Sholeh Patrick

Opinion: The making of an American

September 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

Some moments in life seem suspended in time, transformative. The best of those bring meaning not only to the person directly experiencing them, but to anyone lucky enough to share the joy.Tuesday held such a moment. If you caught our Coeur ...

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Research: Meet your North Idaho lake monster, Paddler

September 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

It pays to have pilot friends. After reading my Nessie column last week writer, photographer and pilot extraordinaire M.K. passed on a news tip: Pend Oreille has one. A monster, that is. To be fair, he didn’t exactly say “monster.” But he d...

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Mind your P’s and queues

September 12, 2019 at 8:44 am

The English are a funny lot — with some idiosyncrasies that seem as odd as, undoubtedly, ours must seem to them. Now that trips to the UK have become routine for us, thanks to our English daughter-in-law, one thing is clear: Whatever you ca...

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Americans saving more for college

September 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

American parents are saving more for their kids’ college. That’s good, because tuition keeps going up. According to the College Board, between 2008 and 2019, published tuition and fee prices rose by an average $930 (in 2018 dollars) at publ...

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Research: Got night-hags? Skip the numbles.

September 05, 2019 at 5:00 am

If you frequent the U.K. or read as many English novels as I do, you know the English love goofy words and nicknames. Hungry? Try spotted dick (a desert), soldiers (sliced toast) or a bacon buttie (sandwich). Feeling chuffed (happy), cheeky...

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Research: Alzheimer’s: We’re not helpless

September 03, 2019 at 5:00 am

A long life is a two-sided coin.The joys of more time come with greater odds of experiencing some mental decline, but we’re not helpless. We can delay, mitigate or in some cases, even prevent it.Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease — ...

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Research: Labor Day rooted in controversy

August 29, 2019 at 5:00 am

Before this three-day weekend fun begins, let’s take a look at why we’ve got it.Most Americans know the first Monday in September is meant to give workers a day off and remember their contribution to a healthy economy which supports us all....

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Research: Will Nessie grace our “dragon days” of summer?

August 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

It must be the heat: August is Dragon Awareness Month.Yes, dragons: Those massive, winged, fire-breathing, dinosaur-looking creatures that pervade human folklore across time and continents. Mythical, or real?Bestselling author Carl Sagan wa...

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Research: Five tips to avoid plagiarism

August 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

Plagiarism is a serious issue for any writer. Intentional or accidental, journalists and researchers understand how easily it can happen, even for the most ethical among us.These days, with more untrained writers posting articles online, qu...

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Opposition: A lesson from Russia

August 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

Divergent opinion is human nature. It’s also necessary to a healthy democracy, especially in America’s evenly and hotly divided climate — as the framers warned us in Federalist Paper No. 10:“... the smaller the number of individuals composi...

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