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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A Mother’s Congress in Spokane, ever vigilant for signs of creeping immorality among its daughters, took on two threats to public decency.

Spotlight: Lake City Playhouse hires Prep director

Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d’Alene has hired a new Playhouse Prep director. Dustin Sorrell, who studied theater at Ball State University in Indiana and is a former children’s theater specialist with the Iowa City Community Theater, will be heading up Lake City Playhouse’s education program. The playhouse offers summer theater camps for kids and workshops and guest speakers for adult actors.

City appoints new library trustee

A retiring Spokesman-Review columnist and writer is the newest member the Spokane Library board of trustees. The Spokane City Council on Monday unanimously approved Mayor Mary Verner’s appointment of Jim Kershner to the board.

Kershner: Spokane’s big shows are opposite of no-name

The oldest and most tired Spokane cliché is: “There’s nothing to do in this town.” Nothing? Really? In 22 years of covering the arts-and-entertainment scene in Spokane, I’ve managed to find a few things to pass the time.

Jim Kershner: Scrooge would feel right at home today

Have we become the Bah Humbug Nation? I’m convinced of it, having just reacquainted myself with the mean and selfish stylings of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” (and its current stage adaptation at the Spokane Civic Theatre).

Kershner: Happiness is yours if the price is right

Money cannot buy happiness, but $75,000 a year sure helps. That’s the peak “happiness” number, according to some economists. Surveys have shown that people’s happiness level rises along with their income – but only up to $75,000 per year, where it plateaus.

Jim Kershner: I prefer my wildlife on the mild side, thank you

I’ve had three encounters with the Wild Kingdom over the past few weeks and – considering the mayhem around our region this summer – I’m fortunate that none of them involved grizzly bears. No, our encounters involved one moose, one noisy elk and one semihysterical coyote.

Kershner: New wisdom from old bottles

Our friend Caron Campbell visited last week and brought us a memorable gift – and an even more memorable metaphor. It was a bottle of red wine, but not just any old bottle of wine. It was a 1966 Chateau Mouton Baron Philippe, a Grand Cru from Bordeaux. I’m not entirely sure what Grand Cru means, but I know it means something grand.

Jimmy Rowles is home at last

Jimmy Rowles – Billie Holiday’s favorite pianist and the piano man on “The Pink Panther” – has finally returned home.

Kershner: Search for virtual me: some hits, no Mrs.

It’s amazing what you can find out about a person online. For instance, there’s a remarkable website called, a people search engine visited by nearly 6 million people per month, which recently informed me that it had collected all of my relevant public information.

Jim Kershner: Catching a virus no laughing matter, apparently

As a victim of a dreaded, debilitating computer virus, I want to make this heartfelt plea on behalf of my fellow virus sufferers: Don’t blame the victim. I thought we had evolved, as a culture, beyond the Dark Ages, when sufferers of a disease were accused of bringing it upon themselves by consorting with the devil.

Jim Kershner: Male delusion at middle age needs harsh cure

I have another deflating news bulletin for middle-aged men. Many of us suffer from something called “Hotness Delusion Syndrome.” It’s a common affliction, in which pot-bellied, balding guys with hair growing out of their ears/nostrils/toes believe that they are still babe magnets.

Jim Kershner’s This day in history » On the Web:

From our archives, 100 years ago In a blatant attempt to circumvent civil service rules, the Spokane City Commission passed a new ordinance allowing the head of each department to cut the pay of city employees. Instead of fixing pay rates for each of the city’s 200 employees, the new ordinance set only a maximum salary, allowing supervisors to pay workers anything up to that maximum.