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Machele Hamilton
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 2:56 pm

This time of year, many homeowners are reluctant to have interior work done on their home, as the holidays are generally enough chaos without adding home improvement to the mix. On the other hand, many of you will be heading out of town for those holidays, leaving the perfect opportunity for work to be completed in your absence.

Having work completed while you are away is advantageous to both more

Machele Hamilton
Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 11:36 am

The discussion these days is refugees. Should we or shouldn't we? Without discussing the Syrian refugee's religion, the inability to vet each and every refugee, and the future ability of those refugees to bring in family members, let's talk. Of course these are important factors, worth discussion in themselves, but for today, let's just talk about if it is a good thing or not to more

Machele Hamilton
Monday, August 31, 2015 - 5:03 pm

If you are planning to paint the outside of your home this year, you are beginning to run out of time. Exterior painting is restricted by weather, leaving us with a limited time frame to work with. Don't procrastinate, make your plans now. If nothing else, you can be first on the list for spring projects if you contact a contractor now.

If you are painting your house, many people don't more

Machele Hamilton
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 11:29 am

An NFL player recently made the news. James Harrison, a Pittsburgh Steeler, posted on a social media site that his boys would not be keeping their "participation" trophies. And of course this caused a reaction, pro and con, throughout the country.

For those of you unaware of participation trophies, it is the norm today to give every member of every team a trophy at the end of the more

Machele Hamilton
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 9:34 am

To most of us, August represents the dwindling of summer. Kids are school shopping, college students are abandoning their bedrooms for dormitories, and most summer vacations exist now only in our memory. But the reality is, we have considerable quality weather remaining for our exterior projects.

If you had planned on painting your home exterior this summer, whether do-it-yourself or contract more

Machele Hamilton
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 1:27 pm

In Idaho, the name Martin O'Malley may not ring a bell. He is one of the democrat presidential hopefuls whose primary rival is Hillary Clinton. While Mr. O'Malley may not be receiving much press coverage here, I think it is time that someone talks about him.

Last weekend Mr. O'Malley was speaking at a liberal conference in Phoenix, Arizona. During his talk, he said, "Black more

Machele Hamilton
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 5:33 pm

As you may have noticed, it has been months since my last writing. Of course there have been numerous subjects that normally I would have taken great joy in dissecting, but my life situation kept me from having the opportunity.

You see, about a year ago, my husband started feeling that something just wasn't right. He saw his doctor multiple times, and the best they could come up with was a more

Machele Hamilton
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 9:42 pm

I spend a lot of time knocking on doors this time of year (election time) and from years of doing this I have learned many things. First, in today's world, everyone is suspicious of anyone knocking on their door. I find this sad, but the reality of our world.

Second, it doesn't matter how many "welcome" signs adorn an entry, it does not mean you are literally welcome. Third, more

Machele Hamilton
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Facebook is one of the most popular social sites today. It has crossed generations, class, gender, race, religion and politics to became the first true melting pot of social media. It is rare today to find someone who doesn't know what Facebook is, and most have their own profile.

Facebook spawned a new language while affecting relationships. It renewed friendships, restored family ties and more

Machele Hamilton
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 5:19 pm

When I was younger, I would dream about a female president. I couldn't wait for the day women were recognized as every bit as capable as their male counterparts. Of course many more years than I could have imagined have gone by without a female in the white house, and now faced with the potential prospect of it, I can only pray that it does not happen.

I remember clearly the night Barack more

Machele Hamilton
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 12:25 pm

There is a lot of arguing back and forth right now regarding the minimum wage. Should the minimum wage be raised? If so, what amount would be fair? Is the purpose of the minimum wage to sustain a household? Or does the minimum wage serve only to give unskilled workers a start in the labor force?

Most of my adult life, I have been an employer rather than an employee. Of course this leaves me more

Machele Hamilton
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12:39 pm
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Time marches on as they say, but never has that fact been more obvious as it is right now to myself and a group of friends. This weekend, we will celebrate our 40th class reunion. Yes, four oh, 29 plus eleven, twoscore, four decades, no matter how you describe it, it is still a long time!

The Vallivue graduating class of 1974 is gathering to celebrate this milestone. (And in case any of you are more

Machele Hamilton
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:57 am

I spend a lot of time talking about interior paint color trends, but since it is still exterior painting time, let's talk exterior colors. When you spend decades in an industry, you see the trends come and go. After this long, I can absolutely say it is true that everything comes back in style sooner or later.

One of the main color trends reappearing (remember I am talking exterior now) is more

Machele Hamilton
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 11:33 am

I have always had the attitude that creating a living space you love cannot carry a price tag, especially if you intend to remain in your home. But as real estate picks up, people naturally become more transient, and the return on your investment becomes more relevant.

So what remodeling project is worth it? Hands down, maybe not everyone's first choice when it comes to home improvement, more

Machele Hamilton
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Everyone can complain all they want about the Idaho Legislature, and what they will and won't get done, but they scored big in my eyes this past week, as the speed limit was increased on rural interstates. I know there are naysayers out there, people already drive over the limit and this will just be a free pass for even more speeding. I say...EXACTLY.

Most of us will never even notice the more

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Machele Hamilton is a wife, mother, painter (structures, not canvas), youth leader, fundraising fanatic, and writer for the Idaho Press-Tribune. A strong, outspoken individual, who looks at life with a practical eye, and a humorous heart. E-mail her at

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