New Poll Finds 17% of Residents Self-Identify as “Cold”

MISSOULA – A recent poll published by the local think-tank, FLAT (Forum for Learning Absolutely Tiddly-twat), found that roughly two in twelve residents consider themselves cold. FLAT statisticians studied the results from the six participants surveyed and found that “the trends are clearer than we expected. When we started this study in July we predicted a lower rate…

Winter is Coming

In the great FLATland There was some dead grass And an old rubber band And a sweaty garden hand And there were four little chicks pooping on bricks And a million plums And a FLATfull of bums And a grimy house And a little dead mouse And a hotbox and a press And no less…

UM COOP Unveils Williams Tribute

MISSOULA – After an uneventful summer, COOP director Boss Frida K. announced this past week the unveiling of the COOP’s own tribute to the COOP’s favorite avian actor, Robin Williams. “We were floored when we heard the news, I just can’t believe this happened,” confided Frida. “Amelia E. has been roosting nonstop since she heard,…

Of Stories and Bonfire: The 2014 Wild Mercy Reading Series

(Written by: Nick Triolo, first-year graduate student and FLAT house member.) When the world frays at the edges, we must tell our stories. When things crumble, we must sit closer—closer to the fire, closer to each other. And we must tell stories, of all types. Stories of loss. Stories of gain. Stories of being confused in…

Ask the FLATmates: What’s your one-word vision statement?

At the beginning of each semester, the FLAT gathers its members to share a meal, regroup, share ideas, and get stoked for the weeks ahead. This January, the FLATmates were asked an important question: If you had to choose one word to describe your vision and goals for this semester, what would it be? Now…

The River’s Best

Heron stood upon her long legs and said “I am the river’s best because I can stand above.” Bear spread out his sharp claws and said “I am the river’s best because I can fish.” Beaver twitched her large tail and said “I am the river’s best because I can swim.” Fish flexed his gills…

by Boss Griffith

Smelly Soul Curd “Eating sprouted beans Living food; a body’s boon But soul – S.O.L.”

15 Minutes to White Teeth and A Smaller Footprint

This past week two FLATmates embarked on an investigation of how to make homemade toothpaste in order to find out whether it is economically and ecologically advantageous, but what we really discovered was what an easy process this is.  The average American uses three 9oz. tubes of toothpaste per year at an average cost of…

The Art of Resilience: Don’t forget about stayin’ alive.

Ahh, ahh, ahh, yeah, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive…John Travolta and the Bee Gees had a real thing going back in the golden days of disco, and we can learn something from it today. In the quest for environmental resilience, we are often so eager to create the kind of world we want to live in…

The Art of Resilience: What does “The FLAT” really mean?

Heather here! Welcome to my UM FLAT blog series, “The Art of Resilience.” [resilience (n): an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.] Once a week this semester, I’ll be digging into some aspect of what we strive to do here at the UM FLAT. A huge part of why we…