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Filling in the Cracks of Life

Melanie Tripp promotes powerful campaign to bring awareness to human trafficking Melanie Tripp fills the cracks in life. Three years ago, she introduced Billings to the Red Sand Project, a program started in New York City six years ago by artist Molly Gochman, spotlighting victims of human trafficking. The pouring of red sand into sidewalk…

Diane Kylander & the Ladies of Laughter

Watch out – a ‘Comedy Tsunami’ is rolling in Soon-to-be 77-year-old Diane Kylander looks like she’s been ripped right out of a 1960s sitcom. She’s got the funky black-rimmed glasses and the quick wit that goes with the look. As we sit at her kitchen table in her historic home near the heart of downtown,…

A Fresh Look at the Northern Hotel

Three Women Aiming to Renew the experience at TEN and the Northern Hotel A new posse has ridden into the Northern Hotel. Three women, Lisa Rembold, Samantha Dyba and Alexandra Mann, are rounding up new memories at the iconic establishment. Family ties may have beckoned them back to these parts, but is it possible the…

A Call to Design

Rebecca Langman’s business is a multi-faceted approach to style When it comes to interior design, Rebecca Langman says, “If you love it, it will work.” With an innovative sense of design, she followed her childhood dreams to design school and created a name for herself in the business world. After designing the gift shop at…

Social Media = Social Meter?

One woman’s passion project shines the light on the negative power of social media Tracy Moore knows what makes teenage girls tick. She is a Billings-based photographer who specializes in senior portraits for girls, but rather than doing a one-time photo shoot lasting a couple of hours, she provides an almost year-long senior experience that…

Some Like It Hot

Serve up this spicy appetizer, whenever the mood hits I like spicy. Not cauterize, four-alarm fire, deaden or destroy taste buds in your mouth hot, but spicy. I did that once in college, partaking in a spicy Italian sausage sandwich from which, having eaten it in all its hot-pepper glory, it took me a day…

Since We Woke Up

Billings couple sells it all to live and explore in a retired school bus Is there anything more magical than the hum of wheels on an open road, sun streaming in the windshield, feet on the dash, windows down with the cool breeze blowing through? Yes. There is. It’s the road trip that goes on…

Start the Year Without a Crash (Diet)

Why drastic dieting should never be a part of your healthy game plan New Year’s resolutions. Without a doubt, dramatic weight loss or drastic dieting tend to sit at the top of about half of Americans’ lists. I’m here to tell you why going to extremes to start off the new year is never a…

Up in the Air

Billings Alternacirque wows and entertains from a bird’s eye view The tools of an aerial acrobat may not look like much. A loop of steel, a few yards of silk, a net and some canvas straps. But in the hands of the masters of Alternacirque, they are transformed into a spellbinding form of art. For…

Putting Pen to Paper

Why journaling can take your work from blah to hurrah   “If you’re serious about becoming a wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured, and unique individual, keep a journal.” — Jim Rohn, entrepreneur and author   If you’re looking for a way to set priorities in your life, clarify your thinking and accomplish your most…

Breathing In Life

Nurse Cindi Hoiness takes her message on battling asthma to kids Writing a children’s book was never one of Cindi Hoiness’ goals. But she couldn’t shake the feeling that her story could change another life — in this case, a child suffering from asthma. Cindi, a registered nurse in Billings, has suffered from asthma all…

Being Bold

How a coyote howl taught me how to live courageously On the first night I slept alone, not just in my bed, but with no one within miles of me, and cell service as rare as calorie-free ice cream, the coyotes decided to howl. And not just a little one and done kind of howl;…

Waterproof & Washable

A DIY Floor Cloth adds a splash of pizazz If you’re looking for a refreshing way to dress up your floors, vinyl floor cloths are not only one of the easiest DIYs but can add a bit of vintage flair to your kitchen, hallway, entry or basically any place that withstands high traffic. You can…

Paying it Forward

Billings woman turns trash into treasure for the homeless Libby Laird sits with a crochet needle the size of a pencil in one hand, weaving together a variegated mat with colors ranging from bright yellow to white, brown and black. The rug isn’t one that will decorate her Billings home. Made completely of plastic bags,…

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