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Paul Turner: Moving on means looking back at decades spent documenting Spokane

From early 1988 until just a few years ago, I saved every S-R section to which I had contributed. Chronicle sections, too. I wanted a record of my work. Then, …

Paul Turner: GU back on gridiron? Lots of questions

If Gonzaga University still played football would young catechism students be confused about the origins of the “Hail Mary” pass?

Paul Turner: Backyard apple tree proves a formidable foe as fall nears

Our backyard apple tree is messing with my mind.

Paul Turner: Lake monster ‘Inny’ denies eating boaters amid concerns about ingesting sunscreen

I secured a brief interview with Inny, our local aquatic leviathan. You won’t believe what she had to say.

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 25, 2019

The Slice: Spokane’s swell, and we finally know it

When I started writing The Slice in August of 1992, Spokane had a thinner skin. At least that’s the way it seems. Back then, even the mildest form of subjective …

Paul Turner: Heading back to school? Take it from me, it could always be worse

Want to make a great first impression in high school? We have a coliform for that.

Paul Turner: Spokane, for some, is near perfect

We all know people who like to grouse about Spokane.

Paul Turner: Rooting against a football team can make anyone a fan

So before the S-R sports section rolls out its always excellent preseason previews, here’s my brief guide to selecting a college team to root against.

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 …

Green one day, bloodshot the next: July ushers in backyard tomato season

For the rookie gardener, it’s a revelation. The discovery that one of your tomatoes has transitioned overnight from green to red can be astonishing.

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 …

Paul Turner: Yearning for peace and solitude

You know how some people hereabouts flee perceived social ills by moving way out to the country? Sure. Well, what if they relocate to the boonies only to discover that …

The Slice: Young and old alike dress like slobs

I’ve spent a lot of time in busy medical waiting rooms in recent weeks – my wife has been experiencing some troubling eye issues. And I’m here to tell you …

Paul Turner: Let’s say you wake up and discover no one has heard of Hoopfest. What would you do?

What if you woke up one day in a version of Spokane where there are no events calling themselves this or that “fest,” and no one has thought of the …

Paul Turner: YouTube misbehavior is opportunity for Spokane

Judging from YouTube, Spokane is the city where parents don’t get into fights at Little League games. Could this be a slogan?

Paul Turner: Doomsday secret didn’t spoil summer for the neighborhood kids

There’s something special about these longest days of summer.

Paul Turner: Let’s make kids bored again this summer

Some of us are concerned that kids in Spokane have lost their edge when it comes to complaining about being bored. The solution? Try a conversation about local current events.

Paul Turner: There’s a conspiracy against people writing checks

The last couple of batches of checkbooks I have received are all but impossible to use. It’s a plot. I see that now.

Paul Turner: We all have a different way of welcoming summer

Opinions vary about just when summer begins.

Paul Turner: Finding others who dislike camping is a secret – until now

Though it might seem disloyal to my closeted tribe, I thought I might take this opportunity to reveal a few of the ways we camping unenthusiasts make ourselves known to …

Paul Turner: In the grip of climate change cynicism

It’s kind of liberating to embrace the likelihood that we are doomed. I mean, it puts things in perspective.

Paul Turner: Your approach to dandelions may say a lot about your personality

In the lawn-loving Spokane area, your attitude about dandelions can almost amount to a distinct personality profile.

Paul Turner: Losing your phone in the woods would be un-bear-able

As you know, today is the unofficial start of portable toilet season in the Inland Northwest.

Paul Turner: Yes, the sun is shining. Yes, you still have to go to work.

It’s that time of year again when people who work indoors gaze out the window at some sun-dappled scene and say, “It’s too nice outside to be cooped up in …

Paul Turner: Breaking up with church is a deeply personal decision

People stop going to church for all sorts of reasons.

Paul Turner: Seniors aren’t simpletons, but that doesn’t mean they can’t use a little phone help

If you have elderly friends or relatives who live alone, it might be time to have the talk. No, not about giving up the car keys. This one is about …

Paul Turner: How many cows will it take to pay my property taxes?

If Spokane County allowed for payment of property taxes through some sort of barter system, what could we offer?

Paul Turner: You can run from Spokane, but you can’t escape it

As you contemplate your 2019 family vacations, there’s something you probably ought to keep in mind.

Paul Turner: Florida man’s got nothing on Spokane man

You might have encountered “Florida Man” – the internet buzz phrase focusing on the misadventures and criminal antics of various thusly described Sunshine State ne’er do wells.

Paul Turner: Problems don’t just melt away with the snow

I hate to be the one to break it to you.