EndNotes archive for Nov. 2012

THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2012

Quiet cop kindness 

I had a migraine headache today…and then I looked at the calendar and remembered: three years ago today the Lakewood police officers were gunned down as they sipped Sunday morning coffee. Sometimes our bodies remember grief when our memories do not actively recall. I wrote...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2012

World AIDS Day ~ December 1

World AIDS Day, December 1, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. World AIDS Day was an idea of two public information officers from the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987. Each year 50,000 new cases...

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MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2012

What five words describe old people? 

Be careful how you refer to older people. Your words may become your destiny when you are older. According to a recent HealthDayNews article: Seniors who tend to think of other older people as spry instead of decrepit are far more likely to bounce back...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 23, 2012

goats

Black (bag) Friday

I have shopped only once on the day after Thanksgiving – at nine in the morning I ventured out and bought my husband an electric razor, a nice, expensive, razor. He loved it and I vowed “never again” to the shopping day. Instead, I wander...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 22, 2012

Lobsters, seals and swans, oh, my!

It wasn’t all just talking turkey – or eating only turkey at the first Thanksgiving. Did you know? The first Thanksgiving was a three-day harvest feast Governor William Bradford sent four men to hunt birds for the feast while the Wampanoag contributed five deer The...

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Comet Lulin is seen in the early morning sky during this half-hour time exposure photographed with a 300 mm telephoto lens on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, in Stedman, N.C. The lens tracked the comet during the exposure. This rendered background stars as short streaks. On Monday at 10:43 p.m. EST, Lulin will be 38 million miles from Earth, the closest it will ever get, according to Donald Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near Earth Object program. (Johnny Horne / AP)

Listen to this beautiful thank you

And so on this day of thanks, if you are looking for inspiration for words to say around the table, to one another, please consider the magnificent poem "Listen" by W.S. Merwin. It's not sentimental. It's not sweet. It's not Hallmarky. Rather, he expresses gratitude,...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21, 2012

M-I-C…see ya real soon!- K-E-Y

We remember those MICKEY MOUSE CLUB shows where cool kids sang and danced in dizzying Disney style. Bonita Lynn Fields Elder, mouseketeer, who went on to sing and act, has died at the age of 68. Somehow, I have those teens frozen in time; their...

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ORG XMIT: AKAG102 In this Thursday, May 14, 2009 photo, John Dahlen, back, Tim Slade, left, Jonathan Galin and Neal Haglund, who will compete in the upcoming 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships coming to Anchorage, display their beards and moustaches in Anchorage, Alaska.  More than 200 competitors from 12 countries, including Germany and Austria, will compete in the event hosted by the South Central Alaska Beard and Moustache Club. (AP Photo/Al Grillo) (Al Grillo / The Spokesman-Review)

November grief work: Beards and abstinence

During a recent discussion of our favorite hard liquor, the Irish priest in my chaplaincy internship program mentioned that he gives up all alcohol in November, in honor of the dead. It's an Irish tradition, he said, though it's dying out there. In the US,...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 20, 2012

Monkeys cuddle together to keep warm  on  a cold  morning Wednesday at the Dhaka zoo, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  (Associated Press)

But no red convertible...

Our primate friends may also feel that dip in delight in midlife, according to recent studies. “Researchers from Scotland, Japan, Germany and America studied 336 chimpanzees and 172 orang-utans in zoos.” Seems the creatures exhibit a bit of disinterest in life around mid-life and jockey...

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MONDAY, NOV. 19, 2012

Football players take the field for practice at the new  $60 million new football stadium at Allen High School Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 in Allen, Texas.  Allen High School northeast of Dallas christens the stadium Friday night with a matchup against defending state champion Southlake Carroll. While other school districts are struggling to retain teachers and keep classroom sizes down, Allen voters approved a $119 million bond issue that pays for the stadium and other district facilities. (Lm Otero / Associated Press)

RIP: High school football? 

The end of Twinkies has been big news for several days (see Cathy's great post below). Even the priest Sunday at Mass in my temporary Chicago parish mentioned it. He also mentioned the end of Kodak (the camera company filed for bankruptcy last January). He...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 17, 2012

Last bite 

Many of us ate them in our school lunches: Twinkies, Hostess Cupcakes…the list goes on. But soon, those confections made of…well, some real food and a lot of junk… may live only in our memories. And perhaps on our hips, too. RIP (retire in plastic?)....

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THURSDAY, NOV. 15, 2012

Randy and Trish King wait in the hallway of the Spokane County Courthouse to finalize the adoption of 2-year-old Connor on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. Connor came to their day care and after getting to know him they were willing to adopt him into their family.  (Christopher Anderson)

National Adoption Day 

Later today my son and I will slip away to the local courthouse and witness the creating of new families as judges finalize adoptions for local families. My son always wants to attend the annual event. He claimed it was for the teddy bears years...

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Clouds billow in high winds at sunset over Lake Pehoé in Torres del Paine National Park in the Patagonia region of Chile. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Tests from heaven -- or hell?

Last night, as I waited for the "L" in Chicago, I called my husband in Spokane on his cell. No answer, but I got back an immediate text that read: I"m in a meeting." My husband, happily retired since 2005, is never really in meetings...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14, 2012

The Marathoner: Life at 92

My mom turns 92 today. I just called her from Chicago to wish her a Happy Birthday. She was out to lunch with my sisters and a cousin, celebrating. She has outlived my dad and her older age companion, Hollis, all her siblings and in-laws....

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TUESDAY, NOV. 13, 2012

An autographed cycling jersey hangs in the offces of Livestrong, Lance Armstrong's cancer-fighting charity, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in Austin, Texas. Armstrong stepped down as chairman of Livestrong on Wednesday. (Jack Plunkett / Fr59553 Ap)

The stories we need to tell oursevles

Yesterday, Lance Armstrong tweeted a photo of himself reclining on his sofa surrounded by his yellow jerseys from The Tour De France. The journalist in me says: What arrogance, what denial. And I will still say this here. But what I've been learning in "chaplain...

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MONDAY, NOV. 12, 2012

Shoppers carry paper and plastic bags in Portland.  (Associated Press)

The stuff we leave behind

I realize now, with less than a month to go in Chicago, that I brought way too many clothes. Even if I wear a different outfit every day until I return home, I won't wear all the stuff I packed. So I've had "stuff" on...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 2012

Diane Sawyer: Simply exhausted? 

There's been some buzz about Diane Sawyer seeming drunk on election night. Conan O'Brien did a terrific compilation of others who have appeared drunk on air. My spin: She was simply exhausted. It does weird things to your brain, especially the older you are. I...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2012

In my lifetime, I wonder if I'll see

The older I get, the more I say: "In my lifetime, I wonder if I'll see." I often focus on the things that seem impossible, such as women priests in the Roman Catholic faith tradition.In 1982, when I was a journalism fellow working in Congress...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2012

Photo for Becky's blog

RIP: Voting at the polls

I felt stirring of sadness and grief today walking by two polling places in Chicago where I am living for three months on sabbatical. There were lines of people waiting to vote. The sun was out, though it was chilly, and people were chatting each...

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Iowa delegate Alice Boyd wears an American flag themed outfit at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (Jae Hong / Associated Press)

Many voices, one leader

Election Day, finally! When I woke up this morning I remembered the election days of my youth. My parents would host or attend a party – on a school night! They would wear those silly straw hats trimmed in red, white and blue, and wear...

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MONDAY, NOV. 5, 2012

The trees and vegetation are scheduled to be removed on the dike at the north end of McDowell Lake in the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge southeast of Colville starting in fall 2011. (Rich Landers)

Beware the third day 

My friend Chris who had breast cancer surgery last week had a bit of a rocky day yesterday, the third day following surgery. She had heard from several people that the "third day" is often the hardest following surgery. Third days. That's also when houseguests...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 4, 2012

In this photo provided by NBC, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform during "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in New York. Hosted by Matt Lauer, the event is heavy on stars identified with New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area, which took the brunt of this week's deadly storm. (Heidi Gutman / Nbc)

Baby boomer relief

I watched the NBC Sandy Relief Concert Friday night and noted pretty quickly how many baby boomer age folks participated, including Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Tyler, Jon Bon Jovi, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny DeVito, Brian Williams, Matt Lauer. The event raised $23 million...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 3, 2012

When "stuff" loses its original purpose

I got an email recently from Steve Becker, a former newscaster and media expert, who has been around in media ways forever. He's leaving Spokane for new opportunities in Vancouver. Steve and I crossed paths many times during my 27 years at The Spokesman-Review, and...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 2, 2012

Steady hands: Pre-surgery prayers 

Chaplains are often asked by patients in hospitals to pray with them right before surgery. During this chaplaincy internship during my sabbatical from the newspaper, it has been great to learn prayers from other faith traditions. Some I'm learning from other chaplains, but most from...

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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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