The Sunday Message

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree,
You’ll ever be unchanging!
A symbol of goodwill and love
You’ll ever be unchanging

Each shining light
Each silver bell
No one alive spreads cheer so well

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree,
You’ll ever be unchanging

– O Christmas Tree Lyrics | MetroLyrics

When my children were younger we would plan on heading into the Lewis and Clark National Forest with some friends around the first weekend in December to find the perfect Christmas tree. We would buy a tag from the Forest Service, load up the SUV, and head for the wilderness.

We would also bring plenty of food. We’d start a fire and enjoy the fresh air. We would spend the day in search of the perfect tree. I don’t know if we ever found it, but the kids had a blast playing in the snow that was sometimes very deep. They were normally worn out and sleeping before we made it back to the highway to head home with a tree strapped to the top of the vehicle.

Some years the “hunt” went smoothly; others years it was more of an adventure. We would always bring a tow rope and once or twice we got stuck, but it still counted as a great time!

The Great Falls Tribune has a story posted on their website about finding the perfect tree. Check it out HERE.

If you live near a place where you can “hunt” for your own Christmas tree, do it. The memories will last forever.

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Caught My Eye…

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. ― André Gide

Welcome to the “Black Friday” edition of Caught My Eye!

The holiday season is upon us! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to relax with family and friends. Last night I felt a little like one of those large balloons in the Thanksgiving Day parade – kind of like a blimp.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I write about Montana Drivers, Small Business Saturday, Obama & Christmas, The Chanukah Song Part 4, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. – Eric Hoffer

Welcome to Wednesday! If you are traveling today – have a safe trip and buckle your seatbelt. Today is one of those days in which there are several stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Odds & Ends” day!

Here are today’s topics:

  • Montana Lawmakers & Syrian Refugees
  • New Montana Campaign Finance Rules
  • Montana State University & Peter Fields
  • GF Public Schools Superintendent Eval
  • Thanksgiving

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Terrific News Tuesday

You can always tell when a man’s well informed. His views are pretty much like your own. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

It’s back – another edition of Terrific News Tuesday!

In case this is your first time reading Terrific News Tuesday (TNT), this column is all about good news – there’s no complaining or criticizing today – just some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Brock Osweiler
  • Gas Prices
  • Badger Two-Medicine
  • Texting
  • Homeless Choir

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Monday’s Odd & Ends

Hello Monday! Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving week already?

It’s time for another odds and ends edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into one column and call it “Potpourri” or “Odds & Ends” or something catchy to get your attention.

Today’s topics include:

  • New MT GOP Executive Director
  • Barry Beach
  • Missoulian Editorial
  • Louisiana Governor’s Race
  • Saturday Night Live

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The Sunday Message

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.Psalm 107:1

This is Thanksgiving week. Many people will be traveling to see family and friends this week. May your travels be safe!

We have so much to be thankful for here in the United States. Please pray for those who can’t be with their families this week.

There are military personnel on watch across the globe protecting us. There are military families going through this week alone because their family member is deployed.

On Thanksgiving Day there will be first responders standing by ready to help those in need. There will be caregivers in hospitals and nursing homes helping the patients there.

As we approach the holiday season, many families will be facing the season without someone they love because that person died this year. Please remember them and pray for them during this difficult time.

As you and your friends and loved ones sit down this week to break bread, please pray for the people mentioned above. Above all else, let’s really be thankful.

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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Caught My Eye…

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. – Winston Churchill

Welcome to the big show! This, dear friends, is the 275th Caught My Eye!

If you are a first-time visitor, Caught My Eye is posted every Friday. This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both. Everything is fair game because I’m independent.

Today I write about VA claims pilot program, Daines & Paris & Syria & Fundraising, the Paranoia Vote, Greg the Explorer, Great Falls International Airport, and much more!

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