Marty’s photo of the day #4367: So this past Sunday Deb and I attempted to watch the popular Montana-based drama series “1923.” We didn’t quite make it to the end of the first episode before we both said, “Fuck it. This is too depressing. Let’s watch ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel!’”

What got to me in “1923” was the graphic showing of violence at the Catholic school towards the indigenous people. I wrote about such Christian violence in my latest novel, “Doctor Refurb,” and consequently did a ton of research on the subject. While I handle the violence differently in my novel, I commend “1923” for showing a tiny, tiny part of the cruelty of Christianity in our world. People need to see that―even if I couldn’t watch it after researching and writing about it.

And now in Montana, the Republicans (virtually all professing to be Christian) have shown that Christian cruelty never goes away. It just takes on different forms. If you don’t know what I am referring to, google Zooey Zephyr.

What does that have to do with today’s photo? This is one of the reasons why I still choose to live in Montana. This is my Montana! Shot this past Sunday, shortly after sunrise, at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley.