Coeur d'Alene Press: Sholeh Patrick

Sholeh Patrick

Thursday 07/02/2015
Fourth facts, just for fun
Posted: July 02, 2015

Why not start celebrating the nation's 239th birthday today? July 2, 1776, was the date Congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence, even if they didn't sign it until the fourth.

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Tuesday 06/30/2015
'Foundation of freedom' born 800 years ago
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 12:36 am

This month marks the 800th anniversary of what some describe as the most important document influencing the development of democracy - the Magna Carta Libertatum (Latin for "great charter of liberties"). It was essentially a peace treaty, signed under pressure at Windsor in June 1215 by an unpopular and corrupt King John.

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Thursday 06/25/2015
Ten early signs of Alzheimer's
Posted: June 25, 2015

"Dementia" and "Alzheimer's" seem to be used interchangeably, but that's not quite accurate.

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Tuesday 06/23/2015
Fasting and its roots in Ramadan
Updated: June 23, 2015 - 1:03 am

As America feasted on Father's Day barbecues, Muslim dads had extra incentive to look forward to Sunday's splurging, if a little late: breaking the first fasts of Ramadan, which began Thursday, June 18.

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Thursday 06/18/2015
Ed reform must look at poverty
Updated: June 19, 2015 - 9:15 am

It was just a letter to the editor in a news magazine. Actually it was a well-researched letter, one with statistics easily verified to support the writer's suggestion that poverty and education are two sides of the same coin. Moreover, the author is an English professor; an opinion is made more credible with related experience.

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Tuesday 06/16/2015
Learn a language - free
Updated: June 16, 2015 - 12:37 am

Want to learn a language but lack the time or money to take a class? Do it at your own pace, free of charge, and right from home, courtesy of Coeur d'Alene Public Library.

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Thursday 06/11/2015
Flag Day serves as a uniter
Updated: June 11, 2015 - 12:21 am

What is it about flags that can inspire, incite, and invite so much emotion in man? Other symbols signify nationalism or brotherhood, such as America's eagle. Yet worldwide, the symbol eliciting the most feeling is undeniably that colored strip of cloth.

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Tuesday 06/09/2015
Masons older than they know
Updated: June 09, 2015 - 12:30 am

Secret society, or simply a men's club with a history so long it exceeds recorded memory? Movie plots and bestselling novels notwithstanding, the charitable Freemasons are not without secrecy or mystery, but perhaps not the kind you think.

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Thursday 06/04/2015
MLP: And then there was schwa
Posted: June 04, 2015

A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y. And sometimes, schwa.

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Tuesday 06/02/2015
Don't hang up on this column
Updated: June 02, 2015 - 12:51 am

Would it surprise you to know that Alexander Graham Bell did not have a phone in his study? He considered it an unwelcome intrusion in his work. Ironic as that is, perhaps frenetic modern man could take a lesson from the inventor of the telephone.

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Thursday 05/28/2015
The ties that bind us all
Posted: May 28, 2015

We are stardust.

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Tuesday 05/26/2015
Love's secret: Kindness
Updated: May 26, 2015 - 12:36 am

If everything has its season, then summer must be for love; the months of June, July, and August (the last two now rivaling June in popularity, according to the National Center for Health Statistics) are the most popular for weddings. Yet once the hype is past, the dress hung with care, and the (gulp) massive bill paid, the work begins. More than half of marriages end in divorce. What makes love last?

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Thursday 05/21/2015
Check mental health B4Stage4
Posted: May 21, 2015

With serious illnesses, we don’t wait until things are dire to understand and treat them. If symptoms of diabetes or heart disease appear, if blood pressure gets too high or a cough won’t go away, we seek information and medical attention. We know better than to ignore it, waiting until “Stage 4” – the final and often most dangerous phase of illness – to take action. Better still, we focus on prevention by improving and maintaining good physical health.

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Tuesday 05/19/2015
Can differences actually unite us?
Updated: May 19, 2015 - 12:51 am

The only thing to fear, the saying goes, is fear itself. At the heart of anger, psychologists write, lies a specific - if unacknowledged - fear. That begs the question, what fear lies at the core of the "fearmongering tactics" which seem so prominent today?

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Thursday 05/14/2015
Interfaith: The new religion
Posted: May 14, 2015

To say that the new generation of American adults is not religious would be inaccurate. To call their spirituality far less exclusive than their forebears, now that's more like it. To describe in a word the direction adults 18 to 23 are taking man's spiritual life: Interfaith.

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Tuesday 05/12/2015
Thank a nurse today
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 12:25 am

Happy birthday, Florence Nightingale.

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Thursday 05/07/2015
Survey: Internet reviews mixed
Posted: May 07, 2015

Internet access varies widely across the globe - from Bangladesh's meager 11 percent to 87 percent of the U.S. population. Yet wherever you look, its saturation and influence is rising, via home computers, tablets and especially smart phones. Other than diverting our attention from live interaction and increasing the size of our bums, is our growing use of the Web a good thing or a bad thing?

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Tuesday 05/05/2015
It pays to be nice in Nice
Updated: May 05, 2015 - 1:02 am

Much has been written about the erosion of civility in human interactions. It's hard not to notice (at least for those old enough to remember when things were different) that doors are less often held a moment to prevent hitting the person walking behind, that "hellos" and "how-are-yous" from passersby are less common, and that when you drop something, strangers are less likely to notice, let alone offer help.

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Just gotta hand it to you
Posted: April 30, 2015

Being a leftie in a right-handed world can be challenging (consider scissors, or student desks shaped to favor right-handers), but there may be advantages. Among the estimated 10 percent of the human population who favor the left hand are some impressive people: Presidents Obama, Reagan, and Clinton; Alexander the Great, Queen Victoria and Joan of Arc; David Rockefeller, H.G. Wells, and columnist Dave Barry.

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Tuesday 04/28/2015
Open letter to a special reader
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 1:05 am

I get a regular stream of communications from readers. Most are about column topics, agreeing and disagreeing, asking and adding to the discussions. Less often but also somewhat regularly, they are more personal. I always try to respond, but sometimes with mailed letters, a return address is not given.

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Thursday 04/23/2015
'Negative growth' movement is alive
Posted: April 23, 2015

Picture this: Full page, expensive ads in national publications such as Washington Times, USA Today, and The Monitor Weekly, strategically timed as a hat's-off to Earth Day. The topic? Negative population growth in America. Yes, that translates to telling our growing national populace to have fewer children.

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Tuesday 04/21/2015
A primer on Jesuits, other Catholic Orders
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 12:22 am

Sometimes it's easy to forget that although the vast majority of Americans identify as Christian, this does not necessarily mean each American is familiar with characteristics of all or even most denominations. As the oldest Christian denomination, Catholicism is complex in structure and rich in history. Both may lend it to be more readily misunderstood, as illustrated in a recent bout of letters to the editor attacking and defending the Jesuit Order.

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Thursday 04/16/2015
Sex trafficking: It's an American problem
Posted: April 16, 2015

A much-loved, 13-year-old girl in the Midwest was standing in the driveway outside her middle-class home, waiting for a friend to come by so they could hang out. A car drove up; when she tentatively approached to better hear what was being said through the open window, the door opened. She was grabbed. For the better part of the next year, this little girl was a sex slave. I read about the case while doing research for a talk at the Soroptimists' annual meeting a few years ago. It's not unique.

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Tuesday 04/14/2015
Sharia, Islam far from uniform
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 9:09 am

Fear is never the right reason to make law, or in this case, to unmake it. Yet fear - decidedly unfounded according to agency staff and legal experts including Idaho's Attorney General and lawyer-legislator Rep. Luke Malek - is driving the Legislature's undoing of state participation in a multi-state (and occasionally, multinational) system which protects children, especially children in low-income families.

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Thursday 04/09/2015
Welcome to world of sharing economies
Posted: April 09, 2015

The sharing economy. Peer-to-peer consumer networks, collaborative economies, the collaborative consumption movement, the mesh economy... Whatever you call it, the idea of direct contact between individuals with a need and individuals who can fill it is catching on like wildfire. Is this evidence of a more collectively connected global society, or just another way to undercut the competition?

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Tuesday 04/07/2015
MIT: Can't live on minimum wage
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 12:19 am

The front-page story about a local push to raise the local minimum wage mirrors efforts in other low-wage states. According to 2015 data from the National Conference of State Legislatures, with the exception of the stark hourly minimum of $5.15 in Wyoming and Georgia, Idaho's (and 15 other states') $7.25 per hour is the lowest, and compares poorly with the $9 in states such as California and Massachusetts.

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Thursday 04/02/2015
Will garlic eradicate MRSA?
Posted: April 02, 2015

Every once in a while nature reminds us that we're not as smart as we think we are, that great wisdom remains in its simple offerings. The latest hope in a deadly disease which has baffled doctors and research scientists? Garlic and onion.

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Tuesday 03/31/2015
Smart phones, dumb us
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 12:52 am

These days multitasking is not so much choice as it is compulsion. People rarely seem to do just one thing anymore; while working, eating, playing, driving, child-caring, shopping, watching, and in-person conversing, we text/email/scan a website, checking and rechecking for responses and updates. We can't seem to stop.

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Thursday 03/26/2015
News for all you optimists
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 8:09 am

Lest journalists be accused of devoting too much ink to "negative" stories, and the reading/viewing public of paying more attention to them, here's a glimpse to remind us of the progress we're making:

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Tuesday 03/24/2015
Flag unfurls images, emotions
Updated: March 24, 2015 - 12:21 am

Who decides the meaning of a symbol?

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Thursday 03/19/2015
English has Irish galore
Posted: March 19, 2015

It's Irish Heritage Month, and their cultural contributions reach beyond shamrocks, leprechauns, and Guinness. Old Irish weaved its way into American English, while steadfastly holding on to the various English dialects of Ireland, collectively called "Hiberno English" (Hibernia is Latin for Ireland). Here's a sample:

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Tuesday 03/17/2015
Green's come a long way, O'baby
Updated: March 17, 2015 - 1:14 am

Happy Patricks' Day (can't resist that nominal liberty).

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Thursday 03/12/2015
What is an atheist?
Posted: March 12, 2015

Whom would you trust more, an atheist or a rapist? In one international study, respondents preferred the rapist. If that's representative, atheists are among society's most distrusted people; even violent criminals get ranked higher.

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Tuesday 03/10/2015
The Om heard round the world
Updated: March 10, 2015 - 12:33 am

Sometimes it's easy to forget that little goes unnoticed. No longer can man (or state) be an island; even the smallest acts impact others, as technology increasingly proves. This can both expand our understanding and narrow our impressions.

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Thursday 03/05/2015
Bye-bye, bystander
Updated: March 06, 2015 - 10:23 am

The bystander's era is retreating. History is replete with evidence that all that is necessary for "evil" to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Human society is finally absorbing this knowledge at its most personal level, transforming our visions of "good men" to reject impassivity, so standing by while another is harmed is simply not an option. No longer is compassionless obliteration acceptable; no Hitler, no apartheid possible. If 9-11 proved anything, it's that standing by is no longer an option.

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Tuesday 03/03/2015
Om to the Legislature
Posted: March 03, 2015

Today the Idaho Legislature is scheduled to make uncharacteristic spiritual history. For the first time, the Senate will open with a Hindu mantra. It's one shot against those who stereotype us as closed-minded Neanderthals. More importantly, it's a chance to learn about one of the world's oldest religions.

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Thursday 02/26/2015
Teens 'sleepwalk through life'
Posted: February 26, 2015

The fact that teenagers get less sleep than they should is old news; study after study over the last 30 years confirm it. In the latest research from Columbia University, published this month in the journal Pediatrics, two things stand out: it keeps getting worse, and - even more than smart phones and iPads - America's added fat is to blame.

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Tuesday 02/24/2015
What's your animal sign?
Updated: February 24, 2015 - 12:36 am

Xin (pronounced "shin") nian kuai-le.

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Thursday 02/19/2015
Sheep, it's your lucky year
Posted: February 19, 2015

Xin nian kuai-le.

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Tuesday 02/17/2015
Lughnasa: Reconnect with nature
Updated: February 17, 2015 - 12:25 am

If Friday's Entertainment feature caught your eye, you read about the LCHS production (the next two weekends) of "Dancing at Lughnasa" (silent "g") - a "festival of light and rebirth" that "stirs the conflict between pagan and Christian cultures."

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Thursday 02/12/2015
Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln
Posted: February 12, 2015

Lincoln and Washington reign as perhaps the two most recognized presidents in American history, sharing a national birthday celebration on Presidents Day. We all feel so familiar with their images and accomplishments, we feel we know our first and 16th presidents well.

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Tuesday 02/10/2015
Baby hearts hold big hope
Updated: February 10, 2015 - 12:48 am

February is American Heart Month.

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Thursday 02/05/2015
No offense, but defense lawyers are essential
Posted: February 05, 2015

The criminal justice system is where society and individual meet as adversaries. To function as it was designed, it is ideally a system in balance. Balance cannot be had, its aim of justice not preserved, without zealous assertion of all the rights, for both sides, which the Constitution guarantees.

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Tuesday 02/03/2015
Minors have rights, too
Updated: February 03, 2015 - 12:40 am

Thanks to the dubious content of popular television, most people - minors included - have heard of Miranda warnings, which are generally waived in writing and poorly understood. Named after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona in 1966, a suspect in custody must be advised by police (or prosecutors if present) of the constitutional right to silence and to legal counsel before being interrogated. If Miranda rights are waived, it must be "knowing, voluntary, and intelligent" - so age, mental disability, and other factors are considered.

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Thursday 01/29/2015
MLP: Contrary to expectation
Posted: January 29, 2015

It sounds like another word invented by that Snitty (yet delightful) Bitty, Mary Poppins. Paraprosdokian is indeed a real word, Dear Readers, but one guaranteed to make Uncle Albert laugh his way to the ceiling.

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Tuesday 01/27/2015
Happy rats don't do drugs
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 12:43 am

It doesn't take an expert in psychology to know that drugs (like Oreos) are addictive. Nearly a century of research confirms it, mostly with rats. Why rats? Sure, they're small, cheap, docile, breed faster than rabbits, and are surprisingly cute. More importantly, rat brains and human brains have a lot in common, especially when it comes to chemical reactions and social behavior.

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Thursday 01/22/2015
Here are your bird flu basics
Posted: January 22, 2015

News flash: Avian flu detected in Idaho. Should we worry?

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Tuesday 01/20/2015
MLK would add the words
Updated: January 20, 2015 - 12:33 am

Some things bear repeating. Freedom in all its forms, certainly. Freedom from legal discrimination, above all.

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Thursday 01/15/2015
Big day for the Pentagon
Posted: January 15, 2015

It was on this day in 1943 that one of the world's largest office buildings, the Pentagon, was dedicated in Arlington, Va., one year and four months after construction began on Sept. 11, 1941. Its five-sided symmetry houses the U.S. Department of Defense across from the picturesque Potomac River in the heart of Washington, D.C.

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Tuesday 01/13/2015
Ten of 2014's top 10
Updated: January 13, 2015 - 12:01 am

They're about as meaningful as tinsel on a tree, but as Old Year fades to New, it's tempting to peruse those proliferating top 10 lists. So just for kicks, here are 10 Top 10 lists for 2014 (in descending order of popularity, unless otherwise indicated).

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