I heard a bird sing in the dark of December. A magical thing and sweet to remember. We are nearer to Spring than we were in September. I heard a bird sing in In the dark of December.
–Oliver Herford
From our home to yours...

May the magic of the Christmas season fill your home with joy and peace.
Sending lots of love to your family and looking forward to the day we can see you again.
Take care of yourselves and stay safe.
Happy holidays and new year, too!
Hello dear friends and clients,

As 2020 comes to a close, I can't help but reflect on the year with its ups and downs. If sadness has touched your family, my heart is heavy for you. If I have been able to help you with your real estate needs and goals, then my heart is joyful. The year has changed all of our lives in big and small ways. Being an optimist, I look forward to 2021 and all the experiences and possibilities it will surely bring. As the season befalls us and winter covers the ground, ladle up a glass of Walker’s Mulled Wine (recipe below), curl up on the couch and binge watch some old holiday favorites. Like me, I hope you find joy in the eyes of little ones who delight in the twinkling tree lights, a candle lit-menorah or the prospect of tiny reindeer on the roof. I want to steal some of that innocence and make it mine...and yours.

Speaking of winter, the early Flathead snowfall didn't deter folks from wanting to make the Flathead Valley their new home. As soon as I list a property, it goes under contract. If sales are slowing, it is more about a lack of available inventory than a lack of interest. With that said, if you feel it is time to sell, contact me. We'll get your property listed, sold and find you a new place, too! My experience, consistent record and excellent negotiating skills will successfully lead you toward a sale at the right price.
I welcome your calls, text or emails. The Lang Team is here to make your real estate dreams come true whatever they are, wherever you are. Stay well, stay safe and let's make your dreams come true.

Peace, love and a Happy 2021! See you soon.
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Some say winter in Montana is the best season of all. If snow under a big sky thrills you, here are some activities that will give you a true and memorable Flathead experience.

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Denise's Cooking Corner - Walker’s Mulled Wine
(from Walkers Maine restaurant in Cape Neddick, Maine)
20 whole cloves
8 whole star anise
6 cinnamon sticks
1 whole nutmeg, smashed
2 (750-ml) bottles dry red wine (Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, or Pinot Noir)
4 (6- x 1-inch) orange peel strips (from 2 large oranges)
2 vanilla bean pods, halved lengthwise
2 ounces pure maple syrup
2 ounces honey
3/4 cup (6 ounces) applejack brandy (such as Laird’s) (optional)

Step 1
Heat cloves, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg in a small skillet over low, stirring often, until toasted and fragrant, about 5 minutes.

Step 2
Transfer spice mixture to a large saucepan over medium-low; stir in wine, orange peel strips, vanilla bean pods, maple syrup, and honey. Slowly bring wine mixture to just below a simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and let steep until spices bloom and infuse into wine, about 30 minutes.

Step 3
Return saucepan to medium-low; stir in applejack, if desired, and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Pour mixture (through a fine wire-mesh strainer, if desired) into a large heatproof bowl. Ladle mulled wine into glasses.
Denise's Book Corner - Notes on a Silencing by Lacy Crawford
How many children have to be sexually abused before we believe them? How many institutions will get away with murdering the soul of a child before society stops turning away to do nothing?

Lacy Crawford, was sexually abused while a student at St. Paul's Academy decades ago. She thought she had put the assault behind her but when the school recently came under state investigation after extensive reports of sexual abuse on campus, and asked for victims to come forward, she sent a note. Her criminal case file was reopened and for the first time, she saw evidence that corroborated her memories. Indeed, she had been a hardworking girl, a chorister and debater, the daughter of a priest. The two senior athletes who assaulted her were allowed to graduate with awards. The faculty, doctors and priests who had known about her assault had gone to great lengths to bury it.
Now a wife, mother and writer, Crawford learned that police had uncovered astonishing proof of an institutional silencing years before and that unnamed powers were still trying to block her case. The slander, innuendo and lack of adult concern that Crawford had experienced as a student hadn't been the imagined effects of her trauma. They were the covert actions of an elite school that prized its reputation above anything.

Crawford's memoir joins a compendium of inquiries into the channels of shame and guilt, witness and silencing, that dictate who can speak and who is heard in American society. It begs the question: When will the telling of a survivor's story finally force a remedy?
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