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SIDNEY HERALD RICH LAND LIVING WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21,2011 5B It's coal for me this Christmas I have a long and storied history of going out of my way to apologize for every tiny offense the other person probably didn't even notice until I made a giant deal of it with an elaborate apology. I am unapologetically apologetic. And this time, I'm taking it global... Food is my kind, respect- ful husband's one major weakness. He is lucky to be blessed with a fast metabo- lism or he'd be morbidly obese. We attended a fundraiser earlier this  month. When we arrived, my husband was dismayed by the snake of people circling half the venue Living in waiting to 0nln{] reach the buffet. Sara Wold His eyes glazed over. All values and morals were temporarily shutdown. He ceased to see the nice people who were patiently waiting their turn. I reminded him that it was a charity event. I begged. I pleaded. I hissed in his ear. He didn't notice me. All he saw was pulled pork with his name on it. He eased himself in near the front of the line. ! could have left him there alone. But I didn't. We argued about it later. We had one of those coming to Jesus moments that every young relationship has. He understands that he was wrong, and he's very soi'ry. We'veageed that if,he ever tries that again I will stomp on his toes to awaken him from his food- induced trance. As if that weren't bad enough, there's more... If my husband is obsessed with food, I am obsessed with taking pictures of my family. I take my standard issue pocket-sized digital camera everywhere I go. Just as my husband loses his senses when faced with a buffet of delicious food, I lose myself when faced with a photo-op. My son's preschool holiday program was this week. I went during my lunch hour, so I asked my morn to go early to save me a good picture-taking spot. My mom's idea of early is usually later than most people's. And, she's a Lutheran, which means she is accustomed to filling the seats from the back forward. It never occurred to me she'd save me a place in the front. When I arrived, there she was, beaming at me in the front row. My aging grandfa- ther was seated next to her. I've always been self-con- scious about being tail. This may have been the first time in my life I'd sat in the front row for anything. I was in a quandary. If I moved to the back, my grandpa would have also given up his prime seat be- cause he is a gentleman. I insisted my mom keep her seat. The front row should be for grandparents, right? But no, she'd saved the spot especially for me. I gave myself a talking to before the program began. I said, "Self, you have to stay low so everyone behind you can see." Then my son and his classmates filed out. I turned on my camera. What happened next is a bit foggy. All I know is, I have 23 great shots of my kid singing. There's.only one way I got those pictures. I was standing up. I'm sorry I cut to the front of the food line. I'm sorry my backside is the only record many people have of their preschooler's holiday program. Santa has a particularly large lump of coal with my name on it this year. Growing up in the MonDak Fairview native Arlene Davidson publishes memoir about her childhood BY STEVE HAMEL SIONEY HERALD Fairview native Arlene Davidson recently published a memoir recounting her childhood in eastern Mon- tana. Davidson's book, titled "On Sourdough and Com- mitment," weaves to- gether the story of her own upbringing in Fairview, the 12 years she spent as a cattle rancher in Sanders County and the murder of an army captain, who was killed by his own mother-in- law shortly after returning home from World War II. "It was a pretty sensa- tional case for the state of Montana," said Davidson, who learned of the mur- der after she married her first husband, Ray Warner, whose grandmother com- mitted the offense. Davidson's book came as a result of her research on the murder. "I was trying to figure out what really happened," Davidson said. "Because the stories that came down from the family were inaccurate." Davidson's research included checking news- paper archives from the Missoulan, the Plainsman and the Sanders County Ledger. She also consulted court documents and the Montana Historical Society to piece together what really happened. While the book attempts to set the record straight regarding the murder, Da- vidson said the book is also about her own life. "The book is really a memoir about my childhood in eastern Montana," she said. "There is a lot about what was happening in the 1940s in that area. It was a won- derful place to grow up." Davidson, the daughter of pioneer settlers, graduated from Fairview High School in 1953. Her mother, Alpha Arlene Davidson reads her memoir, "On Sourdough and Commitment." Dow, came to Fairview from Hatton N.D., to accompany a southern woman named Emily Worst. Her father, Howard Dow, traveled to Fairview with his family in the 1920s when irrigation came to the valley. Davidson met Warner at a ski resort when she was a college student at the University of Montana. The couple married and moved to Warner's family's ranch outside Plains in Sanders County. She eventually left the ranch and moved to Boise, where she held various administrative positions within the Idaho state gov- ernment. Before she retired, she was the executive direc- tor of the Idaho Commis- sion on Aging. Davidson began writ- ing her memoir four years ago after she met John Updike at a luncheon put on by the Idaho Humani- ties Commission. Davidson was interested in writing a memoir at the time, but she didn't think it was possible because she was not very good at typing. Looking for inspiration, she asked Updike how he physically wrote his novels. "He said the only way I can write is at a stand up desk on yellow legal pads," Davidson said. If that was good enough for him, Da- vidson thought it was good enough for her. "That was when I got serious about writing," she said. SUBMITTED Davidson took four years to complete her memoir, writing the entire book on yellow legal pads, which were transcribed onto a computer by Justin Larson, who was Davidson's admin- istrative assistant when she worked for the Idaho state government. "On Sourdough and Com- mitment" can be purchased at the gift shop in the Mon- Dak Heritage Center. CARRIERS NEEDED Sidney Immediate openings Route 16 driving route 125 papers per issue Route 7 SE side of Sidney Walking route 35 papers per issue If interested contact Dawn, 433-24O3. we are your stoy 310 2nd Ave. NE Sidney 433-2403 dV'ew 'e(z, / OW times: Herald Richland County Offices Saturday, Dec. 24 6 o.m. 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