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Patching Cracks

A couple months ago, my Facebook feed showed me a handful of videos of of baby skunks wandering around town. I’m sure I didn’t see all of them, but I’ve heard stories of folks filming themselves feeding the babies and heard all sorts of...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear friends and neighbors, I have placed an ad in the Mountaineer promoting what I have called an “America Rally” in Big Sandy on Friday evening, September 18th. Let me explain my rationale. First, the public health restrictions imposed by the p...

 

Letter to the Editor

Importance of Vaccination for Influenza 2020 By Dr. Ann Rudinger (Editor’s note- Dr. Rudinger is the wife of Ed Blazek, Class of BSHS ’72) With all the attention given to COVID-19, it is easy to overlook a basic health care step- the annual FLU...

 

Patching Cracks

“Wealth should be like a light coat on a cool day. It should bring us comfort while we have it, but it can throw off at any moment without worry.” I read this line years ago in school, but I can’t find the name of the speaker. At the time, it...

 

Patching Cracks

For the past 3 years, I have maintained a fairly rigid morning routine that began at 4 AM, when I would get out of bed, read for an hour, walk to the gym, and exercise. 6 months ago, the Covid lockdowns began and my carefully established routine fell...

 

Thoughts with Zoe

2020 has been, at least to this point, quite a year! We tend to concentrate on what's wrong, I mean, what else can go wrong! We are trying hard not to step on people's toes, not to express an opinion...

 

River Ramblings South

Summer is nearly gone, and I cannot say I will miss much of it. I was dealing with back pain most of the summer, which definitely puts a damper on gardening and doing the work I usually enjoy. Generally, we have an enjoyable summer, busy working,...

 

Harvest Brings Stress

Harvest and haying time is always a stressful time. It's hot, sweltering, equipment breaks down, and everyone is exhausted! We have little time to take a break, little time to get a good night's... Full story

 

Patching Cracks

I love Johnny Cash. I think my all time favorite Cash song is “A Boy Named Sue.” The song was a huge hit for Cash, but was actually written by Shel Silverstein, who is famous for writing books of children’s poetry. In the song, a young man is n...

 

Patching Cracks

My brother lives in Northern California. For the last 6 months, he and his family have been living with some of the strictest lockdown regulations in the country. My little brother is very active and a bit of a gym nut. The lockdown has eliminated...

 

Patching Cracks

In his fictional book, The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis wrote a collection of letters from a senior demon to a novice tempter. The book explores the various ways people are led astray, tempted, tricked, and manipulated from their faith in God. The o...

 
 By Ann Denning    Opinion    August 12, 2020

YOU AREN'T WELCOME

Those words cause a person to feel slighted, irritated and sometimes surprised. The Canadian/U.S. border is now closed, except for essential travel. Essential travel is commercial products being... Full story

 

Dear Editor

Talk is always cheap, but it seems even cheaper when it comes from the lips of Senator Steve Daines. Daines claims to be an advocate for Montana producers so much that he sounds like a broken record, but when push comes to shove, is he really there f...

 

Patching Cracks

I learned basic car repair in college after buying a beat up old car for $250. Armed with a repair manual and a basic tool set from Sears, I took on all manner of simple repairs. Along the way, I learned quite a few lessons. One of the most...

 
 By Steve Sibra    Opinion    July 29, 2020

TALES OF OLD BIG SANDY: Harley Hurd: A tough skin concealed a heart of gold within

When I was a lad, there were a few people around Big Sandy who always seemed to be somewhere nearby. On the one hand, they were like the buttons on an old coat, maybe a little bit frayed, maybe the...

 
 By Serena Cator    Opinion    July 21, 2020

Uncertain Times

My son has recently asked me, “why do people say the expression ‘uncertain times’ when they talk?” I explained to him that we have a new normal...and we may never go back to the way it used to be. These “uncertain times” have everyone...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    July 21, 2020

Thoughts with Zoe

I thought I would share “Lighting Up the World” by Tyler Perry, instead of trying to rewrite the subject and doing it poorly. Enjoy! “I’VE BEEN DOING a lot of building over the past few years. I’ve learned that, according to the commercial...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    July 21, 2020

Patching Cracks

One of my favorite books by C.S. Lewis is The Screwtape Letters, which is written from the perspective of a demon named Screwtape instructing another demon on how to tempt a young man into hell. It’s one of my favorites, because Lewis has a keen...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    July 15, 2020

Patching Cracks

This weekend, I will have been married to my wife for 22 years. I am happy and cannot imagine sharing my life with any other person. However, I can honestly say that our lives together have not gone anything like what I thought it would when I said...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    July 15, 2020

Thoughts with Zoe

I have three ways to renew myself during these crazy times. It's challenging to stay positive without jumping on the bandwagon and criticize everything that is going on. I am determined to live above...

 
 By Gay Pearson    Opinion    July 8, 2020

River Ramblings South

We are climbing on the wings of summer and will soon be in full flight to hot days, warm nights, and delicious garden produce. Thankfully, we have had some pleasant rains giving us much needed...

 

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor, I’d like to thank you with love Zoe for the very special poster size pictures honoring our awesome 2020 Seniors, displayed in our businesses along main street. A very thoughtful gift in this dark confusing time to lift our...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    July 1, 2020

Patching Cracks

Nearly 15 years ago, I read a book on management by Peter Drucker. I remember that it was excellent, but I only recall one clear lesson from it: The more decisions you make, the more likely you are to make a mistake, so make a decision once and apply...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 24, 2020

Patching Cracks

A few years ago, before my daughter learned to read, I read her the book “Alice in Wonderland”. In the book, Alice sort of wanders from encounter to encounter without a strong purpose. The plot is summed up well when she asks the Cheshire Cat... Full story

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    June 17, 2020

Summer Challenge- July 17

I was sitting outside the Mountaineer on the new bench, working on writing on what it means to be from a rural community. I smile because it means something precious. Three senior citizens were puttin...

 

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