An ode to 
Mother Nature.

My first Montana hike was up Blodgett Canyon in Hamilton last May with my boyfriend. The sun was warm against our backs and the air was still cool. We were transplants, new to the sweeping views and big, see-into-forever skies. If a bear came trudging down the path we wouldn’t have known it. Our noses were pointed to the bluest…

A Cinematic Cultural Exchange

The sixth Montana International Children’s Film Festival brought together Montana families and international professors and students from the University of Montana to share their culture heritages, and attendees—children and adults alike—got the opportunity to view the world through a different lens. Visit MTICFF.com to learn more. Photography MTICFF

A Benefit for Bullock

Supporters and friends of Governor Steve Bullock, including Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, gathered for a special reception in support of the governor before the two famed Texas musicians hit the stage at the Wilma. Photography by Staff

Around Town

Emilie LeBel, assistant professor of composition at the University of Montana's School of Music, became the first woman to win the Land’s End Ensemble’s Composer Competition. She won with her piece “Oranda,” and will receive a $1,500 commissioning prize after composing a new piece for a piano trio that will be premiered next season by the Land’s End Ensemble.

The Water of Life

He isn't Charles M. Schulz's Charlie Brown. And Snoopy isn't his best friend: Scotch whisky is. Charlie Brown of Missoula has a lifetime of memories, travel, paintings, and whisky to call upon. They're littered—in an organized fashion—throughout his home, trailing down to a man cave that would make one think, This is what they had in mind, when they first…

FROM GARDEN TO TABLE

Suzette Zara is a certified nutritionist, chef, cookbook author, creator of Satan’s Salsa (SatansSalsa.com) and a frequent speaker on low-fat healthy cooking. For more information, contact Suzette@SuzetteZara.com. Plucking a petal almost seems cruel as if it were being stripped away from its place among family and friends. When a flower is whole—that is, petals intact—a purpose seems fulfilled: She has…

Bio-Gypsy

Rebecca Durham—an artist, poet, and botanist—is a breed of her own. In a world that fights for black and white, Rebecca gives them shades of gray, fits of color, words, and science. She creates zany, beautiful pieces that clearly show her investment in utilizing the lenses of both art and science and an impressive ability to have one foot in…

Still Young at Heart

The Mazda MX-5 (originally called the Miata) has long been the personification of driving fun and the fourth-generation 2016 model continues to be just that. The original MX-5 Miata, introduced in 1989, was the reincarnation of a British sports car and more than 950,000 have been sold worldwide.

A Mother’s Commitment

My mother is always the first to call me on my birthday to remind me of the night before I was born. At the time, she was living in a one-room adobe house in Tucson, Arizona. On this late November night, she sat outside, leaning back in a deep-set wicker chair, letting her belly rest, and watching the full moon.