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By Mick Holien

Are you one of those people who are prone to exaggeration?

Or do you know somebody who loves to stretch the truth a little further every time they repeat the story.

Well you know it makes for good story tellin’ and after all who doesn’t like a good story.

Unfortunately so when does stretching the truth just become a lie.

Larger, greater, better or worse than it really is comes the definition of exaggeration. Overstate or represent goes a step farther

Now let’s face it have you ever told a story and stretched or enhanced the truth maybe to make it just you know a tiny bit better.

Seems like such things often happen at significant events where for example the number of people who attended Woodstock or even a better example which quite frankly I really can’t understand enhancing ones sports exploits.

I have seen even campaign literature claiming to be an um football player or others stating a person played in the camellia bowl when such absurdities are so easy to verify.

So out of curiosity I thought finding out what the experts think would be interesting,

Wouldn’t you know there is a diagnosis – histrionic personality disorder is a condition where a person tends to over-dramatize situations, which said psychology today may impair relationships and lead to depression?

The cause is unknown although childhood events and genetics may be involved.

But people with such difficulty function at a high level and well in social environments.

Now I don’t know about you but that’s too much jargon for me and you know when one researches psychology or even psychiatry you always find too much that tends to refer to yourself.

I was a psychology minor in college but before that I applied to neuro-psychiatrist school in the military.

I had that interest way back then and maybe it was because I wanted to diagnose myself.

It is said people lie an average of 13 times a week - really? That ought to interest you.

A New York Times article says lying is as much a part of natural growth and development as telling the truth.

So there you have it 13 times a week – But really who’s keeping track

Just sayin’





Office Supplies - Part 1

By Mick Holien

You know I’d like to think I have my ducks in a row as well as the next guy but if that is true why does my desk, even as organized as it was yesterday, always look thrashed and hide things.

So how many pens do you own.

All my print years makes me darn particular about how my pen feels in my hand – I love a good pen. It’s just they are so darn expensive.

I have one drawer completely full of every imaginable office supply and another filled to the brim with pens, the majority of which probably are full of dried ink.

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Tis the Season

By Mick Holien

While the holiday season in general and Christmas often prompts many forms of benevolence so to can it bring melancholy especially for those who are shut-ins in their own home, have no immediate family or are confined to assisted living type facilities.

And it is not a fable that suicide and such attempts accelerate and in one survey I located surprisingly 45percent of respondents dread the festive season.

In our corner of the world where days tend to be grey and long lasting there has long been supposition that weather affects mood but is that accurate?

It seems to be family occurrences may well play a more significant role than any environmental influence.

Starting it seems at Thanksgiving if someone or something is missing from the family gettogether whether it be a traditional dinner or another happening like the opening of Christmas presents the pitfall of depression looms.

For one thing there usually is a break is our natural routine accompanied by maybe more than normal down time which can get filled with reflecting on the loss of a loved one.

While that is all part of the grieving process I have noticed recently even on Facebook the mourning of loved ones three, five years or even longer after their passing professing their eternal love and loneliness.

Adding to that cycle in my quite less than professional opinion is the guilt we bring down on ourselves if our downer is recognized by friends or relatives who hasten to offer advice and feel the need to share your agony.

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Emma is 106

By Mick Holien

Emma Lommasson has been my friend through just a few of her birthdays, probably five or six, and I have written a few stories with Centenarians.

But as I age myself I think I appreciate more of the kind of wisdom that such folks have to impart.

And in the case of Emma I have absorbed more than my share.

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Lights Under the Big Sky

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By Mick Holien

Christmas parades on consecutive Friday nights. Not quite you have to wait until next week as Ronan’s Parade of Lights brings Santa Claus down Main Street to the Lights Under the Big Sky festival and Holiday Treasures drawing at the Fairgrounds starting at 5:30 p.m.

But the inaugural year celebration Parade of Lights this weekend is designed to attract folks to the Lake County Fairgrounds in Ronan over a three weekend for pre-Christmas family-oriented activities to a facility that often outside of the Fair sits unused.

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A Day of Infamy

By Mick Holien

Indeed it was accurate to be described 76 years ago today Dec 7 in 1941 as “A Day of Infamy.”

The Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor vaulted the United States into World War II after this country, led at the time by President Roosevelt, stayed clear of the conflict brought about when Germany Invaded Poland.

Historians argue memory of World War I casualties and the Great Depression might have contributed to the period of isolationism although the U.S. had aided Great Britain in their resistance of the Nazis in Europe.

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Just Let Me Sleep

By Mick Holien

As pretty much a Type A personality I have always been the kind of guy who grabbed sleep when I could, never awoke after I closed my eyes and if there was a chance to be lazy and sleep for seven hours would relish the opportunity.

I have done it many ways.

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Parade and More

By Mick Holien

In the vein of Christmas spirit, it sure seemed like a record crowd lined the streets of Polson no doubt mindful that Santa Claus was to be part the festivities.

But by the number of floats and the amount of work some groups put in to take a few block drive mostly down Main Street, Santa received a warm greeting when imo continues.

And maybe it was about as warm as possible as it seemed like not exactly tepid temps but pleasant thermometer readings and the lack of precipitation was the conversation piece of the day.

And to put a cherry on the evening’s festivities a record crowd made their way up the hill to the High School Auditorium for a lengthy songfest featuring Dublin Gulch, long a favorite, and Willson & McKee, a duo who used to call out little burg home.

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Holidays

By Mick Holien

Amidst IMO’s radio vocalist career the calendar turns to the 12th month of 2017 and gently after last weekend’s fanfare into the Christmas, albeit don’t utter holiday, season.

And as been written before in this corner there’s just no better excuse for a parade than a burg like ours.

Minus a bit of flaky white coverage, I guess we’ll have to settle for the Missions, we’ll have to settle for a near freezing thermometer reading to welcome for start of the annual affair at 5 p.m. but don’t get fooled and think that the start of the parade, it isn’t, when imo happily continues.

Stores remain open at 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. but due to traffic considerations Santa Claus isn’t kicking off the parade till 6 p.m.

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The Right Stuff

By Mick Holien

In pulling the switch and naming Bobby Hauck as the head football coach Friday morning, the University of Montana took a giant step in restoring the program’s competitive nature but it by no means will come easily.

I won’t go so far as to call the state of gridiron fortunes bleak but couldn’t be more pleased that things have been set in motion and the start of the laying of building blocks has already taken place with the hiring of staff that understands the culture here.

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Hire Hauck

By Mick Holien

Bobby Hauck has long been a polarizing figure.

Any time someone has as much success, outwardly displays confidence deserving of such success and makes it clear sometimes in a forceful tune that it is my way or the highway, there will be an element of people who take offense.

Let’s be clear from the onset I was anything but that person.

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Some Kind of Life Story

By Mick Holien

I have often considered since we prepare living will and make most other death-type arrangements in advance maybe it makes some sense that we do likewise with our obituary.

Now it is not exactly an original idea since some years back I read where someone started a business doing just that – He called it the Obituary Store – and I have considered doing g something like that for years.

And new technology prompts me to believe that rather than just an audio obit, subtle video of a late-in-life interview would be quite beneficial and my son points out with the clarity and resolution in modern cellular phone one wouldn’t even need a camera and tripod.

Usually what happens after a loved one’s death there generally is a family member who has it more together or maybe has some writing expertise and thus the job, like it or not, falls to them.

In most cases friends are quite anxious to read it yet family members often dread putting it together at the start of the mourning process.

So rather than having just another thing to worry about completing, why not have it prepared well in advance and maybe even placing it with your variety of wishes.

I was prompted to consider this after a call from as prominent Missoulian last week who is in his eighties and has asked me several times to write a biography that he could leave behind and let’s face it neither of us is getting any younger.

Those of us who are not fortunate enough to have a nuclear family probably have some part of their life that hasn’t been shared with the kids or maybe there is a new wife in the picture who has little knowledge of your early life.

My idea of after death obits would include the prompt interviewing of family members and would include guarantee of a timely turnaround.

Over the years I have interviewed many family members after a tragic occurrence took the life of a loved one, expertise that would be beneficial in this possible endeavor.

I am the curious type, have asked questions for a living for years and people have a tendency to open up to me often sharing things they haven’t told anyone.

While not sure I am looking for another job, I’ll let you know how it goes – Are you more than curious?

One thing about it, it will be interesting – Just sayin’

By Mick Holien

I have often considered since we prepare living will and make most other death-type arrangements in advance maybe it makes some sense that we do likewise with our obituary.

Now it is not exactly an original idea since some years back I read where someone started a business doing just that – He called it the Obituary Store – and I have considered doing g something like that for years.

And new technology prompts me to believe that rather than just an audio obit, subtle video of a late-in-life interview would be quite beneficial and my son points out with the clarity and resolution in modern cellular phone one wouldn’t even need a camera and tripod.

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Grey Cup

By Mick Holien

Prompted to clamor for the satellite remote because of the first half doldrums in the Seahawk-Niners game I turn the channel to the scene of a full-scale blizzard Ottawa where players from a pair of prominent Canadian cities are about to determine their National Championship.

And square in the midst of the 105th Grey Cup is Montana’s in Dave Dickenson who has extended his ’95 Grizzly reputation as Legend of the Fall” north of the border to Canada.

But while Dickie has claimed his share of CFL accolades as a quarterback for British Columbia he now wears the mantle of Calgary’s head coach where for the second consecutive year he has taken the Roughriders to the chipper.

And at his signal calling helm is Eastern Washington’s Bo Levi Mitchell joined across the line by record setting former Sacramento State signal caller Ricky Ray.

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Kipling

By Mick Holien

I was rummaging through some notes of possible story ideas as I waited for the barrage of basketball and football games of interest to get going and I ran across something I have often used in presentations, graduations and really anywhere that I am searching for something to write about.

It is prose penned by Rudyard Kipling, one of the most recognizable writers of both prose and verse in the United Kingdom near the turn of the Twentieth Century.

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Baby Steps

By Mick Holien

So often I have found I participated or maybe even just attended a non-profit’s fundraiser and left wondering either whether it was deemed a success or just how much money was brought in.

And usually like in the case the furniture auction to benefit the Boys & Girls Club in Ronan late Sunday after the whole affair was completed it was challenging enough to collect for everything and get the majority out the door of the former Total Home and just not an opportunity to tabulate the results which I’ll have for you when IMO continues after this.

Mick Holien back on your radio where first of all a sincere thank you to all those folks who took the time to tell me what they thought of this little program. The input is sincerely appreciated and hearing from you lends some credibility to what I envision for IMO.

Oh that’s right back to the auction, professionally handled at quite a pace – I’d say definitely no huddle-by Ronan’s home boy Reed Tobol.

The majority of the approximate 200 people who attended stayed around until near the end and were quite active with their bids even to the 90-minute mark.

There were 170 items available in the live auction and an additional 200 of the silent variety,

The closest estimation available from Aric Cooksley on Tuesday was somewhere $12,000-$14,000 which with no expenses went right to the Club and its need to renovate the expansive building on the north end of Ronan.

On the Griz men’s hoop front from the appearance in the early stages of the non-conference season that the challenges of road travel from Missoula to the east coast and back to Malibu hasn’t adversely affected Montana.

With an opening exciter win in overtime at Pitt followed by a loss at Penn State brought the Grizzlies to Malibu where they played their way into the championship game of the Legends Classic against Cal-St Barbara.

And while UCSB scored the game’s first eight points and ran to a double digit lead several times to 18 and holding an 11 point halftime advantage before Montana seized the momentum and charged off the deck and into a second half short lead.

With a trio of Grizzlies with four fouls UCSB ran to a 13-point run to go to a 59-48 advantage and out of Montana’s reach dropping to 3-2 with.

Paced in the early season seemingly in every outing by guards double figure scorers Ahmad Rorie and Michael Oguine this team lends promise but you know about the remainder of the schedule to prepare for the rigors of the Sky.


Stitt Gone

By Mick Holien

If you listened to yesterday’s program you know that I delayed sharing my opinion about Montana head football coach Bob Stitt’s continued employed.

While I unfortunately have no future personal investment in this decision, take my word for it I have plenty of past reasons to be entitled to have strong feelings.

But in the sake of bygones be bygones, as I did through most of my situation, I am going to continue to drive up the high road because I have not yet reached the pinnacle where hopefully I can put the whole thing aside.

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Awards

By Mick Holien

Wow that is what is known as an abrupt season end – just about as abrupt as I can ever recall.

And you know I didn’t even look Sunday morning to examine the post-season pairings and it wasn’t until at Sunday night’s Boys and Girls Club auction in Ronan when Joe McDonald told me which Big Sky Conference teams were in.

And sitting now at the keyboard I guess I’d better check it all out.

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The Cats

By Mick Holien

Saturday’s cross-state tussle in Bozeman has as many overtones as I can handled.

So many times in this traditional matchup which is one of the longest running in the country the better team does not come out victories.

So many seasons, one team or another is playing at their peak heading into the pre-Thanksgiving matchup.

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Oh My English

By Mick Holien

Now I am certainly not an English major and certainly don’t proclaim that I usually communicate with the finest utilization of the King’s English.

And it might surprise you to discover that in high school I took four years of Latin and two years of Greek but trust me not exactly because I wanted to – You see they were required.

But recognizing poor grammar in others - especially for example media types even stretching to the national level especially during interviews – has a tendency to drive me bonkers.

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No No Please

By Mick Holien

Now I am certainly not an English major and certainly don’t proclaim that I usually communicate with the finest utilization of the King’s English.

And it might surprise you to discover that in high school I took four years of Latin and two years of Greek but trust me not exactly because I wanted to – You see they were required.

But recognizing poor grammar in others - especially for example media types even stretching to the national level especially during interviews – has a tendency to drive me bonkers.

 I guess since retirement I have noticed it more on the cable television stations.

And while there certainly is a degree of spontaneity required to both ask questions under pressure and even more so to answer an inquiry, just a little advance thought sure would help.

But in most cases poor English prevails and it causes this poor scribe to wonder whether there is such a thing as an air check to prompt better performance.

I fondly remember my first one. I’d been on the radio for about three weeks spinning “Today’s Country” and the afternoon jock who also was the program director and I guess purveyor of all things good radio told me to tape my next hour and we’d listen to it together and he’d critique me.

Well long story short I didn’t know how to tape my program which contained four breaks on the quarter hour for me to talk for about 15 seconds as I remember.

He showed me how to put it on reel-to-reel and then waited outside the control room door panting I visualize.

The short version of the critique – and believe me it was short – was he suggested I find another line of work.

I quickly pointed out that the station had lured me, that I ran the bowling center across the street, and maybe he should find someone for the rest of the shift.

Pointing out that I had overreacted – which I am prone to do – we remained friends and I continued to spin some country tunes and call some football and basketball games.

He even remained in the business until the station was sold about a year later and I’ve often thought I’d like to replay that conversation with him.

See there’s one of those English things right there. Some people would have said replay with him AGAIN.

Redundant and a waste of air time and paper.

So might however have been this diatribe.Just sayin’

Word of the day..glean pronounced the same, spelled differently do you know both meanings

 


It is Veterans Day

By Mick Holien

On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour the United States and other countries celebrate Germany’s surrender and eventual signing of the Armistice that purportedly ended World War 1.

First termed “the war to end all wars” by H.G. Wells the document – The treaty of Versaillles - proved to be anything thing but the case.

Negotiated in a six-month period leading to June, 1919, the Treaty was signed in protest by some while the Allied Forces were represented by Russia, France, Italy and Great Britain in a railroad car at Compiegne, France just outside Paris.

The U.S. Senate refused to ratify and Germany refused to sign.

President Woodrow Wilson opposed the treaty’s rigidity, instead recommending a provision to the League of Nations mandating his conditions including an “end to all war.”

Wilson also mandated open rather than secret negotiations to determine division among the Allies of land seized by the Germans.

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