First, a Daily Dose of Doggies

Some days feel like this:
Or this:

So take a moment to cheer up with these

and remember this:

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Whoever chose the performers at the 2020 halftime and decided what they did on stage was brilliant. Because the watchers who are silent–silent about what the show imitates of the horror being forced upon children and families in America–silent about the lack of human rights–silent about the memo that having a voice that is powerful enough together to create change–are being heard. People are showing the silent people that their lack of certain values is most definitely not welcome. Anger is–and should continue–being thrown at the silent because they outcry about exposed skin instead of about the inhumane treatment of people in America.

You can say that shouting on social media doesn’t make much of an impact. But it can be the start of an impact. Fan the flame of this shouted conversation that has been taking place since the beginning of injustice–the halftime show did. (Leo DiCaprio did it for the conversation on climate change when he won an Oscar. Emma Watson does it for gender equality). Many other people use their fame or events to fuel conversation and create change. Many more not famous people create a platform and change daily.

Anyone can see at a glance online whose values align (or don’t) with theirs. This creates a supportive network. Fueling the fire every now and then keeps this communication in place. And who knows what can be done with this network–what actions can spark, then–ignite.

Written by S. Ward for NPAD 460: Marketing and Social Media, Spring 2020










Food Abroad

This previous spring, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Torino, Italy. While living overseas I was able to travel to a variety of different countries, learn a lot, and most importantly eat a ton of great food.

Below, I’m reminiscing on some of the best meals I got to eat there. Hopefully this trip down memory lane will hold me over until my next food adventure.

Ten things I need to do before I die.

National Parks

Now I don’t plan on dying anytime soon, but in any case, I hope I experience these things before I go.

At one point, there were boards in my local downtown area that said, “Before I die I want to”, I personally never took them into consideration.

The time has come though where I have to write a blog post, so I am choosing to write a list of big and small things I want to do.

I can’t say that any are more significant than the next, or that they go in any type of order.

Here it is, ten things I want to do before I die.

  1. Meet David Dobrik

David Dobrik

This picture really did David Dobrik dirty, but that is besides the fact of how much I love his videos. On the flip side, it was the only one that was mildly good without copyright infringement.

2. Drink wine in Italy


Wine and Italy seem to complement themselves quite well and I feel this might just be what I need to die happy.

3. Attend New York Fashion week

New York Fashion week

Honestly, if I could attend any type of fashion week I would be happy. I figure if I am going, I might as well go to New York.

4. Watch Conor McGregor fight live

Conor McGregor

Even though the man is slightly controversial I really would love to see him fight live. I love Ireland and this Irish man.

5. Hike in all 61 National Parks

National Parks

I am not even sure if you can even “hike” in every national park in the U.S. Although, I do hope that I get to visit all of them.

6. Visit all Seven Wonders of the World

Seven Wonders

Extremely cliché, but they got their names for a reason.

7. Ski in Zell am See

Zell am See
Zell am See in Salzburg, Austria

Zell is located in Salzburg, Austria and I want to ski there. First things first, I have to learn to ski well enough not to die on the mountain. I went there for a Holiday while in Europe and fell in love with the pure beauty this place has to offer.

8. Wake up in the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris

Four Seasons Hotel George V

Crème de la crème…Even if I woke up in the lobby I think my life would be okay. Preferably stay in the penthouse overlooking the city of Paris, but we will work with what we have.

9. Ride a bull—A real one

Riding a bull

For some reason, I have it in my head that I wouldn’t get bucked off in the first millisecond and somewhat want to find out. I also really enjoy watching rodeo and probably should try it before I die.

10. Watch the Macys Day Parade in person

Macy's Day Parade

I have always loved watching the Macys Day parade on Thanksgiving. It was one of my favorite things as a little kid to watch with my mom. For that reason, I would love to see it in person with her one day.

Ten things I want to do before I die, some of them very small, some of them more meaningful and others are just plain out goofy. I don’t expect any of you to read this whole thing, but if you do, please share. I both need an “A” and am working for an “A” in this class as well as on my blog, in order to do that I must have 400 clicks of activity. Share away and enjoy my short blogging career.

Four Reasons why National Parks are Overrated 

National Forests vs. National Parks


America’s National Parks have long been celebrated as “America’s best idea”. These are indeed iconic places, managed primarily to highlight natural beauty and provide visitor experiences.  So ingrained are National Parks in our cultural identify that family trips to Yellowstone, Yosemite or Grand Canyon National Park are revered as highlights in our nostalgic childhoods.

But here’s the problem. National Parks are overrated. Here’s four reasons why they’re overrated and why you should visit a National Forest for your next nature getaway.


National Parks are Limited

Compared to the different types of federally managed public lands, National Parks are quite limited. They cover a grand total of 89.6 million acres. While this is most certainly a large area, it pales in comparison to other public lands. Our National Forests and Grasslands, for example, contain an impressive 193  million acres of public land – more than twice the size of the entire National Park system. And the Bureau of Land Management manages an incredible 247.3 million acres. Of our federally managed public lands, National Parks are by far the smallest subset.

 (Some) National Parks are Overcrowded

The high regard with which Americans hold National Parks has led to a very big problem in managing visitation – at least for the popular parks. Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Acadia National Parks – are dealing with incredible overcrowding problems. Social media and technology and the popularity of sites are only adding to the problem of overcrowding. In 2016 alone National Parks saw an unprecedented 330 million visitors.  As visitation increases, managers are struggling to deal with the impacts of visitation: overcrowding, long lines, traffic congestion and trash.


A survey of entry rates for our National Parks will show that they are variable. In Montana, which contains two of the most popular National Parks – Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks – entrance fees vary from $20 – $35. And they are only going to increase. Why?  As the popularity of our parks boom, we will undoubtedly see increased visitation fees to help defray the costs of ensuring visitor experiences are positive in the face of surging. Other federally managed public lands on the other hand, are free.

National Parks are also not friendly to most user groups. That is, your experience in a National Park is largely relegated to paved sidewalks and boardwalks. There are strict limitations on where you can and cannot go. Unless you’re an intrepid adventure seeking to get off the paved path, your experience in a National Park will be strikingly similar to walking on a sidewalk. For those looking to mountain bike, kayak, snowmobile, you’re best suited to find another place.

 National Forests are Better

If you’re getting tired of long lines and expensive park visits, here’s my recommendation – discover your National Forests.

Our National Forests contain 193 million acres of awe-inspiring land. It’s the crown jewel of our public land system, and it’s sitting right under your nose.

Benefits of National Forests include:

  • Free access
  • A diversity of activities – snowmobile, atv, hiking, hunting, fishing, etc.
  • No overcrowding
  • 2/3 of Americans live within 100 miles of a National Forest.
  • Awe-inspiring beauty

Visit to find a forest near you.



5 Reasons Why You Need to Ride in Montana

You know how everyone from Montana says “Montana’s the last, best place”? Well they also say “Montana’s the last best place to go horseback riding”.

Conway Tweetie glancing at wild flowers

Here are the reasons why you need to mark “a horse back ride in MT” off your bucket list.

1. The connection that you feel between the horse and the wild Montana landscape, it feels like it all becomes one.

2. You have the one in a million chance to feel the freshness of all four seasons in a single ride.

3. Sun- gaze at the big sky filled with blue and cotton ball clouds that are above you.

Montana Sunset

4. Riding in MT will increase your love for life while peeking over the breath taking scenery.


5. As the great Dixie Chicks would say the “Wide Open Spaces” makes MT irresistible.

Rio Warbar grazing fresh green grass

“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life” -Dolly Parton

By Desiree Altmaier