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Library Hack: Whose Library Is It Anyway?

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_LibrarySystems_Card by Jane Baker When I first came to work at the library nearly three years ago, many of my friends thought I was crazy. “Libraries are dead,” some said, or, “they have no funding.” “I didn’t know the County had a library,” said others. Several community members commented, “the library is Spokane’ […]

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Dealing With Creative Block

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 6:00 am

FEature_CreativeBlock By Cara Strickland It happens to all of us: the blank screen, the empty studio, the silent singing voice. Occasionally, we’re all visited by block of one kind or another. What’s a creative person to do? Although some blocks just take time to lift and lessen, there are a few things I’ve found to help […]

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Captivating Chocolate (Q&A with Karen DeCristoforo of the Chocolate Apothecary)

Posted on November 5, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_chocolateQA By Aileen Luppert The Flour Mill, located just outside of Spokane’s lovely Riverfront Park, has been a place of fun, funky shops, and tasty treats since I was a little girl. About seven years ago, the Chocolate Apothecary joined the tenants in the Flour Mill and has been serving specialty chocolates, gourmet drinking chocolate, and […]

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From Scratch

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_FromScratch By Kim Harshberger Alright run to your pantry right now and pull out the xanthan gum, modified food starch, monosodium glutamate, and disodium phosphate, we are going to make some ranch dressing! Wait. What? I don’t have those ingredients. Sound familiar? Too often factory-produced products contain unnecessary ingredients to prolong shelf life, a […]

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Literary Lessons

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_LiteraryLessons By Sheri Boggs I’m a little bit addicted to books about writing. And workshops about writing. And conferences and tote bags and online courses and story dice. My office is spilling over with titles like The Nighttime Novelist and The Making of a Story. I can’t move in there without stumbling over gobs of pages of […]

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Easy Lunches For Busy People

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_Lunch By Kelsey Hudson Sitting down at work the other day with my takeout for lunch, I realized that I couldn’t remember the last time I had actually brought a meal from home for lunch. Between frozen meals and eating out, I probably haven’t enjoyed a homemade lunch in months. I have no issue with eating […]

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Specialty Coffee (Q&A with Kaiti Blom of Revel 77)

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_BarristaQA.jpg By Aileen Luppert You could almost miss the coffee shop tucked into one end of a small strip mall. What a shame it would be if you did. Revel 77, with its open layout, hip and welcoming vibe, and some of the best espresso in town is a gem on the South Hill. Just as […]

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Zen Your Workspace

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_ZenWorkspace By Gwendolyn Haley A year ago, I moved from a small office I shared with 2 other people, to a cubicle in the middle of a relatively high traffic area in our administrative offices. My former office had windows, plenty of natural light, and few distractions. My new workspace has no windows or natural light, […]

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All Aboard the Fall Foliage Express

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_Train By Cara Strickland When it comes to trains, I am like a six year old boy. LEAD ME TO IT (and can I blow the whistle, please?) So, it won’t be too much of a stretch for you to imagine my delight when I discovered (several years ago) that the North Pend Oreille Valley Lions […]

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Life Lessons From Little Free Libraries

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_LittleFreeLibrary By Brian Vander Veen Last year, my partner Sheri and I started our own Little Free Library. If you’re not familiar with what Little Free Libraries are, they’re simply containers, usually near a sidewalk or similar publicly accessible space, where people can take and leave books for free. Little Free Libraries first began appearing in Wisconsin […]

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