Everyone, have a happy, fun and safe Halloween.
Everyone, have a happy, fun and safe Halloween.
Wolf Point held its annual parades during the Wild Horse Stampede weekend, July 12 and 13.
Out of all of the floats that were displayed in the “90 Years of Memories and Dreams” parade, there was only one that could take home top prize.
The Spotted Bull Recovery Resource Center took home the title of Grand Overall Winner at the parade.
In addition to capturing the title of Grand Overall Winner, the resource center’s float also took first-place in the Best Commercial category.
In other categories, Best Novelty went to Shawn Boysun, while Best Civic/Political Organization went to the American Legion Junior Auxiliary and Best Cultural Heritage went to Fort Peck Community College. Ian Flynn won Best Youth, while the Fort Peck Youth and Family Activity Committee won Best Youth Organization. The Wolf Point High School Class of 1953 defeated three other Wolf Point graduating classes to win Best Adult Organization.
Besides the floats, there were also several horseriders in the parade, who walked away with honors.
Kaitlyn Jameson was awarded both Grand Overall and Youth Costume.
The family category went to the Kirn Family. Youth Cowgirl went to Emma Gourneau while Youth Cowboy went to Cole Grandchamp.
Adult Cowboy went to Pete Stump and Adult Cowgirl went to Dani Fourbear. Adult Pair went to Davey Madison and Will Lake. Loren Bisbee won the Wagon/Hitches category.
Update, Sept. 18, 2017 – Over the years I had the opportunity to attend and cover local parades. It’s always fun to see different businesses and organizations participate in parades and take part in a community event. It’s also good to see people venture out of their homes and enjoy a local event. And the floats are always beautiful to look at.
At this year’s Ritzville Community Parade, one of the Ritzville Police Officers played the “Cops” theme song from his vehicle. I opted to give them all of the awards I could think of. On some occasions, the Cheney Free Press has participated in parades. That gave me a sense of pride because it felt good to see the company I worked for doing something other than covering an event.
I’ve added, “Ride in a parade” to my bucket list.
For my friendos, fight fans and other folks who came out today or have done so in the past, I just want to say you are awesome, I am proud of you and I love you.
To parents who have children who have or haven’t come out, let them know you support them. The world is a mean, scary place right now and some of the most despicable people whose hate runs deep have the loudest voices. Letting your kids know how much you love and support them will be a benefit to them. The same goes for people who have friends and/or siblings who have come out.
If you haven’t come out and need that extra bit of courage, know that there are people who love you and will support you. However, when you make the decision to come out and tell everyone, make sure it’s when you want to do it, not when everyone wants to do.
We’re here to listen when you are ready.
I came across this post on Kitten Witch and the Bad Vibes Tumblr page. It has a lot of good information about how to talk about mental health and how we can end the stigma surrounding it.
October 10 is World Mental Health Day, so let’s talk about how we can end the stigma surrounding mental health 🌱
Start a dialogue about your own experiences
💖 Mental Health is still stigmatized and that can make it difficult to talk about openly, but the more we talk, the more we help to normalize the discussion. But it’s not just about helping the world see Mental Health differently, but about your perception too; talking about your problems can help you work through them, and see them in a more realistic light, and it helps the people around you understand your needs.
Challenge incorrect information
💖 If you see someone spreading incorrect information about mental health, be brave and step in. Remind people that mental illnesses are disorders of the brain, and are usually due to chemical imbalances, in the same way that disorders of other organs might be due to a vitamin deficiency, or the body not being able to produce the right amount of hormones.
Ask others about their experiences
💖 Encourage others to talk about their own mental health issues, if they feel comfortable doing so.
Provide a judgement-free environment
💖 Sometimes people just need to vent, rather than have a discussion, and as well-meaning as you might be you need to respect that. Ask if they’d like to discuss their issues or if they’d just like to vent and be given a sympathetic shoulder to lean on. Mental Illness can make us hyper sensitive to perceived criticism, and feel unable to open up. Create a judgement-free environment by giving them your full attention, and by allowing people to talk at their own pace, without interruption.
Ask what they need, don’t assume
💖 What we need and what someone else needs might be two different things, so ask and listen to what someone says when they talk about their needs. It might be tempting to think “they’re just being lazy” or “if I give them a push they’ll get there eventually”, but respecting their wishes is not just about whether or not they know best. Ask them if they need their boundaries pushed, or if today is a good day to try. There will be days where they are more open to pushing their boundaries. If you force them too early you may deter them from trying again, and it may hurt their trust in you.
💖 Now’s a good time to check up on the people around you. Don’t just say hello, ask how they are feeling; specifically how they feel mental-health wise. It becomes a habit to say “I’m fine”, even when you’re not, and mental illness makes it harder to be forthcoming with how we feel. Give them the option to say “well, now that you mention it…” instead of the usual small talk.
💖 Have you been ignoring your own mental health needs? Procrastinating on getting proper professional help? Now’s a good time to make an appointment with your GP for a check up!
💖 Even the most open-minded of us need to keep our own privilege and bias in-check. If you hear someone talk about an issue or symptom they face that you think might be exaggerated, made-up, or their own fault, consider that your own bias, privilege, or lack of understanding may be clouding your judgement. Everyone’s experiences are different, so try to remember not to compare. Have a judgement-free discussion, give advice or offer alternatives, but in the end: trust THEIR judgement of THEIR situation.
Brooke and Rahmah decided to team up to bring mental health to the forefront during mental health awareness week (October 1-7, 2017)!
Sometimes bars can be a lace for friends to get together, break the ice and celebrate the best of times. However, it can also be a place to have deep conversations with people you hardly know.
This recently happened when I went to the Elk to meet my friend Kara for drinks. I had known Kara for a little over a year. We had classes together, she had written under me for the Eagle Life section and we had come out of difficult relationships, some thing I would learn later in the evening.
What was supposed to be one beer turned into two, which turned into two, which then turned into five beers and dinner. What had started as casual conversation about what had gotten us into journalism and where our futures were heading, turned us making fun of the group of men ordering their first round of Guinness.
As the men grew louder, the conversation shifted to Kara asking about my recent troubles with a lady. After I had spilled my guts – but thankfully not my glass of Mack and Jack’s – she shared her past troubles with relationships and gave me advice. Although Kara was not a therapist and did not charge me by the hour – thank God – it was therapeutic to have someone to talk to about my problems.
While you do not necessarily have to have beer to have a deep conversation with a friend, sharing a six-pack with them can help smoothen the mood and the atmosphere. Beer also has a way of bringing someone’s guard down, which could result in them getting their problem off of their chest.
A bar also may seem like an unusual place for friends to have a deep conversation because of the many people, but if a bar is full of occupants, there is a less of a chance for anyone other than the bartender to hear any conversations happening. Even if other patrons were eavesdropping on a conversation, they may also have suffered through the same hardships and have advice of their own.
This happened when I met Katie, who is the girlfriend of Kara’s brother. After Kara had gone to take a break, Katie asked me about my girl troubles. After singing the same sad song that I had to Kara, Katie gave me some sound advice.
After spending four hours at the Elk, I left my new friends, but not before making them laugh by signing my check “A Lannister always pays his debts.”