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Mom’s kitchen was ‘Little Italy’ with lots of love

March 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

About 10 years ago, my husband’s family began compiling a cookbook to honor and forever preserve my Italian mother-in-law’s cooking legacy.My husband Jim’s grandparents were all born in the Abruzzo region of Italy on the coast of the Adriat...

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Watching old movies: ‘There Will Be Blood’

March 03, 2019 at 5:00 am

I know I’m stating the obvious, but it’s been an agonizingly long winter. In our 28 years of living in the Flathead, I can’t remember another winter when our long, rural driveway has been made impassable so many times by drifting snow. (We ...

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A tough season on the ice

February 28, 2019 at 5:00 am

I am sure by now that just about everyone who has ventured out onto a frozen lake in Western Montana has endured the worst of the conditions we see on the lakes when we have a heavy snow year. While some of the lakes have seemed to escape t...

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Collaborative effort will preserve Conrad Mansion grounds

February 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

For nearly 125 years the east side of Kalispell has been anchored by the impressive Conrad Mansion, surrounded by 3 acres of meticulous landscaping and a handsome dry stone fence.The mansion has been an architectural and historic timepiece ...

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A lifetime of bad hair days

February 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

I routinely get Facebook posts from an entertainment website called “Grew Up in the ’70s and ’80s,” and had to laugh when it recently declared this observation about the telltale 1980s hairstyles most of us remember: “Hair so big it had its...

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Take a trip before winter wanes

February 14, 2019 at 4:56 pm

What a difference a couple weeks make! In my last column, I was talking about the mild weather, and welcoming the fact that with February, we were finally getting a shot of winter! Here, just 14 days later, snow continues to pile up, and w...

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Payback time for love letter from long ago

February 10, 2019 at 9:37 am

Back in the day, if a couple living in different towns wanted to communicate with one another it was either by long-distance telephone or letters. Long distance was quite expensive back then and mostly reserved for emergencies or big news.I...

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With February, comes winter

February 07, 2019 at 6:46 pm

Montana residents who really don’t engage in winter sports have been enjoying the mild winter weather, while those of us who relish the snow and cold have been quite disappointed so far. Especially for ice anglers, the slow pace of ice gro...

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Remembering fishing milestones over the years

February 07, 2019 at 6:51 pm

I marvel daily when I think back on milestones or markers in my life, and how long it has been since something began, ended or lasted. Take, for example, my tenure with writing this column for the Daily Inter Lake. I wrote my introductory c...

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‘Death cleaning’ or more stuff? It’s a tough choice

February 03, 2019 at 5:00 am

Here’s my dilemma: every time I think about downsizing I am bombarded with information about new products, some of which seem too good to pass up. Then, like the dog whose attention is diverted to chasing the nearest cat, I’m off and runnin...

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