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The Slice: Looking back on a decade of fraternal rodentry

It’s time once again for the Marmot Lodge’s annual report to the membership.

As the Grand Exalted Poohbah For Life, that duty falls to me.

Since its founding in the summer of 2007, the Spokane based International Order of Friendly Marmots has compiled an enviable record of achievement. Just consider.

No allegations of sexual harassment.

No softball teams sponsored.

No political candidates endorsed.

No bylaws amended.

No sergeant at arms needed.

And perhaps most important, the lodge has held no meetings, thus freeing its diverse membership to pursue good works in all spheres of Inland Northwest life.

That philosophy of not wasting members’ time has been the hallmark of the Marmotian movement. Our attitude has always been, “You know what needs to be done, so go do it.”

In this way, the order encourages member Marmots to devote themselves to projects and pursuits of their own choosing. To further this support for self-directed volunteering, the lodge has maintained a strict policy of not assessing dues.

We wish each other well. We encourage. We congratulate. We aspire to be better.

It’s the Marmot Way.

As it was in 2007, all persons of good will are eligible for membership.

So I am able to report that 2017 was a good year for the Marmot Lodge. Now on to 2018,

E Pluribus Marmot.

Kissing: With an eye toward New Year’s celebrations, readers were asked about the key to being a good kisser. I liked Slice reader Dick Avery’s answer.

“The key to being a good kisser is being in a great relationship. The kiss can be sloppy or precise, wet or dry, brief or prolonged, tender or passionate.

“It’s all about the relationship. It’s about love, which is patient, truthful, courteous, humble, trusting, forgiving.

“The good kisser is communicating, ‘I’m so glad you are part of my life,’ ‘You are amazing,’ ‘I’m so glad to see you,’ ‘I hate to see you go,’ ‘I can’t get enough of you,’ ‘You complete me.’

“The good kisser is seeking connection, not perfection.”

Slice answer: In the matter of what you will be doing when 2017 becomes 2018, Paul Shepler was ready with an answer. “Watching the ‘Twilight Zone.’”

But not the butchered episodes on the cable TV marathon. Paul watches the classic series on DVDs he purchased years ago. “The other benefit is no commercials.”

Today’s Slice question: Where do you expect to be a year from today?

Write The Slice at P. O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email pault@ Oldest rookie sledder? Keith Hegg’s canine Gabby was 77 in dog years the first time she rode a sled.

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