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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2015

Carolyn Hax: Can no longer take husband’s disrespectful siblings

Dear Carolyn: My husband’s family is bigoted and I don’t want to be around them. My husband’s parents were wonderful, intelligent, interesting people that I enjoyed visiting, but now that they are gone I don’t want to waste a minute of my life with his disrespectful, domineering and boring siblings and their children. They ignored and disrespected their father in his last years and they disregard me and my husband today. My husband wants to attend the family Christmas celebration on the Saturday before Christmas, and I feel it is a waste of my time and energy to pretend I care. The minute we walk in the door, the comments begin about politics (blacks, women, gays, etc.) and about how stupid we are for residing in a liberal major city.

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Miss Manners: Public vistas are meant to be shared

DEAR MISS MANNERS: On a crowded passenger ferry frequented by tourists, there was no room to sit on the benches, so I squeezed into a place at the rail. This afforded me a breeze, a nice view and something to hold onto, which was lacking near the benches. A woman sitting on the bench behind me said angrily, “Would you please move? You’re standing right in front of me and completely blocking my view.”

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TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 2015

Palouse caviar. (Sylvia Fountaine)

Pomegranate seeds pack a festive punch

As fall turns into winter and everything outside begins to look colorless and bleak, the earth brings us an unexpected package – cheery and festive and filled with the jewels of winter. When you look at a pomegranate, you can’t ...

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Fig tart. (Adriana Janovich / The Spokesman-Review)

Fig frangipane tart makes a holiday statement 

Mild, cake-like and creamy but not too rich, this fig frangipane tart makes for a dramatic offering on the holiday table. The halved, exotic-looking fruit is what does it. A fluted tart pan only adds to the prettiness. Frangipane, a ...

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A new way to extend season’s greetings

Back in 2010, The Slice proposed making “Get off my lawn!” Spokane’s official slogan. The idea did not catch on. Apparently readers felt having this bold motto on signs greeting motorists entering the city would send the wrong signal. Or ...

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MONDAY, DEC. 14, 2015

Keep taking vitamin D and calcium separately 

Dear Doc: I need your advice on calcium in the blood and hyperthyroidism. I am taking vitamin D3 for the thyroid and something called colloidal calcium, which is rather expensive. Do I need these? There is so much confusing information ...

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The Slice: Remembering Railroader Santa Elmer 

Some Christmas spirits are gone but not forgotten. “Your column this morning mentioned Santa and it triggered a memory,” wrote my friend Scott Miller. “For years we took the kids to see the same Santa. He was always known as ...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 2015

Director/producer J.J. Abrams during a promotion for the new film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss / Invision)

Q&A: ‘Force Awakens’ director on best way to watch his movie

LOS ANGELES – J.J. Abrams can’t really settle on a favorite moment from his saga of directing, co-writing and co-producing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” but this one isn’t bad. “Being here now means we’re actually finished with the movie, which is a relief,” Abrams said with Jedi calm.

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Paul Turner

Paul Turner


Community CommentThe heaviest thoughts…

The media is filled with it. A legion of younger hungry single men all foam at the mouth upon command at the thought of it. Even that wonderfully-obscure male bastion ...

ClarksvilleMel McCuddin: The Art of Darkness

Inside a downtown gallery maybe two decades ago – that’s where I first got McCuddined. I recall strolling through the vast array of art when one canvas stopped me cold. ...



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