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About charliestinyuniverse

Charlie Denison, originally from the suburbs of Indianapolis, is a writer and musician, picking up culture and influences from musicians and eccentrics in Kentucky, Tennessee, Montana and even overseas. A graduate from the University of Kentucky School of Journalism in 2007, Denison is currently a staff writer at the Lewistown News-Argus. He is an award-winning Montana journalist who has been published in the Montana Quarterly, Rural Montana Magazine, Last Best News, NUVO and others. He also has a solo EP, "Whispers of the Lonely," blending country, folk, blues and soul, now available and has an LP in the works.

Frank Valach: reflections on a life built of love

“This is how I get my exercise,” said Frank Valach, 99, as he pushes himself toward the cafeteria in a wheelchair Thursday at The Villa, where he’s lived the last three years. A beloved father, grandfather and literal community builder … Continue reading

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Jer Gregg: Resurrected

Jer Gregg: Resurrected “Everyone loves something that is authentic, and Jer Gregg is an authentic artist that not only honors and creates the music he is passionate about, but honors and looks after those that make up the company he keeps.” – Stephen … Continue reading

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Still Smiling: 94-year-old cowboy loving ranch life

Sitting in a wheelchair by his wood stove at his cabin on Gilt Edge Stage, 94-year-old Eldon Snyder reads Louis L’amour’s “The Riders of High Rock,” entering the world of Hopalong Cassidy. “I’ve read a lot of books since I … Continue reading

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Seeing the Rolling Stones with my father – a trip of a lifetime

My dad is well known for his surprises. About two months before his 60th birthday, he Facetimed with a wild proposition. Drinking his Fresca, we locked eyes through the phone screen and he said, “You know how I have been … Continue reading

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Keeping the New Year tradition alive, sort of

Read more. Exercise more. Get a girlfriend. Every year, Trevor and I would put our New Year’s resolutions under the shed behind his house on Madden Place. We were crazy then. Before we put the resolutions under the shed, we’d … Continue reading

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It Truly Is A Wonderful Life: Lessons learned from a Christmas classic

On Christmas Eve this year, instead of going to church, I went to a different kind of service. My fiancée, her older sister, their mother and I went to the Art House Cinema and Pub in Billings to see Frank … Continue reading

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“Inner City Blues” experienced firsthand by rural reporter

“Hey, call the cops. I’ve just been shot,” the man said. He walked slow, appearing tired, worn and shocked. Had he been shot? The man held his arm and walked haltingly and uncomfortably to the nearest seat in the lobby … Continue reading

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