After getting pink-slipped from his cement-plant job a week before Christmas, Nick Maloney indulged in some moping. For a week or two, the 27-year-old from Fairborn, Ohio, watched TV, played video games and slept until noon.
There's a yellow sticky note on my husband's well-worn recliner in our living room. And one on the framed picture from my son's second birthday party. And there's one stuck on the extra dresser in our bedroom that's taking up too much space near the doorway.
When your home lines a golf course, this is the time of hibernation. Snow flocks the greens, as unwelcome to die-hard golfers as premature gray hair. Golf carts sit idle. The clubhouse sign says "closed." And yet, there is still life in the area's golf-course communities – even in the cold months of winter.
Christy Kerrick-Malen remembers what her mother went through some 20 years ago to get rid of her varicose veins. "It was awful," Kerrick-Malen said. "I think she had over 60 incisions. She had to stay in the hospital. And her recovery at home was miserable."
Around the Inland Northwest on Thursday, politicians, professors and those with ties to Pakistan expressed shock over the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and concern about how her death will affect the Middle East as well as the United States. "It's a sad day for Pakistan," said S.M. Ghazanfar, a Pakistan native and professor emeritus of economics at the University of Idaho. "Whatever has happened certainly is not very good for us here in this country. … This does not help the cause of getting along. It makes more of a bipolar world."
Mamdouh El-Aarag faces a challenge this time of year as his young children are surrounded by visions of Santa Claus and Christmas trees and mountains of gifts. "Not everybody celebrates it," said El-Aarag, an environmental engineer in Spokane, who is Muslim. Still, his 5-year-old son "expects Santa to come," he said.
Christmas is still several weeks away, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of celebrating going on already. Office parties, cocktail parties, dinner parties. Parties are great, but all of those cocktails and nibbles can add up, making you look a bit more Santa-like than you were wishing.
All that planning, all that shopping, all that cooking. And all you're left with are memories of a tasty meal and a refrigerator full of leftovers. But you don't need to eat reruns of Thanksgiving dinner every night for the next week. There are plenty of creative dishes to be made with leftover turkey, cranberries, stuffing and veggies. Here are some recipes that are so good, they'll make you thankful for leftovers: Here are some more recipes to help you reinvent your leftover Thanksgiving staples into soups, casseroles, salad and even dessert.
A few weeks ago, during the height of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it was hard to go anywhere without seeing a sea of pink. Pink Campbell's Soup cans at the grocery store. Pink mixers, potholders and spatulas at cookware shops. Pink ribbons on, well, just about everything.
Kris Fiala loves her newly reupholstered couch. And it makes for a great conversation piece, too. She bought the sofa for a few hundred dollars off Craigslist, and then had it re-covered by inmates. Yes, inmates. From Airway Heights Corrections Center. "It's gorgeous," says Fiala, a 44-year-old Spokane resident. "They did a super job. It's beautiful."
There are times you wonder, what are the babies thinking? This is one of those times, as the babies sit in their strollers and watch while their moms run up and down the stairs at NorthTown Mall, do push-ups on the benches and do squats with giant elastic bands. What must those babies be thinking?
When families pack into the car and head up to Green Bluff this time of year, they're usually on the prowl for apples, pumpkins or gourds. But there's another kind of fruit growing on Green Bluff's trees, only this one doesn't get the star billing of the others: Nuts.
The Inland Northwest Blood Center is getting into the Halloween spirit with a "Vein Drain" blood drive. The drive, which started Monday, continues today and Wednesday in Spokane, Spokane Valley and Coeur d'Alene. Here's where you can "starve a vampire" by donating some blood (and also go trick-or-treating for a "vein drain" T-shirt):
Gentle trick-or-treaters, to steal a phrase from Miss Manners, please be respectful this Halloween. Sure, you're tromping door-to-door, begging for candy under the not-so-thinly veiled threat of inflicting mayhem. Sure, you might even be wearing a bloody mask and carrying a scythe. But this is no time to lose all sense of decorum and civility. Yes, that means you, you too-late doorbell ringer, you garden trampler, you candy hogger.
Counseling services for veterans and their families will be available through a new program at Washington State University in Pullman. The Services for Veterans and Families program, which opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, will offer individual and group counseling, marriage therapy, psychological evaluations, and post-traumatic stress disorder testing.