Better Living and Big Sky

Here it is: a shameless plug for my two other blogs, Better Living Thru Blogging and the Big Sky Blog! First up is the Big Sky Blog, which sadly got hacked over the weekend. I lost – at least temporarily – everything, but am in the process of re-building it. In the meantime, there is some fresh content: news that Montana is the only state that is NOT represented by a large Navy ship, and big-shot magazine The Economist is blogging from Big Sky Country this week.

And over at BLTB, some whimsy, some politics, and some critters: RIP, WFB; very annoying commercials and a talk-radio host; some soulful sleestaks; and goats and sharks! And we’ll wrap it up with what Bill O’Reilly might call the Most Ridiculous Item of the day.

You Must Remember This

“My Very Exciting Magic Carpet Just Sailed Under Nine Palace Elephants.” Nonsense, you say? Not at all – it’s the new mnemonic device to help kids remember the name (and order) of planets and “dwarf planets” in our solar system! And here’s the cool part – it’s the whimsical creation of Great Falls’ very own Maryn Smith, a 10-year old student at Riverview Elementary. She beat hundreds of other students to win the contest. In addition to being enshrined in educational materials, Smith’s memory-helper will also be incorporated into a song by pop artist Lisa Loeb. Way cool, Maryn!