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Spa Daze

In this week's column I recall being given a massage by a Bill Gates look-alike, my husband getting modest and having a fruit salad on my face. All in the name of work. Mostly. What do you do for self-care?

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FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017

THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017

Signs of a well-read newspaper.

Dirty news 11 

Came home after a long day and sat down in the Great Gazebo to read the Spokesman Review and this is what I found. My teenager and my young adult son and had both read the paper earlier. Do you still read a print newspaper?

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THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2016

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2016

Love, Life, Raising Sons

I went and launched a podcast

So, I'm not exactly sure what a podcast is since I've never listened to one, but today my maiden podcast is live. Produced by Spokane Talks Online, and co-hosted by my two youngest sons "Life, Love & Raising Sons (Not Necessarily in That Order) offers a behind-the-scenes view of my Front Porch column fodder. Link below.

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TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2016

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016

I Got Lit! 

I participated in my first GetLit! festival this year and had a blast, even though I didn't get my toilet bowl cleaner stained copy of "The Art of Racing in the Rain," signed. More below. Two questions: Have you ever attended Get Lit? And what are you reading?

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30, 2015


Father's Day Weekend Wild Card 6.20-6.21.15 

I'm treating my husband and boys to some time in Sandpoint. I have a War Bonds reading/signing event at the East Bonner Library at 1 PM today (more info below) and then it's play time. Hope you treat the dads in your life extra good this weekend. I miss my own dad every day. Not just on Father's Day.

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Archie and Awana McLauchlin pose for a photo Wednesday at their home in Nine Mile Falls. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Bumpy Road to Matrimony 

The road to true love may never run smooth, but in Archie and Awana McLauchlin’s case the road to matrimony was bumpy indeed, and involved both a car and a bus breakdown. Did anything unusual happen to you on the way to your wedding?

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 Drivers these days can get turn-by-turn directions and traffic updates from their smartphones, some have portable GPS devices like this Garmin StreetPilot c550, and some spring for a navigational system built into the dashboard of the vehicle.  (Associated Press)

Front Porch: GPS: Going Places Slowly? 

In which a long road trip becomes much, much longer, and we don't turn left at Canada. 'Brow furrowed I flipped the map sideways, then upside down. “I think we turn left at Canada,” I announced. “Or maybe right.” Since we were on our way to Disneyland and were just outside of Bend, Oregon, my husband was not amused. “Gimme the map,” he said.'

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 2014

FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2014


Cindy Hval

Surrounded by stories 

Writers see stories everywhere. In a little boy in full pirate regalia standing under an oscillating front yard sprinkle. In an overheard conversation at the grocery store. “It’s not his baby. I don’t care what she says!” In a tattered “Missing Cat” flier fastened to...

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Popeye would be proud 

Fresh spinach shines in hearty penne beef. Cindy Hval photo. The only spinach I knew as a child came from a small white carton in the deep freezer. Mom would dump the frozen leaves into a pot of boiling water and serve them with lemon...

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THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014

Handball hero gets the girl 

Vincent and Peggy Slatt, 94 and 93, respectively, celebrated their 70th anniversary at home on May 16. They married in 1944, when Vincent was a junior lieutenant in the Navy.Jesse Tinsley photo Handball has played a pivotal role in Vince Slatt’s life. If not for...

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MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014

A Close Encounter With A DUI 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy tells of a close encounter with a drunk driver Saturday night: "So Sam's pizza was a little cold and date night lasted a bit longer and was a tad more dangerous than usual. We saw a guy in a sliver...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 19, 2013

These Undies Are Pain In The Ribs 

The pain in my rib cage jabbed with startling ferocity. I squirmed in my seat in the crowded auditorium, trying to get comfortable. I was learning a painfully expensive lesson about the high cost of vanity. You see, there comes a time in every woman’s...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 22, 2013

Great Gazebo

My happy place 

The morning sun warms my legs as I write. A pair of white butterflies flit above the petunias, daisies and geraniums that overflow the planters. A slight breeze ruffles the pages of my book. I’m in my happy place, otherwise known as the Great Gazebo....

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THURSDAY, AUG. 8, 2013

Cindy: Little Ricky & Kids In The Hood 

The June sun warmed my shoulders as I powered through the last leg of my 3-mile walk. Kenny Loggins’ “I’m Alright” filled my headphones as I mentally reworked an article due by the end of the day. A school bus stopped across the street. It...

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Derek Hval and sons at Old Mission State Park

Front Porch: Blue again

My hubby and sons at Old Mission State Park. Zach obviously thinks he sees an eagle. Or something. We got the blues again. All four of us. Last year’s pilgrimage to Wallace for the Historic Wallace Blues Festival was such a hit, our sons clamored...

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Huckleberries Online

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.