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Montana Woman Pioneering Into The Future

Jen Johnson Finding Balance In and Out of the Ring

Tea Time

- Carl Easton Petals, Projects and Pizzazz

- Lisa Levandowski

JULY 2011 Complimentary

View from the North 40 - Pam Burke

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Editor’s Note On our Cover Good Deed Contest Awards Presented Jen Johnson At My Mother’s Knee pp. 5 - 7 Cover Story - Jen Johnson Montana Bookshelf - Stealing the Wild View from the North 40 - Circle the Tractors Community Matters - Important! Stay Active In the Scheme of Things - Life’s Doors Focal Point - At Home During War Times Exhibit Montana Musings - Perfection Snapshots of Life - Summer Fun - Montana Style Cover photo by Jill Courtney Columbia Falls - Heritage Days Hair by Gary Burton Make up by Melanie Hobus Living Beautifully - Fantastic Makeup for Less! Peaks and Valleys - Three Morals Bits and Pieces - Ride, Baby Ride! Well Being - Learning is a Lifetime Pursuit Healthy Living - Breast Health Rock Chuck Club - Hosting a Fun Educational Event Shades of Strength - Leslie Meeker Page 8 Home Work with Rhonda - The Pros and Cons of DIY DaVinci Robotic Surgery - A Minimally Invasive Surgery Option The Natural Choice - Nutritional Soup Soul Responsibilities - Act of God Montana Postcard Clutter Control - Ready for Summer The Awakened Mind - The Mysteries of Essence Page 20 Thank You! - Annual Tea and Train Business On My Mind - Humor at Work Hormones, Health and Happiness - Crucial Women’s Supplements Age-ing to Sage-ing® - Does Parenting Ever End? Words Make Worlds - The Journey Toward Health Empowerment Tea Time - Dainty Finger Sandwiches From the Kitchen of Montana Woman - Roasted Garlic Aioli Panache - Uncle Sam Hat Treat Holders Page 34 Montana Spirits - Gin Gin Mule Candid Cuisine - Maggie’s Cafe Tattered Tales - Collecting the Wild Adventures of Yesterday 51 Petals, Projects and Pizazz - Tricks of the Trade 53 Lipstick Logic - Lipstick - More than a Little Color 53 Facing the Odds - An Educational Opportunity 54 In Loving Memory - Are You...”The One”? Page 50 55 Look to the Stars 55 Jewels - And That’s My Opinion 56 Montana Woman InBox MONTANA WOMAN




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.

Montana Woman has statewide contributor coverage • Ina Albert - Age-ing to Sage-ing® -Whitefish - inaabert@aol com - 406-863-2333 • Pam Burke - The View from the North 40 - North Central Montana - • Jenna Caplette - Words Make Worlds - Bozeman - 406-920-2691- www. • Jessica Crist - Soul Responsibilities - Great Falls • Patty Crow - Montana Musings - Libby • Rena Desmond - Steppin’ Out - Kalispell • Jewels Devine - Jewels Gems - Manhattan, Montana • Carl Easton - Tea Time - Bigfork - 406-756-4TEA • Dr. Lauri Fahlberg - Well Being - Helena • Jose Frank - Facing the Odds - Kalispell - 406-758-7009 • R. Thomas Funk - Tattered Tales - Kalispell • Amy Grisak - Real Food Revival - Great Falls

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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 Happy Fourth of July! I have noticed a

sudden growth spurt in my garden—a sure sign that summer is here. I cannot wait to start harvesting all the fresh veggies. I have been told many times that I am overly optimistic, but I am sure that I will be enjoying fresh produce in the near future (be it weeks away or months down the road). The important thing is the end result! As the rivers swell, the Montana Woman Foundation has been busy preparing for our annual Whitewater Raft Trip Fundraiser. There are still a few seats left—so it’s not too late to sign up. The higher water levels will be perfect for the upper Middle Fork float. As many of you may remember from last year, we got hung up a bit on the rocks. That definitely will not be the case this year. Dennis and I were up in Essex a couple of weekends ago and the Goat Lick was literally covered with Mountain Goats. If you are planning to join us for this fun-filled day, please remember to bring your waterproof camera; you never know what you will see along the river’s edge. The July issue of Montana Woman again showcases some wonderful local talent. Kasa Zipfel introduces us to this month’s cover girl, Jen Johnson, a shining example that Montana women are not afraid to pursue their dreams… even if they are unconventional. I am sure you will enjoy getting to know this beautiful and athletic “Montana Woman”. Mary Wallace’s column, “Clutter Control”, helps us get organized and ready for some summer fun. You won’t want to miss this fun and informative article. “Panache” shares a festive Fourth of July craft that is fun to make, usable and perfect for your holiday gatherings! I could go on and on about all the wonderful articles in this month’s issue, but I’ll just encourage you to check it out for yourself! On a personal note, I would like to share some joyous news. My birthday was May 24th and I have to say this year was probably my best ever. God gave me the most wonderful gift—a husband. Dennis and I were married in Columbia Falls at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. It is impossible for me to explain how truly happy I am. I have been blessed with my perfect partner. Not only does Dennis support me in my endeavors, but he believes in and shares my life’s mission as well. Many of you have gotten to know Dennis over the years as he drops off ad proofs, delivers magazines and helps out at the Montana Woman Foundation fundraisers. He is a wonderful “Montana Man”. I’m sure you can understand why I say I am a lucky girl, indeed!

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The prizes for Dr. Tom Pittaway’s Good

Deed Contest were awarded on Friday, May 20. The contest was designed to promote positive behavior among our local youth, and was open to kids under 18 years of age. First prize was a new computer and was awarded to Drew Crosby of Flathead High School in Kalispell. His hard work as a volunteer basketball coach made winners of his team of “down and out” kids. Taylor Kammerzell, also of Flathead High School, was awarded a prize for her volunteer work at a local “no kill” animal shelter. Fiara Zarmon of Kalispell Middle School was awarded second prize for her essay about cleaning up the roadside litter near Ashley Lake. She collected 20 pounds of aluminum cans! Dr. Pittaway’s next Good Deed Contest is now underway and entries will be accepting until August 1st, 2011 at www.

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At My Mother’s Knee... by Suzanne McAllister

It’s a sad dog that won’t wag its own tail. ~ Jill Evans, Whitefish, MT Many would live by their wits, but bankrupt for want of stock. ~ Lloyd Gaither, Collinsville, IL A handsaw is a good thing, but not to shave with. ~ Frank Stewart, Collinsville, IL An open mouth shows an empty head. ~ Beulah Gaither, Collinsville, IL

I remember the hot summer days in July when I was growing up. Our town was so undermined with the coal mine shafts that we couldn’t dig a swimming pool. We played in the garden hose when Daddy watered the garden, but it was awkward trying to play in the tomato bushes, over the onion sets or the lettuce patch. So we mostly relied on Mother Nature to provide us with some relief. When a good storm blew up, out we would go completely ignoring the thunder and lighting and only giving way to hail. How we survived I’ll never know, but we cooled off.


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by Kasa Zipfel

en Johnson is a surprising character in her own right. It’s hard to believe eyes can be a shade of blue as bright as hers. It’s even harder to believe that they can become even brighter. But when you ask her to talk about her boxing and horse riding students, her brilliant blue eyes begin to gleam. Yes, she boxes, and she rides horses. Jen is a coach in both sports and a competitive athlete. It’s not the first thing you would think of when you see the tall, stunning, blond, blue-eyed woman who is just as feminine and graceful as she is articulate, humble and powerful. As a boxing teacher, she observed a trend in perceptions of contact sports and femininity that disturbs her. “The thing I worry about with contact sports is that I don’t feel like there are a lot of role models out there to show you that you can still be feminine and competitive in these sports,” Jen explained. “I think a lot of girls drop out of contact sports as they grow older because of that.” For her part, Jen wants girls to know that, “You can be anything you want to be. You can wear makeup and wrestle around with boys.” Jen has a pattern of pushing perceptions. At age 34, she’s training for her first mixed martial arts fight. “Most people competing are significantly younger,” she said. If you had told her five years ago that she’d be boxing competitively, she wouldn’t have believed you. “I never thought it’d turn competitive. At first, it was just something I did for an aerobic workout to get me into better shape for riding and training.” Jen’s main passion was horses—riding them, training them and teaching other people how to ride and compete in horse events. But, while at a party in Tustin, California, she met the infamous Dutch boxer, Lucia Rijker. Rijker played Billie “The Blue Bear” in the 2004 award-winning film Million

Dollar Baby and is known as “The Most Dangerous Woman in the World”. Jen describes her as, “an incredibly inspiring person.” The experience of meeting Rijker and an eventual encounter with trainer Phil Moore navigated Jen down the competitive path. “I met Phil Moore and got into competing and then training younger kids. About that time, Phil merged with Travis and Kisa Davison, owners of Straight Blast Gym of Montana.” There Jen learned yoga, jujitsu and mixed martial arts. She trains four hours a day, six days a week. I asked what keeps her motivated to maintain her rigorous training schedule. “Travis makes it so fun… or he just plain scares me,” she said and laughed. “I’m not super athletic. I’m not the fastest or the strongest, but I really enjoy it. And with these two coaches (Moore and Davison), if you’re willing to put the time in, they’ll help you as much as they can.” Jen takes a reciprocal approach to training. “I train a lot of 8 and 9-year old girls and teach a beginner’s adult boxing class.” She also coaches kids and adult amateurs in 3-day eventing, including dressage, cross country and jumping. Her own injuries, failures and hard-knock lessons provide valuable supplements to her teaching and coaching. With horses, one of her most memorable events came while competing as a world cup qualifier in California. “I let some personal drama get to me,” said Jen. As a result, she didn’t do well in the competition. “I realized how much control I have over the mental aspect and that’s when I got interested in sports psychology.” Around the same time she lost out in that competition, she was also recovering from several concussions. These events allowed her introspection into her students’ mentality. They also provided her with awareness that mental training is just as important in sports as physical training. “In boxing, MONTANA WOMAN




As a dressage official with a young rider.

Lucia Rijker and Jen

everyone looks the same on paper, but when it comes to winning a match, it comes down to skill and a lot of times, who wants it more,” said Jen. The psychology keeps her inspired in boxing and horse riding and training. Recently, Jen dislocated her shoulder while training for a mixed martial arts competition in April of this year. Not only was it unexpected, “It was very frustrating,” she remarked. Navigating through unexpected physical setbacks is a casualty of sports to which many athletes have to adapt. For Jen, difficult moments pose opportunities. “I feel I learn more from my losses and from the difficult moments than from winning because I keep pushing myself.” With riding and boxing, there’s a constant dance between mental and physical training, and the fragility of the body. As Jen has experienced many times, an injury can create a bump in the road that sets you back on your presumed journey. In sports, long-term goals dictate the rigorous programs used to train athletes. After watching a fatal accident during a riding competition, Jen learned the importance of finding balance between the long-term and the now. “A girl, who was pretty young, had an accident on course and ended up dying because of her injuries. It made me think about the choices you make, trying to live in every moment, trying to capitalize on every opportunity that comes your way.” Initially, Jen didn’t think boxing and competing in horse events was all that dangerous. Now, she’s more aware of the presumption pitfall that life’s always going to be there, that there will always be a tomorrow. “I try to live in the present. In general, we all try to look forward and backward instead of just being in the moment. It’s really helped me to balance everything. I try to do a good job on everything; try to not miss out on any experience by being caught up in any one thing. I try to not take anything for granted.” The young girl’s death deeply affected her whole outlook on life, and on a sport that she has competed 6




in since she was very young. Although Jen’s been competitively boxing for only a few years, she’s been riding since she was just a girl. She began competing at a young age then went to work for Jil Walton, 1992 Olympic athlete equestrian in 3-day eventing. It was then that she started training horses. “I was training horses, traveling around and teaching lessons at a very young age.” She competed in The Event at Rebecca Farm for several years; and when Jil ended up moving to Kalispell, Jen followed. When she got to Montana, “It felt like I was moving home,” Jen said with a smile. Here she spends her time training, studying psychology at FVCC and riding and training horses. Her life revolves around Straight Blast Gym, school and horse communities. When it comes to the future, Jen sees herself as always being a horse trainer and also studying psychology; the combination helps increase her breadth of knowledge when working with horses and humans. “I like working with horses that people have given up on or have difficulty with because I think that every problem has a reason and a source behind it. The thing about horses is that they are so forgiving to humans.” From the teaching side, Jen derives inspiration from

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helping people achieve their dreams, goals and, “overcoming their struggles.” Her students rest reassured that they are learning from someone who has been down a difficult path filled with hard work. “I’ve never been naturally talented in either of these sports (riding and boxing). So it’s really boiled down to a lot of hard work and dedication. There’s always a struggle, especially when you get older and there’s always someone who’s younger, stronger and more talented. I try to keep growing and expanding. For me, as long as there’s a challenge, then I feel like I’m on the right path. I feel like I need to keep pushing the boundaries.” When you talk with Jen Johnson, it’s clear that her competitive spirit and drive come from within. When she steps into the ring she may be competing with another person. When she’s competing in 3-day eventing, there may be other riders going for “the win”. In the end, it boils down to her expectations of herself. She’s her own biggest competitor.



he judges of the second annual Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature, have spoken, and Stealing the Wild by West Glacier author Beth Hodder, won First Place in the Children’s Chapter Book category. Regarding the book, Five Star Publications said, “Great book. It hooks the reader right from the beginning and clear to the end! Great topic for age group. Loved how the suspense keeps you reading, but educating at Author Beth Hodder the same time. Well Done!!” “Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score of 72 out of 80 must be earned for a 1st Place award, 64 out of 80 for a 2nd Place and 56 out of 80 for an Honorable Mention—even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda Radke, president of Five Star Publications, the sponsor of the Dragonfly Book Awards. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.” Stealing the Wild, sequel to the award-winning The Ghost of Schafer Meadows, finds Jessie, 12, her dog Oriole, and new friends Will and Allie hunting for whoever is poaching wildlife near the Schafer Meadows Ranger Station within Montana’s Great Bear Wilderness. Both books retail for $11.95 and can be purchased from Grizzly Ridge Publishing, PO Box 268, West Glacier, MT 59936; at the publisher’s secure website:; or at these local stores: Montana House in Apgar, Glacier National Park; the West Glacier Gift Shop, Flathead National Forest offices, Hungry Horse Corral, Bad Rock Books and Shear Perfection in Columbia Falls, BookWorks in Whitefish, Imagination Station in Whitefish and Kalispell, Kindred Spirits Gift Shops at Glacier International Airport, and the Hockaday Museum of Art, and The Bookshelf in Kalispell. Also look for both books at and Barnes & Watch for them soon as e-books. For a complete list of Purple Dragonfly Book Award winners, visit www. and click on “Winners”.


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View from the North 40 CIRCLE THE TRACTORS, WE’RE SURROUNDED by Pam Burke

As someone who lives in the country, I get really tired

of people saying they want to go camping so they can be as one with nature enjoying the beautiful wildlife. Those suckers have fallen for the Hollywood-hyped, glossy outdoor magazine, fantasy land image of the beasties. Wildlife creatures are nothing but a bunch of opportunists, thieves, thugs and vandals. It’s a harsh reality. All winter we had a herd of 80 white-tail deer hanging out in the field. So pretty. So picturesque. So… oh, mating season. Cover your eyes, children. Of course, the beautiful deer wouldn’t stay in the field once the snow flew. At any given time, 5 to 10 percent of them were in my hay corral, stealing alfalfa. This wouldn’t have been nearly so bad if they would’ve bothered to duck under or jump over the electric fencing rather than rip through it, but apparently the local white-tails are immune to the effects of mild, intermittent jolts of electricity. The horses—domestic opportunists and vandals that don’t live up to the Hollywood hype either—took full advantage. Three of them turned loose in a stack of hay have all the civility of a rugby team in a riot at an all you can consume bar-and-eatery/ strip club. Then one day the deer were gone, but a herd of 100 antelope showed up. It’s just prairie goats in my pasture for as far as the eye can see. Our hills are alive with the stench of a goat farm and every trip out there is an awkward waltz through the dung bombs. They refuse to leave. They hang around watching us work. When we drive in or out of our place we have to schedule extra time to wait for them to cross the driveway because they’ll be heading across the road, then half of them will split to go in the other direction. However, half of those flip-floppers change their minds and turn to go back the first direction; but, at least a third of the original group have already changed their minds, too, so the two subgroups come together in this confused mass, milling around in the road until we ease the car forward. Then it’s like a rule-less game of bumper goats until everyone has bounced off the road. We see them in the rear view mirror watching us drive away. They’re calm. I know they’re mocking us for putting up with


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their antics, and they’re planning the next round of fun at our expense. But it’s not just the deer and the antelope playing around here. Despite the valiant efforts of a pair of ravens that took temporary shelter in the barn, the relentless pigeons are back, whitewashing everything, including the hay, with their special formula and birthing more rats with wings. A pair of starlings pulled the packing out of a hole in the side of the shop and is raising a raucous batch of babies inside the wall again this year, but they’re not alone. A robin figured out how to use the cat door and proceeded to sneak into the shop to build a nest on top of the chain hoist. She thinks she owns the shop now. I hate to sound paranoid, but I’m pretty sure she organizes the noise festival of feathered friends in the tree by our bedroom every 4 a.m. Our regular residents, the cottontail bunnies, are in abundance this year—and breeding like every rabbit cliché in the books. Our whirlwind of junk cleaning from the pasture this winter was like their own private tornado that ripped through their suburban neighborhood, forcing them all to move to emergency housing in the inner-city projects, namely any form of shelter within 500 feet of our home. Of course, they’re rabbits and entirely useless for driving mice away so, yes, we’re inundated with them also. The feral cat that showed up might’ve taken care of them, but a fox moved in and the cat disappeared. I don’t want to make any unfounded accusations, but that fox looks guilty as a mobster in a casino. Plus, the fox is freaking me out. He trots through the yard with far too much confidence and will deliberately mark any place I’ve been working as if to say he owns it and my presence is intrusive. If he starts paying the bills, I’ll concede that point. Until then I wish he’d keep his feces to himself. Thus far, no one has managed to reclaim the high ground from the speed goats. And we’re sorely outnumbered. (Who needs a tent in the woods when you have http://


Community Matters IMPORTANT! STAY ACTIVE by Matt Bailey, MD Flathead Orthopedics


he benefits of being active are countless and is something that we shouldn’t take for granted. As we age, our knees often times start showing signs of arthritis either from a previous injury, inflammatory disease or consequences of heredity. As arthritis progresses pain worsens, activity begins to slow, disfiguration may commence and lifestyle becomes more sedentary and overall health suffers. But there are ways to lessen knee pain and get back to life again. Once pain in a joint begins, treatment with an anti-inflammatory medicine is the first step along with a weight loss program and quadriceps exercises to maintain muscle strength. If the anti-inflammatory medication doesn’t seem to help, then Cortisone or Synvisc injections may improve the aching. Active individuals may find the relief they’re looking for with ‘unloader’ braces. If these solutions don’t bring adequate relief or the knee develops significant contracture or deformity, then it’s time to consider the surgical answer to keeping mobile. Less invasive total knee surgery is accomplished with the aid of Stryker Computer Navigation. This system utilizes technology similar to a GPS to guide orthopedic surgeons to ensure a small incision is as accurate as possible and provides as close to a perfect fit of the prosthetic as achievable. With recent innovations, patients reach mile markers faster in both motion and activity. Physical therapy begins quickly for a faster recovery, and most patients are up and walking the same day as surgery. While there is significant pain from surgery for the first few days, most patients say it feels much better than the pain experienced with their worn joint. The 95-percent satisfaction rate, which is incredible for surgical outcomes, is summed up by patients consistently saying, “I can’t believe I waited so long to have this done.” Technology is making a big impact on total knee replacement surgery. Not only is the surgical equipment advanced, the prosthetics are likely to last longer than those from even five and ten years ago. North Valley Hospital, where I do most of my surgeries, has been instrumental in making sure the latest and

greatest orthopedic technology is available to produce the best patient outcomes. The most opportune age to receive this surgery is in one’s 60’s and 70’s. It’s important that one doesn’t wait too long to have the procedure because too much deformity can limit the amount that surgery can correct. However, you do want to try more conservative measures first to control symptoms. Most current prosthetics survive 15 to 20 years 95% of the time. Prevention is always the best treatment and avoiding injury to your knee is the most important thing you can do. If you have a history of a significant knee injury, stay away from hi-impact sports that include running and jumping. Other lifestyle considerations are to keep weight down, stay active, and maintain muscle strength. Another surgery I commonly perform to resolve shoulder injuries is Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair. New instrumentation has made it possible for a minimally invasive option. Having a rotator cuff tear repair done traditionally requires an incision through the deltoid muscle, which is the most painful part of the surgery to recover from. Now, this improved technology utilizes a camera similarly used in laparoscopic operations through one of only four to five one-centimeter incisions. Having the procedure done this way doesn’t traumatize the muscle and it’s very nice to see how quickly patients feel better. As with all surgeries, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s restriction recommendations. Minimally invasive surgery may decrease pain, but your body still needs to heal properly. In orthopedic procedures, the length of time to heal is typically the same, but the minimally invasive options decrease your pain making for an easier and more comfortable recovery.





In the Scheme of Things…


LIFE’S DOORS by Nan S. Russell

Promising value in excess of the price, my little girl imagination saw

each wrapped box as a treasure waiting to be excavated. I picked up one, then another and another, pondering which grab bag was the one for me. With my mom’s warning of potential disappointment unheeded, I seized the largest from the basket and pulled allowance savings from my pocket to pay for my prize. Not ready to break the spell of anticipation, I rested the box on my lap for several miles. Finally curiosity prevailed and I ripped it open. But my mom had been right. The next day, I spied another grab bag opportunity labeled “For Girls” and tried again. This time, I was rewarded with a precious palm-sized doll. While the contents weren’t always as magical as finding the doll, the process of selection and discovery beckoned at every vacation stop that summer. Each box held for me a new possibility. Now, as a seasoned adult, it’s interesting how life’s doors seem like my childhood grab bag experience. So many possibilities, so many choices; some rewarding, some disappointing. But always that hint of promise, mystery, and possibility. Which door to open? Path to follow? Or dream to seek? In multiple decades, and with multiple decisions, what I’ve learned is this: door choice is not a science. Mistakes are common and most decisions are reversible. My husband made law review at a top law school, then dropped out in his second year, realizing he never wanted to be an attorney in the first place. I was fired from my first professional job, which opened up an unexpected opportunity. Neither of our first doors were the right ones, but we both went on to successful careers, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. Setbacks, disappointments, rejections and unsuccessful attempts are steps typical for most people. Albert Einstein’s Ph.D. dissertation was rejected; Henry Ford had two bankruptcies before his famous success; Rodin couldn’t get into art school on three occasions, yet became a great sculptor; and Abraham Lincoln lost seven elections before winning the Presidency. Still, when we view others’ success, we often miss their failed choices, struggles, frustrations, and disappointments. We miss noticing the wrong or closed doors that came before the accolades. In the scheme of things, I’ve found that opening life’s doors is a lifetime discovery of becoming who you are capable of becoming. Unknown, difficult, exhilarating and failed doors are part of life. When you approach each door-opening with that perspective, the experience alone enhances your life, builds your wisdom, and develops new dreams, opportunities, and possibilities for you. Recently, I framed a greeting card for my office wall as a reminder to keep opening life’s doors. It shows a picture with five women, varying in age from thirty to eight, arm-in-arm, dancing. Isn’t that what life beckons us to do? To keep dancing, no matter the setbacks, heartaches, and disappointments? To keep exploring paths, opportunities, and dreams? I think so. It seems to me each new day is an unwrapped gift brimming with possibility. Nan is the award winning author of Hitting Your Stride. More about Nan and her work at 10

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The Conrad Mansion Museum is open for the summer

season with a special costume exhibit called At Home During Wartimes. Wars take a toll on all aspects of society.  That toll is most evident on those who actually fight the war, and the effect of their absence on their families.  But wars also affect trade, industry, and the overall economy of the nation.  The At Home During Wartimes exhibit illustrates clothing worn by those in service, in addition to clothing worn at home during the wars which affected the Conrad family, including the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I (WWI), and World War II (WWII).  Uniforms from the Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, and the Korean War era will be on exhibit.  The impact of war on clothing and the clothing industry is not as well known, so clothing worn on the home front during the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and the Korean War era is also being exhibited to show ways war affected the clothing industry of this country. The Historic Conrad Mansion Museum is located on Woodland Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets East.  It is contiguous with the East Side Historic District of Kalispell and is the most outstanding example of luxurious pioneer living and period architecture in the Pacific Northwest.  Charles E. Conrad built the Victorian home designed by Spokane architect, Kirtland Cutter, in 1895.  Ownership and occupation of this beautiful shingle style 26-room mansion remained in the family until 1974 when the Conrad’s youngest daughter, Alicia Conrad Campbell, gave the home and its original family furnishing to the city of Kalispell to be maintained in perpetuity as a historic site in memory of her parents.  The Conrad Mansion Museum offers tours Wed-Sun, May 15-31 with a special opening on Memorial Day.  Starting June 1 until Oct 15, tours are offered Tues-Sat with special openings on July 4 and Labor Day.  Visit or call 406-755-2166 for more information and special event information.


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he brothers ran, laughing, through the tall grasses. Their spirits soared, free as only young children can be. Untethered. Their hearts filled with the joy of the moment. Strong salty breezes scented with kelp caused the grasses and blossoming wild flowers to dance, sway and bow to the boys, as if joining their play. Seagulls wheeled against the gray sky and cried out to the darting children below. One curious seagull perched on a nearby outcropping and watched the youngsters. The incoming tide pushed and strained against the shore and rocks. Its murmur grew louder and louder, as though the ocean also wanted to be included in the fun. The ancient sea, gray sky, seagulls, long grasses and the laughing little boys united in harmony. A single brief moment of perfection.

ost readers who follow my articles know I do a lighthearted look at everyday life and I try to help in some way to “lighten the load”. This month, however, I’d like to be a bit more serious. I can’t remember the last time I saw a first lady showing off her athletic prowess, but last year there was Michelle Obama jumping rope with the cameras rolling and photographers snapping with every bounce. Not only did Michelle show schoolchildren how it’s done, she did so with the right mix of agility, fun and fashion sense in kicking off the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Its goal is to promote physical activity and good nutrition, key elements of her larger campaign to fight childhood obesity. The numbers, and the weight scale, do not lie. Over the past 30 years, childhood obesity rates have tripled. That translates to one in every three children ages 2-19, but still higher among minority kids: 38% of Hispanic children and 36% of black children are overweight or obese, compared with 29% of white children. Once, summertime meant a lot of swimming, biking and hiking. But those days are over. U.S. studies, including a 2007 report published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that kids have become less active during summer. In 2010, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario released a report confirming this trend. While the study surveys Canadian parents, I suspect the findings closely reflect U.S. trends. According to the survey of parents of 562 children ages 6 to 12, most kids will be spending their summer with their parents (46%) or grandparents (8%), which doesn’t often translate into a lot of organized physical activity. In fact, the survey also found that only 20% of the kids will be spending time swimming, 17% will attend day camps and about 12% will participate in organized sports. With hectic summer work schedules and limited disposable income, what can most parents do? Hey, we live in beautiful Montana, the Big Sky country, with some of the most beautiful mountains, state and federal parks, trails, rivers and lakes… much, much more than many other states have to offer. Let’s Move Outside, Montana! The State of Montana website provides parents with helpful tools, ideas and tips on how to move the family outdoors. But let’s face it, it’s up to us; it’s going to take mostly the initiative of parents, and grandparents, such as setting aside specific summer days and times to bike or go for a walk. Structuring a child’s day also helps, such as limiting eating to breakfast, lunch and dinner and limiting snacking. For all the advancements in health and nutrition, one-third of children born after 2000 will suffer from diabetes, often linked to obesity, thus driving up health care costs. Currently, the nation’s price tag for obesity-related illnesses is more than $147 billion annually. On the other hand, a jump rope costs about $8, and you can do it anywhere. Let us all take pleasure in the great Montana outdoor experience. Let us all have a superb and safe Montana summer.




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Montana Towns in the Spotlight Columbia Falls, Montana HERITAGE DAYS PROGRESSING FROM PIONEER ON... by Kasa Zipfel


t’s old days Columbia Falls—saloons are abundant and forest fires are feared. In the original days of Columbia Falls, houses were made of wood and the old jail on Second Avenue East and Fifth Street was made of cement. The jail still stands today. One of the guardians of the jail, Town Marshall Jake Neitzling, lost his life to a man plotting to derail a train in defiance of the industry that the town owed much of its history. Then there’s Joe Cosley, outlaw legend who roamed the mountains and valleys of the park, coming back to Columbia Falls for supplies and romantic conquests. Lawyer, businessman, fur-trader and rancher, John E. Lewis, played a monumental role in the development of Columbia Falls and the park, building Glacier Hotel (now Lake McDonald Lodge). The history surrounding Columbia Falls is rich, diverse and as wild as any western tale. Since the turn of the century, Columbia Falls has celebrated its heritage every year. In 1914, there was an annual Flathead Pioneers picnic. This tradition continued until 1956 when Progress Days took its place. Columbia Falls thrived in the 1950s as the gateway to the park, as well as an employment hub with the aluminum plant and sawmills that populated the area. People were employed, life was good. It was during this upswing that Progress Days started. Many towns across the U.S. host an annual celebration that characterizes the unique qualities and history of their community. For Columbia Falls, the celebration marks a crossroads of many interests, influences, settlers and geographical demarcations. In 1975, the name of the celebration was changed to Western Roundup Days, and in 1980 it became known as Heritage Days. “It’s kind of a continuation of a long running community celebration for a small town,” said Kevin McCready, board member for the Heritage Days Committee. McCready’s father worked all of his life on the Burlington Santa Fe Railroad in Whitefish. “I started getting involved in research, looking up the railroad, and the history really enticed me. I spend most of my time these days researching history and Columbia Falls is a part of that,” he said. McCready has been on the Heritage Days Committee for three years and one of his favorite events of the celebration is the wild horse drive. “It’s a great event. Can you imagine someone from New York City, who’s never even seen a pine tree before seeing 14

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wild horses coming down the main road,” he said. “They’d probably be thinking to themselves, ‘what’re you hicks doing today?’” During the horse drive, cowboys guide the horses down the streets from Columbia Heights to the Blue Moon tavern. “I love watching the expression of people seeing these wild horses charging down the highway. That to me is the most outrageous part that I can remember,” recalled Shirley Reynolds, who’s been treasurer for the Heritage Days Committee since 1994. Reynolds has been active with Heritage Days long before her role as secretary. “It’s changed a lot from the time it started. Originally, it had rodeos and some of the older type games

included competitions between businesses. Plum Creek and the Fire Department had tug of wars,” she said. “Over the years, because of city insurance, we’ve had to change some of the things that we could have in regards to our celebration.” According to Steve Marquesen, owner of the Back Room and the Night Owl, “The parade is always the most popular event.” Marquesen has been in business in Columbia Falls for more than three decades and in that time the horse drive, three-on-three basketball tournament, and parade have been celebration staples and favorites. Fellow business owner and Columbia Falls native, Dave Connor, draws his favorite memory of Heritage Days from the parade.


Connor has owned Columbia Nursery for 18 years. “One year we built a float where I took a trailer and had it set up like a yard, completely landscaped,” he said. He and his family rode the float in the parade in the Heritage Days tradition of reuniting friends and family. Marquesen explained that during Heritage Days, “Families that are spread out all over the country take the weekend or week to come home and visit.” Collette Gross, owner of Shops at Station 8, loves seeing the interaction between family generations in her store during Heritage Days. “In my store, I see 3-4 generations of families shopping together, and all the while visiting and reconnecting and chatting. I hear Grandpa telling his grandson about how he used some of the tools we have here, Grandma sharing stories of how she used the kitchen implements and how she remembers having the same dishes, vase or pitcher, cooking on the old stove, using that old iron,” she said.  “All these items are antiques now, but it gives them happy memories, and they can share with their children and grandchildren about how they lived back in the day!” Many landmarks and buildings contribute to the rich history of Columbia Falls and Gross’ building is no exception. Built in the late 1800s, the train depot represents the industry that spawned the development of Columbia Falls. During Heritage Days, Gross showcases original items that denote the building’s history. “I pull out the items I found in the building—the old bottles, the tin cans,

with the character of its western pioneer roots that mark Columbia Fall’s once rough and tough image. With the main businesses being the aluminum plant and timber mills, the town maintained a more blue-collar pioneer feel than neighboring resort town Whitefish or the artist community of Bigfork. Heritage Days, although a family event, had its share of wild times and crazy stories. Since the cut back of the timber industry and aluminum plant, Columbia Falls’ economy experienced a significant shift. With many people out of work, several new businesses opened. Fashion Finds is one of them. Petersen’s vision with Fashion Finds is to offer customers designer clothes at unbelievably affordable prices. It’s the first time a full-scale clothing company has been in Columbia Falls in decades. For Petersen, Heritage Days provides an opportunity for local businesses to showcase what they’re all about. Several business owners agree that Heritage Days marks their busiest time of year. Many people plan their family vacations around the event. With the onslaught of class and family reunions and home comers, Heritage Days not only celebrates Columbia Falls’ history and progression, it also reunites the community. “I think it’s just one of the traditions of Columbia Falls and I think more and more people appreciate tradition and sense of community,” said Petersen. “It gives you a sense of pride in the community and it’s very family-oriented.” It’s that sense of community pride and family that the Heritage Days committee wants to promote now and in the future. “Heritage Days is a way for people to get together when they haven’t seen each other in a long time. Last year I had an opportunity to be on the float and I couldn’t believe all the people that I saw that I haven’t seen in ages,” said Reynolds. “Our lives have gotten so busy that it seems we don’t have the time to visit, and this is an opportunity to do that.” For more information about Heritage Days please visit http://

the tools, the antique paperwork from Great Northern, and I create a visual display of our train heritage so people can see the real stuff that they used back in the twenties and thirties and before,” she said. Like Shops at Station 8, the building for Fashion Finds remains one of the oldest standing buildings in Columbia Falls. “It was built in 1908,” explained Sally Petersen, owner of Fashion Finds. “It started out that part of it was the bank (First National Bank) that Jim Talbott founded. The other side was always the drug store. In later years it became the drug store and the liquor store. Most recently it was just the liquor store.” The building signifies the basic foundations of a frontier town


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t may sound sick, but I actually look forward to my annual physical examination. I boast of excellent cholesterol figures, have blood pressure that suggests I am sleeping, and other than a few tell-tale signs that the dermatologist has had her way with me, check out as the perfectly healthy specimen “for my age”. I thrill to report on an athletic amount of daily exercise, a diet that prevents me from gaining a single ounce and is loaded with everything Mediterranean, and a love affair with flax seed. Much to my shock and chagrin, my internist, after listing the usual litany of praiseworthy physical reports, pointed to a plummeting white blood cell count. “This has been dropping over three years’ time; it’s time now to discover what is going on.” I froze. What does a white blood cell count mean? And from there to the worst case scenario in a nano-second: Am I dying— as in NOW? “You probably just have a vitamin B12 deficiency; let’s test for that and just hope that’s all it is. If not, I’ll send you to an oncologist to rule out anything with the bone marrow.” Bone marrow? ONCOLOGIST? Numbly, I lifted one leg and then the other and somehow arrived at the laboratory where I had my blood drawn to determine how my B12 levels were faring. That, and a sed rate measurement to identify any possible underlying and silent infection. As long as I was at it, I asked them to throw in a vitamin D test; perhaps the culprit was a lack of vitamin D now that I live where it’s grey for months at a time. On my knees, I prayed practically a novena (my Catholic mother was smiling down from heaven, having offered up everything for some intention or another during her entire time on Earth) as I awaited each test result. They all came back “normal’, and as the nurse announced this on the telephone, day after day, I thanked her, hung up, and sobbed. In the end, she made the appointment for me to see the oncologist—his next available time slot being a week away. How long is a week when you are waiting, feeling your life in the balance? I honestly don’t know how we ever get through one; this one lasted forever. Enter the Internet, and here is my admonition: Do not go there. By the time my research was complete, I was writing my goodbye letters and composing my obituary. Did I have Leukemia or Myleodisplastic Syndrome? And in order to distinguish between those or merely a lack of the mineral zinc in my body, I would require a bone marrow aspiration. So of course, I had to click on that phrase and read about that test, horrified at the notion of a needle entering my hipbone—while wide awake. By the time my appointment rolled around, I had reams of possible diagnosis paperwork—none of it hopeful—printed and stuffed into manila envelopes to take to my appointment.

The oncologist tested my blood in the very same lab that had forsaken me, and my white blood cell count was normal. A miracle? You’ll never convince me it wasn’t, but he did offer a medical explanation. “Are you nervous today?” was his opening query after shaking my hand in introduction. Let me count the ways. And after my response that was barely a breath of high anxiety, he explained that my white blood cell count was entirely normal and that what this indicated to him was that under stress, my cells come to the rescue. They hang out in my bone marrow as opposed to my bloodstream where they are not needed because I weigh so little (thin people tend to run low in white cell count) and am generally so healthy. No need for a bone marrow aspiration. As a good friend my age says every time she averts a grim diagnosis, “I dodged another bullet.” Reborn, I left his office, tossed all that paper into the recycling bin, and headed straight for the local bar with my husband, where he promptly ordered me a glass of Merlot that I threw back in one gulp—something I’d never in my former lifetime done. The morals to my story? First, resist the Internet for selfdiagnosis. You are not a doctor because you did not attend medical school, and neither did anyone on most of those websites. Your refusal to go there will add a year to your life span by avoiding angst, not to mention you will save the planet by not creating all that paper. Second, prayer, especially when you notify everyone on the planet who engages in it, is more powerful than you can imagine. And lastly, while you can never be too rich, you can, in fact, be too thin.


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referring to here! I’m talking about “Riding the River”, the Flathead River that is! Whether you are a veteran river rat or have just dreamed of giving it a try, don’t let another summer escape without going on what will surely go down as one of your greatest adventures! The Middle Fork of the Flathead River, also known as the “Big River”, offers several options in terms of “White Water” trips vs. a more sedate “Scenic Float”, depending on the time of year and where you put in the water. It never ceases to amaze me how many “locals” I meet who do not make it a point to take advantage of the opportunity to experience all our glorious state has to offer; while people travel across the nation, and even the world, to do so! It’s easy to think, “I’ll do that next year”, but will you? Time is a treasured commodity with none of us able to predict what the next year will bring. Maybe THIS IS THE YEAR to enjoy your back yard! Several reputable raft companies are located in the West Glacier area providing bus transportation from their parking lots to your chosen beginning launch site. All day or half day trips are available and may include a fresh lunch cooked by the river’s edge if desired. The menu normally includes your choice of steak, chicken or veggie burgers with custom orders available for those who may have food allergies or special needs. Appetizing salads and side dishes complete this unique dining experience Montana Style! After being on the water for hours, you will swear food never tasted so good! You will need appropriate water shoes (no flip flops or tennis shoes), and clothing that will dry quickly or rainproof outerwear if the weather isn’t cooperating. The raft companies do provide the correct footwear if you do not have your own, as well as life jackets. Bring dry clothing to change into after the trip to ensure your comfort, as you could be wet! Waterproof cameras are a fun way to record your incredible trip down the wild and scenic Flathead River! A definite bonus from your day on the river will be the friendships that are made and enjoying the humor and expertise of your raft guides. True bonds develop among each raft team with everyone sure to cherish their memories for years to come. If you are reading this story prior to July 9th, you are in luck! The Montana Woman Foundation sponsors an annual, all day float trip from the uppermost launch site at Bear Creek. This trip cannot be done later in the summer due to lower water levels so it is a great opportunity for those who want a little excitement mixed with sight-seeing and a terrific lunch. This year Wild River Adventures will be our host and is offering a discounted price to accommodate this group. All profits are donated to the foundation for the Montana Woman Scholarship Fund which proudly presents Montana women with college funds each year. Reservations can be accepted within 48 hours notice so you may still have time to join us on this magical day. For more information, please contact Chris Noel/No Doubt Land Company at 406-261-7008 or Cindy Branch/Montana Woman Magazine at 755-5753. If you can’t join us, then by all means be sure to make this YOUR year to enjoy one of NW Montana’s “Must DO” activities. See you on “THE” River! 20

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NORTHWEST MONTANA ROCK CHUCK CLUB HOSTS FUN, EDUCATIONAL EVENT The wonderful world of rocks opens up for a family fun weekend. by Kasa Zipfel

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gem and mineral specimens will be raffled off and sold at silent auction. This is Milah’s first year organizing the event, but she’s been a part of the NW MT Rock Chucks for a while, and a rock enthusiast long before that. She’s found more than just rocks during her time with the NW MT Rock Chucks club, she found her husband there, too. The NW MT Rock Chucks is a group of dedicated rock hounds who will be at the event and ready to answer most of your questions about gems, minerals and the geological processes that create them. Gem and mineral savvy club members have a wide variety of interests that will be displayed during the show, from cutting and polishing to making jewelry from agates and other precious stones, collecting fossils or simply collecting rocks. They always welcome new members and continually work to share information with the community. Their meetings are the 3rd Thursday of each month at Flathead Valley Community College Arts and Tech Bldg., 2nd Floor, at 7:00 p.m. “This last year we pioneered a program with the 4H kids,” explained Milah. “We had around 10-12 kids at all the meetings and they were often with their parents. They were excited about learning more about the world around them.” The NW MT Rock Chucks club invites you and the whole family to come check out the show. For more information call Milah at 844-3560.

pretty rock you picked up while hiking last summer? Ever wondered why rocks have different colors and what makes those colors? The Northwest Montana Rock Chucks rock club provides the perfect opportunity for you to have these questions answered at their 4th Annual Gem and Mineral Show in the Grandstand Building, Flathead County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 23, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 24, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is a $1.00 admission charge and children under 12 are free. The show features vendors from Montana, Washington, Idaho and Oregon who will be displaying and selling a dazzling array of rocks, minerals, gems and fossils from all over the world. Jewelry, gold and related items will also be on sale. In addition to the shopping opportunities, this event provides answers to all of your questions about rocks as well as being a family oriented events. “An extended children’s section this year will provide opportunities for kids to learn more about our Earth’s most precious commodity… rocks. For a dollar, a person can “Fish for Answers” by throwing a hook over the wall and catching a rock sample with a name and short description for it.  We’ll have grab bags that you can buy for two dollars and there’s a prize if you get a gold painted rock inside your grab bag,” said Milah Gano, secretary of North West Montana Rock Chucks and coordinator for the Rock and Mineral Show.  “Our Gem Dig will be in full swing, and there will also be a fluorescent rock display put on by the Kalispell Rock Club.” Throughout the day,


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LESLEY MEEKER by Cindy Branch


ecent reports show that teenage pregnancy is maturity Lesley felt better prepared to provide for this young daughter and assumed the on the rise in Montana. There are a number of responsibilities of being a parent. However, reasons why a young girl finds herself in this the realities of being a single mother forced a sometimes frightening, emotionally charged and detour in Lesley’s plan to pursue the often overwhelming circumstance. Lives are inevitably altered with plans and dreams for the extremely demanding and lengthy education future placed on hold and often abandoned. This article is presented with the hope of and training required for a career in medicine. encouraging teenage mothers to become more than a statistic by making a concerted effort to She moved to Bozeman to attend MSU, as not allow their current situation to be the sole determining factor in their future. planned, but with a revised vision Lesley Meeker grew up in Kalispell, Montana of her future. where she graduated from Flathead High School When Lesley was a young girl in and then received an Associate Degree from the sixth grade, a teacher brought a Flathead Valley Community College. She later copy of the Wall Street Journal to earned a Finance Degree from Montana State class for the students to review the University in Bozeman and today is a Financial financial page.  He then had them Advisor for Edward Jones.  Lesley’s personal life is pick a stock and follow it for the on an upward swing as well.  She has three year.  Lesley remembered being beautiful children (Emily, Alyssa and Justice), a fascinated with this introduction to loving fiancé (Darren Fix), an awesome soon-to-be the world of finance—a memory stepson (Kavi) and a career she loves. that played a major role in forming At first glance, it would be easy to assume that an altered plan in her education the road to Lesley’s happiness has been a smooth and career goals.  Her desire to help and relatively uneventful one.  As is so often the others remained the constant, but case, that first glance can be misleading.  I had the Lesley and Darren her new plan allowed another pleasure of interviewing this dedicated, caring way to achieve this: she could young woman who courageously shared her story with Montana teach others how to help Woman readers. themselves while she followed She was an active, popular young girl with a clear vision of her her natural inclination and future.  Lesley planned to attend Bozeman’s medical program after fascination with “crunching” high school graduation and then continue on to Seattle to study numbers.   neurology.  She loved medicine, but more importantly, she loved During her second year at helping people.  She was working her plan until at the age of 17 she Montana State Lesley was found herself facing much more than graduation—she would soon be offered the unique opportunity a teenage mother.   to participate in an internship After countless Darren’s son, Kavi in Washington D.C.  She also sleepless nights and found that she was again much prayer, Lesley pregnant.  Manipulating her schedule to made the decision to place her infant daughter, allow her to participate in the internship Emily, with a wonderful family that would be before the arrival of her son was certainly no able to provide a loving, secure and stable home easy task.  However, true to form for Lesley, for her.  This decision proved to be the right one she had the will and so found the way.  She for both Lesley and her daughter.  Today, Emily participated in the D.C. internship from is very much a part of Lesley’s life.  Emily visits January to April of that year and then her Flathead Valley family regularly and enjoys Alyssa, Justice and Emily returned home for the birth of son, Justice, spending time with her siblings.  Emily’s parents in June. keep Lesley up-to-date on all of the activities, health issues and joys of raising a teenage With the love and support of her mother, daughter.  Lesley has been involved in Emily’s life—beginning with her kindergarten who moved in to help during this busy time graduation to the present. Lesley went on to graduate from high school and then attended Flathead Valley Community in her life, Lesley managed as a single mother to two energetic children while continuing as College where she earned a two-year degree. During her second year there she was again a full-time student.  During her junior year at blessed with the gift of motherhood, delivering Alyssa during finals week. With a bit more 24

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MSU, Lesley was offered a summer-long internship position in Great Falls with D.A. Davidson. Lesley had the distinction of being the only student chosen from MSU and one of only two chosen from the entire state to participate. Successful completion of the internship provided the opportunity for the participants to obtain a securities license. The internship also came with a myriad of responsibilities including many late nights studying after the children had been put to bed in the hotel room where they all lived for the duration of the summer-long training prior to Lesley’s senior year. At the end of this demanding internship the final testing was scheduled and if she passed, Lesley would qualify to be a D.A. Davidson financial advisor.  As the test date approached, Lesley came down with the flu and was very ill.  Rescheduling the test was not an option.  Her determination and years of hard work convinced her that she would, in spite of illness, drive to Helena on less than three hours sleep to take the test… she passed.   After earning her degree in Finance Lesley was offered a partnership in Livingston, but turned it down after news that her father had suffered a heart attack and would need open-heart surgery. Lesley returned to the Flathead Valley to help support and be near her family, a small sacrifice on her part after their willingness to lend a helping hand to her during the many times she had so needed it.   A few years and several jobs later Lesley became an Edward Jones financial advisor, truly the perfect fit for her.  “Edward Jones has strong company values.  They focus on the Golden Rule and provide the opportunity to be your own boss.  The veteran advisors are extremely supportive of newer advisors.  It is a privately held company meaning their stock is not publicly traded and those who work very hard have the opportunity to be part owners.  I found this to be a wonderful opportunity to grow my business and to provide a stable future for my children and me.” I asked Lesley what inspired her to persevere during the trying times in her past.  “I want to inspire others to not give in and become one of the negative statistics.   You can still achieve your goals and pursue your dreams.  Each one of my children marks a milestone in my life.  They are each a great blessing.  I am in awe of these talented, bright, and amazing

children. They are the reason I was and am determined to succeed. “Life has taught me that sometimes you need to accept help from others.  If you are fortunate you are given the opportunity to be the one providing the help.  I feel that being a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones provides me with the ability to give back.  Money is such an emotional issue.  It is easy to get frustrated or angry when your investments do not perform the way you hoped and planned for.  I am given the wonderful opportunity to help my clients reach their long-term goals and create the financial future and freedom they desire. “I have found that my life and my career choice have much in common.  Stocks can bottom out and you want to give up and quit; however, if you stay true to yourself and accept help from people you trust you can often turn obstacles into blessings.  Investments are very similar to life’s circumstances.  There are short-term losses, overwhelming setbacks, much planning required, and risks involved.  However, if you stay true to a course, have a plan, work the plan and stay focused there is usually long term gain.”  





Home Work with Rhonda THE PROS & CONS OF DIY by Rhonda Young


ong before there were magazines touting the DIY lifestyle my dad was teaching my sister and me everything we didn’t want to know, whether it was changing the oil in my car or fixing a leaky pipe under the kitchen sink. Dad raised us to believe there wasn’t anything we couldn’t do if we just put our minds to it. Being girls did not give us an out. All this Do-It-Yourself, no matter what the project, probably evolved because as a young man with a family he and my mom couldn’t afford to hire out services. Consequently, I felt huge buckets of guilt when the water heater in their rental next door went out and I hired out the installation to the tenants and their dad. I could hear the disapproval over the phone when I told my folks this was the route I was going. My reasoning: the tenants had already been without hot water for a couple of days. I was coming off a couple of late nights at work and just didn’t have the energy to figure this one out. Besides, despite my upbringing, I had learned to defer to the men folk to get the heavy lifting done whenever I could. In my younger days, I had learned the power of a batted eyelash here and a smile given there. Now that I’m a little older I don’t think it works as well. On the wiser side, I’d also say that sometimes it’s just more cost effective to let the pros handle the job, because, after all, my time is worth something too. The most important lesson I have learned over the years: just because you can do something yourself doesn’t mean you should. Weigh out how much time it’s going to take you to complete a project and whether or not there is anything else you could be doing. For instance, I used to help my husband hang blinds. Like anything you do over and over, we had a system. A typical house with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, the kitchen, dining area and living room would take us 45 minutes from opening the boxes to driving off with a check in our hands. The average homeowner spends almost that amount of time on just installing one blind, not to mention the hard feelings created between husbands and wives who are already stressed trying to get moved in. Another time, I knew a guy who really could do everything himself. But in doing so, there were more important things that didn’t get done because the menial things that should have been hired out were taking a huge amount of time while the finer details fell by the wayside. I think the phrase “penny-wise and dollar-foolish” was coined for this fella. This leads to my next project—re-sealing my asphalt drive along with the rental next door. I have a book of projects which describes exactly what needs to be done. Being my father’s daughter, I know I could do it. But by the time I buy the rubber boots I’ll wear this once and all the other implements I’ll need, is it really cost effective? I’d rather buy a bigger bucket to hold that guilt while I enjoy the time I save to complete some of my other little projects.

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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.

Q. Is the Robot used for all female surgeries? A. No. Your doctor will determine what surgery should be performed with the robot. Q. Does the robot do the surgery by the push of a button? A. No. Though it is called a “robot”, DaVinci cannot act on its own. Instead, the surgery is performed entirely by your doctor. Dr. Richard H. Taylor, M.D. and Robert M. Rogers, Jr., M.D. are board certified gynecologists at Northwest Women’s Healthcare.

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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!

Q. How does the Robot enhance surgery? A. It provides a 3-dimensional image (versus 2D like a T.V.) and magnifies what the surgeon sees by 10 times! “We are seeing anatomy and tiny blood vessels that we’ve never seen before. It also INCREASES PRECISION and there is much less blood loss, almost none in many cases of hysterectomy and cyst removal. The instruments are ‘tiny’ and can rotate in all directions, even around ‘corners’. We can see better and therefore operate better”.

Q. What are the advantages of minimally invasive surgery? Dr. Robert Rogers and Dr. Richard Taylor with the “robot”. A. Less pain Less blood loss Less risk of infection Home very quickly Quicker recovery Small incisions/good cosmetics RICHARD H. TAYLOR, M.D. Less scarring ROBERT M. ROGERS, M.D. JANNA SULLIVAN, W.H.C.N.P. Better outcomes and patient satisfaction Q. What is the DaVinci Surgical Robot? A. The Robot simply enhances what we have been doing for years. It’s an advancement in surgical technology. It attaches to the instruments that go through the tiny “keyholes” in the abdomen.


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utritional Soup is what I call it: a cabinet, bag or box so full of vitamins and herbs, they can’t be counted. You take this for that and those over there for this. The round ones are supposed to help this and the stinky ones are for that. It’s no wonder so many people begin nutritional supplementation with great intentions, expense and effort only to give up because of confusion about what to take and what it’s for, not to mention the unscrupulous gang of marketers that sell products that just flow through your body without any benefit whatsoever. The next time you are in one of those “healthy stores”, notice how many products are dried, stabilized, and not what God originally made them to be. This is the simple key: If God didn’t make it don’t eat it. That goes for nutritional supplements and food. Which brings me to the entire point if this article: “Your body needs original replacement parts to rebuild itself on a daily basis.” We all know quality nutrition is the key to rebuilding healthy tissue in our body. We all know our food supply has been bastardized and it is far too difficult to find anything of good nutritional value, even in the “special” grocery stores. With hybridization of our food sources to give longer shelf life, better color and more sugar content (keeps us hooked, sugar junkies) the nutrients we need just aren’t there. That is a real problem! Studies show honey bees are dying-off because they can’t get the nutrition they need to stay alive. Without them and their ability to pollinate our plants so they produce food, we are in dire danger of losing a major source of our food supply, such as it is. Look around the next time you go food shopping. The outside aisles usually have the fresh foods, the inner aisles have all the packaged “man-made” so-called foods, and the rest is non-food. Sometimes I wonder if the paper product aisle doesn’t have more nutritive value than the cereal aisle. There is a solution! I am one of the few in the entire country that understands and uses a new type of testing that reveals specifically what the body needs and what the body wants and how much it needs. Food Sensitivities, Immune Challenges (bacterial, viral, yeast, fungal, and parasitic), Heavy Metal Toxicity, Chemical Toxicity (A-Z), and even Scars (multiple sources) can all cause terrible problems with our state of health and wellbeing. Addressing nutritional issues is critical to regaining normal healthy tissues in our bodies so we can have normal function and allow ourselves to better resist health problems. This type of testing is an entirely new and refined version of what you may be familiar with, but it is comprehensive beyond anything else commonly offered, testing for problems that usually are not addressed by other less comprehensive means of testing. And, support is very important once the problem has been addressed, so I also recommend and offer the best supplements available: whole food supplements. So now you know there is a method and means by which to get down to what you really need and say goodbye forever to Nutritional Soup. Oh, and by the way, I try to limit the number of different products so you are not overloaded with a bunch of stuff you don’t need. Now with this new system of testing, the lack of nutrition problem we all face can be addressed and we can rebuild our bodies to be well again, using original replacement parts (whole food supplements). We can thrive in spite of the lack of adequate natural food nutrients (or simply a poorly chosen diet, which is a category a lot of us fall into). You are welcome to call my office at 260-4444 if you have any questions. I’m in Kalispell on Buffalo Hill. We will be happy to try to help you in any way we can.





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hese last few years have been rich in natural disasters. Earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, tornados, floods, high winds, blizzards, droughts, wildfires, volcanoes—you name it, we’ve seen it. Twenty four hour news coverage on television and the Internet—to say nothing of even faster social media—do give us access to non-stop coverage of almost anything almost anywhere in the world. But, in fact, the hurricane season is longer and fiercer, winters are becoming more brutal in some places, and in others summers are becoming more extreme. While these natural phenomena have always occurred, climate change has exacerbated some, and instant communication has heightened our awareness. In Montana we have experienced some of these extreme conditions. As I write this we are coming out of the most severe winter in memory. And much of the state—this state where drought is the norm—is under water. Record snowfall leads to record floods. Last summer our state was visited by several deadly microbursts, and a tornado which took the roof off the Metra stadium in Billings. And we talk about these disasters as “acts of God”. A friend of mine described a conversation he had with some folks who called themselves atheists. He was curious as to what they meant by atheist, so he asked them. They proceeded to tell him all the things that they couldn’t believe in. And they described a negative, vengeful, capricious god who was only interested in punishment and judgment and in making people’s lives miserable. My friend, who is a Christian, said, “Well no wonder you don’t believe in God. I don’t believe in that God either.” Neither do I. I don’t believe in a God who is defined by capricious acts of natural disaster. I don’t believe in a God who is careless, at best, about human life, who wreaks havoc with the environment, and who revels in destruction. I believe in a God who created the entire universe and delights in it. (No, I do not find any conflict between my belief in a creating God and the findings of science.) I believe in a God who loves the Earth and all its creatures. I believe in a God who created human beings, women and men, in God’s image, and said, “It is good.” I believe in a God who so loved the world and all its inhabitants that that God took on human form, and lived and died among us as one of us in the person of Jesus. I believe in a God who risked everything out of love for us. That’s not a God who causes earthquakes to destroy villages in Japan because they are not Christian. That’s not a God who makes tornados touch down in Missouri just to see what would happen if a hospital were hit. That’s not a God who unleashes hurricanes, killing the most vulnerable just because it is possible. “Act of God” is a legal term often used to describe a natural disaster, and to distinguish it from a human-made disaster in which someone is clearly both culpable and liable. There is nobody to sue when a volcano erupts, when a river floods, when a hurricane overwhelms. So the term, “Act of God” is used. When nobody is responsible, God takes the rap, at least in insurance claims and legal contracts. And for many people, sadly, that is all they know about God. That, and swearing. Have you seen the billboards with the 10 Commandments on them? They command us not to take the Lord’s name in vain. We usually interpret that commandment to be a prohibition against swearing. But I’m not so sure it is not a critique of our flippant use of God as the culprit in natural disasters. The God that I believe in grieves when lives are lost. The God I believe in weeps when villages are wiped out, when homes are destroyed, when livelihoods are decimated. The God I believe in suffers with those who suffer, and is present in the hands and hearts of those who bring assistance. The God I believe in brings redemption out of rubble, comfort in sorrow, and new hope out of despair. In my world view, that is how God acts.


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Clutter Control READY FOR SUMMER FUN by Mary Wallace


ill your summer with fun, satisfying and relaxing events by paper plates, plastic ware, cups, napkins and wet wipes lets you grab creating a few systems that work for your family’s summer lifestyle so and go. you can decide and go, even at the last minute. Take a little time now Pre-fill a large basket or soft-sided tote with clean beach towels, to clear your clutter and streamline your schedule and that will pave swimsuits, cover-ups and sunscreen. If you want to head to the the way for the best summer ever! Here are a few ways to get started: water park, river, lake or pool, the entire basket can go with you. Let summer outdoor toys take center stage so the kids don’t spend First Aid Kit - Do your kids’ injuries seem to somehow expand to all these sunny days playing video games. Establish a daily maximum accommodate the number of band aids available? Even so, having an for the electronic toys and encourage a little more old-fashioned play. emergency first aid kit in both the house and the car are key during If you have younger kids, get rid of (or rotate) at least the summer. Make sure yours are restocked and HALF of the indoor toys. Get one smallish toy box ready for action. or a shelf of baskets. The toys that don’t fit in those Summer Cooking Time Savers: go away, at least for the summer. Pack up the rest • Grilling out? Cook double the amount of meat. and either donate them to a local thrift shop or store Use half for dinner tonight and use the other half them in an obscure closet for the summer. (Imagine for dinner tomorrow—but in a totally new way. the delight when the stored toys see the light of day Tonight’s grilled chicken can become tomorrow again.) Oprah’s clutter guru, Peter Walsh, suggests night’s grilled chicken salad or chicken tacos. It’s that, “when you take away 90% of the toys, the too hot to cook every night! children will come into a room and find they’ve • Take advantage of all the fresh produce available. suddenly got lots more room to play and dance.” Keep the fruit and vegetable crispers full of pre-cut fruits and Create activity baskets. To minimize those “there’s nothing to do” veggies for quick snacks or fast serving at the dinner table. No complaints create a few “activity bins” stocked with age-appropriate need to cook when they taste so delicious raw and fresh. activities. Play-Doh, cookie cutters, bubble Bring the outdoors in and the indoors out! blowers, art supplies and paper, a craft set, Cut flowers brighten your indoor space. and a deck of cards. Plop the kids down, Throw open the windows to bring in the cool hand them a basket, and give yourself a of the morning, but close them by midfive-minute breather. The baskets will make morning to keep the cool air in and the hot it easier to put stuff away. sun out. Make an outdoor living space on Gardening - Paint the handles of your the shady side of the house and plan meals gardening tools bright yellow or bright red. that can mostly be cooked and eaten outside. Not only will they look cheery when stored Soak up every bit of summer! in the gardening shed, but they will also be Have an organizing question or easy to spot when you lay them down in the suggestion? Send it to me and, if used in a green garden. AND if you participate in a future column, you’ll receive free organizing neighborhood garden, you’ll always know products from me. (Funny, hardly anyone Less is More... exactly which tools are yours. ever takes me up on this… but seriously, I Summer Sports Gear - create a bin or would truly welcome some ideas. Send an I can show you how! corner in the garage or shed for all the stuff of email to Let me help you simplify! summer sports. Bikes, golf clubs, baseball Whether you have big summer travel plans gloves, folf discs, beach balls, fishing gear, and or just hope to relax at home, here’s wishing all the paraphernalia can be quickly found in for some days warm enough to complain one spot, and just as easily put away. about, cool evenings on the patio, sleeping Keep your picnic basket stocked. There’s under the stars, and hours of fun summer always an occasion, e.g., concert in the park, activities! 406-257-8316 ballgame, spontaneous trip to Glacier Park—and you might want to leave on a few minutes’ notice. A ready picnic basket with

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very cells”; you are made of the same mindstuff as the angels, he purest form of Being is the ultimate mystery because it the stars, and the Divine. manages to do three things at once, says Deepak Chopra, M.D., Inquiry: To get real, you have to question the unreal over author of The Book of Secrets, because it conceives everything and over until it disappears. This process is a kind of peeling in existence. It turns what it has imagined into reality. It enters away until you reach trust. Dr. Chopra advises not to let a day that reality and keeps it alive. The simplest way to describe this go by without asking who you are. three-part act of creation is to say that you imagine a picture, Self-Awareness: This quality tells you where to conduct then you paint it and finally step inside. your inquiry—not outside in the material world, but in All that is required to find the essence of life is to step outside yourself. For every challenge there are always two solutions— the picture and see yourself, not as a person or even a soul, just inner and outer. Only by working through every reason to as a speck of awareness—the point that is producing the most look outward are you left with why you should look inward. lovely, appalling, mundane, holy, astonishing, ordinary, and Never forget, as Deepak informs, “You are not in the world; marvelous pictures. Once you realize that essence is the real the world is in you.” When anything happens to you, take the you, you know the essence from which soul is crafted. The experience inward: creation is set up to bring you constant paradox as Dr. Chopra reiterates, is that “nothing isn’t essence”. hints and clues about your role as a co-creator. Your soul is In ancient India, traditional teachers used to announce that, “we metabolizing experience as surely as your body is metabolizing were not created for God, God was created for us,” by which food. was meant that essence, being invisible, had to create an Strength: Because you are looking inward, no one from the almighty projection to be worshipped. outside can help you. This implies a kind of isolation and Essence works with only three things: It exists, it creates, it is solitude that only the strong can accept. Your inner strength aware. Ancient Sanskrit sources consider the universe to be grows from experience. The journey itself makes you strong. impermanent and fleeting, that death is inescapably linked to The birth of the new is intimately tied to life, subjective awareness is the truest the death of the old, says Dr. Chopra. measure of what is real, compared to ora Joy comes on the heels of sorrow, as it which the material world is like a bubble onsberry must if birth and death are merged. in a stream. Therefore, the ancient PhD Strength is the foundation for passion, teachings give advice on how to live if you Neurofeedback and you were designed to survive and are totally serious about waking up from thrive no matter how life unfolds. THERAPY unreality. Four conditions must exist if Essence is the sheer love of being here you want to find reality: Contentment, Neurofeedback and Psychotherapy for in this one long dream. Simply stated, Inquiry, Self-awareness, and Strength. Feelings, Thoughts and Behaviors. you are the unborn and undying ‘I am’. Contentment is the quality of Regardless the age, neurofeedback can Be strong today in that knowledge. restfulness in the mind. Someone who is help your brain improve its ability to pay content exists without doubt and fear. attention, develop more stability and improve Doubt is a constant reminder that there is concentration under stress. no answer to the mystery of life, or that all For adults & children struggling with: answers will turn out to be untrustworthy. • ADD/ADHD • Anxiety& Depression Don’t miss a single issue of • Migraines • Addictive Disorders Fear is a constant reminder that you can • PTSD • Sleep Disturbances be hurt. As long as either of these beliefs • Pain Control • Epilepsy exists in your mind, resting easy in yourself • PMS • Peak Athletic Performance is not possible. So contentment must be • Cognitive Function Enhancement won on the level where doubt and fear • Traumatic Brain Disorder have been defeated. Look for a moment of Affective Neurosciences, PLLC contentment every day. Be content not (406) 752-6634 with your lot in life but with being here, as Subscribe today! 455 N Foys Lake Dr • Kalispell MT 59901 Deepak Chopra explains, in the flow of Subscription form is on page 3 life. “The glories of creation are in your


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he Montana Woman Foundation Tea and Train Fundraiser was a wonderful success! This eagerly awaited annual event began at 7:15 a.m. in the Amtrak Station in Whitefish. In spite of the early hour and wool sweater weather, a group of enthusiastic women gathered, ready for a day full of camaraderie and adventure. The hour-long train ride along the Middlefork of the Flathead River provided just enough time for friendships to be renewed and passengers to visit the Dome Car for a panoramic view of the spectacular scenery along Glacier’s southern tip on the way to our destination, the historic Izaak Walton Inn in Essex. Due to flooding, the train for the return trip was late, and shuttle service was provided from the Izaak Walton Inn back to where it began, the Whitefish Station. The group of tired, but still enthusiastic women said their goodbyes to old and new friends at the train station.   The hours spent during this annual spring adventure were full of good food, good company, history, crafts, friends, and lots of laughter!  It would not have been possible without the generous help and support of many.   Upon our arrival at the Inn, we were served a delicious continental breakfast prepared by the Inn’s kitchen staff featuring fresh fruit, juice, coffee and its acclaimed homemade treat, Rocky Mountain Applebread. While we enjoyed our breakfast, Bill McLaren of Kalispell shared his knowledge of native plants and how to incorporate them into your landscape.  He then led the group on a near-by tour of Essex to identify local flora. Thank you, Bill! Mary Wallace of UpperCase Living provided a great craft project that allowed everyone to use her creativity and a personal souvenir to take home. Randi Colby with Premier Jewelry Design offered a sneak peek at the upcoming season’s fashion trends. Randi graciously offered a percentage of all sales to the Montana Woman Foundation Scholarship Fund. The star of the afternoon tea, the beautiful display of strawberry “tuxedos”, was met with “oohs and aahs”.  Huge juicy ripe strawberries are dipped in dark and white chocolates to resemble a tuxedo, complete with a tiny chocolate bowtie—almost too pretty to eat.  There were also rave reviews for the finger sandwiches, petit fours, fresh fruit, bruschetta, sandwich wraps, and cookies that rounded out the menu. Thank you, Chef Rich Kern and your staff, for your palate-pleasing creations. Tables for the tea were beautifully decorated with centerpieces from Glacier Wallflower in Columbia Falls. Every lady received a fresh carnation, courtesy of many Flathead florists: Glacier Wallflower and Ninepatch Floral in Columbia Falls; and Flowers by Hansen and Woodland Floral in Kalispell. The tea was served on the new deck at the Izaak Walton, which provided the perfect opportunity to view the busy hummingbirds. After the tea, folks gathered ready for trips to the Walton Ranger Station to explore the trails and swinging bridge, while others chose the Walton Goat Lick. The mountainside was speckled with white mountain goats enjoying an afternoon in the sun. Gossamer Wings, a talented harp trio from Missoula, provided beautiful background music during the tea. Everyone had a grand time relaxing to their soothing music. Carl Easton of Chris’ Tea Cottage located in Bigfork was our featured speaker during the afternoon tea.  The topic, of course, was tea. Carl shared with us its health benefits and the secrets of brewing the perfect cup.  Thanks, Carl. You are truly “our cup of tea”! After dinner, stories were told around a blazing campfire. You can’t have a campfire without s’mores. And that’s the way we wrapped up the day, leaving us a short time to watch the hummingbirds while relaxing on the Inn’s porch swings before boarding Izaak Walton Inn vans and heading home. Amanda Kern of the Izaak was a true blessing—her smile and willing attitude made a long day manageable. Thank you, Amanda, for providing shuttle service to Whitefish!   The Montana Woman Foundation would like to extend a heartfelt, “Thank you,” to everyone who helped make this event possible!  The funds raised will benefit our scholarship program for women in the state of Montana. 38




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t doesn’t seem to matter what industry I survey... when asked to “describe their ideal co- worker”(and boss), people consistently say they want to work with someone who has a “sense of humor”. Now scientists can measure laughter’s role in improved circulation, stimulating the nervous system, heightening the immune system, and making the heart stronger. Laughing reduces stress chemicals like cortisol and increases mood elevating and pain reducing brain chemicals called “endorphins”. When you smile or laugh, physiological changes in your body literally make you “feel better”. People who laugh can cope better with the stress of everyday life. You can improve your personal health—and the health of your organization—by finding opportunities to experience humor on the job. And, laughter helps us to create positive connections with coworkers and customers. Need more advice on finding and savoring humor at home and at work? Read on…

Laughter is an instant vacation. ~ Milton Berle He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh. ~ The Koran And frame your mind to mirth and merriment, which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life. ~ Shakespeare The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. ~ e e cummings Laughter is the closest distance between two people. ~ Victor Borge The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. ~ Mark Twain Jeri Mae Rowley, MS Human Resource Management. This saddle maker’s daughter delights audiences with her unique brand of “Western Wit and Wisdom for Your Workplace.™” Please visit her website:

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones. ~ Proverbs 17:32 Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place. ~ Mark Twain Humor is always based on a modicum of truth. Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law? ~ Dick Clark Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. ~ Kurt Vonnegut There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you. ~ Will Rogers Comedy is tragedy plus time. ~ Carol Burnett


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Hormones, Health and Happiness CRUCIAL WOMEN’S SUPPLEMENTS by Dr. Jennifer Hawes


o you have a cupboard of vitamin bottles that just sit there? Lots of people do and it is time to clear the clutter and get the skinny on what you really need. I am going to give you a list of supplements that I think can really help you (and I base this on research, study, and practical experience). The list is for generally healthy people who just need the basics; if you have health issues then a one-on-one approach to treatment is best! 1. Vitamin D3—the “sunshine” vitamin. We get D3 from the sun’s activation of some biochemical reactions in our skin. You need 20 minutes per day NAKED to get your daily dose of D3. Unless you live near a nude beach south of here you do NOT get enough. What does D3 do for us? It is the MAGIC bullet, I swear. It helps our immune system function, it helps our bone mass, it helps prevent cancer, it can lower blood pressure, it is a hormone helper, and it can help depression and even help pain. (Life Extension Foundation at has some great research articles on D3 if you want facts and sources.) Dosing vitamin D3 can be controversial and everyone has their own opinion. The RDA (ridiculous daily amount) advises 400 IU per day but that is just enough to prevent Rickets or disease. Agh! Some doctors recommend up to 10,000 IU per day. I believe in serum testing of your D3 levels so you know where your level is. Most people in my practice (regardless of age) are in the low to low/normal range when I test. Even patients on D3 daily come up low. I recommend 5000 IU per day of D3 for folks over 100 pounds. I recommend it all year… in the summer we hide from the sun when it shines and use sunscreen liberally. Kids can benefit from 500-1000 IU of D3 per day. You can also sunbathe nude for 20 minutes per day… er, watch out for frostbite. 2. Omega 3 fatty acids—the second most important magic bullet. We, as a nation, are very omega 3 (fish oil/ flax oil) deficient. We consume way too many omega 6 (olive, canola, grapeseed, safflower, etc) and omega 9s (vegetable and animal fat). The ratio is supposed to be 1 omega 3 for every 6-10 omega 6 but in America our ratio is 1 to 40 in standard diets. We don’t really need omega 9 at all as our body can make it from omega 3 and 6 all by itself. What will this imbalance cause? INFLAMMATION is what results and inflammation is the first step in almost any disease. So how do we change our ratio? Take some fish or flax oil. Dosage: Omega 3 (DO NOT GET a 3:6:9 blends… pure Omega 3 is all we need)—adults should consume 30004000mg of fish oil or flax oil per day for maintenance. I recommend a loading dose of 6000-9000 mg per day for 2 weeks to a month to change the body’s ratio. If you have pain syndromes or chronic fatigue or inflammation you MUST do this… just basic fish oil 1-2 per day will not fix your ratio. Purchase only PURE fish oil which has been filtered and tested for purity. Pharmaceutical grade (which I sell in my office) is best! 3. Antioxidants—take your pick here… vitamin C, vitamin E, coQ10, acai, goji, dark chocolate, green tea extract, resveratrol, 42



etc. Do an antioxidant daily to protect against free radicals. Breathing air, drinking water, eating, stress etc… all can create free radicals and antioxidants can help neutralize them. I take 3000 mg of vitamin C per day myself but use resveratrol and green tea regularly, too. 4. Multivitamin—a simple 1 or 2 per day should cut the mustard. You take this for all the little things you might not get from food and for some good B vitamins too. This is insurance… $20 per month is cheaper than medications or doctor visits, right? 5. Calcium: Magnesium—all women need calcium. Diet can provide a good amount but if you are DAIRY FREE then a supplement is necessary. A study came out last year that said TOO much calcium is not good… so I cut back my recommendation to 800-1000 mg per day for a 35+ year old woman. I recommend a carbonate or citrate form taken at dinner or bedtime. Magnesium is crucial for our muscles, heart, and brain! Taking a 500-1000 mg dose once per day is recommended. I like it at night time for the relaxation benefits. Too much citrate form can cause diarrhea… try glycinate form if it bothers you. So, there you have it… the best supplements you should take! Hey, men, I did not forget you but this article is for Montana WOMAN Magazine. You can take all of the same as the above list except you can take either none or a lot less calcium (300-500mg). One last thing I want to mention is QUALITY of supplements. Some nutrients can’t be too badly screwed up but it is the other fillers they add to a pill that make no sense. However, some nutrients they can screw up and actually put less absorbable or NOT absorbable forms in the product. Some tablets are so compressed and full of stuff (especially multivitamins) that you literally poop them out whole. Money down the toilet! Buy powder in capsules or liquid forms when you can. Buy from a health food store or wellness physician’s office. I stock a wonderful dispensary in my office of all of the supplements and other great things too! I am also having an entire line formulated for me that I will be offering for sale soon. Stop by the office and have a look around… we would be happy to answer questions and help you out. Dr. Jennifer Hawes was born and raised on a farm/ranch near Shelby. After medical school in Seattle, she hung up her shingle in the Flathead Valley and has practiced there for 12 years. Her philosophy is what separates her from conventional medicine practitioners: treat with natural things first and whenever possible but understand sometimes pharmaceuticals are required and necessary. Dr. Hawes uses cutting edge testing methods and treats with bio-identical hormones, nutrition, supplements, and much more! Dr. Hawes’ Kalispell office location is: Eastside Brick Building 723 5th Ave., East, #120 Phone: 406-257-9997 Website:


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are going to Atlanta to celebrate my oldest son Josh’s 50th birthday. I’m telling people because I just can’t believe it. We say that time moves more quickly the older we get.  This event really brought that home to me.  It is peculiar to think that my son is the same age as some of my clients that I am coaching through the challenges of the 50s life transition. I still see him more clearly coming home from his first day in kindergarten, opening the refrigerator and asking, “Mom, do we have any apples?”  When I told him that we had none, he responded, “Oh, F----.”  So much for the benefits of early schooling, I thought. Last night I lay in bed reviewing my memories of Josh growing up in the 1960s.  Let me share some of them with you. Josh was fiercely loyal, quick to anger, affectionate, and needy.  It was difficult if not impossible for him to remember to bring home papers and assignments from school.  He was hyperactive, clumsy and seemed to break things on a regular basis through no fault of his own. He just seemed to be out of focus. When I went to talk to the school counselor about his ability to adjust, she told me that I was putting too much pressure on my child and that I should go home and enjoy him. First and second grade became more of a challenge for him.  He just couldn’t sit still and found it impossible to concentrate.  Finally, things came to a head in third grade when he fell flat on his back swinging on a bar in the boy’s lavatory. I was called to school and rushed him to the doctor, hoping he hadn’t done any real harm to himself. “Dr. Rosen, Josh has real trouble in school and I don’t know what to do.  He is a bright child, but can’t sit still or focus on class work.  Is there anything you can recommend?” I said. “We’ve been seeing children with this kind of behavior much more lately. I’d like to try putting him on a stimulant. With some children, putting them on this medication has the opposite effect.  It slows them down. If we find that this works, we may be able to help him,” he answered. It did help.  For the first time in his early life, Josh could concentrate on school work, sit still in class and act like a normal child.  I was thrilled.  But we still didn’t have a diagnosis.  No one could tell me what caused his aberrant responses.   Today, we would know immediately that he had Attention

Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD. But in l968 this developmental challenge was not on anyone’s radar.  There was only one physician in New York City who was working with hyperactive children, but there was a two-year waiting list to see him.  We tried a therapist who used eye/hand coordination exercises to ‘cure’ these problems.  It didn’t help.  We saw a child psychologist who used play therapy.  Though Josh loved the attention, it didn’t change his behavior. It was not until he met a teacher in a private school who had the same problems when he was a child that Josh was able to move forward. This man understood how Josh felt, worked with him to correct his eye/hand coordination responses, and talked to him for hours about what he was feeling and how to correct his behavior to feel better about himself.   High school was not easy for him.  But he kept at it.  He graduated high school and decided to go into the army, feeling that the structure of the Armed Forces would be the best place for him to learn how to put his life together. It was a wise decision.   Along the way there have been many bumps in the road.  But today, he has a loving wife, a family he cares for deeply, a job that challenges him and at which he is successful.  His finest qualities are even more evident than they were when he was younger.   The fifties are a time when we begin to turn inward and reflect on where we have been and how we want to plan the years to come.  It is the beginning of the process of eldering that leads hopefully to internal mastery, peace of mind and leaving a legacy of wisdom for those who come after us. Josh and I have a lot to celebrate together and I am thrilled to be able to have been with him to face the challenges and the disappointments of his life.  For some of us it is an easy road.  For Josh it was not.  I’m proud of his ability to pick himself up and try again time after time.  And he’s proud of that too.   Happy Birthday, my son.


JULY 2011


Words Make Worlds THE JOURNEY TOWARD HEALTH EMPOWERMENT: Becoming and Active Partner in our Healing Process Begins with Listening

by Jenna Caplette


ymptoms are the body’s way of talking with us. But listening in to our bodies isn’t something most of us know how to do, nor does most mainstream medicine help us to learn how. Yesterday I woke with a headache about 5 a.m. I know how to help myself; I have a series of BodyTalk techniques that I can use that make a significant difference. Sometimes by 10 a.m. it’s as if the headache never happened. But there are days when my arms feel like they weigh ten thousand pounds each and I couldn’t possibly lift them to help myself. It was like that yesterday. So, I spent the day with my headache, as I have spent on so ever many other days. It wasn’t so bad. It wasn’t good. Much of my adult life, I’ve struggled to cope with crippling headaches, trying to understand their why, hoping for the magical something, the memory, the food allergy, that when addressed would erase them from my life. Other days I just felt furious with it all, not wanting to understand anything, ready to get a neck-transplant to get rid of the screeching cervical spine and the severe occipital pain. I masked symptoms with pills, tried this and that therapy, went to this and that specialist, attended workshops, read books. I’ve always thought my personal health goal as that of living in a perpetual state of feeling good; that anything else would be failure. Therefore, anything less than getting rid of all my headaches meant failure, that BodyTalk, physical therapy, yoga, dietary changes, counseling... they don’t work. And certainly as a healthcare provider I should have perfect health, feel good all the time, right? But what I’m learning is that health is not about absolutes. It’s a weave of the desirable, the less desirable and the flat out repugnant. The mix creates conflict… life. Good health involves being able to efficiently work through conflict and having a strong sense about what caused that conflict. It’s about listening to what you learn and having the ability to get wisdom from that. It’s about being able to perform at your own maximum potential. So, symptoms persist. If they are our body’s way of talking to us, of getting our attention, simply eradicating them is like my zapping an email when I don’t like the message it delivers. I haven’t done anything to address the message or the motivation behind the message itself. I haven’t listened. And I’ll be wondering what was in the email I didn’t read… the question will nag at me. Ultimately, listening to my headaches involves developing an ability to focus in, to be present with myself, putting pieces together, patterns, then letting go when I can’t find the thread, don’t know why I have the pain I have. It has been about shifting my identification with my pain. I am not my pain.


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Headache pain has helped shape my life choices. It brought me to BodyTalk. I am a practitioner because basic BodyTalk techniques made a tangible difference within a week of my learning them. They continue to transform my life. Many believe that the next medicine needs to be one where a focus on disease is replaced by one on health and that the patient—you, me, everybody—should be an active partner in their own healing process. That’s health empowerment. A good resource for your health-empowerment journey is the The Living Matrix, a DVD available for purchase over the Internet. I show it in my classes when I want to give a solid introduction to the science that supports what Energy Medicine can do, the why of a holistic approach: Scroll to the video at the bottom of the following webpage for a discussion by Dr. John Veltheim, founder of BodyTalk, about the, “importance of a diagnosis that looks at the root of the problem, not just the superficial symptoms.” The eight minute video is available for free download: If you’d rather read, a great beginning is the Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. Here’s his website: A Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, Jenna Caplette works with women who thought they had to live with chronic fatigue, depression or headache find a natural way to have more energy and get relief from their pain. Learn more:


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opefully, after the last couple of monthly articles, you’re on your way to creating that perfect Summer Afternoon Tea Party. Last month I provided a few excellent and quick scone recipes. The next essential part of any Afternoon Tea is the dainty little Tea Sandwich, more commonly called a Finger Sandwich. They are called finger sandwiches for a couple of reasons. First, because many of them are cut into very small finger-like strips of sandwiches, generally ½” in width and up to 4” in length. But the reason I like most is that the Afternoon Tea event was a snacking event, not a full meal, and that all of the items being served were intended to be eaten by picking them up with your fingers. Thus, these became referred to as “finger sandwiches”, meant to be placed on “snack plates”. Finger sandwiches are traditionally made from white bread, but we find that matching wheat and/or rye to the various toppings and ingredients enhances the uniqueness of these creations. Toppings for them are traditionally chicken salad, cheese paste, veggie or meat paste, egg salad or thin slices of cucumber. Traditional finger sandwich recipes contain highly-flavored ingredients such as anchovies, watercress, mustard, smoked salmon and even caviar! The fillings need to be quite flavorful so that they can stand up to a cup of strong tea and provide a good contrast to all those sweet treats that will follow on the dessert tier. One of our more popular sandwiches is a smoked salmon and watercress on dark rye. Lots of tastes there! The crusts are ALWAYS removed to make them a bit more elegant, and certainly daintier. Many are cut into thin, long strips, but we cut ours into small triangles, stars, hearts, trees, or whatever cookie cutter shape we can find. But remember, it must remain a small shape, typically no larger than one-quarter of a slice of bread. And then there is the choice of open-faced or covered with a second slice of bread. We find that the open-faced variety produces the best “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd when bringing out that three-tiered tray with all of the Afternoon Tea goodies on it. Without a top slice, everyone can see the delicacies and colors of each masterpiece. So we try to focus on the open-faced variety. However, some filling, such as egg salad offer little visual appeal, so a second slice of bread for a cover is clearly in order. Unquestionably, the Cucumber Finger Sandwich is the ultimate mainstay of ANY Afternoon Tea. Any Afternoon Tea without some variation of a cucumber finger sandwich simply isn’t a real afternoon tea. Quite fortunately, they are incredibly easy to make and even easier to garnish for added visual appeal. And it’s pretty hard to find anyone that doesn’t like them, which is always a good thing.

Cucumber Sandwiches Cucumber Finger Sandwich (Covered)

Ingredients 2 loaves bread; freeze and then remove crusts 3 medium seedless cucumbers ½ cup mayonnaise 8 oz. cream cheese, softened

by Carl Easton Chris’ Tea Cottage

1 tsp garlic salt 1 small carrot, peeled and grated 2 tsp seasoning salt Preparation First, peel the cucumbers, then grate and squeeze in paper towels in order to remove water. In a small mixing bowl, combine grated carrot, grated cucumber, cream cheese and mayonnaise. Mix well. Then add garlic salt and seasoning salt. Mix well. Spread this mixture over the bread slice and cover with another bread slice. Cut into small strips, triangles or whatever cookie cutter shapes you desire.

Cucumber Mint Tea Sandwich Recipe Ingredients 1/2 seedless cucumber, peeled and very thinly sliced (about 32 slices) 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, rinsed, spun dry, and chopped fine 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature 16 slices best-quality white bread Salt to taste Preparation Place cucumber slices between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture. In a small bowl, combine mint, butter, and cream cheese; spread on one side of each slice of bread. Lay cucumber slices onto the buttered side of 8 slices of bread. Sprinkle with salt. Top with the remaining slices of bread, buttered side down. Carefully cut the crusts from each sandwich with a long, sharp knife. Cut the sandwiches in half diagonally and then cut in half again, or use one of your favorite cookie cutter decorative shapes. Cucumber Finger Sandwich (Open faced) The same above recipes can readily be used as open-faced sandwiches; just don’t put the second slice of bread on. When you do this, you gain the opportunity to add decorative finishes to the sandwiches. In this photo of the open-faced cucumber sandwich you can see that by leaving the skin on the seedless cucumber you gain the green stripping as a visual effect. And overlapping the slices provides a second, fainter background green stripping. To achieve this, shave long, thin strips of an unpeeled cucumber lengthwise with a regular vegetable peeler. Then lay the long strips onto a paper towel and pat them dry. Next spread either of the above softened cream cheese mixtures over a slice of bread (one that has not yet had its crust removed). Once the slice is covered with the spread, lay the cucumber slices out in some interesting, pretty pattern, overlapping them slightly. If you line the slices up on one side of the bread slice, you should end up with long enough strips left over for the next sandwich. Now, with a sharp knife, cut off the crusts and cut out the desired shapes, either traditional triangles or the more fun cookie cutter shapes. Sprinkle with kosher sale and fresh pepper. And then garnish with parsley, mint, spearmint or watercress, or even a touch of paprika for more color. We find a single berry like a raspberry increases the visual aspects (and taste tremendously.





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n the south of France, aioli (eye-OH-lee) is such a popular dip for fresh vegetables that some villages have festivals around the garlicky mayonnaise. Sure, you can mix roasted garlic into some bottled mayonnaise (12/3 cup bottled mayonnaise if you prefer) but it is very easy to make aioli from scratch and you’ll have more authentic flavor in the bargain. You may not want to fire up briquettes just to roast a couple heads of garlic, so think ahead and toss the garlic on the grill when you’re cooking another meal, as the roasted heads will keep for a few days. Ingredients • Roasted Garlic: • 2 firm, plump garlic heads • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Decorate your table this Fourth of July with these adorable treat holders made to look like Uncle Sam’s hat. Fill with your favorite treats and give away as party favors at the end of the party!

Mayonnaise: • 1 large egg • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice • ¾ cup olive oil (not extra-virgin) • ¾ cup vegetable oil • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Assorted fresh vegetables for serving—such as raw carrots, celery, cucumber, zucchini and fennel sticks, strips of red bell pepper, halved cherry tomatoes, and boiled baby potatoes. Directions 1. Build a charcoal fire in an outdoor grill and let burn until the coals are almost completely covered with white ash. 2. To roast the garlic, cut about ½ inch from the top of each garlic head to make “lids”. Drizzle ½ teaspoon oil over the cut surface of each and season with salt and pepper. Replace the lids to return the garlic heads to their original shapes. Wrap each head in aluminum foil. 3. Place over the cooler part of the grill and cover. Grill until the garlic is very tender and the flesh is golden-beige, about 40 minutes. Unwrap and cool. Squeeze the tender garlic flesh from the hulls into a small bowl. Mash the flesh with a fork and set aside. 4. To make the mayonnaise, place the un-cracked egg in a small bowl of hot tap water and let stand for five minutes to warm it slightly. Crack the egg into a food processor or blender. Add the mustard and lemon juice. Mix the olive and vegetable oils in a small bowl. With the machine running, slowly pour the oils through the feed tube—it should take about one minute to add the oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add the garlic and pulse to combine. Transfer to a serving bowl.





What you’ll need: • Styrofoam cup • Red and blue felt • Red paint • Paintbrush • Silver chenille stem • Scissors • White craft glue • Black marker How to make it: 1. Place cup, open end down, on top of the red felt and trace with a marker. Cut around the traced circle leaving a ¾” border around it. Fold the circle and cut a slit in the center of the circle to allow your scissors to get in. Cut out the inside circle, leaving about a ¼” border around the inside of the trace line. Set felt circle aside. 2. Paint red stripes all the way around the outside of the cup; stripes should run up and down. Let dry completely. 3. Cut a strip of blue felt about 1.5” wide. It should be long enough to wrap around the brim of the cup. Glue felt strip around the outside of the top of the cup. 4. Lay red felt circle on to work surface; black trace line should be facing up. Line the lip of the cup with white glue and press down onto black trace line. Let dry. 5. Turn cup over and place on work surface. Use silver chenille to bend into star shapes; trim where needed. Glue onto the blue hat band. 6. When everything is dry, fill with treats.

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Mule”, a refreshing concoction with a kick. The spirit is provided by a small distillery located in Kalispell, Montana. Ridge Distillery’s proprietors, Jules and husband Joe, specialize in small batch, artisan spirits, “with the emphasis on tradition and flavor using only the best herbs available, many still grown in our gardens.” Gin Gin Mule 1½ ounce Ridge Distillery Silvertip Gin 3/4 ounce lime juice 1 ounce simple syrup 6 whole sprigs mint 1 ounce ginger beer Garnish: mint leaves and lime slice Combine lime juice, simple syrup, and mint in a mixing glass and muddle well. Add the gin and ice, then shake well. Strain into an ice filled glass and top off with ginger beer. Enjoy! You can find Ridge Distillery’s offerings at Montana Liquors and Wines, the largest liquor and wine shop in the Flathead Valley. Heidi and Brenden invite you to visit them at 2201-B, Highway 93 South, Kalispell where they can help you find everything you need for the Gin Gin Mule plus share ideas for other refreshing drinks for the long hot days of summer. You can also reach them at 406-752-3000.

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was invited to lunch by my friend, Amber, who suggested we meet at Margie’s Cafe since it is centrally located for both of us. She explained that she likes to have lunch there because Margie’s is staffed by our local area nonprofit agencies and volunteers, benefiting those in our community that are in need—and because the food is awesome! The proceeds from the cafe go to the local Meals on Wheels Program. Good food and a good cause—I was definitely ready to give them a try! The restaurant is nothing fancy. It is located in the food court of what once was the Gateway West Mall, but has recently become home to many of the nonprofits in the area. Patrons go to the counter to place their order and then pick a table in the food court area to enjoy their meal. The menu offers homemade soups, chili, salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, a wide vegetarian selection and a special of the day. The special that day was Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and gravy. Because I love chili I made that my selection and was very happy with my choice. My friend, Amber, chose the turkey BLT wrap and a cup of cream of broccoli soup. For those wanting a little pick-me-up in their day, Margie’s also offers a wide selection of espressos, lattes, and cappuccinos. Looking for something cooler? Not to worry: frappes and smoothies are also offered. This Montana Woman critic gives Margie’s Cafe seven Stetsons out of a possible ten. The atmosphere is nothing special, the service by design is limited and not overly friendly, but the food IS good. Looking for a new spot to have lunch? Give Margie’s a try—you won’t be disappointed. Good food for a good cause… how can you go wrong?







he scrub bush of the African veldt spread out like an unbroken wall before me. How could anything so big leave almost no trail? I entered slowly. Little eruptions of dust appeared with each step. My mouth was dry, more from fear than the searing heat. A half step at a time, left foot forward, pause, scan, then bring the right foot even. Repeat. My .375 H & H Magnum felt insignificant in my hands. Somewhere ahead, ears outspread listening for the slightest sound, trunk raised to the breeze, tasting the air, waited my quarry. Overhead, the vultures circled. They did not care which side would be victorious. Their interest was in the loser. The wait-a-bit thorn tore at my clothing and my flesh. Blood red scratches appeared, and my sweat made them burn even more. A few of the thorns penetrated my flesh and broke off causing an awful irritation. Half a step, pause, scan, the cycle continued. I turned my head to the right and a scream and the charge came from the left. I spun my head around just as the brush before me collapsed. A branch the size of my thumb slapped me diagonally across the face, knocking me back a step. Tears instantly welled up in my eyes. My left hand instinctively reached up to wipe my eyes clear. Through the fluid vision, I spotted the trunk, an indistinct gray snake, reaching for me… “Supper’s ready!” “WHAT?!!” The African landscape dissolves and I am once again sitting in my easy chair in my library. My wife stands in the doorway and repeats, “Supper’s ready.” “But, but Africa, the elephant was just about to…!” I stammer. My wife, who is wiping her hands on a dishtowel, gives me ‘the look’ and I give up and place the book mark back between the pages and leave the man cave for supper. ________________________________________ I first began collecting hunting books when I was in the third grade. In an effort to encourage me to read, my mother bought a book at a rummage sale, Jack O’Connor’s Big Game Hunts. At that time, Jack O’Connor was the shooting editor at Outdoor Life magazine. Considered by many to be the dean of outdoor writers, O’Connor’s prose had a way of transporting his readers to the scene of the action so they felt they were actually sharing in the adventure. My second acquisition did not occur until the mid-seventies when I was twenty-one. I was traveling in Canada and stopped in Calgary for the night. Bored by what was on television that evening, I went for a walk. Just around the corner from where I was staying, I stumbled upon a used bookstore. The first book to catch my attention was titled simply Hunter. I opened the book and found the illustrations to be of Africa and safari life in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. John A. Hunter, the author, was another storyteller who could draw his reader into the scene. The six dollar cost seemed reasonable and I returned to my room. Opening the book and beginning to read it proved an error. By 2:45 50

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a.m. I was just finishing. By 3:45 I was lying in bed still wide-awake reliving mentally some of the more exciting scenes. About 4:15 I finally drifted off to sleep, only to be jolted awake by a 5:45 wake up call. The drive that day is just a blur, except for the frequent caffeine stops. Over the years since then, my collection has grown. Numerous authors with the same gift of sharing their experiences line my modest library. Jim Corbett, whose first book, Man-Eaters of Kumaon, describes his hunts for man-eating tigers in India; beginning when he was a young teenager trekking over a hundred miles alone through dense jungle to hunt down and destroy tigers with two, three, and some with more than four-hundred human victims to their credit. Andy Russell, a Canadian rancher, guide, hunter whose book, Trails of a Wilderness Wanderer gives a glimpse of western Canadian life just north of Glacier/Waterton prior to the appearance of cross stitch patterns of roads, and whose other book, Grizzly Country, is an excellent treatise not only on hunting the great bears, but also for providing for the preservation of these magnificent carnivores. Robert Ruark’s The Old Man and the Boy series on sharing our hunting experiences with our youth, Nash Buckingham’s books of hunting in the Deep South and being coached in the hunting arts by veterans of the Civil War, both Yankee and Confederate sides are in my collection. Charles Sheldon’s The Wilderness of Denali whose wide spread over use of commas is absolutely grating on an English major’s teeth, but whose descriptions are so accurate, that decades after his death, people have used the book as a guide and have actually found his campsites. Tapply, MacQuarrie, Selous, Roosevelt—all these and more have left behind exciting accounts of their lives and adventures and are highly recommendable reading. _________________________________________ Supper is over, the table cleared and the dishes are in the dishwasher. My wife settles into her chair and begins to work on a handmade Christmas ornament she will be giving away next year. I return to my wingback chair, pick up Hunter, and try to regain the sense of the story. Let’s see, dust eruptions, dry mouth, vultures circling overhead, the branch slapping me diagonally across the face, the trunk reaching for me, and my rifle barrel tilts upwards and the trigger is pulled. “Good Lord, but that hurts!” one handed, from the hip not being the text book way one should fire an elephant gun. But, it does the trick. It turns the elephant and gives me a chance to recover. I was worried there for a moment. I thought maybe the author would be killed and the rest of the story would have to be ghost written posthumously.


Petals, Projects and Pizzazz TRICKS OF THE TRADE by Lisa Levandowski

Different shaped glass vases may be in vogue right now but if no

one tells you the tricks, they can be difficult to work with. The flowers don’t want to stay put and you certainly can’t use oasis (that green foam); that would just be tacky in a vase.  So for all of you do-ityourselfers, here are a couple tricks of the trade to make the job easier.  If you are using a clear glass vase you can use clear 1/4” floral tape.  It’s great for creating a grid for any clear glass arrangement.  When you tape a standard 4” x 5” clear glass cube simply run 2-3 pieces of tape north to south and then 2-3 pieces east to west across the opening of the vase.  Next, to keep the tape strips secure, run an additional piece of tape around the entire rim of the vase.  Remember—it is safe to use tape only on clear glass; tape may take off the finish on colored glass. If you are working with colored glass, the best way to make a quick grid is beargrass.  Simply take 10-15 strands of beargrass, wrap it around into a circle (a little smaller diameter than your vase) and bind the beargrass circle with chenille or bind wire.  Make sure you bind it

securely but only in one spot; you want to be able to poke your flowers between the strands of beargrass.  Put the circle of beargrass into the vase and cut off any unwanted beargrass strands.  Depending upon the size of your vase you may want to use more than one beargrass grid. Once you have your grid in place and your vase filled with water it’s time to add your favorite flowers.  Begin with your greenery and fillers (babies breath, solidago, limonium, etc. …) then work your way from the largest to the smallest flowers.  Before long you’ll have a beautiful bouquet and be arranging like a pro. From all of us at Glacier Wallflowers & Gifts, have a wonderful day.  From weddings to births and everything in between, we’d love to help you with all your floral needs.  Visit our website today

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AN EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY by Jose´ Frank Farmers’ Insurance Group

For many years Farmers has offered teachers educational

programs free-of-charge and if I may say so, they are truly unique. They are powerful learning tools that provide much needed resources to our schools. With schools being out for the summer, now is the time for teachers to check out these programs as part of their lesson program for the coming school year. The first program that Farmers offers is The American Promise. The program features real-life stories about how democracy works. Each segment brings democracy to life for students, and presents both sides of a story, provoking discussion in the classroom and allowing students to make up their own minds on a given issue. Watch The American Promise video trailer and visit for more information. My favorite program is Freedom’s Song about 100 years of African American struggle and triumph. It’s a documentary that celebrates a century of African American history; it includes ten episodes, one for each decade of the 20th century. Each episode features one event that was significant to African American history during a particular decade. For more information visit The most entertaining program is The Bronze Screen, 100 years of the Latino image in Hollywood history. It’s an engaging, entertaining and educational documentary that tells the story of the history of Latinos in the movie industry. The lesson plan is designed to improve cross-cultural understanding of the diversity of the United States. Visit for more information. The last one is Going for Broke, the story of the World War II Japanese American soldiers who fought in the famous 442 Division in Europe, the discrimination they experienced at home and the bravery they exhibited on the battlefield. The documentary is available in DVD or VHS. If you are an educator and are interested in using or have questions about the Farmers educational programs, please contact Jose at Farmers Insurance, 758-7009.

by Betty Kuffel, M.D.

Lipstick became a prominent part of daily wear for women

beginning in the 19th century. Enhanced lips add color to your face and your life. A little makeup, lip color and mascara can brighten your face and your attitude. My mother, who died at age 89, was a lipstick advocate. She said if you wore bright clothes, accessories, a touch of make-up and lipstick, you’d feel better about yourself. I think she was on to something! Crippled with arthritis and barely ambulatory, she always looked beautiful and stylish and always wore her lipstick. Studies have shown there is a personal well-being benefit in taking the time to improve your appearance. Even in cancer patients, when chemo has taken their hair, eyelashes and eyebrows, carefully applied makeup is a way to improve that inner spirit. If you look better on the outside, you’ll feel better on the inside. I know; I applied my mother’s advice while recovering from breast cancer and by doing my best to always look good, I was able to keep my spirit up during some pretty tough months. Lip dyes used today aren’t new, but the stick variety is. Not until 1915 could a woman buy a tube of lipstick. Around 1880, when actresses began wearing lipstick in public, they used a rather disgusting process of painting their lips with a brush dipped in carmine dye, a red pigment made from cochineal beetles. Carminic acid, produced by the beetles, deters other insects. In the 15th century, Central American natives found by mixing the carminic acid with a salt they could produce a beautiful color useful in dying fabrics. Popularity for the dye grew and it was soon exported to use as food coloring and in cosmetics. Most lipsticks today contain synthetic dyes. Actress Sara Bernhardt began wearing makeup in public in the 1880’s, but her look was highly theatrical. In the early 1900’s, lip color products had a more natural look after a carmine-ointment was applied. By 1915, women had access to push-up metal tubes of color being newly manufactured, and by 1930 a wide variety of lip products became available. Styles were changing and advertisements encouraged women to look like the stars... a pale orange color called Tangee became popular with young women. From then until now, options have exploded as hundreds of companies search for the right colors, luminescence, durability and ease of application. Today we have everything from flavored sticks and flavored gloss to 24-hour kiss-proof varieties—some of which do not last all that well. With today’s ballooning tattoo artistry available, permanent cosmetics have become popular. Many women are delighted with tattooed eyelids and lips, but if an undesirable result occurs, the cost and discomfort to remove tattoos can be substantial. Many new lip products tout color durability. A few include: Revlon ColorStay, Est´ee Lauder Double Wear, and Proctor and Gamble Outlast. They actually work! So if you are looking for a lasting lipstick that stays where you put it, give one of these a try and add a colorful smile to your face.


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In Loving Memory ARE YOU... “THE ONE”? by Carole Bealer Glacier Signs & Monuments


emember the children’s story about the “Little Engine That Could”? Remember how the story starts with the little engine saying, “I think I can, I think I can”? Then after completing the difficult task, it congratulated itself by saying, “I thought I could, I thought I could.” So… “What does this have to do with me?” you’re asking. Here’s a personal story that will help you understand. My grandmother, who was the matriarch of our family, lived to the ripe age of 104 years. She tried to teach all of her children and grandchildren the importance of respecting life. So when she passed away, I wanted to respect and honor her life with a memorial. Since I was in the memorial monument business, I wanted to make her a special memorial. We created a discrete design and chose a memorial size reflecting Grandma’s life and personality. I wanted all her descendants, my relatives, to have a part in this last gift to Grandma. However, when I asked each of them to help with deciding on the design and costs, they either couldn’t or wouldn’t. As they say: Some Will, Some Won’t; Some Can, Some Can’t After much prompting and prodding, I went ahead and made the memorial and placed it in the cemetery... all without the support of my family. Now if you knew my Grandma Mattie like I know her, you know she would have put each one of them over her knee and paddled ‘em for their lack of respect. We always showed our respect for family that passed away and she made sure of it. The fact that some of us believe this to be important and others don’t may surprise you. However, after 31 years in the memorial business, I’ve learned that this human behavior is quite common. In fact, many can’t bring themselves to deal with the reality of death, much less take care of respecting their loved one with a memorial. That certainly doesn’t make him or her a bad person. I’ve learned not to criticize them, because many were not taught the importance of honoring and respecting their loved one. It’s also important to maintain balance between honoring a loved one and glorifying that person too much. In reality, more often than not, one family member will take the responsibility to start and complete the difficult task of providing a lasting tribute for a family member who has passed. If you are blessed with that responsibility, I applaud and support your convictions. Don’t waiver from your path. Your future family will praise you for your actions. Most important to you... you will be rewarded with peace of mind and knowing you’ve done the right thing. I know you can, I know you can.


ohn Adams,

the second president of the United States, wrote that the Fourth of July “... ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other...”

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Jewels’ Gems

Look to the Stars by Star Gazer

Cancer: June 22 – July 22 Take the initiative and play a greater role in helping and assisting causes and people you believe in. Don’t be threatened by change; it’s necessary if you want your current situation to evolve into something bigger and better. Leo: July 23 – August 22 Don’t step on someone’s toes or you may find that your job or life as you know it is in jeopardy. You may welcome change but be very careful what you wish for. Protect what you have. Virgo: August 23 – September 22 You have plenty to offer to say and to do. Don’t wait for an invitation to take charge. Your ability to express your opinions persuasively will win a following. Travel and gaining experience should be your top priorities. Libra: September 23 – October 23 Serious consideration should be given to your financial situation. Fixing up your home or buying and selling possessions you have will work in your favor; don’t waste time procrastinating. Do whatever is necessary now. Scorpio: October 24 – November 21 You’ll be drawn to certain people for different reasons. Your intuition is good and will guide you to those who can offer you the most through a business or personal partnership. There is a change developing and you want to be positioned to take on whatever develops Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21 A window of opportunity is apparent both personally and professionally. Get more involved in the social networks and develop a good relationship with people who share your interests and can offer you insight and guidance. Don’t let emotional issues hold you back. Capricorn: December 22 – January 19 You need to interact more with both your personal and professional contacts. Socializing in order to get ahead will work wonders for you when it comes to business ideas and advancement. Keep things simple; your biggest fault will be going overboard. Aquarius: January 20 – February 19 You’ll find it difficult to listen to good advice. Before you discount what someone who cares about you has to say, remember the past. A problem with a friend, lover or superior in your life must be avoided. Pisces: February 20 – March 20 Good things will come to you if you rely on past experience and friends to help you get ahead. Focus on your goals and accept whatever changes are required to get what you want. Give and take will help you win at the end of the day. Aries: March 21 – April 19 Learning from experience will help you reach your goal without having to take so many detours. Avoid deception but don’t give away your secrets. You’ll walk a fine line but steady progress can be made. Taurus: April 20 – May 20 You’ll be all revved up when it comes to personal matters. Project a positive, aggressive attitude. Network to hook up with personal and professional people you want to spend more time with in the future. Gemini: May 21 – June 21 You’ll have a lot to think about and to consider with regard to money, contracts and medical issues. Don’t neglect anything that can alter your status, your life or your position. Discipline will be required if you want to maintain what you’ve worked so hard to acquire.

AND THAT’S MY OPINION by Jewels Devine


unny and I were having our monthly lunch and cocktails meeting last week. We have dubbed this special time “lunchtails”. You see, we set aside two or three hours each month to have a leisurely visit. It is during this time that we are free to discuss anything. Oooh, my darlings, the things that have been brought to light during these essential gatherings would shock you. I cannot begin to explain the problems of the world that we have solved over a fresh salad and a handful of martinis. Bunny was overwhelmed with the need to discuss a topic that has her outraged. She was so outraged that we barely had time to place our drink order before she opened the floor for a discussion of hypocrisy. I told her to hold her horses; such serious talk cannot be discussed before placing our lunch order and the arrival of our drinks. She bit her tongue until our chilled refreshments arrived. I took a satisfying sip and prepared myself for Bunny’s fury. She said, “I often laugh when a friend shows up for a lunch date sporting a bag with a ‘C’ on it. You know the kind... the one with a hefty price tag and someone else’s initial on it. They go on and on about having the latest and greatest hot trend.” I questioned my dear Bunny about what could possibly outrage her about keeping up on the latest trends. Yikes, was that the wrong question! She looked at me like I had grown horns and proceeded to explain the problem. “There is nothing wrong with keeping up on the latest fashion trends and every now and then indulging yourself in trends you agree with. However, there is a problem when said people try to make me feel guilty about not buying organic bananas, shopping at Wal-Mart, having cocktails before noon and driving a full-sized car. I find my temper flaring when they go on and on about being organic and not understanding why the FDA doesn’t have stricter guidelines to preserve our environment. They then order a salad because they are now on the vegan bandwagon… another trend for people trying to be different. Now, don’t get me wrong; you should stay true to YOUR beliefs. I only question how a vegan can be comfortable sporting a lamb purse and wearing Italian leather boots. I also question friends when they go on and on about saving third world countries and thinking the government should provide more support for our homeless. Not that I don’t agree—but really— shouldn’t they take an active role in the solution. The above-mentioned purse would probably feed a small village for months. It is an example of hypocrisy at its finest.” Bunny is often slow to anger but, boy, when she decides to cut loose she is like a mini tornado. I immediately ordered another martini and took a moment to ponder my dear Bunny’s ramblings. Half way through the soothing drink I realized the absolute truth of her statements. Bunny took a deep breath and asked me for my opinion. I explained to her that we could not control other’s actions. We can be true to who we are and practice what we preach. I think it is important to stand up for what you believe in—don’t blindly go along with the current trends in thinking. Do your research, form your own opinion and then remain true to it. My darlings, let’s start some new trends. Trends that encourage individualism. Trends that make it acceptable to have your OWN opinion. Believe you me... I don’t allow anyone to do my thinking for me. Ta ta,


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