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The Microsoft portable Zune media player will include wireless technology to let people share some of their favorite songs, playlists or pictures with other Zune users who are close by. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Zuning In 

I can barely figure out my MP3 player, so I think I'll pass on the Zune:'s on your playlist today?

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Hendrix Cronin, 2, looks toward his dad, Jim (not pictured), as family friend LuAnne Swainson splashes him at the Comstock Park wading pool  Thursday. All Spokane wading pools will close Sunday. The six outdoor pools will close today.
 (Kathryn Stevens / The Spokesman-Review)

And the Good News is... 

More sunshine, just in time for my lobster bisque look to deepen to ruby red. the Spokane Park Board approved discount passes for frequent pool users:'s your favorite place to swim?

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JPMorgan Chase, which took over Washington Mutual late last year, is vacating most of WaMu’s office space in Seattle. (Ted Warren / The Spokesman-Review)

Little Tiny Tables 16 

So my bank was bought by another bank. New decor. New checks. And new tables in the lobby. You know-- the tables containing deposit/withdrawal slips. The tables with the awful, awkward pens tied to some kind of unbending plastic wire. However, the big New York...

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A Little Blog Rolling

OTV looks for waterfalls but dines with Cabbage Patch dolls instead: fondly remembers Oscar-- the oven mitt: Valley Girl shares about her close encounters of the family kind: Mac shares a wonderful Nathan story: Marianne Love writes of Man and Birds:...

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Katherine Howard, a counselor, is serious, mostly about her ad offering an in-home consultation on installing toilet paper. 
 (Knight Ridder / The Spokesman-Review)

Bad News Dept. 

In the Bad News Department: Kootenai property values fall for the second straight year: Mariners lose from ahead-- again: my cat, Milo learned how to unroll toilet paper. Lots of toilet paper. If you've got some good news to share we'd love to...

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TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009

Porn at the Post Falls Library 11 

I guess I'm old-fashioned, but when I was a kid we used to study at the library. Of course some of us may have hid the Joy of Sex inside our geography books, but still..."A boy hoping to scour the Internet for pornography and steal...

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Cindy Elithorp, from Elithorp Farms in Deer Park, helps Ray Hancock select herbs for a garden Thursday at the Montfort School Farmers Market.  (Photos by COLIN MULVANY / The Spokesman-Review)

Fresh and Local 

In theory, I love the idea of a garden. In reality, I hate the work. For me, the next best thing is a Farmer's Market like this one: us about your favorite Farmer's Market.

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Gay Marriage Ban Upheld by California Supreme Court 14 

"The California Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, but it also decided that the estimated 18,000 gay couples who tied the knot before the law took effect will stay wed." Full story here:, two rallies will be staged to protest...

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Jon Gosselin, left, and his wife, Kate Gosselin, from “Jon & Kate Plus 8.”  (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Praying for Jon & Kate 24 

My 78-year-old mother shared this tidbit with me. Apparently, one of her friends is an avid watcher of TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8. At their recent Bible Study, this 80+ lady shared a prayer request. She asked that the group remember Jon and Kate...

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President Barack Obama announces federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee for the Supreme Court on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, in an East Room ceremony at the White House. (Associated Press)

Obama Picks New Supreme 

"President Barack Obama chose federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor as the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, praising her as “an inspiring woman” with both the intellect and compassion to interpret the Constitution wisely." about Obama's choice?

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 American Legion District 8 commander and veteran Lyle Carstens displays his American flag in his Spokane Valley yard Wednesday. He's a member of Citizens Flag Alliance, which is trying to get passed an amendment that would protect the flag.
 (Liz Kishimoto / The Spokesman-Review)

Honest George and the Flag 

Honest George left this thought-provoking comment yesterday: "Every day of this 3 day weekend I flew the American Flag. After 55 years as a member of the VFW and 33 years in the military it was a natural thing to do - not an effort,...

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How it all began: The public’s recent fascination with toned arms may have started with Linda Hamilton’s role in 1991’s “Terminator 2.” (Zade Rosenthal / The Spokesman-Review)

Going Apocalyptical 11 

I was going to post this tomorrow, but it's too good to wait. At Notes on a Napkin, Katrina shares tips on how to survive the coming Apocalypse. Read the full post here: Arm yourself. Apocalypses come in all varieties–nuclear, pandemic, mechanized, and, of course,...

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MONDAY, MAY 25, 2009

Kathleen Danly, 63, left, and her sister Maxine Smith, 84, lay mums on the grave of their parents, Ernest and Gertrude Clem, on Wednesday at Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane. Fairmount sets out more than 2,200 American flags every year for Memorial Day.  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Memorial Day Wild Card 

Apparently, DFO is taking this whole vacation thing seriously. He didn't even leave a Wild Card for today! So here's one for those who are indoors or can figure out how to combine blogging with lake activities and barbecuing. We visited my Dad's grave at...

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SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2009

It's the perfect time to fire up the barbecue and throw on a juicy T-bone. 
 (Los Angeles Times / The Spokesman-Review)

JimmyMac and the BBQ Smackdown 16 

JimmyMac has issued a Barbecue challenge. Bent and Mia have signed on. Any other takers? This could be legendary.JIMMYMAC on May 22 at 12:34 p.m.I smell a HBO BBQ challenge coming on. Let me know if any of you want a shot at the title.mia...

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FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009

Blog Roll Kinda 

Having somehow misplaced DFO's secret super-special blog roll formula I'm endeavoring to invent one of my own. Here we go:Jen and family have seen the light and adopted some new family memembers: has unearthed an important new beer study: Pert shares 3 beautiful...

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Second Round of Chemo for Chatterbox 

chatterbox on May 22 at 10:50 a.m.Chilian Sea Bass. Blackened for the hubby & birthday boy (who turns 16 today)…maybe a little lemon pepper for me. The stomach is a little queasy today. 2nd round of chemo yesterday.Please join me in keeping Chatterbox in our...

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Herbert Smith, 31, waits for clothes to be finished Monday at a laundromat in Washington, D.C., that is frequented by the less-well-to-do. Recent studies show that those who make less tend to give a larger percentage of their income to charity and in tough economic times richer Americans tend to cut back on charitable donations more. McClatchy Tribune (McClatchy Tribune / The Spokesman-Review)

Generosity 16 

This headline caught my eye: "Poor are most generous givers" The story states: "In fact, America’s poor donate more, in percentage terms, than higher-income groups do, surveys of charitable giving show. What’s more, their generosity declines less in hard times than the generosity of...

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When I Grow Up 13 

My son Sam has a very complicated answer to this question: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" He wants to be a columnist for the Spokesman Review (doesn't that just make you weep?), move to New York and be an actor,...

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Members of the attackers group advance on the defenders’ positions through a speed ball field, an open area dotted with inflatable obstacles, as they force the defenders to fall back to the tower they were defending during a recent game of Mortar Wars at Nitehawk Paintball near Ford, Wash.  (Photos by Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Armed and Dangerous 

I'm not a morning person. My kids should know this by now. Yet earlier, my 17-year-old son stood over my somnolent form and gave me detailed instructions about a gym bag filled with paintball guns and ammo. "I put them in your... Meet me in...

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Firemen attempt to put out flames erupting from a fuel pipeline in a village outside Lagos, Nigeria, on Thursday. Associated Press
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

If I Ran the Blog... 12 

If I ran the blog there'd be fireman calendar photos every day. Alas, so far I've only been able to figure out how to post S-R archived photos. When I searched for fireman pics all I got were yellow-jacketed, boot clad, helmeted fellows actually doing...

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Brutis Tensley, left,  and Dan Aragon tend to chicken on the barbecue  as they participate in the National Night Out on Tuesday at the Richard Allen Apartments in Spokane.  (Photos by Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

What's on the Barbie? 39 

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally when folks fire up their barbecues for their first time. Not us. We bbq all year long. Well, except for this year when the grill got buried beneath several feet of snow. That put a crimp in the cookouts.So what...

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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009

Dandelions grow through the sidewalk on Fourth Street in Coeur d'Alene on May 19 2009. On May 26, crews will start ripping out the pavement, curbs and sidewalks of a three-block chunk of Fourth Street in the first phase of a resurfacing and beautification project that is scheduled to last four months. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Fourth Street Blues 

Are you worried about how the upcoming Fourth Street repairs will affect you or the businesses you frequent?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.