Words to Live By

Words to Live By

Ruminations on this planet, the people who call it home and myself
Annie Dillard, one of my favorite authors, has written the near-poetic prose that, by far, has most influenced my own exploration of nature. I have particularly been touched by her 1999 book For the Time Being, comprised of a series of all-so-perfectly-brief essays with one-word headlines.

Earth Day Tree Planting

Do something: How to get involved in your community this week
Volunteers are needed to help plant trees with the Lands Council, City of Spokane, Inland Northwest Boy Scouts and other groups along the Spokane River Gorge and in the Hangman Watershed. Sat, April 22 from 9 am-1 pm.

Core Constituency

American institutions like political parties or the Supreme Court may be too damaged to save us
By the early nineties... Men from all walks of life, already shaken by an incomprehensible world, responded to any new upheaval as an immediate threat.

Readers react to Monroe work, dirty streets and Spokane Democrats' disarray

Letters to the editor
'NO ON MONROE' PLAN MAKES NO SENSE How ironic that the businesses most closely associated with Monroe's blight are also the ones most fervently opposed to its renewal ("Drawing Lines In The Asphalt," 4/6/17).

On the Street

What is something you do to be environmentally conscious?
JOAN ALEXANDER Recycle and compost.

Checking the Box

The much-anticipated SPD cultural audit was a waste of time and money
So this is me giving the side-eye to that much-anticipated Spokane Police Department cultural audit that came out three weeks ago. The audit fulfills a recommendation from the Department of Justice report in 2014.

Dishman Hills Celebration

Do something: How to get involved in your community this week
The Dishman Hills Conservancy celebrates 51 years at its annual dinner and auction, which also features a keynote presentation by wildlife photographer Paul Bannick. $65/person.

Pushing Past Partisanship

President Trump and Speaker Ryan need to reach across the aisle
Many pundits are signaling the end of the Trump presidency and the Ryan speakership because the repeal and replacement of Obamacare legislation was pulled without a vote. They're wrong.

Readers react to developments on North Monroe, East Sprague and the U District

Letters to the editor

On the Street

What's your Favorite Book?
AVALON GIETZ Probably Francis Chan's Crazy Love.

Numbers Don't Lie

Spokane's startup stats echo Gonzaga's historic season
During March Madness, most everyone in Spokane is focused on Gonzaga men's basketball and the endless number of statistics associated with it. Head coach Mark Few established a vision, developed a culture, created alignment, executed the plan and led Gonzaga to the national championship game, finishing the season with a 37-2 record.

Institutionalized Inequity

Trump and Republicans continue to demand that those with the least pay the most
After their effort to replace the Affordable Care Act crashed and burned, the White House and congressional leadership are setting their weary gazes on everybody's sexiest issue: the tax code.

SHS Kitten Shower

Do something: How to get involved with your community this week
The annual event includes cuddles with cats and kittens currently in the shelter's foster care system. Stop by and learn how the program works, bring in a donation for this season's kittens, and learn how to become a foster parent and help save lives.

Readers react to the "Bromuda Triangle" and urge legislators to think of the children

Letters to the editor
INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN As our state legislators craft a biennial budget, I urge them to recognize the importance of early learning by investing in the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) and Working Connections Child Care (WCCC).

On the Street

What comes to mind when you think of Monroe Street?
GREG BARKLEY It's a very convenient north-south arterial to get to the northside and downtown.

On the Street

How much further do you think the Zags are going to go in the NCAA championships?
DYLAN DYKES I think they'll probably play the last game this week.


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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? @ Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox

Tue., April 25, 7-8:30 p.m.

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