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TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013

This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows a mass of clouds in the Caribbean Sea associated with Tropical Storm Isaac as it pounds Hispaniola with heavy rain and strong wind.  Isaac will continue on its path toward western Cuba and southern Florida through the weekend, possibly gaining hurricane strength.  For more information, please see  Clouds in the Plains are associated with a front that is producing a few areas of rain and thunderstorms in the area. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND) (Weather Underground)

56 this life together 

Sometimes we meet people and wonder years later, “I wonder what happened to them?” The “Up” series gives us a glimpse into that wondering. Michael Apted, a British filmmaker, started the series in 1964 with “Seven Up” interviewing 14 children – at age 7 –...

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MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013

Theresa Phillips, 68, and Joe Phillips, 81, cut the cake after their wedding ceremony in Spokane on July 20.

The second time around

My Boomer U story today was about newlyweds Theresa and Joe Phillips who married July 20. She was 68. He was 81. Neither expected to marry again. But they fell madly in love a few years ago and tied the knot. No one knows how...

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Pope Francis delivers his homily during a Mass at Rio de Janeiro's Cathedral in Brazil, Saturday, July 27, 2013.  Pope Francis on Saturday challenged bishops from around the world to get out of their churches and preach, and to have the courage to go to the farthest margins of society to find the faithful. (Luca Zennaro / Ansa Pool)

Kindness...a Jesus trait 

Following Pope Francis – his travels and theology – causes me to smile and relax. No silly statements, just embracing people and their humanity. His comments infused with compassion and kindness offer hope for the Catholic Church. See story I think that Jesus may have...

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Tubbs Hill rainbow

Eternal love

Every so often, I read stories like the one about Helen and Les Brown: they died a day apart. Born on the same day, married 75 years, friends and lovers for life; now they enjoy eternal life – together. Can one die of a broken...

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A full moon illuminates Garnet Ghost Town, Mont., on Dec. 30, drawing long shadows on the snow in the dead of winter. Associated Press photos (Associated Press photos / Independent Record)

Can't sleep? blame the moon

When the full moon shines into our bedroom window, my husband often says, “Why did you leave the outside light on?” And later, as he snores away, I am up pacing through the house in the dark, unable to sleep. Finally, research supports my experience:...

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FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013

Pope Francis greets pilgrims from the stage of the World Youth Day Welcome Feast on the Copacabana beachfront in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013. Francis addressed young pilgrims from 175 nations gathered on the famous beach for the WYD festival. (Stefano Rellandini / Reuters)

Pope Francis: Marathon man

OK, this story on CathNewsUSA got my attention. It begins: The 76-year-old Argentine Jesuit, who lost most of one lung following an infection in his youth, has been acting like a man half his age during his first international trip as pope, adding in events...

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Skillet garden eggs with fontina is a healthy, satisfying breakfast for Mom on her special day. (Associated Press)

Breakfast: Force yourself 

The journal Circulation recently reported on a longitudinal study of 27,000 men that showed those who ate breakfast regularly cut their risk of a heart attack. Men who skipped breakfast, meanwhile, raised their risk by 27 percent. Read NPR story. I was a breakfast eater...

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London Tuesday July 23 2013, carrying their new-born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born Monday, into public view for the first time. The boy will be third in line to the British throne. (Jonathan Brady / Pa)

Name the babe

So many of us spend time and thought when naming our children. William and Kate have that extra royal pressure of naming their child as a future monarch: George Alexander Louis, welcome to the world. We hope for only happiness and good health for this...

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TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

Molly Quinn illustration of beehives

Beehives and other boomer myths

In my Monday Boomer U story, I examined the myths we boomers grew up in the 1960s, including the one where the black widow spider nested in a teen's beehive and when the spider eggs hatched, they bit the teen's scalp, killing her. Great illustration...

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MONDAY, JULY 22, 2013

Advice, please 

After 23 years of working for the same organization, I have resigned my position and am now…home. Retirement? Refocus? Renewal? Rethinking possibilities for the future? Relaxing? Time will tell. Seem to be having trouble with the relaxing thing. If there is no other formal employment...

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FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

A perfect grilled Greek chicken salad. (Associated Press)

Retired good health

The report is out once again on where the healthiest places are in the country to live once one is retired. Washington state is among the better places to live during retirement. Lifestyle choices along the way - what we eat and our activity level...

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When Happy Birthday doesn't work 

A friend's husband was diagnosed this summer with cancer, and the friend is being a fierce warrior for the man she's loved a long time. The cancer involves treatments out of town, so there's travel and lodging and keeping one hand in the treatment and...

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Fery Haghighi has been running restaurants in the Spokane area for more than 30 years. (Jesse Tinsley)

Want fries…or salad…with that burger?

Boomers once again are driving an industry: restaurants. Stats show that we are the major consumers at restaurants – not our 20-something children who are struggling a bit in this economy. (See story.) (S-R photo archives: Fery Haghighi has been running restaurants in the Spokane...

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TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2013

SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2013

Actors Lea Michele and Cory Monteith film a scene for the television show "Glee" on location in Central Park in New York, Tuesday, April 26, 2011. (Charles Sykes / Fr170266 Ap)

Young, handsome, talented…dead

Apparently addiction has claimed another life of a talented young star. Cory Monteith, 31, a rising star on the FOX network series “Glee,” was found dead in a Vancouver, British Columbia hotel room Saturday. (See story.) The pull of addiction claims so many young, gifted...

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FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013

The annual Bountiful Bowls fundraiser, to be held Saturday, serves up soup, salad and bread made by local businesses.

RIP: Bill's taco salad 

A friend gave me a memorial card she received from another friend. She had remembered I wrote recently about how memorial programs will get even more popular, more elaborate and much more creative in coming years. This friend of a friend's memorial program included a...

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For Becky Nappi blog

Phil Codd: We Nappi kids will miss you

The six Nappi "kids" grew up in the Downriver neighborhood next door to the Codd family, famous in the neighborhood for having 11 children. We each had a Codd our own age, and so it was instant playmates and never a problem finding enough kids...

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MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013

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Celebrating 60: Coug tattoos

From Jackie Babin..."proud WSU Alumni." My 60th was almost four years ago. My sister and my favorite cousin felt I should do something special. They suggested I parachute out of a plane. Since I preferred to live to celebrate my 70th birthday, I compromised and...

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SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2013

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Celebrating 60 with the Beatles 

Margie Heller calebrated her 60th birthday this way: I didn't make a big deal out of my 60th. Turning 50 had been scary for me; I'd had a big party then so friends could help me get through it. But this year I turned 64....

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60th birthday: Cheerleading in Vegas 

I am going to run some of the 60th birthday celebrations readers told me about too late to include for my Boomer U story last Monday. Here's how my Mary Margaret Brajcich celebrated the Six-Oh. My two "old" cheerleading buddies from Calgary decided to celebrate...

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FRIDAY, JULY 5, 2013

For Becky Nappi blog.
1962 birthday party in the Heroy neighborhood of Spokane.

1962 birthday party on Heroy Avenue 

Thank you Mary Thibault Akiyama for emailing me this photo of your backyard birthday party in 1962 on Heroy near Shadle Center. Mary posted it on Facebook after reading my Monday Boomer U story about celebrating 60th birthdays and how fondly most boomers remember their...

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Molly Huss’ dragon boat team came in last. But no one cared.

Connecting at the source

In my Monday Boomer U story, I wrote about the ways men and women will celebrate 60, a milestone birthday for boomers. “Sixty is really a pivotal age,” said Kathy Merlock Jackson in a recent phone interview. The 57-year-old boomer and Virginia Wesleyan College professor...

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MONDAY, JULY 1, 2013

For Becky Nappi blog

Young men in pink

When two great-nephews, on two separate Hoopfest teams, arrived at their games Saturday in electric pink team shirts, I knew we weren't in boomer-color rules anymore. In my younger years, no teen boy would be caught wearing pink. But everywhere at Hoopfest Saturday, I saw...

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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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