My 30 days of thanks.

Beginning in November, I begin to see a flurry of Facebook posts about the things my friends and family are thankful for. By the second week, it’s less a flurry and more a sprinkling. By the month’s end, I see about three friends who’ve publicly pushed through the “30 Days of Thanks,” or Gratitude or Thankfulness, challenge. I know they…

The Y Turns 50 and Looks Great

Happy birthday, dear Missoula Y! The Missoula YMCA celebrated 50 years of putting Christian principles into practice through programs 
that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all with a party featuring music by the Whizpops, food trucks, and activities for kids and the 
kids at heart. Photography Kat Franchino

Keeping It Wild

Montana Wilderness Association's WildFest had nearly 100 volunteers and was celebrated through hilarious tales of time spent in the 
wilderness, handy tricks when preparing for a packing trip, and the chance to get up, close, and personal with animals found within our sacred woods. It was reason enough to play, learn, and love our great outdoors! Photography Micki Long

November 2017 Around Town

Love the farmhouse style of Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper but can't exactly make the trip to Waco for your favorite household items? Worry not, a new line was created exclusively for Target with Magnolia, a home and lifestyle brand. Joanna describes the items customers can expect: tabletop items, home decor, and giftables. Their inspiration for this…

The Bison Wrangler

It sounds like the noise a dinosaur might make. Or maybe the mix between a walrus and lion, a guttural growling that comes deep from the belly of the animal. It is the warning sound a bull bison makes when it’s breeding season and he sees another bull closing in on the cow the former’s been courting. The bulls exchange…

Christmas Wreaths

For sure, there is no better sign of the coming holidays than Christmas wreaths. They bring the sights, sounds (if you put bells on them), and smells of the holiday season right into our homes. Wreaths look great placed on flat services, with perhaps a candy dish in their center, or hung on walls, doors, mirrors, and windows—reminders to all…

More Than One Way to Earn

Increasing longevity is a practical reason you may want to develop an income plan to cover your expenses. To help you enjoy a long and comfortable retirement, using many different types of income streams can help balance your need for both growth and income while providing options to help minimize taxes throughout your retirement.

A Ful(l)filled Life

Margaret Baldridge cannot remember a time in her life when she wasn’t playing the violin. It’s been her life, livelihood, passion. Every day since age 5. It’s had company, though. She has a passion for food and cooking, and it’s been with her for as long as she can remember. Food hasn’t been just sustenance; it’s been a creative endeavor…

Perfect Moments

The stones in the piazza set into the mortar look heavy—they’re set deep and worn smooth, shining like burnished silver. Behind me, the town rises onto a steep, narrow peninsula. I can only see the horizon to my left, to the north, where a jagged coastline curls in and out of view and a stone jetty juts out to sea…

Always Honor Yourself

You might recognize her wide red-lipped smile from the fountain drink- and popcorn-laden bleachers of a Saturday night rodeo. She’s the one waving at you while she sits the rhythmic pattern of a galloping horse, carrying the flag of our nation high overhead with its colors like a jet stream steady above. It’s a moment that Sarai McCollaum, Miss Rodeo…

A Meal to Be Thankful For

It’s not intentional, being without our families for the holidays. It’s just something that happens to transplants—the rocketing of flight prices that come complimentary with that pull we feel to be with them. Andrew Martin, executive chef at Finn & Porter, has cured this hunger with a meal to be desired, devoured, and possibly kept secret so we all don’t…