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The Romance and Rewards of NaNoWriMo

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

Chapter 1 written on old typewriter. by Cara Strickland Confession: I’ve always secretly wanted to do NaNoWriMo. For those who might be unfamiliar with this concept, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is an attempt to write a 50,000 word novel between November 1 and November 30 (at 11:59pm). I went to college to write fiction, gave up writing for a while […]

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Game On! Games to Give and Receive

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_BoardGames By Rachel Edmondson My love of strategy games began a long, long time ago, in the days before kids…OK, it wasn’t that long ago, but having game nights with friends was much easier, and happened a lot more frequently, before kids entered the picture. It all began with a group of friends that got together […]

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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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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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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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Avoiding Pinterest Pitfalls

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_Pinterest By Kelsey Hudson Confession time: I love cookbooks, craft ideas, DIY blogs, and all things creative; I read them like they’re Pulitzer-worthy novels. In the last couple of years however, Pinterest has taken that love to a new level. At any given time, I‘m working on two to three projects and have half a dozen […]

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Zipping The Light Fantastic

Posted on October 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_Zipline_Jane By Jane Baker I’ve always been a bit of a workaholic. My parents were raised during the Great Depression and instilled a strong work ethic that, while good, doesn’t always jive with today’s goal of the work/life balance. However, it’s that same rush of accomplishment I thrive on in my work life that I seek […]

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Learning the Cultural Ropes

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_WorldRelief_Family By Gwendolyn Haley Many years ago, my husband Greg and I lived in China for 18 months. While it was an exciting adventure, at times it was incredibly lonely to be surrounded by a strange (to us) culture, and people speaking a language we didn’t understand. I remember walking through an outdoor food market and […]