable in between. It is widely agreed, however, that after many years Meniere’s can eventually reach a stage that is referred to as “burn out”. This occurs when repeated attacks have all but destroyed the hair cells in the inner ear responsible for balance and hearing, giving most people relief from their vertigo but leaving them with constant imbalance problems and hearing loss or deafness as well. I first had symptoms of Meniere’s Disease sometime in my late teens, although I can’t recall precisely when. At the time it wasn’t significant; I viewed it as just a random event. As it turned out it WAS a random event... and would continue to be so from then on, coming and going with varying intensity, much like our weather in Montana, although a lot less predictable and with no foreseeable pattern at all. By the time I was twenty I’d been “dizzy” a handful of times but the episodes had been short and mild and I’d dismissed each one like I had

the first. Then suddenly, like a tidal wave, vertigo hit me full force, accompanied by the typical symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and pressure in my inner ear, and then hours later, when it was over, a feeling of imbalance and extreme fatigue. This time I saw my doctor who suggested it was Meniere’s Disease, although over thirty years ago little was known about this condition so no diagnosis was made. I was told I could take meclizine, an anti-motion sickness drug, which helped somewhat with my nausea but did nothing to control the disease. For the next twenty-odd years I experienced attacks of vertigo every few months or so that would range from moderate to severe, the worst forcing me to lie down... sometimes for a day or two... holding my head perfectly still until my world stopped spinning around. Needless to say, I missed work when these episodes occurred and at one point had to quit a job that seemed to constantly trigger attacks because of the loud workplace noise. During this time I saw other doctors but was always told the same thing: when I had an attack take meclizine, which offered little relief at all. It wasn’t until I was in my forties and my symptoms began to escalate that I was referred to a Neuro-Otologist who put me through a battery of tests and officially diagnosed Meniere’s. Although there still wasn’t any cure, he prescribed an anti-anxiety drug that had been found to effectively help Meniere’s by sedating the vestibular nerve. At first I was dubious it would work, but was delighted to discover that by taking this medication whenever I had a vertigo attack I no longer had to lie down and not move my head at all. Yes, I was still dizzy, fuzzy-headed, slightly nauseous, my ears rang, and I was fatigued, but at least I could function to a small degree if I was careful and took things slowly. To me this was a HUGE reprieve. It was also suggested that I try a low sodium diet (to control fluid in the inner ear), something that seems to help some people although this didn’t work for me. I remained optimistic, however, because despite how minor it was, I finally had some real relief. Fourteen years later I still live with Meniere’s Disease although now, thanks to the Internet and paying close attention to how I feel I’m more pro-active and informed. I’ve also learned how to not only manage but accept the disruption of my disease. I avoid things I’ve found can cause an attack, I take some supplements I’ve read might help (like lemon bioflavonoids, MSM, and large doses of vitamin C), and I try to stay healthy in other ways such as eating well, exercising, and avoiding things that cause me stress (which is known to aggravate Meniere’s). What seems to help the most, however, is to view my random vertigo attacks (and all the other symptoms involved) as just part of “normal” life. That and the support of my wonderful husband, who after almost forty years remains helpful and understanding despite the limitations I have because of this unpredictable disease. Yes, there are moments when I feel frustrated, limited, annoyed, and even scared when out of the blue, my world turns, but things could be worse... life is good. Note: The information I’ve given in this article is from many different resources. It may not all be agreed with by some medical specialists because due to its irregular nature, Meniere’s Disease is often controversial and still poorly understood. If anyone who suffers from this disorder would like to share your story with me I’d be happy to receive your email at pbmartin4@




Shades of Strength GISELA JARRIEL by Cindy Branch

Gisela Jarriel

has always loved helping people. The petite blonde with warm brown eyes, contagious smile and delightful accent was a registered nurse in her native Germany. She felt drawn to offering comfort and support and would spend extra time with her patients listening to their needs and fears as they were going through what was often for them a life changing event. It was in Germany that Gisela met Greg who was in her country serving a tour of duty with the United States Army. She married the Cascade Montana native and they started their life together. When Greg’s tour was up he moved his family, now four of them, to Montana, settling in Great Falls where they spent a few years before deciding to move to the Flathead Valley. (Daughter, Tanya, is now also a massage therapist and son, André, is a student at the University of Montana in Missoula, studying for a career as a CPA.) Feeling more at home in the Flathead, Gisela decided it was time to again follow her passion for caring for others. Unfortunately, her nursing credentials were not accepted in the United States, so Gisela returned to school becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant and soon accepted a position with a local nursing home where she enjoyed her days taking care of the elderly. “There is so much to learn from the elders of our community. It is sad that often their wisdom goes unheard.” This position also required that Gisela visit the homes of house bound clients, and it was this part of her job that Gisela most enjoyed. As she cared for her clients she became increasingly aware of the power of touch and its healing benefits. One of her clients with whom she felt a special bond encouraged her to consider adding massage to her nurturing skills. Now with a new direction for her goal of helping and comforting others, Gisela began training to become a licensed massage therapist. “At my age it wasn’t easy returning to the classroom. English was a second language to me and during my training in Germany we did not have to learn the Latin terms for anatomy. It was a challenge to wrap my mind around my native German language, my adopted English language and now a new language—Latin. I spent a lot of time studying and, thanks to the patience of my instructors, I passed.” Gisela has now opened her own business, “Massage by Gisela”,




located at 17 2nd Street East in Kalispell’s historic Ford Building. She has outfitted her suite with soothing colors, candles, salt lamps, lovely aromas, beautiful music and unique personal items. In this warmly inviting atmosphere, Gisela offers not only massage to her clients, but steam therapy as well. She told me this about steam therapy: “Since ancient times steam therapy has been used by traditional healing systems around the world to improve and maintain good health, wellness and beauty.” Gisela encourages her clients to try the Steamy Wonder Spa. “The best way to steam is lying down on a comfortable soft massage table so your body is evenly heated for maximum blood flow. A lightweight canopy is then “cocooned” around you and steam is piped in through the bottom section of the table. It is important to keep the neck and head Steam Therapy cool outside the tent. I use special herbs and essential oils, such as lavender and rosemary, to enhance your experience.” The health benefits to steam are truly amazing. As you relax in the steam, your body is actually working to eliminate toxins and burn fat. Weight loss is enhanced because body fat becomes water-soluble and the body can more easily eliminate fats, toxins, and heavy metals. During the treatment, circulation is dramatically increased allowing more profound detoxification and purification. “The skin is sometimes called the third kidney because sweat contains much of the same elements as urine. This is why sweating is such an effective way to detoxify, and why some physicians recommend home saunas to supplement kidney machines. Sweat also draws out lactic acid, which causes stiff muscles and contributes to general fatigue. This is why you will feel even more relaxed and rejuvenated after a steam treatment.” According to Steamy Wonder Spa literature steam


The Montana Woman Foundation relies on community support to help reach their goals of extending a hand of support, encouragement and nurturing to women who are striving to reach their aspirations, lead positive lives and be contributing members of their communities. therapy has often been used in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, joint stiffness and muscle spasms. As you are relaxing during the steam treatment your body is eliminating toxins at the higher temperatures and he deep moist heat of the steam helps relieve pain by causing the blood vessels to dilate. This stimulates increase blood circulation and allows more oxygen to get to the soft tissue injuries and sore muscles for faster healing. Gisela is thrilled with the results of steaming and massage when working with clients who are fighting cancer. “It is a great way to detoxify my clients after they have completed their chemotherapy treatments. In addition to the wonderful detox benefits, it helps aid healing through increased blood circulation and a higher concentration of oxygen in the blood stream.” She added that steam treatment has also proven to be highly successful when treating patients with fibromyalgia. Gisela told me that for the best results she recommends that clients enjoy a steam treatment before a massage. The body is then fully relaxed and the muscles are easier to manipulate. The steam treatment usually lasts 30 minutes and the massage is 60 minutes of pure enjoyment. Gisela is a talented, sensitive massage therapist and is responsive to individual needs and preferences, ensuring that each client’s time on her table is both beneficial and relaxing. And as a final special touch, Gisela personally prepares her own luscious vitamin infused massage oils combining essential oils that may include lavender, almond, peppermint, rosemary and sandalwood with pure shea, cocoa or other body butters. Gisela Jarriel happily combines her nursing background with her massage skills to help her clients enjoy life with less pain and stress. If you are interested in setting up an appointment or learning more about her massage services and steam therapy, you can reach Gisela at 406-212-8354.


The foundation offers help in numerous ways: • Scholarships awarded each year to woman ranging from ages 18 – 65, • Educational workshops on a variety of topics for the entire community, • Helping families who have lost their homes to fire—through clothing, appliances, house wares, furniture, and other resources that help ease the pain of such a devastating event, • Providing clothing to women who are reentering the workplace or starting a new job and do not have the resources for a work specific wardrobe, • Lending a helping hand to women going through a difficult time either professionally, personally or physically, • Recognizing women who are making a positive difference in our Montana communities, and • Mentoring programs for our youth. Gisela supports the Montana Woman Foundation’s goal of building stronger communities and uplifting the women throughout the state of Montana. She has generously offered her services at the Montana Woman Office Complex located at 1103 South Main Street in Kalispell on Mondays and is willing to donate a portion of the proceeds generated from her services to the Montana Woman Foundation Scholarship Program. Please call Gisela at 406-212-8354 to set up your appointment either at her office or the Montana Woman Office Complex. Thank you, Gisela, for your generous support and desire to help improve Montana communities.



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Front Porch Hospitality “ONE IN A MILLION” MONTANA MEN by Margie Johnson

Are you married to one of those “one in a million” Montana

men? All right, I know there are not even a million people in Montana, let alone men. But are you married to a rare guy? I am! He is not perfect, but you might confuse him for being that. Let me back up. Sitting here on my front porch sipping my morning coffee and planning to clean my car today, a particular marriage memory concerning my car tumbled across my mind… a memory magazine worthy, so here goes. One day, flying down the road toward town not realizing my speed, there were those dreaded flashing lights, pulling me over. Doggone it! Getting stopped for speeding was a first for me. Seriously, I am not familiar with the procedure. The officer asked to see my driver’s license and car registration. Now I am being even more serious with you. I innocently asked, “Is the car registration something I should have with me?” He nodded toward my dash and suggested, “If you have one, it is probably in your glove compartment.” Meanwhile, as I was digging, he reviewed my driver’s license. Paperwork has always been my husband’s department in our forty-some years of marriage, so I was hoping he had put the car registration in there. And sure enough, digging deep, I found an envelope he’d boldly entitled “Car Registration”. Not looking inside the envelope, I immediately handed it to the waiting officer. While he was reading it, I couldn’t help noticing the smile that broke across his face. He handed it back with all the contents now outside the envelope. That is when I noticed a note from my husband on top of the registration. It read, “Honey, if you are needing this; either you got stopped or were in an accident. I just want you to know… it’s okay. I won’t be mad. I am just glad you aren’t hurt and able to read this. I love you, JR.” See what I mean about being married to a guy who is “one in million”? I felt that hidden note was worth the price of the speeding ticket I was probably going to get. Because of the discovered love note I would think of the ticket as being handed a bouquet of flowers. To make a long story short, I didn’t get ticketed. However, I was reprimanded and strictly warned to slow down. Sitting here on my front porch sipping my coffee and enjoying the memory of my husband’s past kindness and thoughtfulness, I still get all revved up! In fact, so much so I am not only going to clean my car today, but before he gets home I am going to fix his favorite dinner, freshly polish my 60-some year old toenails, put on a favorite outfit and then go meet him at his truck after work, hand him a frosted glass of Coke and give him a kiss that will last 10 glorious seconds! Lastly, I 44


plan to somehow sneak a message on his truck’s review mirror before he goes to work tomorrow morning that reads, “Looking back, 215 years with you won’t be enough.” Why am I revved up to do all this even though that happened years earlier? Two things: my deep appreciation for my husband lives endlessly in me and actually enlivens me. That leads to the second reason. I never wanted one of those marriages that exist in mediocrity. You know, staying alive the same humdrum way every day… eat breakfast, give a peck on the cheek good-bye, then stare at the evening news together before lying down, snoring and snorting in sequence like a full orchestrated symphony. Yikes! I’d rather burst out and break the boredom. I continually find creative ways to chase my husband and compliment him for being such a rarity (or willing to be married to one). He is my hero. So, till my dying day I will appreciate him and bring out the best in him. God made me female and He gave me the power to have a great influence on my husband. As a Montana woman, I help to make him who he is— “one in million”. Just to confirm everything: after writing this article I told my husband, “I just wrote an article about you.” He asked, “What is it about?” I responded, “It’s about you being “one in million”. He immediately shot back, “Shoot, that’s you!” What can I say? We are, after all these years, in the habit of always bringing out the best in each other. That is what God intended for a good marriage.


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Tea Time DEBUNKING TEA MYTHS AND LEGENDS by Carl Easton Chris’ Tea Cottage


his year’s World Tea Expo in Las Vegas was, as usual, quite an eye-opening event in many areas. It was truly amazing how the world of tea has grown in the U.S., as has the varieties of tea products that are being purchased by American consumers. And the classes that are being offered to tea professionals has gone from tea marketing and selling to scientists and researchers reporting on caffeine contents and health benefits. But one of the more “fun” conferences had to do with addressing and “Myth Busting” some of the myriad of tea myths that are out there. The topic was presented by Nigel Melican, Managing Director of Teacraft, LTD; and I take much of this information from his presentation at the Expo. I doubt we’ll ever see a TV reality show on busting tea myths, but there are certainly many of them that I had never heard, and certainly many that I thought that were based on facts that are being shown to be incorrect. So, here are some of the “Myth Buster”topics and their correct facts, not in any specific order or relative importance: Tea Myth #1: Green Tea is Better for you than Black Tea. This myth has built up over the years based on the increased processing that black tea requires, and is centered on the statement that you reduce the available antioxidant levels the longer you process a tea. New research presented shows that this really isn’t true, and was just an early assumption. It is now being reported that ALL teas—white, green and black—have comparable antioxidant levels. A related story was that adding milk to tea, especially white teas, destroyed these valuable antioxidants. It turns out this is true, but only when there was twice as much milk as tea, so that myth is busted as well. Tea Myth #2: White Teas have less Caffeine than Green/Black Teas. This myth was based on the above belief that the processing of the tea leaves themselves reduced the antioxidants and added the caffeine. This turns out not to be true. In fact, caffeine is a natural ingredient in the camellia sinensis plant that is used by the plant to ward off insects. So the first buds that pop out of any tea plant, such as those nice light and delicate white tea leaves, first flush, have the MOST caffeine in them. And, in fact, subsequent testing of the pickings of tea plants has shown that a plant with one small initial blossom on it contains roughly 6% caffeine content (high to stop insects from eating the first leaves while the plant is starting off ), whereas a more mature branch with five leafs and five blossoms is down to 3% caffeine. Also, fresh leaves from the top of the plant contain roughly 6% caffeine and decrease down to 2% in leaves near the bottom of the plant. So, a white tea picked from a new first flush picking has more caffeine than any green tea will, but a white tea picked

later in the year and from near the bottom of the plant will probably have more caffeine than a green tea picked from the top of a new plant. Research has also shown that caffeine levels in the tea plants drop significantly in the summer months, and increase significantly in the winter months; adding more variability to the caffeine content picture. Tea Myth #3: White tea has the Highest Level of Antioxidants. Recent testing has finally put some solid numbers behind the endless numbers of tea varieties and picking. White teas contain 16% to 26% polyphenols, Green teas contain 13% to 25% polyphenols, and Black teas contain between 8% and 24% polyphenols. So any given tea, at any given stage of steeping, from any given country could contain any amount of polyphenols, more or less than other teas. Tea Myth #4: Flushing Tea after 30 seconds removes 80% of the caffeine. This “miracle steep” was based on the belief that caffeine was introduced during the processing of tea and was contained on the exterior surfaces of the tea. Repeated detailed tests have shown this to be not true. Numerous documented tests have shown that the caffeine level in green and blacks teas after 30 seconds of steeping is anywhere from between 6% and 30% to what it would ultimately get to if left to steep normally. So, throwing away that water after 30 seconds will indeed get rid of 6%-30% of the caffeine, but that’s it. In fact, it appears that the caffeine continues to come out in the steeping process for as long as ten minutes, by which time the tea is bitter and fairly undrinkable. And most objectionably, you will also be throwing away between 11% and 14% of the total possible antioxidants that you are probably drinking the tea for in the first place. Tea Myth #5: Tea Contains Tannic Acid. Simply not true. Although both are on the polyphenol chemical tree, tannic acid is from a completely separate branch of chemicals. This myth is most probably referring to the bitter, acrid taste of tea that has steeped too long. Tea Myth #6: Washing Tea will remove Pesticides. It is true that washing or flushing the tea quickly will get rid of any dust or debris on the tea, but as for any pesticides that might be there, not a chance. First, any such pesticide would have been soaked deeply into the leaf and would come out only with extended flushing. Secondly, pesticides are not water-based, so flushing water over them will definitely NOT dissolve them.





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oin your friends on the deck, sink into a comfy chair, kick off your sandals and cool off with a Hibiscus Mojito. Could there be a better way to top off a long hot, fun-filled summer’s day? The rum in this refreshing libation is from Whistling Andy’s micro-distillery that opened in December just south of the village of Bigfork. Known in the industry as a “grain to glass” distillery, all of the grains used are bought and milled in the Flathead Valley. Excess grain goes back to the farmers as slurry for their livestock. Whistling Andy’s distillers, Mike Marchetti and Brian Anderson, say they love freedom, hard work, family, and the simple pleasure of making and enjoying fine hand-crafted spirits. Their motto: “It distills down to gratitude.”

Hibiscus Mojito

2 oz Whistling Andy Hibiscus-Coconut Rum 4 oz Club Soda 1 oz Simple Syrup* Fresh Mint Fresh Lime - quarter Muddle the Mint, Lime and Simple Syrup in the Glass. Add Ice to the Rim and add Whistling Andy Hibiscus-Coconut Rum. Top with Club Soda (we prefer Fever Tree... ). *Simple Syrup 8 oz Raw Sugar 8 oz Hot Water Mix in a mason jar and shake till dissolved.


fter too much fun in the sun, try making this easy, natural sugar scrub to buff and soften dried-out skin. Raw sugar is perfect for freshening and moisturizing the skin. Sugar has replaced salt as the body scrub of choice in many high-end spas because it is less dehydrating and can be applied to all skin types. Body scrubs are helpful because they stimulate your circulation. A gentle rubdown can counteract stress, and energize your whole system. If you have oily skin you can reduce the amount of oil used in this recipe—or replace it with your favorite liquid cleansing soap. Ingredients for Sugar Scrub: 1 cup raw sugar or granulated sugar 1/4 cup almond oil or light vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil

Heidi and Brenden carry Whistling Andy’s rum, vodka, gin and bourbon at Montana Liquors and Wines, the largest liquor and wine shop in the Flathead Valley. They hope you will come in to check out their complete selection of spirits at their shop located at 2201-B, Highway 93 South, Kalispell or you can call: 406-752-3000.

Directions: Mix all ingredients together, then spoon into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. How to Use Your Sugar Scrub: Massage a tablespoon or two all over your body to gently exfoliate and moisturize your skin before bathing or showering. Store any remaining scrub in a cool, dry location. You may need to stir the product between uses. Yield: 10 ounces, enough for 4 or 5 full body treatments





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Ingredients: 1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges 2 6- to 7-ounce jars (drained weight) sliced mushrooms, drained 1/2 cup coarsely snipped dried pears 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca, finely ground 2-1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 cup pear nectar or apple juice Hot cooked couscous or rice Fennel tops (optional) Directions: 1. In a 3-1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker, combine sliced fennel, mushrooms, and dried pears. Sprinkle with tapioca. Add chicken thighs; sprinkle with salt, thyme, and pepper. Pour pear nectar over mixture in cooker. 2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3-1/2 to 4 hours. 3. Serve chicken mixture with hot cooked couscous. If desired, garnish with fennel tops. Makes 6 servings.

hen asked to do a restaurant review on Columbia Falls’ newest eatery, I happily agreed to be of assistance. This is my first restaurant review, but I hope it will not be my last. What a fun assignment this turned out to be! Jake and Becky Sorensen are the extremely nice couple that own The Palette Cafe. I was interested to learn a bit about the history of how the restaurant opened. This newly-wed couple met while attending art school and dreamed of opening a restaurant that offered something a little different. It is always good to see dreams come to fruition. Jake and Becky make everything fresh including their phenomenal truffles and amazing vanilla syrup used in their lattes, condiments and dressings. The fresh baked bread is from a local bakery, Ceres, in Kalispell. But what first impressed me about the Palette Cafe is that the atmosphere is clean, simple, warm and inviting; however the food truly is sophisticated. Ingredients are unique and fresh, and I am pleased to report the menu prices are very affordable. Menu selections include a fresh beet salad with savory biscotti, which I found to be light, fresh, invigorating—the perfect summer salad. I also had the pleasure of enjoying The Goat, a delicious panini with goat cheese, basil pesto, red onions, and cherry tomatoes. I think I could eat this every day of the week and still be excited for the next time. The sandwich was accompanied by homemade root chips (healthy chips made from root veggies). I had to try the ginger lemonade. I had never heard of this concoction before, but immediately fell in love with this refreshing drink. I haven’t had lemonade this good in… ever! Not being one to shy away from something different, I immediately chose a wasabi truffle for dessert—ohhh, so good! This is not the wasabi that makes your sinuses burn and your eyes water. This is the melt-in- your-mouth-heavenly chocolate with a hint of spice. Other features that I didn’t try include mushroom and brie soup and numerous other truffles. I look forward to trying the turkey and fig sandwich that the menu describes as filled with turkey, fig and kalamata olive spread, tomatoes, onions, roasted red and green peppers on birdman bread. Or maybe the chicken and grape sandwich— chicken, grapes, walnuts and sage aioli on a hoagie roll. But then there is the veg sandwich that sounds tempting, too— hummus, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, cucumber, onions, carrot and greens on birdman bread. There are many salad options as well as side choices. Salads include quinoa with tomato, cucumber, red onion, peppadew, and basil vinaigrette. And for the sides there is black rice and kale or mezza (hummus, muhammara or olive tapanade with pita, golden raisins and nuts). Sound exotic? Well, it is. You will have to personally stop in for a try and an explanation of the menu items! After enjoying a unique lunch at this fine eatery, I am sure they are going to do very well. I happily give them 8 Stetsons out of 10. This was so fun and I really, really, really mean I love the food. The panini is the epitome of good eatin’ in my world! Give them a try; you will immediately plan your next visit. I know I am...





Petals, Projects, and Pizzazz TROPICALS: THE BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK by Lisa Levandowski


t’s August and the sun is scorching hot. You’ve got an anniversary, birthday or some other occasion coming up and the question is, “What flower(s) can I get that will tolerate this heat?” Tropicals are your answer. There are several varieties of tropical flowers to choose from including birds of paradise, ginger, heliconia, cymbidium orchids, and so many kinds of protea it would take too long to mention them all. All of these wonderful flowers usually last 10-14 days and in many cases much longer. Sure, these flowers are more expensive than daisies and roses, but are usually less expensive than hydrangeas. There’s also that wonderful “wow factor” that people have when they see a tropcial bouquet. So don’t let their prices scare you off. Most tropical arrangements cost less than a dozen roses. Why? Because a few tropicals make a big statement. So get out of the box and try something a little more unusual. You’ll be glad you did. From all of us at Glacier Wallflower & Gifts, have a wonderful day—and remember, just because it’s scorching hot doesn’t mean you should go without flowers.



Real Food Revival ENJOYING SUMMER’S BOUNTY by Amy Grisak

August in the garden is a time of high productivity. Many days it feels like everything is

coming on at once. It’s funny because in the spring and early summer you often don’t have many choices as to what’s for dinner. As I write this in July, I’ve just expanded to peas to add to my chard and garlic scapes. Broccoli isn’t far behind. But before long my husband will be sick of looking at fresh green beans and corn (I know, it’s blasphemy to even think this way this time of year). So it comes down to what to do with all of the lovely excess this time of year. Since it seems my schedule amplifies during the summer, I’m always looking for quick meals. One of my favorites, because there’s so much variety on how to make it, is a pasta with whatever is ripe. Zucchini is a perfect candidate. When it’s coming on fast and furious, a good way to use several is to cut it up and add it to whatever else is ripe. Garlic scapes, peas, broccoli, and beans are all good additions. Toss in a little cooked bacon, ham, or better yet, prosciutto, then toss with fresh pasta and top with olive oil and freshly grated Parmigiano cheese. I’m telling you, it’s great on a hot summer evening because it doesn’t heat up the house too much. Another great way to use tomatoes and basil, which are prolific this time of year, is to make a Caprese salad. Oh, give me a hunk of good, artisan bread and this can be a meal. It’s basically just slices of fresh mozzarella cheese and tomatoes alternated with basil leaves. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a little salt for a dressing. To eat it, take a little of each to enjoy all of the flavors. One of my goals this summer is to make a batch of homemade mozzarella, roll it into little balls and serve it with the small “Stupice” tomatoes and fresh lettuce leaf basil. While I’m rambling on about what to eat in the middle of summer, I have to give my Ohio born lecture on how to pick and prepare corn. First off, this is the time to buy it around here. I know it’s been in the grocery stores for well over a month, but I just shudder to think where it was grown. When my food can rack up more frequent fliers than I can, it grosses me out. So buy it local whenever you can. Trust me, it makes a huge difference. I was spoiled growing up because we played in the corn fields surrounding the house. Granted, some years it was field corn (yuck), but once in a while we had sweet corn at hand. When you’re choosing corn, you want to feel all the way up the ear to ensure the kernels have matured the entire length of it. The kernels should be in the milky stage, which means if you pierce the kernel with your fingernail the juice will look white and milky. If it’s clear, it’s too mature. But please don’t do this to all of the corn in a bin and put it back. If the corn you choose doesn’t seem right, chances are the rest of it isn’t great, either. It’s better to pass up a batch than to have bad corn. Bring your corn home and cook it as soon as possible. Even keeping it in the fridge for a day makes a difference. Boil a big pan of water with a bit of salt added to it. Shuck your corn and drop it in for 3-4 minutes. You don’t want to overcook it. Slathered with melted butter and salt, it’s hard to beat corn for any summertime meal.


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GETTING STARTED by Robin Schaefer


am excited to be a part of a new series of articles for Montana Woman Magazine. When my husband Trevor and I decided to relocate our family to Montana, we were amazed at all the outdoor activities this wonderful state has to offer. In upcoming issues, I will be sharing easy exercises that are perfect for the active Montana woman. My son Trent, daughter Alea and I enjoy spending time at Flathead Lake in the summer and are always looking for ways to exercise while spending time outdoors. The docks provide the perfect opportunity to incorporate an easy exercise routine while enjoying the sound of the water and the gentle breeze at the lake. I like to start my routine with a 20 minute walk/run. It is a great way to get in a little cardio before starting the strength training. This month I had the pleasure of training Alyssa Krier. She is a 16 year old Lakeside student who is full of energy and interested in starting an exercise routine. Alternating Bicep Curl Starting Position: Stand with feet hip width apart with slightly bent knees, arms relaxed at sides. Ending Position: Keeping elbow at side, bend arm and raise weight to shoulder height. Duration: 3 sets of 15 Quick Tip: Lighter weights require more repetition. Heavier weights require less repetition.


Shoulder Press Starting Position: Arms out, elbows bent at shoulder height in a ushape. Ending Position: Press up until weights lightly touch and then return to starting position. Duration: 3 sets of 15 / If using 10-15 lb. weights adjust duration to 3 sets of 8-10. Quick Tip: Robyn and Alyssa are using 5 lb. weights. Shoulder presses can be done sitting on the dock or for more stability on the handrail as demonstrated.



Alternating Backward Lunges Starting Position: Stand in a comfortable position with feet no farther apart than hip distance, arms up comfortably at sides - weights at chin height. Ending Position: Step backwards into lunge position. Front knee behind toe while pushing weight through front heel. Return to starting position. Duration: 3 sets of 15 (alternating legs) Quick Tip: Keep core tight during the entire workout. Focus on breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.


Finish with a 10 minute walk while enjoying the beautiful blue water of Flathead Lake. Hope to see you at the lake!

Physical fitness has always been an important part of Robin’s life. At age 9 she began competing through the United States Gymnastic Federation and ranked nationally in power tumbling and took first in All Around in State competition in Colorado at age 10. Robin had the pleasure of training with Mary Lou Retton at the Olympic Training Center. Being a Denver Bronco cheerleader brought a new type of physical fitness and intense discipline into Robin’s life—one she enjoyed and embraced. Robin has competed in fitness competitions and has held the title of Ms. Fitness Hawaiian Islands in 2000. She also placed fifth in the nation for Ms. Fitness America the same year.



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robiotics, considered “good bacteria”, are available in supplements and foods as a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). There are many ongoing studies to examine the usefulness of probiotics to determine if, in fact, there is any reason to consume them to treat certain ailments. Americans spend billions of dollars on CAM, believing they are making sound health choices when instead, they are taking supplements without any proven value that may actually prove harmful. One day, we may all take probiotics for health, but at this time there is no evidence-based information from reputable studies that show benefit to all consumers. Some milk products contain acidophilus, a “good bacteria” used in the production of yogurt. Dating back to 1907, studies by a Russian physiologist suggested some bacteria could be beneficial and prolong life. But on the Internet and in TV ads today, there are many unfounded recommendations being made. Google “Probiotics”—in .22 seconds, you will receive over 11 million results to read and try to sort through. What should we believe? A study performed at Baylor College of Medicine and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center has recently shown a particular bacterial strain, Lactobacillus reuteri, appears to decrease the growth of a form of human leukemia cancer cells. Another study at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Ohio State University examined Lactobacillus acidophilus, the bacterium used to make yogurt, and found it may improve the immune response if used in conjunction with an immunization against rotavirus infection. An effective immunization against rotavirus could save the lives of infants and children worldwide who develop severe dehydration from the infectious diarrheal illness. Both groups of researchers made no recommendation for oral intake of probiotics to the general population and recommended further study. Spending on probiotic supplements tripled between 1994 and 2003. Purchases have continued to skyrocket, possibly because of the numerous ridiculous television ads that tell you nothing about probiotic action, but state probiotics are necessary for “colon health”. You will find claims such as: “Restore your digestive balance” and “Relieve irritable bowel syndrome in 4 days” but what, exactly, does that mean? A number of reputable studies have evaluated the usefulness of probiotic supplements used in conjunction with a proven effective treatment for Clostridium Difficile (CD) colitis. This inflammatory intestinal problem, which can be life-threatening, may evolve after antibiotic treatment for infections and cause profuse watery

diarrhea. The antibiotic destroys normal bacteria and allows the overgrowth of CD. The concept is that a probiotic would replace lost bacteria and balance the bacterial content in the bowel. The studies’ results showed no benefit from the addition of probiotics to treatment regimens. In some cases, life-threatening complications resulted from the probiotic, including blood infection and liver abscesses. Because of these serious problems, probiotics are not recommended, especially in immune suppressed people. Probiotics are not recommended in children. At this time, the only probiotic recommended in one study was an adjunct treatment for CD using Saccharomyces boulardii and only if the CD was a recurrent problem. Beware of unusual ads encouraging you to take supplements of any kind. Research the details and discuss them with your doctor before taking them. Not only can they be a waste of money, not be beneficial, but also could cause harm. If you take supplements, seek evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. At this time, Americans spend billions of dollars on complementary and alternative medicine supplements. Many of us eat yogurt because it tastes good and is generally good for you, but the use of probiotic supplements daily has no proven benefit. Before you join the crowd and waste your money, evaluate your options by consulting valid sources for more information, talk to your doctor and then make your choice. (The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)


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In Loving Memory SHE DID... AND SO CAN YOU by Carole Bealer Glacier Signs & Monuments


was sitting at my desk making phone calls when the office door opened and a petite, young woman walked in. As I looked into her eyes I could see sadness and grief. I stood up and approached her. I reached out to take her hand in mine and introduced myself. I could see her deep sorrow as I looked into her eyes. My heart was touched by her sadness. “Tell me about your loved one,” I said, as I invited her to sit at the table. As she started to describe him, I started to form a mental picture of the man she loved and lost. He loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting in the mountains of Montana. Their journeys to the mountain lakes found them fishing and enjoying the outdoors together. He was the “love of her life”. “I want something to honor and respect the life we had together,” she told me with tears in her eyes. “I was thinking about a plaque or something simple—something to remember him by.” She explained that she wanted to put it on the fire station grounds close to where the vehicle accident involving a deer had taken him from her. We discussed the options she had and made a list of things she would have to decide on or gather information about. Would the Fire Chief grant her request? In addition to the historical information, his name, date of birth and date of death, what expressions or feelings did she want to include on the memorial? Since she had such an intense love for him him, had she considered putting her name on the memorial also? “I didn’t know I could do this!” she said as she left with the list. Her second visit to my office was a little easier on her. She thanked me for helping her sort through the many options she had. The Fire Chief declined her request, so she didn’t know where to place the memorial. His family had taken care of the cremation ashes so she hadn’t considered a local cemetery in the valley. I explained to her that even though our loved one’s remains may not be in the cemetery plot, we can still show respect and honor and remember him by placing a permanent memorial in the cemetery on an empty plot. After explaining to her the advantage of placing a permanent memorial in a local cemetery where it would stay forever, I gave her a list of local cemeteries. Then we discussed the possibility of a larger permanent memorial with pictures of him and her in the mountains. This idea really touched her heart! So out the door she went to see which cemetery would best represent their common love of the mountains. She also said she was going to look through her pictures for some of their adventures in the Montana outdoors. When she came to my office next, she brought these pictures taken on their fishing trip to Stanton Lake.

The original back picture. The pictures below show the final result of her original desire: “I want something to honor and respect the life we had together.” His love, second only to her… fishing in the Great Outdoors at Stanton Lake. The love letter he wrote her below the picture of her at their Stanton Lake getaway. I have the privilege of helping people create a unique, permanent memorial for their loved ones. Each person I help yearns to express their respect and love for those lost. They rightfully feel that the story they have to tell is important. They understand that future family members will want to know more about that special family member from the past. When you do this for your loved one taken from you, present and future family will praise and thank you for doing so.

The original front picture





Jewels’ Gems

Look to the Stars by Star Gazer

Leo: July 23 – August 22 There’s a fire burning in you. Be careful how you use it. There’s a chance you could offend someone if you get too excited and fail to notice how your arrogant attitude affects people around you. Take your joy and spread it to the collective by empowering others. You will feel better about yourself and make more friends in the process. Virgo: August 23 – September 22 You might have to toughen your skin this month. Don’t automatically write someone off because of an action that you think is offensive. Allow others to have their opinions and respect their right to express them openly. Keep an open mind and don’t judge. Maintain a diplomatic attitude and keep your critical thoughts to yourself. Don’t think less of others in order to feel better about yourself. Libra: September 23 – October 23 Break away from all mental constraints. The only thing holding you back could be your own mind. Don’t fear failure. The cards are in your favor. Move forward with the attitude that you’re going to succeed, and you will. Your emotions are strong and active. Things are resonating well for you, so speak your mind openly. Scorpio: October 24 – November 21 You may have difficulty connecting with others, Scorpio. People may be unnecessarily harsh for no reason. Try not to get too emotionally worked up over any slights. Keep a safe distance between you and the drama around you. The next step you take might send you into quicksand, so make sure there’s a good friend nearby to pull you out. Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21 You will be the hit of the party—everyone wants to talk to you. Great transitions are happening in your life right now, and you should look at how you can adopt new principles and attitudes toward them. Your emotions suggest that you take an unconventional approach to the day. The things you learn may be things you want to incorporate into your being on a long-term basis. Capricorn: December 22 – January 19 Unless you want to get into an intellectual sparring match, you might want to lay low. But this battle of wits could also take place in your own kitchen, so perhaps you should take a long walk by yourself and avoid others. Or simply prepare for battle. People aren’t apt to be very sympathetic to your cause, so wear your armor. Aquarius: January 20 – February 19 Spend time with good friends. Share dinner with people you love and feel free to be generous with the food and drink. You have the ability to control just about every situation. Remind others that they’re part of a greater whole and that working together is the key to accomplishing great feats. Inspire others to be the best they can be. Pisces: February 20 – March 20 Unexpected things are on the way and it’s best to be emotionally and physically prepared. You may be rather indecisive, but when you do act, your moves manifest in short, powerful bursts. Work to keep your dreams in motion. There are people out there who have the resources you need to be successful. Befriend them and share your goals. Aries: March 21 – April 19 You have every reason to be happy. The things you project to the world this month will prove extremely favorable. Don’t hesitate to enjoy this day to the fullest. People will be eager to participate in whatever you have going on. As long as you remain confident in yourself, everyone else will agree. Taurus: April 20 – May 20 Be aggressive with your thoughts. You might feel a bit emotionally detached. You will most certainly want your freedom. Spend some time alone to sort things out. An ex from years ago might appear on your doorstep, so don’t be too surprised when he or she shows up. Take a nonjudgmental attitude toward everything you encounter. Gemini: May 21 – June 21 What are you waiting for, Gemini? Go for the gold. All you need to do is shine. You have the opportunity to merge with powerful groups, so make sure to keep your eyes open. Do things that will improve your current status in a financerelated situation. Your sharp wit and endless facts and information will come in handy. Have a joke at the ready. Cancer: June 22 – July 22 Rid yourself of all regret. Guilt is useless. It doesn’t do anyone any good. Your emotions are volatile and apt to erupt in unexpected bursts. Feel free to let it all out. This isn’t the best day to ask for sympathy, but that shouldn’t be your goal anyway. Only you can clean out the negative issues that are floating around in your heart and mind.

FAKING IT by Jewels Devine

A couple of weeks ago, I sat down to enjoy my Sunday paper and savor a cup of

my favorite dark roasted coffee blend. This is ritual that Big Daddy and I started early in our marriage—a time to relax and discuss the happenings in the world and laugh at some of the unbelievable antics of people across the nation. We take turns reading out loud what we believe to be the most outrageous story. On this particular Sunday, Big Daddy excitedly read to me about two young entrepreneurs. True to form, it was a “you are not going to believe this one” story about two men being arrested on charges of trying to sell fake drugs. The paper reported that the drug task force found one of the men with baggies containing white powder as well as text messages on his cell phone detailing a plan to sell 4 grams of Ecstasy for $240. The powder turned out to be flour. The second man was found selling a piece of paper claiming it contained LSD. This bright businessman sold the paper to an undercover officer for $20. It did not test positive for the drug. Big Daddy and I shook our heads and made the usual, “You have got to be kidding me,” and “What will they think of next?” comments. I asked Big Daddy where these two bright stars were from. I fully expected him to report that they were from California, New York or possibly Florida. The response I received was shocking: “Jewels, hold your hat—this one is gonna surprise you! They are from Missoula, Montana!” Really? Really! REALLY?! The article went on to report that the men in both cases can face up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine if convicted. You are probably wondering what the charges would be? Well, both are being charged with criminal possession of an imitation dangerous drug. And my question: Would that also apply to selling Sweet-N-Low as sugar? After all, it has been proven to cause cancer... oops, I’m wandering off the subject. Later that evening the nightly news interviewed people about their opinion of whether the men should be sentenced. The responses varied from, “Absolutely,” to, “What a waste of the tax payers’ money,” and a wide spectrum in-between. Of course, I wouldn’t be Jewels if I didn’t give you my opinion. So, here it is... I say convict them and sentence them to serving the maximum five years. I feel that part of their rehabilitation should be kitchen and bathroom duty. In the kitchen the first man could figure out how to use flour to make real “dough” and turn it immediately into easy “bread”. The second man could clean bathrooms and figure out another use for paper. Ta Ta,







ccording to Bob, owner of Wild River Adventures, rafting is awesome this year. The higher water level makes for some exciting rapids and provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy the upper Middle Fork of the Flathead River. That is all the encouragement a group of Montana Woman Foundation supporters needed on a warm July day. The foundation hosted its annual raft fundraiser on July 9, 2011 with the journey beginning at Wild River Adventures located in West Glacier at 9:15 a.m. It’s amazing how sunshine, the promise of a fun day spent on the river and laughter can morph even the most “not a morning person” into a bubbly early bird. The group of fast-forming friends loaded a bus ready for their 45-mile drive along scenic Highway 2 that parallels the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. After reaching their destination, they unloaded, politely listened to the safety talk, and then digressed into talking “smack” about water fights and which raft wanted their “ride” to be the most adventurous. Groups were divided in to three categories: gentle float, a little adventure and the “you can scare our socks off” group. For those not familiar with the upper section of the river, I am truly sorry. You see, the trip between Bear Creek and Paola Creek is my absolute favorite. Yes, the lower section is more action-packed with “Bone Crusher” and other notable rapids. However, the upper portion allows you to float past the Walton Goat Lick and under huge train trestles. As we had eagerly anticipated, goats were spotted high up on the mountainside. One of the highlights of the trip was spotting a nanny and her kid perched high on a rock cliff soaking up the sun. Rafters also enjoyed views of bald eagles perched in trees, deer along the river banks, and osprey in nests teetering high on fragile looking trees. Every rafter had a paddle and spent the day trying to keep in sync with everyone else in the boat. It’s not an easy task to stay focused on paddling commands while being constantly distracted by the natural beauty of Glacier’s southern tip. A hearty lunch was supplied by Janelli’s Deli. The sandwiches were amazing—stacked high with meat, cheese and an array of fresh vegetables; and the freshly baked cookies were a crowd pleaser. Lunch was enjoyed at the Walton Ranger Station where laughter was shared and exhilarating moments relived. After about an hour of great eats and camaraderie, everyone reloaded onto the rafts ready for the rest of the adventure that included remarkable geological viewing opportunities between the Ranger Station and Paola Creek. The journey ended around 4 p.m. at Paola. With a group of happily tired rafters, the bus was somewhat quieter on the trip back to West Glacier. Everyone was in total agreement that the day had been perfect and plans were already being made to participate in next year’s trip. I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the crew at Wild River Adventures whose fun guides provided everyone with an adventure that suited their needs. Also a huge thank you to Janelli’s Deli that, as usual, provided a fresh, fabulous lunch that was also tailored to individual needs. Rave reviews for both the vegetarian and gluten-free lunches. You ROCK! Plans are already being made for next year’s adventure. We hope to see you again on the river!





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Montana Woman Magazine August 2011  

Montana Woman Magazine August 2011

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