Stories tagged: The Slice
Mon., Dec. 31, 2012
The Slice: A double dose of the Mondays?
Let’s wrap up 2012 with a dollop of reader service. Today is Monday.
Sun., Dec. 30, 2012
The Slice: No doubt: 2013 will rock, maybe
You can’t really prove it in advance. But statistically speaking, it seems a sure bet that for at least a few people in the Spokane area, 2013 will turn out …
Sat., Dec. 29, 2012
The Slice: Beware the walk-in freezer
If you have a garage, there’s a chance you might use it as a refrigerator annex at this time of year. That’s fine when the temperatures mostly hover in the …
Fri., Dec. 28, 2012
The Slice: Virgo: Might be time to get excited
Time again for a Slice Horoscope. This is the only zodiac column written by someone who might have stood behind you in a grocery store checkout line.
Thu., Dec. 27, 2012
The Slice: Time to pay your final respects
Do you have a real Christmas tree? If so, how would you describe your approach to getting rid of it? A) We take it to the woods and set it …
Tue., Dec. 25, 2012
The Slice: Changing perceptions, one poinsettia at a time
It’s not that I hated poinsettias. I have praised them for years. My mother likes them. My wife likes them. All God’s children like them.
Mon., Dec. 24, 2012
The Slice: We’ll call them conversation stuffers
There’s something to be said for the last-minute stocking stuffer run. Not a lot of pressure. It’s OK to make spontaneous selections that might be a little quirky. And if …
Sun., Dec. 23, 2012
The Slice: He always came through in the clutch
My friend Mike Wirt’s favorite Christmas memory deals with his father, who died when Mike was 16. Wirt’s dad was a mail carrier in the 1950s. He had a rural …
Sat., Dec. 22, 2012
The Slice: Ask Santa for more envelopes
This is supposed to be the season of peace and joy, but a lot of bad words get said at this time of year. The reason? People writing on Christmas-card …
Fri., Dec. 21, 2012
The Slice: No wonder Hermey wanted to be a dentist
Nothing says Christmas spirit quite like a little girl’s awareness of Third World sweatshops. Dan Mork was watching “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” with his granddaughter Abby. A scene featuring elves …
Thu., Dec. 20, 2012
The Slice: What will 2013 bring? No, really, tell me
We cannot always foretell the future. But that doesn’t stop us from trying.
Tue., Dec. 18, 2012
The Slice: The tales grow as tall as the snowdrifts
Today The Slice presents the transcript of an exclusive interview with the guy who insists winters in Spokane were way rougher back when he was a kid. You wouldn’t believe …
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 …