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Everything is not fine (and that’s okay)

Headwaters Everything is not fine (and that’s OK) Photo by Mandy Mohler BY STEPHANIE MALTARICH I n the year 2000 Sara Boilen opened up a map of the U.S., closed her eyes, and waved her finger in the air before plopping it down. She opened her eyes to find that she had...

Where We Choose to Look

Headwaters “where we choose to look” Illustration by Morgan Krieg   BY JONATHAN FETTER-VORM B efore she would start a painting, my mother used to take two corners of matte board, two white L-shapes, and hold them up to the landscape, making a sort of...

“I’m Not an Artist”

Headwaters “I AM NOT AN ARTIST” Illustration by Morgan Krieg   BY JESSIE MAZUR I “never thought of myself as an artist,” my boyfriend said, adjusting the glasses he resents. He said this shortly after he spent an entire evening smashing light bulbs...

The Promise of Summer Fun

Headwaters The Promise of summer fun For over 30 years, Camp Promise has been providing a full summer camp experience for people with disabilities. Summer campers at Camp Promise   STORY BY JESSICA SWANSON C hristian hops out of the car with a broad smile and...

Contemporary Nomad

Headwaters Contemporary Nomad Reflections of a seasonal worker. Illustration by Isaac Passwater   BENJAMIN ALVA POLLEY M ist fell on the river and wet our faces as Mike and I forded the North Fork of the Flathead, with January chunks of ice and slush bouncing off...

You Don’t Know Granola

Headwaters You don’t know granola Camping isn’t what it used to be. And that’s okay. Backwoods Montana in the ’70s and ’80s.   ANNETTE STREAN-CORNELIUS M any of the friends that I made in my two decades living away from Montana thought I was extremely...