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Diary of a madman, or what living a week without electricity will do to you

The following Power Outage Diary was found nailed to a splintered power pole on the South Hill: Day One: We stand at our back window and marvel at the most awesome display of nature’s power! Giant ponderosa pines are swaying dramatically in the 70-mile-per-hour gusts. The trees appear to be bowing down toward Mecca, or possibly Hillyard. Suddenly, with a mighty crack, one tree snaps off and crashes through our backyard power lines in a Fourth-of-July shower of sparks.

100 years ago in Spokane: Woman screams to stop attack

Bryn Stowe, 12, was walking home from Whittier School when a masked assailant jumped out of the bushes, thrust a revolver in her face, slapped a hand over her mouth and ordered her not to scream.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago E.K. Stedman, railroad clerk and devoted fisherman, wrote what he called an “idyll” of the tail end of the fishing season.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Hillyard city council authorized a “three-minute jitney” service between Hillyard and downtown Spokane.

Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago The Eagles’ “Mardi Gras Carnival,” the culmination of the big convention of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, created a “riot of confetti and costumes” on downtown streets.

Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago About 100 Italian army reservists were seen off by well-wishers at the Union Depot in Spokane. A band was on the platform to add to the festivities.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Eddie Westrom and Roy Stovall, both 11, were playing on the banks of the Spokane River near Howard Street when suddenly, an apparition floated to the surface. It was a man’s body.

Status of your ailing body best kept to yourself

  What, exactly, is the dreaded Organ Recital? It’s a monologue prompted by a seemingly innocent question – “So, what have you been up to lately?” – and it goes something like this:

Not even a year later, grandpa has all the answers

Shakespeare, in his great “Seven Ages of Man” speech from “As You Like It,” leaves out an age, somewhere between the fat, smug fellow of late-middle age and the slippered pensioner of old age. He left out the Grandparent Age.

Kershner would be kicking himself over his shoulder’s
 sling fling

If you ever go fly-fishing, I beg you to heed the following two bits of advice:
 1. Purchase the finest high-traction wading shoes you can afford.
 2. Actually wear them.
 What I'm trying to say is this: About a month ago, I left my excellent Simms wading boots in my car because, well, because I didn't think I would need them. Or, to put it another way, because I am an idiot. The result? My wing is in a sling.


Spokane’s nuclear hot spots

For an intense two weeks during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, a group of airmen working at underground nuclear missile sites near Spokane literally had their fingers on the buttons that could start a nuclear war. And now their stories are finally being told in “Secret Spokane – Center of the Cold War,” which opens at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture on Wednesday.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago For several days, police had been seeking Marie Taylor, 19, an Astoria, Ore., bride-to-be who disappeared on her way to Spokane to be married.

With baby photos, men and women speak very differently

I have been conducting research into the differences between men and women when it comes to the viewing of baby photos. My conclusion? The contrast could not be more stark. As evidence, I present this rough transcription of what happens when a brand new baby photo is presented to a group of women: