Sholeh Patrick

Here’s how to follow key bills

February 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

Tuesday's column outlined the Idaho legislative process. Today, a look at bill types and how to track them. While hundreds of bills are introduced in each Idaho legislative session (notably in an election year), not all make it to the finis...

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Legislation 101: Your how-to guide

January 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

With Idaho’s 2018 session in full swing, today’s column outlines the stages of legislation and where to find it. Thursday, a glimpse at various types of bills.It’s easy now with Bill Tracker, yet few voters pay attention to Idaho’s annual l...

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Divorce: It’s hard; don’t make it harder

January 25, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s neither a pleasant nor a hopeful subject, but a necessary one. Half of married Americans either have or will experience a divorce. That’s difficult enough, but when divorce is also financially devastating, it can seriously frustrate ef...

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Busking can be beautiful

January 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

Believed to derive from the Spanish verb “buscar” (to look for), buskers’ sounds and styles may not appeal to everyone, and certainly not all are talented. Nevertheless, street musicians are an old, global tradition. Buskers can make a down...

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Idaho’s a fine place to retire

January 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

Idaho made yet another top 10 list of best places to retire. Talk about stating the obvious; gorgeous scenery, affordable living, quality medical facilities, vibrant and friendly communities. All good, if we’re ready. According to the Feder...

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Question is, who are you?

January 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

What began as an everyday greeting at a workout Sunday soon resulted in one of those consciousness-raising moments. Ironic, really; Peak Fitness is where one normally focuses on the body, not the mind. Yet in a way, apropos. Because a very ...

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MLP: Drop eggcorns from yon tenterhooks

January 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

READ, people; read literature! Please, and urge others to follow suit (do the same, like a card game). So many commonly abused and misused phrases — which the Brits call eggcorns — are simply a matter of inadequate exposure to good writers....

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Earthing’s great, even if it’s so obvious

January 09, 2018 at 5:00 am

Ever shake your head at a “new” trend, because (a) it’s so obvious, and (b) it’s as old as dirt?Case in point: “Earthing” — the notion that we benefit from connecting with the earth. Walking barefoot in grass. Napping in a field. Bare legs ...

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Adopt 10 financial resolutions

January 04, 2018 at 5:00 am

Considering a New Year’s Resolution? Healthier habits and weight loss are probably the most common, and the topic of a recent column. Others resolve to be kinder or more patient, perhaps less stressed — which are not unrelated. In fact, mon...

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Two words that tower over 2017 socially

January 02, 2018 at 5:00 am

Hold on to your hats, folks. It’s a youthquake — the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year. Just what is a youthquake? Pretty much like it sounds:“A significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of y...

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