May 25, 2016

7 Signs Your Aging Parent Needs Extra Help

As we age, it’s important that those younger than us pay attention to our health to prevent major events from happening. Although medical crises arouse conversations about new needs, there are signs indicating that your parents may not be as independent as they have been before. Here are seven common signs to watch for: 1. Piles of unpaid bills – A sign that dementia is setting in is letting unpaid bills begin to pile up; however, it can also be a sign of disorganization and life getting in the way. Be sure to determine what is going on. 2. The […]
May 15, 2016

Long Distance “Grandmothering”

I was snuggled between my two grandsons in the back seat while driving away from Glacier Park International Airport, and our oldest grandson, Cody, quit digging in the gift bag we had given him long enough to tap my shoulder and ask, “Why do you like me so much?” He said it with that “What’s-in-it-for-you?” tone. This simple question caused tears to puddle in the corners of my eyes. How could I help him grasp the beautiful and fulfilling meaning of my God-given role as grandmother? Although they brought new purpose to my life, little Cody was clueless as to […]
April 12, 2016

Timeless Family Memories: The Fauley’s

The National Parks in America are a source of pride and admiration. The beauty of each of the parks touches us at a very deep emotional level. Clyde and Rae Marie Fauley had the privilege of living most of their lives in these national park monuments. Both were born close to Glacier National Park to parents who worked in the National Park systems. Clyde attended grade school in East Glacier Park and Rae Marie in Apgar. They both loved all animals and had 4 Norwegian Elkhounds, 2 cats, a Barred Owl and a Lop Eared Rabbit for pets. Clyde graduated […]
April 1, 2016

Loving Words of Endearment

Words have extraordinary power. They can affect our mood and disposition. What is expressed to us can make us feel warm and fuzzy or irritate and upset us. What we say to each other can build up or tear down our relationships. The written word carries more weight than the spoken word. The long-term influence on us is greater because writing is more permanent than the spoken word. Do you remember the first love letter or love note you received from that someone special? Do you remember the rush of emotions and how it made you feel? You probably still […]
March 29, 2016

Living A Life Of Gratitude

An Interview With Carole Bealer November is rich in color, beauty and feelings of gratitude.  As the mornings become crisper our pace tends to slow down a bit. November is known as the month for counting our blessings, letting our friends and families know how much we love and appreciate them and a time we enjoy the harvest of our hard work. For  Carole  Bealer,  gratitude  is  an  attitude  she  practices daily.  Carole’s strong sense of gratitude, love and appreciation is something she was taught to embrace as a young child growing up in Cut Bank.  My parents, Alvie and […]
February 23, 2016

Brierly Memorial

February 8, 2016

A Role Model Worth Having

Did you have a good role model to follow when you were growing up? Our children need a loving and true family role model to follow in their developing years. This will help them grow up to be a stable contributor to society and raise respectable families to honor the family name. One of my most important role models when I was growing up was my Grandmother, Mattie Broadhead. Gramma Mattie was a true lady from the Victorian Era, always prim and proper. She was one of 7 children and had a difficult childhood. Her mother died at the age […]
July 14, 2015

Carved In Stone – Local Business Creates Lasting Memorials

Every time Ron Bealer begins engraving a memorial monument, he knows his work will stand the test of time. “Granite wears out at fifteen one-thousandths of an inch every thousand years,” he pointed out. “It’s a permanent process. These memorials are there to speak to future generations.” Bealer is the general manager of Glacier Monuments, a business he and his mother, Carole, operate on Second Avenue West in downtown Kalispell. As the only certified memorialist in Montana and one of only 115 certified memorialists in the world, Bealer is well versed in every dimension of the memorial monument business. Engraving […]