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  • East Meets West
  • East Meets West

    For flavors of the east, head west — just a few miles west, to the international restaurant row in Airway Heights
      When a city gets an international district, that’s a sign that your burg has achieved a level of interaction with the wider world. Spokane just designated its first official international district in 2009, but Airway Heights already has one — at least for foodies.
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  • HEALTHY HOMES: How Green is My Yard?
  • HEALTHY HOMES: How Green is My Yard?

    Conventional lawn care exacts a heavy toll on the environment and your budget, but there are healthy alternatives
      Visualize the home of the American Dream: a single-family house in a nice neighborhood, a broad expanse of green lawn, perhaps a garden, and maybe even a white picket fence. The grass in that lawn might be green in color, but chances are good that it’s far from environmentally friendly.
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  • Mining For Salt
  • Mining For Salt

    Studies show you should cut back on salt — but first you have to find it
      There’s no doubt about it — salt tastes good. A sprinkle of plain old table salt (aka sodium chloride) perks up the taste buds and truly enhances the flavors in food.
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  • Don't Worry, Be Mindful

    Doing nothing but focusing on your breath can help you face stress, pain and medical problems
      Costs are up, jobs are down, and the headlines are filled with news of strife and economic uncertainty. It’s enough to make anyone feel stressed.In the face of all this bad news, the healthy response may well be to do… nothing. Nothing but meditation, that is.
  • Science meets Grace
  • Science meets Grace

    Gamma knife treatment helped put a Spokane man on the road to recovery at last
      George Thompson can tell you exactly how long it’s been since his last recurrence of cancer: “It was 55 months ago. But who’s counting?”
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  • Coming Up For Air
  • Coming Up For Air

    After three years in medical crisis mode, a Spokane family is starting to remember what’s normal again
      When Kammy and John Doerschlag’s second son, Joey, was born in 2005, they had a happy, healthy infant — for a day. By Day Two, they began to see changes, especially when Joey was breastfeeding.
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  • Golden Secrets
  • Golden Secrets

    A vibrant golden spice from India may be worth its weight in gold as a medical treatment
      The cuisine of India is a colorful, flavorful delight, filled with vegetables and redolent with aromatic spices and hot chilies. One of the stars in this panoply of spices is goldenrod-hued turmeric, the spice that gives Indian curries and many other dishes their distinctive color.
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  • Bad Additive

      It’s a clear liquid, derived from a wet milling process of corn, and it’s about as sweet as table sugar — sucrose — but costs a lot less.
  • Plants For Good Health

    A former plantscaper to the stars brings her knowledge of the health and aesthetic benefits of houseplants to the Inland Northwest
  • Living With the Legacy

      American history offers many things to make us proud, but there are just as many actions we've undertaken and attitudes we've held that we'd just as soon forget.
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  • 5 Surprising Ways to Feel Great
  • 5 Surprising Ways to Feel Great

      Turns out that Mom really did know what’s good for you and what’s not. All those dictums of childhood — go outside to play, get enough sleep, clean your room and indulge in the occasional treat — are now coming full circle.
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  • 5 Surprising Ways to Feel Great: Clutter and Contentment
  • 5 Surprising Ways to Feel Great: Clutter and Contentment

    When it comes to clutter, pathology isn't in the eye of the beholder
      I had to rummage through piles of books stacked in front of my bookshelves to locate my books about organizing and clearing clutter. (Writers love irony.)
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  • 5 Surprising Ways to Feel Great: Treat Yourself to Health
  • 5 Surprising Ways to Feel Great: Treat Yourself to Health

    Once-maligned foods may provide health benefits
      In the 1973 film Sleeper, Woody Allen’s character awakens after 200 years to find that everything he thought he knew about healthy food had changed: Wheat germ and organic honey are out, steak and hot fudge are in.
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  • 5 Surprising Ways to Feel Great: Hearty Laughter
  • 5 Surprising Ways to Feel Great: Hearty Laughter

    We know laughter’s good for the soul, but researchers say it’s good for the heart, too
      Turns out that Mom really did know what’s good for you and what’s not. All those dictums of childhood — go outside to play, get enough sleep, clean your room and indulge in the occasional treat — are now coming full circle.
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  • Book Review

      by Diana Abu-Jaber & & & & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & any artists experience the sense of being the oddball in one's own family or community, the feeling of being "other." From this perspective can
  • CD Reviews

      & & MARY-CHAPIN CARPENTER & & & & & lt;i & The Calling & lt;/i & & & 4 Stars & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & 've always had a soft spot for Mary-Chapin Carpenter, perhaps because she and I are nearly the same ag
  • Thompson's Travels

      Quick, name a famous Canadian in history. (Sorry, Neil Young and Michael J. Fox don't count.) Stumped? You're not alone. Most of us Americans are woefully ignorant of our northern neighbors.
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  • Inland NW Crossroads - Hope, Idaho

      & & In a burg calling itself Hope, you'd expect to find sunny, cheerful people with their eyes fixed on the horizon of the future. A life in Hope should be propelled by the prevailing winds of optimism; the city charter should outlaw
  • The Search for Sourdough

      My friend Wayne is the kind of guy who asks provocative questions. Over a sandwich one day, he asked, "Who do you suppose came up with the idea to grind up wheat and add yeast to make bread?" Since my mouth was full, I couldn't c
  • Introducing the Crossroads Project

      Small towns loom large in the American imagination. In the nation's earliest days, Thomas Jefferson imagined a land filled with yeoman farmers, happily fulfilling both agrarian and republican ideals. More recently, Norman Rockwe
  • Inland Northwest Crossroads

      The Bank of Whitman anchors one corner of Endicott's downtown -- D Street and Third -- and the post office door sits under a small awning a couple of buildings away. But the hub of activity is Endicott Foods, the surprisingly larg
  • Introducing the Crossroads Project

      Small towns loom large in the American imagination. In the nation's earliest days, Thomas Jefferson imagined a land filled with yeoman farmers, happily fulfilling both agrarian and republican ideals. More recently, Norman Rockwell
  • Keeping History Alive

      Three magnates from Spokane's golden years set their dreams in brick and mortar between 1888 and 1900, bringing to life three of the city's architectural icons. Each building steadfastly witnessed the birth of two new centuries, g
  • I Scream, You Scream...

      When summer sizzles, nothing spells relief like a frozen dessert. Well, OK, maybe sipping a frozen margarita while floating lazily across the surface of a glacial lake might rank a touch higher on the refreshment scale, but ice cr
  • Back in Bach

      February is a month that cries out for a little celebration. The ground has been covered with snow for three months, and that blasted rodent in Pennsylvania has predicted six more weeks of wintery weather. The days gradually len

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