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A guy’s guide

Hey, guys, we’re four days into 2009 and chances are good that you’re already feeling like a loser. Resolutions not working out too well, eh? It’s pretty easy to see why. Too much rich food, maybe a bit too much to drink and no exercise beyond the occasional lame attempt to shovel snow have turned you into twice the man – at least around your waist – that you were in high school. But don’t stop there. Look in your closet. That pile of rags you call clothing belongs in a landfill.

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Words of wisdom

It’s not easy to define any country in a mere 155 pages. Imagine, then, trying to do it with China. That was the challenge that Spokane author Sarah Conover set for herself when she looked for a way to continue her “This Little Light of Mine” series, which is being published by Eastern Washington University Press.
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Author will read debut novel

As the economic downturn continues, many Americans are looking for different ways to make a living. Against all odds, Dave Boling seems to have found one.
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Spokane author returns to WWII

For years after he stared down death, Ray Daves couldn’t forget the face of the Japanese fighter pilot who came close to killing him. The event occurred on Dec. 7, 1941, when Daves – a U.S. sailor stationed at Pearl Harbor – was witness to the Japanese surprise attack. Serving as an impromptu ammo carrier for a machine-gun team, Daves barely missed being smashed by a Zero that crashed just short of his position.
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Honoring ‘The Prairie Troubador’

Nicholas Vachel Lindsay may have been born in Springfield, Ill., but for nearly five years the man many people called “The Prairie Troubador” lived in Spokane. Lindsay, who died in Springfield in 1931 at the age of 52, will be honored in a special event Sunday at the Davenport Hotel. “An Evening with Vachel Lindsay,” which will feature a lineup of area writers, will begin at 4 p.m.
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Flood of evidence

The story of J. Harlen Bretz is a story of the scientific process itself. It’s a tale of a man who believed what he saw, not what he was told, and made a case for a geological theory that went against the accepted notions of his day.
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In its seven years of existence, the Spokane Is Reading project has taken several different forms. It’s posed as a study of life on the eastern Colorado plains (Kent Haruf‘s powerful “Plainsong”). It’s included a Darwinistic look at survival during the Civil War (Charles Frazier‘s National Book Award-winning novel “Cold Mountain”). It’s tackled science fiction (Orson Scott Card‘s “Ender’s Game”), served as a reinvention of Sherlock Holmes (Laurie R. King‘s “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice”) and immersed us in a classic Dutch painting (Susan Vreeland‘s “Girl in Hyacinth Blue”).
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Conservative comedian Dennis Miller brings his act to Northern Quest

Dennis Miller is a wiseass and proud of it. Thing is, he’s a political wiseass and that sets him apart. Because at least since Sept. 11, 2001, he’s been leaning toward the right side of the political spectrum. As he told Time magazine in 2003, “I’m left on a lot of things. It two gay guys want to get married, I could care less. If a nut case from overseas wants to blow up their wedding, that’s when I’m right.”
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Rock of aged

So there I was a couple of weeks ago, sitting in the office of my editor, when something on his desk caught my eye. It was an ad for the show that the band Foreigner performed on Friday at Northern Quest Casino.
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Book reveals role of privatized military

What your middle-school English teacher told you is true: Language is important. Think of the word “contractor,” for example. It likely brings images of baseball-capped guys who build houses or direct the crews that renovate kitchens, bathrooms, etc.
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Author examines scales of violence

We’re all products of our past. And if that past happens to include abuse, then our options for a happy and fulfilled life tend to narrow. Here’s one thing that many abuse survivors have discovered: The key to finding a measure of happiness in life comes not just from surviving the pain that life hands out, but from the decisions we make in response to that pain.
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Rushdie e-mail backs local author

On Thursday, Spokane author Sherry Jones received the kind of notice for her first novel, “The Jewel of Medina,” that most writers would kill to have. Internationally renowned writer Salman Rushdie sent the Associated Press an e-mail about the book.