Jay Swanson wrote his recently-published novel in one week. Shadows of the Highridge draws inspiration from an unlikely mash-up of Alan Patton’s novel Cry, the Beloved Country, set in pre-Apartheid South Africa, and the Western horror flick “Tremors.” He delivers the tale of how this came to be in a …

Seated in a circle after-hours at Spark Center, the new non-profit learning center in Kendall Yards, are the volunteers who keep the center open to the public for access to technology, books, classes and other learning resources. Valerie Nafe, executive director, asks each volunteer to share why they’re donating their …

In construction industry marketing, the term “energy efficient” often means building to code compliance and nothing more. Sometimes, though, it means much more. Engineering a building for airtightness and insulation nearly eliminates the need for heavy-duty heating and air conditioning systems. Filtered ventilation controls all airflow into the home, scrubbing …

Since Lori Wyborney became principal of Rogers High School in 2010, the school’s graduation rate has increased from 60.4 percent to 81.6 percent (as of 2014). She is Washington State’s 2015 High School Principal of the Year. As this issue’s Role Model profile, Wyborney shares how she’s working to transform …

When they learned they would finally be adopting a newborn, Nathan and Daniel did what any respectable expecting parents would do: They got serious about Pinterest. Inspired by a photo they found on the site, the couple from Nashville, Tenn., painted one wall of the nursery in primary color blocks. …

A gangly man with long, wavy hair waves as he pedals past, music blasting from the boom box affixed to a trailer behind his bike. Bradley Baysinger raises a hand to greet him. “He rides with us,” says Baysinger. He’s talking about the Full Moon Ride, a monthly year-round nighttime bike …

Belts are tight and land is cheap. Many landowners are eager to sell. Conservation Futures, Spokane County’s environmental preservation program, is ready to buy. For the first time in five years, one of Spokane County’s most popular programs, Conservation Futures, opened its e-mail account this summer for property nominations. They’re …

Novella Carpenter farms. In her backyard. In a city. She’s convinced that you, too, can—and should—give urban farming a try, even if your “farm” is just an herb garden on the porch. Carpenter recently published a book, Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. She’ll be in Spokane promoting …

Wild foods are not as large or uniform as their supermarket counterparts, but they often contain higher nutritional value—and hold up better in the kitchen, according to “Wildman” Steve Brill, author of Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild and Not-So-Wild Places and The Wild Vegan Cookbook. Many …