This is an environment of welcoming, and you should just get the hell out of here.

I’m getting packed for taking my sister to college.

In this last week before she’s left, it’s gotten super sad; I’m all sorts of big sister emotions about her leaving for college. She’s going to have a great time, but selfish me wants her to stick around. I’ll be alone at home with the rents for two weeks smothered by their love and attention- where’s the other sibling to spread it out?!

This morning we went to the No Sweat Cafe for the third weekend in a row. Except, this time, it was our last time for a few months. We were both sort of silent, and I didn’t know what to say. I wanted to cry and tell her not to go, but I also wanted to tell her to cut loose and have a great time. I might have done both, just not in those words or actions.


Also spent time at the confectionery this week, and hanging around the downtown area. Our Gothic cathedral is surprisingly legitimate and I walked around inside thoroughly impressed. However, it must be known that our cathedral’s exterior plans and probably interior plans are copied almost exactly from a cathedral in France.  So, it’s coolness is either downgraded or upgraded, depending on how you see this forgery.

The cowboy working the juke box makes this a favorite photograph of mine.

Emily’s “I’m driving!” face.

Helena Cathedral

I’m not religious, but I love Gothic cathedrals and structures of all kinds. This is the grandest building in town, bar none. A wealthy Irish Catholic, Thomas Cruise (not the movie star) came in the 1860’s, during the Irish potato famine to Montana to find gold- and struck it rich. He became incredibly wealthy, and being a devout Catholic, gave money so that our town could have a fantastic Gothic cathedral built. His mausoleum is about two miles away from my house.

Random sidetrack: He actually had kind of a celebrity life. After becoming wealthy he married. His wife died giving birth to their daughter. He was so scared he was going to lose her that he had her followed by body guards, to prevent her from getting into trouble or being kidnapped. She died of a drug overdose.

Small town tragedy. Beautiful structure.

There are so many stories behind every building.