Reflections West http://mtpr.org en Alicia Gignoux & Charles Finn http://mtpr.org/post/alicia-gignoux-charles-finn <p></p><p></p><p>Each fall, black bears snap poet Alicia Gignoux's wild plums trees in half. One year, she salvaged a broken ten-foot tree, hauling it indoors for her Christmas tree. In an excerpt from his book, <em>Wild Delicate Seconds</em>, writer <a href="http://finncharles.wix.com/charlesfinnwriting#!" target="_blank">Charles Finn</a> catches an October bear in the act of pilfering apples.</p><p>(Broadcast: <a href="http://www.reflectionswest.org/index.php" target="_blank"><em>Reflections West</em></a>, 7/22/14 &amp; 7/23/14)</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 22293 at http://mtpr.org Alicia Gignoux & Charles Finn Toby Thompson & Ken McCullough http://mtpr.org/post/toby-thompson-ken-mccullough <p>7/15/14 &amp; 7/16/14: This week on <a href="http://www.reflectionswest.org/index.php" target="_blank"><em>Reflections West</em></a>: In his youth, <a href="http://www.bangtailpress.com/metroliner-by-toby-thompson/" target="_blank">Toby Thompson</a> stormed thirty saloons a day in search of the Great American Bar. In the dark of a recent December night, he experienced a revival at the New Atlas Bar in Columbus, MT. Poet <a href="http://www.kenmcculloughpoet.com/books/walking-backwards/" target="_blank">Ken McCullough</a> finds consolation at the New Atlas, too:</p><p>"Your conversation</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 21405 at http://mtpr.org Toby Thompson & Ken McCullough Kathleen Welsch & Indigenous Elders http://mtpr.org/post/kathleen-welsch-indigenous-elders <p></p><p>7/8/14 &amp; 7/9/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.reflectionswest.org/index.php" target="_blank">Reflections West</a>:" Literature professor <a href="http://www.clarion.edu/62903/" target="_blank">Kathleen Welsch</a> describes John Randall: a Winnebago born in prison, a tunnel rat in Vietnam, a wheelchair-bound warrior for the "little guy." Welsch excerpts a commentary about Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster from the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaujX_Rtch8" target="_blank">Indigenous Elders and Medicine Peoples Council</a>.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 21159 at http://mtpr.org Kathleen Welsch & Indigenous Elders Erica Olsen & Frank Waters http://mtpr.org/post/erica-olsen-frank-waters <p></p><p></p><p>7/1/14 &amp; 7/2/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.reflectionswest.org/index.php" target="_blank">Reflections West</a>:" Four Corners area fiction writer, <a href="http://www.recapturestories.com/index.html" target="_blank">Erica Olsen</a>, notes the distracting nature of Grand Canyon visitors' obsessions with cameras and technology. From his book, <em>The Colorado</em>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Waters" target="_blank">Frank Waters</a> points out that "for all our technological achievements, our very lives tremble upon the delicate scales of nature."</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 21073 at http://mtpr.org Erica Olsen & Frank Waters John Clayton & Caroline Lockhart http://mtpr.org/post/john-clayton-caroline-lockhart <p>6/24/14 &amp; 6/25/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.reflectionswest.org/index.php" target="_blank">Reflections West</a>:" Author <a href="http://www.johnclaytonbooks.com/mainpage.htm" target="_blank">John Clayton</a> marvels at the independence of frontier journalist, newspaper publisher, rodeo founder, homesteader and novelist, <a href="http://www.wyohistory.org/essays/old-west%E2%80%99s-female-champion-caroline-lockhart-and-wyoming%E2%80%99s-cowboy-heritage" target="_blank">Caroline Lockhart</a>. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 20139 at http://mtpr.org John Clayton & Caroline Lockhart Ellen Baumler & Clem Work http://mtpr.org/post/ellen-baumler-clem-work <p></p><p>6/17/14 &amp; 6/18/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.reflectionswest.org/index.php" target="_blank">Reflections West</a>:" Historian <a href="http://ellenbaumler.blogspot.com/p/about.html" target="_blank">Ellen Baumler</a>, who witnessed Governor Brian Schweitzer's posthumous pardon of the 76 men and 3 women convicted of sedition under Montana's notorious 1918 law, reflects on WWI hysteria. <a href="http://www.seditionproject.net/DBD.html" target="_blank">Clem Work </a>speculates on the convictions of two of the pardoned, William and Janet Smith.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 20138 at http://mtpr.org Ellen Baumler & Clem Work Damon Falke http://mtpr.org/post/damon-falke-0 <p></p><p>6/10/14 &amp; 6/11/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.reflectionswest.org/index.php" target="_blank">Reflections West</a>:" <a href="http://www.damonfalke.com/" target="_blank">Damon Falke</a>, author, playwright and poet, returns to a bean field, where his nine-year-old self is practicing fly-fishing. Falke shifts the scene to shadows and "odd pickings" at "The Church at Yellowjacket."</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 20137 at http://mtpr.org Damon Falke Linds Sanders & Eduardo Chirinos http://mtpr.org/post/linds-sanders-eduardo-chirinos <p>6/3/14 &amp; 6/4/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.reflectionswest.org/index.php" target="_blank">Reflections West</a>:" Missoula slam poet Linds Sanders writes about the strange presence of life in Henry, a stuffed buffalo. Poet <a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/eduardo-chirinos" target="_blank">Eduardo Chirinos</a>, a professor at the University of Montana-Missoula, writes about bears - real, symbolic, and stuffed.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 19544 at http://mtpr.org Linds Sanders & Eduardo Chirinos Brandon Reintjes & Tristan Tzara http://mtpr.org/post/brandon-reintjes-tristan-tzara <p>5/27/14 &amp; 5/28/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.reflectionswest.org/index.php" target="_blank">Reflections West</a>:" Brandon Reintjes, Curator of Art at the University of Montana's Montana Museum of Art &amp; Culture, contemplates artistic innovation and "Montana modernism." <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tristan_Tzara" target="_blank">Tristan Tzara</a>, a founder of Dadaism, instructs "How To Make a Dadaist Poem."</p><p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 19483 at http://mtpr.org Brandon Reintjes & Tristan Tzara Stephanie Land & Judy Blunt http://mtpr.org/post/stephanie-land-judy-blunt <p>5/20/14 &amp; 5/21/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.reflectionswest.org/index.php" target="_blank">Reflections West</a>:" Stephanie Land recalls how the cold of an Alaskan winter forced her to surrender to nature. Judy Blunt portrays the 1964 blizzard on Montana's Hi-Line.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 19119 at http://mtpr.org Stephanie Land & Judy Blunt