Items by Joanne Wilke

Walking the dog in a changed community
Walking the dog in a changed community
An unpleasant encounter with a fellow dog owner leads a writer to change her dog-walking habits.
The burbling air show of migrating snow geese
The burbling air show of migrating snow geese
Every spring, thousands of honking, spiraling, brilliantly white snow geese take to the endless skies over Montana's vast prairies.
A devotee of a new kind of retail therapy
A devotee of a new kind of retail therapy
Dumpster diving is the way to go, in bad times and good times.
The old ways sink into the earth
The old ways sink into the earth
There's something evocative about old farm equipment, which is as rich in memories as it is covered in ancient rust.
Stopping by apples in the land of condos
Stopping by apples in the land of condos
The small courtesies of gleaning urban fruit.
Solace among the Crazies
Solace among the Crazies
A hike in Montana's Crazy Mountains eases the pain and worry of cancer treatments.
Bring on the chickens
Bring on the chickens
There’s nothing funnier or more educational than a flock of backyard chickens.
A tribute to a lifetime of frugality
A tribute to a lifetime of frugality
During a long, adventurous life, Great-aunt Marie never wasted a thing or even had garbage to throw away.
Fear and rage in the barn
Fear and rage in the barn
Cleaning a barn and shoveling the manure of a gigantic but gentle old bull helps a woman come to terms with the misery of her divorce.