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Annual Traditions for Holiday Happiness

Posted by Tricia Jo Webster on Nov. 13, 2018, midnight

Whether it’s carving turkey, wrapping presents, or creating the most glorious display of Christmas cheer on the front lawn for all to see, just about everyone has a favorite holiday tradition that they share with loved ones every year.

But what about adding a new tradition to your holiday hoopla? ...

Art Collection Protection

Posted by Staci Lehman on Nov. 12, 2018, midnight

Whether bought as an investment for your (or your children's) future, or an investment in your happiness, fine art has become an increasingly popular purchase in recent years. And, as with anything you care about, you want to protect it accordingly. Which means you can't just bring a painting home, ...

Unwrap Something Pretty

Posted by Theresa Tanner on Nov. 11, 2018, midnight

The phrase "Good things come in small packages" was probably coined by a jeweler during the holiday season. And, honestly, we agree!

While the young ones in your family might jump for joy at a sight of a gift under the tree that’s twice their size, we grown-ups know that ...

Thanksgiving with a Twist

Posted by Joe Butler on Nov. 8, 2018, midnight

Is your traditional turkey losing its yum-yum and becoming more ho-hum? Then maybe it’s the perfect time to try something new.

Perhaps the kids have grown up and moved away, or your usual friends, family, neighbors or past houseguests who love the whole extravaganza have other plans this fall.

Or ...

Get Excited About Games

Posted by Joe Butler on Nov. 7, 2018, midnight

The family that plays together stays together, right?

We’ve often heard this adage accompanied by efforts to get families to spend more time together, preferably off of their phones. (That goes for Mom and Dad, too!)   

Getting together for games goes a long way to strengthening familial bonds and ...

A Bird-Friendly Winter Oasis

Posted by Cheryl-Anne Millsap on Nov. 6, 2018, midnight

Hummingbirds and other songbirds may have flown south for winter, but a great variety of songbirds live year round in the Northwest, and sometimes they need a hand finding fresh, healthy meals during the winter.

Feeding these wild birds during the cold season is both beneficial and a pleasure. And ...

Raw & Rugged: Selvedge denim

Posted by Theresa Tanner on Nov. 5, 2018, midnight

A good pair of jeans is hard to find. But invest in a good pair and it can last for years ... perhaps even a decade, with the proper care. And although certain trends come and go, a local retail store for men features classic options that are never out ...

Big Sky, Big Adventures

Posted by Jean Arthur on Nov. 2, 2018, 6 a.m.

At 11,166 feet elevation, we had several choices.

We could see eight mountain ranges poking the sky on a crisp winter afternoon. We contemplated a double-black-diamond chute. We considered skiing the south-facing, 300-plus-turn Liberty Bowl. Or should we turn around and take the next tram back to intermediate territory?

On ...

Excitement Ahead for Symphony Season

Posted by Joe Butler on Aug. 27, 2018, midnight

It’s common, especially for older performing arts organizations, to stop taking risks and just go through the motions, while still counting on a certain level of support from a number of patrons.

Maybe it’s out of loyalty, maybe it’s out of habit, but offering little beyond the minimum is how ...

Lunch Box Fun

Posted by Joe Butler on Aug. 24, 2018, midnight

Sure, they’ve been associated more with kiddos and blue-collar laborers over the years, but there are plenty of reasons to get excited about the humble lunch box.

Many modern lunch totes are soft-sided, making it easier to insert oversized items without bulging the boundaries of traditional metal ones. And reusable ...