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The Full Suburban: This quasi-farming family mends a fence together

The cows got out again. Things like this happen from time to time when you live on a quasi-farm and don’t really have any idea what you’re doing (other occurrences: getting stuck in snow drifts and failing to realize that the pretty purple flowers growing in your front field are actually noxious weeds).

Dorothy Dean presents: Swiss steak is a comforting and hearty meal

Before making swiss steak, I hadn’t a clue what it was. During a phone call with my mom, she brought up a dish that consisted of beef that was braised in a tomato gravy with onions. The way she nostalgically raved about its rich sauce and tender meat, I was intrigued and knew I had to give it a try.

Family Fun: One Heart festival seeks to create connections in the virtual world

Each year when the organizers of the One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival choose the theme for the event, they consider "What are the things that are resonating in the country today?" said executive director Josephine Keefe. This year it was the coronavirus pandemic, which Keefe said has hit Indian Country particularly hard.

House Call: A heartfelt farewell and final advice to take to heart

As my childhood friend Porky Pig says, “That’s all, folks.” I turned 65 this summer and have decided to retire while my wife and I are young and healthy enough to do some of the things that full-time medical practice for the last 40 years has not allowed.

‘The Sound of Spokane’: Symphony celebrates 75 years

Today, the Spokane Symphony celebrates its 75th anniversary. And, although this past year has been less than kind to the symphony, its members continue to draw hope from the countless other trials and tribulations over which they have triumphed during the previous 74.

Powered by Plants: Why we go vegan

It was a little more than two years ago, and I was looking at Twitter as all burned-out journalists are wont to do. I follow a cavalcade of accounts spanning the political and culinary spectrum, and if memory serves, a video of a calf appeared on my feed. It was happy and frolicking in a field of grass.

Dad Daze: The impact of the notorious RBG

Her mood swing was as quick and surprising as retired basketball star Allen Iverson was in his prime when the NBA Hall of Famer executed his patented crossover move. "Hey, I just got a notification from NPR," my daughter Jillian said while smiling as she was expecting good news.

The Full Suburban: Return to church not without some bumps in the road

Our family returned to church last month for the first time since March. “March?” some of you might be saying. “Big deal. I only go to church on Christmas or if family is in town.” Ohhhhhhh no. The Dittos are church-going people. The only times I miss church are if I’ve just had a baby, or if I or one of my kids is sick.

Dad Daze: Kids, be careful what you wish for

When my son Milo begged to take a Spanish class over the summer, I thought there was a hidden camera and I was part of a reality-TV show. Forgive me for wondering what was going on since for Milo, books are akin to kryptonite. I've tried so often to find interesting tomes in his wheelhouse.

The Full Suburban: Our Garage of Wonders gets the hanging treatment

My husband Logan and oldest son George worked all afternoon cleaning out and organizing our garage one day this summer. This is not a pleasant job, as anyone who has ever wrangled unruly frisbees, toppled-over bikes, greasy lawn equipment and scattered kitty litter will attest.

The Full Suburban: Online school is an education for parents, too

Well, this past couple of weeks have certainly been an education. As expected, online school is a whole other ball of wax than the real deal. Unlike our crash course in the spring, teachers, parents and students are much better equipped to handle virtual learning this time around.

Dad Daze: Navigating the tricky world of teen dating

It's not easy to get in trouble during your first day of school, but I was called into a meeting nearly a decade ago due to my then 6-year-old son, Milo. His teacher told me that within the initial hour of first grade, Milo kissed a girl.