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  • Welcome Home!

    There are days when I’d like to make myself at home, anywhere but at home. Do you know the feeling? It’s when the place that is supposed to help us …


  • It’s difficult to turn down a good read

    My books, some of which have been with me since childhood, are as beloved to me as a few of the people I know and care about. And I turn …


  • Welcome Home!

    We all want a peek inside. We want to see what color our neighbors painted the kitchen or just a closer look at the lamp that looks so pretty in …


  • Dogwoods get their day in the sun

    The dogwood trees around this area outdid themselves this year. There were huge pink and white clouds everywhere! The most popular dogwoods found in local gardens are the Florida dogwoods …


  • Spring rain awakens the senses

    It rained last night. There is nothing more nourishing to the garden than a good spring rain. And there is nothing more satisfying to the gardener than to see life …


  • Enjoying the high life

    Moving from an apartment on the South Hill to a three-level home in West Hills last autumn was a big step for Keith and Kerri Mires. Especially to a home …


  • My cycle leaves no time for laundry

    When I was very young, I remember how much my mother disliked Mondays. Whether by Presidential decree, habit or tradition, Monday was laundry day in Spokane. If you doubted that, …


  • Lilac memories

    In May 1938 Faith Smith was strolling downtown when by chance she happened upon Spokane’s first Lilac Parade at the corner of Lincoln and Main. Or rather, it happened upon …


  • Lilacs bring bother-free beauty

    It’s lilac season in the Lilac City and the air will soon be fragrant with their heady scent. Lilacs are perfect for our Inland Northwest gardens. They love our weather, …


  • Treat mom to Garden Expo

    Still trying to find a special gift for a mother in your life? If she is a gardener, relax, you don’t have to worry. Just take her to the annual …


  • Lilac makes nice memorial gift

    A group of us want to purchase a plant for friends living in Liberty Lake as a family memorial. We would like it to be pretty, maybe attract butterflies or …


  • A mother’s memories are rarely outgrown

    Sometimes, it’s hard to remember that I once lived in a space inhabited by little ones. Gone are the rattles and blankies and alphabet blocks.


  • On your mark: Let’s start

    We’re all getting impatient for spring, but the season has been slow to arrive this year. So, while Mother Nature takes her time making the garden bloom, we can bring …


  • Enjoy city’s spring glory

    When flowering trees are in full bloom, my driving becomes hazardous. In fact, so hazardous that my husband won’t take the same road if he knows I will be on …


  • Setup shakeup

    Patrick Cancilla had a pretty good setup. His three-bedroom, 1,900-square-foot Dalton Gardens, Idaho, ranch home sat on a two-acre lot and gave him plenty of room to live and work …


  • Gene and Barbara Lucia

    Gene Lucia wanted to plant a garden and get out of the jungle. Lucia and his wife, Barbara, moved to Spokane last year after living more than 30 years in …


  • How sweet it is to be 16

    Denel Lang, a bubbly Spokane teen, received a big surprise for her 16th birthday last week. The athletic, blond-haired, blue-eyed teenager couldn’t believe it when she heard her parents’ plan …


  • When panic attacks, I attack roses

    A trip out to the garden sent me into despair. It does every year at this time. Even though April is upon us and there are signs of life everywhere …


  • A work in progress

    “It all started with me wanting more room for my CDs,” says Kevin Hekmatpanah, explaining his recent move from a 700-square-foot condo in downtown Spokane to a “fixer-upper” roughly 10 …


  • With each spring comes a new chore

    Is a lawn part of a garden? Definitely! And, if so, my garden is in some serious trouble, and it has been from day one. A few years ago in …


  • Species tulips put on annual show

    Any garden worth its dirt has tulips. The bright cups of color scream spring, no mistake about it.


  • The world through collectible glasses

    When Depression-era American housewives bought a jar of soft cheese spread from Kraft, they got more than just the cheese. The decorative containers known as Swanky Swig glasses were decorated …


  • Welcome Home!

    Every writer needs an editor. Someone to look at things with a fresh eye. Someone to help us clear away unnecessary words. Life takes editing, too.


  • A Tudor’s transformation

    During her college years, Beth Viren fell in love with a fellow student. She also fell in love with a house. Beth sighed nearly every time she and her then-boyfriend …


  • Solid on the slope

    William and Diane Hellar live surrounded by more than 1 million pounds of concrete. And that just includes the walls of their Schweitzer Mountain ski getaway, a four-unit condominium building …

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