Oh, Chester, Have You Heard About HOBY?

“Ohhh, Chester, have you heard about HOBY? Just got back from HOBY. I hear they know how to wear their tags. Hip-hip, Hooray! for HOBY!”

It might be striking to you at first when you see a bunch of high school students tromping around a university campus in different brightly colored t-shirts.

The singing and chanting might remind you of a cheerleading camp, though you’ll wonder why on earth teenagers would sing about burritos, baby sharks, or pterodactyls.

If you observe long enough, you might even pause to wonder what “Boom-chicka-boom” could actually mean, why every single person knows how to spell “outstanding”, or what they could possibly be summoning when all 100+ students holler “Waaay-a-loo-waaay-a-loo-waaay-a-loo-way-yah!!”  Continue reading

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Skalkaho Pass: What your map and GPS won’t tell you

“Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”—Theodore Roethke

I’d been fortunate to embark on many quick weekend trips around in 2014. Now that it’s April of 2015, I’m itching to break out of this cold weather slump and embark on a few road trips. It’s easy to stick to the main highways and Interstates when your destinations are city-to-city in Montana, but last year I found myself visiting a number of small towns and rural areas that are further ‘off the beaten track’. Continue reading

Thanks Day #1

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” –Melody Beattie

It’s exactly one week before America celebrates Thanksgiving Day. It’s more than a big family gathering, a giant feast of delicious home cooking, or the following day’s Black Friday shopping adventure. It’s a time for honest reflection on the many blessings we have… and when you really stop to think about it, we all have a lot of them!

Thinking beyond the material, I’d like to share some of the most prominent experiences and relationships that I am blessed to call my own, and I want to recognize each of these one day at a time. Continue reading

Montana in All Its Majesty

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not that I need yet another reason to fall in love with my home state… but this certainly is the perfect way to show you what I’ve been talking about. Not only is there plenty to do around here, but now you can see for yourself  how my answers to the top questions about Montana actually play out. Continue reading

Top 10 Most Asked Questions About Montana (And Their Answers)

“If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?” —Scott Adams

Since leaving my home state and living in the Midwest during my undergraduate studies, I’ve been asked a lot of questions about Montana. I have since moved back (and although I originally posed some of these questions in a previous post), new questions keep coming. I felt it would be fun to add some of these new ones and expand on a few of the previous answers.

So for your entertainment (or maybe as much for mine), I have a top 10 list of questions I’ve genuinely been asked about Montana. A little goofy, a little interesting, and a whole lot of strange… Continue reading

Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness

“The best portion of a good man’s life. His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” —William Wordsworth

My morning commute is quite pleasant compared to other areas of the world. I don’t have to deal with jammed freeway traffic, crawling along as it takes an hour to travel what would normally be a 10 minute jaunt. I don’t have to weave my way along side streets to avoid major areas of traffic concentration. Plus Continue reading