Lead by Example.

This letter began—before I scrapped it and derided myself for not first doing my due-diligence—as a meditation on a quote attributed to Gandhi that I saw on a bumper sticker: "Be the change you wish to see in the world." As with most quotes on bumper stickers and coffee mugs, this one turned out to be misrepresented. Brian Morton writing…

We Go Red!

Our community painted the town red—literally—for the American Heart Association of Missoula's annual Go Red for Women Luncheon, where keynote speaker Joey Traywick, RN, entertained and put the spotlight on raising awareness on heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women, honoring survivors, and inspiring lifestyle changes. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish

Around Town

Ty Robinson, a Missoula resident since 1935, was honored by the Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America with Montana's first Distinguished Centenarian Eagle Scout award during the recent Mullan Trail District Investment in Character and Leadership Breakfast in Missoula. This year marks the 106th birthday of the Boy Scouts of America, and the 100-year-old Robinson joked that he and Scouting…

Leading by Example

Professor Bradley Layton rides around Missoula on his bike pulling a trailer heaped with plastic bags of compost—at least 13 black bags, ballooning under their straps—illustrating his commitment to living zero waste and eliminating his carbon footprint, no matter the cargo. Missoula Valley Lifestyle wanted to interview Brad, the director of the Energy Technology Program in the Department of Applied…

From Peacekeeping on the Front Lines to Brewing on the Riverfront

The brewery features plenty of perks for Missoulians who give back to the community. Half-price pints are offered for nonprofit workers on Thursdays and for teachers on Fridays. IMBC hosts musicians four times a week as well 
as all sorts of community events. Check 
ImagineNationBrewing.com/events for the schedule. he stained glass surprised me the first time I walked in the…

Putting a Smile on Prevention

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. While painful to recognize or be reminded of, there is beauty here—something every heart in the Missoula community should be proud of. The beautiful part, of course, comes with the word prevention and witnessing how our community's efforts help make it a national movement. It's wince-worthy to even imagine child abuse having a…

Loyola’s Sacred Heart

Jokingly, it's been said that Montana's greatest export is her children. If you know Rosie McCormack, you might begin to believe it's actually true. She graduates from Loyola Sacred Heart High School this year and without having reached her late teens, she will have already left Montana in better shape than she found it. Rosie's early accomplishments are as striking…

The Promises of Gardens

Starting a garden can be like reuniting with an old, old bottle of wine—a vintage forgotten somewhere in the crevices of the basement for three decades, or four—then discovered one day and carried up to the light to be decanted and poured into a glass for the first time. The color is the deep burgundy of heavy velvet curtains. It…