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American Wolf

Oct 4, 2017

“Gripping and fascinating! Wolf versus wolf, wolf versus man, man versus man.” 

Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale and Hag-Seed (via Twitter)

American Wolf is the intimate, involving story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the fabled Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her. In the book, Blakeslee delves into the complex debate over wolves in Yellowstone. This debate, between pro- and anti-wolf forces, serves as a window into the larger clash of cultures in the West—and indeed, the rest of the country. This is so much more than a story of wolves raising their litters and caring for each other, although readers will get a crash course in the fascinating behavior of wolves. It is a story–with O-Six at the epicenter–of politics, lawyers, the environment, ecology, love, fear, loss and more.

Stressed? Science Says Take A Walk In The Woods

Oct 1, 2017
More and more research reveals time spent outdoors relieves stress and improves physical and emotional well-being.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-NC-2)

I feel the stress from the week lift off my shoulders as I breathe in the scent of ponderosa pine. Today, I have no papers to write, tests to take, or meetings to attend. This is my time to relax in the Montana wilderness. Even though I know that spending time in nature always makes me feel better, I don’t always take the time to immerse myself in it. And I’m not the only one. It seems fewer people escape from the human world while, ironically, more and more research reveals time spent in nature relieves stress and improves physical and emotional well-being.

Recipe: Provençal Garlic Soup

Oct 1, 2017
Stu Spivak (CC-BY-2.0)

In an episode of "The French Chef" tv series titled,  "Steak Dinner For Four in Half an Hour," Julia Child introduced young Food Guy Greg Patent to a deceptively simple recipe for Aigo bouido, Provençal garlic soup. When Other Food Guy Jon Jackson encountered the same recipe in one of Child's cookbooks, he was taken aback by the first ingredient. "Two HEADS of garlic?!"

Yes, indeed. This sweet and delicious soup features two heads of garlic, fresh herbs, cloves, three egg yolks and olive oil.

Can Do: How Edible Crickets Fuel This Montana Business

Sep 29, 2017
Cricket Cookie.
Courtesy Cowboy Cricket Farms

"It was during the time of the bug buffet at MSU. I was seeing all these people there having fun trying these insects, they were eating them. So went home and I said, 'James, I want to start a cricket farm,'" says Kathy Rolin. Kathy and her husband James founded Cowboy Cricket Farms.

Kathy and James Rolin join host Arnie Sherman to share lessons learned while building their edible cricket business in Belgrade, Montana, in this episode of "Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs."

Simon & Schuster

"You know, as a writer, it’s always these tidbits that catch your attention: the little article, or maybe a line in a song, or something somebody says, or a story, and in this case it was actually on Twitter."                         -- Christine Carbo

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