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The Slice archive for Jan. 1, 2011

SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2011

Sometimes New Year's Eve gets better

Maybe you're at some forced-frivolity gathering with the heel you've been seeing when you realize you would rather be with the one who adores you. So what do you do? That's easy. Here's hoping your 2012 is full of happy endings.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2011

This date in Slice history (1999)

A cartoon in the year-end issue of The New Yorker says it all. An expressionless woman seated in a living room with her husband asks, "What do you think sitting around being bored out of your mind will be like in the new millennium?"

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Born in Spokane Department The first female full professor at the Yale School of Medicine was Dr. Dorothy M. Horstmann. She was born in Spokane in 1911. She died in 2001. Among her many achievements, she was a pioneer in understanding how the polio virus attacked the nervous…

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You cannot trust TV Land channel

I've known for some time that the cable channel takes some pretty hideous liberties with cutting scenes from many of the old shows it presents. But yesterday I encountered the worst-ever whack job. Though I have seen it a million times and know every line,…

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Born on this date 100 years ago

The late actress Jeanette Nolan was born on Dec. 30, 1911. She spent some time in Spokane in part because her husband was from here. I once had a retired nurse tell me that during a Spokane hospital stay, Nolan's husband was a total pain…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2011

"How can you stand to work there?"

I'm asked that question every now and then, often in response to an S-R editorial or political endorsement. Today's editorial on "Complete Streets" prompted the latest query of that ilk. My correspondent found the piece uninformed and utterly lacking vision. I did not try to…

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Let's go to the transcript

Here's an actual conversation I had with another cyclist this afternoon as we waited for a light in downtown. We were right next to the Toyota dealership. This other guy, who looked to be in his 40s, started by complimenting the white, cat-shaped horn I…

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Long ago but not far away

It has been a geologic era or two since I could be counted on to join colleagues for an after-work trek to what used to be called a watering hole. Nothing about such gatherings works for me these days. And though there are co-workers whose…

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Can you see me now?

"One more Skype story," wrote Mary Alyce Konesky. "I have a child in each of the four United States time zones and we managed to pull off a Skype conference with all four families on Christmas Eve morning." Now she just needs someone to move…

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Best New Year's movie scene

"The first thing that popped into my head was Michael giving Fredo the kiss-off in 'The Godfather II'," wrote Tara Leininger. "I am blaming my husband for this as he is the owner of the boxed set -- and still will watch it whenever the…

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Life is not fair

Each December, as the new year approaches, I'm reminded of the time I attended the Tournament of Roses Parade in California. This was for work. It was in the late '90s. That, in itself, is not remarkable. But here's the thing. There are people --…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2011

Ice age

The ice was a little soft at the Riverfront Park rink this morning. It was perfectly fine for skating. They do a good job at the Ice Palace. Someone who hasn't skated much wouldn't even notice. And with the weather we're having, it certainly was…

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