I have a happy friend. “If you have to be in a mood,” he says, “it might as well be a good one.”
The City of Billings and The Billings Gazette are headed to court in a dispute over documents related to a possible mishandling, misuse or misappropriation in the city’s Solid Waste Division.
I have lately attended my first two 100th birthday parties. I am looking for clues on how they did it. Luck and health are essential parts of it, but there is more.
Love doesn’t happen to you. You happen to it.
Coming to the end of a year, people feel a healthy inclination to look at a year as a whole. We take the long view.
The summer after 9/11, I began the course of study for my local pastor’s license at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. I finished this summer.
Montana’s first Methodist missionary, William Wesley Van Orsdel, started an orphanage in Helena in 1909. The Montana Deaconess School evolved into a center for restoring hope to severely abused children.
Neighbors of a building on Grand Avenue that has been in legal limbo for years say the property has become a haven for transients.
We live in an anxious time in an anxious world. Why do we worry? Because things are so good we can afford to.
A man named Bill who died at 93, someone I didn’t know, requested that I do his funeral.
In Calgary last month, I watched people wait for the light to change before they crossed the street. No car was coming. No policeman watched. They just waited.
Our mothers are all the world to us. They carry us into it. They care for us when we are helpless. They nurture us with who they are. They worry.
I have a little sign next to my cozy chair at home that says, “Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.”
Keeping the peace in public libraries requires much more than shooshing talking patrons.
This is the press release that the city of Billings ought to have issued more than a year ago:
A judge has denied a motion by the city of Billings to withhold an internal police document ordered released two weeks ago by the Montana Supreme Court.
An attorney for the city of Billings filed a motion Tuesday asking a District Court judge to withhold an internal Police Department document that the Montana Supreme Court ordered released two weeks ago.
It is inviting to adopt a purely transactional view of God’s purposes in this world. We reason that if we are good and God loves us, bad things should not happen. We should prosper. We should be happy.
Our deepest beliefs, the ones we cannot even explain, we tend to tell as stories.