Stories tagged: the slice
Thu., Jan. 10, 2008
We all know there’s a popular tendency to inflate the drama and importance of ordinary occurrences. But one expression we could live without is “snow event.”
Tue., Jan. 8, 2008
Sharp-eyed public records reader Larry Schneiderman has noticed that some people appear to get a marriage license on the same day their divorce becomes final. He wonders if this is …
Mon., Jan. 7, 2008
When one child is seriously allergic to cats and dogs, everyone in the family has to do without indoor animal companionship. That’s just the way it is.
Fri., Jan. 4, 2008
You might want to start planning now to stretch your 2008 long weekends. Independence Day is exactly 26 weeks from today. Yes, a Friday.
Thu., Jan. 3, 2008
Confession time. When I’m on the phone with a pleasant stranger in another part of the country, I don’t always correct mispronunciations of “Spokane.”
Mon., Dec. 24, 2007
Lots of area families enjoy attending Christmas Eve worship services. But surveys show that the Northwest is not an especially churchgoing region. So it’s fair to assume that some of …
Tue., Dec. 18, 2007
Have you ever thought about Santa Claus having another job? Well, according to some second-graders in a position to know, he works part time at a Shell station in Hayden.
Mon., Dec. 17, 2007
On this date one year ago, the Today section ran a man-on-the-street feature in which randomly selected folks were asked who they would want to play them in a holiday …
Mon., Dec. 10, 2007
Thinking about getting married? Well, here’s something people don’t tell you: Prepare to say goodbye to many of the foods you like.
Tue., Dec. 4, 2007
Rest easy. The future is assured.
Tue., Nov. 27, 2007
So it turns out you can’t trust anyone who doesn’t live around here. Monday, on public radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” Garrison Keillor noted the birthday of novelist Marilynne Robinson, but …
Tue., Nov. 20, 2007
Spokane’s Ray and Debbie Tansy have a 5-year-old grandson named Connor in Virginia. He is in kindergarten. As part of a Thanksgiving discussion, his teacher held up a picture of …
Mon., Nov. 19, 2007
THE SLICE Oline Stehr in little Addy, Wash., reports that there are young people still corresponding the old-fashioned way.
Thu., Nov. 15, 2007
With just a week until Thanksgiving, it’s time to go over a few rules. There are some things you will want to keep in mind next Thursday. Let’s get started.
Fri., Nov. 9, 2007
I had asked if homemade signs get drivers to slow down in residential areas. “I once lived on a street where a parent had prominently placed a large homemade sign …
Thu., Nov. 8, 2007
Now that we’ve gotten used to the practice of naming anything and everything after people who coughed up some dough, I’m ready to go for it. Henceforth, when I order …
Tue., Nov. 6, 2007
Times change. So does language. More than 30 years ago, Bob Launhardt competed in a bowling league in Idaho’s Silver Valley. One of the teams was sponsored by a tavern. …
Tue., Oct. 30, 2007
Business owner Elaine Rising wonders if some grouch in her little town is against friendliness. Someone keeps stealing the “Welcome to Valleyford” road signs.
Tue., Oct. 23, 2007
You see some jaw-dropping acts of littering in Spokane. How can offenders be shown the error of their ways?
Mon., Oct. 22, 2007
THE SLICE Slice readers know how it works when the column runs a one-question quiz/contest.
Tue., Oct. 16, 2007
As regular readers of the Tuesday Today section know, there are health concerns and then there are health concerns. Back during the height of the Cold War, members of certain …
Tue., Oct. 9, 2007
My parents really got into Ken Burns’ Civil War series back in 1990. So when I first heard that the documentary filmmaker was taking on World War II, I came …
Tue., Sept. 25, 2007
I’ve been wondering about something. When Spokane Valley residents travel to far away places, do they tell people they’re from “Spokane Valley, Washington” or do they just say “Spokane”?
Tue., Sept. 18, 2007
I’m just wondering. How long do transplants have to live here before they stop correcting those who describe them as being “from Spokane”?
Tue., Sept. 11, 2007
The fact that pumpkins are already on display outside grocery stores raises a question. If you bought yours today, what would you do with them for the next seven weeks?
Tue., Sept. 4, 2007
So this perfectly pleasant woman was asking me a battery of questions about my father. It was part of the hospital admission process. Having covered his medical history, we came …
Tue., Aug. 28, 2007
Some friends of mine took their son to college in Seattle the other day. The boy has a cross-country/track scholarship and was assigned to an athletes’ dorm floor.
Sun., Aug. 12, 2007
Let’s start with a seasonal etiquette question. If you have company over for dinner and serve corn on the cob, should you invite your guests to repair to the bathroom …
Tue., July 3, 2007
Here’s a question. Do you think people who are apt to blow themselves up with fireworks read the newspaper?
Tue., May 29, 2007
For a lot of people who did not grow up here, attending a high school reunion can be an expensive proposition. We are, after all, tucked up in a remote …