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A Kassner
Flathead Valley, Montana
People watcher and writer, birdwatcher and stargazer. I like watching the little things that make our collective lives interesting.
Interests: Of course, many outdoors activities, camping, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, birding, people watching, short short writing
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WILDFIRE DEBATE Oh, boy! The blame game begins. As fire ravages Montana’s grasslands and forests, the debate about the causes of these fires heats up. Every year when our forests are burning, strident voices can be heard disparaging the “tree hugger” environmentalist without considering the combination of events that multiplies the forest and grassland conflagrations. I have even read where Hillary Clinton is blamed for the logging industry’s declines. Let’s look at some causes and contributing factors of forest and grassland fires. The most obvious are manmade causes. Ninety percent of wildland fire is caused by unattended campfires, burning of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Observing the Lil Things in Life
Where does it say in the Boy Scout handbook that Scouting Jamborees are political grounds on which to bully and deprecate? Clinton, Obama, and Sessions were all targets of Trump. In a speech which seemed far outside the traditional, Trump pounded home his rhetoric regarding his election and “fake news”. I can only imagine that teenagers who solemnly take an oath to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent; that this speech was far from an expectation of encouragement to fulfill these values. Historically, Scouts are sent on their way full of hope... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Observing the Lil Things in Life
Would the real Ryan Zinke please, stand up? In the past few months Zinke has promised to cut 4,000 National Park Service employee jobs. And yet, supposedly, he will allocate 50 million dollars for deferred construction and maintenance of the 59 national parks. If this budget allocation comes on the backs of park employee jobs, reduced land size of monuments and park lands, and destruction of public lands through increased mineral and oil exploration and development; what good does this budget accomplish? What good is the approximate 12-billion-dollar budget that Trump’s national budget allocates? The National Park Service is only... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Observing the Lil Things in Life
Writing is a difficult art requiring revision after revision. This is my most recent work based on an actual event but in no means represents the perspectives and occurrences of the night of the train wreck. Putting what happened that night into 750 words is a challenge. So, those of you who went through the same experience, please, bear with my creative license. Thank you. Night of the Train Wreck Many years passed before Becca could look at the full moon in all its color and splendor. “I remember that night,” Becca reflected. “It shone through my bedroom window, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Observing the Lil Things in Life
The U.S. Senate seeks to restrict journalists and the free press from filming interviews in the hallways of the United States Senate building. How can this happen in a democracy? Journalists are aggressive searchers and reporters of the news. Ever since cameras were invented photojournalism has been a major method of reporting and interviewing newsmakers. To control the use of photography in the Senate building hallways which are the property of the People, conflicts with the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. A free and independent press, even photojournalists, are a necessity to ensure our liberty. Supreme Court Justice... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Observing the Lil Things in Life
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May 1, 2010
I blogged 2-3 times per week. Little things came to me, and I wrote. Whatever the idea, simple philosophy or biting sarcasm, I was just happy to write. That didn't last long. The ideas kept coming but the energy kept going. Attention diverted by family, health and winter blues took away my energy level. I don't know about other writers for sure, but I am guessing that I am not alone. I skipped blogging for a week, two weeks and then, a month and two. A good idea came and went without so much as a note written on scrap... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at Observing the Lil Things in Life
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May 1, 2010
Coffee shops provide fodder for writers almost every day. Today, I sit at my table in the corner with my computer and coffee, mocha if anyone cares. An elderly couple sit at a table to my left. The are Montanans of another age. Gray and silver haired, bespectaled and slow... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2010 at Andrea L Kassner
Never Forget the Cafeteria Boy The Mohawk hairstyle is the first thing I notice about the boy in the cafeteria. His hairstyle is three inches tall and extends from his blonde eyebrows to the fuzzy nape of his neck. With his soft wavy ash blonde hair and dark brown tips, the hairdo suits him. Brown and wide open, his eyes glint with humor. And the smile of this ten-year-old boy is dimple-to-dimple, bright and beautiful. I fall in love with this young man as I would a grandchild. He is, in my opinion, absolutely adorable. My meeting with him takes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2010 at Observing the Lil Things in Life
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Jan 28, 2010
As an observer of lil things, I know that small things such as animals, conversation and automobiles are not always a good thing. Small animals bite as well as big animals; conversation turns nasty on one word; and small cars carry little accident protection. I state the obvious, maybe. Small animal bites are shrugged off as a nuisance. Walking away from bad conversation is an avoidance method. Another small car involved accident is one more statistic. I am not sure about some of my observations. However, it seems that ignoring and avoiding the lil things, good or bad, is a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2010 at Observing the Lil Things in Life
A smile is a reward; a reward for kindness, honesty, and humor; given freely. That's what I believe. Sometimes, I forget. Two days before Christmas, I walk toward the checkout stand in the largest grocery store in the valley. I watch a middle aged woman with long brown hair bag groceries for a silver-haired elderly couple. The elderly couple seems to have forgotten the art of smiling. The bagger keeps bagging without noticing, it seems. The woman appears to be without hope and without the energy it takes to inspire a smile. The woman looks sad. The couple departs with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2009 at Observing the Lil Things in Life
I know why the geeks get the big bucks. While working on my personal sites, profiles, blogs, tweets...dum dee dum...I have a whole new respect for those who sit at two, three, or four computer terminals inputting data, designing websites, and synchronizing who knows what. When I decided to do a simple blog with my meanderings in front of worldwide internet communities, I was confident. Cocky? OK, I was arrogant. Talk about decompression, I am quite humble, now. What I know about programming can be summed up in one sentence, "Tweet? What's a tweet?" Join me now in a silent... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2009 at Observing the Lil Things in Life
Preparation for the annual Christmas Bird Count is winging its way to the start date. One day per year bird enthusiasts don their mittens, boots, and binoculars. They gather pencils, bird identification books, and tally sheets. Within a circle of land area seventeen miles diameter from the Bitterroot National Forest Service ranger station in the name of "science", birders gather. In teams that thwart the elements, the hardiest of the obsessive walk the woodlands intently peering up at tree branches, streamside brush, and rocky outcrops. Others drive their routes observing birdlife from the warmth of a four wheeled vehicle. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2009 at Observing the Lil Things in Life
Observing the antics of a puppy's first experience with a sizeable snowfall, watching the birds lose themselves in the snow while pecking around for seed, seeing a rundown Montana town turn to a beautiful landscaape when blanketed with the overnight cleaansing, and learning to snowshoe in the foreign environment of the backyard: so much beauty is lost when using a wide angle view. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2009 at Observing the Lil Things in Life
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Posted Dec 11, 2009 at Observing the Lil Things in Life
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Posted Dec 10, 2009 at Observing the Lil Things in Life
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Dec 10, 2009