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Maintenance

We're far enough into the gardening season that only maintenance is needed. Most of that maintenance is boring: mowing, weeding, and watering. The rain helps a lot, but then it is followed by too...

 

One Careful Owner

Technology is great, but it can be expensive to keep up with. It’s also fair that a lot of us as consumers simply don’t need the latest and greatest model of any given electronics; a 2021 laptop is still going to be refreshingly zippy compared...

 

Passwords? Past Words.

For all of the things we secure behind a password, I’ve yet to run into anyone who truly enjoys them. Financial details, our social media accounts, email, streaming services. They’re the keys to our digital lives. What if the end was on the...

 

Getting things done!

It’s been a busy and productive week for me. The master procrastinator is maybe turning over a new leaf? Probably not. The main thing I’m proud of having accomplished is getting (almost) all the houseplants moved outside for the summer. A few...

 

Looking Out for LGBTQ+ Youth

With increasing acceptance and information, more people are understanding themselves as and identifying as part of the LGBT community. Part of growing up is exploring what it means to be you and having the pleasure of your loved ones knowing you in...

 

Let's See Some ID.

The digital world in which we live, while sometimes daunting in its reach, does bear the fruit of convenience. It also offers secure storage for things we’d rather keep safe from prying eyes and criminals. It’s this security beyond that of a...

 

Shocking - or not

I've been struggling with the electric fence not working. We've had both solar units out that are supposed to send the sun's power into the vibes that deter the deer, but neither one has delivered...

 

For the Birds

There are enough goldfinches and other birds in the yard that refilling the feeders is now a daily chore. Refilling birdbaths will soon be added to the list. So far I've only put water in one of...

 

Electric Sheep

Snoozing. Slumbering. Catching some Zs. Sleep’s an incredibly important part of our lives and often one in which a lot of us will fall short either on quantity or quality. Technology as we know is generally seen as the enemy of this much needed res...

 

Impact Of Substance Abuse On Children Valley Care Coalition Chair

It is estimated that more than eight million children younger than age 18 live with at least one adult who has a substance use disorder; that is a rate of more than one in 10 children, most of whom are under the age of five (SAMHSA, 2010). As many pa...

 

Green, Green Grass (Of Home)

The lovely rains have really set off lots of new growth. The lawn has had its first mowing and needs another. The wheat is coming up nicely, even though we’re not quite finished with seeding as I write this. It should all be in the ground by the...

 

Technology: An Indoor Thing, Outdoors

We’re blessed with some great outdoor spaces here. Despite the challenges our winters bring, it’s more than made up for by the temperate season. Time out by the lake, the great camping spots, the state parks just a day trip away; making the most...

 

Substance Use in the Family & Children's Mental Health

Mental health status isn’t just diagnoses and medication: mood, thought processes, and behavior are all factors of how someone is doing. Like all development, one’s lifelong mental and behavioral health begins early in childhood. As much as we...

 

Using Office in Your Office

Our computers are, in the most basic sense, tools. They’re tools for education, they’re tools for blowing off steam and they’re tools for productivity. Arguably it’s this ability to create, produce and construct which is the PC’s strongest...

 

Life Giving Rain

We’ve finally had a wonderful transfusion of rain to bring life back to our parched land. It’s wonderful to see the prairies and pastures turning green again. I was so tired of the many depressing shades of brown/tan/burnt umber the landscape...

 

Here For You

Here I am, writing to whomever takes the time to read this. Why read this you ask? Because I CARE, because I want to see CHANGE, and because I want YOU to know that I am here. Who am I? Brianna Leader. Do you know me? More than likely. Do you like...

 

Another Gardening Session

I’m starting yet another season of gardening. It must be the 47th? Because it’s stayed nice, I’ve finally tilled the garden space. It worked up very nicely. After my few hours running the garden tractor, I spent several more hours laying out th...

 

Traveling with Technology

After a long, long winter we’re finally able to emerge and enjoy the outdoors! Our eyelashes won’t freeze to our face, the simple act of breathing won’t be painful; truly have we suffered. But before too long we’ll be planning getaways and...

 

Agricultural Stress In NE Montana

No one is a stranger to stress and all the ways it affects our lives - even more so in recent years. The pandemic, recession, and continued cultural polarization has deeply impacted everybody- possibly in ways we may not fully grasp for years....

 

Spring At Last

I don’t want to jinx it, so keep this on the down-low, but I think maybe spring is really here this time. We’ve had several decent days in a row. And I’m happy it’s warmer temps and some nice rain showers, but the best thing is not much...

 

Clash of Angry Birds With Friends

It wasn’t so long ago that mobile gaming meant loading up on AA batteries and taking your Game Boy with you on a road trip. Tetris, Super Mario Land and the now multibillion dollar franchise of Pokémon all saw significant time gracing that tiny,...

 

Rockin' Robin

The internet isn’t short of platforms upon which to share things. Ideas, opinions, news, photos; the web is basically awash with ways to let people know how you’re feeling about something. One, which has carved out its own niche in this sea of...

 

Same Old /Same Old

We still haven't had any decent "get outside and do some yard work" weather. We are, however, still having a surfeit (excessive amount) of wind, and I, for one, am about sick of it. I'm sure I'm not t...

 

Kvetching, Part II

I feel justified in kvetching about the weather again since we’ve been hit with even more snow. It is supposed to be spring, with the grass greening up, not buried in cold white yuck. The wind was unrelenting until Saturday morning, which is also f...

 

Like Transactions, But Smaller

Free stuff is great! Free, convenient stuff is even better. So with trends shifting in the digital age to a culture filled with “there’s an app for that,” how are creators of those handy little pieces of software making a living? Free...

 

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