July 14, 2014  |  POSTED BY Wes Thomas

By:  Nan McKenzie May 17, 2014   Motto:        “WE SERVE”      Kari Klehm of the Evergreen Lions Club is an enthusiastic new member of this fine group of people.    The clubs in Evergreen, Kalispell and Columbia Falls, along with Flathead Electric Coop’s “Round Up for Safety”, recently bought a PlusOptix Vision Screener that is being used locally to screen school children.  The Screener can magically ‘read’ eight different vision problems and transfer the information to a computer.  Once the info is on the computer, a flash drive with this information is given to the school so that each child’s vision is permanently recorded, and if there are problems, they can be addressed right away.  As of today, over 5000 local children have been scanned in a fraction of the time it would have taken the school nurses.  If a person can’t afford glasses, the Lions find ways to help.  They partner with LensCrafters to supply folks with affordable vision correction. The Lions Clubs collect your old glasses and sends them on to be reconditioned, and they are sent off again to where they can do some good.  People in other countries where they may not have access to glasses must be very grateful to receive these. When the Flathead County Fair is running, you’ll find the Evergreen Lions near the grandstands, selling water, ice cream bars, pop and other things to raise funds for their club. Last year, the Evergreen Lions gave $10,000 to Sabina Wisher for her special needs daughter, Mikayla, for the Mikayla’s Miracles and Blessings Foundation. This year the recipient of the Evergreen Lions Spaghetti Dinner and Auction was the ABS sports field in Kalispell for a sprinkler system, equipment, and a concession stand.  They have also given generously to a cancer survivor to help with… read more

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The Right Cooking Oil

February 6, 2014  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

    Choosing the Right Cooking Oil By Andrea Withey  When you take a trip to your local health food store and find yourself in the cooking oil section, what enters your mind?  Are you looking for oil that will add flavor to your dish or one that is processed in a way that it retains its nutrients?  Each oil on the shelf varies in specific qualities and can fulfill different needs while they take you on your culinary adventures. There are some that are best used for high heat cooking, some that are used to add flavor to a dish and others with unique health benefits.  Let’s take a walk down that overwhelming isle and see if we can get a better sense of what the oils shine in these various qualities.

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When You Listen to a Child

November 27, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

–by Rachel Macy Stafford, syndicated from,   My dad doing what he does best … listening and loving My younger daughter and I were the first ones to arrive home from an evening swim meet. Although I knew my husband would be arriving shortly with my mom and older daughter, my heart was heavy that I had to come home first.

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Magic of Music

November 12, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

by Maria Popova   Jazz Legend Wynton Marsalis on the Magic of Music   “That’s the soulful thing about playing: you offer something to somebody. You don’t know if they’ll like it, but you offer it.”       “Without music I should wish to die,” young Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote in a letter. Music, indeed, has shaped our evolution as a species, can profoundly affect our emotions, and even has a way of enthralling the brain on a neurological level. Learning to listen to music is itself a skill to be mastered, but learning to play it — and to play it stirringly, enchantingly, with equal parts conviction and imaginative freedom — is a rare kind of art.

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Saving Education—And the Planet

November 4, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

    Students travel to Kentucky to experience the impact of mining the coal to provide their energy. With mounting pressures on schools today, the suggestion that teachers should also be preparing students to address our growing ecological crises might seem ridiculous at best. But what if doing so could boost student achievement?

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Death by Sugar

October 25, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

By Dr. Mercola Sugary Drinks Linked to Over 180,000 Deaths Worldwide   I’ve been warning you of the dangers of soda since I started this site over 16 years ago, and the list of reasons to avoid this beverage just keeps getting longer. Americans in particular get most of their daily calories from sugar, primarily in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in soda and other sweetened beverages.

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Voluntary Simplicity

October 22, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

 by:  Duane Elgin,    A Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich     Choose to live simply so that others may simply live. –Gandhi What kind of “stewardship” fits our emerging world? When we consider the powerful forces transforming our world — climate change, peak oil, water and food shortages, species extinction, and more — we require far more than either crude or cosmetic changes in our manner of living. If we are to maintain the integ­rity of the Earth as a living system, we require deep and creative changes in our overall levels and patterns of living and consum­ing. 

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Autumn is Upon Us

October 21, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

 from:  Andrea Withey   Some of My Favorite Fall Recipes       Autumn is upon us and you may be feeling it.  The mornings are colder and the days are shorter but there is still so much beauty surrounding us that it doesn’t go unrecognized.  One thing you may notice are the colors of fall; the trees are transitioning from green to gold, red, orange or brown.  This is the tree’s way of drawing the nutrients inward in preparation for winter.  This should be an indicator that it is time for us to make a few changes of our own.

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Neighborhoods for Happiness

October 15, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

–by Jay Walljasper, How to Design Our Neighborhoods for Happiness    Biology is destiny, declared Sigmund Freud. But if Freud were around today, he might say “design is destiny”—especially after taking a stroll through most modern cities. The way we design our communities plays a huge role in how we experience our lives. Neighborhoods built without sidewalks, for instance, mean that people walk less and therefore enjoy fewer spontaneous encounters, which is what instills a spirit of community to a place. A neighborly sense of the commons is missing.

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A Visit From Uncle Don

October 11, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

–by  Heather O’Shea “May you live all the days of your life.” –Jonathan Swift   One Wednesday evening last fall, I found myself sautéing sage leaves. I can’t claim to do this with any regularity; my October Bon Appetit just happened to show up as I was trying to decide what to cook for my relatives, who would be getting off a plane at ten-thirty that night. I was looking for food that would satisfy them if they hadn’t had a decent meal since Pittsburgh, that would say “I’m so glad you’re here!” and that wouldn’t reproach them if all they really wanted to do was say goodnight and go to bed. Who wouldn’t fry sage leaves in that situation? By the time I left for the airport I had chilled the champagne and done everything but drizzle the butternut squash tart with the Serrano pepper honey simmering on the stove.

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