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Officially Fall

The calendar says it is officially fall, but you wouldn't know it with the return of such warm temperatures. I lucked out and didn't lose my entire garden to frost, even though our thermometer read...

 

Fall Is Coming

As much as I hate to see summer go, I cannot prevent fall from arriving. I hate seeing fall because we all know what follows, usually much too quickly. I'm giving in to reality, though, and starting...

 

Bet. Check. Fold?

Some of us, the lucky ones arguably, are old enough to remember when ending a phone call on our mobile device was facilitated with a satisfying snap. It’s just not the same, thumbing the red “end call” button on the delicate pieces of glass we...

 

Failure To Plan: Is It Planning To Fail?

Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” But as you chart your financial course, what steps should you take to help you keep moving forward to where you want to go? Consider these suggestions: • Establish...

 

But Is It Art?

But Is It Art? Artificial intelligence, as I’ve written in the past, is an exciting and powerful means of computers completing tasks which would previously have been impossible or too time consuming to be justifiable. Another more recently popular...

 

Fall Garden Chores

As much as I hate to see summer go, it’s going to. I can’t stop it. And so it’s definitely time to be thinking of clearing up the garden. I’ve been pulling all the dead and dying vegetation. That mostly consists of flowers past their prime,...

 

Should You Stick With Index-Based Investments?

You may have heard that you can simplify your investment strategy just by owning index-based or passive investments. But is this a good idea? You’ll want to consider the different aspects of this type of investment style. To begin with, an...

 

Harm Reduction In Practice

In the earlier community education article "What is Harm Reduction," which was printed in the Aug. 31 issue of the Glasgow Courier, the harm reduction model was defined as a practice of strategies...

 

Are You Properly Insured?

You probably won’t see it on your calendar, but September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. And it is indeed important to be aware of the importance of life insurance. Are you adequately insured? Many people aren’t. About 40 percent of...

 

When Can You Choose Retirement?

If you’re like most people, your work has been a central part of your life. So, wouldn’t it be nice to have the flexibility to decide when you no longer want to work? Many people of retirement age have achieved this type of control. In fact,...

 

What is Harm Reduction?

In Valley County, almost five percent of high school students have tried meth or heroin. Just over eight percent have tried cocaine, MDMA, or hallucinogens. Almost one-fifth have used a prescription medication other than as prescribed. 2021 American...

 

End of Summer Doldrums

I’m starting this week with a short lesson, the meaning of doldrums. It’s a state or period of inactivity, stagnation, or depression. The term is nautical, taken from sailors describing an equatorial region of the Atlantic. The shifting area...

 

Footprints in The (Digital) Sand

With a lot of the summer behind us and school returning, we’ve some inside time on the horizon. With this, brings the tendency to spend more time online, on social media and interacting with others by use of our smartphones. Is there a risk though...

 

Trying To Keep My Space Green

The garden keeps on growing: it’s relentless as long as it has water and the temps stay above freezing. And even when the first frosts hit, I’ll blanket the plants I wish to save. Those plants always include the tomatoes and peppers. Sometimes...

 

iRobot, YouRobot, WeRobot.

Vacuuming sucks. Ba-dum tss. Now that I’ve cleared that obligatory dad joke hurdle, let’s talk about robot vacuums and the recent shift in power when it comes to their production. Vacuuming and more recently mowing are two industries which have...

 

Avoid These Estate-Planning Mistakes

When many people hear the words “estate planning,” they assume it’s just for the wealthy. But that’s not the case because everyone can benefit from an estate plan. And when you’re creating one, you’ll want to avoid some common mistakes....

 

Panic Attacks

What is a panic attack? According to Mayo Clinic, "a panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause." The...

 

New Car, Caviar, Four Star, Daydream

Money, it’s a gas. In a similar fashion to gas, it can also get quite expensive quite quickly. The iPhone for example has risen in average cost more than 60 percent since its launch in 2007. Inflation by contrast since then is only around 43...

 

Fair and Farewells

There have been a lot of trips to Glasgow this past week. The Florida grandsons as well as our daughter had to take in the county fair. Those boys were thrilled with the bouncy house attractions after initially being told there wouldn’t be a...

 

Gardening Doldrums

I must admit that the presence of our grandsons (and now our middle daughter) has kept my attention away from my yard and garden. We’ve been golfing, attended two productions at the Fort Peck...

 

Got Salsa?

Chips! Delicious, of course. But the less tasty ones make up the brains behind all but the very simplest of electronic devices. Smart phones, chargers, microwaves and cars alike all use integrated circuits (ICs for short) to perform whatever task...

 

Vacation Consequences

Last week I had a mini-vacation: I flew to Florida for the purpose of bringing our two grandsons to Montana so they could have their own vacation. They’ll have fodder for the inevitable “what did you do over your summer vacation” reports for...

 

Spins A Web, Any Size

We have a lot to thank the internet for. It enables us to be entertained by cat videos, stream endless music and inflict photos of ourselves holding a fish on everyone else using that dating app. The web as it looks today though is a far cry from...

 

Slow Starts

As others have noted on the Gardening in NE MT Facebook page, things have been slow in starting as far as the garden goes. We did have a long, cool spring. Very few of my corn seeds came up. Even the replanting was a bust, so I guess I’ll be...

 

Doomscrolling: Feed Me Bad News

The ability to capture and hold people’s attention is a valuable asset. Captivating a room, enthralling an audience, or convincing you that one more episode is worth the tradeoff for a ruined sleep schedule. Every silver lining has a cloud of...

 

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