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See you in the obits!

On Sundays in The Spokesman-Review, our classified obituary section runs in the Northwest news section and it generally takes up two pages and more, as most families wait to place their obituaries in our Sunday newspaper, due to its high circulation.

Once a month in our Features section, called “Today” we run a Seen & Noted page, written by freelancer Cheryl-Anne Milsap. She goes to various fund-raisers throughout the month, meets folks, and then photos with their names and the events they attended are published.

Today, my husband and I knew several people featured in the obituary pages. He knew no one in the Seen & Noted column, and I knew just one person pictured there, Ben Cabildo, founder and executive director of AHANA Business and Professional Association and organizer of Unity in the Community. Ben is alive and well, by the way.

Don't know what it means exactly when you know more people in the obits than in the social scene, but it gave us both a laugh — and a pause — this beautiful Sunday morning.

(Spokesman-Review archive photo of Ben Cabildo)

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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