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Editor’s Letter

The Nest

Stephanie’s Thoughts

Plated Walls Downtown Condo Interior Decorating Tips Lighting Options 101


First Look and Buzz Winning Boeing’s New Bird Lilacs & Lemons Top 5 New Workouts to Try Goals for 2018 Around the World Road Trip: Chelan Artist Eye on Spokane Spokane Rising


The Scene Jewish Film Festival Lilac Lit: Small Press Mixed Media Artists Music: Donna Donna



Real Estate Here’s to Looking at 2018


WOMAN Radical Self Care Stories Why Not to Become a Mom Sockpants & Superheroes


Healthbeat Holistic Approach to Challenges BMI Guidelines & Tips



Local Cuisine

The Best Options for Where to Go and What To Do

Feasting At Home Cioppino Food Roulette Newest Restaurants Best Dishes of 2017 DINING GUIDE


Hot Topic #MeToo Movement

Mic Drop: Mary Eberle



Wedding Inspiration Catalyst Best in B2B Awards Upping Your Confidence Lead Spokane



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EDITOR LETTER/a note from Stephanie

Life Lessons “Your past is a trampoline that takes you to the beautiful places you’re supposed to go next.”—Ashley Strahl


ppreciating the capsules of time the past has provided—the good, the bad, the beauty and the brutality—as an opportunity to distill our lives back down to the roots of who we are sets us up for what is to come as mightier, more mindful, empowered and empathetic humans. Inspired by the quote above, here are a few of the lessons my past has provided that I’m grateful for as I face a new year: Be Eyes Wide Open to Your Reality. There was a time in my life when it was excruciatingly difficult to open my banking app and check in on my monetary affairs, which I realized over time did nothing at all to alter the reality of those numbers. This goes for everything else, too. Employment, relationships, the health of our car (how long can you postpone that oil change, anyway?), our own health (this chest pain doesn’t seem to be improving as hard as I’ve tried to put it out of mind). Put your face toward your reality the same way you put it toward the sun. Any other approach leaves us disconnected from our own lives and prolongs the pain unsavory circumstances provide. Be a Previvor. In the world of cancer gene mutations, those who face their risks as educated individuals see a better long-term outcome and higher quality of life versus those who fold up into the prognoses and wait for the cancer monster to pop out from behind the curtain. I learned I had inherited the BRCA 1 gene mutation six years ago. This is the gene mutation responsible for ending the lives—far too soon—of nearly every woman on my mom’s side of the family, and the gene mutation responsible for more than 20 years of my mom’s battles with cancer, having wreaked havoc on her body, heart and soul. Initially, I was devastated by the news, but swiftly joined the ranks of the “previvors” who are empowered by educating themselves on risks and staying focused on keeping the monster behind the curtain. My daughters (who have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the gene mutation, and will be tested in their mid-20s) and I can speak without fear of their own risks, understanding that we behold the power to work proactively on our behalf no matter what we face … in any and all areas of our lives. Everyone Has Broken Pieces. And the ways they try to mend their brokenness won’t necessarily make sense to everyone around them, and that’s okay. A group of my girlfriends met with a friend in distress and her number one question was: “Am I crazy?” The resounding advice from that circle of sisterhood was: “let yourself hurt, let your mind wander, it’s your own experience and it will hurt like it’s never hurt anyone before.” As we move into a new year, be there for one another, and reach out to those who care about you when you are hurting. It was an honor sitting with her for a couple of hours, allowing her the space to spill her pain out for us to help scoop up. If we do it right, we truly are in this together. As much as the human tendency seems to be toward finding our ranks and ranking others, we are all dancing on the same spectrum of possibility (and pain) at any given time. And just because someone else isn’t doing their jig parallel to your life location, doesn’t mean a thing—positive or negative—about them or about you. “The welfare of each is bound to the welfare of all.” Just Be Real. There isn’t a freedom quite like that of being yourself. You save so much time not having to remember which version of your story to share when you can just. be. real. There are levels of intimacy which warrant levels of privacy, of course, but it rolls out naturally when you honor your true self at any given moment. The more we allow ourselves

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to be real, the more accepting we are of others’ realness, too. That’s harmony, baby, and the world could use a lot more of it. Give as Much Clout to Kudos as you do to Negativity and Vice Versa. We have every ounce of control over our emotions, thoughts and actions, but so many of us manage our control like a leaf blowing in the wind. A Facebook friend asked how people deal with mean people, how they handle being told they were “less than” in any way (her question was specific to aesthetics, but it rings true in all categories). Give it all zero weight. Don’t get sucked into the notion that anyone’s opinion of you—good or bad—actually means anything about you. #DontBeALeaf You’re a Soul who has been Gifted a Human Experience: I found Ashley Stahl’s studies in spiritual psychology fascinating. She breaks it down to souls in the universe, all connected through energy, who are given the opportunity to be human for a spell. You don’t have to appreciate those musings to scrub life down to the notion that we are only here for a blip in time, and that having a “human experience” is an extraordinary gift. “Love every second of your soul, who gets to be here, having this magical human experience,” she says. We are Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine, and we are Spokane+Coeur d’Alene. Please find me on Facebook or Twitter—and hop over to “like” the Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine page—to stay connected between press dates, and to share your thoughts, stories and life in real time. To a new slate of possibility,

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Expanding Our Aerospace Industry Footing & Attracting Boeing’s New Plane


eaders from the Spokane International Airport (SIA) and Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) are forming a Task Force to attract the design, production and final assembly of Boeing’s new midsize airplane, the “NMA” to the Spokane region, joining a growing cluster of aerospace manufacturers. Larry Krauter, CEO of Spokane International Airport and chairman of the board of the West Plains/Airport Area Public Development Authority and Todd Mielke, CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated, are inviting representatives from local governments, education, business, labor and other economic development organizations to participate in a work group to assemble a proposal to submit to Boeing for consideration. Boeing is expected to announce the launch of a new midsize airplane sometime in 2018. “Boeing has long been a major economic driver in the Washington State economy. We want them to continue to manufacture aircraft in the Pacific Northwest,” says Mielke. “We have more than 240 local manufacturers producing products for the aerospace industry along our I-90 Aerospace Corridor, which stretches from central Washington State to central Montana.” Kaiser Aluminum, Triumph Composite Systems, AMI Metals and UT Aerospace Systems are some of the area’s leading aerospace companies. Krauter says that “this economic development opportunity is exactly why city and county leaders established the PDA around Spokane International Airport in order to support the Airport Board’s Master Plan and aerospace recruitment strategy.” “The Spokane region has one of the nation’s fastest growing workforces in the 18-34 age group,” said Mielke. “We have great educational programs from pre-K to post-graduate opportuni-




ties, a short commute time that is a fraction of the congestion experienced in other parts of the country, and extremely affordable housing.” “The airport has been working diligently to develop infrastructure to support large-scale aerospace manufacturing within a 1,000+ acre site with one example being the grant from the Legislature’s Transportation Capital Budget to extend rail directly into the site that will be proposed for Boeing’s NMA plant,” says Krauter. “That rail line will be completed in 2018. Combine this with the Connect Washington improvements to the Medical Lake and Geiger Interchanges, as well as other locally funded transportation projects, and we have a perfect ‘clean sheet’ site with runway access and all infrastructure in place to offer to Boeing.” Members of the Spokane economic development and aerospace communities convened in 2011 to align their participation in the Boeing 737 MAX opportunity, and again in 2013 when Boeing announced the competition for the 777X. The emphasis on growing Spokane’s aerospace industry has culminated in several expansions to our area, and an increased focus on programs for education and workforce development to ensure that employers and employees are poised to compete for the NMA program. The work group anticipates to have its first meeting in January 2018. Invited participants include: Spokane County, cities within Spokane County, the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, Community Colleges of Spokane, Washington State University, University of Washington, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, local school districts, the Spokane Labor Council, Avista Corp., Inland Power and additional business and economic development entities.





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FIRST LOOK/lilacs & lemons {bad}


{good out of bad}

lilacslemons by Vincent Bozzi

LILACS to Winter Glow Spokane for creating an outstanding Christmas light display this year (and we hope in years to come!) at Cowley Park on Sixth Street in front of Sacred Heart Hospital. They originally set up in Riverfront Park and added holiday cheer to downtown Spokane, but they were derailed by construction the last two years and moved it to the Fairgrounds. We think it’s much more impactful putting the entire display in one small park for maximum impact. As a bonus, it’s just outside the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, giving the kids something besides dead trees to look at in the winter. Bravo! LILACS to the City of Spokane, especially Spokane Parks & Rec, for installing the stunning ice ribbon in the park. Our city keeps reaching new milestones in progress and urbanity, and we love the Rockefeller Center feeling of the scenic skating park, especially the built-in islands even New York doesn’t boast. They’ve even kept the price reasonable to make it inclusive for all. Now to make it all the way around without falling down. LEMONS to people who bring their pets

into grocery stores, shopping malls and even restaurants. The majority we have seen are (first of all) adorable, especially the little Pomeranians, but very few appear to be service animals. All create germ problems, affect people with allergies, and some make little mistakes.

LILACS to Washington State taxing authorities for mandating stickers at the gas pumps showing which portion of the pump fees per gallon go to state tax and federal tax. With taxes eating up 67.8 cents per gallon, it’s easier to see that Washington gas stations aren’t gouging us compared with, say, Idaho stations.

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SYMPATHY and MORAL SUPPORT to those who lost their lives or

were injured in the Amtrak accident near Seattle. We wonder how it’s possible that after extensive testing this calamity could have occurred on the first day of service for that line. We salute the many first responders who helped rescue people from the cars that dangled over the bridge above I-5.

LEMONS to Comcast for requiring businesses that close to continue paying for their service for two months after their closing date. Rather than having sympathy for companies that struggled valiantly against the odds, they try to milk them for two additional months. Does ANYONE watch over them? On another note, we got billed for a full year during which we didn’t receive service, and rather than arguing with them, I agreed to pay them about 70 percent of the bill just to make them go away. That’s the company our national government wants to give up net neutrality to? LILACS to the wonderful doctors and nurses at Valley General Hospital and Deaconess who acted efficiently to diagnose and to reverse so very quickly the effects of my stroke. (Shout out to Dr. Harden!) The docs wanted me to let the world know how very important it is to RUSH to emergency or call 911 at the first sign of stroke, which in my case was a sudden inability to use my left arm and left leg. Most people sit it out and hope it will get better, and then miss their three hour window to get clot-busting treatment. Better to be embarrassed by a false alarm than crippled by pride.

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Workouts to Try in the New Year

Work up a sweat and relieve workday stress during Spokane Boxing’s Boxing Bootcamp and Conditioning Class. During each class, you’ll have your time inside the ring with an instructor, while work outside the ring ranges from cardio to core and strength drills. At BoxFit, you can work on the basics of boxing in the intro class or participate in a 12-station circuit class, among other classes that emphasize abdominal work and conditioning.

by Kimberly Gunning

Spokane Boxing, 115 S. Jefferson St. (509) 217-0731 BoxFit, 3023 E. Diamond Ave. (509) 218-9881

New year, new you?

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Many of us wake up on the first of the year with resolutions—to lose weight, get in shape, eat healthier, and achieve new goals in our personal and professional lives. Most of our resolutions are based on personal growth and self-improvement goals. But sticking to our same habits often hinder our chances for success. About 80 percent of resolutions fail by mid-February, according to U.S. News. Sometimes we need something new to shake up our routines. If your goal is to lose weight or work on strengthening, toning and conditioning, add some flavor to your workouts this year and resist becoming part of the majority statistic. Leave the old gym workout behind and jump into a heart rate-based interval class or get in the boxing ring. These five workouts are sure to spice up your training.

Barre Workout

Barre workouts sculpt your body through the strengthening and toning of muscles you likely never knew you had. The choreographed exercises blend strength training and ballet movements and often incorporate hand weights, a small exercise ball and a resistance band—oh yes, and the ballet barre, of course. The low-impact classes pack intensity with each precisely positioned movement. Modify your workout to cater to your level—whether you’re a firsttimer or a professional dancer.

The Bar Method, 2023 E. 29th Ave. (509) 534-3000 Spokane Barre, 204 N. Division St. (509) 919-4901 Pure Barre, 13910 E. Indiana Ave. (509) 315-4920

Interval Training

Orangetheory Fitness’s heart rate-based circuit training is ideal for those looking for a high-tempo workout to lose weight or gain strength. Classes of 10-25 participants are led by instructors who coach and motivate throughout the 60-minute, full-body strength and endurance workouts. Since heart rate is key, the workout is personalized to each participant’s fitness level, with 12 minutes spent in the “orange zone” to achieve optimal results.

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Dim the lights, dial up the high-tempo tunes and work your muscles during The Union Studio’s spin classes. These heartpumping classes strengthen the legs and shed the calories—and it feels like a party every time. Mix up your workout week at The Union by opting to sweat it out in the energizing yoga studio or work on core stability in a TRX class. Downtown, 121 W. Pacific Ave. (509) 838-7625 Northside, 7704 N. Division St. (509) 474-9483


If your usual yoga classes have become a little dry or the last Cirque Du Soleil show you saw left you feeling as though you missed your calling, aerial classes may be an ideal new workout to add to the training plan. Eight-week aerial sessions at Coil Studio lead beginners through the basics, working on climbing techniques, core stability and conditioning. Aerial yoga classes introduce more inversions than a traditional yoga class, along with some time off the ground. 304 W. Pacific Ave. (208) 557-3211





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FIRST LOOK/2018 goals compiled by Sarah Hauge

We asked: What is one life goal you hope to have accomplished this time next year?

Playing at least one paying gig per month. —Ashley Pyle To have a nice home and a goodpaying job. —Victoria Gray Becoming a fabric designer. —Shirley Cowan Hudson To have launched an adolescent mental health clinic (Climb Counseling) that is helping youth and their families in this community. Opening in January … let’s see if we can make a change! —Krista Kubiak Crotty 3,000 miles on the bike and making 25 percent of my current take-home pay from my side business (hand-made pens). —Casey Picha To provide the best care for my elderly parents and find ways to help my mama, who has mid-stage dementia. —Veronica Smet

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I want to be published in multiple places and have a finished draft of a major work. —Amanda Speer-Mead To pass the national certification to become a Neonatal Therapy Specialist. —Jo Burgess Having a business (The Compass Breakfast Wagon) that is well established financially, as well as in the neighborhood and in people’s lives, creating positive change. —Ross Carper I hope to be in the middle of a year-long fellowship guiding me through writing the charter school application to open a school for teen parents with on-site childcare and services in Spokane. —Shauna Edwards Responses have been edited for clarity.


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FIRST LOOK/around the world


Chantale Morgenstern visited Visakhapatnam, India, for mission work as well as the wedding of a friend. She, her husband Jason, and their three kids were part of the wedding ceremony. They also donated a bored well for clean drinking water, cared for orphans at a Kid’s Home and handed out care packages. The photo was taken just before her friend Lydia was to be presented to her new in-laws, before the wedding.

ANTARCTICA On the Antarctica continent with Joey and Sheri Marcella in an area called “Brown Bluff,” which can only be reached by Zodiac rafts. The penguins in the picture are Adelie penguins, which are common to the area. 24 / JANUARY 2018

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FIRST LOOK/road trip

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nchored by the largest lake in Washington state, Lake Chelan is a water lover’s escape ground and the encompassing terrain fulfills every outdoor adventure from bird watching to hiking to mountain biking and hang gliding. After a flurry of activity, Chelan invites visitors to slow down and tip toe through the vineyards and orchards, and fuel up with cuisine as casual as a true Americana café open since 1957 or as formal as fine Italian-style dining by candlelight.

The Fruit Loop Known for their apple-producing soil, some orchards are ushering their legacy into a new era. One such spot is Rootwood Cider Co. Fifth generation apple orchard owners, Emily, Katie and Anna— along with their industrious husbands—opened a hard cider taproom in downtown Manson in 2015 just in time for the family’s 100th apple harvest. Husband-and-wife team, Charlie and Lacey Lybecker, are the foundation of Cairdeas Winery. Their high energy, contagious passion and gifted storytelling 26 / JANUARY 2018


are second only to the on point Old World characteristics of their Rhône-inspired wines. Aside from partnering with carefully selected Washington vineyards, Cairdeas manages an estate vineyard devoted to Clairette Blanche and Syrah. At Siren Song Vineyard you won’t find any belly-up-to-the-bar moments. Kevin and Holly Brown fell in love with European hospitality and exude that for every guest. It is a true wine and culinary experience for visitors with seated tastings that take advantage of romancing lake views, house-made food pairings and their travel-inspired wines in mind. A bubbles invasion is happening all over the Northwest and Chelan is no exception with a handful of producers offering noteworthy sparkling. One such spot is Rocky Pond Winery. Their bright and lively Domaine Chevalle sparkling wine is the result of their Clos Chevalle Vineyard located along the southern slope of Lake Chelan. With a $45 rosé, Mellisoni Vineyards has a hard time keeping this one in stock. Not to worry; their portfolio is teeming with award-winning bottles that exude a sense of place and stylistic maturity. In warmer months, guests are encouraged to soak up the 7,000-square-foot infinity-edge lawn with breathtaking views of Lake Chelan. The Italian grandeur of Tsillan (the original spelling of Chelan) Cellars is the vision of founder, Dr. Bob Jankelson. At 80 years old, his continued dream is to create a small Italian village experience complete with an artisan chocolate shop and flower vendor. Currently, 80,000 pounds of Italian marble stone grace the impressive grounds and, to showcase the award-winning wine portfolio, guests can also dine at Sorrento’s Ristorante—named an OpenTable Top 100 Scenic Restaurant in America in 2014.

Fueling Up

Chef Aaron Tekulve loves to pair his Surrell pop-up dinners with the winemaking stylings of Charlie Lybecker at Cairdeas Winery. Fall could showcase foraged mushrooms, winter could

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be a spotlight on beets and spring is anyone’s guess, but every dinner sells out and no one leaves hungry. Lake Chelan Artisan Bakery is the place to procure flaky pastries like croissants, satisfying cinnamon rolls and seasonal local treats like plum coffee cake and pumpkin bread. Daily quiches and quality coffee are a great way to jump-start the morning. The Apple Cup Café has been serving up a slice of Americana for over 60 years. Open seven days a week, homestyle breakfasts, belly pleasing burgers and satisfying steak dinners aim to please. For a fine dining experience in the heart of Chelan, Andante is a home run. Starters from warmed brie to clams in white wine sauce whet your appetite for Tuscan Seafood Stew or Italian Style Meatloaf. The wine list is filled with local treasures as well as European favorites.

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FIRST LOOK/spokane rising


Reclaim by Anthony Gill

For whatever reason, it seems that many Spokan-

ites have developed an unusual compulsion—especially for such a proudly “four-season” community—to loudly denounce winter and everything that comes with it. The snow. The cold. The ice. The driving. Perhaps several years of snowfall records in the past decade have taken their toll on our region’s collective psyche. But it’s worth a friendly reminder every so often that we are blessed to live in a community with such a vibrant and energetic winter season, and we should take advantage at every opportunity. Five ski resorts beckon to winter sports enthusiasts within just a two-hour drive, and unlike the big-name resorts of Utah or Colorado, they remain accessible, with relatively inexpensive lift tickets, frequent discounts and well-developed learn-to-ski programs. This combination of abundant terrain, plentiful snowfall, and affordability prompted the skiers’ magazine Powder to name Spokane one of four “next American ski towns.” If skiing or snowboarding isn’t your style, we’re also developing more winter-friendly infrastructure downtown. The new Riverfront Park Ice Ribbon officially opened to the public in December, and the new venue—the first of its kind on the West Coast—provides a sense of what might be possible when a city like ours fully embraces the winter outdoors. Outdoor art markets, outdoor concerts, and outdoor performances start to become less unthinkable. But maybe winter recreation isn’t for you; you’re just interested in getting through to spring. Well, you might still be interested to hear that there’s a whole

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movement in urban planning toward creating cities which are livable, inviting and enjoyable during the winter months. Born in northern cities like Minneapolis and Calgary in the 1980s, we see some elements of that vision in Spokane, with our extensive skywalk system and downtown mall. These other cities also worked on ensuring public transit reliability in snow and preventing the chilly wind tunnel effect that results from some skyscrapers. As Spokane recommits to winter—in particular by placing an innovative, yet permanent skating ribbon at one of its most prominent intersections—let’s think about ways we can more properly plan the winter months into our thinking about the city. Could we heat certain intersections and sidewalks to reduce the need for corrosive de-icer and time-consuming snow removal? Are there patio and alleyway spaces which could be heated for outdoor music and events? Do we need to think more critically about the amenities we place at bus stops when it comes to winter use? Love the snow or hate it, it’s here every year. Whether through outdoor recreation or more thoughtful planning, we might as well embrace the winter months in a thoughtful, creative way—and maybe make our city stand out more because of it. What else can we do to inspire pride in our livable winter city? Anthony Gill is an economic development professional and the founder of Spokane Rising, an urbanist blog focused on ways to make our city a better place to live.

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by Megan Perkins

I first visited the Fox for a concert put on by the Gonzaga Choir and the Spokane

Symphony. I think it was Handel’s Messiah and I have to say: it wasn’t only the music that took my breath away. The huge sunbeam in the theater atrium is glorious and awe inspiring. Tackling it was intimidating, and it took four tries before I got the size of the sunbeam on the page correctly, but I think I captured some of its vibrant spirit.

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Megan Perkins began her project, Artist’s Eye on Spokane, in May and plans to continue sketching and painting at cool places and events in Spokane for the next year. Follow her adventures on Instagram @artistseyeonspokane, Facebook and

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ince the mid-2000s, the Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival has brought international films to Spokane that share Jewish life and culture with the community. They continue this year with three films that offer fascinating glimpses into the diversity of Jewish experiences in Israel and around the world, chosen to appeal to a wide audience.

PAST LIFE (Saturday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.) The festival continues with a riveting drama based on a true story. Past Life tracks the daring 1977 trans-European odyssey of two sisters—one an introverted, ambitious classical music composer, and the other a combative, liberal magazine editor. As they try to unravel a disturbing wartime mystery that has cast a foreboding shadow on their entire lives, they realize that freedom from the shackles of the past requires painful sacrifices, as does the struggle to discover one’s unique voice. This film’s period setting offers an unusual perspective on the Holocaust: several decades out, characters are able to reflect on their experiences to some degree, but survivor guilt and other powerful feelings remain buried deep within them.

THE LAST LAUGH (Thursday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m.) Are we allowed to make jokes about the Holocaust? In this outrageously funny and thought-provoking documentary, director Ferne Pearlstein puts the question about comedy’s ultimate taboo to legends including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Alan Zweibel, Harry Shearer, Jeff Ross, Judy Gold, Susie Essman, Larry Charles, Jake Ehrenreich, and many other critical thinkers, as well as Holocaust survivors themselves. The result is a film with heart and controversy that adeptly interweaves a profile of one survivor, Renee Firestone, with a fascinating range of perspectives on Holocaust humor in popular culture. Post-film discussion will be led by Wendy Levy, executive director of the Alliance for Media Arts + Culture.

A QUIET HEART (Sunday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m.) The festival ends with a meditative, nuanced story from one of Jerusalem’s most religious neighborhoods. Naomi, a secular young woman, seeks refuge from the pressure of her life as a concert pianist. Despite her intentions to stay alone, she quickly makes two unexpected connections: one with a musically gifted ultra-Orthodox boy, and the other with Fabrizio, a charismatic Italian monk and organist. While these relationships allow Naomi to reconnect with her love of music and sense of meaning, they also make her a target in her new community. Faced with escalating isolation and violence, Naomi must learn to use music as a bridge to overcome towering religious barriers. This haunting film sets one woman’s struggle to assert her identity against the backdrop of a Jerusalem increasingly rife with tension between secularism and Orthodox Judaism. Ticket prices: $10 General Admission; $7 Students and Seniors. Festival passes: $28/$18. All films will be shown in the auditorium at the Hemmingson Center (702 E. Desmet Ave.) on the campus of Gonzaga University. To purchase tickets, or for more information, contact Spokane Area Jewish Family Services at (509) 747-7394 or visit the festival online at















Poetry and Political Resistance:

Christine Holbert and Lost Horse Press by Sharma Shields

Sandpoint resident Christine Holbert

is an intellectual powerhouse. In addition to co-founding the Get Lit! Festival, now in its 20th year, she runs Lost Horse Press, where she serves as publisher, designer and editor of some of the most beautiful and celebrated books of poetry anywhere in the world. One of her latest titles, Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, edited by Grace Bauer and Julie Kane, has sold thousands of copies in just a few months, a rare feat for any book but especially for a poetry anthology. I was lucky enough to get in touch with Christine over email and ask her a few question about poetry, politics and publishing. You started Lost Horse Press in June of 1998, and in 1999 you moved the press permanently to Sandpoint, Idaho. What attracted you to publishing in this region? I’d lived in Spokane for almost 20 years, and I liked the area well enough, but I wanted to live in a smaller town in a wetter clime. I’m from New York, and I wanted to live where there was a greater diversity of trees, more rain and a body of water, like what I was accustomed to back East. Sandpoint fit those criteria so I settled here by Lake Pend Oreille, and brought Lost Horse Press with me. I guess that’s a selfish reason to locate the press to a certain place, but it’s been a good quiet spot to work and to create books. Other than not having a large audience clamoring for poetry, there haven’t been many drawbacks. And even that aspect is changing with more people from different areas of the country moving to Sandpoint and the whole area. We held a book launch for a new anthology Lost Horse Press recently released, Nasty Women Poets: there were 70 people in attendance, so it seems the audience for good literature is growing in north Idaho. It’s also helpful that I have a great book printer close by in Spokane whom I can visit if there’s a question or concern over a print run; Lost Horse Press’s distributor—the University of Washington Press—is located not too far away in Seattle; there are wonderful, talented writers to collaborate with in the area; plus, I can finish up my work and go kayaking or swimming or 34 / JANUARY 2018

biking or hiking in such a beautiful place, it takes your breath away. How did Lost Horse Press get its name? When I founded the press in 1998, my youngest daughter, an avid horsewoman, still lived at home and helped me decide on a name for the press. Naturally, since she was involved, the name had to have the word “horse” in it. What’s more, one of my favorite places on the planet is Lost Horse Ridge in the Bitterroot Mountains of western Montana. That lovely and rugged place contributed the “lost” to the title. My mentor, Christopher Howell, warned me that I might not want to be known forever as “lost,” but I think the appellation suits both the press and me, especially since I relocated from Spokane to living and working on 12 secluded acres surrounded by forest and water. What are you looking for when considering a manuscript? The best writing. Simple as that. We are not interested in a specific genre or style of poetry, as some presses are, only in the quality of writing. I have been—since childhood—a staunch advocate of human and civil rights, and many Lost Horse Press titles reflect that interest as well. I think just as writers have a vision and a theme for the work they create, a publisher has a vision for where a press is heading aesthetically and politically, what kinds of work it will or won’t publish. As publishers, we have a mandate to promote each title we release: that makes it imperative to

love the work we publish so that we can passionately and effectively market it. Considering your venerable career here in the region, how would you say the writing community has changed in the Inland Northwest? When I founded—with poet and mentor Christopher Howell— Spokane’s Get Lit! Festival, there were few literary events and only a couple of recognized writers in Spokane, maybe just Sherman Alexie and John Keeble. I recall saying I wanted to turn this region into a “literary vortex” and it seems to me that is exactly what is happening with the boom in Spokane and regional writers now being recognized and well published. Just look at the appreciation local writers are now receiving, writers such as Jess Walter, Shawn Vestal, Sharma Shields, Bruce Holbert, John Keeble, Sherman Alexie ... writers who are nationally recognized, who are selling thousands of books, and who have significant things to say. And there are so many more literary events—readings, conferences, poetry slams, writing workshops—that are being attended by more people. Which books are on your bedside table right now? I tend to read several books at once. Right now, I’m working on finishing Sherman Alexie’s memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me; David Sedaris’ Theft by Finding: Diaries 19772002; Richard Russo’s Everybody’s Fool; Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Applebaum’s Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine; and about a zillion poetry manuscripts.

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In just under a year’s time, a Spokane duo has

gone from an idea to a powerful force. Last February, Donna Donna started when Lindsay Johnston, who had been a solo singer-songwriter for a couple years, joined forces with drummer/ percussionist Cherri Woith, thanks to the suggestion of fellow musician Lucas Brookbank Brown. The two are set to release their debut album Basement Noise this February. Donna Donna, which simply means Lady Lady in Italian, quickly established themselves as one of the boldest bands in Spokane. Johnston slings fuzz-drenched riffs and sings in a range from a sultry near-whisper to a commanding, bluesy holler. She can also bend vocal notes with hypnotic ease, as heard on their single Hand on the Level, which will soon be released as a music video. Woith lays down the law with a powerful beat on the drum kit. She gracefully follows some deceptively difficult stops and rhythm changes, which give her a challenge she relishes. Live shows can be a spectacle, with Johnston jumping on her amp while creating raging feedback. They are also capable of lighter moments, and biting sarcasm, in tunes such as Backburner Woman. Johnston’s lyrics, more open to interpretation than her singer-songwriter tracks, are based on the melody and are filled with great imagery. Woith contributed her own songwriting on Love Ain’t Free. The seven-track Basement Noise was indeed recorded in Woith’s basement with a mobile set-up, courtesy of Lead Pencil Studio’s David Covillo, who also lends some piano to the album. The production is raw, simple, and undoubtedly live-sounding. The blues-based classic rock vibe is further enhanced by the use of analog reel-to-reel tape. In her teenage years, Kennewick-native Johnston got into The

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Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jefferson Airplane. After graduating from Whitworth, she taught herself guitar. Last year she was a part of the eclectic but short-lived band Violet Catastrophe. Woith, who has lived all over Washington, settled in Spokane a few years ago. She was trained in classical percussion, but preferred listening to Journey and Broadway musicals in her childhood. Her first band experience was on percussion with 1 Tribe a couple years ago. Later she drummed with Dionysus and The Revelry before joining Johnston. While many drums-and-guitar duos face stereotypical comparisons to The White Stripes, both Johnston and Woith are actually fans of Jack White’s work. After a Donna Donna gig, it’s common for some guy to offer his supposed bass prowess and propose the formation of a trio, but these two women are perfectly content as they are. Donna Donna played Spokane’s first-ever Tinnabulation festival after only two months of live performances, and opened for Nashville’s Thelma and The Sleaze at The Bartlett. They will return to The Bartlett for their black and white-themed Basement Noise album release party on Saturday, February 10 before playing the Walla Walla Guitar Festival the following month along with some shows on the west side. Find Donna Donna on Facebook, Bandcamp and Instagram. After majoring in music and minoring in physics at EWU, Matt Loi got started at iHeartMedia Spokane in 2007. Since then, he’s brought hundreds of local musicians into the studio and has grown to love the local music scene. You can catch Matt around town at multiple concerts each week, and sometimes on stage playing bass.

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CHASE HALLAND Textile Taxidermist Chase Halland is a textile taxidermist but it isn’t what you think: “Think taxidermy, but instead of fur I use fabric,” he says. His work is motivated by the ability to create custom pieces for clients and witness their reaction to the final product. It provides a sense of accomplishment to see the customer elated with what hhe creates. He is always looking to improve and grow in his craft by not allowing himself to feel stagnant. Chase says, “I push myself to try new designs and methods and have experienced great rewards with taking great risks.” In the future, he hopes to open an interactive workspace to collaborate with other makers and artists alike, with a storefront incorporated to showcase curated pieces from local makers. He loves what he does and wants to share it with other “like-minded” local talents. Chase has come closer to realizing this dream by opening a showroom in Coeur d’ Alene called Midtown Workspace. Out of all the places that Chase has lived, the Inland Northwest has always felt like home—many of his designs are inspired by surrounding mountains, lakes and wildlife. You can find Chase’s work on Instagram @ farawaylovely or on his website at Visit his showroom in Coeur d’Alene at 2022 N. 4th St.

trous dripping red of a pomegranate seed,” he says. deRoulet’s goals and dreams are to continue to draw on even more images from his inner world and from his past—ensuring that his style develops parallel to the themes of his life course. DeRoulet is not originally from the Inland Northwest, but came here for school and stayed due to the cost of living. Making the Inland Northwest his home has allowed him to focus on investing the technical skills to do the kind of work he has wanted to accomplish. He has felt blessed to live in such an amazing place, describing the Inland Northwest as a truly hidden gem.“There is always something to do, but not so much as to distract me from my work,” deRoulet says, and recommends the area for any artists early in their career. You can find deRoulet’s work on the web at Terrain is a nonprofit dedicated to building community and creating economic opportunities for our region’s artists and culture creators and increasing access to and participation in the arts. Follow them on Facebook on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @terrainspokane or visit their website at

JOHN deROULET | Painter

JOHN deROULET | Painter John deRoulet works primarily with oils but has expanded into relief woodcut, ceramic and charcoal. He finds his work to be meditative, “sometimes like dredging my inner world,” he says. Not being able to stare at an object while painting means there is always an aspect of recollection, and in turn, the image is filtered through deRoulet’s own experience before it reaches the canvas. Consequently, and even when painting mundane objects, they become infused wiht something greater than the sum of their parts. He believes the expressive power of paint can communicate emotions without explanation. “The early abstract expressionists showed this, and I find it amazing how much humanity can be communicated in the lus-

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January 5, February 2: First Friday

Enjoy visual arts, groove to musical presentations, sample local foods, get acquainted with local performing artists and more at this monthly event sponsored by the Downtown Spokane Partnership. On the first Friday of each month, participating galleries, museums, and boutiques host a city-wide open house with refreshments and entertainment. First Friday is free and open to the public. Downtown Spokane.

January 7, January 15, February 4, February 19: Spokane Poetry Slam and BootSlam Spokane Poetry Slam is competitive performance poetry at its Northwest finest. Every first and third week of the month, spoken word warriors battle for Inland Empire supremacy and a $50 Grand Prize. Each poem is judged by five members of the audience, and after two rounds of poetry, whichever poet has the highest cumulative score is declared the winner. Bootslam, at Boots Bakery, is held on the first Sunday of each month, while 40 / JANUARY 2018

Spokane Poetry Slam, held at the Bartlett, is held on the third Monday of each month. Boots Bakery and Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave.

Currently open: Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition

Educational, emotional and appropriate for all ages, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the life of Titanic. Along the way, visitors will learn countless stories of heroism and humanity that pay honor to the indomitable force of the human spirit in the face of tragedy. The exhibition has been designed with a focus on the legendary RMS Titanic’s compelling human stories as best told through authentic artifacts recovered from the wreck site of Titanic and extensive room re-creations. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. (509) 456-3931,

Currently open: Spokane Circa 1912

Imagine life in Spokane around the time

of the Titanic disaster. When you shopped downtown, did you navigate Riverside Avenue on foot—or were you riding in a carriage, a car or a trolley? When the Titanic disaster struck, did you closely follow the news in the local newspaper? Did you know anyone aboard that ship—or others who narrowly missed being aboard? Decorative arts and costumes selected from the museum’s permanent collection reflect the era’s sense of design. Elegant coats, suits and walking dresses crossed paths in public lobbies. The Davenport family amassed a collection of exquisite objects, including Kalo Studio silver and a clock designed in a German art colony. Likewise, the Campbell’s dining room featured a cut crystal punch bowl and a silver tea and coffee service in the Iris pattern. A visit to nearby Campbell House provides additional experiences related to 1st class and 3rd class steamship travel, foods and newspaper communications. Walther Gallery and Campbell House at Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. (509) 4563931,


January 14: The Victor Wooten Trio ft. Dennis Chambers and Bob Franceschini

What Wooten did with bass has almost no parallel in modern music. From Coleman Hawkins to and beyond John Coltrane, the great saxophonists approached their instrument more or less the same way. Same thing with Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis, Ray Brown and Esperanza Spalding: styles progress, harmonic and melodic languages expand, but essentially, fundamental concepts remain the same. Not so with Wooten. After him, every bassist in the world began to think differently, much as guitarists did after Hendrix. Young bassists now start from a different set of assumptions than their predecessors did a generation ago. Wooten’s blazing, percussive chops lit a fire for many of them, as did his explorations of melody, nuance and phrasing. Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

January 19: BYU Vocal Point with Gonzaga’s Big Bing Theory

Vocal Point creates complex music and rhythms with only nine voices. They have percussion without drums. They have a rhythm section without a bass. The only instruments on stage belong to the nine voices of the nationally renowned a cappella group Vocal Point. From Brigham Young

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University, Vocal Point captures faithful audiences throughout the world with their stunning, high-energy performances and their elaborate, cinematographic music videos. With a wide range of vocal possibilities—and seeming impossibilities—these crowd-pleasers have it all: rock, pop, country, jazz and R&B that makes their family-friendly concerts a showstopper. This nine-man group takes the songs you are familiar with, retools them and delivers a new rendition, complete with all the complex instrumentation done entirely with their mouths. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT or

January 27-28: Spokane Symphony Classics: Scheherazade

Chinese violinist Mira Wang gives the U.S. premiere of Torsten Rasch’s “Tropoi” Violin Concerto, his dramatic and masterfully orchestrated new work. Rimsky-Korsakov’s blockbuster Scheherazade paints tales from Arabian Nights using dazzling color and oriental motifs inspired by Crimean folk tunes. Stokowski’s lush orchestral arrangement of Bach’s “Komm Susser Tod” is filled with poignant harmonies and soaring melodies. This is the first of a four-concert celebration of Bach’s 333rd anniversary that includes Classics 6, 7 and 9. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

January 28: Marc Cohn

After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales. Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

February 2: Miranda Lambert

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will bring her Livin’ Like Hippies Tour to the Spokane Arena on Friday, February 2. Joining Lambert is special guest Jon Pardi and Turnpike Troubadours. The Livin’ Like Hippies Tour receives its name from the lyrics of Lambert’s aptly titled song “Highway Vagabond” which appears on The Nerve side of Lambert’s 24-song, double album, The Weight Of These Wings. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

February 17: Spokane Symphony: The Music of Star Wars—The Symphony Awakens

February 3: Spokane Symphony Pops: Judy Collins


Singer-songwriter Judy Collins has inspired audiences for five decades, singing traditional and contemporary folk standards and her poignant original compositions. Her more than 50 albums have earned her multiple Grammy nods, from her stunning 1967 rendition of “Both Sides Now” to her 2017 nomination for “Silver Skies Blue.” Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

February 10-11: Spokane Symphony Classics: Beethoven and Shostakovich

Daniel Hege returns to conduct a program of powerful works spanning the centuries. Bach’s suite for flute and orchestra features Spokane Symphony principal flutist Bruce Bodden. Beethoven’s Fifth, one of the most played symphonies of all time, has infiltrated popular culture in countless ways from movie scores to rock anthems. Shostakovich dedicated his Chamber Symphony to the “memory of the victims of fascism and war.” Originally written as a string quartet, it is hauntingly beautiful. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara leads this concert featuring the legendary film scores from the Star Wars series, including The Phantom Menace, The Force Awakens and Rogue One. Before the show, catch some memorable photo opportunities, drink specials from the Mos Eisley Cantina and planet-themed activities. Meet and greet our characters. Star Wars-themed costumes are welcome at these fun concerts, with activities 90 minutes before each concert. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

January 13-14: Bridal Festival

The Bridal Festival is your best resource for wedding planning in the Inland Northwest. Brides and grooms meet oneon-one with vendors, many with special Bridal Festival offers, and plan their wedding all in one weekend—under one roof—to save time and money. Get inspired with ideas for decor, venues and catering by visiting the nearly 200 booths. Elegant wedding fashion shows showcase the latest styles and colors for brides, grooms, wedding parties and honeymoons. And if that’s not enough, they offer up to $30,000 in sweepstakes and giveaways every hour. Bring the whole bridal party and have a blast planning your dream wedding. Spokane Convention Center. 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd.

January 21: Stephen Sondheim’s Follies

Stephen Sondheim has been called the Shakespeare of musical theatre, and Follies is one of his most hauntingly beautiful creations. It’s the story of a group of showgirls and their backstage beaus, meeting 30 years after their glamorous glory days in a New York musical revue (think Ziegfeld). The theatre that enshrined their

youth is about to be demolished, and they all meet once more to relive those glittering days between the world wars and to reassess the choices they made. As their younger selves join them on stage one last time, the old gang reconnects—performing a few of their old numbers and singing heartbreaking songs of regret and resignation. Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest. com.

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January 24: Peking Acrobats

For the last 30 years, The Peking Acrobats have performed daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are experts at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. They push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats. Accompanied by live musicians skillfully playing traditional Chinese instruments and high-tech special effects, this all-family event features all the festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or




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January 24-28: Motown the Musical

It began as one man’s story, became everyone’s music, and is now Broadway’s musical. Motown the Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit Motown the Musical. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest. com.

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January 26-28: Monster Jam: Triple Threat Series

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the Spokane Arena to keep motorsport fans on the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family. Featuring the eight most intense athletes of Monster Jam, Spokane fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship that tests the versatility of the athletes as they go head-to-head in seven different competitions, driving three customized high-powered vehicles. This year will be highlighted by four new trucks making their Spokane debut appearances. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

February: 9: Shopkins Live

Shopkins Live! Shop it Up! lights up the stage in this premiere live production packed with show stopping performances featuring the Shoppies. Join Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette and Polli Polish as they perform the coolest dance moves, sing the latest pop songs and show off the trendiest fashions. All of Shopville is in a tizzy as preparations get underway for the annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair.” The Shopkins and Shoppies need your help—the show must go on. Featuring innovative set design, creative costuming, and state of the art projections, this is one theatrical event you don’t want to miss. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT or

mistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Baby” and “Summertime,” this sensational show is a musical journey celebrating Joplin and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock and roll’s greatest legends. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325SEAT or


January 12-28: Cactus Flower

Falling in love is rarely simple, as illustrated in this romantic farce. Young and vibrant Toni is despondent when her older lover, Julian, refuses to leave his wife. However, Julian’s “wife” is an elaborate lie to keep Toni at arm’s length. Insisting she meet his wife, Julian coaxes his assistant, the shy, spinsterish Stephanie, to pose as his soon-to-be-ex-wife. But when a guilt-ridden Toni insists on finding a love interest for Stephanie, chaos, confusion and complications abound. Will true love triumph from this farcically fabricated love triangle? Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507, (800) 325-SEAT or

January 12-28: At the Sweet Gum Bridge

February 14: A Night With Janis Joplin

Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock and roll. The un-

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This play is dedicated to the Choctaw nation and particularly to Choctaw chief Apushamatahahubih, shortened to Pushamataha in the list of characters and to Push in the play. That chief was a contemporary of Andrew Jackson, when he was a general fighting the early Indian wars. Jackson used a divisive strategy, giving some advantages to the peace seeking Choctaws and managing to have their support in his fight against other tribes and particularly against Tecumseh, the chief of the Shawnees, who

nearly managed to bring all Indian tribes together and was stopped in this project by Push himself. Stage Left Theatre. 108 West 3rd Ave. (509) 838-9727.

January 19-February 11: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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Another #MeToo moment Twenty-six years ago, NPR’s Nina Totenberg broke the news that a nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Clarence Thomas, was facing sexual harassment charges from a former colleague named Anita Hill. For days, millions of us watched the televised hearings as Hill struggled with visible embarrassment and shame as Hill described the lurid details of sexual harassment by Judge Clarence Thomas. Hill testified before a Senate Judiciary committee, comprised of 10 white men, also visibly embarrassed, that Thomas, as her boss, had repeatedly tried to date her and had subjected her to extensive, unwanted conversations about sex and pornography. The questions from the committee, some that shamed her for not speaking up, and others that blamed her for not stopping the abuse, exemplified the exact behavior that has kept women from speaking out about the issue— blame, disrespect, and retribution. Some media outlets even labeled Hill as “a little nutty and a little slutty.” At the time, many of us believed that finally … finally, sexual harassment was out in the open, and there would be a reckoning—a sea of change in the salacious behavior by men everywhere, especially in the workplace. What we didn’t realize is it would take almost 30 years for that reckoning to reach critical mass.

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inability to thwart this kind of behavior when it happened, not understanding that I didn’t ask for it, that my only qualification was that I was female. I am cheering and applauding those who are now coming forward. Regardless of any motive for which they are being accused, in their timing or purpose in doing so, they are saying these type of things happened because they did happen. We are sick of it and we are no longer afraid.

The following comments are a few of the responses to Simonson’s Facebook posting. Cathi Lamoreux At least you remember their names. I don’t remember all of them, but some do stick out in my mind. The gate is open and it’s not going to be closed anytime soon. Vi Tiegs Very timely post. I would bet that most of us have encountered in some degree exactly what Penny is describing, feeling helpless and not knowing what, or if, we could do anything about it. Thank you, Penny. Mary Rosner Oh, Penny, thank you for showing how pervasive sexual harassment and assault is. Debi Bock I’m sorry Penny. This. I believe you. We believe them, all of them. #metoo Cathy Scalici My heart is heavy with sadness for what you endured, but so proud to call you my strong, giving amazing friend! You found your voice and I hope you can now move on with your head high. I love you to the moon and back! Kari Pugh Hansen Your story is my story. Different names, different circumstances. Someday I will use names. I’m proud of you for speaking up. Someday we won’t ever have to say, “Stop and No!” Rebecca Dryden Armstrong YOU chose not to hide behind those names and you

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picked yourself to take care of first! You are fricken brilliant and beautiful and I’m so glad to call you my friend. Thank you for being a vessel of laughter and inspiration for all the men and women out there. Let’s not be the victim here, and let’s build each other up and march! Nancy Bremer I am sorry that happened to you. I too wished I could remember the names of all of the scumbags that put their hands on me. My molestation started when I was 11 years old. I did get some satisfaction of reading in the paper that the man who raped me was put in jail years later. It’s really sad that it happens to so many women and girls. Martha Jane Johnson I think every woman has a story that begins “his name was ….” Well said Penny. Anita Arnold It’s happened to all of us … personally, more times than I can count. I always shuttled these occurrences away in my brain under “it’s just the way it is” category. I’m so very happy that the times … They are a changing ...


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Gold: HEATHER HANLEY Heather Hanley, creative director and third generation owner of The Tin Roof (The Tin Roof and RESKUED), believes every person is unique and their home should be, too. Constantly on the hunt for interesting products, her showrooms are always fresh and lively with new and exciting looks to explore. Hanley’s goal is to inspire creativity in the home and help her customers create warm and relaxing environments enjoyed by family and friends alike. Silver: BONNIE QUINN Bronze: NADINE BURGESS

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Gold: JERRY DICKER Jerry Dicker is the founder of GVD Commercial Properties, Inc. a real estate development, investment and management company. Founded in 1974, the team at GVD is well-known for their ability to quickly analyze, fund and close complex transactions, most of which involve prime properties held for long term investment. Dicker has played an integral role in the revitalization of downtown’s historic West First Avenue block, recently restoring the former International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge, the former Music City Building and the Montvale Hotel. Silver: TOM SIMPSON Bronze: DAVE BLACK






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Gold: INDABA COFFEE Since founding Indaba Coffee in 2009, with just an espresso machine and a couple of grinders, owner Bobby Enslow has been recognized with an AGORA Award for Community Service, awarded Bronze Best of the City Award for Coffee Roasters and voted one of Spokane’s Best Baristas. A self-described “Social Coffee Company,” Indaba is all about community. Along with their two Spokane coffee houses, they also roast their own coffee on-site and offer their coffee wholesale to Spokane coffee shops and businesses. Silver: THOMAS HAMMER Bronze: ROAST HOUSE Gold: CONTRACT DESIGN ASSOCIATES Founded by Bruce and Jill Butterworth in 1980, Contract Design Associates (CDA) is a leading office furniture dealership in the Northwest. In 1984, CDA became an authorized Herman Miller dealer servicing Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho and Western Montana. One satisfied customer aptly describes CDA as “Progressive thinking professionals with innovative design ideas that help meet their clients needs through timeless designs.” Silver: KERSHAW’S, INC. Bronze: DAVIS OFFICE FURNITURE

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Gold: NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO NQC is well-known as the place to go for gambling and great food. With everything it has to offer, including more than 22,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, 16,000 of which is dedicated conference rooms, NQC is also the perfect place for your next company event or party. The state-of-the-art conference facilities are unmatched in the Spokane region—with unrivaled meeting provisions, while sharing a roof with the most energetic, luxurious and popular food and fun venues in the region. Silver: DELECTABLE CATERING & EVENTS Bronze: BARRISTER WINERY

Best Screen Printing/T-Shirts

Gold: ZOME DESIGN LLC Custom screen printed T-shirts and sweatshirts, embroidered caps, bags, polos, hats and jackets, along with a full line of custom imprinted mugs, pens, USB drives, lanyards and more— if your company needs to get their name out there, Zome Design can make it happen. With in-house screen printing, sublimation, largeformat digital printing and embroidery, Zome cuts out the middleman, and is the most complete and trusted wholesale and retail apparel decorator and sign printer on the market. Silver: ANDERSON INK Bronze: DOT.INK

Best Employment Agency

Gold: PROVISIONAL RECRUITING + STAFFING Since 1994, Provisional has been the Inland Northwest’s leader in specialized recruiting and staffing services, employing more than 15,000 contract workers and placing more than 8,000 direct-hire professionals with area companies. Provisional uses a consultative approach to provide customized solutions, which includes temporary, contract-to-hire and direct-hire placements. Silver: EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT Bronze: ACCOUNTEMPS

Best High-Tech Firm

Gold: ITRON, INC. In 1977, Itron was founded by a small group of innovative engineers intent on finding more efficient ways to read meters in Hauser Lake, Idaho. Itron has been a technology leader in the energy and water markets ever since, and works to help their customers create a more resourceful world, using big ideas and continuous innovation. Silver: ETAILZ Bronze: LAUNCHEDIT JANUARY 2018 /



Best Engineering Firm

Gold: DCI ENGINEERS Mark D’Amato and Guy Conversano founded DCI in 1988, beginning the adventure out of one of their basements. From the start, they were committed to creating the kind of environment that would enable employees to thrive and make clients want to come back. DCI is based in Seattle, with offices in Spokane, Portland, San Diego, Austin, Irvine, San Francisco, Anchorage and Los Angeles. They are licensed in all 50 states and most Canadian provinces. Silver: COFFMAN ENGINEERS Bronze: JOHNSTON ENGINEERING

Best Commercial Architectural Firm

Gold: HDG ARCHITECTURE Hurtado | Hissong Architecture [HDG] is a multi-faceted architecture and design studio with experience in a variety of project types such as commercial, multi and single family residential, mixed-use, hospitality and restaurant design. Their team’s diverse set of skills can create and materialize every aspect of a project from start to finish; architecture, interior design, branding and graphic design are all in-house assets, affording them the level of control required for their pursuit of an integrated, cohesive and appealing design solution. Silver: UPTIC STUDIOS Bronze: ALSC ARCHITECTS

Best Commercial Construction Company

Gold: BAKER CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT, INC. Baker Construction and Development is licensed in 12 states and British Columbia, Canada. They are one of the premier construction and development companies in the western United States and are committed to providing each client with superior service and construction. Clients include the Federal Government and Fortune 500 companies including Starbucks, Rite Aid, Walgreens, CENEX, US Bank and AutoZone and marquee clients such as Goodwill Industries, Washington. Silver: WALKER CONSTRUCTION Bronze: LYDIG CONSTRUCTION, INC.


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Gold: QUINN The team at QUINN is composed of advertising, marketing and media professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds. Their principals have worked on global brands and national advertising campaigns, but they have intimate and thorough understanding of the intricacies of local marketing in the Northwest. Their team has won national awards for television and print projects, but they also love to create effective search results ads, social media posts and product/price print ads. Silver: HANNA ADVERTISING Bronze: CLARK AGENCY

Best Public Relations Agency

Gold: DH For nearly 20 years DH has blended advertising, public relations, research and design. They’ve built a team of people who work across disciplines: advertising, PR, public affairs, brand strategy and research, which helps them connect the dots in ways others can’t— translating to more effective marketing programs, big ideas grounded in smart strategy, and powerful ideas communicated in simple ways. Silver: QUINN Bronze: SWITCH UP

Best Web Design Business

Gold: WELL DRESSED WALRUS Founded in 2010, Well Dressed Walrus has been building websites and a strategic online presence for dozens and dozens of small businesses and organizations dating back to 1998. Their core team members have more than 24 years of combined experience and love keeping up with the fast pace of the web solutions industry. Silver: DESIGN SPIKE, INC. Bronze: KLUNDT HOSMER

Best Printing Company

Gold: PLESE PRINTING & MARKETING Plese Printing & Marketing is a state-of the-art, full-service, commercial printing company specializing in design services, sheet-fed full-color printing, spot color printing, high-speed digital black and white copying, high speed digital color copying, binding/finishing and complete in-house direct mail marketing. Owner Kim Plese has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and commercial printing with valued clients in Washington, Idaho, Alaska and California. Silver: GARLAND PRINTING COMPANY Bronze: MOJO

Best Florist

Gold: APPLEWAY FLORIST & GREENHOUSE Established and family owned since 1952, Appleway Florist and Greenhouse specializes in fresh flower bouquets, basket gardens, custom silks and sympathy arrangements. Appleway has more than 30,000 square feet of greenhouse space, growing many varieties of hanging baskets and bedding plants. Silver: LIBERTY PARK FLORIST & GREENHOUSE Bronze: ROSE AND BLOSSOM

Best Accounting Firm

Gold: MOSS ADAMS, LLP A leader in assurance, tax, consulting, risk management, transaction and private client services, Moss Adams has a staff of more than 2,500 that includes more than 290 partners. They focus on serving public, private and not-

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Best Business Law Firm or Lawyer

Gold: WINSTON & CASHATT LAWYERS Winston & Cashatt’s history began more than 50 years ago with the founding of two separate law firms in Spokane. Patrick Winston and Leo Cashatt developed firms dedicated to the highest level of legal practice. In 1971, the two firms merged. Many of their clients have been with Winston & Cashatt for more than 40 years. As a full-service law firm, they represent businesses and individuals who reflect the diversity of the Northwest, from the local entrepreneur to the large multi-national corporation. Silver: DUNN AND BLACK Bronze: ETTER, MCMAHAN, LAMBERSON, VAN WERT, & ORESKOVICH, PC

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Gold: WASHINGTON TRUST BANK As the oldest and largest privately-held commercial bank in the Northwest, with more than 40 financial centers and offices in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, Washington Trust Bank bases decisions and policies on what’s happening right here in the Northwest. They are able to set their sights on long-term goals rather than quarterly results, and they stay focused on doing the right things for their clients and communities. Silver: INB Bronze: BANNER BANK

Best Credit Union

Gold: SPOKANE TEACHERS CREDIT UNION Founded in 1934, STCU is one of the largest and most successful financial institutions in the Inland Northwest. As a $2.2 billion memberowned financial cooperative, they focus on local business owners who share their desire to sustain a strong economy and to give back to the community. Silver: NUMERICA CREDIT UNION Bronze: SPOKANE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

Best Business Security System Providers

Gold: ALLIED FIRE & SECURITY Allied is a full-service home and business security systems and services provider, protecting communities in the Pacific Northwest for more than 65 years. Their experienced security professionals can help you find the right solutions for your home or business. They service most areas of Washington, Oregon and Northern Idaho, with branches in Spokane, Seattle and Portland. Silver: CERTIFIED SECURITY Bronze: SECURE PACIFIC

Best Commercial Realty Company

Gold: NAI BLACK Founded in 1958 as James S. Black & Company, NAI Black has more than five-decades of commercial real estate leadership in their area. Under the direction of CEO David R. Black since 1984, NAI Black delivers cutting-edge services of the highest quality to its customers and serves a wide spectrum of real estate needs. NAI Black serves clients in Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho and Montana. Their affiliation with NAI Global allows them to reach beyond the local market and provide services to clients on a regional, national and global basis. Silver: KIEMLE & HAGOOD COMPANY Bronze: GOODALE & BARBIERI

Best Business Insurance Firm

Gold: Northtown Insurance An independently owned and operated agency delivering comprehensive insurance and risk management solutions serving individuals, families and businesses since 1989 throughout Eastern Washington, Northtown Insurance offers a wide variety of personal and commercial insurance programs. Home, auto, life and business are among some of the basic essential programs they offer. They also offer speciallydesigned programs for specific industries, including farming, contracting, trucking and special event insurance. Silver: COUNTRY FINANCIAL Bronze: STATE FARM/CHARLIE FLAGER

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Best Trade Show Displays

Gold: SKYLINE INLAND NORTHWEST For more than seven years, Skyline Inland Northwest has been the exclusive dealer for Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, providing innovative exhibit design, dynamic marketing solutions, and high quality displays and graphics. Maximizing clients’ trade show results and minimizing stress are top priorities for their team of expert designers, consultants and project managers. Silver: ZOME DESIGN LLC Bronze: SIGNS FOR SUCCESS

Best Dry Cleaning

Gold: CLARKS CLEANERS Clarks Cleaners is a full-service dry cleaning business locally owned and operated for more than 40 years. Specialty services include wedding gowns, leather care, sewing, pressing and next day rush. Silver: Next Day Dry Cleaning Bronze: Beacon Hill Cleaners and Laundry

Best Promotional Products Provider

Gold: NBS PROMOS, INC. With more than 75 years combined experience in the promotional products industry, owners Randy and Nellie Spencer know which suppliers are going to have the correct balance of quality products, imprint capabilities, production time and reliability. With their one-stop shop approach and more than 850,000 different items, their team will assist you in finding the perfect product for the right event, promotion or employee gift. Silver: BRAND IT PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS Bronze: ANDERSON INK

Best Maintenance & Janitorial Service

Gold: ABM Since 1909, ABM has been dedicated to extending the life of their clients’ building assets and providing an exceptional experience for customers. Their mission is to build value for your business by helping you decrease operating costs, reduce customer complaints, and improve each customer’s overall experience. Silver: SO CLEAN Bronze: PEACHY KLEEN

Best Office Design Company

Gold: CONTRACT RESOURCES GROUP Whether you are equipping a multi-story major headquarters office building, establishing a

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medical center, setting up an entrepreneurial enterprise or adding to an existing facility, the Contract Resource Group team tailors to your individual project. They assist in all phases of your interiors projects, from the initial analysis, through planning and design, budget development, order entry, project management, delivery/installation and ongoing facility maintenance. Silver: HDG ARCHITECTURE Bronze: WALLFLOWERS DESIGN CENTER, INC.

Best Gift Basket/Gift Services Business

Gold: SIMPLY NORTHWEST Simply Northwest was founded in May of 1989 as a home-based gift basket service with the purpose of helping companies acknowledge and show appreciation for their employees and clients for a variety of occasions. The business grew quickly and soon required a warehouse space for storage and assembly. As demand rose from non-corporate clientele, they opened a gift boutique in 1994 at the current location. Simply Northwest also offers printed and etched promotional items for your business or event, convention and event execution services, and in-home décor consultations. Silver: EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS Bronze: ADORKABLE

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Best Office Building

Gold: Paulsen Center From the private, underground parking garage, to the prestigious penthouse at the top of the building, the floors of The Paulsen Center offer unique amenities that make doing business easy. Professionals in the building include bankers, attorneys, financial advisors, insurance providers, a dentist, a massage therapist, personal trainers, an eye doctor and technology professionals. Silver: ROCK POINTE CORPORATE CENTER - UNICO PROPERTIES, LLC Bronze: BANK OF AMERICA - UNICO

Best Office Park

Gold: SPOKANE BUSINESS & INDUSTRIAL PARK The Park is the region’s largest employment center with more than 120 resident companies employing more than 4,500 people. More than 4.5 million square feet of both dock-high and grade-level buildings rank The Park as one of the largest business and industrial complexes in the county. Silver: IRON BRIDGE OFFICE CAMPUS Bronze: PINECROFT BUSINESS PARK

Best Restaurant for a Business Lunch

Gold: THE ONION/AREA 51 TAPHOUSE Established in 1978, The Onion is the grand dean of gourmet burgers and casual family dining in Spokane. With the addition of Area 51 Taphouse (with, yes, 51 different beers—and some hard ciders, too), you may never want to leave. From gourmet burgers and sandwiches JANUARY 2018 /



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Best Event Facility

Gold: Spokane Convention Center The Spokane Convention Center campus includes the INB Performing Arts Center and the Spokane Convention Center, attached to two major hotels. Built specifically to host events, the Spokane Convention Center is the region’s premier choice for conventions, consumer shows, banquets, meetings and social events. With the completion of the 2015 expansion, the Spokane Convention Center has more than 650,000 square feet of user-friendly space, including a 120,000 square foot exhibit hall. Silver: BEACON HILL CATERING & EVENTS Bronze: CHATEAU RIVE AT THE FLOUR MILL

Best Commercial Landscape Firm

Gold: LAND EXPRESSIONS Land Expressions envisions and builds exceptional outdoor living and entertainment spaces for homeowners, commercial building owners, developers and creators of public space throughout the Western States. Their design and construction teams are proud to have served the community in developing beautiful, carefully considered, functional landscapes since 1987. Silver: SPVV Bronze: GROUNDS GUYS


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affected by our thoughts, and our thoughts are products of our beliefs. Could you change the way you show up in a room, a presentation or a photo shoot simply by changing what you believe to be true about yourself? Absolutely! I’ve done it myself. I’ve seen it happen with several of my clients, and, if you’re ready to rock your brand and dramatically increase your visibility, you can do it too. Our brains can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what’s made up, so you can literally fake it till you make it when it comes to self confidence. Here are my top tips for increasing yours. 1. Assume confident posture and body language. Stand tall, put your hands on your hips like a superhero or straight up in the air like you just scored a touch down. Try it! It will instantly increase your feeling of confidence and energy.

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Are you avoiding putting yourself out there as the face of your brand because of a similar excuse? I’ve photographed hundreds of business professionals over the last few years, and those who were the most attractive, the most “photogenic” and the easiest to photograph all have one thing in common, and it has nothing to do with their age, size, weight, skin color or hair style. That one thing—that “it factor”—is confidence. Confidence in who they are, what they have to offer the world and the belief that they are good enough. In fact, they believe they’re more than good enough; they’re awesome! They also have confidence in me, as their photographer, to do my job to emphasize their best features and minimize anything about their appearance that might be a distraction from that inner light that shines when they’re at their best. Unfortunately, the majority of people do not seem to have an innate sense of self confidence when it comes to how they look, especially when faced with having their image permanently recorded in pixels. And, though women are more likely to voice their insecurities, I find men to be equally uncomfortable in front of the camera. So, how does one happen to acquire confidence? Google defines confidence as “a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.” So, confidence is merely a feeling. I’ve been a long time listener of The Life Coach School Podcast with Brooke Castillo, who teaches that our feelings are 76 / JANUARY 2018

2. Make a list of everything you love about you. Now add a few things you wish you loved about you and make believe you actually do. Read that list daily. 3. Ask several people in your circle of influence what positive attributes you possess. Read it often. Acknowledge that you show up for the world in all those positive ways. Practice these daily, especially right before you step into a situation where your confidence needs to shine brightest, like when you’re meeting with your brand photographer. Tanya Goodall Smith is the owner and brand photographer at WorkStory Photography. She helps experts increase their visibility and become consistently sought after by the very best clients through the power of storytelling imagery. Find out more at or find workstoryphotography on Facebook and Instagram.

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of the New Year, a month to say goodbye to the old and offer a welcome to the new. It is also a month of joy and jubilation, and in Spokane, with our own renaissance occurring, it is a month of renewed hope. As our Riverfront Park is revitalized, punctuated by the recent ribbon cutting for the new Ice Ribbon, our community’s heart is beating stronger, open to new traditions and new possibilities. 2018 promises to bring a bonanza of other ribbon cuttings, including the University District Gateway Bridge, which will vibrantly link our higher education institutions to the lower South Hill medical district and downtown. This exciting connection will spur urban and economic revitalization by joining previously isolated businesses with new patrons and partnerships. Another ribbon cutting in the 2018 forecast will happen with the completion of 24 small homes being constructed by Transitions, a vital nonprofit focused on lifting women and children out of poverty. These new homes, which will provide housing for chronically homeless families in northwest Spokane, join the Gateway Bridge and so many other projects bridging us—pun intended!—to a blossoming spring. Indeed, emblematic of our joyful and

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jubilant year ahead is the spring re-opening of Riverfront Park’s Looff Carrousel, a signature meeting spot since 1909 that makes people of all ages feel young again. Having been a part of this community for only three years, with each passing year it becomes more clear to me that the pieces of our renaissance are slowing fitting together into a beautiful mosaic of tradition, innovation, cooperation and a touch of pioneer spirit. I was reminded of the special spirit of Spokane last month, on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, as our community solemnly gathered at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena to honor Ray Garland, our city’s lone Pearl Harbor survivor, and to remember his shipmates who have passed on. While many communities had their final remembrances last year, on the 75th anniversary, patriotic Spokane continues on, undaunted, knowing that honor and service have no expiration date. This January our renaissance continues full steam ahead, as our citizens are joyful and jubilant with hope and expectation for all that 2018 promises. Col. Brian Newberry, USAF (Retired) is the current executive director of Leadership Spokane, and the former Commander, 92 ARW, Fairchild AFB.

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oreen and Ted Thomas may live and work in Moses Lake most of the time, but for many years they’ve been clocking major hours in Spokane, where they travel frequently for work and fun. They’ve got a short list of favorite downtown hotels and love discovering new restaurants and boutiques, exploring the heart of the city on foot. So it’s not that surprising that about five years ago, Noreen got an idea as she stood in front of what is now MUV fitness: a Spokane landing pad of their own. “I looked up here and said, ‘I would want to live up there,’” she says. Some time later, the Thomases popped into the building one day on a whim. They bumped

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bathroom home with an expansive great room area and a loft. Then they got to work on the interior. The couple’s house in Moses Lakes has more of a farmhouse style. For this home, where they spend about 25 percent of their time, they wanted something entirely different. Ted and Noreen teamed up with Liz Mancini of Wallflowers for interior design. “We sort of knew what we wanted, but we didn’t know how to bring it together,” says Ted. With Mancini’s guidance they began incorporating the finishes and furnishings that make the home so special: creamy whites, cool grays, warm woods, fluffy rugs, matte marble and plenty of metallic accents.

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The heart of the home is the open concept living, dining and kitchen areas, laid out beneath the 18-foot ceilings, with visible beams and chrome ductwork that lend an urban feel. Ted selected most of the home’s furniture (“He’s so good at it!” says Noreen), like the deep leather sofa and wingback chairs in the living room,

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following Mancini’s advice on the scale. In a large room with soaring ceilings, “you can’t have tiny little furniture,” she says. That thinking extends to the fireplace surround, which stretches up the wall, with large-scale porcelain tile broken up by strips of stainless metal. Rather than head to a big box store and

purchase enough art and accessories to quickly fill every empty space, the Thomases prefer to keep things open for now and organically bring in meaningful additions. “Less is more,” Noreen says. Already, they’ve incorporated pieces from their travels in Cambodia, Noreen’s photographs of Mt. Rainier (she was there with one of her adult

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One stunning use of marble is in the master bathroom—an expansive space with a clean-lined stand-alone tub, walk-in shower, heated floors, toe kick lighting (a smart element in the home’s full bathrooms that make it easy to get around at night without nightlights), and a wall of built-in, concealed clothing storage. Marble covers the floors and countertops and climbs the walls in luxe wainscoting. “I love the classic-ness of marble,” Mancini says. “It stands the test of time.” To mix things up, she recommends working with tiles of varying sizes and shapes. The walkin showers of the master and guest bathrooms are laid with porcelain tile and have a fun co-mingling of shapes, with rectangular tile on the walls and hexagonal tile on the floors and ceilings. Marble is also a standout in the kitchen, with bar stool seating on the perimeter (the spot where Ted and Noreen eat breakfast), a Wolf range, pendant lighting, a copper sink and a pair of marble-topped islands rather than just one—an idea Noreen got from Fixer Upper. Two islands are a functional choice (when entertaining they allow people to pass through easily or stand in small clusters rather than a big group) and Noreen wanted to avoid a seam in the marble, necessary with one larger island. Balancing out classic elements like the marble are contemporary touches: chrome ductwork, exposed columns Noreen hand-glazed to look like concrete, the metal staircase, the glass bridge leading from one side of the loft to the other (using glass here looks cool, and allows light to flow more easily through the home) and statement light fixtures above the dining table, in the entryway, and flanking the powder room mirror.

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Adding another texture is a classic with a twist: wallpaper. “Wallpaper is back!” says Noreen. Playful, swirly wallpaper covers the powder room’s walls, contributing to the engaging small space. “I tell people, you can’t be too serious in a powder room,” says Mancini. “It’s gotta have 94 / JANUARY 2018

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some serious personality.” Wallpaper also warms up the master bedroom. The paper here—cork treated with layers of paint and flecked metal—gives the room depth and dimension. In Ted’s office, a similar cork wallpaper treatment has the same effect. If you think downtown condo means space is tight, think again. There is tons of storage—shelving units installed by California Closets, a walk-in pantry, that full wall of clothing storage in the master bathroom, and built-in cabinetry tucked into nooks in the office and the dining room. There’s even space for the couple’s bikes in a mechanical room off the laundry room. The Thomases love their new home, and they take full advantage of their location. They dine out often, with one caveat: “Our rule is if we go out to eat we have to get there by walking,” says Noreen. They’ve got a long list of favorite neighborhoods and dining spots: Kendall Yards, Zona Blanca, Indaba, Sante, Blackbird … the list goes on. Ted and Noreen walk or bike to buy groceries at My Fresh Basket, and other errands are almost too easy. “Unfortunately for Ted, our unit is connected to Nordstrom,” says Noreen with a laugh. Thanks to downtown’s skywalks, “I don’t even have to put my coat on.” Though they often find themselves setting out into the city, the pair also love nestling into their own urban retreat, sitting in the dining room’s window seat with a cup of coffee in the morning or relaxing in front of the fireplace. Their downtown experiment is a success. “It’s our happy place. It’s just so relaxing and calm, even though we’re in the middle of the city,” says Noreen.

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reat interior design doesn’t happen by accident. An inspiring space begins before anyone even chooses a wall color, picks up a paint brush or decides on the best position for the sofa in relation to the television or picture window. If planning and execution has you baffled, don’t be too hard on yourself. Creating a beautiful and functional living space requires creativity, skill and knowledge. Interior design and interior decorating are often mistaken for the same thing, but the terms are not completely interchangeable, even though their ultimate goals may be similar. “With ‘design’ you’re creating something where there is nothing; you’re bringing all these elements together that do not exist in order to create a design. You’re either creating a wall where there isn’t one, painting or wallpapering a blank wall, or creating a piece of custom furniture,” says Heather Hanley, creative director and third generation owner of The Tin Roof Furniture Showroom and Design Center. “With ‘decorating’ you’re using existing elements for which you can go and shop—if you’re going to decorate a living room, you’re going to buy pillows, drapes and a couch that match and put it all together.” Improving your home’s interior design and décor doesn’t have to be overly complicated. For those who may need a little guidance, here are a few tips from local experts that should give you a good head start.




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Traci Magers and Liz Mancini-Palmer Wallflowers Design Center When starting a kitchen remodel, clients frequently ask whether it’s necessary to change out the cabinets. The first step is assessing functionality—if the cabinets are made from good quality wood, and are in the shape and footprint that works for the homeowner, we can have them painted, change the hardware or even install crown molding to give them a dramatic new look. Rather than completely redoing the cabinets, another solution could be changing other elements of the kitchen such as the countertop, backsplash and even the flooring. People are also commonly concerned with the length of the kitchen remodel process—in our experience, it’s best to have a plan and allow time for unexpected issues and finishing touches. Wallpaper can make a big difference. There’s a definite trend toward larger scale graphics, and often it’s one wall as opposed to an entire room. By going with bold prints and fewer colors, it becomes the accent in the room. There’s a trend in mid-century modern influenced wallpapers—and a lot of home styles lend themselves toward that style. Changing the orientation of the furniture in a room is something anyone can do. It’s one of those things that you can try and see if you like it and if it works. You can also do a quick sketch of the layout to test potential changes. Sometimes it’s as simple as ‘editing’ a room by taking things out—most people have a tendency to have too much in a room and clutter the space.

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Deanna Goguen Designology When you’re sitting in or walking through your home, there are views you do want to see and spaces you don’t. The garden, for example, is a view you want; the powder room is a view you don’t. That’s why sightlines matter. A sightline is a hypothetical line from your eye to what can be seen in front of you. And when it comes to the design of a house, there are good and bad sightlines. Essentially, good sightlines bring pleasant and advantageous views into focus while concealing private spaces as much as possible. It might be as simple as moving a piece of furniture or as involved as knocking out a wall or installing a window. If you’re thinking you just don’t have enough space, think again. Before you go knocking out a wall, consult with an interior designer who can reconfigure the existing space to make it more functional. Before you buy a gallon of paint for your project, buy a quart of the colors you’re considering, paint each onto foamcore boards, and look at those in the room where you can see how the light there interacts with the colors. Hold the samples upright so they simulate the actual wall. In choosing the color, go a smidge lighter, and pick something that you can’t quite pin down—if you’re leaning toward blue, for instance, find a hue (or have a custom color mixed) that is a little more blue/ green.

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Annette Fontana Fontana Interior Design Many older homeowners who are downsizing and moving to a smaller home or condo have furnishings that are simply taking up space. The move can be made easier by having a floor plan of the new home and deciding which existing pieces will fit. If there’s something you simply can’t live without, one solution is to figure out other uses for it, such as repurposing a dresser into a bathroom vanity. Keep samples of everything going into

Travis Brown and Christophe Saint Lawrence R. Alan Brown Interiors You don’t need a lot of different colors to make a space colorful. Unifying accent colors throughout a room helps to give it personality, and you can easily change them up to reflect your mood, holidays and seasons. Cool blue pieces are more inviting during the summer, and warm oranges are welcoming in the winter. Window treatments are available that will compliment contemporary and traditional homes alike. One of the functions of window treatments is to control the sunlight and limit the harmful UV rays that can filter into a room and destroy the surface and materials of furnishings over time. But how do you accomplish that goal while maintaining the view? Silhouettes shades—a unique combination of sheer drapery and a blind. While you can retain your view to the outdoors by raising the shade completely, you can leave the shades down and tilt the fabric vanes to allow complete privacy or a little peek outside. There’s a definite benefit in choosing high-end furnishings with superior materials and craftsmanship. Even if you have to spend a few extra dollars in getting the top-notch quality furnishings, it is worth the investment. The furnishings will be designed to last a lifetime and, if you don’t find exactly what your heart desires, you can have something custom-made that will be a perfect fit.

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Wouldn't a new sofa just be easier? the design of a space, such as paint, flooring, carpet and countertop material. Carry those with you and let them guide your decisions. In choosing materials and furnishings, “Don’t go cheap.” If you’ve decided to make a change, there’s obviously something bugging you about that door or sink or whatever it may be. Don’t put yourself back in the same position by making your selection based solely on price. Spending a little extra to get the nicer door handle or faucet will serve you better because you won’t be replacing it again next year.

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You know the feeling when

visiting a home that has perfect lighting. It looks great, flatters all the furniture and décor—and bonus—flatters us as well. It is comfortable, soothing and just feels right. Here are some tips and ideas to help those of us who are a bit “lighting-challenged” to create the perfect atmospheres in our homes. Here I offer you a little Lighting 101: Layers of Light There are three layers of light: ambient, task and accent. The size of your room and room type will determine which types you need, but in general, you want at least two to properly light a room. Sometimes simply adding a layer of light can dramatically increase your home’s quality of light. Ambient lighting—or general lighting— is needed in every room. It provides a comfortable overall level of light. Ambient light sources are typically overhead lighting, and as a general rule, it’s the best place to start when lighting a room. Choices include: ceiling fans, chandeliers, flush-mount/ 104 / JANUARY 2018

semi-flush-mount ceiling fixtures, pendants, recessed lighting, torchiere lamps, track lighting, vanity lighting and wall sconces. Task lighting is lighting that allows you to perform a task. It supplies the intense, direct light needed for detailed work—reading, cooking, food prep, applying make-up—in places like the kitchen, office and bath. Sources to consider: desk lamps, island or mini pendants, track lighting, under-cabinet lighting, vanity lighting and work lamps. Accent lighting allows you to spotlight interesting features in your home décor, such as a painting or a mantel. It also serves as a secondary light source to augment ambient lighting in a room. Typically, accent lighting helps fill in the rest of the room where ambient light can’t reach. You may consider recessed lighting, track lighting and wall sconces. Now that we have defined the types of lighting, let’s explore how to best use lighting in key areas of your home: Living Room: Try lighting three of the four corners, focusing one of those lights on an object (art, a plant, a striking accent chair). Use a combination of table lamps and floor lamps, some with a downward glow and some that shine upward. Allow for reading in as many seats as possible with down-glowing lamps on three-way switches. Tip: if you have an overhead fixture or recessed canned lighting, install a dimmer to lend the perfect ambiance for any occasion. Dining Room: Typically we want the table to be the brightest spot in the room. This illuminates the focal point of the space and draws people in. Use a chandelier or a pendant above the table, limiting the wattage of bulbs to no more than 100. Elsewhere in the room, indirect lighting is best—it’s relaxing and flattering. Give the space a subtle glow with a pair

of small table lamps on a sideboard or matching sconces on the wall above. Tip: choose a fixture one-half to three-quarters the width of the table and hang the light 36 to 48 inches above the table—the lower spectrum for more intimacy unless the chandelier is very large scale, in which case you will want it at the higher range. Kitchen: Focus on overhead lighting (on a dimmer will allow for extra lighting when cooking), and add lower sources such as pendants and under cabinet lights to illuminate work surfaces. Tip: pendants should clear the head of the tallest family member and not obstruct views—usually 36-48 inches off the countertop. Start the row of lights 12-15 inches from either end of the island or table and space evenly within that span. Bedroom: Aim for a cozy, insular atmosphere: place reading lamps or sconces by the bed. If you have recessed or track fixtures, angle them away from the bed to keep ambiance comfortable. For ambient glow, try adding small lamps, battery operated candles—or, better yet—real candles. Tip: when reading in bed, you will want the bottom of the shade to be a little below your line of sight (16-18 inches from top of mattress). Bathroom: Appropriate lighting will make your everyday grooming experience so much more satisfying. The best choice for applying makeup is sidelights, such as a pair of sconces flanking the mirror. Overhead fixtures or recessed lights help fill in any shadows on faces and also fully illuminate the room. In a large space, consider lighting directly over the shower. Tip: add a small chandelier above a free-standing tub. This is a great time of year to add and update lighting. With these longer nights, we can install just the right lighting to make our homes inviting and cozy with the perfect ambiance throughout. Sylvia Dunn is founder and owner of Home Staging Works, Inc. which partners with many of the region’s most successful realtors, builders and developers. She also teaches Staging and Redesign Certification classes, helping others achieve their dreams to work and start up their own careers and companies.

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the number of homes available for sale; in fact, total housing inventory was down 13.4 percent in October 2017 compared to the same time the year before, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. The report also found that only three of the 53 metropolitan areas reported being in a buyer’s market or having an even balance. For the rest of the country, sellers seem to have the advantage. Will that change in the spring? It may, but buyers should be prepared for a market where they will have to be aggressive to purchase the home they want. 3. Housing policies have shifted The presidential election in November 2016 and local elections from this past fall both have implications on housing policy. Adjustments to tax rates, the growth or decline of suburban options and zoning ordinance changes may all impact the markets where consumers are shopping. To better understand how these changes

may affect the housing search in a given area, potential homebuyers should contact a licensed real estate agent who understands the latest housing policies and how those policies will affect a potential home sale. 4. Technology is king Like most other industries, real estate today is profoundly affected by the advent of technology. Homebuyers and sellers can go online or use apps to access information about a house or the market like never before, and virtual walk-throughs allow a buyer to enter a prospective home for the first time with few surprises. For buyers and sellers, technology has the potential to reward those who do their homework and make the most of digital options before deciding how to use their precious time. The 2018 market will be dictated largely by what takes place in the spring, and these trends figure to play a prominent role in most home sales and listings across the country.

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aturally, a new year inspires the rise of many hopes, dreams and goals we may have shelved sometime in the previous year. New year or not, there is something extra challenging when it comes to creating true and lasting change for those of us who struggle with our health and bodies. Like so many major life shifts, it often takes multiple tries before it sticks—and with each try there are the added benefits of more life experience, greater understanding of self, more inspiration ‌ until you finally have yourself butted into a corner with no where else to go but: change. It was that time for the following two women who share their stories of major self-care shifts that have resulted in many life bonuses. May they inspire you wherever you are in your own journey.

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your heart.” Erin Meenach was a “BBW” (big, beautiful, A big piece of the puzzle that helped woman). But however accepting she had Meenach deal with her past traumas become of her outward appearance, inside, was Eye Movement Desensitization and she was suffering the effects of stress and a Reprocessing (EMDR), a psychological large well of grief from suicides and deaths therapy that allows the patient to look at of several close friends and family members, memories while the brain is relaxed so they having been raped in her twenties and also can more easily work through them and losing two children during that time. remove emotional blockage. The stresses of life eventually culminated “I thought I was dealing with everything, in Meenach’s body, basically shutting down but every time something bad would as her adrenal and thyroid glands were happen, I’d feel all the grief that had overwhelmed. Consequently, she had an happened before. It was debilitating,” extremely slow metabolism, and at the Meenach says. “The stress is still there, but top of the scale, she weighed close to 300 now I deal with it differently. Life is messy, pounds. and it’s not going to be easy—if you can “I knew something wasn’t right inside handle it with dignity and patience with me because I thought I was eating pretty yourself and others, it’s going to go that healthy, but I started getting food allergies, much smoother.” and hives and I’d swell up,” Meenach says. Meenach has always been a go-getter— “That’s when I was diagnosed, forging ahead despite her through the Metabolic challenges—and with her Institute, with adrenal improved emotional and Living in the world today, fatigue that was caused physical well-being, we’re bombarded by an from my psychological she’s even more issues.” successful in her environment that leads to When people see careers—yes, plural: fatigue, stress and anxiety. Meenach now, a she holds down To get our bodies back year later, healthier three jobs. to where they should be, and having lost 120 “I feel that people pounds, they ask are seeing the real me we really have to work for how she did it. Her that I’ve always known it by doing all of these answer is that she’s been was inside of me. It’s a mindful things “excavating” her “authentic beautiful thing,” Meenach self.” says. “I don’t look physically It wasn’t merely the result of like the same person, but it’s not improving her diet and cutting out alcohol. just about weight loss. It’s something I Meenach also strengthened her body and needed to do for myself because I was tired spirit by embracing alternative practices of not living up to my full potential.” such as yoga nidra, a powerful type of Meenach’s newfound commitment to guided sleep meditation; acupuncture; transforming her life for the better is also and biofeedback, which uses electronic something she’s proud to share with her 14equipment to measure and monitor changes year old daughter. “I want her to be a strong, in one’s internal physiological state while well-adjusted woman,” Meenach says, “and teaching breathing and relaxation exercises. she needs to be able to see her mom move It’s all what Meenach calls “radical self-care.” through life and handle stress with grace, “Living in the world today, we’re and not turning to unhealthy vices. bombarded by an environment that leads to “I believe in the power of intention and fatigue, stress and anxiety. To get our bodies positive affirmation. I don’t think I could back to where they should be, we really have have accomplished what I have without to work for it by doing all of these mindful being able to visualize not what I was going things,” Meenach says. “Exercise and diet to look like, but how my life was going to alone just aren’t going to cut it anymore— look,” she says. “I’m still just scratching the you have to also work on your head and surface toward being my best self.”

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the workout,” she says. “At the end, I started bawling. It was the hardest thing to realize how out of shape I was.” A demanding nursing career and raising a family left Noddings with little free time. But she made it a priority to put herself on her to-do list and committed herself to working out and eating healthy. She lost more than 100 pounds, and gained confidence, strength and agility. Throughout her journey, she became empowered to help others achieve their weight loss goals as a health and fitness coach and a certified Beachbody INSANITY instructor. “Now I can lead the class and do it for fun,” Noddings says with a laugh. “My full goal is to inspire people to live a healthier, happier life. One thing that this journey taught me—that I never really realized—is how intertwined our overall happiness is with our health,” she says. “It’s not just about looking better in a dress when I go on a date with my husband, but not feeling so self-conscious—I shouldn’t be dragging the comforter with me when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night for fear that he might wake up and see me with no clothes on. “Being comfortable in your own skin, at whatever size you’re at, is one thing. But being comfortable and healthy in your own skin is a gift—a gift to yourself, your children, your grandchildren and your legacy.”

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Someday you will meet a man who is all the things you need and some of the things you thought you wanted. He will be tall and funny. He will work harder than your father at almost everything. And most importantly, he will want you. When you meet him you will be tempted to do two things: get married and have children. Resist. Do not be swayed by his crooked smile and boyish charm. You do not want to be a mother. But just in case one cold November night, you find yourself in the warmth of his arms thinking about how cute your kids would be, I have compiled a list. Reasons Not To Become A Mother, Top 3, as follows: 1. SWEATS. Every mom you know owns sweats. Worse, they wear them. If you become a mom you will find yourself standing in a too brightly lit Walmart on a Sunday night, exhausted, wearing more spit up than lipstick. Your high-waisted jeans will be cutting into your muffin top, like freaking Egyptian hieroglyphics, and you will look at a pair of black sweats and actually believe they are a good idea. You will buy them after convincing yourself they look like regular black pants to everyone else. They don’t. And no one will believe that you are wearing them because you just finished a workout. 2. YOUR MOTHER. You had to know I would bring her up. If you become a mother, you will be forced to confront the ways you are like her. It will give you something other than rebellious disdain for her choices. It will give you understanding. Worse, you will realize how much you need her. How much you have always needed her. How much you need her still. You will still try to prove you are not her, that her failings are not your own. But some of them will be. You will suddenly know that she is more than who you thought. You will see the world from her eyes. Worst of all, during one of the first few tender days as a mother, you will look at your baby and realize how much you love them. This will undo years of self-righteous angst in you as you realize that maybe your own mother felt this way about you. The calluses that you have been building between yourself and your mother since you were 11 will come off and things will hurt again. I am warning you. If you want to stay resentful and right, do not become a mother.

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3. MOST IMPORTANTLY, IF YOU BECOME A MOTHER, IT WILL CHANGE YOU. Everything about you. Your body will change; you will acquire more stretch marks than you did in 6th grade. You will become one of those people who cry when children sing. Or when children recite poetry. Or when they hand you a bouquet of dandelions that they stole from the neighbor’s yard and say, “These are for you, Mommy.” You’ll stop identifying with the girls in Cosmo and start getting excited about the articles in Better Homes and Gardens. Even if you don’t have a garden. You will work harder for the money you earn and spend less of it on yourself. You will work even harder for free than you do when on the clock. And no one will respect this. The hours you spend at home will be filled with changing diapers, cooking meals, cleaning the same room 15 times in a single day, and none of it will stay done. All of your nice things will get broken. Your hair will only look cute occasionally. You will never get carded again. You will always get Ma’am-ed. Even by women who are obviously older than you. But especially by arrogant 21 year olds named Casey who are working their way through college at Red Robin and clearly don’t understand how tips work. You will worry. You will pray. You will

look at every stranger as a potential threat to everything you hold dear. You will hold your children tighter every evening after watching the news. You will doubt yourself. You will plead with a 2-year-old who barely speaks English. And you will love. You will love more than anyone has ever or could ever tell you. You will look at your children and feel your heart swell until it is too big to fit inside your chest. You will dance and make faces, and do the worst impersonation of Kermit the frog, just to dry little tears. You will become more frustrated than seems possible over wearing weather appropriate clothes, and lost shoes. You will watch Elmo. You will watch Elmo so many times that you have a favorite episode. At night, when you want to be making love, or even reading a book where people make love, you will be singing lullabyes off-key. And while you sing, you will rock and sway the child in your arms in ways that mimic the way your body rocked and swayed them when they were still in the safety of your womb. When you loved them, but hadn’t met them. When they were not yet fully a reality and you hadn’t made any mistakes with them. And boy, will you make mistakes. Every one hurting a different place in your heart because you want so badly to be what you aren’t. Perfect. But you are only human. Only a mommy. So, if you want to stay safe, if you want to be cool, if you want to ever have any hope of finding the things in your life where you left them, don’t give in. Because once you do, once you become someone’s mother, someone’s mommy, you can never go back to being just you. Jessica Vaughn is a very happy/tired/proud wife and mommy of five children. Jessica has been working with foster children for the last 11 years and is honored to be trusted with their stories. She and several of her writings are featured in a documentary about foster care. Jessica blogs at LTYM Spokane will hold auditions for the 2018 show on February 24. They seek humorous, poignant and soulful words about being a mom, having a mom, not having a mom, wanting to be a mom—any and every variation, as long as motherhood is the central theme. or

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WOMAN/sockpants & superheroes

Mud, Poop and Quality Time by Holly Lytle

Time has a way of making a once horrifying family experience turn into a laugh-out-

loud memory thoroughly enjoyable in the years that follow. For instance, the time I indulged in an impromptu pit-stop to one of Spokane’s larger park playgrounds, only to find myself in a full-blown sprint across the gigantic park, with a brightly-colored preschooler bum tossed over my shoulder, and miniature Captain America and Spiderman-clad super heroes frantically chasing after me, searching in desperation for a restroom that wasn’t locked for the season. As I walked with my kids back to the car with mud all over my shirt and poop in my hair, I swore I would never again be lulled into a spontaneous family outing without the security of my trusty diaper bag as co-pilot. Looking back at that memory, my son Tyler points out, “You’ve gotta admit. We have a knack for taking something horribly savage and making it into an epic family adventure. I love that about our family.” He couldn’t be more right. Despite my best efforts, I seem to have a natural ability to create motherhood mayhem wherever I go. Good, bad or otherwise, I wouldn’t change it for anything, as quality time with the ones I love fills my bucket faster than any other love language. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of love languages, I would strongly suggest reading the writings of Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell, authors of the 5 Love Language series. As it turns out, children have love languages that mirror those of adults. These are: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time and physical touch. I decided to test my mom skills and took the quiz based on what I believed were the preferences of each of my kids. I then compared my quiz results to the actual results from each of them. Knowing that my daughter’s favorite pastime is baking treats and sharing them with the people she values most, I pegged her as a girl who craves acts of service as her top love language, followed ever so closely with receiving gifts. This is a girl who starts meticulously planning the details of her birthday party six months before the actual date. As I read her each question and let her pick the answer that most described the activities that made her feel loved, I couldn’t help but get choked up as she repeatedly chose quality time activities with me over fun surprises and gifts. Watching her favorite movie curled up with me on the couch is what she truly craves.

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When it comes to my son Caleb, I was confident that his primary love language would be receiving gifts. It wasn’t rocket science, considering I have spent my entire parenting life motivating Caleb through undesired activities with the use of a welldesigned reward system. You can imagine my complete shock when I learned that his primary love language, by a considerable margin, was also spending quality time with me. It turns out Caleb prefers playing the Game of Life board game with his mom over an hour of screen time on his iPad, any day of the week. My 13-year old’s love language results were a bit more predictable. Having experienced the profound loss of his older brother, Tyler has always valued quality time with those he loves. What I found to be most surprising about his quiz results was that he placed virtually zero value in receiving gifts. It made me curious, “Why don’t you like gifts, Tyler?” He just shrugged: “Things are just things. I just feel more loved when you make me my favorite dinner, or listen to what I have to say, or when we do something that’s just the two of us. It doesn’t have to cost anything, Mom. It can just be going to the park and having an epic adventure that ends with you wearing poop in your hair.” Ever since doing this quiz activity with my kids, I’ve spent more time thinking about the quality of the time I spend with each of them over the quantity. I also don’t feel the pressure to provide the fancy bells and whistles that I once felt bad for not being able to afford. Instead, I’m comfortable creating simple memories that sometimes end with me wearing mud on my shirt or poop in my hair. As long as we’re together, I’ll take any adventure that includes them and our crazy adventures of sockpants and superheroes. Holly Lytle is the mother of three and the founder of The ISAAC Foundation, a local autism non-profit organization. In her free time Holly enjoys chronicling her many adventures of motherhood mishaps in this column.

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WOMAN/health beat

Finding Harmon y Through Conflict

by Stacia Zadra

Today’s emotional climate is a bit stormy, to say the least. I was grateful for the

holiday season, including the festive lights that can inspire us with hope and faith. I hope the festivities and rituals of the holidays served to lend you some relief from the storms and, for a time, held them at bay from your thoughts and allowed you some recovery time. Today’s world is catching many of us by surprise. The world changing rapidly and creating depression and anxiety for many of us. Many people I speak with want to contribute to a better world, but don’t know where to start. We have the God-given ability to create change as we modify our thoughts and behaviors. We can willingly step up and out of our conflicts and choose harmony. We can become empowered individuals within an empowered world. Really, the choice is ours. We merely have to remember that. Our free-will choice is either to be taken down by fear or to step through the conflict. By consciously moving forward, we will find harmony. Our task is to embrace the peace we cultivate for having braved this walk. Our opportunity to resist fear and cultivate love for ourselves and others becomes the gift we can give to the world and make the world lighter, better and more whole for everyone.

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Bringing the restored peace within us out into the world is humanity’s greatest hope for overcoming our greatest challenge: overcoming fear, separation and control is within our individual and collective capabilities. Each of us can participate in the renewal of our world. As a whole, we can change our circumstances and create a world of harmony and peace. Attaining harmony through conflict is a “required course” of the human experience. Learning to rise above the trappings of five sensory living and the standards projected upon us is a primary challenge of the human experience, and one that brings great rewards. Overcoming the onslaught of fear

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is a spiritual reckoning intended to motivate us to push through the illusion of fear and find our lovecentered divinity within. Claim this new year to be your best and share the wealth of harmony. Stacia Zadra, RMT is the founder and director of Compass Rose, a Holistic Healing Center in Spokane Valley. Compass Rose offers individual healing sessions, group sessions, workshops and mentorships for people interested in personal healing, growth and empowerment.

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WOMAN/health beat

Why is Healthy Weight Important? by Heather Gabbert

Being overweight or obese can

pose health risks such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or a combination of these conditions known as Metabolic Syndrome. We know that maintaining a healthy weight has many benefits: it lowers the risks of developing these health challenges, and we tend to have more energy to enjoy what life brings us. BMI BMI stands for Body Mass Index. This is an indicator of how much fat tissue we carry in our body. The more fat we have, the more likely we are to present with a host of health risks. There are ranges in BMI: Underweight: below 18.5—Goal is for weight maintenance/possibly weight regain. Normal: 18.5-24.9—No increased risks associated with this range. Overweight: 25-29.9—Further weight gain is discouraged. Obese: 30 or greater—Slow, gradual weight loss is recommended. Waist Circumference This is an important measure as well, as we know the more fat that has settled around the waist line also increases health risks. Aim for: * Females—35 inches or less * Males —40 inches or less Aim for Balance Maintaining healthy weight balances on maintaining energy. Here are some things you can do to best support efforts in maintaining that balance: • Aim for balanced mini meals and snacks every 2-3 hours throughout the day to promote stable blood sugar. Emphasize foods with fiber containing carbs, such as fruits and whole grains; lean protein sources such as fish, beans, nuts, eggs and grass fed beef; and healthy fats such as avocado/ avocado oil, olive oil, Omega 3’s from wild

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caught salmon, poll and troll caught tuna, walnuts and pumpkin seeds. • Example Meal: 4 ounces salmon, ½ cup cooked broccoli, ½ cup brown rice • Example Snack: ¼ cup trail mix (walnuts, pumpkin seeds, dried apricots) • Aim for portion control. Use small plates; if you’re using a large plate, cover half with produce. • Aim to cover the color spectrum of fruits and vegetables by eating a variety of produce. • Aim for adequate hydration. Being hydrated flushes the kidneys and helps us feel less tired. Adequate Hydration Generally, 64 ounces (8 cups) of fluids daily is adequate for most, but needs vary per person. To estimate fluid needs, use this equation as a guideline, but always listen to your body, and monitor urine output. A light yellow shade of urine is desired. Also, be observant of any swelling or puffiness (edema) typically in ankles, abdomen, or hands. Physical Activity Keeping the body moving is essential to maintaining a healthy weight. • Aim for 150 minutes per week of physical activity. • Federal Guidelines suggest strength training twice a week. • Some ideas to incorporate movement: standing up, stretching, walking for a minute every hour during the day, seated exercises, or other light daily activities. Heather Gabbert, MS, RDN, CD, is a dietitian with CancerCare Northwest. JANUARY 2018 /


WOMAN/if they only knew

If They Only Knew

A Crumpled Up $100 Bill There are millions of people who have

had a sexually transmitted disease and either healed from it, or they are living with one that is incurable. I have been in both scenarios. If you have sex with more than one person or the one person you have had sex with has had sex with more than just you, you are at risk. I have had chlamydia and I am living with herpes. I found out I had herpes in 2010 after having an outbreak and going in for testing. I had known there was a possibility I could have it after learning an ex-boyfriend of mine had been diagnosed after our relationship. After my herpes diagnosis, I became suicidal. I felt as though no one would want me—I was damaged goods. At the time I was 27 years old: no children, no responsibilities, gorgeous, vibrant, unstoppable. My invincibility crashed down to the ground. Even though I had known there was a chance, I was devastated when it was confirmed. I called one of my friends and shared my news. “I have herpes,” I said. “And I’m going to commit suicide.” She said: “How was your day at school?” “Didn’t you hear what I just said?” I asked. She had heard, but she refused to acknowledge my impulse to end it all. “Tell me about your day at school,” she said again. Five years later, I have given birth to a darling baby, who was delivered herpes free. I haven’t passed the disease on to anyone that I know of. I have had long-term, condom-free sex. Unfortunately, I haven’t always been responsible with my disease. There have been times I didn’t share with my partner that I was a carrier. During those times, I wasn’t having an outbreak and I knew I was healthy. However, there was a chance my body could have been shedding the disease and I could have unknowingly passed it on. There have been times I felt guilty afterward for not being honest. I’m not proud I took someone else's choice away. I only share this for the benefit of others. With the divorce rate as high as it is, and more people changing partners later in life, this is a

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bigger risk to us all—and your background doesn’t protect you from it or ensure your partner hasn’t been exposed. According to the CDC, HSV-2 infection is more common among women than among men (20.3 percent versus 10.6 percent in 14-49 year olds). That means one in five women has genital herpes and one in ten men have it. You can have contracted herpes and not know. You may have had the symptoms and thought it was a cold and never had an actual outbreak. There are times when the body is shedding the disease, and you can transmit it to someone unknowingly. The only time I have an outbreak is when I am extremely exhausted or really stressed out. I am more susceptible when my body is worn down. Other than that, it’s rare I have an outbreak—maybe every six months at most. It’s important to note it isn’t strictly promiscuous people who have herpes. It affects us all. I know many people are like me, who live with this disease in secret every day of their lives. I have felt so much shame and fear that I have kept quiet, but as I’ve begun to be more open about it, many men and women have begun to approach me and thank me for being brave and combatting the shame and stigma associated with herpes. So many others have asked more about the disease and how it is contracted and spread. Ultimately, it’s a skin condition that I can never get rid of. I am still beautiful, amazing, intelligent, competent, funny and an amazing mom. My skin condition doesn’t take away from that. You would still spend a $100 bill that you washed in the washer. Those of us living with herpes are like that $100 bill. We have some wrinkles. We have survived some unsavory experiences, but that doesn’t change our worth at all. I am finally fully accepting myself. It’s also time to change the narrative of this disease. It’s not just “nasty” people, as I’ve so frequently heard some people say. It affects regular, everyday men and women like me. And maybe you, too. If They Only Knew…




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he other day I got a hankering for an old standby we used to have on the Mizuna menu, the restaurant my friend Tonia and I started together way back when—Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce. Here it’s made with rice noodles and a boatload of crunchy veggies—cabbage, carrots, bell pepper and radish, then tossed in the most flavorful, balanced peanut sauce ever. I’ve had many versions of peanut sauce, here and throughout Asia, but this peanut sauce is still, hands-down, my all-time very favorite. The secret ingredient is fresh orange juice, giving it a delicious brightness. I recommend making a double batch of the peanut sauce to use with spring rolls or buddha bowls. If you are like me, you will be eating it by the spoonful.







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hen the weather outside is frightful, I want something in my stomach that is delightful. Nothing pushes back against these long winter nights than a hearty, meaty stew. Spending some of my late teen years visiting San Francisco, I fell in love with the Fisherman’s Wharf and most notably one of its regional culinary delicacies: Cioppino. If you’ve never come across it on a menu, just think of it as a spicy Italian seafood stew that is traditionally served with sourdough bread. It is packed full of crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels and fish in a spicy tomato and red wine broth. This dish was created by Italian immigrant fisherman who, when they came back empty handed, would walk around with pots to the other fishermen asking them to chip in whatever they could. Whatever ended up in the pot became their Cioppino.

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Downriver Grill

315 W. Northwest Blvd. One of my favorite dishes at one of my favorite restaurants. This beautiful seafood buffet in a bowl really hit the mark with the addition of chorizo, thinly sliced parm and grilled lemon. The broth was a perfect mix of smoke and spice. The highlight here was the succulent chunks of white fish cooked to perfection.

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Durkin’s Liquor Bar

415 W. Main Ave. Cioppino seems to be a popular seasonal dish, so it’s like some sort of foodie fate when you show up to one of your favorite drinkeries and you see it on their fresh sheet. Durkin’s always hits the mark, and if we were judging solely by the broth of the dish, this would have easily taken the trophy. I wish I could bottle every ounce of it.

Max at Mirabeau

1100 N. Sullivan Rd. The best part of Cioppino is having a crispy bread to soak up all the rich seafood tomato broth. Max does it as well as anyone and even brings you a free side of their signature oil and balsamic if your palette needs a break from the huge portions of sea life you find snuggled deep in your bowl. Clams, mussels and crawfish galore.


1005 W. 1st Ave. Langostino is the most underrated seafood on the market. I was happy to see it highlighted among the bevy of spicy seafood here. Dubbed “Hot Pot” on their menu, this was a phenomenal flavor vacation. There’s something special about garlic, basil and tomato together in broth. It really makes it hard to remember there’s a foot of snow on your car.

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2819 N. Division With the popularity of sushi still skyrocketing in Spokane, Kobe on the lower north side is answering the demand and bringing a fresh take to the table. They boast open grill hibachi options of red snapper, lobster tails, veggies and filet mignon.

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by Kris Kilduff

January marks

a full year of marvelous food in the INW, and there were plenty of meals that didn’t fit in line with articles for the magazine. After a night of brainstorming (and drooling) I collected my Top 10 finds of 2017. Here’s to a tasty 2018. Cheers! a) Garland Sandwich Shoppe: The Big Dill Much like Dr. Frankenstein had his monster, owner of Garland Sandwich Shoppe Kristen Speller gave life to an idea: turn a pickle into a sandwich. It became an instant hit, going viral on social media and doing a clean sweep of the local news channels. When I got my hands on one, it was easy to see why. Packed full of turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and stone ground mustard, I couldn’t wait to come back for seconds. b) Italia Trattoria: Squid Ink Fettuccine with Spicy Wild Shrimp It’s no secret that the ladies at Italia know what they are doing in the kitchen. With fresh pasta made daily, it’s hard for someone like myself to not just camp out in front of their building. The lamb pappardelle ragu is one of my favorite dishes in town, so to find something equally out-of-this-world good is astounding. The squid ink gives the pasta this special sheen and salty ocean vibe which is only enhanced by the fresh basil and lemon gremolata. c) Zona Blanca: Fish Tacos Opening a ceviche bar in Spokane takes some serious courage. If anyone has avoided Zona Blanca because they are timid about raw fish, chef Chad White has now added some fish tacos to his menu. More specifically, make sure to get your hands on their Ghost Taco: octopus, rock cod, salsa negro, salsa habanero, guacamole, cabbage, cilantro and ghost pepper Doritos crumble. d) Big Reds: Chicago Italian Beef Nothing beats traveling to a city infamous for a food item, and Chicago has a few of them. But anyone who has spent time in the windy city knows it’s all about the Italian Beef. Big Red’s is as authentic as it gets. Get your sandwich dry, wet (splashed with au jus) or dipped (the whole sandwich goes in the tank) and then topped with spicy Italian giardiniera (pickled vegetables). e) Ruins: Fried Chicken and Hot Sauce My very first job as a poor 15 year old was working at KFC, so I’ve dealt with my fair share of fried chicken. Chef Tony at Ruins, per usual, turns it up a notch. They obviously have a lab full of secret herbs and spices beyond anything the Colonel has seen. Crisp and loaded with a spicy punch that they don’t describe with much more detail than “hot sauce.” You’ll be begging for some cold beer … and another bite.

f) Bruncheonette: Tamale Waffle If you’re anything like me, you have those late-to-rise weekend mornings where part of you wants breakfast and the other part just craves Mexican food. Well, look no further; Spokane’s breakfast gurus decided someone better make a green onion and cheddar masa waffle and top it with spicy shredded beef and a sunny-side egg. Easily the most unique brunch dish I’ve had the pleasure of eating just about anywhere. g) Clover: Smoked Salmon Cobb Salad Not all salads are created equal. Looking for a light lunch but still wanting to treat yourself to something special? This easily could have been the best salad I’ve ever eaten. Everything just worked. Fatty flaked smoked salmon, roasted red pepper, thick cut bacon, avocado, blue cheese, cornichons and stone ground mustard vinaigrette with fresh baked bread. I enjoyed every bite and found out that plate licking is not reserved for their pasta dishes. h) Gordy’s Sichuan Cafe: Salmon Kung Pow As a food writer, people often tell me their favorite restaurants. If someone mentions Chinese food and anything besides Gordy’s comes out of their mouth, I flat out tell them they are wrong. Huge chunks of salmon, chile pods, hua jiao, bell pepper, squash, bamboo and carrots in a dark, smoky sauce all sprinkled with cooked peanuts. Pull up a bowl of sticky rice and send me an embroidered “thank you” note. i) Toby’s BBQ: Smoked Brisket If meat and butter had a baby, it would be this brisket fresh off the traveling smoker at Toby’s BBQ. There aren’t a lot of things better in life than eating competition level barbeque in a parking lot with a group of your best friends. A week after eating this little slice of heaven, I ordered 30 pounds of it to cater a huge party I was planning. I know, I know. Now everyone wants to know where my next party will be located. j) Thai Kitchen: Prawns and Squid in Chili Oil You know you’re in for one of your top meals when the owner comes to the table, winks and says: “Ohh, I’ve got something special for you,” and heads to the kitchen without letting you see a menu. I wish I had the words to begin to explain the flavor that emanated from this dish. Such a unique blend of Thai spice, crisp vegetables and hearty pieces of squid and shrimp. The sauce was so perfect that I put every last drop into a little to-go box with jasmine rice.

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ASIAN, INDIAN, HAWAIIAN Aloha Island Grill. Hawaiian. Operating out of two former Taco John shacks on Monroe and West Francis, Patrick and Lori Keegan serve up fresh, tender Teriyaki Chicken “plates” that will keep you coming back. Based on family recipes from the islands and plenty more than just teriyaki, both spots offer a student discount; the Francis location serves a creative breakfast concoction called the “Loco Moco.” Open daily. 1724 N. Monroe St. (509) 327-4270 and 1220 W. Francis Ave. (509) 413-2029. Thai Bamboo. Thai. Each of the four regional Thai Bamboo locations offers a massive Southeast Asian menu in settings designed to transport you across the Pacific. Inside each restaurant you’ll find Thai stone and wood carvings, water fountains, Thai music and the namesake bamboo décor. Thai Bamboo continues to be No. 1 Best Thai in readers’ polls, and both the newest location on North Division and the CdA restaurant feature a Tiki Beachstyled lounge and striking sky ceilings in the main dining rooms. Think Vegas with Pad Thai. All locations Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sat 12-9:30 p.m., Sun 12-9 p.m. Delivery available. Top of India. Indian. A hidden gem serving up northern Indian dishes in a sur-

prisingly chic space tucked into a tiny house off East Sprague. Owner and chef Manjit Kaur brings the specialties she learned to cook on the family farm in the Jalandhar district of Punjab to the Northwest. Don’t miss the garlic naan or the Chicken Tikka Masala, but order just about anything and expect it to be quite good. There is also a lunch buffet for $9.99. Open daily 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. 11114 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 927-0500. Canaan Buffet Cuisine. Refuel, work, meet, celebrate or unwind with Canaan Buffet’s fantastic selections of Pan-Asian cuisines, along with affordability and a fun atmosphere. Enjoy delicious dishes, expertly prepared with more than 200 items to choose from. They use organic vegetables on their salad bar and in all vegetable dishes. Huge varieties of freshly made sushi and the freshest fruits of the season. Seven days a week, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., 9606 N. Newport Hwy. (509) 465-4849. Gordy’s Sichuan Café. Provincial Chinese. This intimate bistro with a creative menu is a temple to the Sichuan cuisine of southwest China. Chef Gordon Crafts and his team serve up dishes laced with ginger, garlic, chiles and the lemony Sichuan “pepper” that sets your tongue buzzing. Open since 1997, Gordy’s is a wonderful exception to mediocre and standardized AmericanChinese food. Heavenly dumplings, searing chile basil soup, and the best lemon chicken

around are only the beginning. Open Tues-Fri 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat 12-9 p.m. 501 E. 30th Ave. (509) 747-1170.

BARBECUE Red Lion BBQ & Pub. For about 20 years, whether it was in the old rhythm and blues, peanut-shells-onthe-floor days, or more recently as a sports bar, there’s always been buttkickin’ BBQ at this downtown corner spot. The undisputed star here is wine-broiled chicken, spicy and robust, yet falling-off-the-bones moist and tender. Together with the signature fried bread and honey, you have a BBQ experience that can’t help but please. Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m., FriSat 11 a.m.-1 a.m. (Sunday breakfast buffet 9 a.m.-noon during football season.) 126 N. Division St. (509) 835-LION (5466).

BISTROS The Wandering Table. A muchanticipated American tapas-style restaurant located in Kendall Yards. Chef Adam Hegsted delights with a variety of small plates (try the Garden for a creative take on salads, the Deviled Eggs, or the Popcorn), craft cocktails, a whiskey bar, and substantial dishes, such as the Bacon-Wrapped Bacon Sliders or the Braised Shortribs. Take the chef 's advice and go with the “You Choose the Price” meal option for the table offered at $35-$65 per head for a surprising culinary journey. Hopefully it will include the Olive Oil Gelato for dessert. Tues-Thurs, 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., SunMon, 4-10 p.m. 1242 W. Summit Pkwy. in Kendall Yards. (509) 443-4410. Laguna Café. This South Hill restaurant calls itself a café, but in actuality it is much more. Owners Dan and Debbie Barranti have created a sophis-

ticated combination of gourmet food, great wines and gifts. The dinner menu features entrees such as Wild Pacific Salmon with fresh rosemary-mango salsa and roasted rosemary potatoes, or the Flat Iron Steak and Black Tiger Shrimp. They offer an extensive line of summer salads, along with a full bar—and delectable burgers, too. Want to fine dine at home? Don’t miss their pick-up window with meals to go. Live music weekly. Mon-Thur 8 a.m. -9 p.m., Fri 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sun 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 2013 E. 29th Ave. (509) 448-0887. Wild Sage Bistro. Tucked into a classic 1911 brick building on Second Ave. and Lincoln St., Wild Sage offers an intimate dining setting and memorable food with real flair. The atmosphere combines class and warmth. Executive chef Charlie Connor presents regionally influenced Northwest cuisine using only the finest locally sourced products. Try the Yukon Taquitos, the Crisp Bacon and Blue salad or the Cioppino. Be sure to finish with a slice of the “Soon-to-be-Famous” Coconut Cream Layer Cake with lilikoi sauce. This award-winning bistro is known for its in-house bakery and an amazing array of gluten-free options. Also, make it a point to order something from their “scratch bar,” with or without alcohol. They use only fresh juices and house-infused flavored liquors. Dinner seven nights a week, opening at 4 p.m. 916 W. Second Ave. (509) 456-7575.

BREAKFAST & LUNCH SPECIALTIES Frank’s Diner. Over the past decade, Frank’s has become a Spokane landmark. Both early 1900s vintage rail cars were originally obtained by the Knight brothers, Frank and Jack, during the Depression, and converted to diners. Frank’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, available all day, has all the classics. Among our favorites are the open-face turkey, roast beef and mushroom sandwiches, chicken pot pie, Joe’s Special (the venerable scramble of eggs, ground beef, spinach, onions and parmesan), and the don’t-miss hash browns and silver dollar JANUARY 2018 /


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D. Lish’s Hamburgers. The No. 1 spot for the perfect burger with beef that’s always fresh and never frozen, homemade sauces, and hand-cut fries. Dreamed up by Dave Lish and his best friend, Curt Goller, and opened in 1998, D. Lish’s Hamburgers has served thousands of burger aficionados in the Inland Northwest and beyond, with the help of Anne Marie, Dave’s wife. Since 2008, Mike Lish stepped up to take Dave’s place and has continued his parents’ legacy of providing a quick, tasty meal at a fair price. Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun 12-7 p.m. 1625 N. Division St., Taste Cafe & Fine Art. If you love the taste of healthy and enjoy putting nutrient-dense fuel into your body— while giving your tastebuds the stuff food dreams are made of—Taste Cafe & Fine Art is a not-to-be-missed downtown destination. Jim and Mary Ann McCurdy whip up their most popular dishes—an Asian chicken wrap, lentil salad, cookies and a kale salad that would make carnivores drool—among

a long list of tantalizing dishes. Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun. 180 S. Howard St. (509) 468-2929. Gilded Unicorn. Gilded Unicorn is a modern American, classic restaurant featuring handcrafted foods and drinks, located in the historic Montvale Hotel in downtown Spokane, right in the heart of the entertainment and arts district. The restaurant's name reflects its blend of classic and modern without taking itself too seriously. The Gilded Unicorn showcases local, seasonal food and drinks from the Northwest and beyond coerced into new-fashioned flavors that hit you in the soul. This is a “must visit” eatery experience. Sun-Sat 3 p.m-close, 110 S. Monroe St., (509) 309-3698. Prohibition Gastropub. A small but cozy pub on Monroe St. offering modern meals with a vintage vibe and a carefully curated cocktail menu. Specialty candied bacon appears throughout the menu, from jalapeno poppers to a bevy of burgers. The kitchen is eager to please vegans and vegetarians, as well. 1914 N. Monroe St. Mon, Wed-Sat 11a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m., closed Tues. (509) 474-9040. 315 Martinis and Tapas. Located within the historic Greenbriar Inn in Coeur d’Alene, this restaurant specializes in small plates with a global focus and well-crafted cocktails. Come sit in the intimate martini bar for happy hour beginning at 3:15 p.m. and enjoy drink and tapas specials, or share small plates or entrees along with live music on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights in the main dining room beginning at 6 p.m. Expect good service, great atmosphere and an experience you won’t soon forget. TuesSun from 3:15 p.m. to close. 315 Wallace Ave. in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-9660.

FINE DINING Clinkerdagger. English pub décor overlooking the Spokane River. Known for their fresh seafood, steaks and rock salt-roasted prime rib, Clinkerdagger is a favorite eating place among locals. Their salmon filet is one of the best in the area. The Broadway

Pea Salad and Blums Coffee Toffee Pie are two classics since 1974. Two cozy fireplaces make for a warm, friendly atmosphere. 621 W. Mallon (in the Flour Mill). Lunch Mon-Fri 11:15-2:30 p.m., Sat 11:30-2:30 p.m., Dinner Mon-Thurs 4:30-9 p.m., Fri 4:30-9:30 p.m., Sat 4-9:30 p.m., Sun lounge 2-9 p.m. and dinner 3-8 p.m. (509) 328-5965.

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Cosmic Cowboy Grill. A new freshcasual concept bringing the latest trends in food preperation to the region, they serve healthy, farm-to-table and gourmet dishes including vegetarian, vegan, paleo and low-carb. Sun-Thur 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri/Sat 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. 412 W. Haycraft Ave., CDA. (208) 277-0000. The Onion Taphouse & Grill. Established in 1978, the Onion is the grand dean of gourmet burgers and casual family dining in Spokane. With the addition of Area 51 Taphouse (with, yes, 51 different beers—and some hard ciders, too), you’ll never want to leave. From gourmet burgers and sandwiches to pizza, salads and their namesake beer-battered onion rings, The Onion Taphouse & Grill pays attention to details and does more from scratch than many other restaurants aspiring to loftier appellations. 302 W. Riverside. Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (509) 747-3852; 7522 N. Division. Steam Plant Brewing Co. & Pub. An amazing location for a brewery—under layers of catwalks and an '80s ceiling inside the renovated steam plant. The brewery produces 11 handcrafted microbrews on-site, from their famous Double Stack Stout to several seasonal varieties. Its microbrews are also available to go in kegs and growlers. The pub features multiple flat-screen TVs and a game room to make a night of it. The brews are complemented by signature menu items like the Coal Bunker cheese bread, smoked steelhead and

beer cheese soup. 3–10 p.m. Sun-Thurs 3–11 p.m. Fri-Sat.159 S. Lincoln, under the smokestacks, downtown. (509) 777-3900. The Gathering House Café. A great place to meet with a friend for a latté or to work away on your laptop. The café offers a full range of espresso drinks as well as delicious baked goods, and a host of delicious artisan sandwiches and a salad bar for only $5.95. The Gathering House is a church that uses their facility as a job training coffee shop, café, and meeting place that is elevating quality food and lives. Weekdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 733 W. Garland Ave. (509) 340-9113. The Swinging Doors. Opened in May of 1981, the tavern-turnedrestaurant has been in the same family for its whole life. With 27 beers on tap and 60 television screens, The Swinging Doors is a sports fan’s paradise. On the food front, the restaurant is famous for its large portions (which can be split). Breakfast is served all day, and the huge pieces of Broasted Chicken remain the most popular item on the golf-themed menu. Show up on your birthday for a free steak dinner. Open seven days a week from 6:45 a.m.-2 a.m. 1018 W. Francis Ave. (509) 326-6794. The Blackbird Tavern and Kitchen. Head straight to the bar where there are 34 beers (and four wines) on electronic tap, or take a seat at a squishy leather booth at a butcher block table. If it’s warm enough, you might want to sit on the patio under strings of Edison light bulbs. Located in the historic Broadview Dairy Building just north of downtown, the Blackbird offers southern-inspired gastropub fare like Bacon Fat Popcorn, Marinated Scallops and a bevy of burgers. A convenient location, kind, attentive service, the chance to try ingredients and combinations unlike any other area restaurant, bottomless mimosas JANUARY 2018 /



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SUSHI Kobe Hibachi Sushi and Bar. Their talented hibachi chefs make your meal right in front of you adding extra flair to your dining experience. They offer great selections of sushi and sashimi along with a full bar and their entire team aims to satisfy each and every customer. Mon-Thur 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Fri/Sat 12 - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 9 p.m. 2819 N. Divison St. (509) 315-8864. We still think the name is about as cheesy as you can get for a sushi bar and Japanese restaurant, but the food transcends the curious .com label over the door. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy what’s fresh or take a table and explore the menu that also includes plenty of excellent hot options if raw fish still makes you nervous. Some of our favorites are the super white tuna and the house tempura. MonFri 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sat 12 noon-9 p.m., Sun 12 noon-8 p.m. 430 W. Main Ave. (509) 8380630.

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Mary Eberle PA P E R F L O W E R M A K E R & J O Y S P R E A D E R


hen I was 22, I started making flowers out of paper and, shortly after, started a business. Fifteen years later, I’ve birthed five children, traveled rather often, fostered creative outlets such as writing music, practicing yoga, meditation and mindfulness, learning to ski—putting in at least 60 days—and become a fantastic cook, all while building a business which has covered our city in paper flowers, kept families employed and spread joy to people all over the world. I suppose I feel like I’ve “hacked” life. I was brave enough to follow my dreams, stubborn enough to not give up when it was hard, and smart enough to build it. Crafting your own experience in life is as simple as riding the flow and waves of what will come and believing in the good things. Right now is all we ever have and all moments eventually pass leaving us still … in the now. Creating a life you love to live is essential to me. I’ve had successes, failures, traumatic experiences outside of my control and moments of magic. What I know is this: Life is impermanent. I know this isn’t a thought that makes us feel good, yet once we truly accept this concept, peace in living fully in our moments is more likely to be obtained. It is easier to be brave in decision making when you grasp that another minute isn’t guaranteed to you or anyone else. Joy is a choice. Happiness and contentment are not desserts that are sitting on silver platters for our taking; they are simply little moments of thoughts. Thoughts are outside of our understanding and should only be fostered if they feed your peace. We all have dark thoughts, and we all have thoughts of joy. Choosing which moment to foster is a decision we get to make throughout each and every day. Time is an illusion. Now is all we have. The past is important to know and learn from, and the future is important to plan and prepare for; however, placing too much importance on either direction

completely disconnects us from the present moment. With so much noise in our minds, taking even just a minute to strictly focus on breathing is the easiest way to bring yourself back to the moment you’re in right now. Never be attached to a certain outcome. Plan and hope for what you think you want, then love and accept the outcome, even if this means losing what you love. Living with no expectations saves most heartbreaks and allows for peace every step of the way. Choose words wisely. Words can not be retracted and they carry great power. What you say to yourself is who you become. Your inner voice is as powerful as your outer voice. Self love begins with directing your inner voice toward kind, empowering words. Follow your dreams. Make a list of things you want to do someday, and start crossing things off the list as you accomplish them. You can even begin by listing all of the things you have already accomplished—big and small. Add to the list as you cross things off. You can create your most fulfilling life by taking daily actions toward completing your list. Start with goals that are obtainable and dream bigger as you find momentum in checking off your accomplishments. Most of us don’t have a real sense of how far we have come and how much we have accomplished already. Acknowledging your journey of growth is a catalyst to manifesting even more as you look ahead. Give yourself the first and last moments each day. The first and last moments of your days mold you more than all the others. I start with quietness and end with thankfulness. Before I sleep, I list 10 moments of the day that were lovely, and when I wake I allow time for stillness. This simple practice has changed my life. I believe peace is possible and love is always the answer. Love as a verb—an action—and not merely a feeling. You can follow Mary Eberle’s journey at

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Condon Coin Clark by Doug Clark


ew Year. New beginnings. New era of possibility and promise. That’s me all over. Brace yourselves, my cheeky minions. There’s a brand new columnist for 2018 and his name is Doug. I’ve been reborn. I’m filled with hope. I’m percolating civic optimism faster than Starbucks pimps caffeine. And it’s all thanks to Spokane Mayor David Condon, who recently saw fit to grace me with one of his sacred “Condon Coins.” I know. How crazy is that? I would have wagered your house and kids that the name Doug Clark only enters the mayor’s mind in conjunction with the words “deportation to Tacoma.” Not, “Condon Coin material.” As the inscription reads on one side: Condon Coins are “Presented by Mayor Condon in recognition of your role in making Spokane the ‘City of Choice’ for the Northwest – David Condon.” Hmm. Interesting how the mayor managed to insert his name twice into a 21-word inscription, huh? Anyway, the point being that Condon has always viewed me more like sand in the City of Choice gearbox. And to be perfectly honest, I did poke a lot of fun at the mayor over what I viewed as the Great Condon Coin Folly. It all began in 2013, when Condon spent a modest wad of our money to have 250 of the silver dollar-sized coins made during a

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redesign of the official mayoral seal. Who knew the mayor even had a seal? Sloth would’ve been my guess had someone held a gun to my head. Hearing the news, I sprang into full columnist action mode and borrowed a coin from City Hall. Then I shambled about town hoping to find out what it was worth. Much to my lack of surprise, the answer was—nada. Can’t plug a meter with a Condon Coin. A barista wouldn’t trade it for java. Couldn’t use it for bus fare. A surly pawnbroker told me to scram when I tried to hock it. The only value I found for a Condon Coin was as a punch line. But that was then. Everything changed the other night at O’Doherty’s Irish Pub & Grill, my favorite downtown Spokane saloon. I was there by request of Tom Keefe, raconteur, lawyer at large and close pal who was officially inducting me into the Eddie Gaedel Society’s Hall of Fame. As the first to receive this high honor, I welcome you all to come gaze upon the fine plaque that bears my image and hangs fittingly on a wall near the pub commodes. Keefe based my enshrinement on the newspaper columns I wrote chronicling his increasingly successful efforts to make the world aware of an unlikely hero: Eddie Gaedel, the only 3-foot-7 player to bat in a major league baseball game. (Really. Look it up.) I knew my enshrinement was coming. But the real shock of the ceremony was

when Mayor Condon presented me with one of his coins that he had affixed to a ribbon. Condon then hung it around my neck as if I’d captured the Olympic gold for synchronized pole dancing. Chalk it up to the greasy power of politics. Condon coughed up his coin, I suspect, mainly because Keefe donated a few bucks to the campaign of one of the mayor’s doomed picks for a Council seat. In legal parlance this is known as a “quid pro coin.” True to my own self-destructive nature, however, I nearly screwed myself out of the honor about a half-hour before the presentation. My mistake was giving the mayor an autographed October issue of this fine magazine. You know, the one that has yours truly grinning off the cover like a chimp in the middle of a banana plantation. “To Mayor Condon,” I wrote in black Sharpie. “Love, Doug.” My error was in assuming that hizzoner had already seen it. Nope. That meant Condon hadn’t read my inaugural back page column where one of my picks for Worst of the Worst read… “Worst insanity coming out of Spokane City Hall since the Condon Coin.” “Um you should look at that later,” I urged, when he turned to the page. Aw, heck. Much to my surprise, however, the mayor absorbed the sarcasm yet STILL decided

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to Condonize me with a coin of his shaky realm. Already, the changes this has made in me are profound: OLD CLARK – Driver of gas guzzling, planet-wrecking V-8 auto relics. CONDON COIN CLARK – Let’s turn downtown into one long bike lane. OLD CLARK – Diehard critic of pockmarked Lilac City streets. CONDON COIN CLARK – Potholes? What potholes? OLD CLARK – Railed against mayor for choosing as our new police chief one of the main jerks who saluted Karl Thompson Jr., the convicted ex-cop who savagely attacked Otto Zehm. CONDON COIN CLARK – Jawohl, mein dummkopf SPD goons! OLD CLARK – Often ridiculed Spokane boosters for dreaming up dumb-anddumber city slogans like, “Near Nature/ Near Perfect.” CONDON COIN CLARK – Look out world, Doug’s feeling Creative by Nature! OLD CLARK – Applied term “Boy Mayor” during Condon’s first term. CONDON COIN CLARK – All hail David “Two Term” Condon – Lord Mayor of SpoCompton! OLD CLARK – Argued against city’s multi-million dollar “road diet” plan to squeeze North Monroe into a marmot path. CONDON COIN CLARK – Screw commerce. Screw commuters. Bring on the dump trucks, detours and giant graders. OLD CLARK – Penned “Gypsy Curse”

song about hex put on Spokane by Marks family after botched police raid. CONDON COIN CLARK – Sings only “Happy,” by Pharrell Williams. OLD CLARK – Branded by Tom Simpleton as biggest drawback to Spokane progress. CONDON COIN CLARK – City says, “Jump!” Doug says, “How high?” OLD CLARK – Renamed greedy Avista company Avarice-sta and regularly skewered power czar Scott “Warbucks” Morris for his bazillion dollar income. CONDON COIN CLARK – Just call me Dougie Kilowatt. OLD CLARK – Gave away pin-back buttons bearing phrase: “Politicians. Same Jerks We Hated in High School.” CONDON COIN CLARK – Palm out and for sale to highest bidder. Doug Clark is a Spokane native and lead singer/songwriter for his band, Trailer Park Girls. He recently retired from The SpokesmanReview after writing three columns a week for more than 30 years. Clark’s humor and general-interest commentaries have won scores of local, state and regional honors along with three awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Clark lives in Spokane with his lovely wife, Sherry. He is a graduate of Eastern Washington University and, most proudly, is the first person inducted into the Eddie Gaedel Society’s Hall of Fame headquartered at O’Doherty’s Irish Pub & Grill in downtown Spokane.

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