April May 2023 Issue Articles Found in This Issue Purple Mountain Lavender: More Than a Calming Crop - After a long winter, Deb Davis inspects springtime growth of their 1,500 lavender plants, representing 40 varieties at Purple Mountain Lavender farm. Find Coverage for Dental Care in Retirement - Most seniors are stuck paying full out-of-pocket prices every time they visit a dentist. A variety of options can help retirees find coverage for dental care Photo courtesy Earl Craig Farriers: Cobblers on Steroids - As long as humans continue to work and play with horses, there will be a demand for farriers, which is what the folks who shoe horses are called. Photo courtesy Carter County Museum Dig Dinos? Love Dark Skies? Head to the Carter County Museum. - Who knew that a tiny town could be such a treasure-trove of amazing dinosaur fossils? From astro-tourism to dinosaur digs, the Carter County Museum has it all. Photo by Suzanne Waring Deanne MacDonald Captioning in Her Retirement Years - Deanne MacDonald Marilyn Monroe Fashion Interlude - For a brief moment, I savored the notion that anything about me could have inhabited the same stratosphere as Marilyn Monroe. 50PlusWire / © AI generated, shutterstock.com Putt Putt Memories - In May we celebrate National Miniature Golf Day. For me it revives fond putt putt memories, and I take stock in the roots of my golf addiction. Publisher Letter: Switchbacks - A switchback can be a good metaphor for life—you struggle on the uphill climb with all its precarious turns, but eventually you hit smooth coasting headed home. Photo courtesy Glenn Howard Missoula’s New Slow-Pitch Plus-60 Softball Club - Bruce Randall and Glenn Howard of Missoula are creating a draft softball club for players over 60. This is the inaugural season, and anyone over 60 can sign up. Ida and Sam Eagle: Founders of West Yellowstone’s Eagle Store - When Sam and Ida Eagle married in 1907, they had a dream to build a business in an isolated part of Montana. The Eagle Store in West Yellowstone withstood the test of time. For the Birds and Bees - Spring is here, with birds returning, bees buzzing, and grass re-greening. But birds and bees — all insects — are in trouble, and they need our help. How to Claim Your 2022 Montana Tax Rebates - Here’s what taxpayers need to know to make sure they get their 2023 Montana tax rebate. Missoula Smokejumper William MacDonald: Unlocking His CIA Past - Before dawn on April 17, 1961, Missoula Smokejumper William MacDonald stood outside the door of a jump plane at a clandestine CIA airbase on the coast of Nicaragua. Photo courtesy Heroes and Horses Heroes and Horses: A Healing Combination for Veterans - Heroes and Horses is changing the lives of veterans through hard work, new skills, wholesome eating, mediation, reflection, and the healing power of horses.