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  • Brian Doyle, author

    Brian Doyle, author

    The world lost a kind soul, an insightful and colorful and spirited writer, Bryan Doyle, on Saturday, May 27th, 2017. May we all read his works–in books– both fiction and non,  essays in magazines, essays in the University of Portland Quarterly Magazine and in audio recordings. We in the Skagit Valley had occasions to see him […]

  • Paris, Mais Oui.

    Paris, Mais Oui.

    Finding Paris perfect is not impossible if you lead with the belief that no one spot is inherently perfect. As in larger life, if you make the most of where you are it can become perfect. Well, you can make it your own kind of perfect. And so I propose Paris. Spring has arrived–it will […]

  • Tales of the Metric System:  Book Review

    Tales of the Metric System: Book Review

    Tales of the Metric System, by Imraan Coovadia (Ohio University Press, 2014) is an important read. It conveys, through ten linked short stories, detailed truths about the transition from apartheid to self-rule in South Africa. There is a difference in having read news of change over the past forty years in South Africa, remembering hearing of […]

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  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2017: Missoula, Montana

    Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2017: Missoula, Montana

    Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2017. Tuesday| “After viewing more than 42 films in five days I am at peace”.   I came, I saw, I fell asleep exhausted exhausted every evening and sometimes (shhhh) during films in darkened theaters. The Wilma, the Elks, Missoula Children’s Theatre and the Roxy…I have been in all your […]

    February 21, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher

    Big Sky Documentary Film Festival HBO Opening Night: Bright Lights

    The Big Sky Documentary Festival opens with HBO’s BRIGHT LIGHTS: a touching mother and daughter love story, starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. The documentary is an intimate, heart-rendering look at their relationship, their genuine love and care for each other. We get a glimpse into Debbie’s old Hollywood training, and her determination to always remain positive in the public eye […]

    February 18, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival powered by audience Awards

    Big Sky Doc Film Festival Powered by Audience Awards in Association with Tribeca Film Institute

    Audience Awards in Association with Tribeca Film Institute at the BSDFF: Tribeca Film Institute IF/THEN Shorts Pitch during Big Sky DocFilm Festival + Audience Awards + Tribeca Film Institute = almost more excitement and opportunity to handle! This year, Audience Awards is partnering with BSDFF and Tribeca Film Institute to present you with some amazing […]

    February 17, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

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  • In St Malo, seeking All The Light

    In St Malo, seeking All The Light

    I have read All The Light We Cannot See again, here in St Malo, holed up in my room on the 3rd floor of the Hotel France et  Chateaubriand, facing the sea. It is nighttime—dark and cold tonight. Perhaps the November 1st summer-like weather of today, with its 68 degrees, was the last gasp. I found […]

    November 2, 2015 | 1 comment | View Post

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  • A Traveler's Home

    A Traveler’s Home

    A traveler often wonders about home. Depending on the journey the thought may be wistful, or full of gratitude for the chance to be transported. The location matters–domestic or foreign or strangely, oddly-domestic, as the USA is full of contrasts in culture, English dialects, climate, attitudes, religious clairvoyance, landscape. For me it takes time to […]

    February 13, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Paris, City of Light, November 2015

    Paris, City of Light, November 2015

    Paris, City of Light, recently under siege. November 2015 Three weeks ago I was in Paris, the City of Light. Life was calm, there were musicians on the streets near the numerous Gilbert Jeune bookstores on rue St Michael, on the steps of Sacre Coeur, in front of Notre Dame. Asian couples posed for photographs […]

    November 23, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

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  • Top 14 Holiday Songs|2016 Edition

    Top 14 Holiday Songs|2016 Edition

    Top Holiday Favorites Song List|  2016 Edition   Some of us just can’t get enough of this music in December, others would throw it out the window and run. If you need a dose here you go! #1 | Merry Christmas Baby For a toe tapping, body-swaying, still-hip rendition of Christmas fare, try Rod Stewart […]

    December 12, 2016 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Reverend Slanky Funk Band

    Reverend Slanky is in the house

    When Reverend Slanky’s in the house no one’s standing still  |   Saturday night in Missoula was the 10th Anniversary celebration of the legendary and expansive funk band. It’s a band that has rocked Missoula’s various musical venues including but not limited to the Palace, the Badlander, the Top Hat (old and the remodeled) and other […]

    December 3, 2016 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Simple Man | Donovan Woods | Featured Indie Musician

    Simple Man | Donovan Woods | Featured Indie Musician

    Today’s featured indie musician, Donovan Woods, “Let Us Now Praise Simple Men”.  “Splitting his time between Nashville and Toronto, Woods’ versatile songs have been recorded by everyone from Canadian indie artists to established stars like Tim McGraw or Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea), and been featured in television shows, major motion pictures and commercials. Piercingly […]

    June 30, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

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  • A New Year: Addiction and Recovery Part 1

    A New Year: Addiction and Recovery Part 1

    A New Year: Addiction and Recovery Part 1 An opportunity for self-examination. A wish for a fresh start, better choices, happier relationships. But for those with addictions the climb out is a steep one. Addiction and recovery. Those words go hand in hand for many. For some it will be a life-long struggle to find […]

    January 6, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post

  • On a Clear Day

    Painting an Escape | Landscapes of the Mind

    Painting an Escape | Landscapes of the Mind,  Art by Nancy Rishoff. My work is about Landscapes. The landscapes typically include water and mountains. Painting for me is an escape into another place. I prefer to let my imagination fill in the blanks.                   This process is […]

    February 28, 2016 | 0 comments | View Post

  • IMPACT | Winners of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2016

    IMPACT | Winners of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2016

    IMPACT  | The 13th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Continues Film Festival highlights and memorable moments from the first week of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. CONGRATS TO THE BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS! Mini-Doc Competition – films 15 minutes and under Winner: MINING, POEMS, OR ODES, directed by Callum Rice Bridging […]

    February 24, 2016 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Rue de Paris by Artist Rachel Chansler

    Simplicity of Art Itself

    Simplicity of Art Itself – Art by Rachel Chansler our “Miniature Missoulian” and the “Petite Parisienne” of Paris. After many years of experimenting and practicing in various types of medium, I found myself completely burnt out and wanting to get back to the simplicity of art itself through drawing. I have been playing with architecture, […]

    February 14, 2016 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Thinking Southern: In France

    Thinking Southern: In France

    Collioure, France sits in a Southwest corner of France, along the Mediterranean Sea, three train stops east of the Spanish border. Tucked into a bay, between some other little village-sized towns, it boasts all good things southern: sunshine, warmth, saltwater swimming, a slower pace. In October the temperatures have cooled a bit, mid-sixties is normal, […]

    October 29, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post