Comforting, sweet and cheap, “white food” has its appeals. But the frosted cinnamon rolls and chocolate-chip scones packed by the clamshell into cardboard boxes in a food bank warehouse last week wouldn’t do anyone’s health much good.
The future is here, and it’s sweaty and integrative. The treadmills at Eastern Washington University’s fitness center are outfitted with touch-screen modules that lets gym users track their workouts – duration, calories burned – using software that connects to an app they can download on their smartphones.
Jere Smith’s palette was a slab of glass, 18 inches by 24, every fraction of every inch covered in paint. To photographer Dean Davis, the Seattle artist’s palette looked like a piece of modern art. Tim Lord gave Davis a mud holder made for drywall installers. Sheila Evans gave him her pastels. Ric Gendron gave him a blue lunchroom tray smeared with neon colors.
If she wins, she gets to work. Chelsea Thronson, a 16-year-old ballerina who lives in Spokane and trains in Coeur d’Alene, learned this month she was among eight young women in the U.S. selected to compete in the Prix de Lausanne. The international ballet competition, held in Switzerland starting Feb. 1, allows selected 15- to 18-year-olds to perform before a jury of renowned dancers.
An organization that sends doctors, dentists and nurses to remote parts of the world is setting up an office in the Inland Northwest and seeking volunteers to treat “the poorest of the poor.” Based in Georgia since 1990, Flying Doctors of America runs eight to 10 medical missions a year, managing logistics for teams of medical providers who treat people with little or no access to medical care in Latin America, Asia, Africa and elsewhere.
Maybe you can eat an apple, but you can’t remember how to cook beans on a stove. You can answer the phone, but you can’t remember how to dial 911. The needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are subtle at first: It’s often years before the disease robs patients of their ability to speak coherently, eat, get dressed and use the bathroom.
Roughly one in 10 elders report mistreatment or neglect, according to federal statistics. But some who suffer emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect don’t tell anyone, fearful of retaliation – or reluctant to report someone they care about or depend on.
Dan McCann’s sound performance tonight will start and end with a tick, tick, tick. The middle could go anywhere. He demonstrated recently in his art studio, which takes up the bulk of the basement at his house in the South Perry neighborhood.
Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol doesn’t remember much about her air-ambulance ride from Liberia to Atlanta. But she remembers a medic in Monrovia who put his hands on her face and said, “Nancy, we’re going to take you home. And we’re going to take really good care of you.”
Breast cancer Orbit gum. Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Campbell’s soup. Swiffer 3-in-1 starter kits. Breast cancer maximum-strength pepper spray. Nail polish. Socks and shoes. Rubber duckies, water bottles, tote bags, Barbie dolls.
The Children of the Sun will shed light on their history and culture next week at an event open to everyone. Most attendees at the Spokane Tribe of Indians’ free Heritage Day, in its sixth year, are students on field trips. But all are welcome, said Tammy Kieffer, the event’s coordinator.
In researching spots around the world where people live long and live well, National Geographic fellow Dan Buettner found that very-long-term health has little to do with dieting or trips to the gym. Rather than running marathons, the world most long-lived people “moved naturally,” living in environments that “nudged” them into physical activity. They had daily rituals that reversed the effects of stress. They could articulate their sense of purpose.
Joe Martin’s son Josh was a quiet leader – “the anti-bully,” he said – with a great sense of humor. He was “a ball of fun,” Josh’s best friend Dean Neilson said. When Josh walked into the room, Neilson said, you’d get happy.
Health officials in the Spokane area and North Idaho said it’s unlikely Ebola will spread here – but they’re preparing just in case. Public health workers and hospitals are reviewing protocols designed to prevent infection and checking stocks of medical workers’ “personal protective equipment” – gloves, goggles, face shields and fluid-resistant gowns.
Jake McBurns uses the Rolf method of structural integration to release tension and make people move better. With his clients standing or resting on a table or bench in his downtown Spokane office, he uses his knuckles, hands and elbows to manipulate their connective tissues, or fascia.
To see childhood the most clearly required a certain number of years for Karen Russell, whose novel “Swamplandia!” – this year’s Spokane is Reading pick – stars an adolescent girl who lives among alligators and maybe ghosts. Writing in her 20s, Russell said, her perspective was just close enough and just far enough from her own south Florida childhood to remember it well:
Willie Jinks, who started painting after retiring from Atlanta’s sanitation department, painted everything: his motorcycle helmet, his toaster. If you brought him a piece of plywood, he’d make a painting for you. He used house paint to make his bold, vivid-orange-red-and-black “Jonah and the Whale,” hanging in the Jundt Art Museum’s main gallery.
When it comes to ALS, no one’s a better expert than a person living with it. That’s the idea behind a Riverpoint Campus forum next week where patients will become the teachers, with students working toward a variety of health professions sitting in the audience.
It’s an art experiment: Mix two creative types, and see what happens. Spokane is invited to observe the results Saturday at Verbatim, part gallery show and part stage show by 16 artists – eight writers paired with eight visual artists.
Bear the golden retriever was part of the family, a “little brother” to Michael Court and Gretchen Kaufman’s daughter. After he died in 2010 the day after Thanksgiving – “his most favorite day of the year,” Court said – they waited more than a year before adopting a new “golden,” Matilda.
Bryan Shaw is a chemist, not a software developer. He’s a parent, not a doctor. But he’s receiving national attention for his effort to create a free smartphone app to warn shutterbug parents of a glow in young children’s eyes – a white reflection from a camera’s flash – that could signal a rare cancer.
There was a little RV in Bob Salsbury’s imaginary retirement, or maybe a Volkswagen van. He’d drive to the coast and camp on the shore. He’d hike and wander the beaches, a “crazy old man” gathering agate and sea glass. Salsbury had worked for the state since Jimmy Carter was president. He’d raised three children. He was ready to retire.
Crystal Bertholic, aka Crystal Explosion, climbed a few steps and stood behind the microphone on stage at nYne Bar & Bistro. Her hair sculpted tall, her lips sparkling red, her corset black, she would deliver just a taste of her burlesque act this morning, she told the small audience.