Thank You, Missoula

It’s my last morning in Missoula for a while.  Recently I went for a walk in the North Hills, my favorite hiking area in town, and took a journal with me.  Looking down on Missoula, I thought, “thank you.”  For all the experiences I had here–as a young woman, a student, a teacher, a friend.  … More Thank You, Missoula

Blood and Wisdom

Big Hole National Battlefield is ten miles from Wisdom, Montana. On this site on August 9, 1877, gunshots at dawn woke a camp of Nez Perce. Many died here:  31 soldiers and volunteers and nearly 90 Nez Perce—the majority women, children, and elderly.  They say you can still hear their cries. The place warrants many … More Blood and Wisdom

Apartment Solitaire

Living alone in the back country of Arches National Park?  At least Ed Abbey had the company of rattlesnakes.  Living in an upstairs apartment in Missoula, for the first time in my life I lack the company of what can be just as toxic: roommates. Apartment solitaire, I learned in a recent New York Times … More Apartment Solitaire

Taste that Wild Mercy

Pop quiz about 1990s sit coms!  Who was the prime time uncle known for his signature expression “Have mercy!”? If you said Uncle Jesse Katsopolis, you were right.  Thanks to Uncle Jesse’s role on Full House, many of us became used to the expression “Have mercy!” Among friends and colleagues here in Missoula, a new … More Taste that Wild Mercy

Top Ten Signs I’m Spending a Weekend in Missoula

10. Friday night begins with a wittily-titled microbrew at one of the 429 breweries in town.   In my case this weekend, it was  Sip’N Go Naked at Tamarack Brewing Company.  (P.S.  Of course, I’m exaggerating:  Missoula only has 401 local breweries). 9. At that brewery, I spot at least two dozen other people (men and … More Top Ten Signs I’m Spending a Weekend in Missoula