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Adventurer, storyteller extraordinaire
Helping others live more fulfilling lives
Gift idea sparks business adventure
Bluebird man of
Makoshika Park
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Bookshelf .................................................Page 3
Opinion ....................................................Page 4
Savvy Senior ............................................Page 5
Big Sky Birding .......................................Page 17
On the Menu ............................................Page 19
Volunteering .............................................Page 20
Calendar ...................................................Page 21
Strange But True ......................................Page 22
INSIDE
News Lite
Oops — one key fits two cars
NEW YORK (AP) — A Brooklyn woman says her mother
accidentally moved a stranger’s car with a key that fit two vehi-
cles.
Cheryl Thorpe was house-sitting for her daughter, Nekisia
Davis, when the mix-up occurred last month.
Thorpe had agreed to move cars for Davis and her friends
because of street cleaning regulations.
She even texted them to proudly report: “All cars moved suc-
cessfully.”
When they got home from vacation, Davis’ friend discovered
the Honda that Thorpe had moved wasn’t hers.
It took 10 days to track down the owner, who thought she’d
been targeted by a professional car thief.
According to CBS New York Davis now jokes that her mom
stole a car while its owner was eating brunch.
Honda says it’s very rare for a key to fit two cars.
Cat missing five years reunited with owner
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A cat that went missing five years
ago has been reunited with its owner in Indiana thanks to an
implanted microchip.
WOWO-AM and WANE-TV report the 10-year-old cat named
Charlie showed up at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control
recently. Workers there scanned the cat and discovered Charlie
had a microchip that identified Virginia Fryback of Fort Wayne as
his owner.
Fryback says Charlie disappeared from her home five years
ago and she thought she’d never see him again. She thanks the
veterinarian who convinced her to get a microchip when Charlie
was a kitten.
The microchip might have saved Charlie’s life. Shelter spokes-
woman Peggy Bender says most people adopt much younger cats.
Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and transmit
information via radio waves.
By Montana Best Times Staff
Montanans have had it with a long, cold
winter, and a sometimes chilly, snowy
spring. Now we’re ready for summer, and
some heat — like a hot fire in the old grill.
Just in time to put that grill to use comes
a brand-new book, “Grill to Perfection:
Two Champion Pit Masters Recipes and
Techniques for Unforgettable Backyard
Grilling.”
The art of grilling is as old as fire and
more popular than ever, a news release on
the book from Page Street Publishing said.
Whether it’s the convenience of a gas grill
or the traditionalism and taste of charcoal,
the right recipes paired with the right tech-
niques can create delicious and unforgetta-
ble meals.
As home grillers look for new backyard
culinary adventures, a new book takes the
art of grilling to the next level. “Grill to
Perfection,” by veteran barbecue champi-
ons Andy Husbands and Chris Hart, break
the mold by offering a wide range of
incredible new recipes for the grill along
with tips, techniques and tools of the trade
that will make anything cooked on a grill
perfection.
“Grilling to us is more than a way to
cook, it’s a
way of
life,” the
authors said
in the
release. “This book is about grilling and
for us, as in all our books, technique is the
key. Because temperatures can vary dra-
matically in a grill, it’s important to devel-
op a feel for the fire rather than rigidly fol-
low recipes. Once you master the tempera-
tures and timing on a grill, the sky’s the
limit.”
The authors cover topics such as: Our
Go-To Cooking Methods, How to Build a
Two-Zone Fire in a Gas Grill, and The
Tools We Always Have When We Grill.
Husbands and Hart, winners of multiple
national barbecue championships, includ-
ing the Jack Daniel’s Invitational, take
influences from lesser-known but deli-
cious styles from American and interna-
tional dishes. Recipes in the book feature
fish, pork, lamb, poultry, beef, veggies,
drinks and desserts — perfect for any
occasion — and include:
• Tamari-Glazed Steak with Sweet-and-
Spicy Rice
• Curried Chicken Tenderloins with
Coconut and Papaya Salad
• Seared Greens with Grilled Chicken
Livers and Blue Cheese
• Jerk Ribs with Guava Glaze and
Grilled Bananas
• Lemon and Fresh Herb Grill-Roasted
Leg of Lamb
• Wood-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with
Grilled Bruschetta and Pork Butter Spread
• Grill-Roasted Ginger Clams with Sake
and Scallions
• Grilled Trout Stuffed with Fresh Herb
Salad
• Eric’s Molasses-Chipotle Glazed
Sweet Potatoes
• Charred Spring Vegetables
• Sweet Onion Corn Cakes
• Grilled Corn with White Miso Butter
• Elvis’s Grilled Banana Split
• Pumpkin Bread in a Can with Choco-
late Sea Salt Butter
This delicious collection of grilling
recipes and techniques will have any
Montanan tired of winter serving up per-
fection every time. It’s is a terrific cook-
book for outdoor cooking lovers who
enjoy their culinary adventures from the
grill.
Bookshelf
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“Grill to Perfection: Two Champion
Pit Masters Recipes and Techniques
for Unforgettable Backyard Grilling”
• By Andy Husbands and Chris Hart,
with Andrea Pyenson
Page Street Publishing April 2014
Paperback • 192 pages • 8”x9”
$21.99 • ISBN 9-781-62414-042-6
Summer is
almost here —
fire up the grill!
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Opinion
Keeping bad news, tough times in perspective
A Monthly Publication for Folks 50 and Better
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Published monthly by Yellowstone Newspapers, Livingston, Montana
We’ve had a pretty rough couple months in the news lately.
Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared March 8, with all
239 people on board presumably lost at sea. That was followed
by the Washington state mudslide on March 22 that buried an
entire community and claimed 43 lives. Then came the April 16
sinking of the South Korean ferry carrying 475 of passengers, a
large number of them high school students, in which about 300
people died — an event too tragic for words.
Add to that the ongoing travails of the world — the Syrian con-
flict, the situation in the Ukraine and the Middle East, and it can
be downright depressing.
But while wrenchingly tragic, our grandparents’ generation saw
much worse. Speaking of disasters at sea, the 1912 sinking of the
Titanic, in which more than 1,500 people perished, shook the
world; and the sinking of the Lusitania by a German U boat three
years later, causing the deaths of 1,198, helped launch the United
States into World War I. Then came World War II with all its
destruction and horror. To many people living through those days,
it rightfully seemed like the end of the world.
But it wasn’t. The world somehow recovered and people found
a way to pick up their lives and move on.
Our recent events are indeed terrible, but today’s 24-hour news
coverage can make them sound like the end of the world. But it’s
not. There is so much good all around us every day — especially
in our state of Montana with its incomparable beauty and so
many good people — that it goes unnoticed when the focus is on
the bad news.
Spring is here, and summer is coming. Hope and life is in the
air.
— Dwight Harriman
Montana Best Times Editor
Dear Savvy Senior,
What types of senior discounts are available to older travelers?
My husband and I are approaching retirement and love to travel,
but love to save money too.
– Almost Retired
Dear Almost,
There is actually a wide variety of travel discounts available to
older travelers — usually starting at either age 50, 55, 60, 62 or 65.
But, you first need to be aware that when it comes to senior trav-
el bargains, the “senior discount” may not always be the best deal.
Hotels, airlines and cruise lines, for example, offer advanced book-
ings along with special deals and promotions from time to time that
may be a lower rate than what the senior discount is. Always ask
about the lowest possible rate and the best deal available.
With that said, here’s a breakdown of some different senior travel
discounts that are available today.
Club memberships: If you’re a member of AARP, there are
dozens of travel discounts available on hotels, rental cars, cruises
and vacation packages. To find them, see discounts.aarp.org/trav-
el or call (800) 675-4318. Annual AARP membership fees are $16
or less if you join for multiple years.
If you don’t like AARP, there are alternative organizations you
can join like the Seniors Coalition or the American Seniors Associ-
ation that offer discounts on hotels and rental cars.
Airlines: Southwest Airlines has the best senior fare program
in the U.S., offering discounts to passengers 65 and older. Ameri-
can, United and Delta offer some senior fares too but they are
extremely limited.
Trains: Amtrak provides a 15 percent discount to travelers 62
and older, and a 10 percent discount to passengers over age 60 on
cross-border services operated jointly by Amtrak and VIA Rail
Canada.
Bus travel: Greyhound offers a 5 percent discount on unre-
stricted fares to seniors over 62. Peter Pan, which serves the North-
east region of the U.S., offers the same deal. Trailways, a privately
owned bus company also provides senior discounts but they vary
by location. And, most local bus lines and public transportation
offer discounted senior passes.
Car rentals: Most car rental companies offer 5 to 25 percent
discounts to customers who belong to 50-and-older organizations
like AARP. Discounts are also available to AAA members. To shop
around for the best rental car deals use travel aggregator sites
like orbitz.com or kayak.com.
Hotels: Most hotels in the U.S. offer senior discounts ranging
between 10 and 30 percent off. Age eligibility will vary by hotel.
Hyatt offers one of the biggest discounts, up to 50 percent off, to
guests 62 and older.
Cruises: Most cruise lines offer special deals to AARP mem-
bers. But, if you’re not a member, discounts on some cruise lines
(like Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean) are also available
to passengers 55 and older. The best way to find these is to contact
a travel agent, or check with the cruise line you are interested in.
Restaurants: Senior discounts are fairly common at mom-
and-pop and family-style restaurants, as well as fast food establish-
ments. The discounts will range from free coffee, to drinks, to dis-
counts off your total order. Chains known for their senior discounts
or specials include Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Church’s Chicken,
Dairy Queen, Dunkin Donuts, IHOP, Subway and Wendy’s.
Entertainment: Most movie theaters, plays, ballets, sympho-
nies, museums, zoos, aquariums, golf courses and even ski slopes
provide reduced admission to seniors over 60 or 65. If you’re over
62, you’re also eligible for the popular “America The Beautiful
Senior Pass,” which provides a lifetime entry to 2,000 national
parks and recreation sites. You can obtain this pass in person at one
of the federal recreation sites for $10, or through the mail
(see store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html) for $20.
To look for other travel discounts see seniordiscounts.com, a
great website that lets you search by location and category for free.
Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Nor-
man, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org.
Jim Miller, creator of the syndicated “Savvy
Senior” information column, is a longtime
advocate of senior issues. He has been featured in
Time magazine; is author of “The Savvy Senior:
The Ultimate Guide to Health, Family and
Finances for Senior Citizens”; and is a regular
contributor to the NBC “Today” show.
May 2014 — 5
Travel Discounts Available
to Older Travelers
By Jason Stuart
Montana Best Times
GLENDIVE — As winter’s chill
gives way to spring’s warmth, the
mountain bluebirds will return to
Makoshika State Park to nest and rear
their young.
And Glendive resident Lew Melby
will be there waiting to help make sure
as many of the indigo-hued songbirds
as possible succeed in their struggle for
survival.
Every spring and summer for the
past five years, Melby, 65, has devoted
himself to that very task, tending to the
50 or so bluebird houses scattered
throughout Makoshika.
“I try to check them every week,”
Melby said.
Checking up on just half the bird-
houses is a three- to four-hour job,
according to Melby, and provides a lot
of exercise in the process.
“Some of them require quite a bit of
hiking,” he said. “If I were a younger
guy, I’d try to do 50 in a day. But I
enjoy it, and I enjoy birds, and I like
being outside.”
As physically demanding as the job
is, however, it can take an emotional
toll as well.
“It’s an easy job to get upset with,
because the bluebird mortality rate is
so high,” Melby said.
Tough being a bluebird
Bluebirds are susceptible to a num-
ber of natural forces that cut sharply
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Bluebird man
The bluebirds of Makoshika State Park
have a strong advocate in Lew Melby
On the cover and at right: Glendive
resident Lew Melby works April 16 on
a birdhouse in Makoshika State Park
to get it cleaned out and ready for
nesting mountain bluebirds.
MT Best Times photos by Jason Stuart
into the nesting success rate of mating
pairs and the survival of their young.
Melby said the weather is the “main
culprit in bluebird mortality.”
Bluebirds begin nesting in Makoshika
in April, but eastern Montana’s climate,
where cold fronts and snowstorms can
strike well into spring, takes its toll on the
birds. Just-hatched chicks are almost cer-
tain to perish should Old Man Winter
raise his ugly head.
Also, other birds also compete with the
bluebirds for the right to nest in the
Makoshika birdhouses.
Bluebirds’ biggest avian nemesis in the
park are house wrens, according to Mel-
by. The wrens are especially troublesome
because they are aggressive, and will take
over a birdhouse already in use, throwing
the bluebirds’ nest, eggs and even their
hatchlings out of the house and onto the
ground to die.
Tree swallows also utilize the birdhous-
es, but they do not engage in the kind of
violent takeovers the wrens do. They will
leave a house alone if it’s occupied.
Another contributor to bluebird mortal-
ity is bull snakes, which will enter the
houses and eat anything they find there.
There is little Melby can do to keep
bull snakes out of the birdhouses,
although he is considering putting some
new houses up deep in the thick foliage
of the park’s ponderosa pines, where he
“doesn’t think the snakes would find it as
easily.”
As if weather, other birds and snakes
weren’t enough to deal with, increasingly,
and sadly, Melby said thoughtless and
destructive humans do damage to the
birdhouses that decreases nesting oppor-
tunities for the bluebirds.
“Sometimes, people rip the top off the
birdhouses for firewood,” he said.
“There’s more vandalism.”
Monitoring pays off
Given all the obstacles to survival the
bluebirds face, Melby admitted it can be
exasperating work to care for them.
“It’s pretty frustrating to spend hours
and hours hiking and working on boxes,”
he said.
In the end, however, Melby said the
work does make a difference.
“Some people will say why bother with
it,” he said. “But there’s a reason for
monitoring it. Research has shown it pays
off to monitor the bluebird houses.”
By checking up on the houses and
removing any nests that have suffered a
loss of eggs or chicks from the factors
listed above, Melby helps encourage the
mating pair to try again.
“It isn’t a catastrophe (if a nest is lost),
because they’ll re-nest two or three times
sometimes,” he said.
And the difference a person can make
is huge, according to Melby.
Bluebird populations declined precipi-
tously nationwide in the 20th century, pri-
marily due to competition from intro-
duced invasive bird species like the Euro-
pean starling. In the past few decades,
however, bluebirds have bounced back.
“Bluebirds have made a dramatic
comeback due to man’s interference
building birdhouses,” Melby said.
Birdhouses’ future
He added that he’s “not really satisfied”
with the current number or quality of the
birdhouses in Makoshika, however. Mel-
by believes the park could host many
more than 50 birdhouses if more people
would volunteer to care for them. He
would like to see some houses moved to
new locations, since he believes they
were poorly or haphazardly placed.
The bluebird houses are not an official
park project. Melby tends to the houses
out of his own love of the birds. He wish-
es someone with a degree or professional
background in ornithology would take an
interest in Makoshika’s bluebirds.
“There’s a lot of scientific work that
could be done,” he said.
Melby is looking for someone, anyone
to take an interest soon, since he is almost
ready to pass the torch and doesn’t want
to see the birdhouses go unattended.
“I’m hoping someone will step up,”
Melby said. “I can maybe do it for a cou-
ple of more years, but I’m hoping a
young person will step up and do it.”
For now, Melby will keep up his care-
ful watch as the sun warms the badlands
and the bluebirds return to Makoshika
once more to rear the next generation.
Jason Stuart may be reached at (406)
377-3303 or rrreporter@rangerreview.
com.
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Left: A mountain bluebird perches on a
branch in the Klamath Marsh National
Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.
Photo by Dave Menke/courtesy of
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Right: Mountain bluebird nestlings are
pictured in Makoshika State Park out-
side of Glendive in 2013.
Photo by Lew Melby
By Chaun Scott
Montana Best Times
INGOMAR — When we were children, we
looked at the world as if everything were a fairy-
tale adventure. A place where anything was pos-
sible and the excitement of learning something
new was always a moment away. But as the
years passed by, the spirituous adventures of our
youth began to fade, giving way to a busy but
mundane life.
While the rest of us might have settled for
routine, the adventures of 70-year-old Linda Lou
Crosby’s youth were only the beginning.
And she believes the best is yet to come.
Destined for adventure
Linda Lou’s life began with a unique set of
parents. Her mother, actress Linda Hayes, was
known as a movie star leading lady of westerns.
Her genre included five films with Roy Rogers,
which began in the late 1930s and ended in the
early 1940s. She left her acting career to raise
her family. Linda Lou’s father, Lou Crosby, was
known for his work as an announcer for “Lum
and Abner,” a syndicate Radio Show, and for his
work on the “Lawrence Welk Show.”
Although working in a demanding field, Lin-
da Lou’s parents always took time to teach her
and her two sisters, Cathy Lee and Lucinda Sue,
about life in the great outdoors around Pasadena,
Calif., where the family lived.
Also setting the stage for a life of adventure
were two thrill-seeking rambunctious grandpar-
ents.
“Both our parents fished and hunted,”
explained Linda Lou. “They taught us what it’s
like to be alive... being alive is doing fun stuff
outdoors. My grandmother raced cars ... I like to
drive my cars and drive them fast.”
For young Linda Lou and her family, adven-
ture impatiently waited outside for the Crosby
family to open the door.
Before telling her stories to the world through
film and novels, Linda Lou was an accom-
plished athlete and was a nationally ranked U.S.
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Linda Lou Crosby:
Adventurer, storyteller extraordinaire
Linda Lou Crosby stands in the corner of a
historical building in Ingomar during the
Ingomar Rodeo.
Photos by Hart Broesel
touring tennis player. While on tour, playing
at venues like Wimbledon and the French
Open Championships in Paris, she kept her-
self amused by entertaining audiences, per-
forming skits and telling stories.
After leaving the courts, she followed in
her parent’s footsteps in television, landing
a gig at KCET TV in Los Angeles as a news
reporter. With her fascination of women ath-
letes and her personal experience, she pro-
duced a documentary piece on the history of
women’s sports, “Fairplay in Sports,” and
was nominated for an Emmy Award.
“I started my career as a producer of doc-
umentaries by working at KCET reporting
the news and doing some freelance,” said
Linda Lou. “For me, it was an opportunity
to tell stories.”
Because of her recognized work in televi-
sion, Linda Lou was asked to produce a
documentary on the Wild Horse and Burro
Roundup at the Navy Base in Ridecrest,
Calif. That’s when she founded her produc-
tion company, “Neon Lines Production.”
“It was then my husband, Hart Broesel,
told me that if I was going to do documenta-
ries I should have a production company.
That’s when we developed Neon Lines,”
she explained.
While working on the Wild Horse and
Burro Roundup documentary in 1991, she
met Owen Badgett, a Cowboy Poet from
Montana. Badgett was working at the facili-
ty in California as a contractor. Linda Lou
was fascinated by Badgett’s tales of the
Wild West and soon, she and her husband
Hart, became lifetime friends with the poet
storyteller.
Then in 2009, Linda Lou directed and pro-
duced a documentary about the poet, “Owen
Badgett, The Gypsy Cowman,” a documen-
tary about a cowboy poet who lives and
works on a ranch in eastern Montana.
While filming the documentary, Linda
Lou fell in love with the remote Montana
community of Ingomar, packed up their
belongings in the Mojave Desert in Califor-
nia and made the town their home.
Ingomar was once a bustling metropolis
known as the “Sheep Capital of the World,”
but is now home to roughly 120, give or take.
Crosby and her husband’s friendship with
Badgett, and the documentary about him
was told in greater detail in an August 2009
Montana Best Times story.
What she’s doing today
Filling her need to tell stories, Linda Lou
continues to share her love of cowboy poet-
ry by producing shows in western theatre
and opera houses, with ambitious shows
based on “true rumors,” as she puts it. She
also spends her summers producing cowboy
poetry and music events at the famous Jer-
sey Lilly Saloon and Eatery in Ingomar.
As if that wasn’t enough to keep the aver-
age teenager busy, the storyteller extraordi-
naire spends her quiet time writing, capti-
vating audiences of all ages as an award-
winning humor columnist and fictional
author.
Her latest book “Adventures with Rag-
weed,” was released in paperback and as an
e-book on Kindle. She reached the best sell-
ers list with a number one and number three
spot in a couple of Kindle Store categories.
“Adventures with Ragweed” is a series of
tales about the enterprising and creative
Ragweed and her best friend, Marney, as
they encounter a series of adventures.
Although the character is fictional, Linda
Lou couldn’t help but reveal to us that some
of her real life adventures are interwoven
into the unique life of Ragweed.
“Linda Lou has a great sense of humor
and likes to laugh and make others laugh
too,” the website ragweedadventures.com
states.
Not ready to slow down
Linda Lou enjoys her life in Ingomar,
where she has the opportunity to hunt, fish
and listen to tall tales by eastern Montana
cowboys while enjoying the friendship of
eastern Montana folks eating at the Jersey
Lilly.
“We love events like the Jordan Match
Bronc Ride, the Quigley Shoot in Forsyth,
the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, and the
Ingomar Rodeo,” said Linda Lou. “I would
like to discover more about quilting from
my friend Coleen Robinson, our Ingomar
postmistress … but that might be too chal-
lenging an undertaking for the both of us.”
Recently learning to bow hunt, Linda Lou
said she is “determined” to bag an animal
with her bow and plans to go out soon with
her grandson-in-law Shaun.
“I have been practicing and want to take
either an antelope or a deer with my bow,”
said Linda Lou enthusiastically.
While many over 50 might be looking for
the leisure life, Linda Lou hasn’t even
begun to slow down, knowing there is
another adventure waiting as she crosses the
prairie to reveal the exciting world quietly
waiting for its storyteller to arrive.
Chaun Scott may be reached at (406)
346-2149 or ip-news@rangeweb.net.
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Crosby poses with arrows she shot on
her and her husband Hart Broesel’s
place in Ingomar.
Crosby rides with cowboy poet Owen Badgett in the Lone Pine Film Festival Parade
at the premiere of “Owen Badgett, The Gypsy Cowman” in 2009.
By M.P. Regan
Montana Best Times
DILLON — Years ago, Dillon resident Louise Shafer recog-
nized a way she could help sustain joy and purpose in her life —
by helping older folks in her community sustain joy and purpose
in their lives.
Now 91, Shafer continues to apply that insight through her
work with Senior Companion, a program that matches compan-
ions, age 55 or older, with clients limited in mobility by age, dis-
ability or terminal illness.
“I really enjoy the clients,” said Shafer, who currently serves
as a Senior Companion for four clients, one a 103-year-old wom-
an she has worked with since starting with the program almost a
decade ago.
“It has been a two-way street. They do as much for me as I do
for them. They keep my spirits up. They are wonderful people,”
added Shafer, whose husband died shortly before she signed up
with the program.
How the program works
Shafer and other Senior Companions engage clients through a
wide range of simple, but life-enhancing activities. A Senior
Companion and client might go shopping, head to the barber
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Senior Companions
Living life to the fullest by helping
others live more fulfilling lives
MT Best Times photo by M.P. Regan
Dillon’s Sylvia Roberts, right, and her Senior Companion, Maureen Wood, clip coupons for a trip to the grocery store, with
help from Roberts’ dogs, Leo and Muffin.
shop or beauty parlor, take a drive to an out-of-town doctor
appointment or around town to look at Christmas lights, attend a
concert, or just sit and talk and enjoy one another’s company.
“We pretty much do whatever the clients want to do,” said Jac-
qui Brissette, who serves as the program’s volunteer coordinator
for Beaverhead County, where she has also worked as a Senior
Companion for about the past five years.
“I have one client I basically drive over and pick up, and we go
and get a sundae at McDonald’s, and then we drive around for an
hour or two. And when the weather is nice, we might go down to
the river and see how the water is flowing. It’s so important for
her — that’s the only time she gets to go out and get around,”
added Brissette, a longtime Jackson resident who ran a preschool
before starting with Senior Companion, and now works part time
teaching music in Jackson.
“People get to depend on their Senior Companions,” said Syl-
via Roberts, a Senior Companion client in Dillon who long ago
lost her husband of 34 years and is no longer able to drive.
“I try to picture my life if I were home all by myself all the
time,” Roberts said. “I just can’t imagine it.”
Senior Companions not only help their clients enjoy life out-
side their homes, they also help clients keep living in those
homes by pitching in to run errands, get groceries and/or perform
simple chores.
“We keep a lot of people in their homes a lot longer than they
would have been able to without a Senior Companion visiting
them a few times a week,” said Tammy Scoggin, the Senior Com-
panion program coordinator for the Helena-based Rocky Moun-
tain Development Council, which oversees the program and part-
ners with local groups to implement it in 13 Montana counties—
Beaverhead, Broadwater, Cascade, Deer Lodge, Gallatin, Granite,
Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, Madison, Meagher, Park, Powell and
Silver Bow.
“The idea behind the Senior Companion program is to help
support independent living for older adults and disabled — peo-
ple who are homebound, no longer driving and participating in
the community — while also creating part-time, stipend-support-
ed community service opportunities for people 55 and over,” said
Scoggin’s predecessor Cindy Baril, who retired in January.
Becoming a Senior Companion
Established by Congress as part of the Domestic Volunteer Ser-
vice Act of 1973, Senior Companion is a program of Senior
Corps, a national government agency under the authority of the
Corporation for National and Community Service.
To become a Senior Companion, a person must be 55 or older,
willing and able to put in 15 hours a week, pass a medical and
submit to an interview.
“They are working with a vulnerable population. We want to
make sure our clients are not being taken advantage of,” added
Baril, who said 90 percent of the funding for Senior Companion
comes from the federal government, with the counties kicking in
the other 10 percent.
The program is free to clients, while Senior Companions
receive small hourly, tax-free stipends and mileage reimburse-
ments for their efforts, training, some meals and a free annual
physical, as well as accident and liability insurance while on duty.
“I’m not quite as old as the seniors I serve as a companion for,
but job opportunities for women my age aren’t great,” said Mau-
reen Wood, a Senior Companion in Dillon.
“As a Senior Companion, I’m out and about and helping people
who really need somebody,” Wood said. “And the companionship
is awesome for me.”
Helping enhances own life
Senior Companions pretty much all will tell you how the cli-
ents they help enhance their lives in return.
“Many of our Senior Companions say they had become some-
what depressed themselves and somewhat of a recluse, and how
having clients to serve — and how getting to do something they
know brings so much value to other people’s lives — helped
inspire them in their own lives,” said Vicky Bostick, volunteer
coordinator for the Missoula Aging Services’ Senior Corps pro-
grams, which include Senior Companion
“Senior Companions get told by their clients every day how
much they value what they are bringing to their lives. It’s just
such a great, two-way, wonderful reaction. It’s great for our com-
panions to know that what they do is so valued and so vital,” add-
ed Bostick.
Great stories
Senior Companions also get to hear a lot of great stories from
their clients.
“A guy who used to work for me was a Senior Companion a
number of years ago and helped my mother out,” said Ken
Schaible, a business owner and rental property owner who started
around four years ago as a Senior Companion in Beaverhead
County.
“I saw him do it and knew he was rewarded by it, and I got to a
point where I had some time — I’m kind of in a semi-retired
mode — and decided to sign up. It’s been a real blessing for me.
I’ve learned so much from my clients through their amazing sto-
ries,” said Schaible.
“All the clients I see have a different war story. All but one
were directly involved in World War II and survived some pretty
amazing things. Hearing their stories in person gives them a lot
more meaning than hearing them on a documentary,” added
Schaible.
“My clients are amazing people — the stories they tell me are
great,” asserted Shafer, who treats her clients to some of the great
stories from her own life during her 91 years, all of them in Mon-
tana.
One she could tell is how she helped her mother and father run
their ranches, first in Glen and then in Argenta, where she also
worked at her father’s mining operation after she got old enough
to drive, hauling ore from the mine to the railroad in Dillon.
“There weren’t any other women truck drivers at that time, and
I took a lot of guff from some of those men,” laughed Shafer,
recalling her early days on the job and the reception she got from
some railroad workers in Dillon.
“I backed the truck up to the loading dock to unload into the
ore cars. There was some railroad guys and, oh, boy, they ho-ho-
hahed me, and I took it for a couple days. But one day, they were
sitting on the edge of the dock, eating their lunch, so I backed up
the truck and dumped a big piece over the side right by them, and
they ran off down the tracks and that’s the last I heard from
them.”
To learn more about the Senior Companion program, call (800)
356-6544.
M.P. Regan may be contacted at (406) 683-2331 or mregan@
dillontribune.com.
May 2014 — 11
By Vicky McCray
Montana Best Times
GEYSER — Quinquagenarian, or 50-something Zee Knutson,
has always been a horse lover.
Born in Hamilton, she was raised in Missouri, where her love
of horses was fostered. Her father broke horses for others, and
she lent a hand by exercising them. At 15 her love affair with
horses inspired her to put pencil to paper, and she began what has
become a long and varied association with visual art. She sold her
first painting at 18.
Zee returned to Montana with her parents in 1979 and contin-
ued her riding and her artwork, with horses as one of her main
subjects. She has sketched them with pen and ink, she has painted
them in oil and acrylic, and she has sculpted them.
In 2002 she added yet another artistic medium to her long list
of talents — the creation of wooden horses to be used as chil-
dren’s chairs and planters.
An idea becomes reality
In December 2001 Zee wanted to make a special gift for a
friend. The friend and her family are knee deep into horses and
rodeo, but Zee wanted to do more than simply paint the woman a
picture.
“I wanted to do something that was different from everybody
else’s gifts,” she said, “something that Dorothy could have for her
grandchildren, yet something she could use for herself when they
weren’t around.”
Zee gave the gift a great deal of thought, with the horse as her
main focus.
“It took me three months before the light bulb came on,” she
said.
The gift would be utilitarian as well as artistic. It would serve
as a chair for the grandkids and as a planter for Dorothy — and
the first chair, later dubbed a Z-Kritter, was born.
May 2014 — 12
Gift idea
sparks business adventure
Montana Best Times photo by Vicky McCray
Zee Knutson is pictured in her basement workshop, where she produces her wooden horses and other creations.
The chair consisted of the front of the animal and the back of
the animal connected with a box in between. The top of the box
served as the seat of the chair and was fairly simple. It was noth-
ing more than a removable piece of painted plywood. When Dor-
othy’s grandkids weren’t around, she could remove the top and
use the box for a plant holder.
Zee’s main concern was making sure the horse’s head was the
focal point of the chair.
“When I looked at the chair, I wanted the front of the horse’s
head to be looking at me,” she said, “so I made the horse turned
and looking at its butt.”
Once she had come up with the idea and had determined to
have the animal looking back, Zee knew she could create any ani-
mal she wanted, but the horses are her favorite.
The artist had no intentions of making a bunch of these chairs.
“I was just doing it for Dorothy,” she said.
Shortly after Dorothy’s horse chair was completed, however,
the Geyser School held an auction for its foundation. Organizers
were looking for items to include in the auction, and Zee decided
to make another horse, in addition to a small cow, and a sheep
bench — two sheep put together — to donate to the auction.
By auction time, the artist had already improved upon her
chairs’ seats, adding a cushion covered in faux fur or vinyl. She is
careful to make sure the fur matches the animal’s fur, and tries
hard to match the paint used on the animal to the fabric.
“After the auction I had four orders for chairs,” she said, “and
that’s when I started making them for other people. Otherwise, I
probably never would have made any more.”
Building the chairs
In the construction of her Kritters, Zee uses a RotoZip or jig
saw and cuts the fronts (head, body and legs) and backs (butt,
body and legs) of her animals from half-inch plywood, some-
times layering it with quarter-inch wood to add a third dimension
to certain parts, such as the animal’s cheek, ears, or eyes.
The tails are made from separate pieces of wood. She uses 1 by
6-inch boards or plywood, depending on
the depth of the animal, for the box con-
necting the main pieces together.
Once the pieces are cut, the sanding begins.
“It takes forever to sand,” Zee said, “because I have to sand all
edges so no one can get a sliver.”
When the sanding is complete, the Kritter must then be primed
and given time to cure. The following day, Zee puts a base coat of
paint on the piece; this too must cure. A second coat of base color
is applied and dried before she begins adding the detail of the ani-
mal, using a fine liner, the same-sized brush she uses to paint a
picture. For these details she uses two coats of acrylic enamel.
Since her first horse, Zee has made plywood patterns for the
basic pieces of the horse, as well as for several of the other ani-
mals she has created. She noted the horses’ manes are always
free-handed. Some of her animals are sitting, while others are
standing. It depends upon the animal, she said.
Zee does her cutting and sanding in her basement wood shop,
but it is too dusty for any of the painting. She brings that part of
the chair upstairs to her dining room — what she and her hus-
band, Dutch, call “the addition.” She does most of her painting
while sitting on the oven door of their Majestic wood stove, what
she described as “the warmest seat in the house.”
Working with power tools is not something Zee’s dad taught
her, as some fathers do, but she noted she has never been afraid
of them — even though a table saw can be somewhat daunting.
She couldn’t remember for sure, but she thought she first began
using power tools when she came up with the chair idea.
She watches the “Woodsmith Shop” television show and has
read a few woodworking books as well. She subscribes to a
woodworking magazine.
“I just love to build,” she said.
She is currently working more in metal, having purchased a
plasma cutter and a sandblaster. She has also built some hard-
wood pieces — small tables and plant stands, for example.
Chairs are individual works of art
Each Z-Kritter Zee creates is individual — no mass production
May 2014 — 13
Photos courtesy of Zee Knutson
Above: Zee Knutson frequently houses a menagerie of animals waiting to be picked
up by their young owners. Right: The first horse chair Knutson made.
for this gal. Although she does use a pattern for the basic animal
bodies, all of her animals are hand painted. She numbers each
Kritter on the bottom and signs it with her copyright. She also
keeps a record of the animals and their uniqueness, as well as
who bought them, and where they found their new home.
“There are no two alike,” Zee said. “An ear change or a mane
change on the horses, as well as the painting makes them differ-
ent. There is no way I could do two alike because I could never
take the brush stroke and put it in the exact same place.”
Zee has had good response from the people who have pur-
chased her chairs, which sell for about $75.
“People love them,” she said, “and I have totally enjoyed build-
ing them. I particularly enjoy the child’s face when they see the
chair for the first time. Their eyes just light up, and they just have
to sit on it — they have to.”
Parents have told Zee their kids have stored everything in the
chair boxes from cereal to toys. One mother in a sheep-raising
family said her kids had even sheared their sheep chairs and
marked them.
Zee is happy to include a family’s brand on the horses if they
want, and all of her cow chairs have real ear tags so kids can put
their names or their brands on their cows.
The chairs hold up well. Zee said only one has come back for
minor repair.
To date Zee has created 161 Z-Kritters, that first horse blos-
soming into quite a menagerie, including cows, cats, bunnies,
frogs, dinosaurs, bears, lambs, pigs, a wolf, and even a panda
bear. She has taken the single chair and expanded it to benches
and doll cradles with matching chest of drawers, as well as chil-
dren’s tables to match the chairs. Of the 161 Kritters, 54 of them
have been horses.
She sold her Kritters for a while at the Palomino Gift Shop in
the Heritage Inn in Great Falls and also in a gift shop in Geyser,
The Buckin’ Horse. She took them to two craft shows, with popu-
lar response. Her sister-in-law, who lives in Washington state, has
hauled Kritters home for sale in that state.
Other Z-Kritters have found homes in Wisconsin, Oregon, Mis-
souri, and Wyoming.
Zee tried to patent her line of animal chairs, but she was told
they were not patentable because they can easily be altered with a
simple change in an ear, a mane, etc. She does have a copyright,
however.
She thinks her Kritters would be even better the more three-
dimensional she could make them and is currently creating a pro-
totype of a horse chair in clay. She is interested in finding some-
one with a knowledge of plastics and a knack for marketing to
partner with.
“I would be the one to sculpture the animal,” she said, “and a
partner would produce the sculpture in plastic and market it for
sale. That would be ideal, and I would be more than happy to
split the profits 50-50. The chairs would be lighter than they are
in wood, and they would be more affordable. More people would
be able to have them.”
Creating art a major part of life
Until she can find a way to produce her chairs in plastic, Zee
will continue to build her chairs upon request.
In the meantime, she has stayed busy with art of some kind.
She has done window painting in Great Falls for various holidays
and for the rodeo. She has designed and painted signs for differ-
ent organizations and even painted the Wrangler mascot on the
floor of the new Geyser School gymnasium.
She worked with a local children’s author, drawing illustrations
for the author’s story, and in collaboration with a cousin, Carolyn
Garriott, wrote and published a children’s book herself, “The Ant
in Red Pants.” The story line is Zee’s; Garriott improved upon it.
Zee illustrated the book, and in the fall of 2010 built an ant in red
pants chair, which she raffled to make money to buy books for
children. A teacher from St. Joseph’s School in Great Falls was
the lucky winner of the chair.
She has created works of art in oil, pen and ink, pencil, and
clay and has even signed her name to several bronzes. She has
created metal signs for ranch entrances and designed costumes
and props, and built sets for many plays produced at Geyser High
School.
At home on the Wales Ranch north of Geyser, Zee and Dutch
have two grown children and have recently learned they are
going to be grandparents. Ranch life and living at the foot of the
Highwood Mountains have given her inspiration for much of her
artwork.
Zee thoroughly enjoys a project that allows her a chance to
design and build from nothing. She is always thinking of new
artistic endeavors and invariably comes up with a unique idea and
a way to make it work — just like her Z-Kritters.
Vicky McCray may be reached at (406) 566-2471 or press@
itstriangle.com.
May 2014 — 14
Robbery attempt with potato gun
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence police have arrested a
man who allegedly wielded a potato disguised as a gun during a
recent robbery attempt.
WPRI-TV reports 34-year-old Gary Deming of Cranston was
arrested on robbery charges. Authorities say he pretended he had
a gun when he demanded money from a convenience store and
dry cleaner April 21.
The convenience store manager chased him off with a baseball
bat. A dry cleaner employee gave him a fake $20 from a decoy
register.
A telephone listing for Deming couldn’t be found.
Alleged fraudster visits Austrian police, arrested
Advice: If you’re sought for alleged fraud ...
VIENNA (AP) — A German sought by authorities for alleged
fraud has been arrested in Austria — after dropping into a police
station to ask officers whether he was under investigation.
Police in Salzburg said the 59-year-old man walked into a
police station in the city.
Spokesman Anton Schentz told the Austria Press Agency the
man told officers he just wanted to check that they had “noth-
ing on him.”
Officers checked their records and found a recent arrest warrant
from a Vienna court on four counts of fraud and embezzlement.
Police say the man, whose name wasn’t released, was taken to a
Salzburg prison.
News Lite
May 2014 — 15
By Roger Phillips
The Idaho Statesman/MCT
I dug through boxes at my mom’s house
searching for a photo of my oldest brother,
Richard, and I holding trophies.
It was my first trophy for motorcycle
racing, but probably not his, judging by
his annoyed look about having to pose for
a photo with it.
My brothers and I were living in the
golden age of motorcycle riding.
We were kids of the “On Any Sunday”
generation — a classic 1971
movie that did for dirt biking
what “Endless Summer” did
for surfing.
Motorcycles have been a
constant thread for me since
then. I’ve bounced between
dirt bikes, street bikes, and
now dual-sport bikes that allow
me to ride on and off road.
Rich hadn’t owned a motor-
cycle since the ‘70s. He had
long talked about getting
another one, but that’s as far as
it had gotten until the summer
of 2013.
He went whole hog and
bought a new Harley Davidson
Super Glide Custom.
I was nearly as excited as he
was. I’ve been doing multiday
motorcycle trips for several
years now, and they’re a high-
light of my summer. I pitched
the idea of a road trip, and he
agreed.
Being brothers, we share a
lot of similarities, and also like brothers,
have our distinct differences.
He likes to plan, I like to fly by the seat
of my pants. This road trip would be inter-
esting.
I had the upper hand for experience at
traveling on a motorcycle, but he’s still
the big brother.
In the natural order of things, older
brothers don’t listen to younger brothers.
Also in the natural order of things, little
brothers always compete against older
brothers.
But that didn’t matter when we met in
August on a lonesome, two-lane road in
Oregon.
I checked out his new bike. It was big
and shiny, like Harleys are supposed to be.
It has that unmistakable Harley rumble.
He had reserved a room for our first
night near the small town of Chiloquin,
Ore., but from there, we had only a gener-
al route in mind and no timeline other
than when we would arrive at his house in
Phoenix, Ore.
We rode north from Chiloquin to Crater
Lake, an ironic destination for both of us.
We grew up in the tourist town of New-
port, Ore., and we consider ourselves the
anti-tourists.
We don’t visit cutesy places. We don’t
care about roadside attractions or tourist
traps. When we’re traveling, the only
acceptable stops are to eat, get gas or take
a bathroom break, and sometimes, we do
all three at the same place.
But that changed on this trip. We were
unabashed tourists cruising along the back
roads of Oregon and stopping whenever
we felt like it.
We gawked at Crater Lake and took
photos of ourselves like proper tourists,
then followed the headwaters of the North
Umpqua River down to its confluence
with the South Umpqua and continued
toward the Oregon coast.
We stopped to see the famous Dean
Creek elk herd near Reedsport, Ore., and
watched 18 branch-antlered bulls grazing
as casually as cattle right next to the road.
The Oregon coast was a homecoming
for us, but also new territory. When you
live on the coast, you don’t typically vaca-
tion there. There were several stops on the
coast I had never seen.
Rich was concerned about finding a
motel room on the Oregon coast during
summer, but instead we got an invite from
our friend from the coast to spend the
night in his camp trailer parked in his
driveway.
We traded bikes, and despite
our usual tendency to bicker
over whose is better, we agreed
they are both fun to ride, just
different from each other.
He liked mine in the tight
corners, and I liked his for
highway cruising.
We headed south down the
coast and detoured up the
Rogue River, where Rich and I
have fished for trout and steel-
head and done whitewater trips.
We occasionally rekindled
the old sibling rivalry, which
was inevitable, on a very twisty
and very lightly traveled road.
We saw five vehicles going
in either direction for about 20
miles, fortunately, none of
them had lights on top.
We continued south on the
famous Highway 101 into Cali-
fornia and the redwoods. We
stopped and took more photos
of ourselves standing next to
giant trees.
Richard committed the ultimate tourist
move by buying a T-shirt at a Harley deal-
ership. Not to be outdone, I bought one at
a Triumph dealership.
We turned northeast and headed through
Northern California and Southern Ore-
gon’s wine country and ended up at
Mom’s house near Rich’s house.
I dug through boxes and sorted through
hundreds of old photos until I finally
found the one that put our trip into proper
perspective.
It was taken in 1973, a mind-boggling
40 years ago. The years can sail by like a
picket fence next to a country road, but
riding motorcycles with your brother eras-
es them just as quickly.
We’re older and grayer but still riding motorcycles
May 2014 — 16
May 15, 16, 17 & 18, 2014
Miles City, Montana
World Famous
Bucking Horse Sale
SUNDAY, MAY 11
Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing,
Fairgrounds..........................................................................1 p.m.
THURSDAY, MAY 15
Concert Night, Bandstand - Music Starts at 5:30 p.m.
The Copper Mountain Band.................................................6:00 p.m.
Outshyne.................................................................................7:10 p.m.
Diamond Rio in Concert........................................................8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 16
BHS Trade Show, Fairgrounds...................................…4-9 p.m.
Bucking Bull Sale………………………………………… 5:30 p.m.
Mutton Bustin …………………………………………….......6 p.m
Wild Horse Race.................................................................7 p.m.
Street Dance, Main Street......................................8:30-1:30 a.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 17
Range Riders Museum Breakfast………………………….6 a.m.
Sheep Shearing Contest - AgriSports Center……9 a.m.-2 p.m.
BHS Parade, Main Street..............................................9:30 a.m.
BHS Trade Show, Fairgrounds.............................12 noon-7 p.m.
BHS Pari-mutuel Horse Racing, Fairgrounds....................1 p.m.
BHS Grand Entry, Fairgrounds......................................1:15 p.m.
Bucking Horse Sale Featuring:
Saddle Bronc, Bareback Riding & Wild Horse Race
Street Dance, Main Street..............................8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 18
BHS Trade Show, Fairgrounds......................................11-5 p.m.
Matched Bronc Riding, Fairgrounds...........................12:30 p.m.
BHS Pari-mutuel Horse Racing, Fairgrounds................12 noon
Wild Horse Race.................................................................6 p.m.
Tentative Schedule of Events - Subject to Change
Diamond Rio
8:30 p.m. • Thurs. May 15, 2014
The Copper Mountain Band
Website: buckinghorsesale.com
ADVANCED TICKETS
234-2890 • 874-BUCK
email: info@buckinghorsesale.com
(No Coolers Allowed)
Reserve seating on Saturday & Sunday
Basic wills can be
created online
By Kevin DeMarrais
The Record (Hackensack, N.J.)/MCT
Wills and estates can be confusing, so it is no surprise a
number of questions and comments crop up.
In a recent column I suggested that consumers should invest
in an attorney to draft a will and to avoid online, do-it-yourself
wills. Rules differ greatly from state to state, and it’s worth the
money to make sure your will reflects what you want and what
your state requires.
While some experts, including the Bergen County, N.J., sur-
rogate, say that online wills don’t adequately deal with state-
to-state differences, Vincent Steckline of Demarest, N.J., says
that one that he tried worked just fine.
“I have had a will generated by Quicken Will Maker for
over a decade, and I like the results,” Steckline wrote in an
email.
The program tailors your will to your state, describes how to
make the will “self-proving” by signing it in front of witnesses
and a notary public, suggests a “living will” to make your own
end-of-life medical decisions, and a “file of life” containing a
list of previous conditions and medications to help treatment in
an emergency, he said.
It prods you to make a list to help your executor settle your
estate, a list of bank accounts, securities and other valuables,
and a list of online accounts to keep you from becoming a
“cyber ghost.”
In addition, “changing the will means just sitting down with
the program and taking the product to a notary,” Steckline
said.
That works for some people. In fact, AARP says on its web-
site that many people who require a basic will can create one
online or simply use store-bought legal forms.
“Each of these methods of creating a will is far less expen-
sive than retaining a lawyer to do the job,” AARP said.
The key word in that is “basic.”
But many of us have complicated lives — such as divorce,
remarriage, children from previous marriages, civil unions,
unmarried partners with and without children, and mobility
from one state to another — and an attorney can make sure
that the will reflects how our estate is handled.
Even while saying do-it-yourself wills are fine, they’re not
for everyone, AARP says. It suggests getting an attorney
involved if you have a large estate or are concerned that some-
one may contest your will or try to claim that you weren’t of
sound mind when you signed it.
Unfortunately, when money is involved, even when there is
a will, things can turn nasty as people who were shut out or are
getting little try to show that the person who wrote the will
was not of sound mind or was coerced into changing a will —
the two claims that can have a will thrown out.
We’re seeing that in the Bergen courthouse these days in the
multimillion-dollar battle over the estate of the Hudson News
patriarch, based on claims that James Cohen unduly influenced
See Wills, Page 18
EDITOR’S NOTE:
Montana Best Times
has been featuring
some of the fascinat-
ing adventures Terry
McEneaney had
when he was Yellow-
stone National Park’s
ornithologist. Fol-
lowing is another
excerpt from a new book he is writing,
“Lucky Feathers: Adventures and Experi-
ences of a Yellowstone Ornithologist.”
My favorite place to travel on foot in Yel-
lowstone is the incredibly beautiful back-
country. I like it because it is far from the
maddening crowd. And over the course of
my extensive field career, I got to spend a
significant amount of time exploring places
few people have ventured, let alone conduct
bird surveys. Often, due to budget con-
straints, I worked alone, and over time one
learned how to survive the Yellowstone haz-
ards, namely crossing swollen creeks and
rivers, navigating the treacherous winds and
waves of Yellowstone Lake, escaping dan-
gerous thunderstorms, dodging falling trees,
trying to keep a safe distance from bison,
moose, black bear and grizzlies, and not
falling in fragile hot springs.
Every year in late July I conducted bird
surveys in the Thorofare area of the south-
east corner of Yellowstone. And each year I
would stay in a backcountry ranger patrol
cabin appropriately named Cabin Creek,
just a few miles south of Yellowstone
Lake. It is one of the few A-frame cabins
found in the park, because most of the
patrol cabins are of log construction. I
would be there for a few days and knew
the cabin routine inside and out: First, open
up the cabin by unlocking the doors and
shutters, check the cabin log to see who
was there last, air out the cabin, go get
water for drinking and cooking, complete
field notes, eat dinner, and go to bed
because morning started early the next day.
I arrived back at the cabin on a hot July
28 in 2003. I was tired from all the bush-
wacking and mountain climbing looking for
peregrines on remote mountain peaks, and
once I opened up the cabin, finished the
chores and work, and enjoyed the wonderful
sunset, it was time for bed. A-frame cabins
are placed on stilts and have two floors —
the bottom floor (which is 6 feet off the
ground) is the larger area for cooking and
eating and storing supplies; and the smaller,
upper level, or loft, for sleeping, accessed
via a small ladder.
The cabin that night was extremely hot
due to the heat of the day, making it difficult
to sleep, so I kept the windows open think-
ing I would shut them and close them as
soon as it cooled down. I kept the big wood-
en door ajar and locked the screen door for
safety reasons. I went up the ladder to bed
about 9:30 p.m., watched the moonlit land-
scape though the screens and fell sound
asleep.
At 2:45 a.m. I awoke to the sounds and
vibrations of an alarming event that I
thought at first was an earthquake. It
wouldn’t be surprising, since Yellowstone
gets hundreds of tremors per year.
I was used to earthquake tremors, but this
was Yellowstone waking and shaking for
the wrong reasons. I listened intently as the
A-frame cabin continued shaking due to this
strange repeated see-saw “whit-wheeo”
May 2014 — 17
Terry McEneaney is ornithologist emeritus for Yellowstone National Park, and is the author of three books: “Birding Montana,” “Birds of
Yellowstone,” and “The Uncommon Loon.” He has been watching birds for 50 years and is one of Montana’s most experienced birders.
Yellowstone Waking and Shaking for
Birding
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Photo courtesy of Terry McEneaney
Ornithologist Terry McEneaney closes down the Cabin Creek patrol cabin in Yel-
lowstone Park, after one of his numerous trips into the park’s backcountry census-
ing bird life. Notice the heavily fortified door and shutters to ward off bears.
the Wrong Reasons
May 2014 — 18
noise, and realized it was a bear rubbing and
scratching on the cabin, causing it to shake.
I froze in my bed mainly out of surprise and
fear, and did not move for a half hour trying
to figure out what to do. All I kept thinking
was that the door and windows were open
and somewhat secure with screens between
me and the bear, but it was imperative I get
the nerve to go down the ladder and close
and latch the heavy wooden door to further
protect myself.
That never happened, because I finally
figured the bear must not have realized there
was someone in the cabin. After a half hour
of sheer terror, the bear stopped rubbing on
the cabin, and started walking in front of it.
You could see by its silhouette, large size
and hump on its back that it was indeed a
grizzly.
Then the grizzly suddenly stopped,
smelled the air and turned, heading up the
stairs of the cabin to the screen porch of the
front door. My options now were very limit-
ed. So I tried something different, yet some-
thing I have tried before, and yelled a loud
roar at the top of my lungs. The grizzly was
shocked by the noise and the fact there was
someone in the cabin, and ran off quickly
into the darkness. I bolted downstairs and
locked the solid, wood door and couldn’t
sleep the rest of the night, knowing there
was a grizzly close by lurking in the dark-
ness outside the cabin.
At daybreak, about 5:30 a.m., I ventured
outside the cabin to ensure the coast was
clear, and sure enough, there were large
grizzly tracks around the cabin. I quickly ate
breakfast and closed down and locked the
cabin, and headed down the trail.
Finding bears rubbing their fur along
trails or near cabins is nothing new, but this
was an experience that definitely caught my
attention. On the hike out to meet up with a
Yellowstone Lake boat patrol ranger, I
reflected how lucky I was to survive an
ordeal with a grizzly up close and personal,
and the Yellowstone waking and shaking for
the wrong reasons.
More short stories from “Lucky Feathers: Adventures and Experiences of a Yellowstone Ornithologist,” will be featured in forthcoming issues
of Montana Best Times. In the meantime, enjoy Montana birds! And the Best of Big Sky Birding to you!
Bird watching questions may be sent to Terry McEneaney by writing to 1215 Lolo St., Missoula, MT 59802; emailing terry@ravenidiot.com; or visiting
www.yellowstonewildlifeguides.com or www.ravenidiot.com. If questions are mailed, include a phone number at which you can be reached.
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his father into changing his will.
That’s extreme, but it’s not unique, as Jan Fredericks of Wayne,
N.J., discovered.
“I was the executor of my mom’s will and learned a lot about
families and caregivers (which I was),” Fredericks said.
“They thought I had lots of money and contested the will. I end-
ed up on food stamps,” she said. Although this happened several
years ago, “it still hurts to know how family members can perceive
you.”
While people take great care in designating beneficiaries in their
wills, too many don’t do the same when declaring beneficiaries on
accounts that are going to pass directly to someone, such as an
IRA, 401(k) or life insurance policy, said Debra Simon, a certified
public accountant in Hackensack, N.J.
It’s a problem because many people have a sizable portion of their
wealth in various retirement savings accounts, and decisions con-
cerning beneficiaries are major issues in estate planning, she said.
Complicating the situation, banks and other financial institutions
sometimes lose the beneficiary forms — it’s happened to her several
times, Simon said — and without them, the money will be distribut-
ed according to the will or, if there is no will, according to law.
And that may be counter to what the decedent had in mind.
The solution is to make sure somebody has copies of all of your
forms or knows where they are, she said.
It’s also a good idea to periodically request that the financial
institutions provide beneficiary information for each account.
Not only does that assure that it has the paperwork, but it also
allows you to review your designations and to update accounts to
reflect changing situations.
Wills, from Page 16
Every cook who’s worthy of wearing
an apron will be using an outdoor grill
this month. Steaks, hamburgers, baby
back ribs, brats, chicken and hot dogs
always seem to taste better when they’ve
been cooked on a gas grill or over char-
coal briquettes.
While meat is always the star of a
meal cooked outside, potatoes can be
award winning co-stars.
Burgers and French fries go together
like a fly line and a leader or a hunting
rifle and a scope.
While deep fried French fries have
lots of flavor and great texture, they are
not healthy fare. However, there is a
low-fat method of cooking French fries
that makes them crispy on the outside,
tender on the inside and very flavorful.
Medium size potatoes are washed
thoroughly, cut into French fry shapes
and then sauteed on olive oil for 20 min-
utes. They are then made crispy in an
outdoor grill.
Potato wedges that are seasoned prop-
erly and cooked over charcoal briquettes
or on an outdoor grill are the perfect
accompaniment to chicken and steaks.
The preparation and the cooking
method are so easy you might think it’s
too simple a
process to make
the wedges
worthy of serv-
ing to your
guests. But
sometimes the
simple methods
are the best.
Ketchup is
always great on
French fries.
And for really
decadent potato wedges, have your
guests dip them in low fat mayonnaise.
On The Menu
With Jim Durfey
May 2014 — 19
Low-fat French Fries
6 medium white potatoes, washed thoroughly
4 tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat olive oil in cast iron skillet or heavy saute pan. Cut end off
potatoes. Trim tops and sides so potatoes will lie flat. Don’t
skin potatoes. Cut into four French fry shaped pieces. Place
potato pieces in skillet. Salt and pepper to taste. Saute five
minutes on each side. Place on lightly greased aluminum foil,
with edges folded over to hold in any juices. Put on grill and
bake for 10 minutes. Serve hot.
Chili Potato Wedges
6 medium white potatoes, washed thoroughly
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp. chili powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut potatoes into wedges. Do not skin. Put olive oil, chili
powder, cayenne, salt and pepper in medium bowl. Stir until
well mixed. Add potato wedges. Use hands to thoroughly coat
wedges. Place wedges on aluminum foil sheet. Fold edges over
to hold in any juices. Place on grill. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes.
Turn once. Test for doneness with fork. Serve warm.
Time for tasty taters
Extra crispy: French fry truck
burns in Maine
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Bring on the ketchup: A tractor-
trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of french fries caught fire in a Wal-
Mart parking lot in the Maine city of Waterville.
The city’s fire chief says overheated brakes were the suspected
cause of the night blaze in the middle of the busy parking lot. The
driver said he pulled over when he smelled smoke from the back of
the truck.
The Portland Press Herald reports that nobody was injured in the
fire.
The driver was on his way from the Canadian province of Prince
Edward Island to New Jersey to deliver the fries. Waterville is
about 15 miles north of Maine’s capital, Augusta.
The truck is operated by Midland Transport Limited, a Dieppe,
New Brunswick-based company.
Half-eaten cinnamon roll
leads police to car thief
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A half-eaten cinnamon roll helped
Madison police track down a suspected car thief.
The car was stolen about 4:30 a.m. The driver parked at a hotel
with the key in the ignition, and when he walked inside he heard
his car start up.
Surveillance video got a glimpse of the suspect, who was seen
eating something.
A police officer found a half-eaten cinnamon roll in the parking
lot. He went to a nearby restaurant that sells similar pastries, and a
staffer there described the customer.
The staffer also noted that the man had been dropped off by a Sun
Prairie police officer, after the friend who’d been driving him was
arrested for drunken driving. Sun Prairie police helped the Madison
officer locate the 26-year-old suspect.
Food Lite
May 2014 — 20
Gallatin County
- American Cancer Society-Road to
Recovery: Drivers needed for patients
receiving treatments from their home to the
hospital.
- American Red Cross Blood Drive: Two
volunteer opportunities available: an ambas-
sador needed to welcome, greet, thank and
provide overview for blood donors; and
phone team volunteers needed to remind,
recruit or thank blood donors. Excellent cus-
tomer service skills needed, training will be
provided, flexible schedule.
- Befrienders: Befriend a senior; visit on a
regular weekly basis.
- Belgrade Senior Center: Meals on
Wheels needs regular and substitute drivers,
Monday-Friday, to deliver meals to seniors.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters: Be a positive
role model for only a few hours each week.
- Bozeman and Belgrade Sacks Thrift
Stores: Need volunteers 2-3 hour shifts on
any day, Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Bozeman Deaconess Hospital: Volunteers
needed for the information desks, 8 a.m.-
noon, noon-4 p.m., variety of other posi-
tions need filled as well.
- Bozeman Senior Center Foot Clinic:
Retired or nearly retired nurses are urgently
needed, 2 days a month, either 4- or 8-hour
shifts.
- Child Care Connections: Front desk help
needed Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., to greet cli-
ents, answer phones and general reception
duties.
- Children’s Museum of Bozeman: Wel-
come desk volunteer(s) needed for 2-hour
shifts, Mondays-Saturdays.
- The Emerson Cultural Center: Volunteers
needed for front office, greeter/reception,
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- Galavan: Volunteer drivers needed Mon-
day-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. CDL required
and Galavan will assist you in obtaining
one.
- Gallatin County 911 Communications:
Office help needed 1 1/2-2 hours one day a
week on your schedule.
- Gallatin County Election Office: Seeking
judges for the June 3 and Nov. 4 elections.
($8 per hour) Training provided.
- Gallatin Rest Home: Volunteers wanted
for visiting the residents, sharing your
knowledge of a craft, playing cards or read-
ing to a resident.
- Gallatin Valley Food Bank: Volunteers
needed to deliver commodities to seniors in
their homes once a month. Deliveries in
Belgrade are especially needed.
- Governor’s Conference on Aging: Regis-
ter now to attend May 8-9 at the Holiday
Inn.
- Habitat for Humanity Restore: Belgrade
store needs volunteers for general help, sort-
ing donations and assisting customers.
- Heart of The Valley: Compassionate vol-
unteers especially needed to love, play with
and cuddle cats, do carpentry work, be an
animal bank collector (asking local busi-
nesses to display an animal bank for dona-
tion collection) or birthday party leader.
- Help Center Telecare: Volunteers needed
3-4 mornings a week 8:30-11 a.m. to make
calls to homebound seniors, providing reas-
surance, check on safety and well-being,
and access to up-to-date referral information
to vulnerable individuals.
- Hyalite Elementary Reading with
Friends: Needs volunteers Monday-Friday,
8-8:30 a.m., to listen to a child read.
- Museum of the Rockies: Variety of
opportunities available.
- RSVP Handcrafters: Volunteers to quilt,
knit, crochet and embroider hats for chemo
patients, baby blankets and other handmade
goods once a week (can work from home).
Handcrafters are in need of 3-ply sports
yarn, and baby yarn.
- RSVP Volunteer Recognition Dinner
May 18th. Invitations will be mailed.
- Senior Nutrition Volunteers: Volunteers
needed to help seniors with grocery shop-
ping, meal and menu planning, and com-
panionship, 1-2 hours a week, days and
times are flexible.
- Your unique skills and interests are need-
ed, without making a long-term commit-
ment, in a variety of ongoing, special, one-
time events.
Contact: Deb Downs, RSVP Program
Coordinator, 807 N. Tracy, Bozeman, MT
59715; phone (406) 587-5444; fax (406)
582-8499; email: debdowns@rsvpmt.org.
Park County
- Big Brother-Big Sister: Volunteers need-
ed to mentor a child, do fun and interesting
things within our area.
- Loaves and Fishes and Food Pantry:
Need volunteers for gardening and other
new projects.
- Mainstreeter Thrift Shop: Need volun-
teers to help sort, tag and shelve donated
items. Choose your own hours.
- Park County Senior Center: Volunteers
needed in a variety of ways in new activities
and services.
- RSVP Recognition Dinner will be held
on May 1st. Invitations to be mailed.
- Stafford Animal Shelter: Always in need
of loving volunteers to care for animals
waiting for adoption, pet and play with the
cats and play and walk with the dogs.
- Yellowstone Gateway Museum: Volun-
teers needed with ongoing projects prepar-
ing for summer visitors, help at the front
desk, and to man the cash register. Flexible
times.
- Various agencies including the Senior
Center, hospital, prenatal classes, and veter-
ans are in need of your unique skills in a
variety of ongoing and one-time special
events.
Contact: Shannon Burke, RSVP Program
Coordinator, 206 So. Main St., Livingston,
MT 59047; phone (406) 222-2281; email:
livingston@rsvpmt.org.
Fergus & Judith Basin counties
- Community Cupboard: Needs volunteers
to help any week mornings as well as with
deliveries.
- Council on Aging: Needs volunteers to
help at the Community Center with Grub
Steaks and other various programs.
- Head Start and grade schools: Volunteers
needed to assist students.
- Library and Art Center: Volunteer help
always appreciated.
- ROWL (Recycle Our Waste Lewistown):
Recruiting volunteers for the 3rd Saturday
of the month to help with greeting, traffic
directing, sorting, baling and loading recy-
clables working to keep plastic wastes from
our landfills.
- Treasure Depot: Needs volunteers at their
thrift stores.
- Always have various needs for your skills
and volunteer services in our community.
Contact: RSVP Volunteer Coordinator,
404 W. Broadway, Wells Fargo Bank build-
ing, (upstairs), Lewistown, MT 59457;
phone (406) 535-0077; email: rsvplew@
midrivers.com.
Musselshell, Golden Valley &
Petroleum counties
- Food Bank: Distribute food commodities
to seniors and others in the community; help
unload the truck as needed.
- Meals on Wheels Program: Deliver meals
to the housebound in the community, just
one day a week, an hour and a half, meal
provided.
- Nursing Home: Assist with activities for
residents to enrich supported lifestyle.
- Roundup School Lunches: Help clean
tables and serve the kids during lunch.
- Senior Center: Volunteers are needed to
provide meals, clean up in the dining room
and/or keep records; meal provided.
- RSVP offers maximum flexibility and
choice to its volunteers as it matches the
personal interests and skills of older Ameri-
cans with opportunities to serve their com-
munities. You choose how and where to
serve. Volunteering is an opportunity to
See RSVP, Page 21
Below is a list of volunteer openings available through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in
communities across southern Montana. To learn more about RSVP, call (800) 424-8867 or TTY (800) 833-3722;
or log on to www. seniorcorps.org.
RSVP
— Sunday, May 4
• Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center 16th Anniversary, Great Falls
— Monday, May 5
• Federation of Fly Fishers Museum, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Livingston
— Wednesday, May 7
• Western Art Roundup and Quick Draw, Riverside Park, Miles City
— Thursday, May 8
• 46th Annual Governor’s Conference on Aging through May 9,
Holiday Inn, Bozeman
• Yellowstone Gateway Museum, Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Livingston
— Friday, May 9
• Magic City Singers - The Magic of the Beatles, through May 10, 7
p.m., Babcock Theater, Billings
• KXLF TV May Fair, through May 11, Butte Civic Center, Butte
• Barn Dance to benefit Pioneer Museum, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Big
Yellow Barn, 9466 Springhill Road, Belgrade
— Saturday, May 10
• 33rd Annual Montana Women’s Run, 8 a.m., downtown Skypoint,
Billings
• Park to Paradise (Boat, Bike, Run) Triathlon, Gardiner
• Don’t Fence Me In Trail Run, Pioneer Heritage Park, Helena
• Pioneer Museum’s 2nd annual Barn Tour, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., meet at
317 W. Main St., Bozeman
— Thursday, May 15
• Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, through May 18, Eastern Montana
Fairgrounds, Miles City
— Friday, May 16
• Stafford Animal Shelter’s Annual Fur Ball at Chico Hot Springs,
Livingston
— Saturday, May 17
• Komen Montana Race for the Cure, 7 a.m., Scott Hart Building in
the Capitol Complex, Helena
• Koocanusa Resort and Marina’s Annual Salmon and Trout Derby,
through May 18, Libby
• American Legion Dance, live country western music open to the
public, 5-9 p.m., Livingston
— Sunday, May 18
• Livingston Bicycle Fest, noon - 4 p.m., Miles Park Band Shell,
Livingston
— Friday, May 23
• Black Powder Shoot, through May 26, Fort Assiniboine, Havre
• National Bison Range 106th Birthday, Moiese
— Saturday, May 24
• Arabian and All Breed Open Horse Show, through May 25, the
Super Barn at Metra Park, Billings
• The Gold Discovery Living History Program, through May 26,
Virginia City
— Monday, May 26
• Crazy Mountain Museum Opening Festival Memorial Day, 11
a.m.-4 p.m., Big Timber
• Big Timber
— Thursday, May 29
• Dinner Theatre: Virgil and The City Slicker, through May 31, 7
p.m., Roundup Central School, Roundup
— Friday, May 30
• Dillon EXPO Trade Show, through May 31, Straugh Gymnasium,
Dillon
— Saturday, May 31
• Nevada City Boom Town Living History Program, through June 1,
Virginia City
• Annual Beartooth Ball Fundraiser, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Resort, Red
Lodge
— Sunday, June 1
• Montana Watercolor Society Members Show, through June 30,
Tuesday through Saturday, Lewistown Art Center, Lewistown
• National Trails Day at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, 9
a.m., Whitehall
May 2014 — 21
May 2014 Calendar
RSVP, from Page 20
serve. Volunteering is an opportunity to learn
new skills, make friends and connect with
your community.
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, South
Central MT RSVP, 315 1/2 Main St., Ste. #1,
Roundup, MT 59072; phone (406) 323-
1403; fax (406) 323-4403; email:
rdprsvp2@midrivers.com; facebook: South
Central MT RSVP.
Custer & Rosebud counties
- Clinic Ambassador: New volunteer posi-
tion starting soon.
- Custer County Food Bank: Volunteers
needed for food distribution Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Thursdays.
- Historic Miles City Academy: Volunteers
needed to assist in thrift store with sorting
and cleaning donated merchandise.
- Holy Rosary Health Care: Volunteers
needed Mondays and Thursdays in the gift
shop.
- Miles City CLC: Urgently need volun-
teers to assist with veteran activities.
- Miles City Historic Preservation Office:
Seeking a volunteer to help with clerical
duties.
- Spirit Riders: Volunteer to assist with traf-
fic control at funerals.
- St. Vincent DePaul: Volunteers to assist in
thrift store with sorting, pricing, cashier and
stocking.
- WaterWorks Art Museum: Volunteer
receptionists needed, two-hour shifts Tues-
days through Sundays.
If you are interested in these or other volun-
teer opportunities please contact: Betty Vail,
RSVP Director; 210 Winchester Ave. #225,
MT 59301; phone (406) 234-0505; email:
rsvp05@midrivers.com
Dawson County
- Senior shut-ins: Volunteers needed to
deliver monthly commodities, once a month,
to elderly, flexible schedule.
- If you have a need for or a special interest
or desire to volunteer somewhere in the com-
munity, please contact: Patty Atwell, RSVP
Director, P.O. Box 1324, Glendive, MT
59330; phone (406) 377-4716; email:
rsvp@midrivers.com.
Q. What went from “ugly” to a
billion-dollar-a-year business, thanks to
a California farmer’s ingenious idea?
A. Baby carrots that didn’t quite make
the cut, reports “Mental Floss” magazine
in “323 Things You Need to Know Right
Now!” So when the farmer realized he
was throwing away 400 tons of carrots a
day because they were too misshapen to
be marketed, “he gave his harvest a
makeover and shaved them down to
snackable nubs.” First hitting
supermarkets some 25 years ago, these
“babies” have become a billion-dollar
industry.
Q. They aren’t very big but they are
very, very many. Line up 25,000 of them
end-to-end and they would extend for
roughly 1 inch. There are more of them
than all other organisms combined,
living in more places and working in a
greater variety of metabolic ways. They
alone comprised the first half of life’s
history, with no slackening in diversity
thereafter, and most surprisingly,
according to paleontologist Stephen J.
Gould, in total biomass, they “may
exceed all the rest of life combined, even
forest trees, once we include the
subterranean populations as well.”
What are these remarkable organisms?
A. As Gould was fond of reminding his
audience, by any reasonable objective
criteria, we are living not in the Age of
Mammals but in the Age of Bacteria. The
number of bacterial cells on Earth has
been estimated as 5 million trillion trillion
(5 followed by 30 zeros), and if lined up
end-to-end, their length would roughly
correspond to the distance light would
travel in 500 million years. This is far, far
beyond our closest neighboring stars and
amounts to about 1 percent of the radius of
the observable universe!
Q. What planet in our solar system
would you have to travel to for a
mountain peak higher than Mount
Everest, on the China-Nepal border, at
about 29,000 feet?
A. Not so much traveling as you might
think, since, if you measure the height of a
mountain from its base, then Hawaii’s
Mauna Kea — rising from the sea floor
more than three miles below the surface of
the Pacific Ocean — is half a mile higher
than Mount Everest.
Much farther “afield” are Venus’s
Maxwell Montes at 38,300 feet; and
Mars’s Olympus Mons, the tallest known
mountain in our solar system, soaring
skyward 15.4 miles, or nearly three times
as high as Everest, says Luna Shyr in
“National Geographic” magazine. “If
Earthlings ever try to climb it, they will
have to slog across a seemingly flat plane
the size of Arizona. Many Martian peaks
are shield volcanoes — broad, shallow
mounds like Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, only
much, much bigger. That’s because Mars
has no drifting continental plates, so
volcanoes can sit atop magma hot spots
longer than they do on Earth, growing ever
taller for billions of years.”
Q. Roughly how small are we humans
at the very start of things?
A. The wondrous, natural process of
reproducing ourselves starts when a
woman’s ovary releases a mature egg, a
cell roughly the size of the period at the
end of this sentence, says David G. Myers
in “Exploring Psychology: Ninth Edition.”
“Like space voyagers approaching a huge
planet,” the 200-plus million deposited
sperm race upstream to a cell 85,000 times
bigger, where the few reaching the egg
release digestive enzymes that dissolve its
protective coating. After the one
penetrating sperm is “welcomed in,” the
egg’s surface now blocks out the others.
Half a day later, the two have become one.
And thus was formed the one that
became “you” and each of us. Yet, as
Myers puts it, “if any one of your
ancestors had been conceived with a
different sperm or egg, or died before
conceiving, or not chanced to meet the
partner or ... The mind boggles at the
improbable, unbroken chain of events that
produced you and me.”
Q. What relationship can be drawn
between each of us and that 100-watt
light bulb brightening our desk?
A. As a warm-blooded species, many of
our behaviors are governed by our need to
maintain body temperature, says Louis
Bloomfield in “How Everything Works:
Making Physics Out of the Ordinary.”
Resting, we convert chemical potential
energy into heat at about 80 Calories-per-
hour. Even when we’re doing no work, our
heart keeps pumping, we keep
synthesizing useful chemicals and we keep
thinking.
Interestingly, eighty Calories-per-hour is
a measure of power equal to about 100
watts(W), just like a 100 W light bulb;
with more activity, more heat energy will
be produced. “This steady production of
thermal energy is why a room filled with
people can get pretty warm. 100 W may
not seem like very much power, but when
a hundred people are packed into a tight
space, they act like a 10,000 W space
heater and the whole room becomes
unpleasantly hot.”
Q. What surprising item might movie
theaters want to distribute along with
3-D glasses?
A. Airsickness bags, say Lillian Fritz-
Laylin and Meredith Carpenter in
“Discover” magazine. Despite their
popularity, 3-D movies aren’t for
everyone, since some viewers find them
dizzying and even nauseating. When
public health researcher Angelo Solimini
surveyed about 500 moviegoers before
and after their watching 3-D and
traditional 2-D movies, he found that more
May 2014 — 22
How baby carrots became a
billion-dollar industry
By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, Ph.D.
Send STRANGE questions to brothers Bill and Rich at strangetrue@cs.com
than half of 3-D viewers had symptoms
such as headaches, disorientation, nausea;
a surprising 14 percent had ill effects even
watching conventional movies. Women
were particularly susceptible, as were peo-
ple prone to motion sickness. “Viewers of
2-D movies focus primarily on the actors,
Solimini theorized, while those watching
3-D movies tend to shift their eyes across
the screen to follow the action.”
“Lights, camera, puke!”
Q. Meet the “datasexuals,” who look a
lot like you and me but who think their
personal data is sexy, driving them to
become relentlessly digital and pre-occu-
pied. So what do they spend the better
part of each day doing?
A. These obsessive “self-trackers” have
a love of self-data and a desire to embellish
their self-presentation on social networks,
says Paul McFedries in “IEEE Spectrum”
magazine. While the datasexual might use
a pedometer to track the number of steps
she takes each day, she will wear a Nike+
FuelBand on her wrist to display the num-
bers and then post them to her online
friends, transforming self-obsession into
conspicuous “oversharing.”
The flattering “selfie,” or photographic
self-portrait often taken for posting on social
network sites, may inspire a “Facebook face-
lift,” cosmetic surgery designed to improve
one’s looks. Further, the posting may include
“humblebragging,” or “vanity metrics,” such
as “My resting heart rate is 55” or “Just
passed the 10,000-follower mark on Twit-
ter!”— which opens the way for a regimen
of “data hygiene” and “data grooming.”
Off-line, the datasexual is apt to engage
in “stage-phoning” to impress those nearby
with envy-inducing personal stats while
talking in a theatrical manner on a cell-
phone. “With phones omnipresent in the
social landscape and would-be thespians
appearing at every airport waiting lounge,
coffee shop and street corner, we see that
indeed, 400 years after Shakespeare
declared it, all the world really is a stage.”
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1 Sedona and others
5 Wok bottom coats
9 Closed, for the most
part
13 Digging
14 Image on Maine’s
state flag
16 Function
17 “Yer __ tootin’!”
18 Bestow
19 Liturgy
20 18th/19th-century
Neapolitan guerrilla __
Diavolo
21 Cameroon neighbor
22 Complained
24 Hall of Fame quar-
terback Dawson
25 “Something Wicked
This Way Comes” nov-
elist
27 Does some
32-Across, perhaps
29 Cap extensions
30 Unlikely to come
unglued
31 Golfer’s challenge
32 Reason for a loan
39 Word with check or
date
40 1969 Tony nominee
for Best Musical
41 Mideast rubber
45 Acorn-bearer with
shallow roots
46 Deep-fried American
Chinese dumpling dish
48 Astoria-to-Salem dir.
49 Gentle blow
50 Remove
51 Give-go link
52 “I Got You Babe”
record label
53 Heavy lifter
55 Memorable anticipa-
tor of 39-Across
56 Surf phenomenon
57 Having more yellow
than usual
58 Crucifix inscription
59 People who are tight
60 Further
61 Head-turner
Down
1 One of DC Comics’
Teen Titans
2 No longer fazed by
3 Willy-nilly
4 Family address
5 Fred Astaire, for one
6 State in a “State Fair”
song title
7 You must keep it up
throughout 32-Across
8 Moldavia, once: Abbr.
9 Speedy exhortation
10 Enlist
11 Takes in or lets out
12 Not robust, vocally
15 Short-lived English
king of 1483
21 Saffron-yielding
blooms
23 Blood test initials
26 Monopolized the
conversation
28 Salzburg pronoun
31 NATO member since
1982
33 Jane Austen’s “most
disagreeable man in the
world”
34 You might subscribe
to it via PayPal
35 Many a fed. holiday
36 Canyon formers
37 Jazz greats, maybe
38 Suffer financially
41 Bit of schoolyard
backtalk
42 One getting strokes,
in a good way
43 Can’t tolerate
44 Uninspiring
45 Olive enthusiast
46 Moguls
47 Farmyard chorus
54 Ocean delicacy
55 Chill
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