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Tuesday, September 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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News >  Travel

Wide-eyed in Zambia: Africa’s last great place

I’d forgotten how it feels on your first day in the bush. Exhilarated and wide-eyed. Over the moon. And then, sobering up, eager but cautious. A safari lodge is a thousand times better than any zoo, but you – not the animals – are the ones in the cage.

Everything Is Copy: We all live next door

When I hear a weird noise outdoors, sometimes I’ll look at the Nextdoor website to see if there’s been a shooting in the neighborhood or aliens have landed. Sometimes I’ll browse the site when I need to hire someone to rake my leaves or can no longer bear to look at my own work.

Praise be! ‘Testaments’ is Margaret Atwood’s ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ follow-up

I first read Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” many years ago, as a young woman just out of college, and I still remember the hushed chill it created around me. The tale of a woman living in a nightmarish fundamentalist regime, in which she is forced to bear children for the state, it was published in 1985 and became an instant classic. Atwood, a rare writer who can create a dystopian world in language both elegantly literary and starkly intimate, pulled the reader in instantly, becoming co-conspirators with the rebellious Offred, who dreamed of escape but dwelt in a frightening reality. In the more than three decades since the publication of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” it has never left the public consciousness. A 1990 movie and a 2017 television series now in its third season (with Atwood serving as consulting producer for the latter) brought still more attention – and Atwood, as she wrote in an afterward to her just-published sequel, “The Testaments,” knew that eventually she needed to return to its world.

‘Brady Bunch’ kids return home for HGTV’s sentimentally extreme makeover

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 14, 2019, 12:51 p.m.

On the irresistibly nostalgic four-episode miniseries “A Very Brady Renovation” (which premiered Monday on HGTV), the Brady kids reunite to assist some of the network’s stars with a massive, six-month remodeling of the house. To put it back precisely as the audience perceived it.
News >  Home and garden

Ask the Builder: Dressing up vinyl siding

It’s impossible to list all the vinyl siding accessories and options that are available. For starters, don’t think that you have to use just one color and siding style on your home. Quite a few homes I see are incorporating white trim with two complementary colors and siding profiles.