Nature

September & October 2017: Moon Blindness

  Moon blindness is the layman’s term for equine recurrent uveitis (ERU). It is the leading cause of blindness in horses and has been known to man since the time of Alexander the Great, when they believed it to be associated with the lunar cycles, giving it the name still being commonly used today. Basically, the eye gets…

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September & October 2017: Worrying About Carlton Ridge

My article for the autumn issue of Distinctly Montana was due in July. I so love autumn and the heavenly riding opportunities during that time of year that I proposed an article entitled Falling in Love with Fall (see Distinctly Montana Fall 2017 and go to page 76). This is a familiar title to those…

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August 2017: The Lolo Peak Fire

Throughout the eons, lightning storms have roiled in the mountains of Montana, sometimes dropping sheets of welcomed rain and swelling mountain streams, sometimes only putting on electrifying displays of nature’s power, and sometimes exploding trees and igniting fires. Some of these fires burn slowly. Some dissipate within days. And some become legends to all who…

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July 2017: Running from Weddings

  Operating a guest ranch is more than a full-time job in the summertime. It is a 24/7 job that engulfs our entire lives. It brings wonderful people to our doorstep, lots of different types of fun outdoor activities, and an endless amount of work that includes considerable stress in making sure that everyone, both…

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July 2017: We are Wabi Sabi

  We are Wabi Sabi By Hobie Hare   “Attune to the fact that nothing in nature is judging you, or wishing you were any different than you are.”   —Mark Coleman, Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path to Self Discovery.   I lived and worked in Japan for two years…

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June 2017: Father’s Favorite Wildflower

    During the month of June, my mind is frequently on my father, William Lonzo Goodman. He was born on June 15, 1917, and, of course, we celebrate Father’s Day during June, occasionally on his birthdate. June is also the time when Montana mountains burst forth with wildflowers, much to my father’s delight. June…

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May 2017: When Rivers Demand Attention

  Each year my family takes me to enjoy the special Mother’s Day country brunch offered at the Esktrom’s Stage Station at Rock Creek. Rock Creek has long been the location of Mother’s Day celebrations for me. My own father could always talk my mother into celebrating the day by driving the big loop from…

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May 2017: Lilacs Have Special Meaning

  My son Jake’s Mother’s Day card this year began with the statement; “Every time I see a lilac bush I am reminded of you and Grandmother.” Several days after my mother’s death, I wrote a poem for her memorial services that also began with a reference to lilacs: Goodbye, Dear Mother To Phyllis from…

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May 2017: Thriving Naturally

What Do You Need to Naturally Thrive? by Hobie Hare Take a moment and imagine a particular tree close to where you live or work that really stands out for you. What, in particular, attracts you to this tree? Are you drawn to its height, its age, its resilience, its beauty? Are you attracted by…

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