Jan 18

A ‘Flawless Pianist’

Woman returns to UM in her retirement Story by Lucy Beighle, for Montana 55 Photos by Tyler Wilson, for Montana 55 One of Barbara Blegen’s earliest memories is running around the University Theatre (now known as the Dennison Theatre) at the University of Montana, at the age of 6 or 7. Her mother, Dorothy Anderson […]

Jan 13

Normal Sex Life as We Age? It’s Complicated

Story by Jill Daly , Tribune News Service There’s no one right answer for women who wonder if their sex life is normal in their midlife years, and there are doctors who say they can prove it. In an attempt to go beyond surveys of women in their 40s and 50s asking them about their […]

Jan 13

What Are You Reading?

by Barbara Theroux People read books to learn, to prepare, to celebrate and to escape. Will Schwalbe’s new book talks about specific books that added meaning to his life. The title is recommended here to have you reflect on what books and reading mean to you. What books have been important to you? Books for […]

Jan 13

Master of His Craft

Story by David Erickson, for Montana 55 | Photos by Tommy Martino, for Montana 55 One of the world’s most respected luthiers is, probably while you are reading this, quietly working on another handmade guitar in an unassuming shop in the woods, way up Petty Creek Road west of Missoula. John Walker builds high-end custom […]

Jan 13

Your Grandchildren’s Education

Story by David Erickson for Montana 55 If you’re thinking about putting money away to pay for college for your children or grandkids, there’s a better option than just letting it sit in a savings account. A 529 college savings plan is a program that offers tax advantages for those who want to put money […]

Jan 13

The Importance of Play Across All Ages Remains Relevant

Story by Laura Olsonoski, OTD, OTR/L Photo by Melissa Bluntonoski Play contributes to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of individuals across the lifespan. This learning process is self-sustained in children and based on a natural love of learning and playful engagement with life. As we age this process becomes more complex. We begin […]

Jan 13

A Writer and a Gentleman

James Lee Burke Reflects on Life and Work as He Releases New Book Story by Cory Walsh. for Montana 55 | Photos By Kurt Wilson, for Montana 55 To James Lee Burke, the appropriate response to many questions arrives in the form of a story. The author, who turned 80 in December, said that in […]

Jan 13

Women’s Wellness: 6 Tips for Managing Urinary Incontinence

Mayo Clinic News Network Urinary incontinence is a prevalent issue, with anywhere from 25 to 50 percent of women reporting an episode in the past year. “Managing urinary conditions can be frustrating and time-consuming, but there are helpful tips and lifestyle changes that can reduce the burden this condition causes,” says Jenna Hoppenworth, a Mayo […]

Jan 13

Part Call and Part Art: Montana Man’s Handiwork Helps Put Birds on the Table

Story by Tom Kuglin, for Montana 55 Photos by Thom Bridge, for Montana 55 In the expert hands of Bob Gibson, the dark brown walnut paddle met reddish cedar with a tiny puff of blue chalk, producing a rhythmic yelp that echoed in the smallshop. “The cedar has long fibers and vibrates, but the other […]

Jan 13

Montana Educators: Many Ways to Take Your Pension

Story by Jesse Ramos, for Montana 55 I have had the privilege of working with many school teachers here in Montana. I have learned that with your busy schedules, many of you have not had the opportunity to learn much about your Montana Teachers’ Retirement System pension. I know how overwhelming and intimidating the pension […]