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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 …


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 …


Species tulips put on annual show

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


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 …