Monday, September 25, 2023

Sholeh Patrick

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Updated 6 days, 21 hours ago

When libraries weren’t free

In this American culture war over books, Ground Zero is the public library. It’s interesting, to say the least, ...

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
What makes a friend best?

Decades of research, and common sense, indicate that the better the quality of our close relationships, the more likely we are to be happy.

Updated 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Simple hiking benefits body and soul

It’s that time again: Perfect weather to experience the outdoors in beautiful North Idaho. Sunshine, gorgeous scenery, clean air. The occasional breeze rustl...

Updated 4 months ago
Reading boosts IQ. Do audiobooks?

Reading is a wonderful thing. We learn from nonfiction, but stories also teach, exercise the imagination, and expand understanding beyond our own experiences...

Updated 4 months, 1 week ago
MLP: To split, or not to split? The infinitive question

It may be difficult for Mrs. Language Person’s few, yet oh so dear, readers to believe: Occasionally, that Snitty Old Biddy does indeed concede.

Updated 4 months, 2 weeks ago
AI comes with ethics questions

Artificial Intelligence presents opportunities — and serious challenges.

Updated 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Library books: Who should decide?

What to know before you vote May 16

Updated 5 months ago
Your food is on drugs

Studies show fish and other edible creatures are consuming our drugs and plastic.

Updated 5 months, 1 week ago
Pithy tax sayings

It’s here — the last day to send a check to Uncle Sam. When Your Mrs. Language Person is tempted to begrudge governments their share of her meager income, sh...

Updated 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Pets are positively pamper-worthy

Celebrate National Pet Day with your best furry friends!

Updated 5 months, 3 weeks ago
A Fool’s tale

Making fun of others isn't always funny, but making fun together is very tempting. Fan or foe of April Fool’s Day (the snickering prankster probably enjoys i...

Updated 6 months ago
MLP: Picking on pronouns

Mrs. Language Person, that maniacally obsessed word nerd, has been known to make mistakes; but, thanks to beloved Mrs. Rhineheimer of ninth grade English cla...

Updated 6 months, 1 week ago
Sick of culture wars? Drop your weapons

Never mind the old sticks and stones adage. Words can do more than hurt. They also transform human interaction by creating stereotypes. The worst part is tha...

Updated 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Why child care matters

Red or blue, old or young, parent or childless, kids matter to everyone.

Updated 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Rural maternity wards closing

If you’re a woman past childbearing age, in a way, you’re lucky. Those of us past that stage of life living outside of the big city had an advantage: Not lon...

Updated 6 months, 4 weeks ago
School levy FAQs

March 14 is a big day for North Idaho school districts.