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Saturday, October 31, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Front Porch: Showing some love to locally owned eateries

You never know how much you miss something until it’s gone. Derek and I have entered the blissful state of the almost-empty nest. With just one kid at home our budget has relaxed enough for us to enjoy dining out at least once a week (and that doesn’t include Friday night pizza.)

Front Porch: Giving perfect gifts takes care, insight

I just love it when people think of innovative or spot-on perfect gifts to get for people they care about. It’s hard to accomplish, but when you get it right, it’s a gem that everyone – in addition to the recipient – can appreciate.

Front Porch: Word of the Year selections become ominous

For many of us, perhaps the nerdier in our midst, this is the time when our inner logophilia eagerly rises to the surface as we begin our annual end-of-the-year search for announcements of the various official Words of the Year (which are sometimes phrases). Happily, for those of us who love words, the lists are now forthcoming.

Gardening: Use insecticidal soaps for plant’s good health

Now that the frozen ground and a light dusting of snow has shut down the outdoor gardening season, it’s time for the reading and study season we all wait for. Preferably in a comfy chair with your lap warmed by a dog or cat. With that in mind, I want to spend several columns over the next few months on topics that will help you understand some more technical garden topics.

Front Porch: Hutton provides home with heart

There’s no place like home for the holidays and for 32 children, Hutton Settlement is the place they call home. Earlier this year, I got to know four of those children.

Gardening: Houseplants back in house after summer outing

Like many of you, I allow my houseplants to spend the warm summer on our deck. My collection includes a large jade plant, three equally large Christmas cacti and a real Southwestern desert cactus; all with family histories. While they were outside, they got plenty of light, water and air. Now that they are back inside, it’s a different story.

Paul Turner: Well, back in Spokane …

We’ve all encountered people who move here and talk incessantly about how great it was back where they came from. A little of that is OK, understandable even. Eventually that can get old though.

Paul Turner: Finding the ‘Miracle Spot’ downtown

It’s my belief that at least some of those who offer themselves as experts on our urban core – even if they profess to stay away – don’t admit the real reason they supposedly steer clear of downtown Spokane.