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Dad Daze: Finally, there is peace on Earth with gift-giving

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 12, 2021

It used to be so easy buying presents for the kids. When my daughters were young, it was always about princess garb, cool clothing and dolls and, of course, doll houses. Jillian loved moon shoes, Barbies and Polly Pockets, and nothing topped Madeleine's digs. I can't express how much I miss Thomas the Tank Engine.

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House Call: Navigating pandemic holiday season 2.0

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 8, 2021

So here we are, entering the second holiday season in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot has happened since this all started, and we know so much more now than we did a year ago. We also are much better prepared, having more than 61.4% of Spokane County over age 12 fully vaccinated.
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Ask Dr. Universe: What bacteria make us get stomach bugs?

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 5, 2021

There are all kinds of tiny pathogens, including bacteria and viruses, in our world. Some of them are helpful and do things like keep the human gut healthy – but there are others that can make us quite sick. I talked to my friend Alan Goodman about it. He’s an associate professor at Washington State University.
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Dad Daze: The facts about children and vaccinations

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 5, 2021

A recent post from the Gateway Pundit caught my son Milo's attention. "Huge: CDC and Big Pharma Data Confirm That More Children Will Die from COVID Vaccine Than From the COVID Virus" was the very long headline from the conservative website that has on more than one occasion delivered misinformation.
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The Full Suburban: A quick Seattle trip for Lucy, Kennedy and family memories

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 5, 2021

One night several months ago, our oldest daughter, Lucy, came up to Logan and me with a laptop in her hands. “Mother, Father,” she said in a mock-formal tone, “I have prepared a PowerPoint presentation that I would like to share with you.” This is not something that happens every day, so she had our attention.
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Brrr! It’s time for the mitten coloring contest

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 8, 2021

Colder weather – rain, wind and snow – has arrived, which means it’s time for our annual mitten coloring contest. The contest is open to children ages 12 and younger. Entries will be judged by a panel of The Spokesman-Review staffers who will select winners in three divisions.
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Ask Dr. Universe: Why do we find bones in rock?

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 28, 2021

When humans want to look into the past, they often dig into the ground. Under the soil, archeologists can find all kinds of things that help us learn about life long ago. That’s what I found out from my friend Rachel Horowitz, an archaeologist at Washington State University who is very curious about our ancestors.
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Dad Daze: ‘King Richard’ takes game, set and match

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 28, 2021

The long Thanksgiving weekend is about tryptophan overload, Cyber Monday (who needs Black Friday?) and blockbusters. Regarding the latter, there are a number of worthwhile films screening, but parents shouldn't miss "King Richard." It's the incredible true story of the rise of tennis aces Venus and Serena Williams.
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The Full Suburban: Hawaii for our 20th anniversary was a grade-A experience

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 28, 2021

For the final installment of my November columns about things I am grateful for (because it’s all ingratitude from here on out!), I will write about a no-brainer: the fact that Logan and I were recently able to take a vacation – just the two of us – to Hawaii. When I was a kid, my parents took a trip to Hawaii.
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A few tips can help families avoid Thanksgiving food coma

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 23, 2021

We’ve joked about the heavy eyelids – or food coma – after the Thanksgiving meal. A snooze isn't unusual following an abundance of holiday eating and drinking along with big loads of simple carbohydrates. Kerri Ferraioli, a nutritionist for the food sensitivity test company YorkTest, has some tips to help avoid that lag.
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Ask Dr. Universe: Why do animals have different hearing?

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 21, 2021

Different animals can hear different types of sounds. To find out more about it, I talked with my friend Dr. Vishal Murthy, a veterinarian at WSU. Murthy reminded me sound comes from vibrations that travel through the air. For instance, when you feed your pet, the kibbles that fall into the bowl send out vibrations.
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Dad Daze: Thanksgiving is a time to not take anything for granted

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 21, 2021

Thanksgiving was like "Groundhog Day" – not the holiday, but the 1993 film – for yours truly thanks to my old-school, Depression-era parents. There was nothing like the aroma of the 20-pound turkey and eventually my mother's stuffing, which was mixed with ground meat, that permeated the house late morning.
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The Full Suburban: This blended family is my home

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 21, 2021

When I was 13 years old, my dad passed away from brain cancer, leaving my mom a widow at age 42 with three kids. I didn’t realize just how young that was until I turned 42 myself. I mean, for heaven’s sake, she still had decades ahead of her and children to raise.
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Northwest Autism Center hosts Giving Tree project

The Northwest Autism Center has launched a Giving Tree project to collect gifts for children and adults with developmental disabilities who live in residential care homes. The project provided more than 600 gifts to adolescents and adults in the past two seasons.
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The Full Suburban: Come rain or shine, the family photo will be taken

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 14, 2021

November is the month of gratitude. I believe we are bursting with felicitous vibes because November is the only time of year when we are given the green light to basically eat whatever we want for an entire day. Six types of pie on my kitchen countertop definitely make me feel like the world is a beautiful place.

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