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Tuesday, April 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …