EndNotes archive for Aug. 2013

SATURDAY, AUG. 31, 2013

A tree photographed on a snow-covered field during sunrise  near Memmingen, southern Germany, Tuesday Dec. 20, 2011. (Sebastian Widmann / Dapd)

Newtown marches on 

Months after the horrific school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, the community will march on – stronger than ever. The annual parade marking the end of summer will take place – continuing a decades-old tradition. Follow the year-long journey of healing in a community that chooses...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28, 2013

Syrian refugee children peer from the window of their classroom, newly decorated with a mural, at Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border, in Mafraq, Jordan, Tuesday, July 23, 2013.  Several writings in Arabic can be read on the mural, made up of old sayings and poetry that encourage the people to seek knowledge. Most of the trailers and tents match the beige color of the swirling sand surrounding the Zaatari refugee camp, home to about 120,000 Syrians who fled the nearly three-year war still gripping the nation. Slowly though, that's changing with the help of a U.S.-based artist who is leading children haunted by the conflict to paint buildings and walls at the crowded camp with murals expressing their lives and hopes. (Mohammad Hannon / Associated Press)

Syria ~ now what?

We are war weary in our country: Iraq, Afghanistan, even the memories of Viet Nam for some of us are enough to cause us to exhale grief as we recall images of caskets draped with our own stars and stripes. And now those images of...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 27, 2013

Lilac parade 1963 with Gail Caldwell, Spokane's first black Lilac Princess. (Photo Archive/spokesman-review)

Telling the true story 50 years later

Kudos to Karen Erickson of Spokane who was a reporter for the Spokane Chronicle in 1963 when Gail Caldwell of Marycliff High School was named the city's first black Lilac Princess. See my story about the historic event. Erickson filled in a bit of disturbing...

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MONDAY, AUG. 26, 2013

SUNDAY, AUG. 25, 2013

A line of ticket-buyers wait at the TKTS booth, which sells discount tickets to Broadway shows,  in New York's Times Square on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Most Broadway theaters were reopening Wednesday for regular matinee and evening performances following several days of closures related to superstorm Sandy. (Beth Harpaz / Associated Press)

Exiting the stage

Actress Julie Harris died at age 87. Harris died at home in Massachusetts of congestive heart failure. Her talents earned her six Tony Awards as best actress throughout her 60-year career. (S-R archives photo: A line of ticket-buyers wait at the TKTS booth, which sells...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 24, 2013

FRIDAY, AUG. 23, 2013

Pope Francis answers questions during a news conference Monday on the journey back from Brazil. (Associated Press)

Who’s calling, please?

Seems Pope Francis I likes to communicate via the telephone. Really! The pope has picked up the phone – without staff assistance – and called people to offer comfort, thanks or perhaps simply to chat. If your caller ID comes up with Vatican City attached...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21, 2013

TUESDAY, AUG. 20, 2013


Pieter Kramer poses for photographers in Eindhoven, Netherlands, last week. Kramer was a leading engineer on the team that developed the CD, which was launched 25 years ago this Friday, in a joint project by Royal Philips Electronics NV and Sony Inc. of Japan. Kramer is holding a show model of the compact disc player, which was introduced in August 1982. Associated Press
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Car toys and their evolution

They were so cool when they first arrived! A CD player in your car. My 2004 Murano (God rest its totaled soul) had a six-CD player in it and I loved it. And while I do own an iPod, I long for a six-CD player...

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MONDAY, AUG. 19, 2013

Gail Caldwell Bonner was Spokane’s first black Lilac Princess, elected by her fellow students at Marycliff High School. She is pictured here in 1963 with the Lilac Festival court. (File)

Thank you to the "prophetic" Marycliffers 

My Sunday story was about Gail Caldwell Bonner, Spokane's first black Lilac Princess, elected in 1963 from Marycliff High School in Spokane. I interviewed Gail and three of the friends who rallied around her to get her nominated 50 years ago in a history making...

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In this Sept. 7, 2005 file photo, Apple Computers Inc. CEO Steve Jobs introduces the new iPod Nano during an announcement in San Francisco. (Paul Sakuma / Associated Press)

Unplugged!

Try it! You may like it. Our iPods and iPhones and all e-devices connect us to music, other people, the latest breaking news and FaceBook updates. But they seem to disconnect us from ourselves. How would it feel to put it all away? Read one...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 16, 2013

“It’s a really fun coffee to work with,” roaster Aaron Jordan said of the Congolese beans. (Lorie Hutson)

More coffee? maybe ...umm... not

Yet another study tells us of coffee's health risks or is it its benefits? Seems each day the media reports on a health study to assist us in our daily eating and drinking habits – often with conflicting information. Perhaps we are back to that...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 15, 2013


The crane throws a shadow on the new control tower at Spokane International Airport. 
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Return of the cranes 

In September 2006, more than a year before the housing boom busted and the Great Recession descended upon the land, the Inland Northwest was dotted with construction cranes, the outward sign of the good times. The new tower at The Spokane International Airport was being...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14, 2013


Diana Tesdal decorates a wedding cake with gum-paste ivy vines at the Happy Cake Co. in Spokane Valley. 
 (Liz Kishimoto / The Spokesman-Review)

Got siblings?

Sibs may influence your marriage?! A new report reveals that the more siblings one has (up to seven) the more likely your marriage will last. All that negotiating for the bathroom and compromising and getting along with different personalities may actually be good preparation for...

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Muhammad Ali – then known as Cassius Clay – stands with trainer Angelo Dundee in this 1962 photo. (Associated Press)

Extroverts may age better 

If socialization is essential to healthy aging, it makes sense that extroverts -- who tend to thrive in crowds and at parties - would do better in their older years. A study in the Journal of Research in Personality, as reported at HealthDayNews, "found that...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 13, 2013

Godspeed Dr. VanderWilde

A good doctor of the kind depcited in Norman Rockwell paintings died last week. Alex VanderWilde, our family physician, passed on. Read his obituary. He was born in 1926 and lived through a unique experience during World War II. I wrote about him in 2003....

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THURSDAY, AUG. 8, 2013

« Clover also offers a selection of small desserts, including a chocolate cheesecake with sweet whipped cream. Each dessert is $3.

The chocolate fountain of youth

My mother, 92, has been pretty disciplined all her life about eating and exercising, one reason she likely outlived all her siblings, a husband and an older-age boyfriend. But she always had one secret passion -- chocolate. She eats several pieces of chocolate most days...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7, 2013

FILE-A couple kiss each other during a snowfall in Florence, Italy, late Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005. (Lorenzo Galassi / Associated Press)

Really? basta!

Didn’t the tourist’s mom teach him: “Look, don’t touch!” The lovely piece – the Virgin Mary by Giovanni d’Ambrogio at Florence, Italy’s Museo dell'Opera del Duomo- now has one less finger because the American tourist was compelled to mess with a piece of ancient art....

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MONDAY, AUG. 5, 2013

Serving as pallbearer for firefighter John Knighten last month, Capt. Mike Rose fainted during the public memorial service. Paramedics and emergency medical technicians who were attending the service quickly came to the aid of the veteran firefighter, including Brian Schaeffer, assistant fire chief, bending over Rose to the right. (Colin Mulvany)

A photo is worth 1,000 Facebook shares

My Sunday story, on Spokane firefighter Mike Rose, is sweeping its way on Facebook. Wish I could claim my writing. But I think Spokesman-Review photo journalist and videographer Colin Mulvany's spectacular photo is the reason. He took this at the funeral of firefighter John Knighten...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 2, 2013

Spectacular snowy vistas command the horizon in this shot of Eldorado Peak at sunrise in Washington's North Cascades National Park.
 (David Jensen / Country magazine)

A poem 

Sometimes one needs a poem. My friend loves poetry. Today, I will escort her to her first round of chemotherapy - for her returning cancer. We cried in church a few weeks ago as she told me her health status. We shared breast cancer journeys...

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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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