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Sophie's Choice: Missed the eclipse? Just watch some pants

May 21, 2012

Across the country, the solar eclipse Sunday seemed to kindle an infectious enthusiasm for astronomy. So what does that have to do with pants? Please continue to be patient with me and read on.
I know that current fashion trends are slow coming to our corner of the world; it’s not as if Vogue has announced its decision to establish a satellite office in the Ville. Whatever counts as style in the mainstream clothes horse magazines, you can be sure it won’t catch on in Stevens County for another five to ten years, if at all.

Sophie's Choice: So, how was your week?

May 9, 2012

Whimsical moment alert:
Drove down 3rd Ave last Friday evening, noticing how dark clouds held sway to the north while the sun shone soft rays over Colville Valley and streamers of steam lazily unfurled over the trees.

Pride goeth before the smack down

April 17, 2012

S-E Staff Reporter

Ever have those moments where the rug is swept out from un¬der your righteous indignation and your snobbery gets body slammed into repentant sheepishness?
Maybe it’s just me. It’s certainly not Rush Limbaugh, but that’s beside this column’s point.
It’s not the first time my ego got its moral superiority on, and it probably won’t be the last. However, this particular case of which I am speaking is exceptional, because it nursed a bur¬geoning grudge that I carried with me for several months.

Truth is a ‘hidden gold’

April 17, 2012

Contributing Columnist

As a little girl, Sara witnesses first-hand the devasta¬tion of drug abuse. She watched as her parents self-medicated with an array of prescription drugs and alco¬hol. Her loving father, once a hard-working man, be¬came cruel and merciless when drunk. Her parents, teachers, and even family members “overlooked” the problems until he lost his job and their family home.

Sophie's Choice: We're all a little crazy

April 11, 2012

When I was a young, flighty thing (being so mature and grounded now) I would ride the Spokane transit to and fro about the city and observe the array of humanity that is up for viewing at ye local bus station. And boy howdy, if there are aliens in outer space tuning in to our goings-on on this wet, floating ball we call Earth, mass transit must be like some Comedy Central/Bravo channel hybrid to them.

Another Take: Deep woods' ethics

April 10, 2012

For those of you who aren’t afflicted with that four-letter word called G-O-L-F, please continue reading this edition of the Statesman-Examiner and avoid this golf ethics question.
Yes, it’s a conundrum caught between a pine grove and a hard place.
For the uninitiated, golf is one of the most honorable of games. Yes, that’s allegedly and actually. There are few sports that I know of that call for the player to serve as his own arbiter and call penalties on him or herself.
Yes, what would Uncle Timmy do indeed.

Is a Calorie a Calorie?

April 5, 2012

You’ve whipped yourself into a wholehearted weight loss frenzy – exercised an hour every day, cut calories until you were ravenous (and homicidal) and used every psych trick in your book – and you haven’t’ lost and ounce, or maybe that’s all you DID lose. You’re going to have a meltdown if someone waves another celery stick in front of you. You start thinking maybe you are sleep-eating in the middle of the night (yes – people actually do that).

Crowded by the competition? Request an RCW

March 6, 2012

Law reviewed: Revised Code of Washington, Title 18

Are you one of those industries who are feeling crowded by the number of competing businesses? Or maybe you are a professional bemoaning the fact that every wet behind the ears college graduate has a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in your occupation and the surge of entrants is likely to depress your wages and benefits. Don’t worry—our legislature can fix that.

When teenagers attack

February 22, 2012

So, what do you do when your kid takes a chunk out of his father’s finger, then kicks him in the crotch because Pa had the audacity to take Junior’s iPod as punishment for disobedience?
Why, you jump pell-mell into the fray and punch your husband in the face because “he’s being too strict.”
Or at least that’s the reasoning for a 44-year old mother who was arrested after helping her 13-year-old son assault his dad.
Heel boy! Down girl! And no, I’m not talking to the family dogs.

Do you know your state otologist?

February 7, 2012

This article is #21 in the Citizen Jane series.

Law reviewed: RCW 70, Public Health and Safety

Online News Editor

Do you know who the Washington State otologist is? No? Well apparently neither does anyone else because this position, created by the legislature in 1945 and affirmed as a needed position in 1991, has never been held by a living person.

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