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Best. Massage. Ever.

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

Jane shares her experience get the Best. Massage. Ever. on her trip to Bali. by Jane Baker I may have fallen asleep, although I didn’t mean to. The light breeze from the ceiling fan cooled my skin as massaging hands kneaded away at the muscles underneath, the sweet scent of frangipani, soft trickling of a nearby waterfall, then…a rooster. I opened my eyes, focusing on the perfectly manicured toes […]

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Library Hack: eBooks and Audiobooks

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

Cara gives insider tips on how to get the most from our donwloadable eBooks and audiobooks. by Cara Strickland My to-read list is frighteningly long. Most of my friends are readers, and we love to give out book suggestions to each other. One good book leads to another and before I know it, my Goodreads account is bursting at the seams. My life doesn’t leave as much margin as I would […]

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Should You Count Your Calories?

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

Should you count calories? Ben Greenfield weights in. by Ben Greenfield Guest Writer I’m a bit of a self-quantification nerd. But I don’t count calories. As a matter of fact, I hate counting calories. Sure, most standard, run-of-the-mill dietary advice would lead you to believe that to lose fat, maintain your energy levels, or maximize performance, that you must painstakingly log every little […]

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Sweet Without the Heat

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_SweetNoHeat by Kelsey Hudson I love baking for myself and others, but when the summer heat rolls in, the last thing I want to do is crank up the oven and turn my apartment into a sauna. No sir, in the summer I like to keep my recipes oven-free and simple. I’ll save the rest for […]

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Help on Wheels

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_HelpOnWheels by Aileen Luppert We have all had times in which life’s challenges push us to the point of needing help. The first time I was without a job, I was at a loss as to what to do. When the next job didn’t come quickly, someone suggested that I see if I could get help […]

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Elementary, My Dear Reader

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

Elementary, My Dear Reader By Cara Strickland When I was a kid, I couldn’t get enough of the Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew. To this day, The Westing Game is one of my favorite books. As a teenager, and then an adult, although I spent plenty of time in other genres, I usually find several mysteries in my “to-read” […]

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Think Inside the Box

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_GardenBox By Kim Harshberger Last fall, I made some sweeping changes to my family’s diet. With a husband who has a family history of diabetes and arthritis, growing kids, and me constantly feeling crummy, I decided to look deeply at the one thing we do every single day: eat. I wouldn’t say that we ate particularly […]

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Why I Read YA

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_ReadYA By Sheri Boggs I read YA. But Ruth Graham over at Slate says I shouldn’t. Or if I do, perhaps I should pin a large, scarlet “YA” of shame on my chest because — in spite of the fact that 55% of YA titles are bought by people older than 18, in spite of all […]

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One Hundred Stories of Spokane

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

Spokane, Washington by Corinne W. On February 22, 2014,  Spokane’s Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) opened a two year series of exhibits of one hundred stories spread across Spokane and Eastern Washington. Some artifacts have never been displayed before. The goal is to chronicle Eastern Washington State Historical Society’s century of existence, to demonstrate w […]

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eBooks for Travel

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

Secluded location by the sea. by Debra Park Forming travel plans for the summer? Whether visiting Siberia or Disneyland, library eBooks make decisions easier than ever. A range of recommended travel guides, published by Frommer’s, Fodor’s, and Lonely Planet, provide country or regional highlights, maps and recommendations of what to see; some eBooks are filled with interact […]

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