Archive for December 3rd, 2007

by Rebecca Schmitz

Even though I was raised without religion (My parents came from intensely religious families.  My father was an altar boy at St. Anthony’s, my mother was confirmed at St. Paul’s. By the time I came along they were wholly uninterested in faith.) my family always celebrated Christmas. It was purely a celebration of family and tradition for us. We put up our tree the day after Thanksgiving (thanks to an entrenched campaign of whining on my part), made at least a dozen types of cookies and candies from scratch, sent cards to everyone in our address book, and bought a gift for the entire family to enjoy. Usually the gift was a board game, something all of us could play after dinner on Christmas night and for months afterward. My dad, tired of Connect Four, bought an Atari for Christmas 1979. The rest of us barely got to play with it; he grabbed the “Adventure” game right away and disappeared into the family room for hours, hell bent on getting the chalice away from the red dragon.

It’s memories like these that make the holidays special for me, despite my professed atheism. Christmas means home, comfort, safety and family. I’m sure many of you feel the same. That’s why it’s important to remember those of us in Missoula who do not get to experience all the small domestic joys of Christmas: the cookies, the cards, the cat throwing up from eating tinsel, the pine needles imbedded in the carpet for months to come. You can help them by donating to the Poverello Center. If only for a few hours, every Missoulian deserves a place to call home this time of year–with or without tinsel in the cat puke.

by Jamee Greer

There are sure some great local blogs starting on really important issues lately! I wanted to mention a blog belonging to a good pal of mine, and fellow ASUM Transportation board member, Jordan Hess.

Discovering Transit in Montana is a great site to check out, even if you’re not a planning nerd!

While we’re on the topic, just a reminder that Wednesday from 4:00 until 6:00 at the Grant Creek Inn, the public can comment on the Five Valleys Regional Transit Study – found here.

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