A-wassailing in Airway Heights

A-wassailing in Airway Heights

After caroling annually for more than two decades, one man wouldn't have Christmas any other way
Dale Jenkins may be tone deaf, but at least he sings loud. Tonight, with stars tucked behind a blanket of clouds, the senior pastor at Airway Heights Baptist Church goes door to door, leading friends and family through well-known Christmas carols at neighboring homes.

Uncle Le-o-nard's Perplexing Exit

2014 Short Fiction Contest - First Place Winner
With a mixture of sly humor and subtle dread, this story gathers an absurd cast of family members around the table to share drinks and stories. Bottles pass 'round.

Our Knees Would Buckle and Bend

2014 Short Fiction Contest - Second Place Winner
This story captures the emotions of traveling across endless stretches of barren freeway landscape with a passenger you don't want to talk to, and the unstoppable personal-reflection monologue that takes center stage in the mind. In an intriguing combination that's less relatable, this story also features a fatal mouthful of Sun Chip crumbs, a Juggalo cousin and a 1989 Cadillac Deville.

I Swear

2014 Short Fiction Contest - Third Place Winner
A tequila-fueled stream of consciousness about loss and expectation set around a visit to the Garbage Goat to deposit some precious cargo. The narrator's fuzzy childhood memories blend with gritty adult realities in this story full of melancholy and humor.

As You Like It

Don't overthink New Year's Eve — it's more fun that way
Of all holidays, New Year's Eve is the most unexpectedly stressful. Schedules are wonky, and no one feels particularly motivated after indulging in all sorts of bad-for-you foods over the past week.

HOOPS | Get On The EWU Bandwagon

Time to start paying attention to basketball in Cheney
Yes, Eastern Washington just came off a three-game losing streak, but don't let that sour you on the Eagles, because they're your new favorite local team. Well, with the Zags shaping up as a top-5 squad, second favorite is probably more realistic.

For Your Consideration

Good reads, cool apps and a tasty beverage
BOOK | Many know naturalist John Muir as the driving personality behind federal protection for Yosemite National Park. But a new biography, JOHN MUIR AND THE ICE THAT STARTED A FIRE, explores Muir's love of Alaskan glaciers.

The Measure of a Musical

The lyrics from Rent can apply to almost anything life throws at you
Reading the lyrics from nearly any musical can feel pretty ridiculous. There's always someone singing about true love after a one-minute meeting, or how the sun is shining and so they have to dance.

Spiral Highway

2014 Short Fiction Contest - Runner Up
Fun fact: There actually is a pet cemetery on the Old Spiral Highway in Lewiston, Idaho. In this colorful, quirky tale, the author imagines the fallout when a human body is found there, buried in the dirt.

Blue Mist

2014 Short Fiction Contest - Runner Up
The year is 1949. One night, a young sergeant stationed at Hanford gets orders to investigate "suspicious activity" at the B Reactor, the world's first nuclear reactor and the source of the plutonium used years earlier in the bomb that exploded over Nagasaki, Japan.

Spirit of Leah

2014 Short Fiction Contest - Runner Up
When a relationship ends and the heart is shattered into a million pieces, many turn to alcohol or one-night stands, or even Jesus. In "Spirit of Leah," the main character, named Leah, takes to building a haphazard canoe after her fiancé ditches her.

In the Line of Fire

The Spokane Firefighters Memorial Project reminds us of those who died in their duty to protect
George T. Stewart was electrocuted by a 2,350-volt power line. The superintendent of the Spokane Fire Department's alarm system had been attempting to restore power to the citywide system after it was knocked out by a severe windstorm in 1947.

Through His Eyes

Dean Davis' show at the MAC is a survey of the region's artistic talents
A former linguist with the U.S. Army, Dean Davis tells stories for a living, but not with words. He's a photographer with a client list that includes Itron, Gonzaga University and Cancer Care Northwest, while his personal portfolio features projects including a series on Spokane's iconic architectural interiors.

For Your Consideration

Creepy games, financial podcast pick and an important book
GAME | You know how horror video games are best played late at night, with the lights off? Well, THE LONG DARK (Steam) is best played in wet socks, with the window open and the heat off.

Silent Night on the Western Front

All Is Calm beautifully retells the Christmas Truce of 1914 through song, poetry and letters
The story of the Christmas Truce is one that seems so beautiful, so simple, so genuine that it must be apocryphal. Roughly put: On Christmas Day 1914, the year World War I broke out, the combatants halted their shelling, laid their weapons aside and emerged from rat-infested trenches to meet as equals within the contested expanse of barbed wire called No Man's Land.

Swipe right for love

Technology has totally revolutionized romance. Or maybe it hasn't.
Gretchen Chomas has been in Spokane less than four months, and she already knows one thing with certainty: Guys here really like to fish. More specifically, local men really like to show photos of themselves fishing.

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