EndNotes archive for May 2014

SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014

A yellow ribbon and a banner honoring captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are seen Friday in Hailey, Idaho. (Associated Press)

He's coming home!

Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is coming home! Bergdahl, from Hailey Idaho, was released today into the presence of the U.S. military; his freedom gained in exchange for five prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay prison. Officials reported the sergeant was able to walk on his own...

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THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014

Maya Angelou 

With her sultry voice as distinct as her life as her poetry as her courage, Maya Angelou gave voice to her life and to millions of others’ lives. She wrote her way through healing and ascended to a level of profound accomplishment – and humility....

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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014

Walking partners: “She just turned 2,” said Rob Womeldorff as he walked Sasha, his German shepherd, along the Centennial Trail in Coeur d’Alene on Monday. (Kathy Plonka)

Keep on walkin’…dancing, swimming – moving!

A recent study indicates that a moderate physical activity program among older adults will keep them walking –without assistance. Seems logical, but it is nice to have science say so. The study tracked people who followed a regular physical activity – walking, strength training and...

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MONDAY, MAY 26, 2014

Mark and Terri Stiltz pose for a photo on their deck on March 27, with the flag they fly to honor their son Matt Stiltz, who died Nov. 12, 2012, in Afghanistan. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Memorial Day ~ we honor and remember

Today we remember and honor the men and women who served our country through their military commitment. We continue to cherish freedom so many other countries do not enjoy. We are a grateful nation. (S-R archive photo: Mark and Terri Stiltz pose for a photo...

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SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2014

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, talks during an interview with the Associated Press at the Pontifical North American College, in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Dolan spoke shortly before he watched Pope Benedict XVI leave the Vatican in a helicopter taking the Pope to Castel Gandolfo. Benedict XVI greeted the faithful for the last time as pope on Thursday, telling tearful well-wishers that he is beginning the final stage of his life as "simply a pilgrim," hours before he becomes the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. (Angelo Carconi / Associated Press)

Sunday morning: Cardinal virtue - or not? 

Cardinal Timothy Dolan – Archbishop of New York - has been the media darling for the last few years. He lives on Madison Avenue in a residence adjacent to St. Patrick’s Cathedral - not unusual for a priest to live next door to work. Still,...

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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014

The public's right to "no" 

Jackie Kennedy wrote letters to a priest years ago and now the letters may be auctioned off to a highest bidder? Is nothing sacred? Apparently not. Just like attorney-client privilege, a priest has the moral responsibility not to divulge the conversations a person has with...

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TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014

Workers sort red wine grapes at Reininger Winery in the Walla Walla Valley during the 2013 harvest. (Andy Perdue)

Wine, chocolate and longevity?  

Not so fast. For the last few decades we believed consuming red wine and chocolate (both containing resveratrol) helped with heart health, decreased cancer and increased our longevity. Seems not. A team from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore and NIH’s National Institute...

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MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014

Bound together in style

Thatcher Wine creates stylish libraries. He thinks readers should enjoy looking at books as much as reading them and so he creates and re-creates library shelves by decorating each spine of a book to create an expanded image. From his workshop in Boulder, Colorado, Wine...

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FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014

Thank you, Barbara!

Barbara Walters took leave today from her decades-long career in journalism. Hillary Clinton, Michael Douglas and Oprah Winfrey, surprise guests on The View, reminisced with her and celebrated her remarkable career. The true legacy of Walters’ career walked in as their names were announced –...

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THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014

Displaced people who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor, prepare to sleep in the open at night in the town of Awerial, South Sudan Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. The international Red Cross said Wednesday that the road from Bor to the nearby Awerial area "is lined with thousands of people" waiting for boats so they could cross the Nile River and that the gathering of displaced is "is the largest single identified concentration of displaced people in the country so far". (Ben Curtis / Associated Press)

What would you do?

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a woman in Sudan, is sentenced to death because she refuses to renounce her Christian faith – and claim Islam as her faith. Abandoning or criticizing Islam is punishable by death. Ibrahim is pregnant and has a 20-month-old son. She was given...

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TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014

In this Sept. 28, 2013 photo, sunlight filteres through the clouds, illuminating the Apurimac river in Pichari, Peru. The river cuts through a long valley that the United Nations says yields 56 percent of Peru's coca leaves. The government says it will soon begin destroying coca crops in the region, known as the VRAE - the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers. (Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press)

S-L-O-W down

The pace of our lies has become, well, almost comical. Except that it is killing us. Arianna Huffington knows this experience well. Her Huffington Post website brought her great success – and exhaustion. She writes about the cost of multitasking, based on extensive research, in...

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MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014

A pint of A positive, please

Soon, Boomers may be asking for blood from their youngsters to ease their own suffering and the consequences of aging. Recent studies in mice show that blood from young mice injected into their elders has improved the muscles and brain of the recipient. As expected,...

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SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014

The seaside road leading to the international airport is empty as Hurricane Sandy approaches Kingston, Jamaica, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Hurricane Sandy pounded Jamaica with heavy rain as it headed for landfall near the country's most populous city on a track that would carry it across the Caribbean island to Cuba, and a possible threat to Florida. (Collin Reid / Associated Press)

Motherless Mother’s Day

While we celebrate our motherhood or spend time with our own mom, we can easily overlook the anguishing silence in others’ lives. I am reminded of friends whose mothers are gone: this day stirs memories of joy and loss, of grief and new traditions. Hope...

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SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014

Book for babies: “We’re pretty over the top,” said Joyce Barton, left, about her first grandchild, 1-year-old Lucia Barton. She and her husband, Rick, brought Lucia to Book Babies, a children’s program offered at the Coeur d’Alene Library on Friday. (Kathy Plonka)

Best ever Mom's Day words

Anna Quindlen wrote the following column years ago about motherhood describing wistful moments and time's message of live now- these babies grow up. As parents we think we mold and shape our kids, and we do - a bit. Mostly, our children teach us about...

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FILE - Charlotte Newman, 8, visits the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 in New York.  The long-awaited museum dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks will open to the public at the World Trade Center site on May 21, officials announced Monday, March 24, 2014. (Mark Lennihan / Associated Press)

September 11 remains

On September 11, 2001, after the planes hit the twin towers, 2,753 persons were reported missing – and today 41 percent of those missing persons have not been identified. The unidentified remains – 7,930 body parts - have been at the medical examiner’s office on...

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TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014

A woman attends a demonstration in Lagos, Nigeria, on Monday calling on the government to increase efforts to rescue the nearly 300 girls kidnapped from a government secondary school Chibok. (Associated Press)

Whose sin? 

The extremist group claims Western education is a “sin,” so they stormed the school barracks of the young girls and took them hostage on April 15. The world has slowly expressed outrage, but the girls remain missing. We have sent in high-tech air and water...

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MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014

In this Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 photo, a dolphin named Molly, who is in her early 50's, leaps out of the water while working with trainers at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys, Fla. Geriatric marine mammal care is becoming more important today as Molly and other dolphins in human care are living longer than their counterparts in the wild. To meet these growing needs, the center has established the College of Marine Mammal Professionals. (Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)

Simplicity ~ perspective

Time to think about vacations - and why they are important. We seek simplicity in our daily lives, but vacations may be the best experience of that desired simplicity. We leave behind our routine, our non-portable gadgets and the trappings we worked so hard to...

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FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014


$6 for M&Ms?! 

Say good-bye to that in-room temptation – ludicrously expensive temptation: the hotel minibar. Hotels are phasing them out or reducing the number of treats to make room for your own. Sales from those little wallet traps dropped 28 percent in five years. Lots of folks...

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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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