Stories tagged: The Slice
Mon., Dec. 17, 2012
The Slice: When tying the knot, avoid duct tape
You really haven’t observed a lively mind in action until you have watched a preschooler officiate at the marriage ceremonies of stuffed animals. It has been a while since I …
Sun., Dec. 16, 2012
The Slice: It’s not an invitation to criticism
People really should understand by now. Fibbing about a prior commitment when turning down a social invitation is not a sign of disrespect. It just shows you care about the …
Sat., Dec. 15, 2012
The Slice: Please enjoy the lights responsibly
So you are going to load the family into the car and drive around looking at holiday lights. Fine. Have fun. Just remember…
Fri., Dec. 14, 2012
The Slice: ‘U-turn allowed’ might just do the trick
Perhaps it’s dubious deterrence. But being a bargain-minded burg, Spokane is home to several forms of on-the-cheap home security.
Thu., Dec. 13, 2012
The Slice: He could always take a chance on doggy door
‘Up on the Rooftop” has been upsetting little kids for years. So even if it has become less of a seasonal staple, it’s probably fair to guess that there’s a …
Tue., Dec. 11, 2012
The Slice: Dozens of reasons to smile
If not exactly cheaper by the dozen, perhaps it can be said that certain birthdays really strike straight-up 12. Spokane’s Sophia and Luca Paolino turn 12 on Wednesday. That’s 12 …
Mon., Dec. 10, 2012
The Slice: No wonder cats live in confusion
Here’s why some cats seem a little crazy. A number of those felines allowed outside have extensive snack circuits. And because neighbors don’t always know one another, many people have …
Sun., Dec. 9, 2012
The Slice: For many, fake trees a bunch of bologna
After last Sunday’s column, The Slice heard from readers who remember when artificial Christmas trees were the latest thing. “We were one of the cool, modern families who purchased an …
Sat., Dec. 8, 2012, 12:10 a.m.
The Slice: Joe’s take: She whined too much about math
Let’s start with a Ghost of Christmas Past multiple-choice. In households where both a Barbie and G.I. Joe could be found in residence, what typically was the nature of their …
Fri., Dec. 7, 2012
The Slice: The Garden Weasel Slice, perhaps?
If The Slice column had a naming-rights sponsor along the lines of college football bowl games, what would be the appropriate business and what would be the resulting column name? …
Thu., Dec. 6, 2012
The Slice: Raise your hand if you’re cold
Let’s start with a few tales of cold hands and warm hearts. “Growing up, my mother would offer to give my unsuspecting sister and I hugs and then just place …
Mon., Dec. 3, 2012
The Slice: Go familiarize yourself with vulgarity
Mike Altman was fending off a phone scammer. The caller sounded like someone for whom English was a second language.
Sun., Dec. 2, 2012
The Slice: Real vs. artificial: How’d that turn out?
You probably have to be at least graying at the temples to remember when artificial Christmas trees were the cause of social unrest. But they were. Well, if you count …
Sat., Dec. 1, 2012
The Slice: Just be thankful for this opportunity
OK, we’re down to the last month. Even if your year hasn’t been all that great so far, there’s still time for a late rally.
Fri., Nov. 30, 2012
The Slice: A key question of giving: When?
I wonder. Do some Spokane area residents with charitable impulses specifically avoid giving at this time of year because they assume donations and volunteering will be needed more at other …
Thu., Nov. 29, 2012
The Slice: May the holiday season bring no breakups
A Slice reader shared a theory. The way she sees it, including your adult child’s fiancé or boyfriend/girlfriend in the family-photo Christmas card totally jinxes that relationship.
Tue., Nov. 27, 2012
The Slice: P.S. Santa, keep c-notes for yourself
Sometimes a letter to Santa can seem like a gift itself. The Slice came into possession of a photocopy of an 8-year-old Idaho girl’s recent Christmas note to the North …
Mon., Nov. 26, 2012
The Slice: What’s the inspiration behind those bright ideas?
It’s all well and good for lifestyle gurus to say the journey is the destination. But in some of life’s endeavors, it really helps to know where you’re going. That’s …
Sun., Nov. 25, 2012
The Slice: Mysteries of extended families
Hey, kids! If you have spent the past few days in the company of your extended family, you probably have some questions. Let’s get right to them.
Sat., Nov. 24, 2012
The Slice: But can that match a hole-in-one with a sandwich?
Eighteen years without an accident. Well, that’s a bit of a stretch. The S-R has messed up a time or two during that time. But at least the paper has …
Fri., Nov. 23, 2012
The Slice: Call it black-eye Friday?
The penalties in shopping are a modified amalgam of rules in several other contact sports. Let’s review.
Thu., Nov. 22, 2012
The Slice: ‘It’s steamy if it’s done’
Here are some last-minute tips on preparing a Thanksgiving dinner. They are served up courtesy of Spokane Valley’s Connie King. She watches a bunch of kids both before and after …
Tue., Nov. 20, 2012
The Slice: If they don’t like it, they can leave
Often this is the day on the calendar when The Slice offers tips on how to impress Thanksgiving visitors from out of town. It has become an almost annual civic …
Mon., Nov. 19, 2012
The Slice: Wrong time for wonderful reference
Because the actual “It’s a Wonderful Life” reference alludes to Christmas and New Year’s, not everyone gets it when you say “And happy Thanksgiving to you — in jail!” Let’s …
Sun., Nov. 18, 2012
The Slice: T-Day discussions on the table
There are Spokane area children happily going about their sheltered lives today, blissfully unaware of what is in store for them. Life seems as if it’s all jammies, texting, eye-rolling …
Sat., Nov. 17, 2012
The Slice: When cook’s goal is perfection, it’s difficult to lower the bar
Here’s the deal. There are routinely praised homemakers who, though consistently excellent cooks, are unwilling to admit that any dish they prepared has turned out well since a miracle casserole …
Fri., Nov. 16, 2012
The Slice: Before the fact, let’s talk leftovers
It’s just one week until the Festival of Leftovers. Which is your Friday-after fridge access style? A) I bend over and, while facing away, reach in all the way to …
Thu., Nov. 15, 2012
The Slice: Even children know these are hairy times
Slice reader Mildred Scheel’s nephew is a grade-school teacher in Northampton, Mass. He shared a story.
Tue., Nov. 13, 2012
The Slice: Tuning up for a spirited six weeks
People say, “Paul, how can I endure holiday music without harming myself or others?” Well, with exactly six weeks until Christmas, let’s address that.
Mon., Nov. 12, 2012
The Slice: Not exactly an avalanche of fun for truck driver
The Slice asked what mountain pass readers would like to have renamed after them. And Judy Champion of Spokane Valley made a decent case for Lolo Pass being called Champion …