Quartz Mountain – Aptly Named

Quartz Mountain, just south of  Mt. Spokane, offers spectacular, views.

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The views from Quartz Mountain are spectacular, but the sights along the trail, including Nordic huts, weathered trees and the stones that inspired its name, are part of the story as well.

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Chelsea Are Champions – Congrats

Chelsea are once again champions of the EPL.

Yes, it says football.

Yes, it says football.

For the fourth time in the last ten years, Chelsea F.C. are champions of the English Premier League. The Blues got it done today against Palace, thanks to a goal from Eden Hazard. They earned all three points with a 1-0 victory, putting them at 83, where no one can catch them. Congrats to the boys from Stamford Bridge, 2014-2015 EPL Champions!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Spokane’s Get Lit! 2015

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This year’s edition of Get Lit once again featured a roll call of literary talent, from Shawn Vestal and Sharma Shields to Kris Dinnison and Walter Kirn. Our personal festival experience seemed to revolve around Jess Walter and Sherman Alexie.

On Wednesday night, we attended the live podcast “A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment”, hosted by award-winning authors Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter. It was a raucous show that included audience participation, host readings and a bluesy, soulful performance from musical guest, Boss of Me. All told, a thoroughly entertaining evening.

Thursday morning, the fun continued with a visit to the Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities, which hosted a Q&A with author Alexie. The session was followed by a sign and greet.

Thursday night ,we attended the now famous Pie and Whiskey readings. This event’s unique blend of Dry Fly whiskey, homemade pie, slamming poetry and flash fiction continues to make it a festival favorite. Jess Walter was among the thirteen enthusiastic writers to take the Spokane Woman’s Center podium throughout the evening.

Lost Horse Press produced a chapbook from the P&W readings.

During the week, we visited a young writers group and caught up with some older author friends as well.

I would like to extend a personal thank you to Sam Ligon, Jess Walter, Sherman Alexie, Christine Holbert and Bruce Holbert, along with everyone else that helped make this year’s event a great success.

We look forward to seeing what surprises are in store for Get Lit! 2016.

The Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

I really enjoy Dutch Bros coffee but …

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I really enjoy coffee from Dutch Brothers. But a visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room is well worth the effort, no matter what your java preference. It’s as if Willy Wonka decided to open a coffee factory. See for yourself, just don’t tell Slugworth.

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Another Feryn Ranch

St. Patrick’s Day offered meager amounts of green on our latest visit.

The greening of the fields and creek banks at Feryn Ranch are still weeks away, but the creamy brown hues of the refuge’s reeds and cattails make worthy subjects.

 

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Shadows of Spring – Pine River Park

A sunny day at Pine River Park foreshadows spring.

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Pine River Park on the Little Spokane River provides a sunny prelude to the coming change of seasons.

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Around the World Without Leaving My Blog – 2014

Another year of communication destinations.

 

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The following is a cloud I created containing all of the countries from which someone viewed my blog during the last year. Larger fonts represent nations with more numerous visits, smaller fonts represent those with less. Totals were unexpectedly skewed toward South America, likely due to my numerous posts on the World Cup. South Africa also made a splash … not even in the cloud last year, it rose all the way up to second tier. France, India and Indonesia all dropped out while Lithuania, Slovenia and the State of Palestine, among others, all made their debut.

As always, my thanks to every visitor, near and far.

                                                                                            
                                                                                              Czech Republic

                                         Philippines

                                                                      Chile        United Kingdom

                 South Africa     Germany

                                                                  Denmark            Finland                Italy

                          United States

                                                                                  Mexico      Netherlands

                                                       Australia                      United Arab Emirates                Kuwait

                                                            Canada    Norway   Argentina

                                           Brazil               Spain

                                                                                                                                  State of Palestine      Slovenia
                                                                                                                   Lithuania