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Darold Wax | Mansfield and the Patrons of Husbandry

“How you gonna keep them down on the farm after they’ve seen Paree” captures the concern even if the song was not popularized by returning American doughboys until after World War I. Life on the farm — isolated, deprived and economically distressed — seemed to pale when compared with the glitz and glamour of urban styles.
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Chris Rader | Early settlers danced all night

Long before television and Internet, early North Central Washington settlers looked to occasional neighborhood parties for entertainment. These parties were often held in winter, when there was less to do on the farm. Families would travel in horse-drawn sleighs, wrapped in blankets and carrying food to share. After socializing for a bit, someone would bring out a fiddle or sit down at the piano and the music would start! Since sleighs had no headlights, guests stayed and danced all night long.
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Wendell George | Facebook or Smoke Signals

The facebook picture shows Colville tribal Chairman, Michael Marchand, Councilman Willie Womer, Councilman Edwin Marchand and former Councilman Marvin Kheel at the Standing Rock Sioux protest against the oil pipeline. It certainly shows more detail than our old smoke signals.
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Susan Sampson | Close encounter with a 'Robotic' Owl

I live in a subdivision of some 200 houses that surround an irrigation reservoir called “Lake Cortez.” Two lots fronting the lake have been retained by our Homeowners Association for use by the members. One lot is a groomed lawn with a picnic table and bench. The other grows only thistles and weeds, except the edge near the water supports a grove of willows, cottonwoods, and maples. I usually stop there during my daily walk, to watch for wildlife. I’ve seen as much as could be expected on a neighborhood ...
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Greg Asimakoupoulos | The slippery slope of common ground

I recently traveled to Greece with my wife and daughters. A highlight of the trip was spending a day in Athens walking among the Parthenon and other temple ruins atop the Acropolis. In addition to the incredible view that vista provides of modern day Athens, the ancient pillars provide a historical perspective of the architectural genus that punctuated the civilization that gave the world democracy.
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Chris Rader | Simple things entertained our ancestors

Recreation has become a hundred-billion-dollar industry today, as people enjoy more leisure time and disposable income. This was not the case a century ago! Early settlers in North Central Washington spent little and worked hard all year around: building homes and furniture, caring for livestock and gardens, laundering clothes with water heated on the wood stove, and so on. Even children helped every day with housework and farm animals, weeding, carrying water, cutting grain, and whatever their parents decreed.