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Author Archive for Ann Bodle-Nash

Ann Bodle-Nash: A free-lance traveler since the age of 11 months, little moss grows on her soles. With relatives and friends scattered across the globe, she finds frequent excuses to travel. But travel in the West is best--those quiet corners of weirdness are like light to a moth, burning with intensity, encouraging curiosity and discovery. She imagines the glory of 30 days of continuous floating and fly fishing on the Yellowstone River after watching a documentary on same. Currently living in Washington State with her husband.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Western Lonely: Montana to Washington

Western Lonely: Montana to Washington

Western Lonely: Montana to Washington: the Real West.   Robert Fletcher sums up my travels through the beloved West this past week. My range is from Montana to Washington, west to east and back again, covering 1,900 miles give or take a few.   Open Range Western land was made for those Who like land wild […]

Cuba, the new tourist frontier

Cuba, the new tourist frontier

  Cuba, the new tourist frontier Cuba, is brimming with optimism. Fidel is still living but in seclusion, Raul Castro (Fidel’s brother) is pushing the edges of allowable economic entrepreneurship, and the buildings in central Havana—that look as if they have been abandoned for 60 years— are beginning to be restored. But it is going […]

Fishy Business

Fishy Business

  Looking through old family photos can be fishy business. I mean those little black and white, bordered-with-white-wavy snaps of a moment eons ago. The kodak kind, now gone forever. The sort your mom posed you for. The kind one of the siblings always hated, always turned away from, always made faces about, always said […]

The Carry Home, Lessons from the American Wilderness

The Carry Home, Lessons from the American Wilderness

    The Carry Home, Lessons from the American Wilderness   There is value in exploring the wild, unpredictable natural world and author Gary Ferguson crafts our understanding of the premise within a new memoir. Ferguson is the author of twenty-three previous books chronicling nature, with specific species in mind. This time the species is […]

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