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EndNotes archive for Sept. 2013

MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2013

Beware the white vans 

There's a guy who drives a white van -- he's white, in his 40s, skinny, short hair and black beard -- who has been approaching Spokane County children and trying to lure them into his van. (Read second story in this briefs column.) It's terrible...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 26, 2013

A project to replace freeway lighting in downtown Spokane will cause traffic backups for another week. (Colin Mulvany)

Explosion overhead

The explosion six inches above my head sounded like a gunshot; I kept control of the car as I drove 60 mph down the freeway, but moved my right hand over my body checking for bleeding. I know people have been shot and not known...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2013

Pam Horn administers the flu vaccine to employee Michael Karolitzky at Philly Flu Shots on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Philadelphia. The flu season arrived early in the U.S. this year, but health officials and experts say it's too early to say this will be a bad one. Experts say evidence so far is pointing to a moderate flu season - it just looks worse because last year's season was so mild. Flu usually doesn't blanket the country until late January or February. Now, it's already widespread in more than 40 states. That could change when the next government report comes out Friday. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)

Health report card for seniors

The State of Aging and Health in America 2013 just released its annual report today. The collaborative report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists a report card in one section that measures how...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 2013

Holy Names Academy musicians, circa 1900.
Courtesy: Sisters of the Holy Names (Courtesy Sisters / The Spokesmen-review)

Sisters of the Holy Names celebrate 125 years 

My Sunday story was about the sisters of the Holy Names celebrating 125 years in Spokane. As a Marycliff High School girl, I was taught by the Franciscan Sisters of the Perpetual Adoration, but Marycliff and Holy Names girls knew each other well, usually because...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 21, 2013

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 2013

Old Faithful for Becky Nappi blog
Photo by Tony Wadden
Feel free to use.

Geezer geyser gazers

I keep a list in my head of all the things I'll do in my older years, if I feel lonely, sad, neglected. After a recent -- and first -- trip to Yellowstone Park, I've added a new one. I will become a "geezer geyser...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 17, 2013

Third-graders march into their classrooms for the Fairy Tale Ball at Sunrise Elementary.

How smart are you?

As children, we took assessment tests that measured our brain power. As college students we relied on our GPA to tell us how well we were doing. Landing a job with a handsome salary meant we had arrived. But where? What about the skills to...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 16, 2013

Pope Francis listens to questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on its way back from Brazil, Monday, July 29, 2013. Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis asked. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, signed a document in 2005 that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. Francis was much more conciliatory, saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten. Francis' remarks came Monday during a plane journey back to the Vatican from his first foreign trip in Brazil. (Luca Zennaro / Ansa)

Pope Francis says...  

When I was eight years old my friend Patty asked me to attend her Lutheran church with her. My mom wouldn’t let me saying, “Catholics are not allowed to attend non-Catholic churches.” And now Pope Francis I writes about atheists, saying “open dialogue free of...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2013

Kousa dogwoods have all the same characteristics of the popular eastern or Florida dogwoods but are much more resistant to the fungal disease anthracnose. (PAT MUNTS)

Man's – and child’s – best friend

We love our dogs and they love us – and they are willing to protect us in dangerous situations. And that is exactly what one dog did. Remarkably, the adults listened to the dog when it “warned” them of an abusive babysitter they had hired...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 14, 2013

A sudden rain and windstorm knocks leaves off trees in Boise on Tuesday morning (Betsy Russell)

Writing the truth 

After a childhood of abuse, Katherine Reddick was not going to write a dishonest obituary about the mother who harmed her and her siblings. So, when her mother - whom Katherine had not seen in over 30 years – died, Katherine told the truth. Katherine’s...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 13, 2013

The Columbia River flows past Astoria, Ore., under the bridge connecting Oregon and Washington. A dredging project will allow ocean-going ships to carry fuller loads up the Columbia to the Port of Portland, linking maritime traffic to the key railroad center for the Pacific Northwest. (Associated Press)

Summer in the Pacific Northwest 

As we look forward to cozy sweaters and apple cider, take a few minutes to enjoy these summer images of earth, wind, water and fire from the Seattle side of Washington state. (S-R archives photo: The Columbia River flows past Astoria, Ore., under the bridge...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 2013

A man is silhouetted as he walks on a road during a sunset near the town of Khoiniki, 300 kilometers (187 miles) south-east of the capital Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (Sergei Grits / Associated Press)

Never too late… 

…to do the right thing. A Connecticut slave, known as “Mr. Fortune,” died in 1798, after a life of known hardship. His owner, a physician, had Mr. Fortune’s bones boiled in order to study anatomy. The skeleton was given to a Waterbury museum by one...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2013

A flag placed in a name at the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero. (Jim Camden)

We remember

While we are pacing politically over Syria, we recall the terror on our own soil 12 years ago. Threats, evil and grief linger. On this anniversary, we do well to pause, to hold in our hearts the struggle and pain still felt among survivors and...

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Cancer survivor Susie Leonard Weller rides a camel in the shadow of Uluru (Ayers Rock), the red rock monolith in central Australia.

Changing yourself rather than others

In my Monday Boomer U story, I profiled two women who faced serious situations they could not change and decided instead to change themselves. Now they're helping others do the same. Susie Leonard Weller survived stage 3 colon cancer but uses a permanent colostomy; Peggy...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 9, 2013

Classic to afternoon teas, scones are commonly baked plain or studded with currants, then accompanied with jam and clotted cream, a thick, creamy spread. You can make your own version with any dried fruit, such as blueberries, cranberries or apricots. You also can add chopped nuts or chocolate chips. (Matthew Mead / Associated Press)


They courted at the fair –a first date between neighborly teens in 1941. Now, Earl and Eva Shadle will once again return to the Puyallup Fair as they have over the seven decades of their married life. The lovers, who once walked to school together,...

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Chocolate milk will be on the menu for Pilgrim’s Market’s field trip to Springs of Hope.

Chocolate milk after exercise? 

Yes! I knew it was good for me! Chocolate milk feels like a great go-to drink in any situation or with any mood or with any activity. Now science says it is a great post-workout beverage choice, too. (S-R archive photo)

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 6, 2013

Isamu "Som" Jordan in 2004. (Amanda Smith)

The faces of Som 

Facebook has its downsides, for sure, but one thing it does well is connect communities that grieve. Som Jordan, freelance music critic with a long history at The Spokesman-Review, died yesterday. See story. On Facebook, people who knew Som from all the worlds he traveled...

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NEW BIG BOARD: Dewitt E. Wallace, president of the Old National bank, and Mrs. Margaret Jones, chief switchboard operator, look over the new switchboard which, starting tomorrow, will serve all of the more than 200 telephones in the bank's eight Spokane branches. Said to be the largest semiautomatic dial system of its type in Spokane, the board makes it possible to reach any individual in any of the bank's Spokane offices by dialing the main office number. Until now, each branch has had its own telephone number. The board was installed by Pacific Telephone company. Photo Archive/ The Spokesman-Review. (The Spokesman-Review)

Landlines: On life support? 

Fresh from the U.S. Census today: The percentage of households with a microwave climbed from 82 percent in 1992 to 97 percent in 2011. Similarly, the percentage with a computer jumped from 21 percent to 78 percent over the period. Landline phones followed the opposite...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2013

Mitchell Raymond, 14, was happiest when drawing and “building things” according to his grandmother, Ann Davey. In November 2012, he drew this portrait of all the places he wished to see someday. Copies of this drawing were handed out at his memorial service in July.

The world by Mitchell Raymond

At my desk, taped to a wall I glance at between writing and reporting tasks, I now have hanging this drawing by Mitchell Raymond. In my Monday Boomer U story about the drawing, I explained: In November, Mitchell showed his “Wampa” – Mike Davey –...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 2, 2013

Hoping the third time is a charm: U.S. swimmer Diana Nyad, bottom, begins her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, on Saturday. Less than a week before she turns 63 years old, Nyad launched her third bid to set an open-water record by swimming from Havana to the Florida Keys without a protective shark cage. A writer, journalist and motivational speaker, she said she hopes to inspire people of all ages to live active lives. “Instead of staying on the couch for a lifetime and letting this precious time go by, why not be bold?” she said. (Associated Press)


Diana Nyad arrived at her destination: a dream fulfilled. She is the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the protection of a shark cage. Her remarks upon arrival: never give are never too old to chase your dreams...and no such thing...

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Retiree Doug Floyd now has more time to spend with his Pennsylvania grandkids, Lindsay, 6, Ryan, 10 months, and Annie, 3. (Dan Pelle)

A retiree's labor day

Thanks to my former colleague, Doug Floyd, for taking up his pen again and writing our main Labor Day story today in the Boomer U section. One of my favorite lines: "I loved my job, and I miss the friends and the engagement with events...

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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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