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A Wealth of Experiences BY ANNE McGREGOR
his issue of Health & Home has been such fun to work on! Our midcentury modern Home section (page 22) features some of the area’s best examples of the stylish, sleek designs created by notable architects working in Spokane in the ’50s and ’60s. I was lucky enough to go on a couple photo shoots for the story, and I became fascinated with the crisp, confident design of these homes. Part of the charm of midcentury is in its minimalist design, and that’s perhaps why it resonates with us today, in a hectic world of constant news updates and ever-changing “needs” for the latest stuff. In fact, research has shown new stuff only induces a short-term burst of happiness; more long-term satisfaction comes from cultivating experiences. Samantha Wohlfeil’s cover story (“Bye-Bye Burnout,” page 10) explores the health benefits of taking a vacation — an expenditure that not only doesn’t result in cluttering up your space, but can also improve the health of your heart, help you sleep better and boost your feelings of happiness. Even better, the benefits start when you begin planning. And E.J. Iannelli looks at the myriad benefits another experience — simply going outdoors and hanging out — has on kids’ behavior (page 42). Between those two stories, you’ll be wanting to plan your next camping trip!
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SHERI BOGGS writes book reviews for Health & Home. She’s also the Youth Collection Development Librarian for the Spokane County Library District. A former Inlander staffer, who still contributes book reviews, Sheri currently lives in Spokane with her vegan husband and two rescue dogs. She also writes fiction, and makes a pretty decent vegan “chicken” and dumplings. In her spare time, she enjoys playing violin (poorly), cocktails (strong) and accessorizing (her dogs).
SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL wrote this issue’s cover story on the health benefits of vacations. “As a fan of camping, traveling to new cities, and road trips, reporting on this story convinced me that it’s okay to spread my time off over more frequent long weekends. Look out, Banff, Glacier and anywhere with a cheap flight from Spokane, ‘cause I might be headed your way soon.” Sam covers social services, the environment, tribes and other issues for the Inlander.
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Summertime Wine BY CHEY SCOTT
Billed as Spokane’s “largest summer wine and food event,” Vintage Spokane lives up to this designation, showcasing a staggering amount of wine from more than 50 wineries across Washington state and beyond. Among some of the renowned wineries featured in past years are Kiona Vineyards and Winery, L’Ecole No. 41 and Maryhill Winery, along with cider maker Finnriver Farm & Cidery. To stabilize your hunger during all that sipping, Vintage Spokane hosts several local restaurants and caterers serving a variety of food pairings. Sun, July 29 from 3-6 pm (VIP admission begins at 2 pm). $55-$60/general; $70-$75/VIP. Davenport Grand Hotel, 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. vintagespokane.com
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS Babysitting Basics With 10 weeks of summer stretching ahead, local youth may want to make some extra spending money as a responsible, reliable neighborhood babysitter. Regularly hosted Babysitting Basics classes offered by the Inland Northwest Health Services help 10-15 year-olds gain the skills and confidence they need to safely care for infants, toddlers and older children, including how to discipline unruly charges and handle any emergencies. Sessions are offered year-round about twice a month. Upcoming classes on June 16 and 29; July 13 and 20; Aug. 3 and 17; beginning at 9 am. $45/ session. St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley St. courseregistration.inhs.org Parade of Paws Each year, hundreds of pet lovers and their furry friends — mostly dogs, though a few brave felines have been known to tolerate a leash, too — head out for a Saturday morning walk to support the Spokane Humane Society. Choose from a 2 or 4-mile route, and gather your friends and family to form a team. As one of the shelter’s biggest fundraisers of the year, Parade of Paws helps ensure that thousands of homeless companion animals receive food, veterinary care and a safe shelter as they await their fur-ever homes. Sat, June 16 at 10 am. Entry by pledged donations. Spokane Humane Society, 6607 N. Havana. spokanehumanesociety. org (467-5235)
SpokaneScape 101 You might be surprised to learn that the city of Spokane offers up to a $500 credit to city utility customers for replacing grass with drought-tolerant plants and other non-grass landscape features. Residents can learn more about this program to preserve our region’s precious water resources at free classes covering the process to transform lawns into beautiful, sustainable gardens with water-efficient irrigation. Sessions also cover requirements to qualify for the SpokaneScape program rebate. Sat, June 23 from 10:30-11 am at the Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley.; Tue, June 26 at 6:30 pm at the South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry. spokanelibrary.org; also find more info at spokanecity.org.
Jacey’s Race When she was 4 years old, Jacey Lawson of Sandpoint was diagnosed with a stage 4 tumor. She’s since overcome this diagnosis and is now living cancer-free. To thank the community that supported her family during that difficult time, the Lawsons organized the annual Jacey’s Race, a volunteer-run event that raises funds to support other local families of kids being treated for cancer or life-threatening diseases. The race offers a 1K or 5K timed run for kids and adults, as well as a silent auction and other festivities. Sun, July 8 at 7 am. $15-$30. Sandpoint High School, 410 S. Division St. jaceys-race.com (208610-8023)
rowing up the daughter of a traveling preacher, and living in a 40-foot-long fifth-wheel trailer with four siblings, forced Hannah Camacho to learn how to make fast friends and dive right into interesting conversations. “I think it was certainly hard, because we weren’t really able to create a lot of relationships long term,” says Camacho. “But I think in many ways it’s made it easier for me to get to know people just because you have a week to make friends.” Hannah Camacho That might explain some of her success in landing long-form interviews with people who’ve worked on some of the biggest shows and movies in Hollywood for her podcast Basic Brainheart, a passion project she started about a year ago. She started the podcast, recorded in her Liberty Lake home, in part to push herself to keep learning and improve her own storytelling and art, and in part to look at what makes people successful. “I think a lot of times there’s this assumption there’s some secret sauce, there’s some magic that people are just born with and they automatically are somehow a great storyteller but nobody knows how or why,” she says. “I want to maybe demystify what that process looks like to become a better storyteller, better artist, a better creative.” On top of interviewing animators and artists who’ve helped create major films and TV shows, she’s also interviewed Oscar-nominated screenwriters and directors. “You can find a million interviews on the people who are in front of the camera,” Camacho says, “but if it wasn’t for the people behind the scenes, there would be no story.” — SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL
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f you come to A Tapestry Garden: The Art of Weaving Plants and Place looking for a quick how-to on landscape design, you won’t find it. What you will find, however, is much more delightful — a down-to-earth garden memoir suffused with the wisdom of time. Authors Marietta and Ernie O’Byrne, owners of Northwest Garden Nursery outside Eugene, Oregon, oversee a stunning collection of gardens: shade, woodland, vegetable, orchard, perennial, alpine and even chaparral (a feat in Eugene’s climate). A Tapestry Garden walks the reader through each of these spaces, describing both the long process of trial and error to get there, and detours to chase a passion for trilliums or hellebores (currently the nursery’s sole product). The prose is wonderfully pragmatic. Marietta writes of a first husband who fled the agrarian life four and a half years in, “never to return,” with an enviable matter-of-factness. But she also describes the satisfaction found in hard work and muses affectionately on decades of observing, caring for, and situating plants. A Tapestry Garden is wildly inspiring and potentially even a bit terrifying. Any new gardener who’s fought to rescue a neglected patch or an aphid-besieged dahlia knows what it’s like to have big dreams but little expertise. But the O’Byrnes offer hope: “Be of good courage, we all start that way.” — SHERI BOGGS Sheri Boggs is a librarian with the Spokane County Library District.
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Bye Bye Burnout Planning ahead and looking for new experiences can help you get the most out of your much-needed vacation STORY BY SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL / / / ART BY KAILEY WHITMAN
et’s face it, America isn’t exactly known for celebrating vacation time — about a quarter of workers don’t get any paid time off at all because the United States doesn’t require any. And more than half of people who did get paid vacation didn’t use at least some of the time they were owed last year. The reasons for not taking time off vary: some workers worry about looking lazy, some worry about the costs of travel, and others find it hard to disconnect from work even when they do take time off. But here’s the thing: Studies increasingly show we need vacations, and employers actually benefit from their employees getting a break. Vacations reduce stress, increase productivity and prevent burnout. “Taking time off is associated with being happier in relationships, in health and wellbeing, and at the company in one’s specific job,” says associate professor Julie Son, who oversees the Recreation, Sport and Tourism Management program at the University of Idaho.
Not only does travel help prevent burnout, but it also reduces feelings of alienation, when people can get too immersed in their work and lose their sense of purpose in life, Son says. “If you don’t have a sense of meaning, that can affect your work productivity,” she says. “Travel can help you cope with the stress of burnout and get a sense of self and meaning.” There’s that strong Protestant work ethic ingrained in American culture, with some workers even battling unwritten workplace expectations that they don’t take time off, but in the long run, it’s important to take breaks, Son says. “We feel the harder we work, the better,” Son says. “But what we fail to realize is balance is very important. If we work too hard, there are going to be ramifications in terms of one’s health.” HOW MUCH TIME IS GOOD TIME? The good news is, you don’t have to take a three-week tour of Europe (even though that’d be awesome) to enjoy the benefits of a vacation, including better health and wellness. Most health ...continued on next page JUNE - JULY 2018
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“BYE BYE BURNOUT,” CONTINUED... and wellness improvements peaked by the 8th day of vacation, according to a study of the effects of long vacations averaging 23 days that was published in the Journal of Happiness Studies in 2013, by researchers Jessica de Bloom, Sabine Geurts and Michiel Kompier. Vacations led subjects to report less fatigue and tension and increased energy level and “satisfaction with the day.” Another study by the three researchers found that positive health and wellness impacts — so-called “recovery” from the stresses of work — can be felt in vacations
as short as four to five days. “For the recovery experience, a short vacation seems to have as much of a benefit as a long vacation,” says professor Todd Thorsteinson, department chair for psychology and communication studies at U of I. “Why we think that is [because] the longer you’re away, the more things at work probably build up. So if you take a super long vacation and then you get back on Monday, you’re just swamped.” However, it turns out, the benefits of vacation tend to wear off pretty quickly after we return to work: Within a week to three weeks, people reported going back to
New Lingo The Great Recession brought us the term “STAYCATION” to describe the close-to-home time off that many Americans started taking as their finances tightened. A decade later, we have the term “WORKCATION” to refer to a trip where one of the growing number of people who can work remotely chooses to travel to a new destination and work while they’re there. “For some employees, it is an option that allows them to enjoy a destination without having it count against their vacation time,” states the Project: Time Off report The State of American Vacation 2018. “For others, though, it may be further evidence of work martyrdom.”
A little like visiting Europe without leaving Washington, LEAVENWORTH offers plenty of outdoor adventures. Consider rock climbing the area’s prized high-quality granite; choose among many climbs with varying degrees of difficulty. Or seek your thrills on the water. Outfitters offer kayak, raft or float trips on the ICICLE AND WENATCHEE RIVERS with rapids ranging from Class II (fun floats that whole families can enjoy) all the way to Class IV Tinley Falls and Triple Shot rapids best left to the experts. When you’re ready to settle down, enjoy browsing the alpine hamlet’s shops and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants. — ANNE McGREGOR
the same stress levels they were at before their vacations, according to multiple studies where vacationers reported their feelings before, during and after vacation. Strategically then, it might make sense to take shorter trips more frequently to get benefits more regularly. BENEFIT BY PLANNING While those positive effects of vacation tend to drop off quickly after we return to work, you should plan — and plan early — for time off, because the benefits can actually start during the buildup to your trip as you get excited for the vacation. A 2010 study published in Applied Research in Quality of Life found that the more than 1,500 Dutch people surveyed were actually happier than coworkers before taking their vacation, but not after, and researchers thought that might be because the anticipation of traveling lifted their moods. “It helps us to say, ‘Oh I’m having these work stressors, but that’s okay, I’ve got a vacation coming up and I’ll get a break from these stressors or long hours,’” Son says. It also turns out people who plan their vacations ahead of time are more likely to use all the vacation days they earn, while those who don’t plan are more likely to lose them, according to Project: Time Off, an initiative by the U.S. Travel Association to provide evidence-based research on the
benefits of vacation. “If you don’t plan, research indicates you don’t end up doing it,” Son says. “Planning ahead seems to be an important aspect of actually making it to vacation.” So go ahead and break out those calendars, but just remember not to sweat the
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Most people say cost is a barrier to taking time off for travel, but interestingly it doesn’t seem to matter how much people earn for that to be the case: 71 percent of all respondents to a survey by Project: Time Off said that costs were a challenge when thinking about travel, while that was still true for 68 percent of those who earn more than $100,000 a year.
small stuff — some research has shown that too much planning stress can counteract the good vibes you get during your time off. NEAR OR FAR To really benefit, what’s the best type of vacation? Sitting on the beach? Adventuring through the mountains? Camping? Visiting
a new city you’ve never been to? “All travel and touristic experiences from the traveler’s standpoint are beneficial,” Son says. “Anything that connects us back to each other or connects us to new experiences has value.” And it’s totally fine if you can’t take a vacation far from home, she says, because there are ways to benefit from familiar locations with your family. Some research has shown that familiar or “core” activities, like going outside for a walk or playing catch, can help kids feel closer to their parents, Son says, while new or “balance” experiences can help with bonding. “For instance that could be going whitewater rafting at Riggins, or going up to Priest Lake. We might not be able to do those all the time, but maybe can do them a few times a year,” Son says. “They allow for bonding in a new environment in the family unit.” And because research shows benefits of both, you shouldn’t feel bad if your income limits you from going on a larger vacation, she says. Recently, Son and her family traveled to Sandpoint for two days, where they ate at restaurants, played frisbee golf, went to the beach and enjoyed Cinco de Mayo ...continued on next page
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You’ve decided to take a vacation, you’ve come to terms with the expense, and now you’re finally, actually “on vacation.” And you’re not feeling it. Maybe it’s to living up to your expectations, maybe you realize you don’t actually like doing what you so meticulously planned, maybe something just feels off. In her book, The Happy Traveler: Unpacking the Secrets of Better Vacations, author Jaime Kurtz relates a tale of a much-anticipated, yet strangely unsatisfying excursion, and finds she is not alone in the experience. “Nearly everyone I know — from other happiness researchers to the most wanderlust-stricken of my friends —seemed unsure about how to travel happily. And it didn’t matter whether they’d spent thousands of dollars on a luxury experience halfway around the world or roadtripped to a bed and breakfast for the weekend. Money was no indicator that a trip would be fulfilling. Neither was distance, or duration, or even location.” The good news is that feelings of vacation inadequacy and dissatisfaction are common and, even better, there are ways to plan a vacation that is indeed satisfying and renewing. From deciding how best to allocate travel dollars to choosing where to go and travel companions, Kurtz uses quizzes and cites considerable research to reveal that no matter whether our dream travels include foreign sights or calming familiar locales, “You always pack yourself — your personality, anxieties and habits — with you on your trip.” Acknowledge that and you are already on the way to planning a vacation that will live up to your expectations. — ANNE McGREGOR
celebrations. “My (6-year-old) daughter could not stop talking about going up to Sandpoint,” Son says. “I swear it’s helped her mood all week.” Some ways to capitalize while on a budget might be to look for one big new thing to do while on a more affordable trip. For example, visiting Farragut State Park on Lake Pend Oreille will run you the cost of camping or a day pass for park access, Son says, but maybe you could also swing for passes to the new ropes course opening there this summer. And if you really can’t get far away, and need to take a “staycation,” it turns out that the community benefits are huge when people choose to stay close to home, Son says. “Health and wellbeing is promoted by vacationing, but also community economics,” she says. “The thing that’s so great is by virtue of staying more local, people are providing an immense economic boon to their state.”
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As the SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN chairlift whisks you, feet dangling, to the top of the mountain in five minutes, try not to look down. Once safely on the ground, it’s hard not to be inspired to shoot photos in every direction. Enjoy exploring around the summit, pop in for lunch at the Sky House, and then hike the nature trail back down. (You can also ride the Great Escape Quad back down.) Back in equally picturesque SANDPOINT, stop in some of the galleries lining charming First Street; Art Works gallery features the work of more than 50 regional artists. The summer chairlift season kicks off with unlimited free rides on opening day, June 24. — ANNE McGREGOR
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any golf for pleasure. But at the 21st annual Lilac Blind Golf Scramble, participants are golfing for something more: The event raises money to fund services for people who are visually impaired. Since 1971, Spokane’s Lilac Services for the Blind has assisted more than 1,300 individuals each year, offering education, therapy and access to a variety of assistive devices. For their part, Scramble participants receive a round of golf, a cart, catered dinner and a goodie bag. A raffle is held at lunch, and the top three golf teams receive prizes for their scores. “It’s a fun way to raise money. And people, especially in Spokane, love to golf,” says the nonprofit’s development director Robin Waller. “You’ve got a group of professional golfers in this city, and they open their arms to us. They believe in what we do.” Lilac Services for the Blind’s efforts are all geared toward helping their clients maintain independent living. Waller says there’s a generalization that people who are blind or have low vision are solely dependent on others, which is false. “They still are functioning members of society,” says Waller. “We want them to still feel that they’re productive, that they’re still independent.” — ERIC SCHUCHT 21st Annual Lilac Blind Charity Golf Scramble • Fri, July 27 at 7:30 am • $500-$5,000/team • Downriver Golf Course • 3225 N. Columbia Circle • lilacblind.org/golf • 328-9116
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Easing the Search Mental health questions answered at the click of a mouse BY ANNE McGREGOR
ometimes the hardest thing is recognizing that something is just not right. For people wondering if they have symptoms of a mental health condition, or for their families, help may be just a click away. The Community Health Plan of Washington has created a comprehensive website to help people navigate a wide variety of issues that affect both adults and children. Anxiety, bullying, depression and eating disorders are among the dozens of topics covered. Searchers will also find answers to questions about medications and side effects, as well as substance abuse warning signs. And there’s information on how to help someone who is in immediate distress, including access to crisis lines.
The goal for the website is to provide non-judgmental information and remove a common barrier to getting help, says Community Health Plan CEO Leanne Berge. “When it comes to mental health conditions, people are reluctant to talk about it, reluctant to even talk to their own doctor about it. … This is a way for people to get help and to seek help sooner.” The information, available free even for non-members, is presented in “a bite-size, user friendly way… in part reassuring and in part offering resources outside the website,” says Berge. To access the website, go chpwclick. org, click on the Members tab and then go to Mental Health Resource Center. Don’t worry if you aren’t a member; the website is free to the public.
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Probiotics Pros and Cons Should I start taking a probiotic? I see them advertised as a cure for everything!
et me start by saying that the science around the human microbiome (organisms that live in or on the human body) is evolving rapidly, and I predict that this discipline will become very much front line in the next decade. We all have a particular and very complex intestinal microbiome. The theory behind the ingestion of probiotics is that by taking them, you may realize the benefits imparted by the bacteria in the preparation, or that you may recolonize your colon with more “healthy” bacteria. Studies have demonstrated relationships between obesity and the preponderance of certain microbes, which in
turn strongly suggests a relationship between obesity and the microbiome. However, there are not yet good randomized controlled trials that demonstrate consistent reproducible effects between probiotics and weight loss. Data from animal studies and small human studies also suggests that there may be links between the microbiome and inflammatory diseases, depression and other diseases. The problem with taking probiotics is that most of us don’t know the composition of our current microbiome to begin with. The unknowns are further compounded by the lack of good studies with probiotics in humans. For example, do the bacteria in a particular formulation even survive the trip to the colon and even if they do, what bacteria do you, as an individual, actually need? On the other hand,
although quite expensive, probiotics appear to be quite safe. A more natural way of providing yourself with probiotics may be via fermented foods — sauerkraut, yogurts and kefir with active cultures — and by eating high fiber foods that may provide support for your existing microbiome. — JOHN R. WHITE John R. White is chair for the Department of Pharmacotherapy in the College of Pharmacy at WSU-SPokane and the author of two books.
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Shift Changers A new study will look at the impact of 12-hour shifts on nurses BY WILSON CRISCIONE
n hospitals across the country, a majority of nurses work 12-hour shifts. It’s easier for hospitals to schedule, and apparently nurses enjoy it too. But do consecutive 12-hour shifts actually impair a nurse’s work with patients and increase fatigue? That’s the question that a team led by Lois James, a researcher at the Washington State University College of Nursing, is trying to answer. James will lead a $1 million study, funded by the federal government, on nurses’ work shifts. It’s part of WSU’s continuing research on sleep deprivation and fatigue. In May,
the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center was awarded $2.8 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to study how sleep deprivation can impact decision-making and how to counteract the effects. The results from the Sleep Research Center may be instructive to emergency responders and health care workers. James, who has previously studied the impact of long night shifts WSU researcher Lois James COURTESY OF WSU on law enforcement officers, is now focusing her research on nurses. She’s hypothesizing that consecutive 12-hour nursing shifts lead to poorer performance, that the 12-hour night shifts impair nurses even more and that it could put nurses at a greater risk while driving to
and from work. James will study 50 nurses working day shifts and 50 nurses working night shifts at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Those nurses, after working three consecutive 12-hour day or night shifts, will report to the WSU Health Sciences campus for testing immediately after work. There, the team of researchers, led by James, will test reaction times and cognitive capacity. The study will take three years, starting this year. The nurses taking part in the study will be paid, and they will be given transportation home after reporting to WSU following a night shift. James thinks the research could inform national regulations on nursing work hours. It will either show that the consecutive 12-hour shifts negatively impact their care for patients, or it will validate the popular hospital schedule. Either way, James says, it will add to the little research on optimal shift scheduling for nurses. “No matter what we find, we’ll be providing valuable information,” James says. “There’s not a chance of this experiment failing.”
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Seventy-seven linear feet of windows on the back of Curtis House allow expansive views of the pool and the Spokane River. DON HAMILTON PHOTO
Midcentury modern style earns a new generation of loyalists BY BLYTHE THIMSEN
arget’s Project 1962 has it. West Elm oozes it. Joybird delivers it, custom-made. And careful shoppers find it in secondhand stores, too. What is “it”? Midcentury modern design, that’s what — a style now wildly popular, more than 50 years after its arrival. “The aesthetic is very simple, clean, modern lines,” says Heather Hanley, creative director and owner at The Tin Roof, describing midcentury modern’s trademark look. “The movement happened when we were getting to space, in a modern age.”
She and her design team have seen the resurgence and increased interest in midcentury modern, so when clients want to incorporate the look in their homes, she takes advantage of the style’s lines, clever storage and simple fabrics. “Midcentury modern traditionally has bright colors, like oranges and turquoises, but you don’t have to do that to get the look; you can use more natural colors.” “We are so pleased the midcentury is coming back into popularity,” say Michael Connerley and Hugh Broadhead, who live in a midcentury Continued modern ononSpokane’s next page South Hill, the Farline House. ...continued on next page JUNE - JULY 2018
ABOVE: Built-in planters separate the cozy living room of the Curtis House from the dining area. RIGHT: Entryway, Curtis House
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“SLEEK AND CLEAN,” CONTINUED... “We spent many years in Palm Springs,” adds Connerley. “There is a huge midcentury movement in the desert with an immense appreciation for its style, and we grew to love the clean lines and slick style of the homes.” One thing Connerley and Broadhead have learned is that when you purchase a midcentury modern home in Spokane, there’s no shortage of projects, repairs and upkeep to be done, not just to restore or preserve these homes’ aesthetics, but also to update the infrastructure to deal with modern needs. “We’ve kept our home’s footprint original,” says Connerley. “When we updated the kitchen, we replaced outdated 1953 appliances with the more functional ones we have today, blending the modern appliances into the existing kitchen. The house is windows from front to back and is quite dramatic on first impression.”
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THE CURTIS HOUSE 7512 E. Upriver Dr. • Built in 1955 • Architect: Culler, Gale, Martell, Norrie and Davis, Architects and Engineers • Interior design by current owners, Bo and Molly Cooke
the home is an architectural classic and a masterpiece of midcentury modern design. The firm of Vuller Gale, Martell, Norrie, and Davis, Architects and Engineers, were well-known in the region. This home was one of their only residential designs, and the Cookes are just its second owners, purchasing it from the Curtis children. “When we looked at the blueprints and bones of the home, we decided to restore as much of it as we could while implementing the current technology where appropriate,” says Bo. “We wanted to honor the intent of the architect and of the family who built it.” To say the home and yard needed substantial work is an understatement. “It was brutal,” Bo says of the scope of the project. “People thought it would take too much to remodel it. It would’ve been easier to start over and demolish it. We could have done that, but it ...continued on page 28
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THE FARLINE HOUSE 2205 E. Girard Pl. • Built in 1953 • Architect: Frank Toribara • Listed on Spokane Register of Historic Places in 2016; • Current owners received the 2017 Residential Restoration Award from Spokane Preservation Advocates • Interior design by owner Michael Connerley (Michael Connerley Design)
WHAT MAKES IT MIDCENTURY? Clean lines, minimal ornamentation and attention to functionality are hallmarks of midcentury architectural design. Large windows and sliding doors that seamlessly integrate interior and exterior spaces and allow light to enter from multiple angles are a central feature. Flat planes, often including a flat or sloping roof, and a strong sense of geometric design are key.
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“SLEEK AND CLEAN,” CONTINUED... wouldn’t have been as special.” The couple tackled what they could in the reno, including doing their own demo work to open up vistas on the main floor, but much of the project required special expertise and materials. A crew from a Las Vegas that works on casino pools flew in to work on the neglected concrete pool; expansive replacement window glass had to be shipped from California; planks of paneling were carefully removed and matched to integrate the renovations seamlessly into the existing architecture. Now, with the project completed, the Cookes find they’re ready to tackle a new challenge — building a house from the ground up — and they’ve placed the Curtis estate on the market. The midcentury modern esthetic of the home is easily notable from the river, with 77-linear feet of floor-to-ceiling windows. Inside, the original kitchen cabinets and counters are still in place, and the extensive wood paneling throughout the house is perfectly preserved. “The walls are their own art, so we don’t have to have art on every wall,” says Molly. “There are little hidden treasures throughout midcentury modern, and everything is so intentional. If you don’t love this style and value the integrity of how it’s been maintained though, it’s not for you.”
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QUINTESSENTIAL MIDCENTURY George Nelson’s Platform Bench (1946) — Recognized as an icon of mid-century design, the simple bench can serve as a table or for seating.
Amy Duncan says her home, the Trogdon House, still functions well for a modern family with two busy children and a dog — even though it was designed more than 50 years ago. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
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wo people who also found the style enticing are Amy and Glen Duncan, whose home is situated in a much different environment, rising dramatically into a steep hillside in the Rockwood neighborhood. Three years ago, when the family was relocating from a Seattle Craftsman home, Amy says she had to overcome her initial reluctance to even tour the house, with its somewhat forbidding streetside facade. Once inside, however, the home’s charms quickly captured the couple’s attention. The Trogdon House, built in 1963, was designed by architects Bill and Dorothy Trogdon in the Northwest regional style for their growing family, which eventually included three sons and Dorothy’s mother. “We were drawn to the openness of the style: the vaulted ceilings, airy spaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows,” says Amy. The home, now on Spokane’s historic registry, was featured
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Ray and Charles Eames’ Chairs (1956) — The sturdy yet graceful plywood-and-leather lounge chair and accompanying ottoman have never gone out of production. Another iconic piece by the couple (Ray was Charles’ wife) was their molded fiberglass chair (1950). The chair was out of production for many years due to environmental concerns with the fiberglass, but resumed in 2001 in the form of molded plastic. Eero Saarinen’s Tulip Table (1956) — The tabletop perched on a graceful stem was designed to reduce the clutter of furniture legs in dining areas. The base is always cast aluminum; the top can be made of wood, laminate, granite or marble. Copies abound; on a genuine table, the top will screw onto a threaded rod from the top of the base. Isamu Noguchi’s Walnut and Glass Table (1947) — With a base constructed from two identically shaped pieces of wood and a sturdy glass top, the table was designed as “sculpture for use.” Two of the rarer tables are in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, but the table is easily available for purchase. Production was halted just once, from 1973 to 1984, since the table’s introduction. — ANNE McGREGOR
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“SLEEK AND CLEAN,” CONTINUED... in the July 1966 Sunset magazine. Prominently noted in the Sunset article was the remarkable placement of the laundry area: upstairs, near the bedrooms. Then, as now, the design worked well for a family. “Nothing feels cramped — it gives you room to breathe,” says Amy. “I think midcentury modern is particularly popular at this cultural moment because it provides a sense of simple order in a chaotic and uncertain world.”
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Spokane has numerous notable midcentury residences THE STUDIO APARTMENT BLOCK AT 1102 W. SIXTH AVE. (1949) When it was built in 1949, the Studio Apartment block at 1102 W. Sixth Avenue was noted for the cutting-edge, modernist design by architects Royal McClure and Tomas R. Adkison. The entire building is raised on legs to improve sightlines from the six units, which feature floor-to-ceiling windows. KENNETH AND EDNA BROOKS HOUSE (1956) The plain-looking home on West Sumner is the only midcentury residence in Spokane listed on the National Historic Register. Designed by Spokane architect Kenneth Brooks, it is noted for its minimalist style, as well as being one of the legendary architect’s early works. He went on to design the Washington Water Power building (now Avista) as well as several buildings for the 1974 Expo. WALTER AND BARBARA FOLTZ HOUSE (1959) The Foltz House’s minimalist, linear design, featuring a flat roof, “window wall,” facing the backyard, custom-designed teakwood paneling, as well as its “immaculate” preservation were all cited in its 2009 admission to the Spokane Historic Register.
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Going With the Grain Old Hat Workshop owner honors process, materials in woodworking BY CARRIE SCOZZARO
ld Hat Workshop founder Jon Tettleton has a holistic approach to woodworking, from design to sourcing materials and finish work. Incorporating live or natural edges, for example, factors the tree’s contour into the both the aesthetic and construction of the piece. And if the tree were cut in winter, the bark will be sturdy enough to be incorporated into the design, explains Tettleton, who has done live edge pieces for both residential and commercial clients, including Spokane’s Seven2 design agency. Client meetings include pricing and scope, and then Tettleton finalizes the design and sources materials. He’s partial to walnut, he says, from his 40-foot-by-40-foot shop on North Monroe, and he often works with fir. “We will use veneer, which can be more sustainable,” he adds, although he values solid wood’s livability and durability. When it comes to finishing the wood, he prefers oil, which is transparent, to stains, says Tettleton, because stains can alter the wood’s appearance, obscuring the grain. If the wood’s natural color isn’t appealing, “Why not go with a different wood?” he asks, picking up small samples lying on his workbench. There’s teak, Brazilian cherry and ipe, sometimes called Brazilian walnut, all of which he’d like to work with more. Tettleton’s frequent collaborators include Emily Mejia at Emily Anne Interior Design, local welders and an arborist who occasionally brings him salvaged wood. “I think a lot of people are combining hard stuff — concrete
and metal — with wood,” says Tettleton, who likes the balance and warmth wood can bring to an otherwise industrial setting. The tables he created for the Casper Fry restaurant in Spokane, for example, combine steel edging and gear-laden metal bases with thick slabs of wood; every nick and dent became part of the table’s narrative. Tettleton’s own narrative starts in Texas, where an inspirational shop teacher worked alongside his students to create a viable musical instrument. In 2011, he moved to Spokane to help establish a church. Tettleton appreciated the challenge and joy of making something functional, yet it wasn’t until he apprenticed with a Spokane neighbor doing high-end woodworking that he felt himself drawn back to the vocation. Small projects turned into larger ones, with clients including numerous Spokane businesses — Madeleine’s Café Patisserie, Durkin’s Liquor Bar, Lantern Tap House, Wellness Tree Health Clinic & Juice Bar and Indaba Coffee in Kendall Yards. All of them contributed to Tettleton’s reputation for thoughtful use of materials. What others might regard as flaws in wood — knots, splits and holes —Tettleton views as essential. “Impurities are part of our story,” he writes on his webpage, “so let us not remove them completely from our crafted pieces anymore than we can from the rest of our lives.” “If I had to choose between a beautiful piece of furniture or a live tree,” says Tettleton, “I choose the tree.”
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he once bustling Monroe Street in north Spokane is surprisingly quiet for a Wednesday afternoon. Only the beeping of machinery pierces the silence as workers smooth out gravel in the barren street. Orange traffic cones litter the area where segments of sidewalk once were. Regardless of the work outside, a red neon sign at Tossed and Found flashes in defiance: O-P-E-N. The antique store is one of around 80 businesses affected by construction on North Monroe, from Indiana Avenue to Kiernan Avenue. Many offer great options if you’re looking to add to your home decor, like Marilyn’s on Monroe, the Boulevard Mercantile, 1889 Salvage Company and more. Leslie Fleischmann, one of Tossed and Found’s owners, says that business is down by about one-third since the construction began and walk-in traffic has decreased. But she says, “We have very loyal customers, so they’re still coming here.” The city of Spokane hopes North Monroe will be a vibrant district when the project is complete, more friendly to pedestrians and shoppers, with reduced traffic lanes, widened sidewalks and additional on-street parking and lighting. Temporary signage on Post Street directs customers to the correct cross streets for accessing Monroe Street businesses. Except for brief periods during which sidewalk construction may obstruct an entrance, businesses are still open during construction. In general, “Businesses are thriving,” says Fleischmann, “but some could use some extra help.” — ERIC SCHUCHT To learn more about visiting North Monroe this year, check out monroeproject.com.
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ondon’s Ultimate Catering owner London Harris figures they do more than 200 events every year — weddings, corporate events, charity functions — especially during their busiest time from July to January. “We seem to be the ‘go-to’ special events caterer vs. the everyday caterer,” she says. “Most of that is because we take on all aspects of the event in terms of service: planning, design, setup, take down; professional staff with innovative stations and menus.” Notable events, says Harris, include the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture gala; a 10th anniversary black-tie gala at the Fox for 275 guests; a three-day lakeview wedding in Sandpoint with 200 guests each day; and a regular gig with Schweitzer Engineering that has the catering team on the road to Pullman to serve lunch to 1,000 employees. ...continued on page 38
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SALMON WITH HUCKLEBERRY CHUTNEY Your guests will rave about the beauty and healthfulness of this entree. Although the complete dish looks daunting, it is easily separated into steps: complete the more complicated chutney and pea puree ahead of time; preparing the salmon and carrots is easily accomplished right before serving. Serves 4 HUCKLEBERRY SAUCE 2 cups huckleberries 1/2 red onion, small diced 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1/2 cup champagne vinegar 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoon mustard seeds 1 teaspoon chili flakes 1 bunch cilantro, chopped 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped In saute pan, dissolve sugar in champagne vinegar. Add diced red onion, lemon zest and mustard seeds and simmer in pan for four minutes. Remove from heat and add huckleberries, chili flakes, cilantro and thyme. Mix and let cool. Can be made three days in advance.
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CARAMELIZED RAINBOW CARROTS 2 pounds rainbow carrots, rinsed 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 cup brown sugar
Bring pot of water to boil. Add salt, mint and peas and cook for three minutes. While peas are cooking, wrap a small sheet pan with Saran wrap. Drain peas, reserving a quarter of cooking liquid. Puree peas, mint and cooking liquid in blender until smooth. Strain puree through fine mesh sieve. Place puree on sheet pan on top of the Saran wrap to cool as fast as possible so it doesnâ€™t turn brown. Can be made up to six hours ahead.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in large saute pan. Add rinsed carrots and saute with brown sugar for three minutes on medium high heat. Transfer pan to oven and cook for five minutes more until carrots caramelize. SALMON 4 salmon fillets, deboned (no skin) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Kosher or sea salt, pepper
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or casual wine drinkers, it’s enough to wade through the aisles of whites, reds and price tags without adding the complexity of supposed wine rules and taboos. We asked John Allen, co-owner of Vino! wine shop in downtown Spokane, to explain and dispel some of the common myths about wine so you can avoid the pitfalls and spend more time enjoying your next sip. OLDER IS BETTER This is a common misconception, Allen says. The vast majority of wine is really meant to be enjoyed within the first few years of being bottled, which is good news for the average consumer. “Most people age their wine on the way home,” Allen says. Other than a very small percentage of fine
wines, which might last 20 years (or, rarely, even longer), Allen says most reds are meant to be enjoyed within six to seven years of their vintage and for whites it’s four or five years. WHITE IS BEST RIGHT OUT OF THE FRIDGE Most wine is more refreshing if it’s below room temperature, Allen says. For reds, that’s at about 60-65 degrees, and for whites, it’s cooler. A refrigerator sits around 40 degrees, too cold to allow the aromatics to release and bring out the full flavor of the wine. So Allen suggests taking your whites out of the fridge for a half hour before serving. SCREW CAPS MEAN CHEAP WINE Wrong! Believe it or not, screw caps actually keep
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ALWAYS PAIR FISH WITH WHITE If you have a food you like and a wine you like, Allen says, who’s to argue? But there is something to be said for fairly fail-safe pairings. Typically white wines, often more citrusy in their acidity, pair great with fish, Allen says. However, a fatty fish can pair well with red wine, Allen says. Tannins, the compounds in red wine that add some texture and can make your mouth pucker when you taste them, are attracted to protein. Without food, Vino!’s John Allen that means they go straight for your tongue and mouth, Allen says, but with meat, cheese or a fatty fish, they can sort of get distracted and let you enjoy some of the wine’s other aromas and flavors. GREAT WINE IS EXPENSIVE Yes and no. When more care is put into winemaking, of course there’s going to be extra cost, Allen says. If grape selection is more stringent, there’s specialty equipment like barrels for aging, and marketing costs add up, the winemaker is going to charge more to recoup their costs. “There are reasons really good wines cost more money,” he says. “But it doesn’t mean you’re going to like the wine just because it’s more expensive.” Along those lines, there are major advantages to living in Washington. “West Coast USA is swimming in good quality wine because we can grow fruit in ways that are more difficult in almost every other part of the country,” Allen says. “In Washington, we’re making wines that score among critics equivalent to some of the finest and most expensive wines in the world, for less than half the price those other ones are being sold for.” One of the priciest wines in Washington that runs about $175 a bottle, Allen says, is made from the same grapes that in Bordeaux, France, go into a $1,500 bottle.
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Back to the Woods Kids acting crazy? Some unstructured outdoor time may be just what they need to settle down BY E.J. IANNELLI
e see it and live it anecdotally every day. Addictive screenbased interaction and entertainment, our tendency to drive instead of biking or walking, car-obsessed urban design and a dash of overprotective parenting have surreptitiously conspired to keep both American adults and children close to a charging outlet and safely cocooned from fresh air.
“Human beings have been moving more of their activities indoors since the invention of agriculture and, later, the Industrial Revolution, and through a continuing increase in urbanization,” author Richard Louv says via email. “Social and technological changes in the past three decades have accelerated that change, not only in cities but in rural areas as well.” In 2005, in response to these accelerat-
ed changes, Louv published Last Child in the Woods, a seminal book in which he coined the term “nature-deficit disorder” — more of a broader societal observation than a specific medical diagnosis. It was intended to identify and capture the insidious consequences of our drift away from green spaces, consequences such as obesity and vitamin D deficiency, depression and anxiety, and an ignorance of the vital functions
of natural ecosystems. Directly or indirectly, Louv’s term has since given rise to headline-making, often child-centric movements like No Child Left Inside, “free-range parenting” and “forest bathing.” These aim to counter the effects of nature-deficit by encouraging us to unplug from our devices and reconnect more freely with the outdoors.
en Baird, who currently heads the board of directors for the Riverside State Park Foundation, is one of the many people who recognized fundamental truths in Last Child in the Woods and was inspired to take action. Six years ago, with the help of later funding from Washington State’s No Child Left Inside grant platform, he launched what would become the Outdoor Wilderness Learning (OWL) program at the West Central Community Center in Spokane. “I always had an inkling on my own that kids needed more outside time, but after I read Last Child in the Woods, that’s what guided all my decision-making,” he says. The book’s idea of unstructured outdoor time was a cornerstone in his approach. “If we were on a hike, I would design lunchtime so [the kids] were able to stop and explore the environment around them. One of the most successful things we did was our rock and minerals segment. We went up to Mount Spokane, and that whole entire day was focused around exploration. What I found is that the kids not only enjoyed that segment the most, but I would hear from their parents that they were coming back and telling them about each kind of rock that they found in detail. That kind of learning is spurred by unstructured exploration.” Baird also noticed that, as he’d hoped, the effects of OWL activities went beyond ...continued on next page
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“BACK TO THE WOODS,” CONTINUED... stimulating curiosity, even in the program’s formative days. “Just from a three- or four-hour regular outdoor trip, the after-trip dynamics were
The idea was that kids need to be outside every day, and you can see that as a parent. drastically different than when we would take kids to the movie theater. When we would do outdoor-themed field trips, the kids would come back and there would be
a different atmosphere. They were more capable of handling other stressors, whether that was friends or academics,” he says. One girl with a congenital heart disease “began opening up to the world around her” through regular participation in the OWL program, which in turn “allowed her to be more engaged socially and academically.” Other children who’d been diagnosed with severe ADHD “would perform better attentively during and after an outdoor event.” While Baird was observing these transformations out in the wild, so to speak, Idaho-based author Sara Zaske was coming across related studies as she researched her recent book Achtung Baby, in which she compares American (fretful and fussing) and German (latitudinal) styles of parenting through the lens of her six years of living in Berlin.
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“You can see a difference in the rates of ADHD that are diagnosed in Germany versus America,” she says, “which kind of makes you wonder, ‘Is there a connection there?’ [Germans are] very focused on being outside, being draussen. Kids who are spending time outside have more time to alleviate some of those symptoms of ADHD.” Zaske points to other examples, such as Germans’ longer and all-weather school recess or Americans’ pervasive fear of stranger danger, as decisive cultural distinctions that can combat or contribute to nature-deficit disorder. “In America, since we think we have to supervise our kids constantly, going to the playground is kind of a drag. Whereas in Germany, they say, ‘Go to the playground,’ and the kid goes off by themselves,” she says. For Zaske, the solution doesn’t necessarily lie in mimicking German parenting approaches outright. It has more to do with curbing our “controlling” impulses and making a return to abandoned norms. “We as Americans used to have this value. That’s what’s so confusing. ‘Kids need to be aired out’ — that’s a really old saying,
right? The idea was that kids need to be outside every day, and you can see that as a parent. If your kid is inside all day, they start to bounce off the walls. When they get outside, they start to feel better. It’s a very human thing, I think.”
n 2012, the same year Baird founded the OWL program, Louv notes that the World Conservation Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature passed a resolution titled “The Child’s Right to Connect with Nature and to a Healthy Environment,” a formal gesture that positioned time spent in nature not just as a human need but a human right. As recognition along those lines grows, a healthier, more active and more satisfying “nature-rich future” is within reach. “We all can create new natural habitats in and around our homes, schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, cities and suburbs, so that, even in inner cities, our children grow up in nature — not with it, but in it,” Louv writes. “The barriers are still there, but I do believe there’s more hope in the air, if you look for it.”
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Sneeze Patrol Strategies for taming allergies on your own, or with your doctor’s help BY MATT THOMPSON
or many, the splendor of a long-awaited spring evening can be blighted by a squall of snot and itch brought on by seasonal allergies. Although babies can have allergies to food and pets right out of the chute, typically it takes four to five years of exposure to grasses, weeds and pollens for them to develop those allergies. As I understand, it has something to do with the larger sizes of the sensitizing proteins. I have been asked by many if there is any truth to the possibility that eating local harvested honey could help reduce susceptibility to seasonal allergies. This is a nice idea. Perhaps the honey
would be like an oral version of an allergy shot, a small dose of the inciting allergen to help reduce reactivity. Unfortunately, bees do not seem to collect enough pollen from the most common offending agents like grasses, weeds and trees. It is fortunate that there are numerous options, both overand under-the-counter to bring relief to the congested, sneezing, rubbing masses. Avoiding triggers is the first line of defense, but this can be tough. Few of us can migrate seasonally, or stay inside when the sun and warmth beckon. Filtering out allergens through frequent washing of clothes and sheets, and the use of HEPA filters on
the air system at home, can help. Consider swim goggles for mowing the lawn. A third approach is washing away intrusive allergens by blowing your nose and, even better, by using nasal lavage. Purchase an over-the-counter kit that contains a plastic bottle and some saline packets, and blast the boogers and triggers from the nose and sinuses. It is no surprise that this can be a tough sell to kids. Antihistamines like Zyrtec, Claritin and Allegra work by trying to simmer down the body’s response to allergic triggers. Depending on the severity of the riot, these medications may be just enough. Think of them like the Red Cross. Sometimes a blanket and some coffee are all that is needed to take the edge off of a tense situation. The next level of defense, more like the Army Reserves, includes over-the-counter options like Zaditor eye drops to stabilize mast cells, keeping them from delivering their payload of histamines. Or prescription options like the antihistamine azelastine for the nose, or the prescription montelukast, a medicine that tries to cut off communication to front-line tissues. But to really bring peace in a time of crisis, we need to bring in the Jimmy Carter of allergy medications — nasal steroids. Fortunately many of these are now over-thecounter and really are the most effective, although like Jimmy Carter, they take time to work, and work best in advance of shots being fired. Sometimes the tissues of the nose are so irritated due to allergies that nasal steroids can cause nose bleeds. A few days of a nasal saline spray gel morning and night can disarm the tissues some so Jimmy can roll in and get to work. For people with predictable symptoms at the same time every year, preventive measures include prescription nasal steroids — one of the most effective ways to keep things under control. There are also other prescription medicines (mast cell stabilizers) that reduce the agitation at the mast cells. Leukotriene inhibitors like Singulair work by disrupting communication between the aggravated mast cells and adjacent areas, preventing expansion of the reaction. For some people with severe allergies, allergists can provide injections that in essence make the mast cells less susceptible to keys that previously opened them. There is progress being made in adults by delivering these therapies orally, but for now kids are stuck with shots. Dr. Matt Thompson is a pediatrician at the Kids Clinic in Spokane.
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e all know the value of good nutrition and exercise to improve and sustain physical health. But a surprising psychological trait is vital as well: optimism. The trait is often misunderstood. It is not simply a happy, hopeful, smiling approach to life. Optimism is how we approach adversity. Optimists actually plan for the future, anticipate and prepare for challenges, and when health or relationship or work problems arise, they assume there are solutions no matter how overwhelming and daunting the circumstances. They persist and ask others to help. What is surprising is how powerfully optimism impacts our success in life. Optimism has been found to increase long-term health and improve recovery time from surgery and heart attacks. One study found that it reduced the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Optimists are more successful in dieting since they assume they will eventually succeed. There is some evidence that optimism has a genetic component, but it is also been proven that optimism can be learned. Two strategies have been found to be successful in developing optimism. One is to write out what your life will look like in the future including all the steps you imagine having taken to achieve this ideal future. Do this for 15 or 20 minutes four days in a row. The second strategy is to use a technique called “mind sculpture.” For a minute, close your eyes and imagine yourself taking one of the daily steps you would take to achieve the successful future you have envisioned. Do this daily. Your optimism will help you on your path and be an inspiration to others. — ROBERT MAURER Robert Maurer is a Spokane psychologist, consultant and author of One Small Step Can Change Your Life.
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Kids at Heart Spokane pediatrician Deb Harper reflects on three decades in practice to help keep the region’s children healthy and safe BY CHEY SCOTT YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
pokane physician Deb Harper remembers clearly why she chose to practice pediatrics over any other specialty. “My initial idea was to be a family physician, but I got really distressed by people who had end-of-life lifestyle diseases like smokers,” Harper recalls. “So I thought, ‘Either I have to get a better attitude and change my personality so I can deal with that, or be on the right end of getting people to have healthy lives.’” To take this proactive approach, she started with patients at the beginning. Harper graduated from med school and began her residency at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital in 1980. Five years later, she moved to Spokane to accept a job with Valley Young People’s Clinic, now owned by Providence Health & Services, where she spent more than three decades caring for local families and their children. One of the most rewarding parts of her practice there
was seeing past patients who later brought their own children to her for care. “One of my favorite stories is that I had two accident-prone, active brothers coming in with broken wrists, and I was always going after them about ‘you have to wear your helmet!’” she recalls. “Then when they were grown men and one brought in his 3-day-old baby girl, I said, ‘How do you feel about that bike helmet thing now?’ and he said, ‘If I could put her in a suit of armor, I would.’ I love that, and I love watching new parents.”
arper retired from the practice in April of this year, though she continues to fill in when needed for other Providence pediatricians. Not long after, at a ceremony in early May, she was inducted in the Spokane Library Foundation’s Citizen Hall of Fame alongside friend and fellow Spokane physician Katherine
Tuttle. Previous accolades for Harper include Spokane County Physician of the Year and the YWCA Spokane’s Women of Achievement Award, among others. “I am really touched by this, and I appreciate the recognition,” she says. “It really helps because sometimes when you do this work in the community, you’re one of several anonymous people pounding your head against the wall.” Though Harper isn’t seeing patients full-time, she still serves on boards for many local and statewide health care organizations, including the Northwest Mediation Center, the Spokane Teaching Health Center and the Washington State Medical Association. In July, she’ll take over as president of Rotary Club of Spokane 21. “I thought, ‘Well, I’m 63. I’ve got more years to practice medicine, but I then thought, ‘No, I’m going to step away,’” she says. “I’ve been mentoring some people
to come up in leadership at Providence in pediatrics, and they were ready to go.” Throughout Harper’s practice, and her partnerships with area organizations working to prevent child abuse and to improve health care access for local families, she’s seen many successes, but also encountered many challenges along the way. The pediatrician underscores that successes — like helping to bring Spokane’s death rate due to child abuse and neglect to below two per year in the 1990s (it currently hovers around this number) — have been due to the hard work, innovation and leadership from many others in the community working alongside her. “I tell you, all I do is sit back at meetings and give people autonomy. I was just ‘Go forth and make it so, please,’ and I went to a lot of meetings where people came up with better ideas than I had,” she says, in reference to time spent as an administrator for Providence pediatrics. Of other success markers that still bring her satisfaction, Harper never tires of seeing parents truly adore and nurture their children. Or seeing parents with drug and alcohol addictions who are able to overcome those barriers to successfully raise their children. She also finds joy in her own failures, like predicting that a young boy born with severe developmental disabilities would not live past infancy. That boy is now in his early teen years. Among issues facing children’s health that concern her most are the rise of helicopter parents who make excuses for their kids, and the growing rate of youth with early-onset Type 2 diabetes. The fear of children being neglected and abused will never subside.
s she moves to pass the torch, Harper is now working to launch a pediatrics residency program here through the Spokane Teaching Health Center. As it stands, she says, Spokane has one-third to one-half as many pediatricians a city this size should have. Despite the many challenges of her profession, Harper has a deep-rooted love for Spokane, and thinks, by most standards, the community is doing kids’ health care right. “People think there is quality medical care everywhere in the country, but that’s not the case,” she says. “Could we do better? Yeah. Could we be more efficient? Yeah. Could we have better access for patients? Yeah, we better. But [when I got here] I was really amazed at how good the quality of medical care is.”
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