October 1, 2016

Jennifer’s Letter

Jennifer’s Letter To Her Grandmother Jennifer was a bright-eyed, bubbly 17 year old. She wrote this letter to her Grandmother who passed before Jennifer was born. Listen in with me as Jennifer excitedly describes the connection she made with her Grandmother and Grandfather… Dear Grandma, All of Moms’ pictures of you and Grandpa were lost in the attic fire before I was born. I never got a chance to see what you looked like until now. I really wish I could have met you! I just had to write you and tell you about my experience! Mom and I just […]
September 28, 2016

Timeless Family Memories: Gaylon Lum Owens

Montana Serial Entrepreneur The entrepreneurs of the world have been blessed with an overactive, innovative mindset. From Henry Ford’s assembly line system to Elon Musk’s Interplanetary Transport System, SpaceX, they’ve been responsible for changes that have affected all our lives. Gaylon Owens was just such a man. His Father nicknames him after the 1940’s radio comedian Lum of the comedy duo “Lum and Abner.” At the age of 16, “Lum” entered the timber industry as a tail-sawyer in a tie plant. In 1958 he purchased a used Mack log truck, with funds borrowed from his mother. That was the start […]
August 8, 2016

The Best Last Gift™

Remember the first gift you received as a child? I don’t remember exactly what the gift was, however, I do remember getting the gift wrapped box with a bow on top. The ear splitting squeal that came out of my mouth when I ripped the bow and paper off the box… and opened my surprise! Everybody remembers that… don’t you! As adults, our gifts aren’t always gift wrapped. Our surprises may be more mature… they still bring us pleasure: A rewarding and satisfying career doing what we love. The gift to our family (and ourselves) of a comfortable home to […]
August 2, 2016

Preparing Teens For Adulthood

Adolescence can be a difficult time in a young one’s life for all involved. During this time, teens shed traits of childhood and learn to be a responsible young adult with self-restraint and mature enough thinking to leave home. The idea of them becoming independent may arouse skepticism, but with proper guidance your children or grandchildren can emerge with perceptive powers, able to discern right from wrong. What can help during this time? Teenagers tend to demand more freedom than they can really handle, but parents may extend less than they could grant. Try writing down one or two areas […]
July 5, 2016

Timeless Family Memories: The McMasters

Do you know a couple who have different cultural backgrounds? I have a friend who is Oriental and his wife is Caucasian. Their young son is very bright and cute. I’m sure you have friends that have married someone from a different cultural background. The mixing of diverse cultural heritage in interracial marriages brings out some of the best qualities in the human race. Our story this month is fascinating and entertaining. Dan, a Sergeant in the US Air Force Security Services, in the 1950’s was stationed in Japan. He met a young, attractive Japanese girl who caught his eye. […]
June 30, 2016

Long Distance “Grandmothering” Part Two: Hugs Across the Miles

Missing my grand-kids has caused me to become creative across the miles. Here are some helpful hints. They don’t replace hugs, but they help us “orphaned” grandmas! 1.    Hang a play mailbox on grandchild’s bedroom wall. Mail inexpensively items regularly, like stickers, gum, cookies or post cards. However, teenagers enjoy $5 gift certificates from McDonald’s or surprise pizza delivery. Any age likes photos reminding them of past good times together. 2.    Call the grand-kids by a special nickname, if their parents don’t mind. We call our grandsons “Major” and “Colonel.” We tell them that’s because they rank so high in […]
June 10, 2016

What Happened to Respect?

“Man Accused of Firing at Sheriff’s Deputy” This was the headline on the front page of my local newspaper. A patrolling Deputy, fulfilling his duty to “protect and serve” was trying to stop a 19-year-old “man” in his car on a city street. The gunman stepped out of his car with a rifle and shot at the Deputy’s vehicle 15 times. The Deputy survived the ordeal and the gunman later was taken into custody. Events like this raise questions in our minds: What has happened to respect in this “technologically advanced society” we live in? What, if any, good principles […]
May 31, 2016

Timeless Family Memories: Todd & Sharon

  I was sitting at my desk making phone calls when a young woman walked in. She started to describe Todd to me. I began to form a mental picture of the man she loved and lost. Todd loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting in the mountains of Montana. Their journeys to the mountain lakes found them enjoying the outdoors together. During our conversation, she said, “He was the ‘love of my life’”. “I want something to honor and respect the life we had together. I was thinking about a plaque or something simple to remember him by.” We discussed […]