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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

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The lost boys of America: Leonard Sax’s book ‘Boys Adrift’ puts focus on raising young men

Honest, strong and responsible were just some of the adjectives that described my venerable father. My pillar of granite, so fitting since he worked in construction, was honorable and very hard-working. Life was practically drained from his handsome, yet weather-beaten face when he would stumble in with his dirt-covered work boots from a grueling day out in the elements erecting a building.


Fetch the turntable: Fiona Apple has returned

Complicated only begins to describe the enigmatic but extraordinarily gifted and daring Fiona Apple. The angst-ridden singer-songwriter is fragile and tough. During interviews, Apple has been surprisingly revealing, yet she becomes Johnny Carson reclusive in between albums while retreating to her Venice Beach, California, home.

The future of youth sports: Will less become more?

It’s a vicious cycle for many parents neck deep in youth sports. Pay an exorbitant amount of money for travel athletics, chauffeur children to myriad practices and far-flung games. Repeat ad nauseum.

10 things not to do during the coronavirus

Much has been written about what is permitted during the coronavirus, but the list of what shouldn’t be done is just as long. There are a number of must-avoids for children and adults, and here are 10 reminders.

Now is a great time to adopt a pet

Derrick Knowles, like many, had been losing sleep over recent weeks due to the novel coronavirus. The publisher of Out There Outdoors magazine was lonely during his nightly walk through his West Central neighborhood. The solution was simple: Visit a local animal shelter and adopt a dog. The Knowles family selected a husky/rat terrier last Friday. “It was the best thing we could do,” Shallan Knowles said. “Every day our anxiety level increased. Adopting Fernie was the answer for my husband, Derrick, and our child (4-year-old Remy). We heard that shelters were possibly going to shut down for a while, so we reached out (last) Wednesday, and we found our dog.”

What kids can do during the coronavirus

A friend said she is losing her mind since she’s run out of ideas about how to safely entertain her sequestered children. Every parent can relate since the coronavirus has led to an unprecedented crisis, which requires a lack of social contact. Play dates are verboten, outdoor activity has restrictions, and time on devices should be limited, according to health care professionals.