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EndNotes archive for March 2013

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013

A detail from Pinturicchio's fresco "Resurrection." 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Passion and Grace

Holy Week . . . Passion and Grace We enter Palm Sunday with triumph and joy, a journey into Jerusalem; our own lives seek the journey to return home, to enjoy friends and wonder about our future. Jesus was deceived by false claims of devotion....

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Morning Moon taken by Tony Wadden for Becky Nappi blog

A spot of beauty every day

Seeking out a bit of beauty every day is supposed to help a person fight despair and anxiety, and it can counter the effects that ugliness has on our psyche. Or so they say. Anyway, in that spirit, I asked my husband to take this...

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Amanda Knox’s upcoming memoir “Waiting to be Heard” will come out April 30, two months later than originally scheduled.

Italy: Basta!  

Enough! of the nonsense of trying to frame Amanda Knox for a murder that someone else is already serving time for, someone else whose presence at the crime scene is supported with evidence. Seems unfathomable that this young woman must endure more publicity, more scrutiny...

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One more damn thing to worry about 

We get a lot of cold sores in my extended family. In old family photos, there's usually one of us kids with an ugly sore on his or her lip. When we get colds, we break out with them. In recent years, prescription creams have...

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MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013

Gonzaga's coach Mark Few walks arm-in-arm with players Elias Harris and Kelly Olynyk, with Mike Hart trailing, after losing to Wichita State in  their third round NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Championship game, Thursday, March 23, 2013, at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Dan Pelle)

Zags and grief 

This most wonderful photo taken by Dan Pelle, just after GU's heartbreaking loss Saturday, reminded me once again how grieving the loss of sports games is a preparation for deeper griefs in life. Especially this reality: When it's over, it's over. In hospitals, after someone...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013

Several rifles were found in a storage unit off the Gonzaga University campus. Courtesy of Brian Schaeffer, Spokane Fire Department (Courtesy of Brian Schaeffer, Spokane Fire Department / The Spokesman-Review)

Should doctors ask patients about their guns? 

Kaiser Health News has a fascinating story on its website about a Denver-area doctor, Frank Dumont, who regrets not asking his 70-something depressed patient if he had guns in the house. From the article: Dumont's patient shot himself in the head with a rifle. Dumont...

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Mount Rainier towers over a small sailboat plying the waters of Puget Sound near Port Orchard in this 2006 photo. A team of surveyors will hike to the summit this month to remeasure the Northwest’s tallest mountain.  (Associated Press)


So many journeys at this time of, visiting friends and journeys to a final home. Poet John O'Donohue - who died suddenly a few years ago - writes beautiful words for the traveler: For the Traveler Every time you leave home, Another road takes...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2013

St. Patrick and the St. Charles nuns 

St. Patrick's Day always reminds me of the sisters who taught us at St. Charles nearly 50 years ago. They were really into Irish dancing and nearly every recital or spring event included girls (and the guys?) doing Irish jigs. Our mothers were called upon...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013

Pope Francis celebrates his inaugural Mass with cardinals, inside the Sistine Chapel, at the Vatican on Thursday. (Associated Press)

Pope: Old people are like good wine

Pope Francisco in his first meeting with the College of Cardinals today, as reported in the Vatican Information Service. "Courage, dear brothers! Probably half of us are in our old age. Old age, they say, is the seat of wisdom. The old ones have the...

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Alex Trebek
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

And the question is…

Who will the new Jeopardy host be in 2016? We have watched Alex Trebek for decades, but eventually everyone retires, even game-show hosts. Two candidates’ names are circulating in the media. What do you think the given answer will be? (S-R archives photo: Alex Trebek)

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of  Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press)

Meet the new pope

He appeared humble and gentle as he stood at the balcony, asking the crowd below to bless him and pray with him. The Catholic Church has undergone a purging of evil in the last decade with brave adults telling horror stories of abuse during their...

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U.S. Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley hoists a book of prayers as he celebrates Mass in his titular church of Santa Maria alla Vittoria in Rome, Sunday, March 10, 2013. Cardinals from around the world gather this week in a conclave to elect a new pope following the stunning resignation of Benedict XVI. In the secretive world of the Vatican, there is no way to know who is in the running, and history has yielded plenty of surprises. Yet several names have come up time repeatedly as strong contenders for the job. O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, is among those considered to have a credible shot at the papacy. (Domenico Stinellis / Associated Press)

Holy smoke...update

Today begins the conclave of Cardinals to elect a new pope. Who do you think will wear the white garment and stand at the window? While the rest of the world tweets, emails, texts and blogs, the men in red sequester themselves without electronics; instead...

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MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013

Kudos to my colleague John Webster 

One secret to longevity and healthy aging is to continually challenge yourself, despite aches and pains, general fatigue, temporary or permanent disappointment in friends, family and life. And anyone who reaches late 50s, early 60s, has been visited by all of the above. My colleague...

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Rod Serling of "Twilight Zone" (AP archive photo)

The Long Morrow: Couples in space

The news this week that a wealthy space tourist wants to send a man and woman on a 501-day trip in space toward Mars, immediately reminded me of one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes, The Long Morrow. The 1964 episode was about an astronaut...

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Nora Ephron in 2010 (Charles Sykes / Fr170266 Ap)

Nora Ephron's final days 

Writer and moviemaker Nora Ephron kept her illness very secret and so her death last year shocked almost everyone. Today in the New York Times, Ephron's son, Jacob Bernstein (his father is famous Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein) wrote a beautiful piece about his mother's illness...

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This Oct. 11, 2012 photo provided by the Brigham and Women's Hospital shows a monthly calendar vitamin pack used in a long-term study on multivitamins. America's favorite dietary supplements, multivitamins, modestly lowered the risk of developing cancer in healthy male doctors who took them daily for more than a decade, the first large study to test these pills has found. The study was published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. (Brigham And Women's Hospital)

Yes, no, maybe…I really don’t know!

When it comes to health issues, the media reports contradictory “evidence” almost weekly. Once again, we hear that what we thought would protect us, may not actually do anything good at all. What is a person to do? My doctor says, “Be sensible. We may...

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Another damn thing to worry about

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report today on another drug-resistent bacteria that is spreading in hospitals and kills half the people who get a bloodstream infection from it. Drug-resistant germs called carbapenem-reistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, are on the rise and have...

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Pope Benedict XVI waves from the balcony window of the Pontifical summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, some 35 kilometers south of Rome, to a cheering crowd gathered to see him the day he ends his pontificate, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (Alessandra Tarantino / Associated Press)

Upon this rock or rock, paper, scissors?

They are arriving in Rome and ready to vote – behind closed doors. With scandal as part of the drama, cardinals begin the process of discerning who they believe the Holy Spirit wants as the next leader of the world’s Catholics. But the world’s Catholics...

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug.  17, 2011 file photo, students listen during an assembly on the first day of school at a temporary high school in a converted store in Joplin, Mo., nearly three months after an EF-5 tornado destroyed six schools and damaged four others along with killing 160 people and devastating a third of the city. According to research cited in a report by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, about two-thirds of U.S. children and teens younger than 18 will experience at least one traumatic event, including shootings and other violence, car crashes and weather disasters. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and you 

Some students take to traditional learning as easily as a fish to water – others feel like they are drowning in that water. So, how do we make learning – learning? You can make a difference. A friend who serves on the local school board...

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Top priority for all pillows is to keep the head and neck properly aligned with the spine.
 (Metro Services / The Spokesman-Review)

Childhood neglect/abuse and adult insomnia

Can't sleep? Maybe you should look way back in your past to its possible origins. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports this week that "the origins of insufficient sleep can, in certain cases, begin early in life and pose lasting consequences. A retrospective...

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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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