EndNotes archive for July 2012

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012


Joan Didion 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

"The next day we are not"

Finished Joan Didion's Blue Nights this weekend, and as crazy as she seems right now, and you wonder who wouldn't be after losing a husband and daughter in close proximity, her book has some real insights into how death and illness can change your life...

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MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012

Paid sick leave, heathier workers

Here, to me, is a no-brainer conclusion to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study: Workers with access to paid sick leave are 28 percent less likely overall to suffer nonfatal work-related injuries than workers without access to paid sick leave, according to a...

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SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2012

In this April 20, 2011 photo provided by NASA, the Hubble Space Telescope captures a group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273. The larger of the spiral galaxies, known as UGC 1810, has a disk that is tidally distorted into a rose-like shape by the gravitational tidal pull of the companion galaxy below it, known as UGC 1813. A swath of blue jewels across the top is the combined light from clusters of intensely bright and hot young blue stars. The smaller, nearly edge-on companion shows distinct signs of intense star formation at its nucleus, perhaps triggered by the encounter with the companion galaxy. A series of uncommon spiral patterns in the large galaxy is a tell-tale sign of interaction. Arp 273 lies in the constellation Andromeda and is roughly 300 million light-years away from Earth. Hubble was launched April 24, 1990, aboard Discovery's STS-31 mission.  (NASA / Associated Press)

The stars…my child…the star

In long-ago story-telling, the speaker often used inclusion, repetition, to bracket the essential point, marking the beginning and the end of an important story. And so, I write: Many years ago we received a call, a baby born in Latin America. Our adoption agency told...

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FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012

Stewardess photo for Becky Nappi blog

Airplane trip menu, October 1963

My brother-in-law is visiting for a few days and he brought with him this visit some letters written in 1963 from his father (and my husband's father). In an Oct. 29, 1963 letter their father wrote about his airplane trip from Sioux City, Iowa to...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012

Mother Superior (Jean Hardie) is surrounded by, from left, Sister Robert Anne (Abbey Crawford), Sister Mary Amnesia (Patricia Brady), Sister Mary Leo (Jillian Wylie) and Sister Mary Hubert (Kathie Doyle-Lipe) in a scene from Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Nunsense.” (Dan Pelle)

The salary of the St. Charles sisters 

For a Sunday package of stories on Spokane Catholic schools, I contributed a historic timeline and came across many details I didn't have room for, including how much the sisters who ran the schools were paid. In 1975, sisters were paid $270 a month in...

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The worthiness of girlfriends

In journalism world, a controversy is being discussed stemming from a tweet sent by James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal. Referring to the three boyfriends who saved their girlfriends' lives by taking bullets for them in the Aurora theater, Taranto said: "I hope the...

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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012

MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012

The crowd builds to a crescendo on Riverside Avenue approaching Government Way. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Colorado Connections

In our office today we were talking about the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. Among seven colleagues, there were two people who knew somebody, who knew somebody, who was killed in that theatre. In this moment, I feel that the human family is more connected than...

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Spokane police chaplain Beth Wilson, left, chats with Jack McPeck of The Compassionate Friends at the International Conference of Police Chaplains on July 12. The Compassionate Friends helps families who have experienced the loss of a child. (Colin Mulvany)

Jack McPeck: Grief activist

When Jack McPeck first contacted EndNotes, it was through our gmail email address and he sounded a bit angry in the email. I forget why. But we emailed over the months and he softened and finally, we were able to meet and I ran this...

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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012

Where meanness and nastiness lead 

The horrific tragedy at the movie theater in Aurora, Colo. put one thing in perspective. The nastiness and silliness of negative campaign ads make no sense in this world where people are killed in random acts of senseles violence. So Mitt Romney and President Obama...

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THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012

These Munchkin broccoli plants live up to their name with petite, but delicious, heads of broccoli. Special to  (SUSAN MULVIHILL Special to / The Spokesman-Review)

Cancer: Cause and Effect

As we move through the maze of healthcare – diagnoses and care - the challenges seem to increase, especially as we age. When I had cancer eight years ago, one woman said to me, “I eat broccoli so I will never get cancer.” My internal...

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Tornado on the ground in Kansas

CDC: Scary notes from all over heck

One of the things I actually look forward to each week is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. It bascially lists some of the scary stuff going on in the greater world. Just so we know. And sometimes, good...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012

For Becky Nappi blog

Carving out the middle of your life

This not so great photo (taken with my cellphone) is of a unique bar of soap given to guests in the Hotel Bellevue. It comes with a hole in the middle and this explainer: "This innovative waste reducing soap has been designed to eliminate the...

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Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

I gave up most self-help books a few years ago, realizing that most answers are likely within and I was getting tired of the deeper life questions, to be honest. I was hoping to be more "superfluous" as my sister mistakenly heard me explain. I...

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MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012

The theory of three deaths in a row

My sister CarolLynn says celebrity deaths tend to go in threes. And we lost three oldies but goodies in recent weeks so maybe her theory has some merit. You have to be of a certain age -- mine and older -- to remember these three...

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SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2012

For Becky Nappi blog

Of family and other miracles… 

July 15th is our family day. The day we met our son. He is 18-years-old now and I really would go back and live those years again. He is an amazing human being, a wise soul with a compassionate heart and an intuitive way of...

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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012

Sunny workout: Steve Lester swims on his lunch hour Friday at Witter Pool, the only Spokane Parks aquatics center open for early season lap swimming. Other Spokane Parks and Recreation pools open with regular hours June 20. Most of the swimmers at Witter on Friday were triathletes gearing up for races, including the Ironman Coeur d’Alene Triathlon, but not Lester. “I'm just trying to get in shape,” he said of his one-mile workout. Witter Pool, open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., is heated to 82 degrees. More information about pool hours and costs is available at www.spokaneparks.org. (Jesse Tinsley)

Mind your (pool) manners, please

I thought I was in the minority. But seems my fellow swimmers get annoyed, too, at folks who misbehave in the lanes and laps of life. Swimming offers some of us more than a bit of exercise: it is an activity that evokes creative thinking...

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THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012

A nurse's tale: The Spirit leaves the body 

In our EndNotes column two weeks ago, Cathy answered this question: "Does anyone really know when the human spirit or soul departs from its physical body?" Her answer generated the most feedback yet here at EndNotes. We heard from a lot of aetheists who wondered...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012

Vintage books on organic farming. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

A simply lovely statement

I love this guest columnist’s thoughts from today’s New York Times. Education in America is at a crisis point. Some places get it right, while others simply warehouse kids until they reach 18-years-old. And some people – like this writer - survive the system, and...

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TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012

On the summit: climbing guide Chewang Sherpa, right, and sirdar Lakpa Rita Sherpa helped Kay LeClaire of Spokane scale Mount Everest. (The Spokesman-Review)

The Sherpa role: Caregiving

My friend Kathleen entered a new world 11 weeks ago when her husband had a stroke that he is recovering well from. But Kathleen, a retired nurse in her 60s, has learned so much she didn't know about the caregiving role. Here are some things...

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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012

Boomer backlash: why? 

One of my "beats" at work now is tracking aging baby boomers. Sunday, I wrote a story about how boomers will be shedding a lot of "stuff" in the next decade as they downsize their homes. As was the case with my recent Sunday story...

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SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2012

Roger Cochran, 90, is a reading tutor at Hamblen Elementary School. He sits in the school library with books he might use in tutoring sessions. (Christopher Anderson)

Learning, still

I have often written about my friend, Mary, who died a week before she turned 91. Becky’s story today about Act 2, a learning center for people 50+, reminds me of Mary’s wisdom for a full, long life: keep curious, keep learning. Mary bought a...

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FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

Barbara bel Geddes (File File / Associated Press)

What would Miss Ellie think? 

I was a huge "Dallas" fan when the series ran throughout the 1980s. Last night I tuned in to the reprise of it. Linda Gray, the actor who played J.R.'s wife, is back in the "sequel" series. I always liked her, but it was disheartening...

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THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2012

This 1908 painting by Keo King LaVell was found at a Hillyard garage sale in June by Ted Bidon, an amateur antiquer.

The Spokane Vortex in history

In our newsroom, we call it the Spokane Vortex. It occurs when someone from the Inland Northwest is involved with a national or international news event. Or someone is related to someone in Spokane in coincidences beyond explanation. Recently, I discovered some Spokane Vortex in...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2012

American Flag

Remembering our heroes…

Today we celebrate our freedom as a nation. We remember all the men and women who offered their service, some their lives, for our country. While our nation honors our freedom today, we remember all the heroes who keep us free, and it is the...

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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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