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Sat., May 17, 2008, 2:21 a.m.

Handle X Hucks: There’s No Place Like Home

And the answer for all of you fretting local parents is (drum roll, please) – they will come home again. At least, Jennifer Riggs did. The daughter of ex-Idaho Lt. Gov. Jack Riggs is making a name for herself as a budding artist. I was introduced to her work officially last Saturday as part of the downtown Coeur d'Alene Art Walk series. Her paintings and drawings graced the walls of the Java On Sherman coffee shop. You probably have seen her work, too. She was the youngest artist involved in CdA's "No Moose Left Behind" public art project four years ago, designing the "First Man on the Moose" entry. But more than Jennifer's art caught my eye. In a brochure displaying some of her work, she pointed out that she lived in several places throughout the world before realizing that "Coeur d'Alene is a black hole that one can never really escape, especially if one's family still resides there." Tired of "ceaselessly fighting the emotional gravitational pull," Jennifer continues, she "gave in and returned to the land of her youth." Yeah, I crossed my fingers and grabbed extra brochures to send to my son in Denver and my daughter in Portland/D.F. Oliveria, SR Handle Extra. More here

Question: Do your children live nearby in the Inland Northwest?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.