Turning Pages Together

Turning Pages Together

Solo reading just can't compare to the pleasures of sharing a great book
When Amy McCaffree's children were transitioning from toddlerhood to preschool, she suddenly found that she felt isolated in this new life stage. "I just wanted to have time with other like-minded friends in the evening," she says.

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Feel-Good Skin Care

Local options are a healthy alternative to cleansers with ingredients you can't pronounce
Sandy Tarbox, owner of Greencastle Soap Co., was an early arrival on the artisan soap-making scene. Like many who have come after her, she came to soapmaking as a result of a personal need: solving the problem of dry winter skin.

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Happy Feet

Tips for keeping feet healthy, from toe to heel
On the long list of to-do items most women carry around in their heads, taking care of their feet may not be a very high priority. Until they start to hurt.

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Mixing It Up

The Snacktivist offers ready-to-bake mixes for vegans and those with food allergies
Mix equal parts medical background and motherhood with a handful of dietary necessity and a dash of entrepreneurial spirit, and you have the recipe for Snacktivist Foods, which promotes naturally healthy foods that are "deliciously easy," says the local company's founder, Joni Kindwall-Moore. Products include ready-mix muffins, cookies, falafel, brownies, waffles, pizza crust, and that most elusive of items for those avoiding gluten: bread.

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Smart(?)phones

Kids and their phones can seem inseparable; what's a parent to do?
From virtual friendships to poor sleep habits and depression, pediatricians and mental health experts can see that using smartphones and other media devices takes a toll on kids' social, emotional, and mental well-being. They're concerned.

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Books to Grow By

Expert advice on how parents can approach the exhilarating, frustrating, delightful and humbling work of raising kids
Kids aren't the only ones who can benefit from a summer reading assignment.

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Bye-Bye Comfort Zone

Sticking to a routine can help you avoid stress, but taking on new challenges brings unexpected rewards
Predictability gets kind of a bad rap. But, in fact, it makes life easy.

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Passing the Torch

Arguably Spokane's most active philanthropic couple, Dave and Mari Clack reflect on years of helping medical students feel at home in Spokane
When students go to medical school through the University of Washington's regional WWAMI program in Spokane, they're in for years of hard work, but unlike students at most medical schools, they have a support system that's ready to help out when life kicks them in the pants. WWAMI is short for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, and students from all five states train to be doctors through the WWAMI program in Washington.

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Supply Lines

Hospitals work to reduce waste — and save money — by selling unused inventory
Inside a sealed glass jar, a tiny white heart valve wastes away. The single valve, which looks a little like a pulled tooth with the roots still attached, costs between $5,000 and $8,000, says Murray Walden, president of the Spokane-based company H-Source.

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Help Where It's Needed

The newly expanded Providence House of Charity clinic diverts patients from the ER
For years, homeless people staying at the House of Charity shelter in downtown Spokane had few options for medical care. There was a medical clinic in the shelter, but it was only open a couple of days a week.

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Helping Heroes Heal

Join the discussion of how the humanities can help veterans coming home from war
As civilians, it can seem impossible to understand the true burdens of what it's like to serve in a war — how it hardens veterans' hearts and clouds their outlook on "normal" life when they finally come home. This emotional, mental and physical toll will be explored in a talk hosted by Humanities Washington, with author and Seattle Central College professor Jeb Wyman sharing his insight on the subject, drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with veterans of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Honey Tees

Downriver Golf Course creates a new home for bees
The greens at Downriver Golf Course were sipping on some compost tea this past summer as pumpkins and tomatoes thrived in a nearby organic garden and new wildflowers fed three hives of healthy honeybees. It's all part of head superintendent Mike Greene's plan to make the city-operated golf course a little friendlier for the environment.

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Brighten Up!

From the editor: Take the time to savor life
On the day of the photoshoot for our cover feature, mysterious and alluring scents mingled, floating through Inlander HQ. Everyone who passed by the white photo wall where the shoot was underway was captivated by the colorful flower arrangements and the charm and individuality of each of the carefully designed and packaged products — all of women-owned Inland Northwest businesses.

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Learning for Life

The Spokane County Library District celebrates 75 years this fall
A little less than 75 years ago, patrons of the Spokane County Library District were checking out books by mail, or marking their calendars to note the next stop of the Spokane County Rural Library Bookmobile in their community.

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Killing Cancer

Vaccines are on the way to help battle the disease and prevent relapses
What if treating cancer could be as simple as getting a vaccine? What if a vaccine could prevent cancer in the first place?

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Feminine Wisdom

Life coaching: Asking for help is a sign of strength
The science of gender differences has taken many many wrong turns, perhaps partly because men have done most of the research. Here are some facts: While males, as a rule, have larger brains, the size discrepancy is more a function of their larger bodies.

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Terrific Turmeric

Superfood: Taking on joint pain with something tasty
ATTRIBUTES: Turmeric is the current darling of the food-as-medicine world, touted for assisting with practically everything from arthritis to cancer. And it's delicious.

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Puzzling Development

Ask Dr. Matt: Boys and breasts
I would like to discuss an issue that has led many a terrified lad to my office in great distress. They usually set up the appointment to have me look at their throat or something common like that, but at the end of the appointment they ask to speak with me about something else — something private.

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Sweet Salvage

100% Local: A new cider from local backyards, roadside trees and abandoned orchards
Unlike the rest of their artisanal hard cider offerings, Liberty Ciderworks' co-founders and cidermakers don't have an exact idea of what's in their latest creation, the Spokane Scrumpy Cider. Known for their award-winning English-style ciders, Liberty's latest special batch, a limited release produced last fall, is made from a literal mash-up of apples picked from local backyards, roadside trees and abandoned orchards — apples that would otherwise have gone to waste.

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Parenting Made Simple... But Not Easy

Life Coaching: The essential ingredients for successful parenting
Raising a healthy child can appear to be a daunting task. Parents worry about many issues such as: Is my child going to the right school?

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