Shallan Knowles

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Holiday Traditions

Even the most holidays-hardened, Christmas-season cynics among us usually have at least one tradition that stirs up sentimental spirits. Our awareness of these significant rituals—handed down through generations or created anew—are what can make the holiday season magical even if other things about the impending yuletide bum you out. For me, the smell of cold …

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Running and Walking Gear to Get You Out on the Trail: New Balance 870 Women’s Running Shoes

I’ve never been a runner, so it wasn’t a total surprise that my first 5K at the Spokane Happy Girls Run last summer left me with a sore right ankle. The first question my PT friend asked was about my shoes. I found them at Costco for a screaming deal, I told him. “Yeah, that’s …

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Paddleboard yogis line up in a lunge. Photo: Shallan Knowles

River Yoga

“Push back into child’s pose,” our instructor says. Her soothing yoga voice engages us to soften muscles and minds as we settle our hips over our heels, arms extended out in front of us. “Let go of the day behind you,” she encourages. I had already let the day go as soon as we made …

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