Running home.

For most of my adult life, I have been able to fit my belongings into two suitcases. What I couldn’t was left behind, and that sometimes included people. You can’t comfortably run from life if you’re bogged down with luggage. Maybe that’s why I was never much of a runner.

Missoula Marathon Weekend

More than 5,000 people participated in this year's event, where a wet finish line greeted runners but didn't dampen their spirits on the 13.1- and 26.2-mile courses. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish

September 2015 Around Town

The University of Montana celebrates homecoming with a week of festive activities Sept. 20-26 for alumni, friends, students and community members. Events include the kick-off celebration at Southgate Mall; the "Hello Walk," a long-standing tradition in which students and alumni are invited to grab a brush to paint a greeting in any language they wish outside Turner Hall; campus decorating…

A Home of Their Own

People often wish life—and love—were like softball: in which you yell “mine” and everyone backs off. Dan Pierce called dibs on his wife Sara when the two met years ago at Carroll College’s softball weekend, a pre-finals week tradition, where they ended up on the same team.

Turning On the Light Bulb

Today, Maria Bray leads business education classes at Sentinel High School but not too long ago—or perhaps a lifetime ago—she walked across a stage to be crowned Miss Williams County (North Dakota) 1987. “My talent was singing,” she says. “I love show tunes!”

Birds on a Wire

One of my dear friends is a painter who sees the world through her amazing artist eyes. When she was the newbie in our neighborhood, her heart was sensitive to how she would integrate her family into the community. Driving one day she noticed how birds perched on a telephone wire seemed to choose when to gather, and whom to…

From Empire to Treasure

There’s a sign hanging in a Missoula home that reads, “Life is all about how you handle plan B.” I saw it when my boyfriend and I were house hunting and being filmed for an episode of Living Big Sky, a new series on HGTV about finding a home in Montana. I didn’t know it then but I had already…

Missoula’s Not-So-Secret Society

For more information on youth and adult hockey leagues for men, women, boys and girls, visit GlacierIceRink.com. Missoulians who aren’t regulars at the Glacier Ice Rink refer to hockey as an underground group. As if they hold secret meetings with mysterious rituals and clothing. Well, they’re not wrong. What they don’t know is that they most likely spoke to or…

Books, Authors & Readers, Oh My!

Imagine a group of writers so passionate about their work that they stand in a wrestling ring and compete with their best pieces, a few advancing to and one eventually winning the highly anticipated finale. This is what’s known as a Literary Death Match, and it’s one of the many events for lit-lovers taking place at the Montana Book Festival…

Showin’ Off for Camp Mak-A-Dream

Western Montana car clubs, including Garden City Rods and Customs, the Bitterrodders Car Club and the Five Valley Ford Club, raised $60,000 for Camp Mak-A-Dream at their recent car show. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish

Unlocking Sprouted Grains

Sprouted grains have been popular among health food junkies for years, but they’ve only recently hit the mainstream, popping up everywhere from breads and cereals to restaurant menus. This hot new healthy ingredient has loads of nutritional benefits and is increasingly easy to find. But what exactly are sprouted grains?