A Friendly Alliance

“As we interact with other cultures we learn a lot about ourselves,” says Ann Matney, Italian teacher at Alliance Française. In a room at the Emerson Cultural Center, students gather on comfy blue couches to learn languages, interact with different cultures and end up discovering something about themselves. The Alliance Française was formed in Paris …

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Young at Heart

The lights inside the South Gym at Montana State University are buzzing loudly, so loudly that it sounds as if it is inside my head. To my left, a college class bounds up and down on steps, sneakers squeaking on the highly polished floor. In the midst of all this noise and movement Rod Cline …

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Woman of the Year: Chris Furtak

Eight years ago Chris Furtak hadn’t lifted her body off the floor in Crow pose. She’d not stretched her back in Downward Dog. Nor had turned upside down in Shoulder Stand. She worked out everyday at the gym, sweating away and maintaining her fitness level. Until she read an article that espoused the health benefits …

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A Winning Combination–Team WinS

“The common bond we all share is the desire to live a healthy active lifestyle and to promote that lifestyle among the community and ourselves,” declares the Team WinS website. Team WinS (Women in Sports) is a Bozeman-based sports team for women of all ages, levels and abilities started by women who were looking for …

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An Ancient Art–midwifery

It’s 2006 and you can have your baby any way you want—in a hospital, at home or in a birthing center. With a doctor, midwife, doula or combination of the three. And if you have that baby at home there are even more choices. “One of the beauties of being at home is you can …

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Empowering Girls

“When women are fully involved (in society), the benefits can be seen immediately: families are healthier; they are better fed; their income, savings, and reinvestment go up. And what is true of families is true of communities and, eventually, whole countries,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a keynote address to the annual gala event of …

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Three Ways To See: The Madison Range

Basecamp: Solve the riddle of the Sphinx Rising 10,876 feet, Sphinx Mountain stands guard over the same wildlife that call Yellowstone home. Viewing the peak from the Madison Valley, the reddish brown fortress stands out amongst its peers and practically begs to be climbed. Pitch your tent at the Bear Creek Campground (free, no reservations). …

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Yellowstone River Trail

Sunday we went for a hike along the Yellowstone River Trail. The route follows the Yellowstone River from Gardiner (and the confluence of the Yellowstone and Gardner Rivers)18.5 miles into the park. Through-hikers start at the other end since you lose more elevation that way, but we were only going a short distance, so it …

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More Mosquito Murmurs…

I recently posted about ways to stop mosquito bites from itching, and primarily what doesn’t work. Big H and I were talking the other day and he had recently read (heard?) that mosquitoes buzz around your head because it gets you agitated and brings your blood to the surface (sorry for the simplified retelling, Big …

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