Stories tagged: The Slice
Tue., Sept. 6, 2011
The Slice: A Tuesday fit for a fake illness
Today is a big fake calling-in-sick day. Slackers wanting to stretch the long weekend can be counted on to phone or email various made-up excuses for why they can’t make …
Mon., Sept. 5, 2011
The Slice: A few tips can make this a fair encounter
It’s really unfair that lying political candidates, soulless business executives, self-promoting celebrities and felon athletes get coached on how to deal with the media but regular people don’t. So today …
Sun., Sept. 4, 2011
The Slice: Marmots’ stock is certainly rising
Coeur d’Alene’s Nancy Haynes and a few others who have spotted certain rodents engaging in arboreal adventures confirmed that marmots can indeed climb trees. So I consider the matter closed.
Fri., Sept. 2, 2011
The Slice: The good, the bad and the ugly
You know you have watched way too many old Westerns (or that your sense of humor could use a bit of consciousness raising) when … You get lost while driving …
Thu., Sept. 1, 2011
The Slice: Finally, dogs have their day
OK, where were we. Oh, yeah. A reader challenge for the dog days of summer.
Tue., Aug. 23, 2011
The Slice: Splash left him on pins and needles
Apparently seeing raccoons take a dip in your swimming pool is not all that unusual around here. Same with skunks, ducks and what have you.
Mon., Aug. 22, 2011
The Slice: Roast of Nana Pat wasn’t quite justified
I suspect many families have stories like this. Recent Slice discussion of what kids eat when grandma is in charge reminded Patricia Garvin of a time when she was watching …
Sun., Aug. 21, 2011
The Slice: If you could just smile this week …
My Spokane-loving sister-in-law from Michigan is here visiting. So if the sourpusses in our midst (you know who you are) could just pretend to be friendly and helpful, I would …
Sat., Aug. 20, 2011
The Slice: Don’t sweat early onset dampness
The Slice recently asked what physical changes readers experience when visiting humid parts of the country. I’ve posed that question several times over the years. And, as usual, responding readers …
Fri., Aug. 19, 2011
The Slice: A confession you’ll dye to hear
Maybe it would be therapeutic if we took turns confessing. One at a time, we could all describe something dumb we did many summers ago. And perhaps this would help …
Thu., Aug. 18, 2011
The Slice: ‘Garlic eaters?’ It’s a wonderful expression
Remember in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” when mean old Mr. Potter dismisses those arranging home loans through George Bailey as “a bunch of garlic eaters”? No doubt he intended that …
Tue., Aug. 16, 2011
The Slice: Does a friendly salutation brighten your outlook on life?
I know it’s a total cliche. And some might question my sincerity.
Mon., Aug. 15, 2011
The Slice: Doses of reality can be difficult to overlook
Let’s say you want desperately to cling to the smug little notion that people here are somehow better, kinder, more compassionate or more generous than residents of other cities. For …
Sun., Aug. 14, 2011
The Slice: ‘Serenity now’ seems more appropriate
No one is saying boating is for older people. But “Serenity,” which tops one 2011 list of popular boat names, is also a leading brand of bladder control pads.
Fri., Aug. 12, 2011
The Slice: This Wonderful World is apparently quite small
‘There is a man in Florida who, I am sure, is convinced that only a dozen or so people live in Montana,” wrote Carl Gidlund. Here’s why.
Thu., Aug. 11, 2011
The Slice: Musically, what works for you?
Let’s start with a tale of baby boomers in action. Once upon a time, cranking up a certain Crosby, Stills and Nash album meant a party was getting started, said …
Tue., Aug. 9, 2011
The Slice: The Rise of the Marmots?
A certain cinematic flight of fancy has raised concerns in our community. So it falls to me as Grand Exalted Poobah of the Marmot Lodge to address a few frequently …
Mon., Aug. 8, 2011
The Slice: Beatify in the eye of the beholder
Darla DeCristoforo was researching the Spokane Lilac Festival’s history when she came across something that gave her pause. It was a Spokesman-Review article from May 2007. Headlined “Lilac memories: Spokane …
Sun., Aug. 7, 2011
The Slice: Something fishy about those flames
‘Last night while grilling, my husband Tom innovated a new recipe which we call alder-planked salmon flambeau,” wrote one of my regular correspondents. She offered to fetch the fire extinguisher, …
Fri., Aug. 5, 2011
The Slice: Roads less traveled tend to lead to confusion
Slice reader Timothy Finneran asserts that it’s really not all that difficult to get lost while driving in and around Spokane. “With all the road construction, along with detours, I’ve …
Thu., Aug. 4, 2011
The Slice: They don’t always have the drive
Our part of the country is known for being home to people who don’t think a trip of 300 miles qualifies as a long drive. But have you ever noticed …
Tue., Aug. 2, 2011
The Slice: Think before you cut loose
I can’t claim to be an expert on this. But someone has to speak up, in the interest of upholding Spokane’s community standards. So it might as well be me.
Mon., Aug. 1, 2011
The Slice: If it’s August, it must be time for a contest
The eighth month has arrived. And here’s a Slice contest tailored for the occasion.
Sun., July 31, 2011
The Slice: Interview only scratches the surface
Here’s a transcript of The Slice’s interview with the Spokane guy who pretends to be a poison ivy expert. You won’t believe what he had to say.
Sat., July 30, 2011
The Slice: Ahoy, matey! Keep your conversation above board
So you want everyone to know that you are seriously into boating. But you wonder: “What nautical terms should I sprinkle into everyday conversation to ensure that people remember that …
Fri., July 29, 2011
The Slice: Maybe they should have carpooled
Sometimes noticing a license plate is just the beginning. A few years back, Nancy Clemons and her late husband were making a road trip to Vermont. The night before they …
Thu., July 28, 2011
The Slice: If this car’s a runnin’, don’t bother a stealin’
Jody Hamilton’s husband was parking near the Red Lion Inn at Park when he spotted some dear friends he had gone there to meet. “He jumped out of the car …
Tue., July 26, 2011
The Slice: Big tips for Little Leaguers
As I recall, the guy who managed my Little League baseball team was a decent sort. I have no idea what his first name was. We just called him Mr. …
Mon., July 25, 2011
The Slice: Bug’s buddy
The winning photo in The Slice’s “Help I’m a Bug” Contest barely even shows an insect. But it does illustrate a child’s sense of wonder that has been a part …
Sun., July 24, 2011
The Slice: Lesson: It’s OK to be strong and smart
Women of a certain age enjoy talking about being bombarded with less-than-empowering media messages when they were girls. They’re right, of course. Madison Avenue’s idea of the appropriate aspirations for …