A Brand New Day

Print Article

Sydney Sales Remember the recent column about unstoppable spread of “pumpkin spice everything”? Apparently, local barista Lindsay Boschma complained to her family about pumpkin spice so insistently that her older sister, Sydney Sales, created a unique piece of artwork to cheer her up. The girls’ dad, Mark Sales of Coeur d’Alene, reports that everyone had a laugh, but Lindsay’s aversion to pumpkin spice remains just as strong.

Wow! Suddenly I'm a little nervous, like a kid on his first day of school.

Sure, I've written plenty of feature-type columns through the years — in different parts of the United States, and even in places like Europe and the Middle East.

But I've never stepped on stage with the glorious backdrop of North Idaho sitting right alongside.

I'm not sure where to start, exactly, so I'm taking the no-nonsense advice of reader Sue Nussear, who admitted she didn't grasp the point of my Friday columns until I finally described things more clearly.

Mincing no words, she wrote: “I wish you had written it in the beginning of your tenure.”

OK, Sue, since you've converted to become a fan, this time I'll try to explain from the start.

The idea here is to have a lively, ongoing conversation about whatever's happening in the community, or maybe just something that strikes any of us as either newsworthy or humorous.


THERE ARE no rules for this type of column.

We'll just enjoy it as we go.

Along the way, we're going to fold some earlier projects into this space, things like the popular “I Wonder,” and more of those polls in which you chose favorites in music and movies.

I suspect we'll be going all over the place, and soon there will be social media involved, as well.

We are literally going to do this thing together.

My role will be something like a moderator, suggesting some topics but inviting guests to have a say on, well...


For instance, in the next week or two, we'll be discussing tattoos with messages, the future of our airport, a neighborhood hurricane hunter, some business names that don't seem to make sense, the local impact of #MeToo... and the IQ of ducks.

Plus, the weather.

Everyone has something to say about the weather — and in our case, the possibility of actual climate change in North Idaho.

What do you think?


LET'S START with that: We'll soon be doing this on Facebook, as well, but you can always, always get into the discussion by emailing me at scameron@cdapress.com.

So we're agreed.

Our very first puzzle is whether or not climate change has fiddled with local seasons — and will there be no going back?

But hey, if you'd rather weigh in on Tuesday's election results or anything else, be my guest.

The only caveat is that we're all friends here, so you must be courteous. If you absolutely need to curse, do so under your breath.

Whether we're touching on politics or debating the best recipe for turkey stuffing, this is a place to be lighthearted (if possible) and when it's appropriate, to have fun.

Come join us because it will be intriguing, interactive, perhaps informative and, hey, sometimes just goofy.

After all, you must be wondering how the IQ of ducks fits in, right?

• • •

Steve Cameron is a columnist for The Press. Email: scameron@ cdapress.com

Print Article

Read More Local News

President Trump signs bipartisan, bicameral bill to ensure access to small business loans

June 21, 2018 at 1:36 pm | Coeur d'Alene Press Washington, D.C. – President Trump today signed into law a bipartisan, bicameral bill led by U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, ...


Read More


June 21, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press COEUR d'ALENE — Kootenai County has been putting out fires — literally and figuratively — at its two transfer stations and some of its 13 rural collection sites. An increase in waste from sources ou...


Read More

The legendary LaTourrette celebrates Cd’A milestone

June 21, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press COEUR d’ALENE — If the remark is made that LaTourrette's Styling Salon is a community institution, owner Steve LaTourrette is quick with a quip in response. "It is, yeah,” he'll say, smiling hi...


Read More

Mountain lion or imagination?

June 21, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press HAYDEN — There might be a mountain lion roaming around Hayden. Then again, it could just be four-legged fear. Tracks and scat resembling a mountain lion’s were found Tuesday on the right of way at ...


Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2018 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy