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House Call: The new doctor is in

As a family physician who spent the first 25 years of his career delivering babies, I know how surprising it can be when you expect to see your doctor, but an unfamiliar face walks through the door instead. If you’re a regular House Call reader, you might be thinking, “You’re not my doctor!”

Fun facts about award-winning Spokane author Jess Walter

Who says you can't stay home? It's a modification of the Bon Jovi hit, but the bottom line is that Jess Walter has enjoyed a great deal of success as a writer without leaving his hometown of Spokane. Here's a few fun facts about the East Valley High School alumnus.

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.