The perfect 
travel companion.

Six months shy of my 18th birthday I went on my first international trip—Australia, where my younger brother would box a kangaroo. I kid you not. Well, I’d been to Canada and Mexico, but according to my teenage self those places didn’t count…yet. I didn’t have the bag. As a child I imagined—but never thought it’d happen—traveling the world with…

Painting with a Purpose

Friends, neighbors and community members enjoyed an evening of music and painting at an event hosted by Painting with a Twist for the Center for Music by People with Disabilities. Music was provided by CMPD and the event raised $600 for the center. 
Photography Painting with a Twist-Missoula

Around Town

Josh Gilligan, son of Jim and Julie Gilligan of Missoula, was trying to play it cool when his soon-to-be fiancée Rachel Bradford, daughter of Bob and Karee Bradford of Billings, scanned his pockets for a certain size box last October. They were at Canyon Ferry Lake on their way to a familiar bench overlooking the shore, the sweet spot where…

The Lofoten Islands

The bus's motor can be felt as the driver steadily increases its hum, pulling us higher and higher into Norway. Finland's myriad trees begin to dot the landscape rather than line it as the earth yields to Norway's rock formations. Each curve on the road brings another, even more stunning view. I sit up higher in my seat.

Dancing with the Missoula Stars

Follow the teams and vote for your favorite on 
DancingWithTheMissoulaStars.org. Ten fewer Missoulians will have two left feet following their participation in “Dancing with the Missoula Stars,” a fundraiser for the Downtown Dance Collective (DDC). For weeks, our celebrities—or non-dancers, the preferred term of at least one competitor—have been rehearsing their steps with their professional dancers. All their hard work,…

Fondue for Lovers

In a large sauce pan, combine shallot and sparkling wine. Bring to boil for two minutes; remove from heat. Add the Gruyere, Emmentaler and Brie cheeses and stir until they begin to melt. Mix the cornstarch with the fresh lemon juice and add to cheese mixture. Return pot to medium heat and stir for 10 minutes, or until mixture has…

The PEAK Difference

It seems there are several small truths hidden under each year's new methods for improving our well-being. Articles, commercials, and friends have told us—reminded us—of these simple solutions. Year after year we read and hear the same jingle: Eat better, exercise more, get some fresh air, quit smoking, and lose those extra few pounds we swear are from this winter's…

Love Is in the Air




Who knew boarding a flight 23 years ago in my blue sweat suit (think 1980's wear) would change my entire life? Certainly not me, or I might have dressed a bit snappier and put on a smidge of makeup and perfume. But I had reached that elusive place of peace in my quickly-nearing-explosion biological countdown when I figured that if…