We're tough as nails!

When writing about the west, Butte in particular, it's wise to avoid becoming sentimental. "Just the facts, ma'm." After all, everyone around here has known hard times and has had to get past them. Butte folks pride themselves on the Mining City's ability to survive, and not complain.

 

The English poet, R.H. Blyth, knew the dangers of sentimentality in poetry. He wrote, and I'm paraphasing here, that we are being sentimental when we give to a thing more tenderness than God gives to it. Emotions are acceptable, but let's not go over the top.

 

That said, I challenge anyone to read the story of Butte's canine legend, the Auditor, to see if you can avoid the temptations of sentimentality at Montana Moments

Marian at the Butte Archives

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