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  • Doug Clark: Golden Rule Brake’s signs aren’t cause of jugglers’ woes

    It’s that fall time of year when things die, like leaves and some people’s sense of humor. Take last week. Half the city got their knickers in a knot over …


  • Alan Liere: Gallinaceous Gallopings

    For reasons known only to lexicographers and possibly grandmothers, many words in the English language mean the same thing. These are called synonyms. Some people think synonyms are unnecessary, but …


  • Performers ‘free to be themselves’ at Burleskival

    Crystal Bertholic, aka Crystal Explosion, climbed a few steps and stood behind the microphone on stage at nYne Bar & Bistro. Her hair sculpted tall, her lips sparkling red, her …


  • Alan Liere: The true value of relics

    I can’t wait to show off my most recent summer art purchases – two magnificent prints, one by David Maass and one by Lee Kouba. It seems a lot of …


  • Alan Liere: You can always rely on good ol’ granny

    By its nature, knot-tying is a skill that should be reinforced on a daily basis, but outside of weekend camping forays or the pursuit of fish and game, modern man …


  • Alan Liere: Aspiring to lesser challenges

    My fifth grade science book said rocks came in three major groups – igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. For me, rocks came in four basic groups – throwing rocks, skipping rocks, …


  • Poet George Bilgere embraces his lot in life

    There’s not a lot of leverage in the middle, not at first glance. As a man in the middle – of life, of the country, of the socioeconomic spectrum – …


  • A way with words

    Sure, there’s national poetry month. It’s April, in case you’ve been under a rock. And some people celebrate children’s poetry week. Kenn Nesbitt, the Spokane author named children’s poet laureate …


  • Laughing at heart disease

    It was on the comedy circuit, including its grind of 500-mile drives followed by shows followed by 500-mile drives, that Kay Frances most heavily abused alcohol and drugs. “I wasn’t …


  • Book Notes: Wrigley’s poetry takes turn at GU writers series

    Next up in the Gonzaga University’s Visiting Writers Series: Robert Wrigley. Wrigley, an award-winning poet who teaches at the University of Idaho, will read from his works at 7:30 p.m. …


  • 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, …

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