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Are We There Yet? Cindy Hval


Matt Freeman named executive director of Idaho Board of Education

Idaho’s state Board of Education has announced that its new executive director will be Matt Freeman, now the board’s deputy director and chief fiscal officer. The home-grown pick, chosen after a national search, previously spent nine years with the Legislative Services Office, where he was a budget and policy analyst for the Legislature focusing on higher education. He holds a law degree from the University of Idaho and a bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University. An Idaho native, Freeman is married with two children.

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THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2009

First-grade girls from various elementary schools start their race at a cross country meet in north Spokane. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

After School Sports

"On a windy fall afternoon, dozens of children ran, shouting and laughing, across the lawn at Westview Elementary School, enjoying an exuberant game of tag. The kids had been separated into groups labeled Jeeps, Cadillacs and Corvettes by physical education teacher and cross country coach...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 1, 2009

Deanna Davis brings her “Womanhood: The Divine Comedy” Blue Flip Flop Tour to the Spokane Masonic Temple Oct. 9.Courtesy of Deanna Davis (Courtesy of Deanna Davis / The Spokesman-Review)

Laughter=Good Medicine

Local author and speaker Deanna Davis was having one of those days. Her baby had spiked a fever and had all the symptoms of a nasty ear infection. Then her toddler daughter came into the room crying and holding her nose. “What’s happened?” Davis asked....

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 25, 2009

Fear-based Parenting 

So. It's my son's 10th birthday and he's having his first sleepover.Except. One of his friends has never been allowed to spend the night away from home. That's cool. Not all kids are ready for sleepovers at 10. But he so wanted to stay.Yet this...

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Child Dies While Mother Works 

In today's paper, a few paragraphs sum up the lonely death of a year-old baby.No matter how many times I read stories like this it still takes my breath away. I think about this little boy. Did he cry for his mother? Of course he...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

When Feelings Hurt

My youngest son had a half-day today. When he climbed into the car he started crying quietly. "I had a bad day," he said."What happened? Did you get in trouble?""No," he sniffed, and cried harder."Did someone hurt your feelings?""Yes!" he sobbed. "I don't wanna talk...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2009


I drive my nine-year-old son to school every day. Each morning as he prepares to get out of the car he leans forward and plants a big kiss on my cheek. "Bye, Mom," he says. "Have a good day. I'll see you after school," I...

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Mother Charged in Infant's Death 

Police say mother installed baby’s seat improperlyJody Lawrence-TurnerStaff writer Spokane County prosecutors charged a Post Falls woman with vehicular homicide Tuesday in the death of her infant daughter, who was severely injured by a car’s airbag while riding in a rear-facing car seat in Spokane.If...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2009

Butterfeet and Waterpoop 

Still reading old journals. I came across a list of "Alexisms." Funny mispronunciations my then four-year-old son uttered.Instead of barefoot he said butterfeet. Who knows why?He assured me that his new sandals were waterpoop. I'm hoping he meant waterproof.Cigarettes were dubbed sniggerettes, and one blustery...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009

You are Getting Sleepy... 

I've been going through some journals I kept when my three oldest were all under five. I'm not sure how I stayed awake long enough to write because in almost every entry I mention trying desperately to get some sleep.One of my favorite entries starts:...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2009

Can You Hear Me Now?

Awhile back we talked about kids and cell phones. But what about parents? What do you use your cell phone for-- is it your business phone, your primary number, or only used for emergencies?I've found my kids don't have a real grasp on what emergency...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 1, 2009

Write it Down

Last week I found a scrap of paper in which I'd written about the last time I rocked my youngest child in our rocking chair. Those five paragraphs brought back a wealth of memories. You can read it here: parents are avid picture takers,...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 27, 2008

Broken Angels 

As angels go it was pretty ugly— its cherubic smile rather disturbing. But my son bought it for me at the Dollar Store when he was four. His dad helped him wrap it and Alex was so excited for me to open it. “Open mine!...

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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.