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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 21, 2014 

View from the North 40

The following is a sampling of news items and information bites that we , the ever-vigilant here in the Pamville Newsroom, felt compelled to share — and comment on: News agencies in the San Fransisc... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    November 20, 2014

The story of a typical day in the neighborhood

Take the other day, a typical day, as typical as any day can be when home base is a beach resort on the Pacific coast of Mexico. We’d eaten tropical fruit and sweet rolls, in a café overlooking... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke Humor columnist    Opinion    November 14, 2014

View from the North 40: It's an ugly attitude, really

Lacking most signs of those qualities commonly referred to as feminine, I have been content to go through life as I started it, as a tomboy. Life would be a jean-clad and dirty finger-nailed slice of heaven if this were the end of the story. However,... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    November 13, 2014

Music - even the Doors - knows no borders

Kathy and I peeled ourselves out from under the palapa on the beach, changed into street clothing and took a pulmonia down to the Plazuela Machado. We had two things in mind. We like to experience... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke Humor columnist    Opinion    November 7, 2014

View from the North 40: Garbage in, garbage gut, happy me

I am what could be called an indiscriminate eater because I enjoy eating, will try most anything and have favorite foods categories from cuisine and to gut bomb. I can be equally happy with a hot meal that’s taken hours to prepare or courses to... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton Local columnist    Opinion    November 6, 2014

Looking Out My Backdoor: My lessons in living the Zen way - with panic

My friend Kathy and I lounged on the beach, mindlessly watching the waves roll in. Tide was high so the waves were literally underfoot. We each had a book open but upended on our laps. “I love it the way my mind goes empty while I’m on the beach... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke Humor columnist    Opinion    October 31, 2014

View from the North 40: For the most part, I had an awesome, Fluffy, childhood

I’m not saying my childhood was any more awesomer than anyone else’s — certainly it had its share of dark points and failures, many of these self-induced — but my childhood had its amazing highlights that others would be hard pressed to...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    October 30, 2014

Looking Out My Backdoor: Colors for the walls - there's more than white

Every house or apartment I have ever moved into had white rooms. Oh, I just remembered, that’s not totally true. One was shades of putrid pink. Sooner or later, I transformed every wall in every... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke Humor columnist    Opinion    October 24, 2014

View from the North 40:

Americans, like humans everywhere, love holiday traditions, and a college town in New Hampshire has started a new Halloween tradition to rival any All Hallow’s Eve custom as college students and unwitting townsfolk rioted the Samhain out of the... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton Local columnist    Opinion    October 23, 2014

Looking Out My Backdoor: Wild women on their holiday - fun galore

My friend Kathy from British Columbia flew in this week. For the next three weeks I will be with Kathy on holiday, staying up the street six blocks from where I have my apartment, at the El Cid Resort. Evelyn from Harlem in New York City will join... Full story

 
 Opinion    October 17, 2014

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laural A group of Havre residents will be putting on a barbecue noon to 4 p.m. Sunday to highlight the bond between Havre and Montana State University-Northern. The campus and the community have a long tradition of cooperation. The two mean a lot to... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 17, 2014

View from the North 40: Connect-the-dots picture

Remember the old connect-the-dots pictures from grade school? Sometimes life-things — like connect-the-dots — don't look like much until you make the connections that form something more...

 
 Opinion    October 14, 2014

Our View: Eat, play, enjoy yourself, tour, support Northern

There will be an event Sunday that we hope will be well-attended. The community is invited to a special barbecue at Montana State University-Northern. There will be games for kids, as well as balloons. There will be campus tours for all involved.... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke Humor columnist    Opinion    October 10, 2014

View from the North 40: Just say it, plain and simple

One of the hardest things to do is to say exactly what you mean in a way that people understand exactly what you mean. No one knows that better today than the good-intentioned people at New Jersey’s Moorestown Township Library. They tried to say... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 3, 2014

Lessons on the road to the pickup of my dreams

How does one really come to know oneself, in a deep and meaningful way … asks the shallowest person in the newspaper industry: me. The answer is that to truly come to know oneself, one must go shopp... Full story

 
 Opinion    October 2, 2014

Looking Out My Backdoor: Fool's gold - it's where I find it

Halfway back from my morning walk, I reached into my pockets, all four pockets. One at a time, naturally. I’d forgotten my keys. The last thing I do when I leave my apartment is turn the lock in the doorknob. In a flash of memory I could see my... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 26, 2014

View from the North 40: When a fish tale is more than a little fishy

Sometimes I feel crazy about my animals, really. Tuesday I spent 45 minutes riding my horse with my dog along for the adventure, then spent one-and-a-half hours cleaning mud and weed seeds off my dog. Why? Because, that was the responsible thing to d... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton Local columnist    Opinion    September 25, 2014

Looking Out My Backdoor: When I grow up, what will I be

In a note to a friend I mentioned that I have lived my life in chunks. The years on the ranch. Years raising my children. Years re-covering furniture. Years in theater. Years in city government. Those sorts of chunks. Some chunks overlap. Some... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 19, 2014

View from the North 40: Price of home-ground magic

High on the list of life’s elixirs, those magical potions that bring a spark of, well, magic to food, to gatherings, to life itself, is horseradish. Yes, glorious, creamy, rip your sinuses right... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    September 18, 2014

Vagaries of wind and weather

Egads! Another hurricane. Last week Hurricane Norberto blew past, waved “hello” and left unwelcome gifts of havoc. This week, Hurricane Odile, not to be left behind, followed the same path.... Full story

 
 By Bill Thackeray    Opinion    September 15, 2014

Community Focus: A great educational leader

I was very pleased with your recent front-page article describing the changes that have taken place at Hays-Lodge Pole School under the supervision of a new school board and a highly qualified new school superintendent, Margaret Campbell. As your... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 12, 2014

View from the North 40: When tragedy stalks my house

One of the greatest tragedies to an enlightened mankind, which, as a group, develops a strong sense of attachment, is dealing with loss. This can be loss of loved ones or co-workers, loss of a home or... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    September 11, 2014

Looking Out My Backdoor: Letters home about rain, floods and water

Dear Richard, Across the street the sewer main sprung a vicious leak. Nasty, smelly water is burbling up, sending a gray putrid pool down the street my way. The break is right on the corner of Calle del Pulpo and Tiberon. Actually, I don't know... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 5, 2014

View from the North 40: The Gods of Irony love horses

The Gods of Irony have their own random agenda, and they rarely interact, intervene or interfere on purpose with a human - unless of course, that human has horses, then they're fair game. Horses are... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    September 4, 2014

Kicking, and embracing, the e-world with panic

Drag me kicking and screaming to the latest electronic devices and I obviously want nothing to do with them. My cellphone — the dumbest one I can find — is smarter than I am, and has functions I... Full story

 

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