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What I Know As a newscaster and through her own love and loss, Robyn Nance has gained valuable insight into what she knows to be true in the wild ride of life.

Best Doctors 2018

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Our heallh—and those who ensure it—are some of the most precious commodities

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Letters to the Editor

The Nest

Reader Feedback

Spring Tables The House That Brings People Together Trends in Kitchens Landscaping


Editor’s Letter Stephanie’s Thoughts


First Look and Buzz EJ Roberts Mansion Lilacs & Lemons Editor’s Picks 5 Things For Newbies Insider Tips Artist Eye Spokane Rising #PulseSpokane Photo Pics


The Scene FemFest Lilac Lit: Bruce Holbert Music: Echo Elysium Artist: Joey Marcella


Datebook The Best Options for Where to Go and What To Do


Hot Topic Sex Ed in Spokane Schools


Catalyst WIBL Awards Branding Engineering the M Building Lead Spokane

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Woman G.I.R.L. Scouts LTYM Sockpants Superheroes If They Only Knew


Healthbeat Best Doctors Spring Allergy Prep Birth Control Delivery


Local Cuisine Feasting At Home Mac n Cheese Food Roulette DINING GUIDE Ribbon Cuttings


Mic Drop: Robyn Nance


Clarksville: Fat Man Confidential

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CONTACT US Spokane magazine is published twelve times a year. If you have any questions or comments regarding the magazine, please call us at (509) 533-5350; we want to hear from you. Visit our Web site for an expanded listing of services: Letters to the Editor: We are always looking for comments about our recent articles. Your opinions and ideas are important to us; however, we reserve the right to edit your comments for style and grammar. Please send your letters to the editor to the address at the bottom of the page or to Stephanie@

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Dining Guide: This guide is an overview of fine and casual restaurants for residents and visitors to the region. For more information about the Dining Guide, email Stephanie@spokanecda. com.

Stephanie Regalado

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I had to write to say how beautiful the covers have been. I love putting the magazine out in my house and in my office—as a décor accessory—especially when the covers match the season or holiday. I’m so proud to live in a city that has such a stunning publication representing it. Thank you so much! —Jennifer M.

My wife and I appreciated reading through the “Relationship Wins” you featured in the February issue of the magazine. In a world with divorce rates as high as they are and so much seemingly surrounded around selling sex and the single life, it was refreshing to see marriage and long-term relationships celebrated and honored in a magazine. Thank you for the continued inspiration. —Sam & Katie K.

In regards to your “lemons” on dating app users who misrepresent themselves as single and available: this isn’t a tactic used strictly in dating apps. With what feels like an onslaught of “open relationships,” I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard of or witnessed people misrepresenting themselves as available. I’ve learned to always come right out and ask about someone’s relationship status … as well as how long it’s been since their last relationship. —Rebecca M.

Story Idea I’m reading the February issue—love your magazine! Have you thought of profiling the members of the Eastern Washington University Athletic Director search committee? Would make for an interesting story with a mix of Spokanites—former EWU athletes are on the committee and it would be great to explore how they continue to benefit and impact the Spokane community. —Heidi P. / MARCH 2018


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Helen Parsons Art It’s great to see a feature article, in print, of one of our local professional artists. The inland northwest has a wealth of creative talent in the fine and performing arts as well as authors and illustrators. Thank you for honoring them. — Geoffrey T.

College Suicide Article Keeping quiet would be a lot easier. I wouldn’t risk judgement and misunderstanding. I didn’t ask for a traumatic brain injury. I didn’t seek out years of hell. I certainly did want to personally learn the ugly truths regarding lack of quality care for invisible illnesses in our medical system or how easy it becomes to hide what you don’t want others to know. If I do nothing with this unwanted knowledge, part of my legacy will be an injury that wreaked havoc on my life for no purpose. So I will continue to speak out about the truth of what I have learned. Thank you Judith Spitzer and Stephanie Regalado for sharing my words in your important article about college campuses and the rampant devastation of suicide. —Lerria S.

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EDITOR LETTER/a note from Stephanie

To the Boys and the Mothers they Razz


anCub, my trusty 17-year old son, has been killing me softly with his quick wit since his first cry on July 29, 2000. It’s been a grand, wild ride with this kid and he’s taught me more about myself than I could have imagined at the start of this life adventure with him. To get through the last of winter’s grip, and to honor the young men we’ve lost to suicide in the last year— some we have known, many we have not—I’m sifting through memories that warm my heart and make me laugh, and thought I would share, vignette-style, what feels like a bit of mom and son magic to me, with you. Here we go: ………………….. Gonzaga University offers a brilliant fundraising opportunity for school groups to run concession stands in the McCarthy Center during basketball games for a share in profits. ManCub and I volunteered to work the North Central High School Senior All Nighter stand last Saturday. After scrambling the brains of everyone around me—order after order—as I worked one of the six cash registers, I admitted I was not in top form. “Mother of Pearl!” I said to ManCub. “I don’t know that I’ve ever been more horrible at anything in my life.” “Yeah, Mom, you’re pretty bad,” he replied. “Can we please talk about some things I am good at? To keep it all balanced?” I asked. “Nope, you know what they say,” he said, “we need to live in the moment.” ………………….. After picking up ManCub from school, I asked him to hold the pot of flowers a friend had given me for my birthday. “This is more like a bush than flowers,” he said. “Oh, it’s Heather,” I replied. “Oh dear … you are naming your plants now?” “That’s what it’s called,” I said. “I get that’s what you are calling it,” he smiled. ………………….. When asked what kind of work his mother did, ManCub said I was the editor of Spokane 16 / MARCH 2018

Coeur d’Alene Woman magazine. As he shared this with me, I gasped and said I couldn’t believe he was two years behind knowing I had rolled that magazine, along with other publications, into Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine and was the editor-in-chief of the city magazine. “Oh, okay, Mom,” he said. “It’s really not that big of a deal ... most people are more impressed that I’m as tall as I am, and that seems to trump whatever you do, anyway.” ………………….. I was describing the difference between “hard” cider and regular cider. “Oh, you are saying that hard cider means it’s alcohol?” he asked. ‘Yes, indeed. It’s stiff,” I say. “Oh my gosh, Mom! What is wrong with you?! You always go straight to inappropriate, don’t you?” “Whoa, wait a minute. That isn’t inappropriate, that’s what you call a drink with a lot of alcohol in it,” I say. “Mom, get real. You are talking to a high school boy. You expect me to believe that?” “Christopher, get real. That has been a saying about drinks with a lot of alcohol in them for a very long time.” “Trust me, Mom. If there was a saying that involved this sort of thing ever, I would know about it. High schoolers are who make this stuff up.” ………………….. Walking through the grocery store parking lot, loud rap music caught our attention and we both looked toward the vehicle. “That’s an odd sight,” ManCub said. “A total beat down farm truck with base so low the old windows may burst, with a redneck dude dropping it down to some hardcore rap. Didn’t see that coming.” “That’s what you would call a juxtaposition,” I say, fumbling over the pronunciation. “What are you trying to say?” he asks. “How does that have anything to do with bisexual?” “Juxtaposition,” I enunciate as we both burst into laughter. ………………….. I shared environmental statistic after statistic on the way home after an event I attended before picking up ManCub from basketball practice. As we pulled into the drive-

way, I shot out one more stat: “And! Listen to this one: adults who sleep less than seven hours a night have a 75 percent higher risk of having a heart attack than those who sleep more than seven hours a night. Can you believe that?” He laughed and said: “Awww, Mom. You are like one of those infomercials playing in the background, listing off a ton of information and after 10 minutes you think ‘holy cow that thing is still going!’ Don’t get me wrong, it’s all good, but WOW.” I told him he could get himself killed speaking to women like that. ………………….. ManCub and I were out running errands one night, including a stop at the grocery store. He said something sassy to me, so I replied in an “alien-like” voice. “Mom, stop, we are in public,” he said through gritted teeth. I assured him I had enough sense to be aware of my surroundings and no one was within earshot. I admit, I turn up the goon power when I’m with that kid. He and I jive, we spend a good chunk of our time laughing, playing off of and one upping each other, so things can get a little out of hand at times. As we climbed into the car, he said, “Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe you are a professional. You are one of the craziest, most spontaneous people I know.” I giggled and then quickly turned it into maniacal laughter. A little later, after several “I was just thinking the same thing” moments between us, he said, “It’s as though our lives aligned when I was born, and everything is always perfect between us.” Indeed, ManCub. Indeed. ………………….. We are Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine, and we are Spokane and 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. Wishing you all the kind of banter with the young men in your lives that makes your heart light on fire. To our boys, Stephanie Regalado




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ozzi Media and our catering company, Delectable Catering and Events, is happy to announce an exciting new alliance: after two years of successfully handling all the catering for the Penthouse at the Paulsen, we are now aligning with the historic EJ Roberts Mansion in Browne’s Addition as their preferred caterer. Built in 1889, the iconic three story mansion on four lots in the heart of Browne’s Addition has been a residence, an apartment building, a bed and breakfast and a stunning events center. Capable of both indoor and outdoor use, the home and gardens are especially attractive to brides, who can stage their outdoor wedding on either side of the mansion, with a capacity for up to 135 guests at any one time, or stage a smaller wedding indoors. “We are excited about letting Bozzi Media and Delectable handle our touring and selling. They are able to generate tremendous publicity and have a proven track record,” says owner Mary Moltke. Guests can still




book the mansion for overnight stays, and of course, the overnight option is particularly popular with newlyweds, who sometimes want the entire mansion for themselves (adding an overnight stay is relatively inexpensive) or friends and family can stay in any of the four lavishly decorated and lovingly restored bedrooms, each themed with a different color and style. Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine will be holding a magazine release party when the weather warms up, and is looking to create other events to show off the versatility of the space. “I’m particularly excited to show off the Secret Garden that is wedged between the mansion and several accompanying historic properties Mary owns,” says Vince Bozzi, publisher and owner of Bozzi Media. “It’s a delightful space for long table dinners, and we are hoping to hold a Moveable Feast there this summer.” To celebrate, we are offering two specials: one on a rental of the EJ Roberts Mansion for a wedding, corporate event, milestone birthday, anniversary, memorial dinner or whatever party strikes your fancy. If you book a tour, you can use the special any time in the coming year. The second offer is $100 off your total catering bill with Delectable, whether at the mansion or at any other site. If you are interested in the space, don’t wait until the magazine release party; send us an email to book a tour at As EJ Roberts said, “We welcome friends and family alike to our home.”











FIRST LOOK/lilacs & lemons {bad}


{good out of bad}

lilacslemons by Vincent Bozzi

LILACS to young people who are speaking out about school shootings and demanding that our leaders change laws so that the blood isn’t on their hands. They’re saying if the adults, who are so entrenched in their political ideologies and fear of rocking the boat, won’t do anything, they will. Maybe it’s time we listen. LEMONS to Spokane Parks and

for taking on cases against the city and representing people who might feel they otherwise have no voice against the workings of local government. We at Bozzi Media are having our own difficulties with city staff who have provided widely divergent answers on downtown short term rentals, especially in regards to the Paulsen Penthouse.

LILACS to Spokane Parks and Rec for the

rudely chastising (actually, for loudly yelling) at an employee of ours who needed to use the women’s bathroom after a show. It seems the crowd Nazi’s job is to empty the space quickly, but when nature calls, do they prefer it occur in the bathroom or on their chairs? We understand that a fairly young and rowdy crowd tend to watch the concerts there, but treating them like cattle seems like a poor way to retain their business.

TEARDROPS on the passing of another Spokane icon: First Night Spokane. Although it declined in attendance in recent years—partly because of successive winters with freezing or snowy weather—and partly because of all the changes to the format, it would have been great to see it take on a second life. Here’s hoping something new and exciting can replace it. Kudos to Nanette Miller and all those who worked so hard to plan it.

LEMONS to companies that

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LILACS to the lawyer Bob Dunn

Recreation for tearing down the IMAX building. Since it’s near the river, nothing can ever be built to replace it, and although perhaps it was no longer viable to show IMAX movies there, it certainly could have been remodeled into a great event space. On the other hand, it’s quite possible the resulting meadow will be beautiful. We just hate to see old buildings treated so cavalierly. On even another hand, we must give …

magnificent new carousel building. We’ve only seen it on quick drive-bys, but it looks stunning, and so much more worthy of housing that gorgeous carnival ride.


don’t even provide alternative means of getting back to them. LEMONS, also, to companies that send outgoing calls under a certain Caller ID number, but then when you call the number, there’s a message that it is not a working number, unaccompanied by a working alternative number.

LEMONS to the Knitting Factory for

LILACS to the people who

STILL occasionally plug parking meters downtown in an effort to pay it forward and prevent someone from getting a ticket. I was the happy recipient of an anonymous meter feed, but sadly, that is still no defense if you park past the two hour mark, even if the meter is fed, and the ticket for that offense is higher than for merely parking at an expired meter. In other words, no good deed goes unpunished. Shameful policy.

FIRST LOOK/editor’s picks


by Stephanie Regalado

A Few of my Favorite Things

Editor’s Picks to


In honor of our Best Doctors issue and all things health and wellness, I’m sharing a few of my favorite things that inspire my own sense of health. Whether you gift these to someone else or treat yourself, a sense of peace, adventure and your best self is sure to emerge.

Interpersonal Centering: Mala Prayer Beads

Adventure: 75 Day Hikes

Hot off the press is a new guidebook to Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho: Day Hike! Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, and Sandpoint. The newest addition to the Day Hike! series, it’s one of the only guidebooks available that focuses on the Inland Northwest region. With a wide variety of hikes that can be completed within a day, Day Hike! Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, and Sandpoint features destinations within an hour’s drive of one of these three cities. Each hike is ranked by difficulty and includes information on how long each hike takes, any permits needed, the best time of year to take the hike and a host of other useful information. Topographical maps and color photos round out the lively descriptions. Author Seabury Blair, Jr. is an expert on the Pacific Northwest outdoors, and brings experience and humor to a valuable collection of Inland Northwest hikes. I am beyond excited about this book and am already plotting and scheming a hike a week challenge.

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I love these beads. Like, LOVE THEM. Driven by passion, a team of believers—in meditation, mindfulness, positive energy and natural healing power—launched Mala Prayer in 2015 with the aim of creating handmade, high-quality Mala necklaces and wellness items, while empowering women around the world. Mala Prayer was developed from an exploration in healing techniques, a journey which allowed the Mala team to experience the energies and properties of the mala bead. They fell in love—and you will, too—with each stone’s unique qualities and adorn their bodies with mala necklaces as a tool for healing, and to deepen meditation practices. A sense of peace, prayer and wellbeing right at your fingertips—and stunningly beautiful, too.

Chilling out: Hypnosis App

I have never seriously opened my mind to hypnosis—I’m guessing those events, when I was a darling 21-year old, watching 20 people on stage doing all sorts of unsavory things to their chairs didn’t help—until recently. During a 21-day Unstoppable Influence challenge, the Joseph Clough Hypnosis app was recommended and in an odd life twist, I downloaded it and gave it a whirl … and now I can’t get enough of it. Going into a trance is a state of profound comfort in which you allow yourself to completely relax and all into. Some people experience hypnosis as being in a that comfortable relaxed state most of us experience just before we become fully awake from sleeping—not quite awake and not quite asleep. It’s a little bit of heaven on earth. The app is free to download with three free hypnosis tracks available, so it’s worth a try. If you love it, there are other options for purchase, and you can make custom tracks, as well, based on the aspects of life you would like to address. You can find it in the app store, or on his website.

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top5Things Every Newcomer Should Know by Kimberly Gunning

My husband and I relocated to Spokane toward the end of 2016, just before one of the city’s harshest winters on record. Coming from Phoenix—a city I loved—I’ll be the first to admit, I was less than impressed. Spokane seemed to close down for the winter months. It grew darker and darker. The snow piled higher. And the rise of #SpokaneDoesntSuck began to make me wonder who actually thought that. But then, the snow began to melt, the beautiful sun emerged and my eyes opened to a surprising scene I didn’t know was waiting: Spokane bloomed. I’ve lived in my fair share of cities at the ripe age of 30, but Spokane has more oddities than most. I mean, when a garbage-eating goat is an attraction one must visit, well, you understand. I’ve kept a running list of those oddities, like the wild turkeys that roam the city and the lack of stop signs on side streets—an idea that wouldn’t last a day in a city like Phoenix. There are some really great things on my list, too. Here are the top five things I think every newcomer should know. Huckleberries? Yes, huckleberries. They’re everywhere— in your cocktail, ice cream, salad dressing and the perfectly sweet sauce that tops your grilled pork chop. The city’s love of huckleberries is something that bewildered my husband and me. The state fruit of our neighbor to the east, the berry grows abundantly in the Pacific Northwest. So much so that residents—and resident bears—can be found plucking them from their branches during late-summer months. Enjoy these splendid berries in everything you can.

Beer, Wine, Coffee– It’s All Delicious Seattle has its coffee; Columbia Valley has its wine; Portland has its beer—and we have it all. You can find a cup of coffee within nearly every square mile of central Spokane, and some great roasters call this city home, like Indaba Coffee Roasters, Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters and Tom Sawyer Country Coffee. Wineries from around the state have tasting rooms here to show off their best pours, justifying the creation of downtown’s Cork District. And the beer—you just can’t go wrong with local breweries NoLi Brewhouse, Twelve Strings Brewing Company and Bellwether Brewing Co., among so many others.

Roadways Berries and beverages are great and all, but let’s be real for a moment and talk about the roads. Spokane is not a grid system. Don’t listen to those who tell you otherwise. From the one-way roads that turn into two-ways which change names as you go, the diagonal roads that cut through your “grid” and roads that end and continue

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elsewhere, it’s just not so. But, more importantly, beware of the steep and slippery trek to the South Hill during wintertime and embrace the bumper stickers that read, “Potheads and Potholes” and “I’m Not Drunk, I’m Avoiding Potholes.” Yes, they’re that much of a problem here.

Get Outdoors The benefits of living in the Pacific Northwest never exclude the outdoors scene, and Spokane is no different. The number of trails, golf courses and ski slopes within close proximity to the city center is really incredible. For us, we enjoy road running, trail running and hiking, and— lo and behold—we found ourselves in one of the most underrated areas for our favorite outdoor hobbies. The Centennial Trail extends into Idaho, and Riverside State Park is within city limits, among many other trails and parks worth exploring. Want to run a race? The Lilac Bloomsday Run attracts more than 40,000 participants each May. Want to join a running group? The Flying Irish is the largest in the nation.

Spokane Really Doesn’t Suck Well, it doesn’t. And I suppose the creator of the hashtag and its supporters might have known that, despite the city’s less favorable oddities. But if you can get over some of the quirks—or embrace them—it’s a pretty nice place to be. It’s a weekend trip to plenty of wonderful destinations like Seattle, Portland and Missoula. It’s removed from natural disaster zones, has a lower cost of living than most cities and enjoys a small-town feel along with four distinct seasons. It may not be Phoenix or Denver or anywhere else I thought I’d live, but I’ll gladly admit the city has begun to win me over. No, #SpokaneDoesntSuck.





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FIRST LOOK/we asked



We asked readers for their best “insider tips” about our region—something they feel someone unfamiliar with our area absolutely needs to know.

Rose B Di: Browne’s Addition is full of art and history. Go there, walk around and have a nice meal at one of the many restaurants. Darin Burt: Lots of little lakes for fly fishing. Theresa Schimmels: Go swim in “the river” or “the lake”! Take a lawn chair, a blanket, a towel and a picnic. With 76 lakes and at least 4 rivers to choose from, it’s a great way to spend a morning or an afternoon. Heatherann Franz Woods: Market Street antique walk. Especially since they did improvements. Helen Parsons: Everyone I know who has biked the Hiawatha has asked themselves “Why did I wait so long to do this?” It’s one of my favorite places in the area because it’s just as perfect for a solo trip as it is for a group of friends, a romantic day trip with your honey or a great family outing that doesn’t break the bank. Take a camera, a picnic and a sense of wonder and you’ll have a memory that lasts a lifetime … and anytime you have to wear a headlamp you know there’s going to be adventure.


Judi Rabensteiner Frers: I feel everyone in Spokane should attend Ham on Regal. It’s a hilarious show put on by Ferris Hight School parents, and it raises money for all school programs for students. It’s in its 55th year and has raised more than $1.7 million. Glenna Bryngelson Parvin: It’s the only place you can have all four seasons in one day! Karla ONeill: Lakes, rivers, wineries, art galleries, shopping, jobs, family friendly venues such as Riverfront Park, historic buildings, concerts and affordable cost of living makes this region a great place to live. Emma Woolley: Floating the Spokane River is free and a total BLAST! Hugh Imhof: A river in the heart of the city that provides renewable hydropower to downtown. It has been since 1898. The rest of the Spokane River hydro system is also remarkable. David Blair: Dirt bike and ATV racing year round. Including a world class indoor Flat Track series in the winter to keep us having fun. Matt Cameron: There are so many wonderful, locally owned places to eat you could stay here for a month and not go to the same place twice.

Erin Peterson: Snow season is for more than skiers. Snowshoeing, tubing and my favorite—finding gorgeous hot springs to hike to in the snow makes living here pretty amazing year-round.

Linda Marie Biel: Public golf courses in Spokane and the Northwest are great fun, challenging and are a reasonable in price, too. One time we counted 17 of them.

Scott Burke: The Oasis Bordello Museum in Wallace and all the other fun aspects of that town—it’s worth the drive.

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by Megan Perkins

The Bing first opened in 1915 as the Clemmer Theater. It’s gone through a lot of incarnations

since then as the State, the Met, and the Audian. At the Bing, you can see musical acts, theater productions, dance performances and more. Within the walls behind its bright marquee awaits a gorgeous blue and gold domed ceiling, and an enormous built-in organ. Murals were painted by Ivar Peterson, who was the muralist at the Davenport Hotel, as well. A gem of Spokane history.

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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IS RIVERFRONT PARK BECOMING SEATTLE CENTER? Something dramatic is happening around Riverfront Park.

Among other, privately-funded projects (like the Wonder Building remodel and two towers set for the former YWCA site), various local groups and jurisdictions are working on a number of projects which would, if constructed, significantly change the core of our city. Among them are: • A massive renovation of Riverfront Park, including a new multi-purpose events venue in the former U.S. Pavilion and a regional playground themed after the Ice Age floods. • A public parking garage and extension of Riverfront Park on the Bosch Lot. • A first-on-the-West-Coast sports tournament field house or “Sportsplex” just north of Riverfront Park. This venue would include track and field, volleyball and ice hockey facilities. • A high-school soccer and football stadium, which would dramatically downsize and replace District 81’s aging facilities at Joe Albi. • A public plaza, trail, and extension of Huntington Park to Glover Field in Peaceful Valley, including a potential zip line under the Monroe Street Bridge. • Coupled together with the existing Spokane Convention Center and INB Performing Arts Center (which themselves could see future expansion), and long-term planning for a replacement of Spokane Arena, downtown Spokane could soon have more attractions, sports facilities and venues than anywhere else in Washington State, short of Seattle Center. That’s all awesome—but it should also encourage us to ask some hard questions. Should Riverfront Park—and all of the facilities surrounding it—continue to be governed by the Park Board, or should it be spun off and managed by a separate independent body? How can we mitigate the challenges associated with placing in our city’s core venues—like the Sportsplex and the football stadium—which will, even in the best-case scenario, only see occasional events? Would the placement of so many new facilities on the North Bank erode our connection to the Spokane River? And, importantly, how will everyone get downtown cheaply, efficiently and quickly on event days? None of these questions are dealbreakers—not in the slightest. But we need to be ready to consider them if we’re planning on building what essentially amounts to a new Seattle Center. In Seattle, the planners who crafted the recent “Century 21” Seattle Center Master Plan focused on 365-day use of the site, and by Seattle residents as much as by visitors. Local restaurants were brought into the Armory market hall. Public transit plans were developed to minimize traffic and parking hassle, including the monorail, rapid buses, and a future underground light rail station. Maintenance and upkeep—and stable long-term capital funding— were prioritized. Ultimately, the goal was to ensure Seattle Center would be a “lived-in” public space for generations to come. We can do the same here in Spokane. We just have to think critically and ask these hard questions before the first bulldozers arrive. So let’s plan carefully and ensure downtown Spokane remains a place for to be lived and experienced every day. 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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COLD LIGHT OF MORNING by Mark Fitterer Instagram @ markfitterer I am a travel and wilderness photographer based in Spokane with a passion for capturing skylines and landscapes. I captured this sunrise during one of those brutally cold mornings. The near zero degree temperatures produced a beautiful fog lifting off the river as the sun was breaking over the horizon casting a cold light across the city ‌ proving this a magical time of day.

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A WHISPER IN WINTER by Paul Webster Instagram @pwrbster0555 Traveling on the backside of Mount Spokane, the sight of this old barn brought pure excitement for me and my girlfriend. With the sky just turning pink and the fresh snow, the beauty of the backcountry of Spokane is fantastic. I love the Pacific Northwest, especially Spokane, and I am proud to call it my home.

CROWN OF THE LAKE by Kyle Vandever Instagram @kylevandever I’m a filmmaker and photographer traveling along the West Coast capturing moments and telling stories. While walking the Tubb’s Hill trail on a particularly gloomy afternoon, I felt there was no chance for any sort of sunset. While walking back to the trailhead, the sun peeked through the stormy clouds just before setting. This gave way to one of the most beautiful and unique sunsets I’ve ever witnessed. The rays beamed through the clouds forming a crownlike display over the lake. I was able to get my drone up just in time to catch the last light over one of Idaho’s most iconic scenes.

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FemFest Art Festival

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” —Gloria Steinem


by Jennifer LaRue

egardless—or because—of our beliefs, one thing is certain: there are many life aspects that divide us, including economics, race and gender. Certainly these are touchy subjects, making them seemingly unresolvable, especially when bias and emotions are thrown into the mix. FemFest, a local festival of artistic expression in all mediums, will attempt to bridge—or at least shrink—the divides between us by sparking dialogue. It will also hopefully educate others on the meaning of feminism, which is viewed through different shades of perception, and therefore, when discussed, can feel a bit like falling into a rabbit hole. FemFest organizers simply say that feminism is about equality for all. “It’s about nurturing one another and taking care of our world to make it a more fair and just place for everyone,” says FemFest organizer Kelly Rae Mathews. “That means working to eliminate racism, sexism, poverty and global warming by continuing to implement policies and cultural change that will ensure future generations more justice, fairness, compassion and a quality of life free from the greed we see in the world today.”



Mathews has been tackling social issues for a while now, organizing educational events and hosting screenings of informative films like The Mask You Live In, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry and Hunting Grounds. She also joined Spokane Area NOW (National Organization for Women), doing what she could to shed light on the plights of others while urging others to join her. FemFest started with a call for submissions and dozens of artists submitted their ideas. From music and performance art to paintings and sculptures, artists boldly risked rejection of personal stories for a chance to share them. Organizers hoped that more straight male artists would submit to the event, but only one did, proving there is still work to be done, including dispelling the belief that only women can be feminists. Organizers are pleased with the wide array of human experiences the submissions touch upon and the emotions they evoke including Jesse Crooke’s rendition of a woman raising the middle finger, Marion Flanary’s mixed-media piece called “Despite the Sh** Storm” that illustrates a woman’s strength and resilience, and Russian artist Erika Symonenko’s untitled piece that gives viewers a glimpse of her culture’s very particular ideologies about women. “This is going to be a kick ass show of femme-powered imagery, sound and performance,” says organizer Annette Farrell. “I believe artists are problem solvers and I wonder how many problems we can solve when we get all of the creative feminists of Spokane together.” Sponsored by Spokane NOW, FemFest is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave.












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Bruce Holbert Writes the Wild Miscreants of the Inland Northwest

Bruce Holbert’s new novel, Whiskey, drops this month from

MCD/FSG Books. This will be Bruce’s third novel. His second, The Hour of Lead, won the 2015 Washington State Book Award. Whiskey, too, will no doubt garner awards; it is stygian and violent and beautiful, much like its Inland Northwest setting. I caught up with Bruce over email and asked him a few questions about Whiskey and the writing life. You’ve mentioned in interviews that you grew up in a “book-

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less world,” living in 23 towns before you reached six years of age. How much of your childhood landscape appears in Whiskey, a setting rooted in Eastern Washington (namely Electric City and Grand Coulee Dam)? I did not set out to make the Grand Coulee my Yoknapatawpha County. It’s just that the place is such an apt foil for my intellectual and philosophical compulsions. You’ve got this giant dam looming over the whole scene—no need to search further for symbols. Then you have the collision of scabland farms, roughneck construction workers and Native Americans from the bordering reservation, which together are like nitroglycerine: shake and watch the explosion. I have been part of the damaged and the damage. I have witnessed people navigate the obstacles nobly and others just as nobly slam themselves into those same obstacles again and again. And, I’ve seen people do the same out of cowardice and fear. The results often are similar, though the motivation and humanity behind them makes all the difference. Whiskey is such a taut, powerful novel about brotherhood. Can you describe how you formed these two characters, and how you made them both so acutely related and distinct? I have to say the character that turned the book on its head for me as the writer was Peg [Peg is the mother of the two men in Whiskey]. Originally, the wild miscreant was the father, but I’d written a lot of wild men, so, on a whim, I turned the character female. The torque on the other characters was immediate. Suddenly they were responding to a female more powerful and more daring than any of them. I believe she haunts the characters in ways that shape the allegiances between the brothers and their father. As far as the relationship between the brothers, male relationships are always haunted by competition and envy. Perhaps that is true of women as well, but it manifests itself differently. I think of men as a pack of dogs with a pecking order, and we move up and down the ladder in part because of our talents and bravery, but just as often as a result of others mishaps and weaknesses. There is a kind of cowardice in that along with a sort of Darwinian practicality. The brothers are aware of this, but they have no other model for encountering the world and each other, so they keep on the same track. You recently retired from teaching at Mount Spokane High School. What do you miss about being in the classroom? I think my teaching years are responsible for maintaining an emotional and intellectual vitality. Without kids, I fear I would be a horrible cynic. But kids, especially high school kids, aren’t encumbered by worries over the mortgage or whether the lawn is mowed or not. They still care about truth and equity and get genuinely passionate about love

and honor and nobility. Best of all, they embrace Socratic ignorance. It is a great gift being taught by your students. While some artists believe family is a detriment/obstacle to their work, I’ve heard you speak beautifully about family having a profound, inspiring effect on your identity as a writer. I recall in graduate school discussing Raymond Carver’s essay, “Fires.” The essay detailed how Carver’s wife and children cramped and impinged upon his life and his writing. He spent much of his time trying to escape them, and this he described as his strongest influence. The discussion was theoretical until John Hansen, one of the few of us who came to Iowa with children, spoke. He was apoplectic. It was beyond art. It was family. Even if you thought this, how could you write it? And even worse, how could you publish it out there where they could see? I considered that for years. Then when my own children arrived and their presence expanded my experience of both joy and fear, I wondered not just how Carver could write such a thing about his children, but also why his experience was so different from my own. I have heard many people say they have had to put their art ahead of their family and the personal results are often as dysfunctional as you might guess. I could never do that. Not because I am this great and pious family man, but, selfishly, because my love for them, its complications and challenges and rewards, have informed my work and life beyond any other experience I could imagine. What are you reading right now? I am interested in the relationship of Denis Johnson’s short stories (which are among the best work I’ve ever encountered) to Isaac Babel’s stories. I knew Babel was a strong influence on Johnson, but re-reading each closely, I can see that influence in essential, fundamental regards like syntax and rhythm. To study great writers to that extent is a real privilege. Bruce Holbert’s book launch for Whiskey: A Novel will take place at Auntie’s Bookstore on March 14, 7 p.m. He will be in conversation with writer Gregory Spatz.




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Elysium by Matt Loi

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musician has performed around Coeur d’Alene and Spokane for the past 10 years. He prefers to be known only as Echo Elysium. This native of South Central Los Angeles endured the subsequent culture shocks of moving to Louisiana in his childhood and to Idaho as a young adult. Through these experiences he found countless stories upon which to base his songs, which have been his full-time career for the past decade. Echo Elysium came from a musical family. Gospel singers and blues musicians such as Muddy Waters were his early influences, which is evident in his soulful delivery. But “EE,” as he likes to be called, is not one to limit the genres available to him. When he wants to let loose, his Jimi Hendrix influence, on both vocals and guitar, becomes apparent. Motown, rap and RnB round out his musical wheelhouse. He even collaborated with country-tinged blues musician Gary George, who lives off-the-grid in north Idaho. EE’s first taste of professional musical performance was in 1992, singing in a choir for Michael Bolton’s Time, Love and Tenderness tour stop at WSU. After that, he moved to Seattle and studied music. He moved back to Idaho in 2002, this time in Coeur d’Alene, and raised his family. But in May of 2008, one of his gigs at Raw Sushi (now The Wave) resulted in a standing ovation, which inspired him to quit his day job and take on music full time. Since then, he has released two full-length albums: the acoustic Soul, Truth & Other Forgotten Things in 2008 and the electric Trouble Water in 2013. On Echo Elysium’s last release, he dug deeper into his life to pull

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songwriting inspiration. The title track “Trouble Water” touches upon the rebuilding of his life and spirit. “House of Shadows” tells the tale of a dark encounter that changed his life as a young man. “Soul Child” relates the story of how he met local musician Karrie O’Neill, which started a rejuvenating musical friendship. Lately, EE has gotten back into songwriting mode and wants to take everything to the next level. This man, who recently became a grandfather, says he’s “aging in reverse”: he has more energy, determination and focus than ever before. He wants to put on a massive stage production with a synchronized light show, gospel choir and other spectacles. Film scoring is another pursuit he’s investigating. Recording sessions for a new album—more raw and epic than previous ones—are on the horizon. You can see Echo Elysium perform in rotation at the Chinook Lounge in the Coeur d’Alene Casino. He’s at Prohibition Gastropub in Spokane on March 10 and 24, and at Noah’s Canteen at Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg on March 31. EE plays with drummer Drey Davis (of Left Over Soul and other local bands) at The Viking in Spokane on April 7. You can find Echo Elysium on Facebook. 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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Joey Marcella:

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by Darin Burt

As the son of Mario & Son, the Inland Northwest’s largest fab-

ricator of granite, marble and quartz, Joey Marcella can tell you everything you want to know about high quality countertops. Stone and tile have been his passion for more than three decades, and along with adding to the beauty of kitchens, he’s had a hand in creating luxurious sinks, showers and benches. He’s even hand-crafted pieces as unique as altars, baptismals and custom signs.   Now, Marcella is using his talents to sculpt marble blocks into stunning works of art.     “I take a lot of pride in our work,” Marcella says, “but I want to do something different, a little more personal.”    Where a countertop is flat and angular, Marcella’s sculptures are flowing, elegant, “sexy” shapes. His first piece, entitled “Crevasse,” won the Patrons award at an annual auction at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture—without any artistic training. He may not have been an “artist” at that point—about 10 years ago, but as he contemplated at the time, after two decades in the stone business, he’d amassed enough skill to be dangerous.  “My dad was a tile installer with no stone experience whatsoever. And so he taught me the tile trade. When we decided to go into business together as a stone company, we didn’t know what we were doing; we just thought it was cool because we were taking granite tiles and polishing the edges and we really liked that,” Marcella says. “My dad and I are similar in that we see something we want to do, and we just figure it out—that’s exactly how I got into sculpting.” 

Marcella has completed several works, including “The Weeping Tree,” out of a single piece of green marble, and his latest work, “Aura,” out of a 1,200 pound block of Italian Carrara white marble. The actual sculpting took just under thirteen months, with another few months of design and modeling. The majority of the work was done by hand with traditional hammer and chisels, as well as some of the common tools used in stone fabrication: power tools and saws. Marcella’s favorite part of the process is the polishing which starts with 60 or 80 grit sandpaper—like you would find at Home Depot— and ending with a very fine 2000 grit wet sanding, before buffing the material to a mirror finish with aluminum oxide or oxalic acid. The original name of “Aura” was “Ribbon,” and you can see why as it wraps around itself, intertwining into a smooth continuous form.   “I’m pushing the stone in directions it’s not meant to go,” says Marcella, who has been invited to intern at the famed Massimo Galleni Sculpture studio in Pietrasanta, Italy.   “Having played around with all the different marbles and granites, I’m pretty tuned in with what stones are capable of … and what they are not capable of. It’s a lot of pressure, and you only get one chance to do it right,” he says.   “If I made that piece out of plastic it would be no big deal, but this is carved from a solid block of rock,” Marcella says. “When someone looks at one of my pieces, I want them to wonder: ‘How in the heck did he do that?’” You can reach Joey Marcella online at

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March 2, April 6: First Friday Enjoy visual arts, listen 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, boutiques and other businesses host a city-wide open house with refreshments and entertainment. First Friday is free and open to the public. Downtown Spokane. March 19, April 1, April 16: 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 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. Mu-

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seum 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. And 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) 456-3931,


March 10: Fox Presents: Rockin’ Road to Dublin Choreographer and lead male Scott Doherty (Riverdance & Lord of the Dance) has teamed up with veteran Celtic rocker Chris Smith to produce a breathtaking display of classic Irish tunes accented by rock ‘n’ roll riffs, electrifying dancers and a dynamic light show. Enjoy the thrilling sights and sounds

as daring performers execute rapid-fire leaps, twirls and footwork, and nimble fiddlers square off with driving electric guitar chords and pulse-pounding drum beats. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT,

March 11: The Roadshow 2018 This year’s tour features Christian music favorites For King & Country, Matthew West, Natalie Grant, Bethel Music, Zach Williams and Social Club Misfits. Make plans now to come out to Christian music’s most entertaining tour for the whole family. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT, March 17: Spokane Jazz Orchestra Presents the Northwest Composers Showcase Celebrate the music of the Inland Northwest as the Spokane Jazz Orchestra performs several original pieces composed by local musicians and composers. Enjoy an evening full of jazz composed by SJO musicians, local composers and guest vocalist Nicole Lewis,

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March 22: Fox Presents: The Ten Tenors—Wishing You Were Here Fresh off the success of their 20th Anniversary World Tour, The Ten Tenors return with their new show Wish You Were Here, a celebration of musical legends lost before their time. In this heartfelt tribute, Australia’s “vocal wonder from down under” (Broadway World) will take you on a feel-good journey through some of the world’s greatest hits of all time, including some of the group’s own fan favorites—classic rock anthems, current day chart toppers, even soaring arias of Verdi and other traditional favorites. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT, March 24-25: Spokane Symphony Classics: Spanish Nights It’s been said the best Spanish music is written by French composers. After traveling in Spain, Chabrier wrote España, a colorful work that kicked off the fashion for Hispanic-flavored music. Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, dedicated to violinist Pablo Sarasate, showcases the soloist’s technical brilliance and sensitivity. Debussy’s impressionistic Iberia uses lush orchestration to evoke sultry images of Spain. Spanish composer Granados gained fame for his colorful folk dances. 50 / MARCH 2018

Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT, March 31: Fox Guitar Festival Featuring Andy McKee Andy McKee is among the world’s finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. He entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT, April 3: Tower of Power: 50th Anniversary 2018 For 50 years, the legends of soul, Tower of Power, have delivered their own brand of funky rhythms and driving grooves to fans across the world. With a soaring horn section, soulful vocals and inarguably one of the tightest rhythm sections in the business, Tower of Power combines R&B classics, funk-soul and jazz for intergenerational music lovers. Experience Tower of Power performing some of their  Billboard hits, from “What is Hip?” and “You’re Still a Young Man,” to “So Very Hard to Go,” and “You Ought to be Havin’ Fun.” Lead singer Marcus Scott replaced Ray Greene in 2016. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT, April 4: Northwest of New Orleans Daytime Extravaganza Over the last year, Northwest of New Orleans has excited audiences every second Tuesday at the Bartlett music venue, but now we offer a special daytime event at The Fox Theater that will capture the spirit and nostalgia of the concerts of yesteryear. The Northwest of New Orleans Daytime Extravaganza offers a wide range of musical acts performing tunes from the repertoires of Ray Charles, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Nellie Lutcher, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, and of course, songs from the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT, April 14-15: Spokane Symphony

Classics: Love’s Inspiration Schumann’s Fourth Symphony, the most innovative and influential of his works, was written as a portrait of his wife, Clara. Its extraordinary structure binds all four movements into an integrated whole. Brahms also fell for Clara Schumann and the slow movement of his Violin Concerto has been called “an incredibly impassioned declaration of his love” for her. Dedicated to virtuoso violinist Joseph Joachim, it is a staggeringly difficult but powerful work that has become an important part of the violin repertoire. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT,


March 9: Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressive Record-breaking, global comedy superstar, Jeff Dunham, is bringing his cast of characters to the Spokane Arena. Dunham will appear along with his ill-behaved and slightly demented posse of characters for a gleeful skewering of family and politics. Dunham and his famous cohorts Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Bubba J, and Peanut also consider what a new member to their already dysfunctional family could mean, putting the ‘relative’ in Relative Disaster. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT, March 14: Dancing With the Stars: Live TV’s hottest show is going back on tour across America this winter in Dancing with the Stars: Live. – Light Up the Night. Fans of the show have the opportunity to see the best ballroom dancers in the business perform live in their hometowns. This all-new production showcases ballroom and contemporary dances from ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, including sizzling group numbers, steamy duets and over-the-top original pieces. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT, March 18: Brian Regan Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and

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Through March 11: Burnt by the Sun General Kotov, decorated hero of the Russian Revolution, is spending an idyllic summer in the country with his beloved young wife and family. But one glorious morning in 1936, his wife’s former lover returns from a long and unexplained absence. Amidst a tangle of sexual jealousy, retribution and remorseless political backstabbing, Kotov feels the full, horrifying reach of Stalin’s rule. Stage Left Theatre. 108 West 3rd Ave. (509) 838-9727, March 2-25: 2.0 (Two Point_Oh) Elliot Leeds is dead—or is he? A pioneering software mogul, Leeds makes headlines one last time when his private jet plunges into the Pacific. Months later, his griefparalyzed widow Melanie discovers Elliot’s greatest creation: a virtual-reality simulation of himself that he masterminded before his demise. Programmed with advanced artificial intelligence, thousands of hours of his recorded thoughts and speech, and a digital re-creation of his face and body, “Elliot 2.0” is a talking, thinking, virtual soul. The question is … is he alive? Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. For tickets: (800) 325-SEAT, March 15: Fox Presents: The Capitol Steps Over 30 years ago, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional

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wisdom (“Don’t quit your day job”), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT, March 22-25: The Sound of Music A brand new production of The Sound of Music is coming to the INB Performing Arts Center. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT,

March 23-25: Lysistrata Lysistrata was written during the final years of the Peloponnesian War, the war between Athens and Sparta. It was devastating to Athens and Aristophanes  wanted the states to make peace. The play  was written after the Athenian defeat at Syracuse. Because women were the lowest beasts of Greek culture, Aris-

tophanes examined the foolishness of the war and used “foolish” creatures to tell the men what to do. Women in lead roles were noteworthy since there is no evidence of women attending Athenian theater. Themes deal with big confrontations: male/female and peace/war.  Adapting  Lysistrata was a successful challenge and melds beautiful singing, wonderful  acting into a fun, PG-rated script. On the surface the play is light-hearted and off-the-wall,  but, hopefully, it will stimulate discussion and debate concerning our current state  of affairs and, as the song goes, ”. .War . . what is it good for?” SCT Theatre. 2727 N. Madelia. March 23-April 8: Dial M For Murder Marriage. Money. Murder. Tony Wendice thinks he has designed the perfect crime when he hires a man to murder his wife, Margot. But when the killer becomes the victim, Tony will stop at nothing to ensure that Margot is convicted for the crime. Is there anyone that will come to Margot’s defense and prove her innocence? This search for truth results in a scene of nearly unbearable suspense that will have everyone on the edge of their seats. After the play premiered in 1952, a movie of the same name was produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. For tickets: (800) 325-SEAT, March 28: Dial M For Murder: Benefit for Partnering for Progress Support Spokane-based Partnering for Progress at the Spokane Civic Theatre production of Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder, a suspense thriller about the perfect murder that’s not so perfect after all. Proceeds go to support P4P’s health, education, clean water and economic development programs in Kenya. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for complimentary appetizers and a no host bar; curtain time is 7:15 p.m. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509)720-8408, March 31: Leftovers V Teams have a director, actors and a stage manager. At 7 p.m. Friday night, directors draw the name of a playwright out of a hat.

The Playwright draws the name of a prop out of a hat. Each Playwright has ten minutes to visit with their director and actors and then they must go write an original play for that team, using that prop, and it has to be done in 12 hours. At 7 a.m. Saturday morning, the teams meet, get their newly written scripts and begin rehearsing, gathering props, costumes and set pieces. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday Evening, Stage Left presents the fully produced, newly written and rehearsed plays. One performance only. Stage Left Theatre. 108 West 3rd Ave. (509) 838-9727.


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ex education. The topic rivals that of religion and politics as one to avoid in polite company. Yet it’s a topic that has raised the fervor of Spokane parents, the community and the school district. Amanda Braley has reared two teenagers in the Spokane School District. Her son graduated from Lewis and Clark High School last year, and her daughter is currently a junior there. Neither of her kids wanted anything to do with sex education at Spokane Public Schools. When Braley’s daughter came home one day from Sacajawea Middle School on Spokane’s South Hill and begged her mother to excuse her from what she called “Human Growth and Embarrassment class,” Braley decided to find out exactly what was being taught in sex education classes at Spokane Public Schools. “My daughter said, ‘Mom, it’s just basically bad and what you hear in the classes is basically if you have sex you will get chlamydia and die,’” Braley says. To her dismay, what Braley found was that it has been decades since SPS revamped its sexual education curriculum. Over the past year, Braley has attended school board meetings and has kept in touch with the controversy surrounding the debate over the appropriate sex-ed curricula. SPS officials have readily acknowledged that its sex education curriculum doesn’t meet state standards set out by state Office of the Superintendent of Instruction in 2015. “The material is very outdated, and the school district knows it, and so does the state,” Braley says. SPS sex education has been in the news since last June when the district’s Human Growth and Development advisory committee recommended unanimously that the district adopt the evidence-based Planned Parenthood curriculum called “Get Real,” a sex-ed program that satisfies the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction standards, which were changed in 2015. A few days before the district’s June school board meeting, after some community MARCH 2018 /


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members expressed concerns that centered around Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the curriculum, the administration decided not to adopt the Get Real program, and took it off the agenda. SPS sent the curriculum back to the advisory committee. Over the summer, board members and the district were inundated with emails both for and against the Get Real program, but the majority were positive, according to the district. In November, after the committee again voted on the Get Real program (this time resulting in three no-votes), the district revisited the issue, and told the school board it had decided against sending the Planned Parenthood curriculum for approval. Instead, administrators said they would choose appropriate materials chosen from several programs. Although they didn’t identify specific programs, they didn’t rule out curricula from the Get Real program. According to Kevin Morrison, SPS district spokesman, as of mid-February, the advisory committee is still working on reviewing and collating materials although he could not say specifically which materials were being considered. “What we are doing now is utilizing curriculum used previously from a variety of sources,” Morrison says. “But what that means is that what is happening at NC may not be the same as what’s being taught at different schools.” Morrison contends that part of the problem is regarding who has the final say over what goes before the school board for approval. But, while adults argue over which sex-ed curriculum is best, Spokane teens are having sex, not using condoms and too many (see SRHD illustration) are getting pregnant. A 2016 report of adolescent sexual health in Spokane County by the Spokane County Regional Health District shows nearly 50 percent of Spokane senior high school students are indeed having sex and that pregnancy rates in the city of Spokane are considerably higher than those of Spokane County and Washington state. The report also indicates that many youth in the Spokane area are becoming sexually active before or while in high school, and they’re engaging in risky sexual behaviors, including: early sexual initiation (before age 16); low condom-usage; and high numbers

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of sexual partners. However, if sex education is left up to the public school system, Paul Dillon, public affairs manager for Planned Parenthood of parents and community members say they want control over what Greater Washington and North Idaho, says the Get Real program their kids are taught about sex. is evidence-based and has been “hugely successful” around the Spokane schools are required by law to provide access to sex country. education even though the state maintains it is primarily the “The Get Real curriculum has reached more than 220,000 responsibility of parents to provide it. students around the country, and studies show it has been shown The district says the sex-ed curriculum has been carefully to delay sexual intercourse by middle school students. The program developed over many years in partnership with parents and meets the state standards of OSPI, and the curriculum uniquely community organizations. emphasizes social and emotional skills,” Dillon says, adding that it The following information on how sex education curriculum is also empowers parents to be the primary educators for their child. taught at Spokane schools is published on the SPS website: Research has proven that teaching students about contraception At the elementary level, the HGD curriculum involves does not hasten sexual activity nor does it give teens a mixed approximately 10 days of instruction during the fourth, fifth message. and sixth grades designed to help students understand the basic John Repsold, who has been a committee member for about 10 biological, psychological and sociological concepts associated with years, says he’s read every page of the Get Real curriculum, and it is human development and sexuality. “pretty flawed.” Respold is one of three committee members During middle school, the curriculum is designed to who most recently voted no on the Get Real curriculum. help students understand human development, the A minister at Mosaic Fellowship Church, Repsold reproductive system, rules and responsibilities of says he opposes the Get Real program based on individuals, and aspects of healthy interpersonal his belief that using the Planned Parenthood relationships. Our kids need good curriculum means “Planned Parenthood would In high school Health and Biology classes, information to make be the only ones setting the agenda.” the HGD curriculum aims to help students healthy physical and Although Repsold says he is not an understand biological, psychological and social emotional choices. It’s “abstinence only guy,” he wants parents and aspects of sexual development. not better when we students to have other options that speak to Additionally, Washington state law requires tell them less. research that he’s seen on a correlation between that all 5th-12th grade students receive yearly suicide and teen sex, as well as a realistic view HIV/AIDS education. This curriculum may also of condom use, which is contrary to the Get Real be viewed at the student’s local school. Personal statistics. Safety curriculum, including Internet safety, is taught to Dillon says that an evidence-based curriculum like Get students in grades K-8 and in high school Health classes. Real, which has been proven to reduce teen pregnancy and sexual Nikki Lockwood, who is both a member of the committee and risk behaviors, is critical for students. a mother of two teen girls in SPS, says she believes some of the As for the decision by the SPS administrators to take bits and turmoil on the topic is related to the fact that the state mandates the pieces of various sex-ed curricula, Dillon says that approach inclusion of issues around gender identity, sexual identity and birth to educating students has resulted in the present outdated and control information. ineffective sexual health education program. “Honestly though, this is so important that in these areas “Spokane students deserve a more thoughtful and comprehensive there is more understanding for this generation,” says Lockwood. approach to their health education, not a piece-by-piece collection “When people understand the differences in sexual orientation, of random materials,” he says. “The sexual health education program the more understanding there is, the more inclusive people will Spokane Public Schools chooses for middle school students needs to be. Understanding, acceptance and inclusion is really a part of all be evidence-based, meaning a program that has been proven to delay this. Our kids need good information to make healthy physical and sexual activity in teens and decrease the rate of teen pregnancy. emotional choices. It’s not better when we tell them less.” “When students have access to evidence-based, medicallyUltimately, district administrators will decide what program(s) accurate, inclusive, and age-appropriate programming, they make are recommended to the school board this spring. Lockwood says healthy decisions about their lives,” he adds. committee members have been reminded that they are only an advisory board, rather than a decision-making body. PARENTS AND “THE TALK” Still, she says, it’s frustrating that students have had to wait another Research suggests that many parents are reluctant to have “the year to get up-to-date information on something so critical to their talk” with their kids about sex mostly because it’s uncomfortable— young lives. sex is not always an easy thing to talk about. Parents also complain that it’s the kids who resist when the topic of sex is raised, saying their children are mortified and protest that they don’t need or want Judith Spitzer is an independent journalist, online producer and this information coming from their parents. photographer.

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he women in our region are creating—and leading—companies and, in turn, a community in which we can all be proud to raise families, build businesses, and live out our lives any way we wish. We are proud to honor 12 of the top women in business and leadership in our annual Women in Business Leadership Awards. Let’s hear it for woman-power in our region … and please join us for the awards breakfast at Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill on Thursday, March 22 (doors open at 7 a.m. and tickets can be purchased at











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Andrea R. Wilcox, Chief Operating Officer/Owner Primum Healthcare Solutions

Primum Healthcare Solutions offers excellence in nursing, providing quality healthcare staffing to exceptional facilities. Proudest moment or biggest success: Having faith to turn the key to this business. I quit my two nursing jobs at Frontier Behavioral Health and Eastern State Hospital and took a leap of faith in this business. We have grown each month since that moment.   Where do you expect to be with your career in five years? I hope to

grow this business outside the boarders of Washington State and expand to other states. We’ve recognized a need and staffing issues continue to grow in our community as well as others. I plan to expand to other enterprise opportunities, and would love to expand my education to a doctorate in mental health as a nurse practitioner.

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What do you feel our business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that?

Spokane offers strong support and resources to women in business or a desire to start a business. An endless stream of support and encouragement for women in business to better our community. I pride myself on utilizing small businesses for anything I outsource and many of these businesses are owned and operated by women in our community. Best advice: You will never know unless you try. Don’t be afraid to fail. Experience is based on failure and success. I have experienced both throughout my life and each situation has taught me something; I take what I can use and leave the rest.

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MAINSTREAM’s purpose is through improving others’ lives, we enrich our own ... we are in the customer service business and happen to do electrical, heating, cooling and plumbing. Your role: As the Integrator, I execute to the business plan and achieve P&L objectives, hold my leadership team accountable for achieving agreed upon commitments, and ensure that everyone is rowing in the same direction by being the best version of myself & inspiring others to be the best version of themselves. Proudest moment or biggest success: The trades—electrical, heating, cooling and plumbing—is a male dominated field. MAINSTREAM is a member of the national organization Nexstar Network and has been for more than five years. Nexstar was founded on the premise of contractor success through education and sharing, a best practices group that has been around for 25 years and has 580 members worldwide.

Elaine Damschen, President MAINSTREAM Electric, Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing

Because of MAINSTREAM’s success, profitability and forward thinking, two years ago I was asked to be on Nexstar Network’s board of directors. I was the only woman on that board at the time. I am proud and honored to represent the electrical trade and a female and minority population in a male dominated industry locally, and nationally, too. Advice: Amateurs seek opinion; professionals seek counsel.

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Ashley Blake, Director of Sports Development Spokane Sports Commission

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The Spokane Sports Commission is a nonprofit, economic development organization responsible for recruiting, retaining and facilitating sports events for the Spokane region. Your role: My role is to identify and bid on major sporting events for our region. In 2018, our team will play a role in 70+ events–including everything from the USA Judo National Championships to the NCAA Women’s Basketball 1st and 2nd Rounds.  I am really passionate about my job and the opportunity to make a difference in my community.    Proudest moment or biggest success: One of my career highlights was getting the opportunity to work at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.   Where do you expect to be with your career in five years? There are many exciting projects on the horizon in Spokane. I hope to continue helping our region realize the economic, social and community-development benefits of sports. The Sports Commission has partnered with the Public Facilities District on a visionary project: the Spokane Sportsplex, a 180,000-square foot building that would be located on the North Bank of the Spokane River in downtown Spokane. The addition of a sports-centric building would allow the Spokane Sports Commission to continue to actively recruit, retain and facilitate sports events for the Inland Northwest. A new multi-purpose sports complex will allow our community to secure new events for our region as well as help alleviate ongoing demand for additional sports venues in our community.

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Stronger International is a global cybersecurity firm focused on consulting and training. They help photo by Diane Maehl organizations become stronger by increasing their knowledge and understanding of current global threats.     Your role: I am the founder and face of the company. I have a great team that runs the day-to-day operations and financials. I manage the staff and create the direction and objectives for the company to achieve. I work directly to obtain and manage the largest clients and help land critical partnerships and contracts.     Proudest moment or biggest success: When we won our first large government contract to train 18,000 employees for Orange County, California. This moment was a turning point for me. I realized with hard work the company could grow and earn national

and international recognition. We have since landed much larger accounts, but that one allowed me to see our company on a larger stage and that large goals were obtainable. Advice: Follow your heart. Shoot for the moon and if you land on a star that is okay. Surround yourself with mentors and bright people. Be humble and take criticism well. Don’t be afraid to do things that few women do. Break the gender bias and be proud to just be a hard working person who is capable. Everyone respects capable.

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Keva Sonderen, Principal

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Sonderen Packaging has been in business since 1963 and is a third generation family owned business. They manufacture custom folding cartons for more than 300 local and national customers. They employ more than 150 people. Your role: As an co-owner I am involved in maintaining and enhancing the company culture in addition to decisions on direction, vision and equipment purchases. I oversee employee communication, internal leadership development and accountability on all levels to keep the company on track and moving forward. I also maintain my own sales accounts and new business as well as the marketing efforts for the company. I attend tradeshows and trade association meetings as well as many customer relations meetings when needed.   Volunteer work: I have been president of a grass roots nonprofit

called Spike2care since its inception in 2015 ( I organize lunch meetings for a group of next generation family business owners in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area. We are able to openly discuss the inherent challenges of being part of a family business, and business in general. What do you feel our business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? There are several wonderful

organizations that target and empower women in the work place including Executive Women International. I was secretary for one year and have been a member since 2005. I have guided several people to that organization and made many worthwhile connections, and lifelong friends. Find an organization that fits your professional goals, get involved and build relationships.

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Chic Sparrow manufactures and sells handmade leather goods online. Planner and journaling trend Traveler’s Notebooks are their specialty. Your role: My role as the founder and CEO includes (but is not limited to!) designing and

testing products, making big decisions and spending money to fund those big decisions.

Volunteer work: I am blessed to be able to donate regularly to one of my favorite non-

profit causes: Children Incorporated. I voluntarily offer mentoring to several women in the business community. It’s amazing to be in a position to share valuable lessons I have learned in the trade.

Proudest moment or biggest success: I am most proud of my employees. Each one has something special to add, and I am constantly in disbelief when I see how far we’ve come as a team. I am proud that an idea I had—making and selling Traveler’s Notebooks—blossomed into a company that can provide for 16+ people and their families. What do you feel our business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? Spokane is a pretty open-minded, wonderfully diverse busi-

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ness environment. My role is to do the very best that I can with what has been given to me, and pass it along to as many others as I can.

Best advice: Take responsibility for your life. Aim high. Dream bigger than you could ever have imagined before. And do not take no for an answer.

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Start Loving You, Inc. is a conference for moms in beautiful locations, providing them the opportunity to travel and explore, connect with like-minded women and to be celebrated, inspired and motivated by guest speakers. Your role: I founded this conference (previously known as BLOOM) in 2016. After orga-

nizing my first successful event on my own, I added two business partners to help me reach more women and make a bigger impact. We changed the name but its mission is the same.

Volunteer work: I founded Blessed By Bags five years ago after my best friend of 37

years was diagnosed with breast cancer. We provide chemo comfort totes to patients going through their cancer (or lupus) journeys.

Where do you expect to be with your career in five years? I hope to reach as many moms as possible to let them know it’s okay to need a break, to want to get out of the house and their normal routine, to go on a girls’ weekend, to want time to themselves, to relax and … just be.

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day—if you put your goals and dreams down on paper and out into the universe, they are more likely to come true. Gravitate toward other women who think outside of the box and aren’t afraid to dream big.

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Senior Helpers is a licensed in-home care company that provides one to 24 hours of care per day for any adults who require assistance to age safely, gracefully and as independent as possible in the comfort of their own home. Proudest moment or biggest success: I acquired an existing in-

home care company after being a stay at home mom for 18 years. As a clinician (RN) with no business background, it was extremely intimidating to consider running a small business. With the support of my business-minded husband and having the right employees in place, I have successfully grown my company—four times larger over the last four years to more than 80 senior clients and providing jobs for more than 80 people. I have been accepted into the President’s Club of our international franchise as one of the top owners due to the success in growing our business.

“Take care of your people, and they’ll take care of you.”

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? As an

RN and a woman in a predominantly female business, there are more opportunities for women and minorities who may want to begin a new business or become involved in many leadership positions in the Inland Northwest. There are many resources in our community, such as GSI’s small business courses, SCORE Spokane, and Spokane Entrepreneurs First Monday Network for Spokane Entrepreneurs, and other networking opportunities such as Professional Women’s Networking Group (PWNG) and NAWBO.

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Lilac City Law advocates for professionals, children and veterans in their claims and appeals for Federal Disability Benefits. They empower parents by guiding them through estate planning and protecting their young and/or special needs children if something happens to mom and/or dad. Your role: In 2013, this firm started as me working out of the basement, drafting documents and taking appointments whenever baby slept. I now proudly employ five full-time employees and growing. I strive to create an environment in which our amazing staff looks forward to working and growing, too!

homebirth of our second daughter. It symbolizes a pivotal moment in my life when I could stand in my truth, empowered by my own choices and without fear, to see the divinity, strength and beauty of a woman’s ability to bring forth new life. In my professional life, seeing the sigh of relief on a client’s face when they’ve learned they have finally been awarded disability benefits, have some financial stability and can finally pursue the much-needed medical treatment they haven’t been able to access for years. Advice: The value of a mentor

cannot be understated. Seek the advice of someone who demonstrates the characteristics that are paramount to how you want to work and live.

Proudest moment or biggest success: In my personal life, the

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“The greats weren’t great because at birth they could paint. The greats were great cause they paint a lot.” —Macklemore photo by Nick Alexander

Since 2011, Earthly Beauty Bar in Coeur d’Alene has proven to be a far cry from your average salon. Brow boss, Lacey, has created a unique and glittering haven from the everyday grind of being a modern woman that empowers them to feel beautiful while they’re taking over the world. Your role: I live out my passion for beauty by waxing brows and doing makeup for any

of my regular 250 clients and I ensure that all eight of my talented, full-time employees have everything they need to do their best work and that the salon is running like a welloiled machine.

Proudest moment or biggest success: While being approved for an SBA loan to

expand my salon and being asked to do makeup for the Julianne Hough wedding, and because of that seeing my name in the March 2017 People magazine. Giving birth to my incredible daughter, Zoey, is by far my proudest personal moment.

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What do you feel our business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? It feels like being a part of a tribe of women who are crush-

ing it in business and life. My role within that community is to be as honest as I can with young women who want to become entrepreneurs or become successful in their field. In a world of smoke, mirrors and filters, I want to be the voice that goes beyond inspirational quotes and instead is real about how challenging this ride can be.

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BEYOUTIFUL HOT YOGA offers hot yoga classes and kids yoga classes in Spokane and Wenatchee Valley. Your role: Five years ago, what started as a one person operation offering 13 classes a week, has grown to six studios—and I’ve had three children in the past five years. We are opening two more studios this year.  Where do you expect to be in five years? Reaching more of the community with

the healing benefits of yoga.

What do you feel our business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? I would love to encourage and empower other women to

take the risk of owning their own business. Being raw and honest in sharing my success and struggles of finding balance between owning a business and being a dedicated mom. Spokane has been very encouraging and supportive to our community based business and truly a part of our growing success. Best advice: Success takes time and perseverance. What started as a one woman operation offering 13 classes a week took five years to grow to 50 employees offering 175 classes a week. photo by James & Kathy Mangis

“If it’s important to you, you will find a way. If it’s not, you will find an excuse.” “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” —Reagan

Sharp Shooting Indoor Range and Gun Shop provides a safe environment for target shooters, competition shooters and those maintaining proficiency for self-defense. Full service pro-shop for firearms owners with a knowledgeable staff to ensure customers make a correct buying decision. Your role: In the early days, I did every-

Proudest moment or biggest success: I felt blessed to be asked to service on a state-wide committee for SaferHomes, an organization to restrict access to drugs and firearms from people who should not have access. Our goal is to reduce deaths by restricting lethal options, and focusing on mental health.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? We have

thing including bookkeeping, marketing, photo by James & Kathy Mangis inventory, instructing and advertising. As we continued to grow, we have hired talented people to so many strong female business leaders and they actake some of those jobs. The growth has allowed me to spend tively play important roles on our business organizations. I time educating people in our community of important role we play hope I can remain a role model for women wanting to start businesses in safety. and make a positive impact in their industry and in our community.   Volunteer work: Teaching crime prevention for groups throughout eastern Washington, including annually for the Lilac Court, and variOwner ous nonprofit organizations that work with at risk populations. Sharp Shooting Indoor Range & Gun Shop

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A large van recently passed me on the freeway and as I caught a glimpse of it out of the corner of my eye I immediately thought, “kidnapper van!” You know the type. In desperate need of a paint job, no hub caps, small tinted windows. Seriously, this thing could have come straight out of a 1980s Lifetime Original Special. Imagine my surprise when they merged into the lane in front of me and I discovered large vinyl lettering on the back window advertising their child care business. I chuckled and thought, “That’s the perfect example of a branding problem that has nothing to do with a logo.” I’ve since seen the same van around town and have been thinking a lot about it. I surmise it’s a local family trying to run a business

on a tight budget. They likely provide a good service and are doing fine providing that service to their friends and family. But what if they ever want to expand their reach beyond the neighbors who know them? They’re definitely going to have to do some work on their brand, and I would start with that van. It would be an easy fix, too. Paint it white and get some shiny hubcaps and suddenly you’re sending the message you’ve got a bright, clean, happy, modern daycare. So, what does all of this have to do with you as a business professional? I’ve noticed service providers, worldwide, trying to expand their reach beyond the one-on-one they’re so limited by.

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For those who frequent downtown Spokane, it’s hard to miss the current remodeling

activity of the old Macy’s building. The new building owners, Centennial Properties, and the renovation project team are readapting the historic 1914 building into a modern mixed-use retail and residential destination. The “M” is targeted for a Winter 2018 opening, but the community is already anticipating how the remodeled building will add more buzz to the downtown area with new retail shopping and modern living options. Just ask the local structural and civil engineers involved with the remodel design. Since the start of the project, the DCI Engineers Spokane team spent quality time transforming the local gem into its new version. It’s been a labor of love for principals Justin Cook (structural) and Wade Gelhausen (civil), and project managers Anthony Sorentino (structural) and Stephen Matkin (civil). They find their work with the M satisfying since its completion contributes to the future of their hometown—and being part of that legacy stokes their local pride. “The M is going to energize downtown by providing prime downtown and retail space,” says Anthony Sorentino. “It will extend the retail corridor and blend in nicely with the city’s new park expansion.” Residents like Sorentino easily envision how downtown Spokane can become more of a magnet destination with the addition of the M. The M’s street level retail will sustain the lively

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pedestrian activity already generated by area businesses, such as River Park Square. For those who like the convenience of living in town, the M’s residential units will be a modern rental option with the possibility of walking or biking to work and events. DCI Engineers partnered with Centennial Properties, NAC Architecture and Walker Construction for the M renovation project. During the current construction phase, these local teams meet regularly to discuss building efficiencies while refurbishing the M to last for future generations. “The project turnaround is very aggressive and that’s something we’re really good at,” says Justin Cook. “We’ve been fortunate to partner with NAC and Walker Construction

who are very responsive teams when something urgent comes up requiring everyone’s focus.” Unexpected surprises commonly occur during construction projects, especially for remodel projects with exploratory demolition and reinforcement work such as the M. The Spokane area received record rainfall during the month of October 2016, which affected groundwater conditions, according to city officials. The M building contains a sub-basement that is 25-ft below street level, and approximately 10- to 15-ft below the Spokane River forebay located 500-ft north of the building. The M’s basement flooded in November as a result (previous persons with history of the building weren’t aware of any flooding ever occurring in the basement of the building prior to this event). Construction, geotechnical engineers and plumbing professionals in Spokane are familiar with the area’s groundwater conditions and can present options and upgrades for dealing with flooding basements. The M’s pump system that manages the site’s groundwater was evaluated and upgraded. The water was successfully pumped out and construction continued. The project team worked together to reinforce the M’s existing foundation and below-grade basement levels to protect these areas from future flooding. Stephen Matkin says finding building solutions requires cooperation and dedication from the entire team, even if the unexpected site condition does not pertain to your role in the project or your occupational responsibility. “Being able to walk down the street and meet on-site with the contractor, architect and other designers is vital to keeping the project moving forward and on schedule,” he says. “You realize the importance of working with a local developer, contractor and design team because it allows everyone to work closely together and handle construction issues.” The original concrete bones of the M building are mostly intact. Major building modifications included mezzanine removal, new stair and elevator cores, penthouse units and exterior façade replacement—in addi-

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preparation for the new configuration. The retail exterior will be comprised of glass between tion to new sidewalks, storm water and utilmasonry piers and panels, which creates an alternating pattern of two-story window displays. ity plans. The structural engineers designed Two of the building’s original pink pre-cast exterior façades were replaced with metal an updated lateral system, localized framfinish and glass exteriors. The glass exterior lightens the building’s visual bulk above ing retrofits, and exterior cladding the retail levels, and this treatment allows more natural light to reach the intesupport, plus support for the rior spaces. Since the east side façade maintained most of the historic brick, below-grade parking garage older finishes interlace with modern exterior elements. The brick façade and sub-grade mechaniAlthough I appreciated now has new tie connections to the existing building and new windows cal/electrical room (the the older historic Macy’s installations. lowest built space in building, it’s exciting to Integrating the M to nearby buildings meant replacing an existing skySpokane according to see and work on projects walk connecting to Bennet Block (spanning across Howard Street) and the civil engineers). where developers want to creating a new skywalk to the Urban Outfitters store (spanning across Once the building’s modernize the building... Wall Street). These skywalks restore the pedestrian experience between frame was strengththese three buildings from the M’s new second floor retail level. ened, the construction The consensus from the engineers is that the M’s remodel brings the buildcrew commenced work on ing’s function into a new era for residents and visitors to enjoy. the new vision for the mixed“I’ve grown up and spent most of my life living in Spokane,” Matkin says. “Aluse building. For the M’s first two though I appreciated the older historic Macy’s building, it’s exciting to see and work on projlevels, NAC designed high ceilings for the ects where developers want to modernize the building, keep some of the historic significance, retail interiors. The construction crew deand develop the downtown core of Spokane into an urban community.” molished the existing mezzanine level in

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Remember when you were a kid? Maybe you dreamed of being a ballerina or superhero. Maybe you learned to play an instrument or a sport. Somewhere along the way you found something that excited you. You practiced and became good at it. My sister played the clarinet. Her high school marching band won a national championship. Afterward, she put away the clarinet, went to college, got a job, got married and had kids. Raising great kids has been her motivation. She doesn’t miss playing the clarinet. However, somewhere along the way, many of us loose our motivation. We feel lost. We find ourselves wondering what we are meant to be when we grow up. We get stuck in our daily routine. We get up, tackle a day full of commitments, come home, zone out in front of the TV or on social media and fall into bed. We repeat this routine day after day. We hear about motivation and wonder where ours went. Even if we have a strong, clear purpose that lights us up, there are times when we get knocked down. We feel like our motivation has left and isn’t coming back. How do we find or get our motivation back? How do we stay motivated? The answer is in our thinking. It is not what happens to us that lends us our motivation. Our motivation comes from how we think. So how do we manage our thinking? We do that with self-inquiry. Asking the following questions will uncover your sustainable motivation. Answer without limitations. Allow yourself to dream. It is helpful if you have someone else ask the questions and write down your answers. Their job is not to comment or judge, but to simply ask the questions and record your answers. Here are the questions: 1) If there were no limits, if anything was possible, what do you want to have accomplished one year from today? 2) What specific measures will you use to prove you have accomplished this? 3) What is important to you about what you want to accomplish? 4) What is important to you about that? 5) If the answer to #4 were already true, what would be possible?

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6) If the answer to #4 were already true, what would change? 7)What is important about that change? 8) What is important to you about that? 9) Read back the answers from 1-8 and then ask, if all of that were already true, what need or desire would this fulfill in you?

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As spring blooms in Spokane, it is easy to see how our vitality is tied to our beautiful surroundings. For all of the region’s history, the river has been our touchstone, a reason the indigenous peoples settled here, a reason James Glover chose the falls to build and the site of our first renaissance event, Expo ’74. I submit our second renaissance began several years ago when Spokane voters overwhelmingly approved the Riverfront Park bond to rejuvenate our presence along our sacred river. It has served as a rallying cry leading to so many other positive environmental improvements along the river, not the least of which was the dedication of the Gathering Place near City Hall, giving a spectacular vista of the river valley. This momentum led to visionary policies to strengthen our river, including a multi-year $340 million effort to reduce pollutants in the river which centers on construction of massive underground storm water tanks to prevent untreated sewage from reaching the river. Beyond government, motivated nonprofits like The Riverkeeper are mobilizing citizens on a routine basis to give back to the river, cleaning it, lobbying for it

and protecting it. Our collective vision to improve our river has led to an exponential increase in initiatives to improve our region’s environmental signature, not the least of which was the recent celebratory announcement of Avista’s Catalyst building which will anchor the southern part of the University District providing space to EWU to grow its engineering and science departments. The excitement stemmed from the description of environmentally friendly construction materials, including cross-laminated timbers produced here in Spokane that will be the backbone of the most energy efficient building in the state. This signature design will be the cornerstone of an eco-district taking root in our urban core. New walking trails will give greater access than ever before to our downtown, and, ultimately, our heart: the river. Our Renaissance is strong because we have come together to renew our wellspring, our river which runs through us. 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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former and current homeowners, but that seems to be the norm for this extraordinary house. Catherine is also good friends with the home’s contractor, Cameron Rippy, and his wife, Jill, as well as with the previous homeowners. As Nicole puts it, the house “brings people together.” But let’s back up to when Catherine first laid eyes on this property. She saw its listing in 2011, when she was living in Minnesota, and Spokane was just one place she and her husband

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were considering moving once he finished his medical residency. Though this house had a vastly different look then, she loved it for what it was—and what it could be. “It was an overwhelming feeling like this was the house for me,” she says. “Which was so crazy, because we didn’t yet have a job in Spokane.” Months passed and the home, which had been listed as pending sale, never closed. Fortuitously, the Spokane job offer was extended. Catherine immediately called her real estate agent, Marilyn Amato, then

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booked a flight to Spokane for the next morning to see it in person. “I didn’t look at any other homes,” she says. “I just knew: this is the one for me.” Nicole had a similar love-at-first sight story at the end of 2017, when, unexpectedly, Catherine’s family was preparing to move for a job opportunity

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out of the state. Nicole was scrolling Facebook early one morning when she saw an old high school acquaintance’s post of a Zillow listing. Nicole clicked through the photos, then noticed that this fully renovated farmhouse was in her zip code. “I gasped, ‘Dear God!’” she says. The post went viral, Nicole says, with more than 1,500 nationwide shares of the Zillow listing on Facebook alone in 36 hours. A move was the last thing her family was planning—they

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were nearing completion on a third story addition to their house, which they’d been steadily improving for years. But like Catherine, she just knew: this was something special. She and her family toured the property, wrote the Calls a letter of intent, and the rest is history. Nicole was attracted to the historic home, its unparalleled setting and the impressive renovation Catherine had overseen. “It wasn’t

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was mine, but the vision would never have been brought to life if I hadn’t met him.” They worked on plans for almost a year. “With the renovation, I wanted to pay homage in everything I did to the time period when the house was built, without being a slave to the time period,” Catherine says. The renovations honored the original property while elevating it. Catherine, her husband and kids moved into the then wood-

Catherine considered the age of the home, studying trim profiles from the early 1900s and choosing solid oak floors versus engineered ones and Carrara marble countertops versus quartz.

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paneled, one-bedroom basement for the duration. Spaces were gradually transformed, including the kitchen, living areas, bedrooms, basement, bathrooms and exterior. Plaster and drywall were removed to reveal original wood-planked ceilings and brick walls. The carpeting on the second story was pulled up, and all of the salvageable wood flooring from the first floor was harvested and used upstairs. Many original elements were reused, like the light fixtures that hang in the formal living room, some of the V-board, and the bannister that runs between the first and second stories. For new materials, Catherine considered the age of the home, studying trim profiles from the early 1900s and choosing solid oak floors versus engineered ones and Carrara marble countertops versus quartz. “For this 100-yearold farmhouse, I felt like it needed marble and not quartz. Marble ages. It’s going to patina. You have to embrace that,” she says. “Embrace the imperfections that come with use and love and cooking and kids. Embrace the fact that you’re using a real stone, hewn out of the mountains.” Tile patterns are an eraappropriate mix including basket weave, hexagonal and herringbone. The arabesque-pattern tile in the kitchen extends to the ceiling, softening the clean lines of the Shaker-style cabinets. And speaking of those cabinets, they echo the design of an old, white-inset, pinhinge cabinet Catherine found in the basement. The neutral color scheme is an ideal backdrop for accessories and vintage pieces. “I wanted to start with a clean, crisp palette, adding color through my textiles,” Catherine says. Texture comes through vibrant prints, which are easy to change as tastes and

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preferences shift, and through the moldings, the millwork, and the antique finds both Catherine and Nicole are drawn to. Catherine is a huge fan of Boulevard Mercantile and its kin. “All of those things that make a space feel finished you can get at the antique shops on Monroe, for a fraction of the cost of Pottery Barn,” she says. Furnishings and even some appliances—among them an antique drafting desk, a velvet sofa, and a restored GE refrigerator—recall an earlier time, while being at home in the present. Views of the property serve as artwork for every room. Nicole catches family members gazing out the windows every day. The land changes with the seasons, the acreage flooding as the river rises. “It just makes you want to get out,” Nicole says, recounting the sledding parties, bonfires, and winter picnics her family has already had during their short tenure in the home. She’s watched bald eagles ascend just a hundred feet away; deer regularly roam the property. In the warmer months, Catherine’s family launched kayaks into the river from the backyard and had friends over to fish. The setting has been a literal breath of fresh air for Nicole’s family, who loved their old neighborhood but are thriving with the newfound space to roam. “Since the move,” Nicole

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says, “somehow our lives feel like they have calmed down—although, interestingly, they haven’t.” Though Catherine and her family were more than sad to leave the home they put so much care into, “the pain of leaving was greatly soothed by selling it to Nicole,” she says, “because she is the best, and the sweetest. I felt like I was passing the torch and passing the care of something I had just put my whole soul into to a person who will appreciate it and continue to improve it.” Honoring its history and its most recent residents, Nicole’s family has christened it the “Caldon Wells House,” a combination of their last names (Call and Dixson) and the last name of realtor Randy Wells, the selling agent in each family’s purchase. The name felt more than appropriate, Nicole says, as each family felt truly “called on” to move here. 102 / MARCH 2018

For all the transformation it’s seen already, there is still untapped potential. Some of the significant unfinished square footage in the basement might become an indoor/outdoor living space, Nicole says; they may also expand the garage and extend the patio. But for now, she and her

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Kitchens have evolved throughout the decades from strictly functional rooms at the back of a home to a central gathering place that brings everyone together each day. With the popularity of open concept living, the kitchen has become the heart of the home. And with its evolution, kitchen designs have changed dramatically—especially during the last decade. So if you are planning for a kitchen update or complete remodel, careful planning is important. With so many finish and color choices as well as design options, deciding what to commit to can be overwhelming. Here are five of my favorite kitchen design trends that are here to stay: 1. Quartz Countertops. Countertops set the tone and feel of the kitchen. Quartz is strong, durable, beautiful and easy to maintain. Today’s Quartz comes in many colors, patterns and finishing techniques that mimic the look of natural stone. With many of us looking for unique features in our homes, we can choose new textured finishes rather than the previously popular polished ones. There are honed or leather surfaces that create a unique look to quartz or even marble countertops. Honed is a matte finish with little to no shine. A leather finish is a newer style and has a soft sheen and a different feel—more sophisticatedlooking than honed. Both hide water spots and fingerprints remarkably. Technology has improved with quartz and offers realistic veining in interesting patterns swirled into the countertop slabs. These varied finishes make for beautiful creative spaces, especially when paired with some of the other ideas below. 2. Islands. No longer just for cooking workspaces and utility, the kitchen island is an official gathering place for families and friends to enjoy time together—making it one of the favorite rooms in the home. The island can be homework or snack central, added prep space with built in storage and more. Many islands are doubling as dining tables, eliminating a need for separate informal dining space. 3. Integrated Kitchen Sinks. A new favorite look for homeowners is a sleek continuous style from the countertop down into the sink. Integrated sinks are most often made from the same material as the countertop. The two blend seamlessly for a smooth flow from your 106 / MARCH 2018

4. Two-Toned Cabinets. A great kitchen has stylish, and functional cabinets. Choosing two-tone cabinets adds depth and a focal point to your kitchen. Most often this is accomplished with the top cabinets in one color and the bottom in a darker hue. You can either chose two neutrals or two shades of the same color to mix and match. White cabinets will always be timeless as they brighten up a space, but there is a shift from white to light shades of gray. As a natural neutral color, gray looks good alongside warm or cool colors. We are seeing interesting ocean-inspired shades of blues and greens mixed with other colors, complementing wood stains. Natural wood hues are popping up to soften the white in the space and bring in a cozy, earthy feel. 5. Innovative Custom Storage. Our modern lives are cluttered enough and we now see a trend of hiding accessories and small appliances. Toasters, coffee makers, mixer, blenders, cutting boards and microwaves are moving off the counter top and into specialty cabinets, behind sliding doors or inside small “appliance garages” or other storage systems when not in use. With an almost endless selection of materials, styles and finishes to choose from, renovating the kitchen might seem overwhelming. Incorporating some of these ideas can help narrow down those choices and make the process exciting and creative. Remember: today, variety is the name of the game. Combining at least a few of these five trends can help you create a stunning kitchen to enjoy for years to come. Sylvia Dunn is the 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 weather outside is frightful, and the week ahead calls for falling temperatures, maybe even snow. That makes it easy to dream of warmer spring weather, but to plan for it? To sit and strategize for making the most of next year’s lawn and landscape projects? That seems like no small feat. It doesn’t have to be. The good news is that spring will be here before we know it, and now is the best time to work with your favorite landscape professional to set the stage for a healthy spring. With the expertise and knowledge of a professional, you’ll be well on your way to get a thriving landscape you’ll enjoy come spring. Which is just around the corner, right?

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by Katrina Voguel

“You’re doing great, c’mon … one more push. Your baby is almost here!” Those words echo through history and mark the memories of many mothers. My mom said those same words as she helped them bring their babies into this world. Her time as a midwife in Scotland in the 1950s was seldom spoken of, yet those stories seemed to both heal and torment her. Now, at 84, she lived those memories in her mind but often didn’t remember what she had for breakfast or the name of the handsome young man who brought her meds this morning. She’s challenged remembering the didactic facts of the day, but her emotional self is rich and absolutely present. At that moment, my mom was sitting at her piano playing her favorite composition by Dvorjak called “Coming Home.” She usually cried when she played it—tears of beauty and sorrow. She played the last notes and breathed out. She sat quietly and ran her fingers over the worst of the burn scars on her hands and arms. They marked her history, both beautiful and tragic. She was born Ida Irene Melnik in 1932. She was the sixth child of Ukrainian immigrants who settled in northern Saskatchewan. Her parents worked hard and built a large successful farm during the Great Depression. Life was good until October 5, 1935. The KKK didn’t like Ukrainians in Canada—especially successful ones. Around dawn, a Molotov Cocktail was thrown into their home. The bomb blew up and turned their home into a ball of fire. Her father came running in from the fields and ran straight into the burning house. He found his wife and dragged her out. She was burned from head to toe. He looked about wildly calling out for his children and finally found five of the six. Ida! Where was Ida? Ida was still inside and trapped in her crib. My grandfather ran back in the fire and found his little daughter screaming and trying to block the fire from her face with her arms, her favorite blanket in flames next to her. He grabbed her, ran for the nearest window and handed her out to her oldest sister, 13-year old Lila. Then he fell back into the flames. Six children where orphaned that day. Six children lost their way. Ida was treated in the local country hospital for extensive burns and debrided without use of anesthetic. The other children were told there was no way their littlest sister could survive. “Think of her as dead,” they said. “It will make the end easier.” But Ida did not die. She was adopted eight months later by an older couple. They were kind, but she was not mothered. Her new parents believed that children were best seen and not heard. Shy little Ida wouldn’t take her hands out of her pockets until, at the age of 6, she quietly asked to take piano lessons. Those piano lessons saved her arms and the music saved her soul, but every night she dreamed of a burning house. Every night she dreamed of losing a baby that she carried in her arms. And so she became a midwife to catch the babies that kept disappearing. I watched her eyes light up when she started telling stories of her life as a midwife. She spoke of 116 / MARCH 2018

wearing her midwife uniform and snappy hat. She told stories of riding her old fashioned bike with the baskets on the back that carried the tools of her trade. She spoke of the mother of five children who, when she learned there were two heart beats, grabbed her husband by his shirt and told him, “Don’t you EVER stick your wanker inside of me again!” With every birth, Ida witnessed the transition of a woman becoming a mother. She felt the crack of their soul that made them powerful—the same crack that would break them—the crack that could only be healed with the spirit and love of other women and mothers. Without knowing it, my mother kept looking at her hands and using them to tell and shape her stories. How many times had she smoothed the brow of a laboring woman? How many times had she held their hands as they pushed? How many times had she welcomed a new soul into the world with the gentleness of an angel? How many times had she caught the baby whose soul had left too soon? Now, as I looked at my aging mom, I tried to imagine the depth of her loss. I tried to imagine the terror and fear of crying for the mother who would never come, the mother whose arms would never hold her again. My mother was the disappearing baby—the baby with no place. Somehow, in witnessing the birth of the babies and the struggle of the birthing Mothers, she found healing. So we sat, my mom and I, quietly holding hands. A silent prayer slipped from my soul to my grandfather, thanking him for his bravery and love and for saving my mom on that fateful day. I looked up and saw my Mother’s bright smiling blue eyes and I knew she was there … and that was enough. Katrina Vogel (“Kit”) is wife to Paul, mom to three energetic kids, fifth child of the Vogel Family and a Spokane native. Kit and Paul moved their family and bike fitting business (CyclePoint, LLC) from Kirkland to Spokane in 2016 to be closer to family. Listen To Your Mother Spokane is a live stage performance which takes place every year on Mother’s Day at the Bing Crosby Theater.  Directed, produced by and starring local writers, LTYM takes the audience on a well crafted journey through the beauty and the beast that is motherhood featuring essays like the ones in this column read by their authors.

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According to a report by the World Economic Forum, “65 percent of children entering primary schools today will ultimately work in new job types and functions that currently don’t yet exist.” Critical thinking, problem solving, and innovation are skills that will be in high demand. The primary goal of Invent Washington is to give every child in Washington State an opportunity learn innovation skill through unstructured problem solving activities that connect to core STEM standards. Since last August, more than 400 Washington state teachers have invested an entire Saturday learning how to teach the invention process to their students. Teachers were provided a vast quantity of resources from which to develop units of instruction and classroom lessons on the invention process. These lessons culminated with individual students identifying problems and developing their own inventions and prototypes to solve those problems. 

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Schools are now hosting their own Invention Fairs to determine which finalists will enter the annual Invent Washington Regional Competition which will be held on Saturday, March 24 at North Central High School (1600 N. Howard Street).   The Invent Washington team is looking for adults to assist as judges during the regional competition. Find more information on all aspects of the organization and how to become involved online at

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children who favor their physical likeness. I’m not exaggerating when I say my kids are all carbon copies of one another other in male and female forms, and the only physical attribute I can claim passing along is my smelly feet gene. It’s not just the physical traits that make us different. It’s personality traits as well. My youngest child, Kelly, is like the energizer bunny. From the moment she wakes up, she is driven to be the best at everything she puts her hand to. For entertainment, she practices math concepts at home from workbooks she was given by a family friend who cleaned out her bookshelves. She also plans her science fair project two months before it’s been assigned. Oh, and my personal favorite: she insisted that I create a set of homemade cursive practice sheets so she could learn more sophisticated lettering for the Valentine’s Day cards she prepared for the entire school. Kelly, by definition, is the classic “overachiever,” while her mother is the classic, “what are the bare minimum requirements” parental role-model. Now, fast forward to the day when my daughter corners me and says, “Mom, did you know they have this thing called Girl Scouts? You get to hang out with friends, earn badges for learning fun things, and they get to sell cookies every year! I need you to find out how to sign me up!” I feel a cold sweat break out over my body and the sick weight of dread in my gut. It wasn’t that I was intentionally trying to hide the fact that

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Girl Scouts existed. I was merely doing my best to avoid a parental situation where I was doomed for instant failure. While I was never a scout, I am pretty sure my parental philosophy of “good enough” was probably not up to the high standards of the scout organization. I laid in bed that night carefully crafting a plan to divert her attention away from her crazy Girl Scout cookie dreams. It wasn’t like she needed more social opportunities. Kelly already had a full social schedule of playdates and birthday parties, and when it came to domesticity, the girl demonstrated more capabilities than her mother on a daily basis. Then I had a light bulb moment. If I could show her she already possessed all the skills of a Girl Scout, she’d realize that her time was better spent on her math workbooks and hand-lettering YouTube videos. As I surfed away on Google sleuthing out data I could use to convince my daughter that Girl Scouts was not a fit for us, I clicked on something called the “DNA of a G.I.R.L.” I learned that G.I.R.L is an acronym for a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader. All the things I see blossoming in my daughter. As my eyes scanned the illustration that identified 13 personality traits of a Girl Scout, one in particular caught my attention. She handles conflict with compassion and clear communication. My mom heart started to ache as I remembered a note I had found in Kelly’s backpack. It said: “Alyssa, I know you better than this. Please say

sorry to Caleb. Kelly.” When I first read the note, I felt a sense of relief knowing Kelly would defend her brother, who is touched by autism, to her classmate. But reading it under the light of the Girl Scout principles, I felt like crying. My daughter, in front of my eyes, was handling conflict with compassion and clear communication better than many adults I know. As I thought about her unique gifts, I felt guilty. I spend a great deal of my personal and professional life helping children with autism be the best they can be, and yet I was failing my own neurotypical child by trying to quash her desire to embrace her inner G.I.R.L. I decided that I owed it to my daughter to help her be her best-self and began my search for a local troop. I’m happy to report that this spring Kelly will be rocking her favorite pair of sockpants under her new spiffy Girl Scout uniform as we represent her troop selling Girl Scout cookies all over Spokane. While it’s a whole new experience for me, she is thriving and rising to the occasion. I have no doubt the experience will provide her with all sorts of valuable life skills and, in true Lytle fashion, a few new adventures of Sockpants and Super Heroes. Holly Lytle is the mother of three and is 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.

WOMAN/if they only knew

IF THEY ONLY KNEW Ode to Powerful Mothers

My mother was a nurse in a rural setting until treatment, perhaps returning for “cosmetic” surshe was 80-years old. The first person I called when gery. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 30 years ago was “No way,” my mom and I said at the same time. Mom. A true pioneer woman who worked alongThe surgeon looked at us like we were crazy and side her daddy on the family farm because the two suggested that I might possibly want that type of boys in the family didn’t come until much later in surgery “down the road,” but I was probably too this family of 11 children. She was tough and sweet. emotional to want it now. No, he didn’t understand. Her life spanned two world wars, the Korean and I very clearly told him, and mom supported me Vietnam wars, and she lived to see Barack Obama 100 percent, that I wanted cosmetic surgery (an imelected president. We celebrated that together. She plant) at the same time as the mastectomy. Again, is now deceased at age 94. that crazy look from him. Then he said But many years ago, I needed her possibly the most stupid, most unstrength when the doctor called thinkable thing I had ever heard me at work to tell me I needed up until then: “Just do what to come in right away because I told my wife to do, stuff they had discovered I had your bra with nylons and The next call I breast cancer. The next call I you’ll be fine.” made was to my mom. And made was to my Stuff my bra with she came—of course she nylons? I thought my mom. And she did. mom was going to deck came—of course In the surgeon’s office it him. That was not the was surreal. This could not she did. answer we sought. The be happening to me in my two of us insisted he set up mid-30s with two children and a meeting with a cosmetic a husband at home, and a great surgeon. job. Mom told me to buck up; she We had that consultation, and loved me and this would all turn out for in the end, that doctor stood alongthe better. side my cancer surgeon and placed an imWhen mom—all 5-foot nothing and 100 plant at the same time as my mastectomy. Hurray pounds—told you to buck up, you did. There are for strong moms who raise equally strong daughstories about how the doctors would call on her to ters. handle the 250-pound drunk causing trouble at the I am so thankful that physicians today are so clinic. And she did—of course she did. much more knowledgeable about breast cancer and It was natural that when my time of need came, how to be sensitive in a difficult time in one’s life. she was with me. My surgeon, long since gone, Plus the technology is so much better now. Know seemed professional until one critical moment your own mind in these kinds of circumstances and when we were making plans. There was no question do not be afraid to speak it. If we don’t speak for that I would have a mastectomy: just get the cancer ourselves at critical junctures in our lives, who will? out of my body. I had kids at home and work to do. Today, 30 years later, I am alive and thriving. And The question then arose about post-mastectomy I still have that same implant. If They Only Knew..

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CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE ANDREW J. BOULET Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820 JANICE D. CHRISTENSEN Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820 BRYAN E. FUHS Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820 HAROLD ROBERT GOLDBERG Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820 R. DEAN HILL Kootenai Heart Clinics Northwest Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 310 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 847-2500 DARREN CHARLES HOLLENBAUGH Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820 126 / MARCH 2018

PHILIP R. HUBER Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820 MICHAEL A. KWASMAN Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820 PIERRE P. LEIMGRUBER Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center 507 S. Washington St., Ste. 170 (509) 747-8000 DIETER FRANTZ LUBBE Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820 GERHARD H. MUELHEIMS Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820 JOHN G. PETERSON Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820 MICHAEL E. RING Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820

COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY M. SHANE MCNEVIN Columbia Surgical Specialists Surgical Specialists of Spokane 217 W. Cataldo Ave. (509) 747-6194

CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE SAMUEL JOSEPH Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital Mechanical Heart and Thoracic Organ Transplant Program 101 W. 8th Ave., Ste. 120 (509) 474-2041

DERMATOLOGY RICHARD HERDENER Dermatology Specialists of Spokane 510 S. Cowley St. (509) 456-8444

FAMILY MEDICINE RONDA M. BECKNER Columbia Medical Associates Family Health Center 546 N. Jefferson St., Ste. 200 (509) 688-6700 ERIN A. CHURCH MultiCare Rockwood Quail Run Clinic 2214 E. 29th Ave. (509) 755-5250

TAMMY R. ELLINGSEN Columbia Medical Associates Family Health Center 546 N. Jefferson St., Ste. 200 (509) 688-6700 DEBRA GORE Kaiser Permanente Riverfront Medical Center Department of Family Medicine 322 W. North River Dr., 2nd Fl. (509) 324-6464 JOHN F. MCCARTHY Native Project 1803 W. Maxwell Ave. (509) 483-7535 JEFFREY O’CONNOR 309 E. Farwell Rd., Ste. 204 (509) 385-0600 P. Z. PEARCE Champions Sports Medicine 730 N. Hamilton St. (509) 487-4467 WILLIAM SAYRES South Hill Medical Center 4102 S. Regal St., Ste. 101 (509) 535-2277 MICHAEL STEPHENS Columbia Medical Associates Family Health Center 546 N. Jefferson Ln., Ste. 200 (509) 688-6700

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CAMTU M. THAI Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital Group Health Cooperative Hospitalists 101 W. 8th Ave. (509) 459-9010

GASTROENTEROLOGY ARNOLD N. COHEN Spokane Digestive Disease Center Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste 550E 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 747-5145

GERIATRIC MEDICINE DARRYL K. POTYK Spokane Teaching Health Center Providence Internal Medicine Residency Clinic 624 E. Front Ave. (509) 626-9900 BRIAN J. SEPPI Providence Internal Medicine 546 N. Jefferson Ln., Ste. 100 (509) 624-0111

INFECTIOUS DISEASE HENRY L. ARGUINCHONA Spokane Teaching Health Center Providence Infectious Disease Clinic 624 E. Front Ave. (509) 626-9904

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MICHAEL D. GILLUM Spokane Teaching Health Center Providence Infectious Disease Clinic 624 E. Front Ave. (509) 626-9904

INTERNAL MEDICINE MARY S. BADGER Columbia Medical Associates North 9631 N. Nevada St., Ste. 100 (509) 344-8048 BERDINE BENDER Providence Internal Medicine 546 N. Jefferson Ln., Ste. 100 (509) 624-0111 DAN J. DIONNE Providence Internal Medicine 820 S. McClellan St., Ste. 200 (509) 747-1144 JOHN F. FLOYD Providence Internal Medicine 546 N. Jefferson Ln., Ste. 100 (509) 624-0111 ELIZABETH C. HO Providence Internal Medicine 820 S. McClellan St., Ste. 200 (509) 747-1144 MICHAEL C. KERKERING Providence Primary Care Providence Medical Park 16528 E. Desmet Ct., Ste. B2100 and B3100 (509) 944-9440

BRIAN J. SEPPI Providence Internal Medicine 546 N. Jefferson Ln., Ste. 100 (509) 624-0111

INTERNAL MEDICINE/HOSPITAL MEDICINE JUDY A. BENSON Spokane Teaching Health Center Providence Internal Medicine Residency Clinic 634 E. Front Ave. (509) 626-9900 PETER WEITZMAN Providence Holy Family Hospital Division of Hospital Medicine 5633 N. Lidgerwood St. (509) 868-0876

MEDICAL ONCOLOGY AND HEMATOLOGY BRUCE A. CUTTER Summit Cancer Centers 13424 E. Mission Ave. (509) 462-2273 MEI DONG CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000 ROBERT H. GERSH CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000 SRIVALLI GOPALUNI CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000

HAKAN KAYA CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000 DANKO MARTINCIC CancerCare Northwest 1204 N. Vercler Rd. (509) 228-1000 NDEGWA M. NJUGUNA CancerCare Northwest 1204 N. Vercler Rd. (509) 228-1000 PETER J. SCHLEGEL CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000 MARK E. SIENKO CancerCare Northwest 605 E. Holland Ave., Ste. 100 (509) 228-1000 SARITHA C. THUMMA CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000

NEPHROLOGY RICHARD W. CARSON MultiCare Rockwood Clinic Kidney and Hypertension Center 400 E. 5th Ave. (509) 342-3915 NELSON CHOW Providence Kidney Care Spokane Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste 7010 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 340-0930 HENRY MROCH Providence Kidney Care Spokane Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste 7010 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 340-0930

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JOHN LOUIS MUSA MultiCare Rockwood Clinic Kidney and Hypertension Center 400 E. 5th Ave. (509) 342-3915 KATHERINE TUTTLE Providence Kidney Care Spokane Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste. 7060 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 340-0930

NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY JONATHAN D. CARLSON Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste 200 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 624-9112 BENJAMIN C. LING Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste 200 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 624-9112

NEUROLOGY MADELEINE C. GERAGHTY MultiCare Deaconess Hospital Department of Neurology 800 W. 5th Ave. (509) 473-5800 TIMOTHY POWELL Providence Epilepsy Center Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste 318C 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 474-6650

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NUCLEAR MEDICINE BRYAN E. FUHS Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820


TIMOTHY PATRICK LOVELL Providence Orthopaedics 820 S. McClellan St., Ste. 300 (509) 838-7100 ANTOINE TOHMEH Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists 212 E. Central Ave., Ste. 140 (509) 465-1300


PETER FERN Northwest Obstetrics and Gynecology Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste 6020 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 455-5050

NEIL A. GIDDINGS Columbia Surgical Specialists Spokane Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic 217 W. Cataldo Ave. (509) 624-2326

ELIZABETH A. GROSEN CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000


SUSANNAH M. MOURTON CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000

DAVID C. HOAK Incyte Diagnostics 13103 E. Mansfield Ave. (509) 892-2700


MARK SCHEMMEL Spokane Obstetrics and Gynecology Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste 6060 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 838-4211

NEIL K. WORRALL Northwest Heart & Lung Surgical Associates Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 110 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 456-0262



MIKE H. KODY Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists 601 W. 5th Ave., Ste. 400 (509) 344-2663

C. CHRIS ANDERSON Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital Center for Congenital Heart Disease 101 W. 8th Ave., Ste. 4300E (509) 747-6707

PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGYONCOLOGY JUDY L. FELGENHAUER Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic 101 W. 8th Ave., 3rd Fl. (509) 474-2777

PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY BENJAMIN C. LING Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste 200 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 624-9112

PEDIATRIC SPECIALIST/ NEONATALPERINATAL MEDICINE DIANE D. WARNER Kootenai Health Division of Neonatology 2003 Kootenai Health Way Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 (208) 625-5088

PEDIATRICS/ GENERAL JON LEE The Kids Clinic Spokane 319 W. 8th Ave. (509) 448-7337

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ROBERT MAIXNER Providence Pediatric Associates - South 1919 S. Grand Blvd. (509) 747-3081

RICHARD J. LAMBERT Spokane Respiratory, Pulmonary & Critical Care Consultants Sleep Institute of Spokane 12615 E. Mission Ave., Ste. 200 (509) 353-3960

KRISTI RICE Providence Pediatric Associates - Northpointe 9911 N. Nevada St. (509) 626-9430



ROBERT FAIRBANKS CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000

GREGORY T. CARTER St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute 711 S. Cowley St. (509) 473-6910 VIVIAN M. MOISE St. Luke’s Physiatry Practice 715 S. Cowley St., Ste. 224 (509) 473-6706

PSYCHIATRY TAD PATTERSON Spokane Teaching Health Center Providence Psychiatry Residency Clinic 624 E. Front Ave. (509) 626-9900

PULMONARY MEDICINE SAMUEL JOSEPH Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital Mechanical Heart and Thoracic Organ Transplant Program 101 W. 8th Ave., Ste. 120 (509) 474-2041

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J. LANCE GRIFFITH CancerCare Northwest 700 W. Ironwood Dr., Ste. 130 Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 (208) 754-3100 AARON E. WAGNER CancerCare Northwest 1204 N. Vercler Rd. (208) 754-3100

RADIOLOGY JAYSON S. BROWER Inland Imaging Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste 100C 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 455-4455 WILLIAM DAVID KEYES Inland Imaging 525 S. Cowley St. (509) 455-4455

RHEUMATOLOGY GARY L. CRAIG Arthritis Northwest Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste 6080 105 W 8th Ave (509) 838-6500

HOWARD M. KENNEY Arthritis Northwest Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste 6080 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 838-6500

LELAND G. SIWEK Northwest Heart & Lung Surgical Associates Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste 110 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 456-0262


NEIL K. WORRALL Northwest Heart & Lung Surgical Associates Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste 110 122 W 7th Ave. (509) 456-0262

CAROL GUTHRIE Spokane Breast Center 217 W. Cataldo Ave., 3rd Fl. (509) 455-9550

SURGICAL ONCOLOGY CAROL GUTHRIE Spokane Breast Center 217 W. Cataldo Ave., 3rd Fl. (509) 455-9550 RYAN HOLBROOK CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1541 MARYAM PARVIZ CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1541

THORACIC SURGERY STEVEN J. NISCO Northwest Heart & Lung Surgical Associates Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste 110 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 456-0262 BRANDEN R. REYNOLDS Northwest Heart & Lung Surgical Associates Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste 110 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 456-0262

VASCULAR SURGERY STEPHEN P. MURRAY Providence Vascular Institute Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste 420 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 626-9440

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HEALTH BEAT/allergies

Tips to Keep Allergy Sufferers from Dreading Spring

roll up your sleeves and give your home a deep scrub. A thorough cleaning can eliminate allergens such as dust mites and mold, and clear the air. 3. Start your relief early on. Don’t

wait for your eyes to begin watering before taking your allergy medicine. Start your medications at least two weeks before the season begins, and they will already be in your system when you really need it. 4. Clean your air effectively. When

looking for support to clean the air in your home, don’t choose an ionic air filter. These filters require more airflow to operate properly than most homes are able to provide. Instead choose a HEPA room air cleaner rated with a Clean Air Delivery Rate. If you have central air, change your filters every three months and use filters with a MERV rating of 11 or 12 to keep your air as clean as possible.

5. Resist the urge to breathe in fresh air. After months cooped up indoors, you

want a fresh breeze, but before you open your windows, beware. Opening windows allows pollen and other debris into your home where they can settle in your carpet or upholstery. As hard as it can be, you’re better off keeping your windows closed during peak allergy season.

From flowers poking through the ground to ditching heavy winter

parkas, it’s easy to look forward to spring. Unless, of course, you have allergies. Then, the path to warmer weather and additional daylight could be marked with watery eyes, sneezing and a runny nose. As you start your spring allergy planning, keep these five tips from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) in mind:

1. It may not only be allergies. In some cases the symptoms you

are experiencing may not be caused by allergies alone but by another complication such as asthma. Research shows two-thirds of people with asthma also suffer from allergies, making symptoms worse during the spring season. If your symptoms include a persistent cough or feeling winded quickly, asthma could be the cause of your trouble.

2. Take a deep dive for spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is a must for many people, but if you suffer from allergies, it’s even more important. Clearing dust and cobwebs can ease your sneezing, but for better results,

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HEALTH BEAT/birth control

New Birth Control Mail Order Option in Washington I feel “good listening” is the skill set that is key to my success in building strong patient/provider relationships. I want my patients to feels comfortable to discuss their health issues and participate in developing a plan to address their healthcare concerns. Brenda Durnin, PA-C OBGYN

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THE PILL CLUB recently launched in Washington State to now prescribe birth control, virtually, to women who do not have a prescription already. A team of medical professionals, women’s health advocates and software engineers have been on a mission to simplify the process of getting birth control, from prescription to delivery. They understand the barriers in place that hinder women from receiving full access to their birth control. The Pill Club team also understands that safe and timely access to hormonal contraception is an important healthcare concern for women and that there are a million things you would rather be doing than dealing with insurance companies and waiting in line at the pharmacy. “At The Pill Club, we believe that a woman’s body is hers and hers alone,” says Nick Chang, founder. “She deserves access to information and the ability to choose what she decides is best for herself. We understand the barriers that prevent women from receiving birth control. We seek to empower young women by providing greater and more affordable access to a medication that puts her future in her hands.” The Pill Club was started to create an alternative. The in-house pharmacy allows them to circumvent traditional pharmacies and provide more affordable access to birth control. Their goal is to challenge the norm, break down barriers and empower women to take ownership of their health and their bodies. believe that receiving birth control should be easy and fun.  

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HEALTH BEAT/holistic care




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In this time of constant change, an increasing number people are awakening, seeking

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true selves and living our divine potential every day. The good news is our struggles can be inspiration to live happier lives. There are many ways discover our true selves. Our human potential is in alignment with our spiritual awakening, and the path to peace, self compassion, self love and happiness is within our reach. The key is to find the source that resonates for us. The “flavor” that feels right and inspires us to maintain a daily practice is within our reach. Many people seek Reiki as an avenue to self-awareness. Reiki is universal life force energy and is channelled through an attuned practitioner or master. People seeking help through Reiki can do so as a student or a client. Reiki, when channelled through a highly skilled and experienced Reiki Master, is powerful and profoundly healing. Angelic Reiki is a Reiki modality that connects us to our higher selves, our soul group, and to the divine. Angelic Reiki is a tool everyday people living everyday lives can choose. Angelic Reiki is not limited to healers or practitioners. Angelic Reiki is for anyone on their spiritual path. When referring to angels, I encourage people to not place too little merit on the “winged beings.” Rather, these beings of light are powerful and loving, and are committed to humanity as a whole and to each individual committed to releasing self-imposed limitations and living an inspired life. The time has come for each of us to release our self-imposed limitations and live a life of peace. Step up, step out and receive the gift of life that is promised to all of us. 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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hen I visited sunny Sayulita, Mexico, my lazy morning would usually involve meandering into town sometime before noon and picking up a Mexican Green Smoothie from my favorite street vendor. Fragrant cilantro, silky avocado, crisp

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watery cucumber, fresh, spicy jalapeño and kale, blended with orange, pineapple and lime juice—a powerhouse of nutrients, not to mention flavor. Tropical, with a little spicy heat, it was tasty and energizing and I’ve been making versions of this ever since I got back … and daydreaming of ocean and sun. See the full recipe at







LOCAL CUISINE/mac n cheese


by Kris Kilduff

Manito Tap House

1811 W. Broadway Ave. There’s an unwritten rule that if you fancy yourself a tap-house, your menu better boast a serious mac n cheese. Manito Tap House has Spokane’s best beer collection, so why cut corners on the pasta? The creamy chipotle cheese shells are topped with pancetta and a sunny-side egg, but the real secret is the addicting crunchy Parmesan found at the bottom of this cast iron.

No-Li Brewhouse


1003 E. Trent Ave., Ste. 170 If mac n cheese weren’t already a soul food staple, No-Li turned the tables by adding in even more southern roots to the classic dish. They fold in gracious amounts of slow-cooked bbq pulled pork, top it with broken down chunks of crispy pork rinds and drizzle it with a sweet bbq sauce. Like a southern gentleman, I licked the plate.

When you’re seven years old, life is simple. The first movie I remember seeing in the

theater was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Father and son traversed continents, battled Nazis and swam through rat-infested sewers all in order to find some sort of Holy Grail. I was a bit too naive to understand the concept of eternal youth, so when I asked my dad to explain what they were looking for, he went with: “a big gold cup.” I specifically remember getting a picture in my head of a fancy gold chalice (not much different than the one of lore), but mine was filled to the brim with gooey mac and cheese. Looking back now, I guess it doesn’t seem so silly. If anything is worth a dangerous trekking adventure, it’s pasta and melty cheese.

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2010 W. Waikiki Rd. Every once in a while you find a mac n cheese so delectable it should almost have a different name. The spiraled fusilli pasta is the perfect tool for holding pockets of warm melted cheese sauce. The real star of this dish, however, are the huge chunks of buttery lobster. There isn’t anything sweeter than seeing your waitress bring you a plate of pasta with a meaty lobster claw sticking out of it. 146 / MARCH 2018

Mac Daddy’s Pub and Grill

415 W. Hastings St. Food truck turned pub, Mac Daddy’s has serviced Spokane’s mac n cheese elite for the last few years. Though the new pub has expanded the menu, pasta is still primary. Like any good mac, the please is in the cheese, and they have gobs of it. What really stands out about their creation is the texture they create by giving it a sear on their flat top grill.

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210 E. Sherman Ave., CDA I couldn’t brag about eating the area’s best mac n cheese if I didn’t drive out to the recent winner of Coeur d’Alene’s Mac n Cheese festival. Though far from traditional, the self-dubbed “Amazeballs” are deep fried croquettes of hearty three cheese macaroni drizzled with sriracha and their in-house ranch dressing.

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• Heat oven to 375 F. Whisk together milk and eggs. • In separate bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and butter. Add milk-egg mixture and stir. Spoon mixture into muffin cases. • Cut cheese into cubes and press down into mixture. Bake in center of oven about 15 minutes. • To make Nut Pesto: In blender or using hand blender, combine olive oil, parsley, garlic, walnuts, cashews, salt and pepper. Pulse or blend until coarsely chopped. a • Serve corn muffins with additional cheese, Nut Pesto and thin slices of cured ham, if desired. Notes: If possible, use stiff paper cups, so muffins stand up better. Cornbread can also be baked in large, round baking pan, about 20 centimeters in diameter; adjust baking time as needed until done.

cup milk eggs cup plain flour cups cornmeal tablespoon sugar teaspoons baking powder tablespoons softened butter cup Jarlsberg Cheese, plus additional cured ham, thinly sliced (optional)

NUT PESTO 5 tablespoons olive oil 1 pack fresh, flat-leaf parsley 1 garlic clove 1/2 cup walnuts 1/4 cup cashews salt pepper

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LOCAL CUISINE/dining guide


The Dining Guide includes summaries of local restaurants that are featured on a rotating basis each issue. Suggestions for additions or corrections can be sent to

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.

been butt-kickin’ BBQ at this downtown corner spot. The undisputed star here is winebroiled chicken, spicy and robust, yet fallingoff-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., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m. (Sunday breakfast buffet 9 a.m.-noon during football season.) 126 N. Division St. (509) 835-LION (5466).

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 Beach-styled 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.

The Wandering Table. A much-anticipated 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 BaconWrapped 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., Sun-Mon, 4-10 p.m. 1242 W. Summit Pkwy. in Kendall Yards. (509) 443-4410.

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.

BARBECUE Red Lion BBQ & Pub. For about 20 years, whether it was in the old rhythm and blues, peanut-shells-on-the-floor days, or more recently as a sports bar, there’s always 150 / MARCH 2018


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 houseinfused 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. Frank’s has become a Spokane landmark throughout the past decade. 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 pancakes. Seven days 6 a.m.8 p.m. 1516 W. Second Ave. (509) 747-8798. 10929 N. Newport Highway, (509) 465-2464. The Yards Bruncheon. The team at The Yards Bruncheon figured out how to extend the weekend all-week-long by offering brunch every day, and—oh!—how that pleases us. This modern diner is a combination of breakfast and lunch complemented with classic brunch cocktails. Their menu features comfort food using local farms and producers. The food is food the team loves to eat and is meant to be taken lightly. They make most of their menu items in house, including their pastries, which are some of the best around. They also feature some of the best coffees and teas from around the world. 1248 W. Summit Pkwy., Mon-Sun 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (509) 290-5952.

CASUAL DINING 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





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LOCAL CUISINE/dining guide 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., dlishs. com. Taste Cafe & Fine Art. If you love the taste of healthy and enjoy putting nutrientdense 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— Asian chicken wrap, lentil salad, cookies and a kale salad that would make carnivores drool— among a long list of tantalizing dishes. MonFri 7 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun. 180 S. Howard St. (509) 468-2929. Gilded Unicorn. The 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 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 newfashioned 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.

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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. Tues-Sun from 3:15 p.m. to close. 315 Wallace Ave. in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 6679660.

FINE DINING Masselow’s Steakhouse. Named after a strong chief who was instrumental in the survival of the Kalispels, Masselow’s combines the culinary heritage of the tribe with Northwest fine dining. The restaurant features an intimate and lavishly appointed dining room

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LOCAL CUISINE/dining guide just off the hotel lobby in the new wing of the Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights and serves up an Elk Sirloin and Seared Scallops worth the drive. Their chocolate mousse on the dessert menu is also a show stopper. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights. (509) 242-7000.

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Stacks at Steam Plant. Named for the twin smokestacks that have been a part of the downtown Spokane skyline for nearly a century, Stacks offers a full-service dining experience in a one-of-a-kind space. Unique private dining spaces include boiler rooms where the original pipes still line the walls and ceiling. Signature dishes are created from scratch and incorporate ingredients produced only at the Steam Plant—including smoked meats, fish and vegetables, and many of the ales brewed on-site. 3 p.m.–10 p.m. Sun-Thurs, 3 p.m.– 11p.m. Fri-Sat. 159 S. Lincoln, under the smokestacks downtown. (509) 777-3900. 1898 Public House. With a nod of respect to the year the golf club was originally established, 1898 Public House combines a storied history with modern flair. Led by Executive chef Tyler Schwenk, their culinary team takes pride in preparing classic foods with a fresh twist, while using the finest ingredients. From hand-pressed gourmet burgers and housecured bacon, to house-made rolls and charcuterie, dining at 1898 is an exciting culinary tour for your palate. With signature comfort food dishes and unique combinations designed for the more adventurous foodie. SunThurs 4-9 p.m., Fri/Sat 4-10 p.m., happy hour 4-6 p.m. 2010 W. Waikiki Rd. (509) 466-2121.


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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-turned-restaurant 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. Crave. Where to go that’s lively, airy, and serves some of the best pub and lounge fare around. They do wraps, burgers, salads and fries (yes to the fries!) right. On the super hip corner of Riverside Ave. and Washington St. with eats, drinks, and nightlife done right. Daily, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 401 W. Riverside Ave. (509) 321-7480.

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Millwood Brewing Company

9013 E. Fredrick Ave. Spokane Valley’s brewing game keeps growing. The latest is a beautiful rustic tap room off of Argonne. Swing in and pick up one of their signature brews: Papermaker Pale Ale or an Irish Truck Bed Red

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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.

OTHER Nudo. Asian-fusion. This new-age “ramen house” speaks urban cool in the heart of downtown Spokane. Try the Grilled Miso Chilean Sea Bass, Edamame, or Crisp Salt and Pepper Basil Chicken for appetizers, followed by a Tonkotsu Bowl featuring fresh ramen, barbecue pork, hard-boiled egg, corn, braised bamboo shoots and seaweed in a slow-boiled pork bone broth. Their signature Ramen Burger—a fresh-ground beef patty topped with arugula and tonkatsu sauce between two homemade rounds of “ramen bun” is a fun entrée. A wellselected drink menu, late hours, and modern lounge-feel makes it well set for lingering dates and après-event noshing. Vegetarian options also offered. Mon-Sat 11 a.m-close. 818 W. Sprague. (509) 290-5763.

I am not one to write reviews normally, but the food here was just beyond exceptional. Everything was fresh and the portions challenged me to finish my entire meal which I don't usually have a problem with! The restaurant is very clean and the staff is friendly. Will definitely be coming back here again!

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Fire Artisan Pizza. Walk in the front door and you smell smoke from local orchard wood burning at 800 degrees in the Forno Bravo oven that is a focal piece of the open kitchen at the back of the restaurant. Whether you order up one of the creative pizzas on the menu or design your own pie, you are in for a treat. Fire’s chewy charred crust and bright red sauce are both excellent. The wine list is also well chosen and the space has an industrial retro feel that also manages to be warm and welcoming. The bonus of sushi and seafood pizza will knock you off your feet. Open Sun –Thu 11:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Fri–Sat, 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m. 816 W. Sprague.

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moved to Spokane, thinking it would be a short-term thing, that I would move “back home” to Missouri. I fell in love! This is my home and has been for more than 20 years and KXLY 4 News has been my work home for more than 15. At KXLY 4, we often think of things in fours, so, I’m thinking in fours for “What I Know.” #1: I am so NOT perfect, but my kids are. Let me rephrase that … of course my kids aren’t perfect … I have two teenagers (for goodness sakes), a 20-year old and a grown stepdaughter. They are in no way perfect; however, they are the most perfect thing I’ve ever been associated with. As a family we have been through and are dealing with some really heavy stuff: mental health issues, the loss of my father, the loss of a friend to suicide, car crashes, illness and on and on. Did we handle everything with grace? Of course not. But I give us points for sticking together. I know in my heart there is no love more pure or perfect than what I feel for my children. I will never stop wanting to be a good mother to them and a good example for them. I fall short often, but I will never stop trying.

#2: Foster Parenting is among the best and most painful things I’ve done. I knew from elementary school age that I would be a foster parent. Growing up, our closest neighbors couldn’t have their own children. They fostered, then adopted. As a child, it didn’t make sense to me that not every child was raised like I was—two parents who loved me and my siblings, kept us safe and gave us everything we needed and lots of things we didn’t. I couldn’t stand the thought of all children not having that. Fast forward lots of years later, and I am a foster mom. My family has the honor of caring for three children (under the age of 4) in our home. One little one, we first cared for when she was only three weeks old, and had her for about 16 months. We loved her as our own. When she moved to be with her brothers in their adoptive home, our world shattered. We grieved. She’s been

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gone for more than a year and we still grieve. We are fortunate to stay in touch with her new family and know she is in an amazing home, but we miss her. Our hearts have been broken time and again, loving children then letting them go. THE FIRST thing you may think or say is: “I could never do that, I could never give them up, it would hurt too much.” Heck, I have even said that before. What is worse? Our broken hearts or these children not being loved by someone whose heart is broken when they go? #3: We should leave things better than we found them. In my book, that means bettering our community. One way you can do that is finding a cause dear to your heart, and give. Give of your time, talent or treasure. I pour myself into Teen & Kid Closet (TKC), the nonprofit I helped found in 2007. It is a beautiful free shop for children and youth in foster care, poverty or homelessness. We serve all of Eastern Washington and North Idaho on a referral basis. TKC recently moved to a new location on East Sprague and is always in need of funds, volunteers and people to have fun at our events. I know TKC is making a difference. (Learn about it at #4: The anger and hate are no joke! We are a traumatized nation. I have never experienced a more divisive, angry time in my lifetime. I’m not sure when Americans gave ourselves permission to be so hateful toward each other, to name-call, belittle and stop looking for the truth before reacting. I KNOW we are better; I know we can be a better example to our children and to other countries around the world. We all have the ability to stop, to listen to other perspectives and, even if we don’t agree, to be civil and have an open dialogue. I don’t think it takes that much more effort and you will feel so much better about yourself if you do. I promise. Do yourself a favor … check yourself! You won’t regret it.

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Experts within the crackpot world of numerology say the

number 3 “resonates with the energies of optimism and joy.” Aw, bite me. Speaking from recent psychic trauma, I can tell you the number 3 is one big pile of number 2. This revelation slapped me upside the head one morning last November during a checkup at my doctor’s office. The nurse directed me to that dreaded implement of horror known as the scales, which called for some sophomoric whining. (“Aw … Do I haaave toooo?”) Nada. My standup routine bombed worse than Maxine Waters opening a Trump rally. So I stepped up to the plate, so to speak, and beheld the bloated truth: A 3 accompanied by a zero and a 6. “Three-hundred and six POUNDS!?!” I had taken on the tonnage of a university football lineman, but minus the youth, muscle and coordination. My eyes bugged as if I’d just spotted Nixon crawling out of the grave. The nurse, however, had the tired reaction of someone who had seen this act too many times before. It was like being with a Greenpeace member who had been too long at sea and had lost the wonder of watching whales. Back home, I broke the news to my lovely wife Sherry, telling her that for the first time in my adult eating life I had waddled across the 300-pound threshold. “I’m a fat (bleeping) pig,” I blubbered. Ever the supportive spouse, Sherry attempted to put things into a more compassionate perspective. “We don’t say fat pig anymore,” she explained. “It’s now called being morbidly obese.” I saw this coming, of course. A month earlier, the signs of my rotundity could be seen grinning off supermarket magazine racks throughout our Ingrown Empire. To recap: Vince Bozzi, who publishes this fine periodical, decided to herald my arrival as a columnist by putting me on the cover of the October “Best of the City” issue of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living. I couldn’t have been more flattered. After all, magazine covers 162 / MARCH 2018

are not for lugs like me. Magazine covers are normally the venue for the people we Americans hold in high regard. You know, weasel politicians, trampy supermodels and whichever Kardashian has released the latest sex tape. If you didn’t catch my moment of glory, I was photographed surrounded by enough “best of ” cupcakes and scoops of ice cream to trigger a diabetic coma. The Clark Wheelhouse, in other words. I looked like the poster boy for carbo-loading, which I proved by consuming nearly all of the props. But here’s the thing: That magazine cover, followed closely by my mammoth weigh-in, motivated me into taking serious action. And by that I mean altering my gorging habits. Today, I weighed in at 272 or 34 pounds less. I know. That still sounds like a platter of pork rinds. My goal is to hit 250, but already the gravitational changes in my life are significant. For one, I’m being reacquainted with a number of treasured clothing items that I was forced to abandon when I veered off into a world of broken seams. Why hello there, groovy leather jacket! Last time I attempted to put you on, it took three paramedics and the Jaws of Life to unzip me. And greetings to you spiffy Harris Tweed sport coat that I bought long ago in Scotland. It’s been a decade, alas, since I could make the buttons mate with the buttonholes. Totally true story: I have four or five pairs of brand new jeans that I have never worn due to my cellular expansion. I decided to keep them in a drawer on the off chance an asteroid crashes into Earth and wipes out all the Dairy Queens. There are many other benefits to losing weight. Being able to see my feet again, say. And not fretting about having an aneurysm whenever I bend over to tie my shoes. Another true story: I ran into an old friend last year that I hadn’t seen since the 1970s. I said hello. His response was: “Well, I can see you’ve been eating well.”

Life is cruel sometimes. I’ve tried fad diets before, sure, but none of them worked. The Atkins Diet, for example, had me eating like a Jurassic Park raptor. For months I lived on nothing but steaks, pork chops, hamburger patties, squirrels, stray cats … Sure enough, I dropped a ton of weight until the sheer monotony of the meats had me feeling sorry for what those poor Donner Party members went through. In a moment of carbohydrate deprivation, I broke down and gobbled a cracker. Really. I’m talking about one lousy saltine. Three hours later—WHAM!—I blew up bigger than a Macy’s parade balloon. So what has made the difference for this go-round? Well, the fear of exploding is always a good motivator. This time, however, I decided to follow a sensible time-proven protocol. And that is to eat regular balanced meals. No second helpings. No snacking in between. No candy bars. No desserts. And, finally, no more crack. Ice cream, I mean. It’s my main gateway drug. Oh, and I bought a stationary bike. I plan to ride it each morning with hopes of one day being able to fit into those aforementioned jeans. I had a workout plan before, of course. From what I’ve been told, however, the 10-meter refrigerator dash for Cyrus O’Leary’s pie doesn’t qualify as exercise.

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