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A former TV news producer and teacher, Lisa Fairbanks-Rossi has been a freelance writer for The Inlander since 1994.
  • Chalk it Up
  • Chalk it Up

    New paint craze inspires creativity
  • Adorned in Love
  • Adorned in Love

    Teen Closet is about more than clothes
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  • Parental Controls
  • Parental Controls

    There are ways for parents to restrict access to cable TV and the Internet, at least at home, but what about books at school?
  • No Wait Time
  • No Wait Time

      Cyndi Johnson Lempesis hadn't planned to run a health foundation. And she never would have guessed the foundation would be named after her own child.
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  • Beyond the Cabin
  • Beyond the Cabin

      What’s your speed? A one-hour “Mommy and Me” art class involving repurposed popsicle sticks, a day camp requiring your child’s first school bus ride, or a full week away from home, camping lakeside?
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  • Selling Healthy
  • Selling Healthy

    Remaking school lunches to be healthier is a big challenge, but small victories are starting to emerge
      There are no lobbying groups for broccoli. Green pepper farmers can’t afford ads on the Disney Channel.
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  • New School, New Menu

      When Spokane Schools’ Nutrition Services Director Doug Wordell needs ideas and inspiration about how to make small changes that make a big difference, he looks to Spokane Schools’ new project-based high school, The Community School.
  • The Balancing Act
  • The Balancing Act

    Words of wisdom from some prominent local single parents who have had to juggle their careers and their kids
      Most Americans don’t feel assured the next Barack Obama or Michael Phelps could be walking to the bus stop holding hands with just one parent.
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  • On Broadway
  • On Broadway

    At just 11, Sophia Caruso has overcome tragedy to go from Spokane stages to New York City
      Sophia Caruso has dreams like every other 11-year-old girl. She wants to be famous, sure. Who doesn’t at that age? Yet in Sophia’s case, it’s beyond a girlish “someday” f
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  • Learn Your Alphabet
  • Learn Your Alphabet

    The ABCs (and Ds and Es) of healthy bones
      A is for Accident. The details of our first bone break are etched in our memories.
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  • Invest In Yourself
  • Invest In Yourself

    People want to feel better, whatever the economy, making spas and salons seemingly recession-proof
      As a woman with lots of coarse, dark hair, I have always been an excellent candidate for expensive grooming. During years of prosperity, I’ve sported multi-tonal color, stayed relaxed with twice-monthly massages and even had twice-yearly therapeutic pedicures.
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  • Born Too Soon
  • Born Too Soon

    Premature babies are a challenge for health care providers — and for the families they’re born into
      Like all mothers of “preemies,” being confronted with actual new mothers and babies, as well as magazine covers bearing happy, full-cheeked infants, is at best, surreal, and at worst, suffocating.
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  • Constant Craving
  • Constant Craving

    Can you be addicted to food?
      There may be nothing wrong with devouring a bucket of French fries with a group of friends. There may not even be anything wrong with devouring a bucket of fries alone in your car. But how often do you do it? Do you have to be going through a break-up, have PMS or just be bored?
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  • Narcissist Nation
  • Narcissist Nation

    Raising good kids in an era when they can do no wrong
      When children across the world saw what happened to Veruca Salt on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, we felt vindicated. Any child villainous enough to demand a goose that lays a golden egg should be dumped down a chute! But that was 1971.
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  • Out of the Shadows
  • Out of the Shadows

    After tragedy strikes, a grieving local mother hopes to get people talking openly about eating disorders
      Alyson, she begins to explain, died in September 2009. After struggling with bulimia all through high school and the start of college, her depleted 22-year-old body gave out.
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  • Playing it Safe
  • Playing it Safe

    Are playgrounds stifling kids’ needs to explore and sometimes even take a tumble?
      Remember baby-proofing? Both fear and determination drove us to smother table corners and brick hearths with foam so our toddlers had free rein in the safe sections of home.
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  • Alcatraz
  • Alcatraz

    I’m just as lost as the prisoners in this new J.J. Abrams history mystery.
      A key component to of each of the episodes is the criminalsâeuro;™ 1960 back stories. But why are all the flashbacks from three years before the prisoners vanished? What role does Warden Edwin James (Jonny Coyle, Undercovers).
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  • Work It
  • Work It

    Misogyny, thy name is cross-dressing buddy comedy.
      And guess what? As female impersonators, Angel and Lee now stand to make just 70 percent of what they would have made as men. Thatâeuro;™s a statistic that hasnâeuro;™t changed, incidentally, since Bosom Buddies..
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  • Re: Spark of Change

    • Doing investigative journalism is expensive work, so you hope--particularly if you want control of what…

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  • Re: Why Idaho kids don't go to college

    • You also need to look at the Home Schooled children. I know a family that…

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  • Re: Spark of Change

    • We can all thank Obama for starting the race and class wars in America. And…

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    • Another hit piece on Haskell for not being a liberal sellout, which apparently the Inlander…

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  • Re: Why Idaho kids don't go to college

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