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Bison Calf at Moise Montana National Bison Range

Born this spring, this baby bison weighs between 40-50 pounds right now. By roundup time in October it will be over 250 pounds!  
(National Bison Range, Moise, Montana, U.S. Government photo, 2014)

Meditating on the Beauty of Glacier National Park

I have never found any source of peace and beauty that surpasses that which Nature has provided in Glacier National Park.  This photo, taken from Lake McDonald, stands in stark contrast to the circumstances that existed that day.  For the Park was closed at midnight due to the federal government shutdown resulting from the political deadlock in Washington DC. We enjoyed it while we could.
Glacier Park at Lake McDonald

Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or Just Yoga

I've become enamored with the body-mind-spirit connection.  Perhaps this is just part of the aging process wherein we seek more meaning in our lives, and, possibly, an effort to find alternatives to the "religion-based" beliefs of heaven and hell, the Diety, the afterlife and so on. These beliefs were drilled into me as a pre-teen in the Catholic parochial school system.  Even as an 8th grader I had doubts about the Church Canon we listened to from priests and nuns every day.  I doubted that they believed much of what they said; or else they were more child-like mentally than this 14-year-old.

I have been reading selectionsl of the ancient texts and studying the philosophies of civilizations that existed before the advent of Christianity.  I find a lot to like.  Much of it makes more sense than our modern day religions.  And a closer look at the distortions of today's religions from the original teachings reveals that we could learn a lot from our ancient ancestors....of all the religions.

University of Montana Charter Day Feb 13, 2013

The University of Montana in Missoula is celebrating its 120th anniversary since its Founding Charter from the State Legislature in 1893. 

The are a number of special events scheduled, one of which is free cupcakes. Food always brings out the best in us.  Particularly pastry.

Check out the special Charter Day Website for more information and schedule.

U of Montana Basketball Teams Split with Montana State

Grizzly men were successful against the Bobcats last night here in Missoula, 76-71 in a thrilling overtime game.  The LadyGriz lost to their MSU opponents, 58-49.  For the LadyGriz, cold shooting and turnovers cost them again.  Katie Baker, with 23 points, led the Ladies, but she didn't have enough help. At 5-2 in the Big Sky, Montana remains in second place, behind the MSU at 7-1.

The men's hero of the night was Mike Weisner who drained a 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds to go in regulation to tie the score at 66.  The Grizzlies dominated the overtime.  Kareem Jamar of the Grizzlies led all scorers with 23.  The Montana Grizzlies share the top spot in the Big Sky Conference with Weber State. Both teams carry a 8-0 record in League play.
KPAX TV photo

Montana brought out the old Copper and Gold uniforms for "throwback" night at the Adams Center
UM photo

Missoula Winter BrewFest III, Friday Feb 15, 2013

From the Missoula Downtown Association:

Friday, February 15, 2013 – 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm -

Downtown Missoula - Caras Park

There will be giant heaters and bonfires to warm your bones.

Music by: Kung Fu Congress and more.

Join us for a night of fine winter brews at the This event will be held at Caras Park and features more than 30 beers on tap, a wine bar, food and live music. $10 gets you a 7-ounce signature tasting glass and two drink tokens – additional tokens are just $1 each. Come early for best selection.

Must be 21 years old to attend. Bring your ID and please Drink Responsibly.

Missoula VA Primary Care Clinic Flu Shot Nurse

This is the lady who administered my flu shot here at the Missoula Veterans Primary Care Clinic on Halloween.  She was even cuter in person.
Missoula VA Clinic Flu Shot Nurse on Halloween

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