Stop Hiding From Stress

Practical ways to tackle common stress-inducing situations
The holidays and new year can bring up all kinds of stress — from trying to meet heightened expectations, to worries over money, regret over missed opportunities, or even a general discomfort over "who and where we are and where and who we want to be in the next year." says Gonzaga University leadership program faculty member and life coach Christina Geithner. "The stress response is a natural response of living things when the challenge at hand exceeds our resources and capacities," says Geithner, who notes that stress can take a lot of forms.

Wild About Berries

Food: Huckleberries shine in the creative flavor combinations of a North Idaho food business
Serendipity and family have both played a part in the sweet — and savory — success of Wildbeary, a North Idaho-based food products business making sweet and savory spreads, rubs and other flavorful concoctions with huckleberries. Charlene Shaver, a retired teacher, was impressed with Wildbeary Huckleberry Products, which was the name of the company from 2001-13, when Kris and Bob McIlvenna ran it out of their 315 Martini & Tapas and Greenbriar Inn bed and breakfast in Coeur d'Alene.

A Blanket Cure?

Alt-Medicine: Weighted blankets may be comforting, but objective research into their effectiveness is lacking
We all enjoy a good hug every now and then, and that's the basic premise behind weighted blankets. It might also account for the surge in their popularity in recent years, which has given rise to an expanding cottage industry and a community of enthusiasts who tout their calming benefits.

Homework Woes

Parenting: What's the right amount of afterschool work for kids?
Across the decades, homework has never been especially popular with students. That's something we can all agree on.

Yoga Plus

Modern add-ons lure newbies to the ancient practice of yoga
Maybe you're curious about yoga, but a little intimidated by the quiet atmosphere and 360-degree exposure of your body as you attempt to do unfamiliar poses. Maybe a whimsical pairing of yoga with something more familiar would offer an appealing and approachable introduction to the practice.

Benefits Package

The practice of yoga offers far more than increased strength and flexibility
Richard Semler describes himself as an active guy — he enjoys fly fishing, golfing and photography — but four years ago, he had to do something about his recurring back injury. Back surgery was an option, but he opted for yoga.

Sliding to the Rescue

Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol has conducted mountain rescues for 80 years
When Ryan Berk's grandfather first joined the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol around 1950, rescuers scoured the frozen slopes without the help of cellphones, helicopter support or Gore-Tex. Story has it that Gordon Berk skied his first patrol shift in exchange for a free meal.

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