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Expanded Secret Seconds Thrift Store to Reopen August 14

The Broadway location of Secret Seconds  is reopening on Wednesday, Aug. 13. The new store looks great, and we are so excited!   We are now accepting donations, and we even have room for gently used furniture with all of the additional space.    Take a look at how it’s coming along, and come see… Read more »

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Paula v. Paul

In legal cases of defamation, there is a certain standard that is applied to people in the public eye. In order for a celebrity to prove that she has been defamed, she must prove that there was something called “actual malice.” This means the celebrity has to prove the person defaming her spread lies on… Read more »

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Hey, It’s 2013!

When I was younger, my mom and I butted heads a lot over the state of my room. She wanted it clean; I didn’t want to clean it. Not exactly a unique situation — what kid actually wants to clean her room? When I did get around to cleaning, I’d tell her when I was… Read more »

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The Zimmerman Verdict: Is Race An Issue?

Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman. Still with me? I know we’ve heard those two names a lot lately, but there’s still a lot to be said about the verdict in the Zimmerman trial. In a recent Pew poll, respondents were asked whether they were satisfied with the results of the case and whether the issue of race is receiving more… Read more »

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Women’s Shelter Swing Set Has Seen Better Days

As the summer takes full swing in Missoula, blue skies and sunshine have kids at our shelter itching to enjoy the good weather. For the past several weeks, every time I’ve come to the shelter at least one child has begged me to play with them in the backyard. We play tag, soccer, football, and… Read more »

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Quirky Finds in Secret Seconds’ ‘Pretty Room’  

Our new store on Broadway is mere weeks away from being finished! We are very excited! Unfortunately, contrary to previously stated, the Broadway store will have to close for a couple of weeks in August. During that time, Secret Seconds employees will be hard at work reorganizing the store and making it look great!While the… Read more »

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Keep Showing Up: A Child Advocate’s Story

I have spent a lot of time this year witnessing trauma. In my position as a Children’s Advocate in a domestic violence shelter, I have served children who have survived and witnessed a staggering range of violence, abuse and anger. Trauma looks different in each child. It can speak through blank stares and distant gazes, or… Read more »

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Onward and Upwards: A Volunteer Success Story

I love volunteering. I don’t have very many hobbies, but if I had to state one it would be volunteering. When I first came to Missoula as a freshmen at the University of Montana, I was a little lost. Not only was I lost because of the confusing Missoula roads, but also with my own… Read more »

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GUTS! Girls Take Missoula By Bike!

I met Jamie* one afternoon in the lobby of the YWCA. She was waiting with her mom and younger sister to talk with a women’s advocate in our walk-in counseling room. I immediately noticed her big personality while I was making copies nearby. We had a few spots open for the following week’s GUTS! bike camp, and… Read more »