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Gardening: Learn when to pick fruits, vegetables

For the next three or four weeks all of us who grow vegetables and fruit are going to be playing tag with Mother Nature when it comes to getting our harvesting in before frost.

Friday Night (High)lights: Five takeaways from Week 2 football action

Welcome to the first weekly installment of a new feature we’re calling “Friday Night (High)lights” – an obvious play on words to the famous book, movie and TV show. It’ll be a look back at the high school football action from across the Greater Spokane League, Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

Off the Grid: Raising future conservationists and other hopes

I knew something was off in the first mile of our climb. I had a big breakfast in preparation of a lengthy summit, but I was well into my snacks before breaking the tree-line, and still feeling wobbly. I assumed the mosquitos had drained too much of my blood supply.

Off the Grid: The man-eating spiders of Costa Rica

I have spent very little time in the jungle, possibly because accessing one requires international travel, but largely because they are home to insect life I prefer to pretend is make-believe.

Midstokke: The environmental impact of being an ultra-runner

For years, I have been looking for a good reason to stop running. Other people I know find all kinds of good reasons: Their knees are damaged, chronic shin splints, they are too busy, it’s too hot or too cold, they don’t like it, it’s hard, unpleasant, unproductive and arguably a waste of time and energy.

Francovich: In defense of ‘bad’ weather

“To enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.”

Alan Liere: Is Five Enough?

I didn’t really think much about it until recently when I contracted to have some landscaping done. I had to move all my vehicles and park them next to one-another in a small field above the house, and after doing so, the property looked rather like a used car lot. For someone who absolutely hates motorized vehicles, I certainly have a lot of them.

Off the grid: Defining adventure

Upon return from any extravagant adventure, I find myself desperately seeking out The Next Greatest Thing in a textbook method of avoiding Post Adventure Blues. Much of my life has been a sort of rumbling-tumbling fall from fantastic dream to failure to spontaneous expedition to epic catastrophe merely to missed flight in an attempt to avoid stagnation.

Off the Grid: The bloodthirsty felines take it too far

I love the spring. It comes with warm breezes and sun-heated green houses and birdsong. Unfortunately, it also comes with a fair amount of carnage at the claws of my cats. They are a furry gang of feline assassins, leaving feathers and limp moles strewn about my house.