Thinking Smaller

Thinking Smaller

Families are finding that having less stuff — and less living space — leads to less worry and a more satisfying life
Casting aside excess and paring our possessions down to the essentials has held a certain appeal for millennia. It's a practice — usually in its more extreme forms — that has even come to characterize whole civilizations or religious orders, resulting in adjectives like spartan and monastic to describe a bare-bones lifestyle stripped of all frills.

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Is It Time to Unplug?

Americans spend an average of 10 hours a day staring at screens
Pixar’s WALL·E is almost nine years old, but its depiction of people who are overexposed to digital media endures: adult-sized babies in Hoverchairs drinking their meals out of cups, eyes glued to holographic screens. WALL·E implies that a dystopian future awaits us unless we “unplug,” or set some healthy limits on how often we’re tethered to a device, browsing the internet and tending to our social media.

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Vegan Culture

It may not make your bread rise, but nutritional yeast is packed with protein and flavor
Nutritional yeast is one vegan staple that would benefit from a marketing makeover, sounding more like a component of baking or brewing than an essential source of dairy-free protein with a cheesy flavor. Unlike the ingredient used in bread making, however, nutritional yeast is inactive, and it has been dried to form fine flakes or powder that dissolve easily.

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Get In and Get Out

Replacing a hip doesn't always require an overnight stay
Paul Kimball's hip replacement journey started when his back went out. "It was like, Wham!

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Smaller Homes, Bigger Market

As dream homes evolve beyond big houses on big lots, local developers work to cater to the needs of modern homebuyers
Living closer to amenities, enjoying less upkeep, taking pride in a smaller carbon footprint and lower energy bills, or just enjoying more family camaraderie. Whatever buyers of smaller homes have in mind, developers and realtors in the Inland Northwest are ready to make those dreams a reality.

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Home At Last

Can Spokane and Catholic Charities solve homelessness?
Volando Peeples says his days of couch-hopping are done. Peeples, 42, has one of the 51 apartments in Catholic Charities' Buder Haven apartment complex.

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Pants on Fire

Why do we lie?
I don't lie. Oh, that time I told my friend her haircut was cute when, well, it wasn't.

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Keeping the Faith

Mable Dunbar founded a local nonprofit that focuses on supporting Christian victims of domestic violence
Helping other women heal has long been Mable Dunbar's calling. As the founder of the Spokane-based nonprofit Women's Healing and Empowerment Network (WHEN), Dunbar has over the years supported hundreds of women trying to break free from the cycle of domestic violence and abuse.

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Solving Opioid Addiction

Medical treatment offers an exit - for those who can get it
In the three months Teila Murfin waited for a slot to open at Spokane's Opioid Treatment Program to finally address her heroin addiction, she hit bottom. She was using heroin and methamphetamine, getting high just to avoid the awful feeling of withdrawal.

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Do No Harm

Questions of patients' rights are pitted against the safety of health care workers on a daily basis locally, and throughout the country
Chelsea Shanda can take a punch.

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The MultiCare Difference

Nine years after Deaconess and Valley Hospitals were sold to the for-profit Community Health Systems, they're going nonprofit again
Two other health systems tried to run Deaconess and Valley hospitals — and struggled to balance the books — before it was MultiCare Health System's turn to take a crack at it. Nearly a decade ago, Community Health Systems, a big health care conglomerate from Tennessee, came to Spokane with its eye on Empire Health — a nonprofit on the edge of bankruptcy that had just seen a $7 million loss and laid off 130 employees.

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Seeds of the Future

Charity Corner: West Central kids learn skills and experience in the garden
If you've driven or walked through Spokane's West Central neighborhood in the spring and summer months, you may have seen them: Troops of teens wearing navy-blue T-shirts, trekking through the area. It's common to see some of these kids with unnoticed garden soil smudges on their tees, or carrying shovels and rakes slung over shoulders.

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Colorless, Odorless and Deadly

Ask Dr. Matt: Protect yourself against carbon monoxide exposure
Candy bars almost killed my dad. When I was 15, I had the opportunity to play baseball in Australia, but I had to earn a few thousand dollars to make the trip.

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Turn Out For Outspokane

Charity Corner: Solve a whodunit, support our LGBTQ community
The Oscars (and that awkward Best Picture announcement) seem far behind us now, but an upcoming fundraiser for OutSpokane, the local nonprofit that offers support to and awareness of the local LGBTQ community, is hosting a reprisal of sorts. This year's 8th annual Murder Mystery fundraiser is themed around an imaginary Oscars afterparty, but something's gone awry.

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Home is Where the Heart Is

Life Coach: Positive attention at home has clear payoffs
The title above may not be original, but poetically, it captures the primary source of our nourishment. Food and shelter, of course, are basics.

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Sweet Smell of Success

100% Local: All-natural deodorant you can feel good about
It's been said that necessity is the mother of invention. That's true for Wendy Harris, who created Ohmygaia, an all-natural deodorant.

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Money and Meds

Pill Box: The seemingly ever-rising price of prescriptions
What is the most expensive prescription drug in the United States, and why are drug prices so high? The dubious honor for the most expensive prescription drug today likely goes to the drug Sovaldi.

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Getting to the Heart of Strep Throat

Ask Dr. Matt: Addressing the malady early can stop further complications
Streptococcus is a name that describes many different round bacteria that cause human disease (I'll just call it "strep" from here on out). It's like calling a vehicle "truck" when there are dump trucks, fire trucks, taco trucks, etc. Moms are checked for Group B strep before delivering a baby; strep pneumonia is a type of bacteria that can cause sinusitis, ear infections, pneumonia, and some skin infections.

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Fishing for Compliments

Superfood: Trout is much more than a great sport fish
ATTRIBUTES: Rainbow trout's flaky, mild meat makes it a palatable fish for kids and adults alike, even for those who might not ordinarily like fish. SUPERPOWERS: Rainbow trout is a boon for protein seekers, containing 21 grams of protein in a serving, along with sky-high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, and no calories from carbohydrates.

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