EndNotes archive for April 2013

TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013

The last Endnotes column

Cathy and I pulled the plug (pun intended -- kind of) on our Endnotes columns today. We'll keep this blog, hoewever. I've been a journalist for 34 years, and I believe it's important to recognize that everything has a lifespan, including columns. When I was...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2013


Gelato Joe's offers many flavors of Italian gelato. The Smiths fell in love with the dessert during a trip to Italy. 
 (Photos by DAN PELLE / The Spokesman-Review)

I scream, you scream…

…we all scream for gelato? Oh, yeah. As anyone who has tasted the treat will tell you: “It’s sooo much better than ice cream!” And it is another gift a Florentine (Bernardo Buontalenti credited for inventing gelato) has shared with the rest of the world....

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Joe Rosenthal won a Pulitzer Prize for this image of six World War II servicemen raising an American flag over battle-scarred Iwo Jima, taken on Feb. 23, 1945. 
 (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Iwo Jima flag

We have seen the image often: the raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima. The man who was responsible for that flag raising has died. The images of historical moments are part of our American story and become even more meaningful when we know...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

Chris for becky blog

Baskets of kindness and reality

My friend Chris, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, is now in the radiation phase of the treatments. She goes five days a week for six weeks. In the waiting room yesterday we spotted a basket filled with hats and scarves, and they mostly...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013

WSU police released this drawing of a man suspected of exposing himself on the Pullman campus. (Washington State University police courtesy)

What would you say to a flasher? 

Washington State University has a flasher on the loose. See story. Police think he's been involved in at least six incidents. My EndNotes co-author and I -- Hi Cathy -- were flashed by a guy years ago during our GU in Florence days. A guy...

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MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013

Begin writing your family's memories in the journal. You could jot down what gifts you exchanged, what cookies you made, what songs you sang, who was with you on the holiday or whatever else comes to mind. (Megan Cooley)

At the end…what will you do?

If we have advance notice of our approximate time of death (“Mr. Jones, you have stage four cancer…you have perhaps four months left”), how will we choose to spend the time? A colleague of mine died of cancer and she worked that last year, after...

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Al Neuharth (Dave Eggen / Freedom Forum)

Back in the day with Al Neuharth

I worked for USA Today in 1983 and 1984, when it was brand spanking new and revolutionary in its short stories, big photos and trend alerts. It was kind of a blog before blogs existed. The offices outside Washington D.C. were huge and state-of-the-art. The...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013

Etter Milla for Becky Nappi blog (Dan Pelle)

RIP: Etter Milla

In this week of chaos and deep sorrow, and the reminders from Boston that no one is truly safe from acts of violence, it's good to pause and remember the good people among us. Etter Milla, buried today, was one of the good ones. The...

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An official stands guard at Massachusetts Institute of Technology following reports of a shooting, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Boston. State police say a campus police officer at the school has died from injuries in a shooting on the campus outside Boston. State police spokesman Dave Procopio says the shooting took place about 10:30 p.m. outside an MIT building. The officer was described as a male but no further information about him was released. The city continues to cope following Monday's explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (Julio Cortez / Associated Press)

So much to pray about...

Last night was chaotic and confusing in Massachusetts: One police officer was shot and killed near MIT; scores of law enforcement responded to gun shots, explosions? in Watertown, Mass. Media reported scattered details leading to uncertain conclusions. One detained man was ordered to remove all...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013

Neil Heslin, father of six-year-old Newtown victim Jesse Lewis, left, and former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., stands by President Barack Obama as he gestures while speaking during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, about measures to reduce gun violence. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

Senate decision, President's disgust 

A man of compassion expressing his disgust and disappointment yesterday, President Obama spoke in a press conference about the Senate’s failure to pass a sensible law that would require background checks for all people who buy guns. The grief of the families who have lost...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013

A rainbow from a morning thunderstorm paints the background for an American flag in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. (Orlin Wagner / Associated Press)

The day after

Often other people say it best…But I will say, our hearts are broken, we pray without ceasing and our American resolve of compassion and generosity will aid Boston in the days to come. Peace. (S-R archives photo)

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"Pray for Martin" is written in chalk at a park near the home of Martin Richard in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston,Tuesday, April 16, 2013. 8-year old Martin was killed in the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday. (Michael Dwyer / Associated Press)

We need 24 hours of ellipses

I have been searching just now to find a poem I remember studying in college. It was about the horror and destruction of war, and the line I remember is this: Ten years is a long time to fight a war... In class, I remember...

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MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013

Dan Carney for Becky Nappi's blog (Dan Pelle)

Crossing the street to communicate

In my Boomer U stories today, I wrote a sort of manifesto for aging boomers and seniors to connect using modern technology and social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and texting. As we age we have to "cross the street" to the younger folks part...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013

FILE - This undated file image shows comedian and actor Jonathan Winters. Winters, whose breakneck improvisations inspired Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and many others, died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes. He was 87. (Associated Press)

Laughter, charm and grace 

He made my parents laugh…and laugh…and laugh. He died and will be remembered by the audiences he entertained as well as the comedians he mentored. Jonathan Winters was 87 years old when he died Thursday evening at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes. I...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013

FOr Becky Nappi blog (Colin Mulvany)

To live longer: skip the second and third drink 

The Preventing Chronic Disease online journal sent out a report today on how excessive alcohol use causes approximately 80,000 deaths in the United States each year. Before you say yes to that third (or even second) drink, consider: Excessive alcohol use includes binge drinking (defined...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013



The Uncle Sam register bank was popular in the 1950s.
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Tax return Monday: death to procrastination 

Monday is the last day to file your 2012 tax returns, unless you've gotten an extension. As a person who turned term papers in early in college, I have never understood the last-minute filers. But I know some. A 2010 Psychology Today analysis said people...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013

A man passes by South Korean national flags decorated on trees to celebrate the Aug. 15 Korean Liberation Day from Japanese colonial rule in 1945, in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. (Lee Jin-man / Associated Press)

Korea ~ Leaving a legacy of kind memories 

North Korea continues to flex its supposed-nuclear muscle and threaten its neighbor to the south. Whenever I read about such political or social unrest, I ponder the reasons. But when I have traveled to the destination where trouble brews – my heart aches. In 1978,...

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MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013

 (Graphic by Molly Quinn)

Can you hear me, honey?

My husband did a terrific job of writing about his hearing loss today. He's a retired English professor, and I loved best this scene he wrote about from Great Expectations. Mr. Wemmick is a character from Dickens’ “Great Expectations” who has a seriously hearing-impaired father...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013

James "Plunky" Branch plays his soprano saxophone near the new Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

A week to remember

The week has been filled with anniversaries of historic events: the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the last episode of M*A*S*H. We often ask each other: “Where were you when this important event happened?” When Martin Luther King, Jr was killed, I sat...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013

Read your newspaper and smile 

Recently, I reported on an AARP study that showed the happiest people watch less than an hour of TV a day. Now, another study links newspaper reading with happiness. University of Maryland researchers concluded, after analyzing 30 years of data, that, "very happy people" read...

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Clouds

Losing your bounce

I spent late yesterday afternoon with some of my great-nieces and nephews. They were gathered for a spring break fun day at one cousin house where a trampoline is a fun activity. I have not jumped on a trampoline since I was a teen. You...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2013

In this Monday, March 14, 2011 photo, Sandhill Cranes fly in formation against a sunset near Gibbon, Neb.  About half a million sandhill cranes stop along an 80-mile stretch of the Platte River for three to four weeks each spring in March and April before continuing their journey to Canada, Alaska and Siberia. (Nati Harnik / Associated Press)

Hospice: 10 facts you may not know

Press release from The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization today: Last year, 1.65 million dying Americans were cared for by hospice. Yet, there are some important facts about hospice that people don’t know. And this may be keeping people from getting the best care...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013

An annular solar eclipse is partially seen at sunrise Monday, May 21, 2012, from the coastal township of Gumaca, Quezon province, 187 kilometers (116 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines. Millions of Asians watched as a rare "ring of fire" eclipse crossed their skies early Monday.  The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across the continent. (Bullit Marquez / Associated Press)

Still seeking

Families and friends have wondered and agonized and prayed for the remains of their loved ones to be found within the debris, the pieces, of the September 11 attack. Some may still receive the physical evidence, the pieces of bones, of life, that once were...

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MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2013

The end of kneeling

At Easter Mass yesterday, the crowd filled the pews. Catholics kneel a lot during Mass ( though not as much as we used to) and I noted how many older people didn't kneel entirely. They rested their behind on the pew and their knees on...

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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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