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  • This just in: Chan reveals her English toffee recipe

    Deborah Chan is unafraid to bare her soul. As a former columnist for The Spokesman-Review, she’s shared her views on Spokane Valley libraries, The Beatles, and childhood trauma of eating …


  • Front Porch: Library bond will benefit community

    It’s time to update our Spokane Valley library system. Really, really time. The current library on Main Avenue has insufficient space for materials, meetings and parking. Opportunities are continually lost …


  • Front Porch: Fab Four changed everything

    Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you Tomorrow I’ll miss you


  • Front Porch: Finding balance between hoarding, heaving

    Some people get the breaks. For a fictional example, let’s say eccentric Great Aunt Matilda dies leaving a full attic. Armed with trash bags, the family wades through the detritus …


  • Tinsel, Rat Pack hip for the holidays, again

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock – and given our tumultuous times you might wish you were – I’m sure you’ve noticed that, thanks to a popular television show, …


  • Deborah Chan: Embracing life’s random fortunes

    Fortune cookies are fun. They’re like Forrest Gump’s box of choc’lits – you never know what you’ll get.


  • Surrounded by support – and sisters

    I stood in a sea of pink and felt my eyes well up with tears. The breast cancer survivors surrounding me, as we posed for a photo on the INB …


  • No longer a perfectionist, I was ready

    A while back my husband, Richard, mentioned an advertisement he’d seen for a book on how to make sense of black holes. “Are we supposed to make sense of black …


  • This star turn is treatment for my girl

    When it comes to breast cancer, modesty freaks need not apply. My right breast (which had a surgical lumpectomy) has, during the course of treatment, experienced more exposure than “Harlem …


  • Front Porch: To faith, hope and love, add humor

    There’s nothing funny about cancer. Neither chemotherapy and its side effects of nausea, lack of appetite, hand-foot syndrome, hair loss, and lack of feeling in the hands, nor the surgeries, …


  • Taking chemo dose with humor

    Going through cancer is certainly an interesting experience, if not a fun one. Chemo has been a five-month road trip through increasing debilitation, when I hoped to go through it …


  • Tree helps elicit stories, memories

    Although the Christmas season has deep spiritual meaning to me, I also enjoy the secular things that coexist with it – the lights, food, gifts, trees, special baking, music and …


  • Find positives while fighting breast cancer

    In August I wrote about being diagnosed with breast cancer, and how disorienting and crazy that was. Deep into chemo treatments, I have to say that cancer is still disorienting …


  • Some charms tougher than others to break

    I think of it as the peripatetic dresser. When I was little, my parents bought my sister and me a set of solid maple early American bedroom furniture, including a …


  • Front Porch: Out of the blue, a journey begins

    I’m wigging out. Really.


  • Childhood traumas still haunt us

    Chocolate can cover a multitude of sins, but it can do nothing to improve canned peas. Or Brussels sprouts. Or liver. Recently I was thinking about what I call “ick” …


  • Rekindled friendship became fire

    I’ve had an old flame on my mind. On a warm May evening in 1974, I answered a phone call from my ex-fiancé at around 9:30. He had pursued me, …


  • Frugality puts children in sticky place

    People raised during the Great Depression were admirably thrifty and creative. Anything, even if too worn for its intended purpose, might be useful, so it got tucked away. Decades-old drinking …


  • Front Porch: Bottom line: Americans love sales

    I love it when retail companies get real. In past year or so, a national chain has been using a lingerie model who is older than 30, and who has …


  • Be careful, paint chips may deceive

    The paint has dried on my sunny office walls and I stare, feeling my gut start to churn. Rather than the soft, pale buttery gold I envisioned, the walls are …


  • Unsticking the things that bind us

    In the Harry Potter books, a good Sticking Charm is like wizarding Superglue; what’s stuck stays stuck. Sticking Charms, however, aren’t restricted to the magical world.


  • Raised flag a red flag for mail thieves

    It was early afternoon on a beautiful mid-September day, when a friend’s mother, Marlene DeGagne, saw the mail carrier arrive on her street, Conklin Road. She walked out and placed …


  • Plum jam can-do spirit alive again

    I’m in a jam. I’m making plum jam, and I haven’t made jam in a long time. But it’s kind of like riding a bicycle, so in reacquainting myself with …


  • Ice cream patriotic, tasty treat

    There’s nothing better on a hot day than ice cream. A cone, dish, bar, or shake – it’s all yummy. From an early age, nothing came between me and a …


  • Scarce sun could be alien plot

    On June 9, Stefanie Pettit wrote a column in this space, in which she touted her enjoyment of our continuing rainy weather. As I read it, while sullenly noting the …


  • Angry Birds is a fowl pleasure

    Sometimes I am the bird and sometimes I get the bird. Lately I’ve been playing Angry Birds on my iPod, having discovered this challenging physics game while examining the new …


  • Doing right can be a tough road

    It’s a rare spring day in which it’s not raining/snowing/sleeting/ hailing/blowing/thundering, and I’m driving on Interstate 90 from the Valley to an appointment downtown, enjoying the sun and light traffic. …


  • Theater of the absurd? We can hope

    It’s been a tough week, but it’s finally Friday, and Richard and I are going to a movie. Maybe we’ll see “The King’s Speech” again. As I put a frozen …


  • Love is a many-faceted experience

    Love stinks. Once upon a time in the second grade I had a big crush on a classmate named Frank. When the teacher reassigned seating and placed us at the …


  • Front Porch: Encounter with paramedics puts moms’ warning to the test

    Mom didn’t tell us the truth. You don’t need to have on clean underwear when the paramedics come. They couldn’t care less about the state of your tighty whities.


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