EndNotes archive for April 2012

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012

Amen, Sister

Thanks, Cathy, for your post below. At church yesterday, several women I spoke with said they felt sick all week about the Vatican's witch hunt against women religious. Physically sick. I was wondering why I had migraines all week! As for the anti-gay and lesbian...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012

Sister Rosalie Locati, director of mission and values for Providence Sacred Heart and Providence Holy Family hospitals, stands beside Ken Spiering’s sculpture in Riverfront Park. It commemorates the arrival of the Sisters of Providence, who built Sacred Heart on the banks of the Spokane River in 1886. Locati is the only Sister of Providence still working full time at Sacred Heart Medical Center. (Jesse Tinsley)


What a week to live in Washington state! The Seattle archbishop is trying to upend the same-sex marriage law signed by our (Catholic) governor in Washington state and now Rome has set forth an investigation into the work of thousands of American Roman Catholic sisters...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012


Carol Willette’s 8th birthday party in November 1962. She’s in front of the cake with her hand on her cheek. Cleda Sweetland is on the left side of the photo with the bow in her hair and a watch on her wrist.

Now it all makes sense…

I always put the release date in my calendar for new books by my favorite writers. On Tuesday writer Anna Quindlen’s new book, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, hit the stores. I had to be at work before the book store opens (I have...

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Don't waste your money on machines

Polly McMahon, Spokane clinical psychologist and expert in aging issues, is on the local panel going on right now at the Hospice teleconference on end-of-life issues. She said she doesn't want to be kept alive if death is the obvious next step. "Don't use your...

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Last wishes: write it down

I am at a Hospice Foundation of America's national conference, telecast throughout the country, and that 's how I can attend in Spokane. The theme: End-of-Life ethics. One message so far. Figure out what you do and don't want at the end of life. Write...

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This envelope, postmarked April 21, 1938, was sent to the EndNotes blog on April 23, 2012 by Annie Shiffer. She found it in the belongings of her father, Roy S. Peterson. So much has changed in postage since 1938. The letter costs 3 cents to send, it was stamped both front and back, and there's no real address on it, just "Roy S. Peterson, Millwood, Wash. (No zip codes. Didn't yet exist. Nor did postal zones.)
Photo courtesy of Annie Shiffer

The envelope from 1938 

As a keeper of some pretty old letters, passed down from a surrogate grandmother, Iowa King Cown, to my dad and then to me, I appreciate how satisfying it can be to find a welcome home for some of the items. I recently found a...

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

Former President Ronald Reagan, who was a faithful writer of love letters, is kissed by wife Nancy on his 89th birthday in 2000. (Associated Press)

Alzheimer's: do you want to know?

There's great buzz in Alzheimer's circles about a new brain scan technology that can detect beta-amyloid (protein) plaques, which build up in the brain like toxic waste when you have Alzheimer's. Before now, the plaques could be confirmed only upon autopsy. The scan isn't widely...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012

ORG XMIT: BX101 ** FILE ** In this May 17, 2005, file photo, Julie, front left, and Hillary Goodridge pose with other gay couples and supporters as they celebrate their first wedding anniversary in Boston. The couple, who led the legal fight for Massachusetts to become the first state to legalize same-sex marriages, filed for divorce Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) (Elise Amendola / The Spokesman-Review)

No, thanks, we’re a family

At 8:30 this morning I opened the Tacoma paper to read a story about Referendum-74 which seeks to repeal the Marriage Equality Act by putting it on the November ballot. Signatures are needed to put the recently passed legislation to the people’s vote. Seattle Archbishop...

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A computer-generated graphic provided by NASA shows images of objects in Earth orbit that are currently being tracked. (Associated Press)

Mobilize the Earth

Before you require a green burial as referenced in Becky’s post, see what you can do to save our planet from all our own foolishness. Checkout the website of activities you can do to make a difference and if you are in the Washington, D.C....

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

Fern Prairie Cemetery is offering “green burials,” as seen here  in Camas, Wash.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Earth Day: Dying green

Gail Rubin, author of A Good Goodbye and creator of "The Newly-Dead Game" sent me an Earth Day related email that I saved just for this weekend. Here's what she wrote: Conventional funerals use enough metal to build a Golden Gate Bridge and enough concrete...

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Sister Rosalie Locati, director of mission and values for Providence Sacred Heart and Providence Holy Family hospitals, stands beside Ken Spiering’s sculpture in Riverfront Park. It commemorates the arrival of the Sisters of Providence, who built Sacred Heart on the banks of the Spokane River in 1886. Locati is the only Sister of Providence still working full time at Sacred Heart Medical Center. (Jesse Tinsley)

What would Jesus think of it all? 

A report was released today criticizing the lives of American Catholic sisters. After reading the report, I think Jesus would want to have a conversation with the Vatican regarding their view that the members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (nuns) in the United...

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Dick Clark, left, poses with Ryan Seacrest in New York in 2006.  Clark, the ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the New Year's Eve countdown from Times Square, died of a heart attack on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. He was 82. (Abc)

Dick Clark: That's a wrap

Dick Clark, the teen music pied piper, died of a heart attack today. His death prompted a short discussion in our newsroom pod about his continued appearance on the New Year's Eve show, even after his stroke in 2004. It was a bad stroke, rendering...

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 Melissa Bush, a business major at the University of Dayton, thinks that it is an invasion of privacy when employers use social online sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube in their hiring decisions. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Suffering from cubicle coma today?

The new edition of the Urban Dictionary showed up in my mailbox and before I donate it to our features pod reference library, I picked out some death-related-sounding phrases floating out there in slang land. Check your vitals: To check your email and Facebook. Cubicle...

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 This photo taken Aug. 11, 2009 shows Naja a a young pit bull waiting in her cage at the Villalobos Rescue Center, 35 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. In Canyon Country Villalobos Rescue Center, is one of the largest pit bull rescues in the world providing a place to live or work for six parolees, 225 pit bulls, 204 volunteers, two French bulldogs, and 19 cats.  (Richard Vogel / Associated Press)

Grieving your pet

We never had animals growing up nor did I have any as an adult, but I know a lot of dog and cat lovers and Cathy's answer to our column question today about pet grief is a reminder to take the time to write a...

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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012

How we never want to end up

Atlantic magazine this month has an excellent article debating whether Facebook is actually making us lonelier. It leads with this haunting anecdote about a woman who cut off all human contact but kept contact with Internet "friends." Yvette Vickers, a former Playboy playmate and B-movie...

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The first Sisters of Providence in the West were, seated from left, Praxedes of Providence; Mother Joseph; Mary of the Precious Blood. Standing from left, Vincent de Paul; Blandine of the Holy Angels. 
 (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Happy Birthday, Mother Joseph!

She is recognized in our state’s capitol building as one of our most important pioneers and today is her birthday…she was born April 16, 1823. Mother Joseph arrived in the Pacific Northwest on December 8, 1856, by boat, along with four other sisters from Montreal....

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SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012

A large tornado sweeps through Limestone County, south of Athens, Ala., near Stewart Road, Wednesday afternoon, April 27, 2011. (Gary Jr / The Decatur Daily)

In the blink of an eye...

.. eye of a tornado, life can change. The people in Kansas have given thanks for their lives as their homes and possessions flew away. Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems lost property as well as mobile home owners. Wichita’s losses alone are estimated at $283 million....

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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

A loaf of challah bread, a traditional Jewish egg bread woven with several long pieces of dough, cools after being removed from an oven at Temple Beth Shalom.  (Photos by Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Symbols of life and love

My grandma used to say, “I have never seen a hearse with a U-Haul behind it!” That statement was grandma’s way of saying that you can’t take your stuff with you to the afterlife. However, our possessions can represent what does matter: family, relationships and...

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Another worry? Bats on planes

It's a pleasure to be on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention email list. Every few weeks, they report on something that is so dang interesting. Today, this: At 6:45 a.m. on August 5, 2011, a commercial airliner carrying 50 passengers, two pilots, and...

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Travel the world grief

Conventional grieving wisdom says that widows and widowers shouldn't make any major changes for a year. But we're learning here at EndNotes that people grieve very differently. And it's OK. There is no one right way. Pia Hallenberg had an excellent story today on Dawn...

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Listen to the sound of heartbreak

If you ever had your heart broken in your younger years, you may recall the profound grief that followed. Couldn't eat, perhaps, or sleep. Or those crying sessions with sympathetic listeners. A song posted on YouTube has now been viewed by 87 million people. It's...

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Spokesman-Review features writer Rebecca Nappi, along with writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., discuss here issues facing aging boomers, seniors and those experiencing serious illness, dying, death and other forms of loss.

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