Anna Pierce and her boyfriend Geoff Miller. She says he always gives her perspective. PHOTO COURTESY ANNA PIERCE

Pineapple pools and palm tree hotels: Shifting dreams and finding happiness in the world

Anna Pierce is refreshingly quirky – a self-described nerd with a cat named Penny who is currently reading a book about the history of the design of the national parks pamphlets – “for fun.” Next, she is buying the one about NASA. She is in the middle of Inktober – a month of daily challenges in the illustration community. 

Carlye Luft settled in Big Sky at the insistence of her longtime friend, Dr. Andrea Wick  PHOTO COURTESY CARLYE LUFT

Helping the healing process

Originally from Watertown, Wisconsin, Dr. Carlye Luft, naturopathic physician is comfortable in small town America. She bounced between Bozeman and Big Sky for a while, due to housing, before she and her husband fully settled in the community in May.

Her path to medicine began in a roundabout way with the military. 

Acra Samuels is surviving and thriving thanks to a new cancer treatment and the love and support of family, friends and the Big Sky community. PHOTO BY JESSIE MOORE

Rollercoaster to recovery: Acra Samuels on how love and faith helped her survive

Acra and Chris Samuels are set to celebrate their 25thwedding anniversary and 12thyear together in Big Sky – something that seemed nearly impossible during much of 2016. 

 Acra began to have pains and digestive issues in early 2016 and finally ended-up in the emergency room in Bozeman in the latter part of March.  

Chris “Chewy” Bracht has done Honor Guard for military funerals, worked at Safeway, as a security guard, a lift operator for six consecutive winters at Big Sky Resort, was a mover, a cook for cowboy cookout in Yellowstone, a line cook, prep cook, server and has also been a handyman and done finish carpentry. The job he loves the most, with employers who treat him the best, is at Big Sky’s longtime staple – the Country Market.

Chewy of all trades

Chris “Chewy” Bracht earned his nickname a few years back, when he grew his hair and beard out – and looked like Chewbacca. He doesn’t mind the moniker as he’s always one to appreciate wit.

Richard Schultz craved the wilderness after working nearly a decade in the Big Apple. He loves the natural beauty of Montana but is way more apt to be holding a book than a ski pole, fishing pole or spotting scope.

Craving the wilderness

Richard Schultz and I were introduced by a mutual friend while attending the Lone Peak High School home basketball games. “You need to write about him,” my friend said. Richard launched into good-natured razzing thick with a New York accent.


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