A Window Into Your Teenager’s Mind

A few months ago I spent some time at the dentist, specifically to get a crown put on. Going to the dentist has never been an issue for me, as it is with many. I actually kind of like the social interaction (which says a lot about my life - or lack there of). While … Continue reading A Window Into Your Teenager’s Mind

Why Do We Hate Our Kids?

Montana's Joint Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee (in the state I live) turned heads in June when it made the decision to consider cutting the department’s budget by $93 million during the next two years. That’s a 15 percent reduction during the last biennium and on top of cuts proposed by Governor Steve Bullock … Continue reading Why Do We Hate Our Kids?

Tsunami on the Prairie

As the adage goes, if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it'll jump out. But if you put that same frog in a pot of room temperature water and gradually heat the water, the frog will stay in the pot until it's cooked. As the current disaster in Houston plays out, the … Continue reading Tsunami on the Prairie

The Caregiving Dilemma …

One of the most difficult circumstances affecting families is the care of an elderly member. I remember when I was growing up in North Dakota thirty years ago, common practice was to put them in an “old folks home.” Or should I say commit them, commit them to their death. I hated visiting my grandmother … Continue reading The Caregiving Dilemma …

Cheating the Grim Reaper of ‘Small Town U.S.A.’

Four years ago, I first addressed the issue of the plight of Small Town U.S.A. After living five years now in a small town with a population of 500 which is essentially a bedroom community for Billings, Montana (pop. 100,000), I believe the issue is even more relevant today than then. And even though I … Continue reading Cheating the Grim Reaper of ‘Small Town U.S.A.’