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 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 2, 2015 

Looking out my back door: Life's changeS - One size does not fit all

I intend to unload some of my philosophy on you. I’ll call it the gospel (small “g”) according to me (small “m”). I am not important enough to rate a big “M.” So if you want to take...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 2, 2015 

View from the North 40: Help me! I'm melting, melting … meltiiing

I would like to take this time to go on record as formally declaring that hot weather sucks. I know, that’s pretty strong language for not a very profound revelation. In my defense, though, if I...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 26, 2015

View from the North 40: Skip the Bette Davis eyes, I wanted Farrah hair

It’s been been almost 40 years, so I should let it go, plus it’s not right to speak ill of the dead, but I'm saying it anyway: I still really, really, really dislike Farrah Fawcett for making...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 25, 2015

Looking out my back door: Just walking in the rain, getting soaking wet

“Just walking in the rain. Getting soaking wet. . . People. . . stare at me. . . saying who can that fool be.” That fool be me. Gloriously, deliciously drenched. Three hurricanes this month held p...

 
 Opinion    June 24, 2015

Strengthen plans on sage-grouse to save Hi-Line lands

On May 28, the Bureau of Land Management reached a historic milestone in its effort to conserve the imperiled greater sage-grouse. The plans proposed by the BLM would protect the West’s sagebrush sea, which acts as essential habitat for the...

 
 Opinion    June 19, 2015

View from the North 40: The argument for poor, inspirational me

In a depressing accident of birth, like big feet and a location in southern something-not-Montana listed as my birthplace, I was born without a silver spoon. I would be an awesome rich person — generous, fun-loving, laid back, definintely not...

 
 Opinion    June 12, 2015

View from the North 40: Up a language creek without a translator paddle

Imagine, if you can, a world in which people in different regions spoke different languages. Yes, I just asked you to imagine reality, but let’s step that up a notch. Now, imagine having to rely on a computer program to help you communicate in the...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 11, 2015

Looking out my back door: Envy me - I live a full life without logic

Envy me if you wish. My living room ceiling leaks drops the size of tadpoles. The wind stirred by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Blanca, like an angry sieve, filtered a heavy layer of grit over everything...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 5, 2015

From the North 40: Pakistan is all about that bass

Pamville News The latest rumor from the Pentagon is that U.S. Armed Forces and covert operations agencies will be starting a major recruitment push in the war against Middle Eastern foes because it...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 4, 2015

Looking out my back door: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds reads an inscription on the James Farley Post Office in New York City, the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 29, 2015

View from the North 40: Proudly flying the fail flag

Some topics are of such great importance that they beg to be illuminated by the written word, though doing so endangers the writer’s very wellbeing. Thus it is, dear readers, I write this column at...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 28, 2015

Looking out my back door: Make mistakes - and use your fine china

As far as we know we have only one life to live. That suggests to me that I want to make careful choices. Of course some things are out of my control, such as the sock that went missing when I picked...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 22, 2015

From the North 40: A rarity: helpful newsy news

I think I can be honest here, so I'll just say right out: I should not be reading, watching, listening to, discussing, covering, or otherwise interacting with news, like the kind found on the other...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 21, 2015

Looking out my back door: The soap operas and a day in my life

The Guiding Light: While weather in Havre continues to be erratic, after weeks of Mazatlan perfection, Summer arrived. Each day is hot. Mucho calor. My little apartment stays reasonable with a flow...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 15, 2015

View from the North 40: Rose-colored window glass

I haven’t written about the house project lately and, while I feel a little bad about that, I have to say it’s because I’m a little shy about expressing my deep feelings this early in the...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 14, 2015

Looking out my back door: We're back to normal - but what's normal?

After two weeks of active (not normal) social life (nonexistent) with friends from British Columbia and then with my cousin from Sedro Woolley, Washington, and following two nights of long sleeps, my...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 8, 2015

From the North 40: Peasantry without drudgery

I was born to be a peasant. Well, OK, not one of those indentured, do whatever the boss-man tells me to do kind of serfs. I have it on good authority from just about every one of my family members...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 7, 2015

Looking out my back door: This hodge-podge, crazy quilt life that I have

What is life but shifting tidbits of sensory experiences tossed into a basket of scraps? After weeks of stitching together metaphorical pastel scraps, when friends from British Columbia, who dropped...

 
 Opinion    May 7, 2015

Depression key risk for youth

Amber Spring Sara Bragg Today is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, with the entire month of May being Mental Health Awareness Month. There are many topics that can be identified when discussing children’s mental health. However it is...

 
 Opinion    May 6, 2015

2015 Legislature: Successes, disappointments

In the run-up to the 2015 legislative session, expectations were low. Montanans expected this session to be more about politics and less about performance. Four months later, I’m pleased to report that the 64th legislative session has been...

 
 By John Kelleher    Opinion    May 4, 2015

Meyers' Capitol experience

G. Bruce Meyers said he was exhilarated and terrified when he took his seat in the Montana House. At 66, this political newcomer is the most unlikely of state lawmakers. A Native American Republican with no political experience, he was elected from...

 
 Opinion    May 4, 2015

A win for grandma's cookies

My grandma made amazing cookies. They weren’t just the best on the Hi-Line. They were the best in Montana. I’m sure those are fighting words to anyone lucky enough to grow up with doting grandparents. However, if she were still here to bake...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 1, 2015

View from the North 40: No crystal ball required

A humor columnist and a spiritual guide walked into a coffee shop, and it wasn’t a joke. Really. It was, in fact, more like a blind date only, y’know, not as creepy as that sounds. OK, I’ll...

 
 Opinion    April 30, 2015

Politics won out over sense

I noticed with great interest that some of the Montana newspapers were criticizing the actions of Republican House members who voted against Senate Bill 416. As one of the guys in the room — trying to get the deal done — I have a few...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 30, 2015

Looking out my back door: Getting drunk on the great big everything

Holy Smokeroonies. Saturday late afternoon I sit with a book open in my lap, my eyes in the sky, watching the play of light on the cirrus clouds. Suddenly, an apparition. Kathy and Richard stand at...

 

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