Stefanie Pettit is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her columns include Landmarks, featuring historic buildings and sites, and Front Porch.
THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2019
This is about my wounded finger.
THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2019
Comic strip creator Garry Trudeau’s takes “Doonesbury” takes umbrage at vocal fry in Sunday’s strip. Vindication, Stefanie Pettit writes.
THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2019
So here I am in mid-January doing my version of spring cleaning.
THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2019
I like to start out every new year focusing on something I enjoy a lot – words. Not my usual curmudgeonly grammar rant – I’ll save that for later – but rather the Words of the Year, as chosen by national and international lexographers.
THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2018
Like so many of us, I find myself feeling sentimental and reflective at this time of year. More than the Christmas lights and carols, visits with friends and relatives and exchanging gifts, I am thinking of Christmases past, loved ones no longer here and changing times and traditions.
THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2018
This is Bing Crosby’s time of year. You can hardly walk through a mall or listen to the radio without hearing Spokane’s own world-famous crooner singing “White Christmas” or any of the other holiday songs he made famous.
THURSDAY, NOV. 22, 2018
When giving thanks this time of year, the big things come to mind – good health, the safety of loved ones, a happy marriage. But sometimes, it can be for something smaller – in this case, a spotted puppy.
THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2018
I’m in the process of replacing and redoing my address book, and I’m finding it a more work and more emotional than I expected.
THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2018
Along with pretty much everybody else in the region, I am putting my garden to bed for the winter.
THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2018
Thank you, gods and goddesses of grammar, for making yourselves known to me. I cannot express how warming it is to know that I’m not shivering alone out in the wilderness as I cringe when hearing those often-spoken, god-awful words (and all their variations) – “Me and Fred went to the mall.”
THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2018
Earlier this month I began doing tai chi.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2018
Airway Heights woman gets wheels rolling to have monument built and dedicated to a Spokane Valley pioneer, her great-grandfather Seth Woodard.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 13, 2018
Today – Sept. 13 – is National Uncle Sam Day, and I feel the need to recognize it and feel good about it.
THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2018
I saw a nicety-for-the-day posting on Facebook recently: “Me and God have this little arrangement. If He wakes me up to see another day, I promise to try and be better than I was yesterday.”
THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2018
Anyone who has spent much time trying to locate ancestors in any of the hundreds of cemeteries of Eastern Washington and North Idaho – and elsewhere – have likely utilized research done by Maggie Rail, whether they know it or not.
THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2018
As I write these words, it’s 9 a.m. on one of those about-to-be broiling hot days of summer. My husband has been out of the house since 8 a.m., and I probably won’t see him until dinner. He’s doing exactly what he wants to be doing – he’s working.
THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2018
A new monument was dedicated last week at Greenwood Memorial Terrace honoring a woman who was breaking glass ceilings early in the 1900s – back way before there even was such a concept.
THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2018
My youngest son is getting married.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2018
The Sinto Senior Activity Center in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood is the oldest senior center in the city – having celebrated its 60th anniversary with a gala open house in May – and it has the distinction of being the second oldest senior center in the state of Washington.
THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018
Ever since we moved into our house in the late 1980s, there has been a steady stream of urban wildlife – mostly deer – moving through our backyard on the way toward Browne’s Mountain.
THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018
A tale of King Corn and Queen Alfalfa who were married nearly 105 years ago.
THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2018
Miss Chicken is still alive … and thriving.
THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018
Boris has his airplane.
THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018
Feeling in her nose, freedom to
THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018
The big, red, Gothic-style barn on a hill near the Idaho border has attracted high school students to use it as a background for their senior class pictures, and it even showed up in a painting commissioned by some neighbors living farther down the valley, which captured it in the artwork depicting the view from their property.