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 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    May 4, 2022

Patching Cracks

Around 17 years ago I was hired to work as a chaplain at a metal health facility for kids. I had been a youth pastor for a number of years and was decent at working with kids. That was about all I had going for me, apart from interviewing well. I...

 

Letter to the Editor

I’m moved to write this letter of appreciation to the local pastoral community for their continued efforts to address suicide by sponsoring the weekly National Suicide Prevention Hotline advertisements in The Mountaineer. It’s important to note...

 
 By Ann Denning    Opinion    May 4, 2022

An Unmentioned addiction

We are all too familiar with the serious, devastating addictions pervading our society. The one happier addiction hardly ever mentioned is that of the bookaholic. The bookaholic draws little interest as they conduct their addiction behind closed...

 

Patching Cracks

I have been preaching through the book of Acts at my church for the past 8 months, taking time off for a Lent and Christmas series. This past Sunday, I reached chapter 17 and began delving into Paul’s visit to Athens, in ancient Greece. While...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    April 27, 2022

Thoughts with Zoe

When I first moved to Big Sandy to a farm out southeast. A huge cottonwood tree greeted everyone at the start of our farm. Over the years, the tree was poisoned by weed spray from airplanes spraying...

 

Patching Cracks

A few times in my life, I’ve read a news story involving someone who was shot by a friend while “testing” their brand new bullet proof vest. I’ve also seen videos of the same stupid stunt. I will say confidently that I would not test out a...

 
 By Ann Denning    Opinion    April 20, 2022

MOTHERING HACKS FROM A DINOSAUR

Yes, I am calling myself a dinosaur, as I’m sure many young mothers will view me as such. The thing is, being a dinosaur has taught me lots of things. Scientists learn many things from studying dinosaurs. Study my dinosaur ideas and see if you lear...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    April 6, 2022

Patching Cracks

I recently read that employees, by a wide margin, prefer recognition for their work and contributions over bonuses or financial incentives. This seems counterintuitive, but there is a strange truth about what motivates humans in life: we want to...

 

Letter to the Editor - Senior Center

The Big Sandy Senior Citizens Center Respected Editor, The State Unit on Aging, housed in the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, recently became aware of the struggles of the Big Sandy Senior Citizens center. I, along with our...

 

Patching Cracks

The nation of Ethiopia, which is in Northeastern Africa, was once a lush, fruitful, and green nation. Over the past century, that situation has changed. The nation has seen nearly 40% of its forests cut down and sold off. The result of these actions...

 
 By Anne Denning    Opinion    March 30, 2022

The Positives of the Pandemic

A person can immediately think of tons of negatives caused by the pandemic. Some are terrible, and others are just irritating. News articles and general talk amongst people have concentrated on the downside. I know I am a constant complainer because...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I’m writing concerning the article on the front page of the March 2, 2022, edition of the Mountaineer about the Big Sandy Senior Citizen Board seriously considering closing the Big Sandy Senior Center. Like they stated, “closing the...

 

Letter to the Editor

This morning we found a dead cat across the street. I doubt it belongs to anyone. It spurred me to write this letter to the people of Big Sandy. Cats begin their breeding time roughly from March to the fall. Each cat is capable of having four to...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    March 9, 2022

Patching Cracks

Over the last few years, I’ve begun to rely more and more on reading glasses. Last Sunday, I forgot to bring a pair to the pulpit when I went up to preach the sermon. I asked my son to run down to my office and grab a pair. He brought back a pair o...

 

Letter to the Editor

In late 2020 I became a board member for the Big Sandy Senior Center. I feel the community needs to have a better understanding of what is happening with the Center, as there is a lot of misinformation being spread around the community. The Center...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    March 3, 2022

Thoughts with ZOE

Sometimes getting away from home gives you new insight. On my recent trip to Oklahoma, I discovered I couldn't buy an airplane ticket unless I promised to wear a mask the whole time. I was reminded...

 
 By Anne Denning    Opinion    March 3, 2022

The Downside of Love

Valentine’s Day is over for another year. For that day, it seems as if everyone is madly in love, with partners, children, and even pets! Special meals are prepared, cards given and received, and candy abounds. How wonderful to love and be loved is...

 

Patching Cracks

John Dewey, the American psychologist, educator, and philosopher once said: “Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” Dewey’s words represent something far larger and...

 

Road Trip- Part 3

Editor’s note: Part 3 of 3 First dates published: 1/19 and 2/2 You will think that nearing the end of this terrible journey, I was in the clear of trauma. How wrong you are! We arrived in Regina, driving up to the storage center where I had booked...

 

Patching Cracks

My daughter turned 11 this weekend. When we moved to Big Sandy, she had recently celebrated her first birthday. I am scratching my head as to how the time has gone by so quickly and how few years I have left before she is an actual, legal adult and g...

 

Patching Cracks

Early in my career in ministry, a particular author wrote a series of popular books on dating and marriage. He was a young man and had been married for a short period of time. He was also good looking, charismatic, and had a great marketing...

 

The Road Trip

Editor’s Note: Continuing story first ran January 19 page A5. What could possibly go wrong? If you read the previous article, you will probably have guessed many things could go wrong on this arduous trip. Before we could pull out of the driveway,...

 

Patching Cracks

When I first moved to Big Sandy, my daughter (who was one at the time) and I started visiting a resident at the nursing home. She loved having my little girl visit, and we both enjoyed our conversations. During my time visiting with her, I learned a...

 

Patching Cracks

Our oldest has been playing trumpet for several years in the school band. My wife loved marching band as a student and has taken the opportunity to give him lessons. It has the benefit of helping him play better, and it gives her a chance to do somet...

 

Patching Cracks

“You have to assemble your own life yourself— action by action. And be satisfied if each action achieves its goal, as far as it can. No one can keep that from happening.” This line was written by the second century Roman Emperor, Marcus...

 

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