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EndNotes archive for Oct. 2012

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2012

Oscar Paulino, left, and Angel Hernandez move produce from the juice bar where they work into a refrigerated van in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. The juice bar, like most businesses in lower Manhattan, was without power and was trying to save some of their perishables. Days after superstorm Sandy hit, businesses both big and small are facing a tough choice,  to reopen or stay closed. (Seth Wenig / Associated Press)

Feast of the Saints

They know how to do it: survive and support each other and share what they have. They are, after all, New Yorkers. The power, offering light and heat, remains a memory and a wish; refrigerators simply store food, not chill it, while folks wildly seek...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 30, 2012

MONDAY, OCT. 29, 2012

SUNDAY, OCT. 28, 2012

Firefighters carry a woman out of a crumbled home in the city of L’Aquila, after a strong earthquake rocked central Italy early Monday. Damage was reported as far as Rome, 70 miles away.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Italian secrets 

I love Italy. That year we spent together was filled with magical experiences and a few growing pains. So when I hear news from Italy, it feels like news from home…Oh, the secrets she kept while I explored her cities, trains, art, and people. Secrets...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 27, 2012

A toddy tapper walks on a rope between two coconut trees in Induruwa, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 28, 2012.  Toddy, sap of coconut palm, is mainly used to produce coconut arrack, an alcoholic beverage. To collect the sap, the flower bud is cut at the tip before it blossoms and a pot is hung to collect it. This traditional method of collecting toddy is becoming a rare scene largely due to non- availability of skilled hands. (Gemunu Amarasinghe / Associated Press)

Retirement destination? 

With 10,000 people retiring in the US every day, retirement destinations are a hot topic. Where shall we go to enjoy life without alarm clocks summoning us to a detailed schedule? Perhaps the island of Ikaria should be added to our list of idyllic possibilities....

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FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 2012

Grieving on General Hospital

As some of our regular blog readers know (thank you EndNotes loyalists) I am living in Chicago for three months, on sabbatical from the newspaper, doing an internship at Rush Medical Center in chaplaincy. (My planned encore career when I'm older.) Anyway, I came off...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2012

Breast cancer survivors pose for a group photograph behind the INB Preforming Arts Center on Sunday, April 17, 2011. Over 8,700 people participated in the 6th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Eastern Washington.  (J. Rayniak / The Spokesman-Review)

Breast cancer

Breast cancer …the words still sting – eight years later – when I use them to describe my health history. Some cancer survivors say, “Cancer was a gift.” Ummm, not my idea of a gift. I prefer boarding passes to fun places and homemade cards,...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24, 2012

Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah go for a ride in "Taxi." 
 (Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox / The Spokesman-Review)

A cab ride of conspiracy theories 

Sunday evening, returning to my temporary digs in Chicago via cab from Midway, my cab driver who had seemed friendly and non-threatening started in on his world view which includes these beliefs: The government is doing mind control through the cell phone towers and the...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012

FILE - In this July 14, 1972 file photo, Sen. George S. McGovern makes his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach. At left is his running mate, Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton of Missouri, and at right, convention chairman Lawrence F. O'Brien.  A family spokesman says, McGovern, the Democrat who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide, has died at the age of 90. According to the spokesman,  McGovern died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at a hospice in Sioux Falls, surrounded by family and friends. (Associated Press)

George McGovern  

George McGovern, a man to honor and remember for his contribution to American politics, has died. He was a politician who advocated justice for poor Americans and supported civil rights for all of us. McGovern characterized himself saying: “I always thought of myself as a...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 21, 2012

Barking cough dilemma 

I am at the airport waiting for a flight and there is a boy about 6 who is waiting for what I hope is a different flight. He has the telltale bark of what used to be called croup. But could it be whooping cough?...

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Lessons in slump from A-Rod

I felt bad for Alex Rodriguez, the baseball great, because he endured a slump during the big playoff games. Lots of people jumped in to say how he was done, finished, kaput. And some commenters expressed a bit of glee because of his stunning salary....

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FRIDAY, OCT. 19, 2012

In this photo combination, President Barack Obama, left, reaches out to shake hands after speaking at a campaign event at Capital University on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio and Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, shakes hands with supporters after finishing his speech during a rally at Guerdon Enterprises in Boise, Idaho  Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. Two months out from Election Day, nearly a quarter of all registered voters are either undecided about the presidential race or iffy in their support for a candidate, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows. These voters could well prove decisive in a close contest. And they will be tough nuts for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to crack. (Ap/idaho Press-tribune)

A male's mail call 

Our ballots for voting came in the mail today – and my heart did a little dance. Not because I am eager to vote – although I am – but because this time there were three ballots in our mailbox. Our son, Alex, will vote...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17, 2012

Sister Jane Frances kisses the coffin of Mother Marianne Cope, after a Mass to honor Cope at the Franciscan Motherhouse Chapel Wednesday in Syracuse, N.Y.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review) last 

Sometimes it takes a long, long time for deserved recognition to arrive. Mother Marianne, a Sister of St. Francis in Syracuse, will be canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome on Sunday. Her remarkable work: in 1883 Mother Marianne decided to live among the lepers...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012

Hooking up in older age

Our EndNotes column today discussed whether a friend should be upset that a widowed friend is remarrying so quickly after her husband died. Our answer in a nutshell: Nah. Celebrate with her instead. If we had more room to discuss, we might have added that...

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President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney shake hands at the start of the presidential debate at the University of Denver Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. (Craig Walker / The Denver Post)


Amazing comments from a twenty-something writer about the upcoming election. Her words and insights offer evidence that wisdom does not require decades of experience – just great skills of observation and reflection. (S-R photo)

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SATURDAY, OCT. 13, 2012

Former Iranian secret agent Saeed Hajjarian points to a copy of a photograph showing a U.S. hostage and an Iranian during the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)


Just returned from seeing the new movie Argo. Ben Affleck directs the story of the CIA-assisted escape of six Americans hiding in Iran at the home of a Canadian diplomat; the six American consular officials slipped out of the American Embassy in Tehran on November...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2012

Pakistani girls attend a religious class in a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. Muslims around the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan in which they refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn to dusk. (Muhammed Muheisen / Associated Press)

She wants to go to school 

The young Pakistani girl, Malala Yousufzai simply wants to go to school and become a doctor. She was shot earlier this week. An arrest has been made of a number of suspects. The young girl has had one of two bullets removed from her body....

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012

Frost coats leaves on a crisp autumn morning in Marlborough, Mass., Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. (Bill Sikes / Associated Press)

Three blocks of life

Moving through downtown this morning, early, early, after my peaceful walk around the lake, I was jolted as sirens blared. Soon a fire truck appeared, then a medic unit and then two patrol cars. All the first responders arrived first to tend to a homeless...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012

Dave Vitt, from Raymore, Mo., takes a photo of the sunset from an overlook near Manhattan, Kan. as a warm autumn day comes to an end Monday, Nov. 14, 2011. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

At long last...

It is never too late to honor a fallen soldier or for a family’s angst to finally be relieved. For families of servicemen and servicewomen, a burial of remains is the final and often necessary ritual to honor their loved one. Today, after 37 years,...

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MONDAY, OCT. 8, 2012

On her mark: Spokane resident Jackie Colton lines up for the start of the Susan G. Komen Eastern Washington Race for the Cure in downtown Spokane on Sunday morning. Colton, who has been battling breast cancer for five months, was among an estimated 7,500 participants in the seventh annual fundraiser to fight breast cancer. See story on A6 and more photos at (Kathy Plonka)


October is breast cancer awareness month and among the flood of pink ribbons are lots of myths about this disease. As a breast cancer survivor, I can tell you that I have heard many of these myths. Take time to read about what is fact...

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The beaches at Ocean Shores are among several on the Washington coast that are occasionally opened to public razor clam digging during seasons set by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.Associated Press file photos (Associated Press file photos / The Spokesman-Review)

The kindness of calling

My great-nephew Noah lost his cell phone while on vacation over the summer at the Washington ocean. Yesterday, I got a voicemail from a woman who said: "Hi Becky you don't know me but I am down at the ocean and found this cellphone on...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 6, 2012

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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