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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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

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 […]
February 4, 2014

Orville’s Life Story Picture Memorial™

The Life Story Picture Memorial™ is a special trade marked design by Glacier Monuments.