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Holocaust Survivor to visit Spokane in June

Sun., June 11, 2017

Law enforcement investigating anti-Semitic comments in advance of Holocaust survivor’s speech

UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 9:15 p.m.

Marthe Cohn was only 24 years old when she crawled across a field and under barbed wire, behind enemy lines in Nazi Germany, to glean vital information about plans for the German army’s retreat and counterattack in southern Germany during the final months of World War II.

Later, she crawled back across the border, again and again, bringing vital information to Allied intelligence officers.

Today Cohn, 97, travels the country sharing her story of surviving the Holocaust, and will speak in Spokane on Wednesday at the Spokane Convention Center, according to Rabbi Yisroel Hahn of the Chabad community center here.

Cohn will share experiences from the book she co-authored in 2006 with writer Wendy Holden, titled “Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany.”

Hahn said Cohn, who was fluent in German, traveled into German territory and collected critical intelligence for the French army. She was decorated with the Croix de Guerre in 1945 for her work as a member of the French army intelligence service.

“She was a spy for the Allies. Here is a woman who was Jewish, who put her own life in danger,” said Hahn. “She didn’t have to do this. She really put herself on the line on behalf of the world, so to speak. To me, she’s a remarkable person; she is really a part of history.”

Cohn, from her home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, said she didn’t start speaking about her experiences until 1999, after she received the Medaille Militaire from the French government, a relatively rare medal awarded for outstanding military service, given in the past to the likes of Winston Churchill.

“After the war nobody wanted to talk about it. People wanted to live and see the future and not talk about war,” Cohn said.

Cohn had not even told her children or grandchildren to what extent she had been involved in the French resistance.

“Receiving the medal resulted in much publicity and I was invited to give talks about my life. Until then I didn’t speak about it,” Cohn said. “The memory of what happened in the past is very important to the future. Most people, especially young people, don’t know what happened more than 70 years ago.”

Cohn never intended to become a spy, but when French army officials realized in 1944 that the blond, 4-foot-11-inch French nurse could speak German, she posed as a young German nurse who was trying to find a fictional fiance.

Even before she secreted behind German lines, Cohn and her family frequently found their lives in mortal danger as Jews in Nazi-occupied France. Born in 1920, Marthe Hoffnung (Cohn) grew up speaking both German and French in the Lorraine region of France, which is close to the German border.

In 1942, after her younger sister Stephanie was arrested and, unbeknownst to the family, killed in Auschwitz, her fiance, also part of the French resistance, was shot by the Germans in Paris in 1943.

The Hoffnung family fled German-occupied France to the southern territory controlled at the time by the Vichy government.

After the war, Cohn returned to a career in nursing in France before studying in Geneva where, in 1956, she met and married her husband, Major L. Cohn. The couple moved to the United States in the late 1950s where he worked as an anesthesiologist, she as a nurse.

Marthe Cohn will be the second Holocaust speaker Rabbi Hahn has hosted in Spokane. Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor, spoke in March.

“I expected to sell about 100 tickets for the event,” said Hahn, who booked a room at the Davenport Hotel.

Much to his surprise, when all was said and done, more than 1,400 people attended the event, which was moved to the Spokane Convention Center to accommodate a sold-out crowd.

Hahn said he started promoting the speaking engagement on Facebook only three weeks before the event.

“It blew my mind how many people showed up,” he added. “It was incredibly successful.”

Hahn moved to Spokane from New York 10 years ago with his wife, Sarah, to head the Chabad Jewish center here. The couple have six children ages 1 through 12. Hahn said he feels an obligation to bring Holocaust survivors to the Spokane community.

“You know we live in a world of serious intolerance,” he said.

“These Holocaust survivors experienced the most destructive intolerance the world has ever seen in recorded history. And we have to remember that this is where this (intolerance) leads. This type of intolerance leads to real hate. Real acts of violence,” he added.

In the past two months, Spokane has experienced several episodes of anti-Semitic vandalism, as well as a recent spate of hate crimes. Earlier in the spring, the words “Get out” were spray-painted on the home of a refugee family on the South Side; in late April, anti-Semitic graffiti praising Adolf Hitler was found on a door of the downtown Community Building.

But Hahn said intolerance is not only against Jews, Muslims or other religions.

“The real intolerance is … in ourselves, in the community, in families, and with workers who don’t talk to one another because they have different opinions,” he said.

“If we care about intolerance, we should start with tolerance in our homes, within our communities, within our families, within our workplace,” Hahn added.

Hahn conceded he has not experienced serious anti-Semitism in Spokane since moving here, but said he was surprised and angered by several neo-Nazi rants on the Facebook event page advertising the Cohn event.

“They made vile, hateful comments,” he said on Facebook. “The best response we can have to such disgraceful messages, is to pack the Spokane Convention Center (in) June.”

Hahn said he reported the Facebook posts to local law enforcement authorities and to the FBI.

Cohn added that she is extremely unhappy to see an increase in anti-Semitism acts across the country in the past year.

“I am very disappointed with what is going on in the United States right now,” Cohn said. “I can’t do much, but I try to do as much as I can to fight it on my level. It’s important to be involved. You cannot just lie down and wait to die. You have to continue to fight.”

 

 

Law enforcement investigating anti-Semitic comments in advance of Holocaust survivor’s speech

UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 9:15 p.m.

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http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/jun/07/law-enforcement-investigating-anti-semitic-comment/

Area law enforcement officers say they are investigating anti-Semitic comments posted on a local social media event page, as well as phone harassment of a local rabbi who is hosting the visit of a Holocaust survivor at the Spokane Convention Center next week.

Rabbi Yisroel Hahn of Spokane said he started seeing hate-filled, anti-Semitic posts on a Facebook event page two weeks ago. The page was created to promote a June 14 speaking event by Marthe Cohn, a 97-year-old Southern California resident who has written a book on her experiences more than 70 years ago in Nazi Germany.

Hahn said comments on the page over the past two weeks included several posts denying the Holocaust, a post that shows the Star of David lit on fire with a comment asking people to spit on the Israeli flag, and others that he described as “hateful and vile.” He said he also has received two or three phone messages with the same type of hateful rhetoric.

Hahn said he has never experienced anything like the hate messages and cyber stalking since he moved to Spokane more than 10 years ago with his family.

Both Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl and Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich posted online to Hahn’s Facebook page earlier this week, indicating their involvement in an investigation regarding the cyber stalking.

Online, Meidl urged Hahn to report the incidents to Crime Check and added, “They need to flag it as a hate crime.” On Tuesday, Knezovich wrote that the county is working on the issue and “we will find those responsible for this hate” on Hahn’s Facebook page.

Detective Ben Green, of the Spokane Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit, said the city has been tracking the case since Hahn notified them last week. “We are taking the appropriate actions to assist Rabbi Hahn. We take these things seriously and are well into the planning of keeping citizens who attend the event safe,” Green said.

Green said it’s too early to say whether the case will be categorized as a hate crime, but that does not change the steps law enforcement officials take to ensure the safety of those involved.

“We will be working with the rabbi to maintain the physical safety of local people through the event next week,” he added.

“Sheriff Knezovich is aware of the comments and remarks on the page, and it’s being looked into,” said Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Gregory. “He stated that if we are able to find out who is doing this, they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Hahn said the people who are posting the “vile messages” have proved how important it is for such events to take place.

“I’m hosting a private event for goodness sake. These cowards have targeted an event that is meant to educate the world against bigotry, not just against Jews, but against all human beings,” said Hahn.

The best reaction to the issue, Hahn said, is to have as many people as possible show up to the event at the Convention Center next week.

A high turnout “shows people that we are not intimidated by this nonsense,” he said. “You’re not going to intimidate me. I’m living life as happy as can be, and having this event is the biggest (payback) we can have.”

In addition to reporting the cyber stalking to law enforcement officials, Hahn blocked and reported the messages to Facebook.

Hahn said although he was disturbed by the hate messages online, he has been gratified to see an enormous amount of support for the Holocaust survivor speaker as well. This is the second Holocaust survivor Hahn has hosted in Spokane. In March, Jacob Eisenbach, 93, spoke to a sold-out crowd at the Convention Center about his experiences during the Holocaust, and why they should not be forgotten.

Over the past two months, there has been a small wave of hate incidents in the Spokane area.

On the night of May 4, vandals broke into the Salish School of Spokane and scrawled racial slurs on the walls. One week later, the words “Get out” were spray-painted on the home of a refugee family on the South Side. And in late April, anti-Semitic graffiti praising Adolf Hitler was found on a door of the downtown Community Building, according to reports by The Spokesman Review.


UPDATED: JUNE 7, 2017, 9:15 P.M. 

Hahn said comments on the page over the past two weeks included several posts denying the Holocaust, a post that shows the Star of David lit on fire with a comment asking people to spit on the Israeli flag, and others that he described as “hateful and vile.” He said he also has received two or three phone messages with the same type of hateful rhetoric.

Hahn said he has never experienced anything like the hate messages and cyber stalking since he moved to Spokane more than 10 years ago with his family.

Both Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl and Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich posted online to Hahn’s Facebook page earlier this week, indicating their involvement in an investigation regarding the cyber stalking.

Online, Meidl urged Hahn to report the incidents to Crime Check and added, “They need to flag it as a hate crime.” On Tuesday, Knezovich wrote that the county is working on the issue and “we will find those responsible for this hate” on Hahn’s Facebook page.

Detective Ben Green, of the Spokane Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit, said the city has been tracking the case since Hahn notified them last week. “We are taking the appropriate actions to assist Rabbi Hahn. We take these things seriously and are well into the planning of keeping citizens who attend the event safe,” Green said.

Green said it’s too early to say whether the case will be categorized as a hate crime, but that does not change the steps law enforcement officials take to ensure the safety of those involved.

“We will be working with the rabbi to maintain the physical safety of local people through the event next week,” he added.

“Sheriff Knezovich is aware of the comments and remarks on the page, and it’s being looked into,” said Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Gregory. “He stated that if we are able to find out who is doing this, they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Hahn said the people who are posting the “vile messages” have proved how important it is for such events to take place.

“I’m hosting a private event for goodness sake. These cowards have targeted an event that is meant to educate the world against bigotry, not just against Jews, but against all human beings,” said Hahn.

The best reaction to the issue, Hahn said, is to have as many people as possible show up to the event at the Convention Center next week.

A high turnout “shows people that we are not intimidated by this nonsense,” he said. “You’re not going to intimidate me. I’m living life as happy as can be, and having this event is the biggest (payback) we can have.”

In addition to reporting the cyber stalking to law enforcement officials, Hahn blocked and reported the messages to Facebook.

Hahn said although he was disturbed by the hate messages online, he has been gratified to see an enormous amount of support for the Holocaust survivor speaker as well. This is the second Holocaust survivor Hahn has hosted in Spokane. In March, Jacob Eisenbach, 93, spoke to a sold-out crowd at the Convention Center about his experiences during the Holocaust, and why they should not be forgotten.

Over the past two months, there has been a small wave of hate incidents in the Spokane area.

On the night of May 4, vandals broke into the Salish School of Spokane and scrawled racial slurs on the walls. One week later, the words “Get out” were spray-painted on the home of a refugee family on the South Side. And in late April, anti-Semitic graffiti praising Adolf Hitler was found on a door of the downtown Community Building, according to reports by The Spokesman Review.


UPDATED: JUNE 7, 2017, 9:15 P.M. 

 

LOCAL NEWS

Judith Spitzer: Hit songwriter Laurie Klein finds new voice in blog, poetry

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I love my job. I am grateful and always surprised by people I meet whose stories touch me. I truly believe the adage that everyone has a story to tell, a lesson to teach, and wisdom to share.

And then there are those few who seduce and inspire us by sharing astonishing new ways to view the world – without a lot of ego.

Laurie Klein is one of those women.

At 60-something, Klein is a mother, artist, songwriter, photographer, grandmother, poet, as well as a self-described child of God. She lives with Bill, her husband of 43 years, about 20 miles north of Spokane.

These days Klein has added the title blogger to the many hats she wears.

Klein was signed up for my Inspirational Blogging class at Spokane Community College, but she didn’t need me to teach her how to write. She’s been published many times over. She took the class to learn about social media. Having written a soon-to-be-published book of poetry, she was determined to conquer the Internet world. Or at least some of it.

The technical parts of blogging are typically only about half of what I cover in the class. Fear, on the other hand, is one of the abiding themes – fear of social media, anxiety at the vulnerability in sharing one’s words and photos, and fear of the unknown.

From the very first class, Klein was relentless. She picked up the fear, put it under her arm and marched forward.

As I read her writing, it was clear she had a gift, and when she added photos to the blog she shined. She takes the perfect image to illustrate a post, as well as chooses commonplace objects and scenes that anyone else would walk right past.

I watched as her self-confidence grew and the fear subsided.

One of the students’ first assignments is to create a Facebook page, and start connecting with people. Before long, Klein had an avalanche of old friends from her school days in the Midwest.

Reading the comments, I felt like I was with Garrison Keillor visiting Lake Woebegone. She actually went to high school at St. Olaf’s College in Minnesota.

After the class ended, I kept reading her new blog and realized that 40 years ago Klein had written a song called “I Love You, Lord.” 

“It is so simple, just four lines,” she said. “The simplest little song. But it went global. I was flabbergasted.”

“Forty years ago, weary and bone-lonely, I wrote that little song while our baby slept. People around the world still sing, ‘Let me be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear,’ ” Klein said.

When she wrote the song in 1974, she and her husband, Bill, were living in a mobile home in Central Oregon, existing on $400 a month – she tended a new baby while he attended college.

“Back when I was a new mom savoring a few quiet moments, braided hair slung over a shoulder, arms cradling a cheap guitar … that day I had been bone-lonely. Sick of my own voice. Emptied of hope,” she recalled.

“I prayed Lord, give me a song you want to hear,” she said. “It came to me whole. Easily, the way grace does when we’re stuck: pure gift.”

Today, the song has been released on some 80-plus recordings, and has emerged in at least a half-dozen dialects around the world.

“It leaves me speechless,” she said. “I still have requests to record the song.”

Klein said her discovery of social media, and the fact that her new blog has caught fire, has opened her life up to hundreds of people, old friends and new ones.

I’m a loyal follower of her blog these days, watching as she tackles tough subjects with a charming sense of humor, self-deprecation and gratitude. She revels in topics like delight, wonder, grace and surrender.

It typically stirs me to wonder at the most mundane and ordinary of things, transformed through her eyes into a quest for truth and the divine.

What a gift, this woman.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/dec/29/judith-spitzer-hit-songwriter-laurie-klein-finds-n/

New store will take used gear in trade

Jake Pinger, left, and Jared Fields are partners in the new Play It Again Sports store in the Five Mile shopping center on Francis in North Spokane, shown Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Jared is the managing partner in the store, which stocks new and used sports gear for fitness, many different sports and accessories. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)playitagain_t1170

With three kids under the age of 10, Jared Fields and his wife, Shvonna, know only too well how expensive buying equipment can be when a child wants to play hockey, baseball or almost any other sport. Not to mention the money spent when said child decides they don’t like one sport, and want to try a different one.

Fields, 39, is the co-owner of Play It Again Sports, a national franchise, which opened in late August. Located at 1808 W. Francis Ave., Fields has five to six employees at any given time depending on the season.

The sports franchise wasn’t new to Fields. More than 10 years ago he worked at a Play It Again Sports store in Spokane, under another owner, while he attended college. Then he took a job managing a Spokane restaurant, but said he missed the retail sports scene.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/nov/30/new-store-will-take-used-gear-in-trade/

 

 

 

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

Violet Humble is 8, but the Spokane girl has already volunteered more than most of us ever will

srx_humble_002_tt-jpg_t810Violet Humble helps load a truck with members of VOLT and the Music and Art Movement (MAC) charities on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Spokane, Wash. Humble, 8, coordinated with the charities, as they planned to send supplies to the Pine Ridge and standing Rock Reservations. TYLER TJOMSLAND tylert@spokesman.com (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Violet Humble loves just about anything with glitter, sequins or the color pink. At 8 years old, she is also a fan of mythical creatures, “The Walking Dead” and Taylor Swift, whose birthday and sparkly cat-ears headband she shares.

Your typical preteen? Well, not really.

Domestic violence deaths on the rise in Spokane County and state despite new approaches to addressing issue

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Where to go for help

The YWCA Alternative to Domestic Violence program is funded by the state, city, county and private contributions. It’s Spokane’s only state-recognized domestic violence program for victims and survivors.

The YWCA crisis line answers about 3,800 calls per year, and assists more than 13,000 survivors and children each year. The YWCA offers help with shelter and housing services, legal services, counseling, and clothing.

The 24-hour helpline is (509) 326-2255.

 

Collaboration, costumes nab Civic Theatre’s Kearney Jordan a nomination for arts award

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Collaboration, costumes nab Civic Theatre’s Kearney Jordan a nomination for arts award. Kearney Jordan stands in the costume storage area at the Spokane Civic Theatre on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. She has been nominated for an arts award for her service to the theater, as well as to many nonprofits whom she helps find costumes for events and fundraisers. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/oct/28/collaboration-and-costumes-nabs-civic-theatres-kea/

Free cupcakes draw attention to campaign to end domestic violence

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/oct/19/free-cupcakes-draw-attention-to-campaign-to-end-do/

Creating Community: Art group transforms itself

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Marian Herzer, co-founder of Monarch Arts, has some of her group’s paintings stored in her Spokane Valley apartment, shown Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. The group promotes arts events and projects. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Irene Dahl, 83, is a German-born psychotherapist who witnessed the death of her father in Nazi Germany when she was 7 years old.

At 69, Karen Harwood is a longtime attorney and teacher at Gonzaga University who is now retired.

Betty Bradley, 77, is a retired Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, a Roman Catholic religious congregation.

What brings these three very different Spokane women together?

The answer is simple: art.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/oct/12/creating-community-art-group-transforms-itself/

 Italian American Club to mark 50 years with new Sister City

Italian American Club to mark 50 years with new Sister City

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Italian American Club recording secretary, left, Judy VanDyke, poses with, Ron Anselmo, club president, and Spokane Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza, club orator. (Judith Spitzer Special to The Spokesman-Review)

Ever heard the names Deena Caruso, Joe Albi, Father Joseph Cataldo, Pat Cozza, Victor Felice, Peter Jacoby, Victor Forni and Mike Lamanna?

They are among a long list of Italian Americans who have lived in and loved the Spokane area.

The names may ring a bell because they all helped create the city of Spokane we know today. And all were members of the Italian American Club over the past 50 years.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/oct/12/creating-community-art-group-transforms-itself

Sisters’ Gathering a place where women connect, listen to each other

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Women have gathered in sacred circles – beside fires in prehistoric times, in 1970s rec rooms in consciousness-raising groups, and today online – to share their lives, listen to one another’s stories and spiritually connect in community.

That’s the intent of the Sisters’ Gathering in Spokane, a group that has met monthly on a Saturday evening since early 2014, said Chenoa Durheim, one of the group’s creators and facilitators.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/sep/21/sisters-gathering-a-place-where-women-connect-list/

When dinner bell rings at Rockin’ B Ranch, get ready for fiddlin’ and fun

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On a late summer evening, the Rockin’ B Ranch just south of Interstate 90 on the Washington-Idaho border was living up to its raucous name. There was some yodeling, some pickin’, lots of fiddling, a cowboy shootout and a good old-fashioned meat-and-potatoes supper.

“We got taters and beans, chicken, beef and ribs, and you meat eaters … we know you have specific ways you like your meat cooked, so move on in there and tell them what you like,” said Dusty Bicuspid, the gnarly-looking toothless cowboy. “And they’ll completely ignore you.”http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/aug/31/when-dinner-bell-rings-at-rockin-b-ranch-get-ready/

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2016, 11:21 A.M.

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Once a month Brian and Beverly Anderson, a Spokane couple in their early fifties, host what could be called dinner and a book.

It’s a book club with a twist, an edible twist.

At each month’s gathering the Andersons plan and serve an evening meal, the theme of which is dictated by the book the group is reading.

July’s book of the month – “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown – is a nonfiction book about the University of Washington rowing crew which, against the odds, narrowly beat Italy and Germany to win the gold medal in Berlin in the 1936 Olympics.

The evening’s menu included German potato salad, grilled bratwurst with German mustard, homemade buns and German chocolate cupcakes decorated with tiny American flags, as well as a German apple strudel.

Honor Point Military Aerospace Museum Finally Opens

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George White, 97, pays a visit to the new Honor Point Military & Aerospace Museum, July 15, 2016. White was an employee for Northwest Airlines for 23 years. A Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) display is at left. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

In a dimly lit basement room at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture there’s a treasure trove of historic military items – World War I trench art, a priest’s travel kit from World War II, gas masks used in the Gulf War, and prisoner of war jumpsuits worn in Vietnam.

Now those artifacts are one step closer to a permanent home.

After about 15 years of fits and starts, a couple of name changes and dashed hopes for ownership of a high-visibility site on the West Plains, the Honor Point Military and Aerospace Museum opened in June at Spokane’s historic Felts Field.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/oct/12/creating-community-art-group-transforms-itself/

Creating Community: Finding peace and tranquility with Tibetan singing bowls

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VoicesWEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2016, 3:09 P.M. – BY JUDITH SPITZER, JASPITZER31@MAC.COM
A gentle breeze flows through an upstairs room at the Souls Center near Kendall Yards. Debbie Miller is seated near the center of the room, surrounded by Tibetan singing bowls, more than a dozen of them, in different sizes and various shades of metal.The mood in the room is tranquil as six or seven people lie on colorful woven mats in a fan shape around Miller, while others sit cross-legged on chairs or cushions on the outer edges of the room.
After a short introduction Miller invites participants to sit or lie back, and relax by breathing deeply as she begins to play the bowls with a mallet or striker. Sound washes over participants and fills the room with reverberations.
VoicesWEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016, 3:26 P.M. – BY JUDITH SPITZER, JASPITZER31@MAC.COM
On a recent Friday morning, a handful of minivans lined the cul-de-sac next to Polly Judd Park, a neighborhood park tucked away on the lower South Hill. It was the weekly gathering of the Attachment/C…http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/jul/06/attachment-parenting-group-bonds-over-shared-philo/

Creating Community: Stitchers find spiritual connection

It’s early on a Wednesday evening and the conference room at Forza Coffee Co. on Spokane’s South Hill is filled to capacity with about 20 souls. The group of mostly women are knitting, crocheting, …

Local newsFRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016, 12:47 P.M. – BY JUDITH SPITZER, CORRESPONDENT
Sheryl WuDunn says people rarely give away money as intelligently as they make it.Helping people is often harder than it looks, and much charitable giving isn’t very effective, said WuDunn, who’ll be the keynote speaker Monday at the Women Helping Women Fund luncheon in Spokane.

Second Harvest cooking classes help build skills, health and community

It’s 5 p.m. on a Wednesday and Jandyl Doak is directing volunteers, answering questions and peeling red beets into one of the sinks in a streamlined kitchen reminiscent of a Food Network cooking show….ECOND_HARVEST_COOOKING_CLASS.JPG_8rSRW2x_t1140
VoicesWEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016 – BY BY JUDITH SPITZER, JASPITZER31@MAC.COM
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The word “bibliophile” – a noun describing a person who loves or collects books – fits Linda Bond to a T. If something “fits to a T,” then it’s perfect for its purpose. And Bond, who works at Auntie’s Bookstore, loves words that fit perfectly.

Sharing food and fun with the Rat Pack

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Left to right, Debbie MacDonald, Stan Wright and Tina Owen share hors d’oeuvres March 24, 2016, at the Our Thai House. The local Meetup group the Rat Pack hosts a “Dinner Around the World” event once at month at a different restaurant. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

The pungent scent of lemongrass, ginger and warm curries fills the air at Our Thai House on North Hamilton Street on a recent Wednesday evening – the restaurant packed to overflow by a group of fun-loving souls called the Rat Pack.

Modern Quilt Guild melds traditional, contemporary design

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Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 in Voices

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When people think of quilts, they likely imagine a classic quilt like grandma used to make … conjuring up visions of women gathered in circles, quilting by hand, using traditional print fabrics in classic colors.

Not exactly the same image was elicited by women who gathered on a recent rainy Saturday afternoon in a room at the Spice & Vine Mercantile on East Sprague Avenue.

In the midst of tables covered with small piles of soft fabric pieces of every color and shape, several sewing machines and tools of the quilting trade, 15 or so women were busy making quilts – modern ones.

Modern being the key word, the women are members of the Inland Northwest Modern Quilt Guild, a local chapter of the national Modern Quilt Guild, which organized here a little over two months ago. 

211 Service got a workout during November Windstorm 

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“Just listen and be there,” said Collin Keating, information resource referral specialist for Spokane’s 211 call center at Frontier Behavioral Health. (Kathy Plonka)

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/jan/04/211-service-got-a-workout-during-november-windstor/

Woman’s Club of Spokane to be renovated, refurbished

December 31, 2015 Voices section

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Members of the Silver Spurs, a folk dance troupe that rehearses at the Woman’s Club in Spokane, starts their rehearsal with a contra dance before working on their upcoming performance at First Night Spokane. The Woman’s Club received a grant that will allow them to update the building and add bathrooms and a kitchen upstairs. (Jesse Tinsley)

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EWU Letter on Sexism Goes Viral

Jared Mauldin

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/hbo/2015/nov/02/ewu-letter-sexism-goes-viral/

mulvany_t300EWU engineering student Jared Mauldin wrote a recent letter to the editor of the student newspaper saying female engineering students aren’t his equal because they weren’t given the same encouragement he had growing up. (Colin Mulvany)

Jared Mauldin, a senior at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, didn’t expect the avalanche of responses he received after penning a letter to the editor of the school newspaper.

Mauldin wrote of his perceptions on sexism in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. The letter was published in the Easterner on Sept. 30.

A 34-year-old mechanical engineering major at EWU, Mauldin began his letter: “While it is my intention in every other interaction I share with you to treat you as my peer, let me deviate from that to say that you and I are in fact unequal. Sure, we are in the same school program, and you are quite possibly getting the same GPA as I, but does that make us equal?”