Never Scoff

A girl told about a film project she’s working on in which she films various forms of scoffs. It got me thinking….What if we were people that never scoffed?

How amazing would that be!? If we never scoffed, then we would have childlike curiosity towards everyone.

Man! I want to be a person that never scoffs! I'm not...but I want to be!






Recreating with friends and family

Instead of watching the same sports game on television every Sunday, what if with our friends and families we ponder: how can we together be creative with the time we share?

What thing can you and I together make that is unique and that no two others could make.

How can we break our routine?


So you've been hurt...

So you want to lash out in anger.

Give em a piece of your mind and put them in their place.

Yes, that would feel good, at least for a little while.

But what’s the reaction you could be proud of a week from now?


Finding fulfillment where you're at now

In a time when any of us can do just about anything, we’re paralyzed by the multitude of paths our lives could take.

I think that what brings a person joy is not a job title or even the work involved in doing the job. I believe that what brings a person joy is spending each day pondering and living out answers to questions like: how can I bless / be useful / add beauty to lives of my coworkers, my friends, my family, this stranger I’ve just met?

Do I sit and listen, and give them my full attention, phone on silent, eyes locked, head nodding, brain computing? What are the words they need to hear from me? (Not what are the words I want to say to them that stroke my own ego). Perhaps I should buy them a coffee...or maybe cook them a meal...maybe I should write them a thank you.


What’s in your way?

Revolve around the question: Why am I not painting? What’s keeping me from painting?

Often, for me, it's the fact I don't have canvases ready and waiting. It's the fact that the supplies aren't there, ready for me to come do something with them.

Writing is different.

The moment inspiration strikes I speak an idea into my phone, or jot it down on paper.

Whatever your craft, do the work ahead of time to make it as easy as possible to dive in when the voice inside you shouts, "JUMP!"


Accentuate the positive.

There’s enough negative in the world.

There’s enough people that don’t believe in the best of others. We love when people believe in us, make us feel good, and compliment us in just the way we need it.

Sure, we can notice, revolve around, and point out a person’s flaws. But why do that if we can notice, revolve around, and point out a person’s strengths?

Celebrate this other human soul.

Be careful what you say

Our words have power.

If we speak ill of someone, we create incentive to believe in that narrative, so that when we are around them we feel the need to treat them the way we’ve spoken of them behind their back.

If we treat them differently and smile to their face, our inner self knows and convicts us of the incongruity between our present actions and what we’ve said of them before.

Avoid the self conviction, and only speak well of others.

Creating art is a practice

It’s like running.

A couple days out of my routine of writing, and I’m sucking wind.

Even if you can’t run today because you rolled your ankle, still do some crunches.

This is my attempt at crunches today.

Welcome to Montana Gallery

We value...

       the handmade and heartfelt over the mass produced | hard work and friendship | looking someone in the eye and listening to their story


We exhibit...


We amplify...


We host...

          story nights | dinners | a podcast | and lots of random events

We drink...

          a lot of Ebon Coffee!




These are the moments that define you

A friend asks you to come to hot yoga.

You’re an incredibly busy business owner. Everything in you just wants to pull the ‘busy’ card.

Except you know you should say ‘yes’.

Decision time.

These are the moments that define you.

These are the moments you get to practice overcoming fear and laziness.

If you can’t do it here, will you when it really counts?

I needed this advice an hour ago

So that person, familiar or stranger, that’s about to walk in the door... What if you put aside this work?

Become an artist right now. Create something beautiful right now.

Warmly engage them.

Don't answer your phone. Ignore the call. 

Turn your full body toward them.

Look them in the eye.

Greet them. And warmly ask, “How are you today?”

The Answer Is kindness

You can be an artist right now.

You can create something beautiful right now. Something that blesses even the next person you see.

The question is: what do people want and need? How do we bless people?

The answer is kindness.





How to get help from your friends

When you need someone’s help, you’ve really got to make it easy for them.

When you ask your friends to leave that product review, don’t be surprised when none of them do it.

If you really want them to do it, call them up, have them over for coffee, ask them then and there.

A text just isn’t motivating enough. I can ignore a text. I can’t ignore the disappointment in your voice.

Mass texts don’t work. Email newsletters rarely do.

Our job is to figure out how to personalize the work we do.

Just Paint

Just get a bunch of canvases and make art.

Set aside a day.

Two days.

Three days.

Paint 20 paintings.

Pick the best 10.

Hang them on a wall.

Price them reasonably.

Send out invites.

Host the show.

We need you to overcome your fear

We need your perspective.

You’ve been through some things, and only you can tell us that story. We need you to speak up, so that you can become better at sharing and we can become better at listening.

So what if what you say isn’t perfect the first time it comes out? Most people will be generous. Most people will admire your courage to speak up. It might even encourage them to speak up.

So it’s not even about you. It’s about us.

No one is going to ask you to share (at least at first)

Grandpa never waited for anyone to ask him to tell a poem. When you walked in, he was telling you a poem.

When he was a rancher, he didn’t wait for a book publisher to pick him. He wrote two books of cowboy poetry and self published.

And then, eventually he heard, “Hey Chuck, tell the one about the rooster.”

Social media isn’t as important as we think

“In order to make it in business, you’ve got to be on social media.”


Except most businesses in America don’t do it! And only a small percent do it well.

So then how is it they’re in business?!

Social media is not the thing that causes people to succeed. Having a great product, knowing your customers well, and knowing how to communicate to them in a way they appreciate is way more important.

The first two years of the gallery were built on bbq’s. We didn’t have any social media then, and our website was basically nonexistent. What we had was a fire pit, a bbq, and a list of clients we could call and invite.

We created a great experience and paintings walked out the door.

If you’re struggling to make headway on social media, maybe stop comparing yourself to those that do it better. Maybe you should focus on the thing you can do better than them.

Chances are they don’t do bbq’s better than you.




Consistently bless people

Consistently cook for friends.

Whenever possible, engage with, and listen to the story of a stranger.

Write handwritten thank yous.

Regularly answer the question: How can I bless these people?

Be the first to lend a helping hand - moving, painting walls, doing the dishes, etc.