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First Love: A Personal History With the American Comic Book

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_ComicHistory By T. Andrew Wahl Guest Writer There is a question I am often asked: Why do you love comic books? My answer: Comics are a gateway. Not to other universes filled with super-humans locked in near-mythological battles. Or epic adventures in alien cultures and faraway lands. Or anthropomorphic worlds filled with funny—and not-so-funny—animals. Thou […]

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The Freedom of Open Source

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_OpenSource By Brian Vander Veen As someone who was a college student for much longer than any reasonable person ought to be, I discovered a few things about living on the cheap: one, that dried beans and rice are a great way to stretch a food budget; and two, that a lot of useful software is […]

The No-Excuses Guide to Entertaining

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_NoExcusesGuideToEntertaining By Cara Strickland I’ve always loved to have people over. While I enjoy meeting at a restaurant, coffee shop or wide open space, I like the personal nature of inviting someone into my home even better. At least, I like the idea of having people over. Sometimes, when it gets right down to it, I […]

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Stunt Memoir: Hammock Edition

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 6:00 am

Hammockfest 2014 | Spokane County Library District By Sheri Boggs Some people cook every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and then blog about it. Others write whole books about reading the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica in their quest to “become the smartest person in the world.” Me, I just wanted to lay around in a hammock. So I […]

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Genius of Dogs

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_Yuki_sohappy By Jane Baker It was a snowy day just before Christmas; on the slick drive home from the Spokane Humane Society, I passed an overturned Ford Bronco and my knuckles whitened as I gripped the steering wheel. It was so appropriate that I wanted to name the little pale pup in the cardboard box next […]

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Salsa & Soup: Recipe Fiesta

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_Soup By Kelsey Hudson While I’m always up for baking some complicated recipe, when it comes to cooking, I keep it as simple as possible. I like it best when recipes come together quickly (and without too much mess), and can be used in a few different ways. For that reason, I’m happy to share my recipe for […]

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How (Not) to Go Camping With Kids

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

How (Not) to Go Camping | Spokane County Library District By Rachel Edmondson I’ve never been an avid camper. My husband and I did enjoy the occasional camping trip during the first few years of our marriage. We enjoyed the time in nature, the adventure of cooking outdoors, and the excitement of exploring a new place. But since we had kids, our tent has remained […]

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A Conversation with Jennifer Pharr Davis

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_CalledAgainQ&A_Jennifer By Gwendolyn Haley After reading Called Again, I was really eager to have a conversation with the author, Jennifer Pharr Davis. I caught up with Jennifer by phone as she, her husband Brew, and 20-month-old daughter, travel all 50 states on a book tour, and hike whenever they can. You set off on your first […]

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Quite a Character: Fictional Guys I’d Date

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_QuiteACharacter copy By Cara Strickland I’ve spent a sizable amount of my life in the fictional pages of my favorite books. Sometimes, with all of this reading, I wonder if I’ll ever have time to meet anyone I might like to go to dinner with. I’ve managed to climb out of the pages every once in a […]

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Home Sweet Home

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_HSH By Kim Harshberger I would like to take a minute to talk to you about jam. My love affair with jam is long lived. Jam was one of the many things my grandmother canned. I remember her pulling a quilted jar from her basement stash, bringing it upstairs, and pulling off the layer of wax […]

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