Writing Life’s Stories

Billings woman shares why you should write your own memoir Within arm’s reach, author Virginia Tranel has at least half a dozen books with colorful little slips of paper tucked between the pages. The books are memoirs by various writers, and since Virginia is in the process of writing a memoir – her second –…

Overcoming Injury

Cyclist rekindles interest in pedal-powered transportation thanks to Tour de Fleur When a pickup truck plowed into a group of cyclists on a rural road in Wisconsin more than a decade ago, one of the first things to cross Sandy Vancleeve’s mind was whether the children in the group were safe. “We were just going…

Going Gray

Finding a way to reclaim my roots Imagine the scene. A young mom, harried, arms full of screaming toddler and a stuffed platypus that keeps getting tossed to the floor that is covered in snow boot debris. The mom just wrote a check for the basket full of groceries she is trying to maneuver and…

Polly Eames

Healing the addicted At a stage of life where many people are enjoying their friends and family and a quiet retirement, Polly Eames is on the move. At 80 years old, Polly, an addiction counselor at Rimrock Foundation, is sharper and in better shape than many people half her age. A lifelong Montana resident and…

Aging In Place

Simple changes for safe, everyday senior living My parents enjoyed long lives, fortunately. They were also blessed to have lived in their home well into their 90s. While aging in place, it became harder for my mother to get in and out of the bathtub. They had it replaced with a walk-in shower. They abandoned…

A Part-Time Job in Love

The toll family caregiving can take It may have been upwards of four decades ago, but Kathie Burke still vividly remembers getting the panicked call from emergency workers. Her grandfather, Charlie, had become disoriented and instead of backing his truck out of the garage, he hit the gas, sending the half-ton vehicle careening through the…

The Art of Entertaining

Easy Brunch for a Crowd On a cold Saturday morning, Kelli Christiansen gathers a few friends for a warm brunch. As an application engineer who trains and supports industrial controllers and equipment, and a wife and mother of Beckett, 4, and Aria, 2, she is, needless to say, busy. But Kelli always makes time for…

Salvage Designs

Kate Stevens gives old things, new life Where can you find artsy photographs whimsically adorned with glitter and rhinestones, a scrapyard of treasures just waiting to be transformed or repurposed items that have been given new life thanks to a coat of paint or a bit of artistic flair? The answer can be found in…

Dip & Sip

The perfect pair of biscotti & coffee The food world has some perfect pairings: beer and peanuts (and baseball), red wine and dark chocolate, tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich, and coffee and biscotti. I was introduced to the coffee and biscotti culinary couple years ago in the Little Italy area of downtown Baltimore….

Arlene Priest

Letters from the Heart Arlene Priest wears an etched gold pendant around her neck, capturing her then 21-year-old son, Marc. At the time the engraved photo was snapped, her son was a talented musician who never picked up a saxophone he didn’t love to play. He was kind, and as his mom says, “Marc was…

A Lifeline for Seniors

A walk inside the Adult Resource Alliance Center & its programs Three years ago, 77-year-old Alberta Langel received a copy of the Senior News in the mail. The newspaper is produced by the Adult Resource Alliance of Yellowstone County.  Alberta was in a serious state of depression, having lost her husband two years earlier. “I sat…

Bingo is Back!

Same Game, Younger Vibe “N41.” “B11.” “G58.” “B1.” Chances are, you’ve heard phrases like these before. There’s nostalgia to Bingo. It’s a game many of us played as children. We recognize the subtle sounds of the rolling numbered balls, the announcer’s consistent voice, the fourteen seconds of silence between each announced number, the colorful blots…

Barbering is in Their Blood

Rebels & Razors is Sparking a Revival If you listen closely enough, you just might hear the electricity coming out of a little shop in the heart of downtown — the buzz of hair trimmers, the sounds of chatter, the snips of scissors. It’s all a part of the vibe that fuels Rebels & Razors…

It’s all in the Bag!

From Clutches to Satchels, Check Out the Best Looks for 2018 Every occasion calls for a different purse. Sometimes we carry more. Sometimes, we tote around a little less. It might be a workday. Or, maybe you’re grabbing your favorite leather backpack for a play date. Do you have children in tow, or not? We…

Bringing Dublin to the Magic City

Billings Transplant Teaches More Than Just Irish Dance It was in the clatter, swirl and jubilation of a St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Dublin where Jacqueline Curtis Low discovered her calling. She was 9 years old, and even today she remembers the immediate connection she felt while watching traditional Irish dancers perform on the…

Cue the Trumpets!

Finding Passion for Life in Thoughts & Scribbled Circles I found my passion while on my knees begging, absolutely begging for a sign, wisdom, clarity, or at the very least, a speck of dust showing me I’d been heard. It was a desperate moment. I’d left my corporate job — the one with people, perks,…

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