Essential Stuff Project (ESP)
Welcome! to our website, and to the ESP Community. We are located in Montana’s Flathead Valley, in the community of Bigfork, although our membership is spread throughout the valley.
ESP Home Page: no matter where you are within our website, you can always click on “The EssentiaList” in the green band at the top of every page, to return to our Home page (this page). Note that the links column (right-hand side of page) appears on all pages except individual articles.
> > Help us get the word out about ESP: See ‘ESP Poster‘ in the right-hand column under ‘About ESP’ to view or print the poster for display around the valley. < <
Note from Cat: If you get a “404 Error” (broken link error), please send me an email, providing the full url that gave the error (copy/paste) so I can fix the link. (see ESP Contact).
We hold regular events, called “Gatherings,” with presentations on specific topics pertinent to our mission. Most Gatherings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7 PM, at Clementine’s in Bigfork (photo to right). See Clementine’s location map.
Some gatherings are held at the Crestview Senior Housing Clubhouse in Bigfork. See Clubhouse location map.
And some gatherings are held at the home of the presenter, usually on a Saturday afternoon.
See also Monthly Open Stage at Clementine’s, for a great monthly community event.
Go to our “About Us” page to learn more about ESP and the core team, including our mission statement. Or read the Article about ESP from the Daily InterLake newspaper (November 24, 2008). Contact Us is another option. You can print out our ESP Poster for display at valley locations.
Go to our Gatherings & Events page to learn about upcoming events. Or use the “Blog Categories” pull-down to select “Notices-Events.”
About our Blog
A blog is a diary, with each entry called a Post. Each post is given a date & time stamp, then all posts are stored in chronological sequence, just as in a diary. This is where you will find the articles on various topics, including summaries of our gatherings, notices of coming events, and articles on specific subjects pertinent to our mission.
Our blog is the life of our website, where ESP members post articles or event notices in keeping with our Mission, and Rules for Posting. If you are not familiar with how blogs work, it can be confusing at first, so here’s a little help: go to Navigating our Blog.
There are many ways to access our blog, including from:
- A specific article in our newsletter (see Subscribe to our Newsletter);
- ‘BLOG’ link (displays the most current post at the top);
- ‘Search’ field (works like a Google search to find matching articles);
- ‘Blog Archives’ pulldown (select by month)
- ‘Blog Categories’ pulldown
- ‘Recent Posts’ Menu
- ‘Recent Comments’ Menu
In the right-hand column you will find a list of links.
Top half of the column
These are links to other pages/posts on our website, and include: Search, Home, BLOG, About ESP, Preparedness, Files, Blog Archives, Blog Categories, Recent Posts, and Recent Comments.
Bottom half of the column
These include links to other websites.
The first of these are for other websites related to our mission, and have section titles: Energy Links, Events Links, Food: Gardening & Ag Links, Food: Local/Organic Links, Misc. Links, and Sustainability Links.
The last two section titles are for the software used to create this site: WordPress Blog Roll, and Meta. The Meta section includes links for the RSS version of this blog.