Stories tagged: Front Porch
Wed., April 26, 2017, noon
Front Porch: Genomics exciting window into us all, Stefanie Pettit writes
We used to call it genetics, and, for most of us, it didn’t get more complicated than maybe learning a little about Gregor Mendel’s study of peas in science class …
Wed., April 19, 2017, noon
Front Porch: Chores teach kids valuable life lessons
The friendly bagger shook open my reusable bags on Saturday, and eyed the flood of goods making its way down the conveyer belt toward him.
UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017, 3:39 p.m.
Front Porch: A serious thing, that serial comma
Normal people don’t really care about the proper deployment of commas, but there are those of us who are not so normal, people who spend way too much time thinking …
Wed., April 5, 2017, noon
Front Porch: Bound for hot springs in Montana
When several Facebook friends posted about their fabulous experiences at Quinn’s Hot Springs in Montana, I knew I’d found the destination for our anniversary getaway.
Wed., March 29, 2017, midnight
Front Porch: Feathered enemy is back for a second annual window assault
Stefanie Pettit is looking for new ways to stop robin’s siege at her house.
UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 3:59 p.m.
Front Porch: The longed for, and dreaded, empty-nest years are approaching
With the third of her four sons about to move to Nashville, Cindy Hval is looking forward to some quiet in the house, but also glad the emptying of her …
Wed., March 15, 2017, midnight
Front Porch: For some, winter is a time of joy
Everywhere I go I hear comments that this is the longest winter ever, that people are just sick of it and that they’ll never spend another winter here if at …
Wed., March 8, 2017, 4:12 p.m.
Front Porch: Doing something to help children, for Summer’s sake
Cindy Hval became a Court Appointed Special Advocate, fulfilling a pledge she’d made 10 years ago when 4-year-old Summer Phelps died after being abused by her father and stepmother.
Wed., March 1, 2017, 12:05 a.m.
Front Porch: Unwanted callers won’t take the hint to get lost
I don’t know about you, but I get a whole bunch of unwanted phone calls. They are a scourge, though some have a certain black humor to them.
Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
Front Porch: With February almost over, forecast calls for good health
This past month of endless precipitation was echoed by a round of illness and injury for me. It’s worth noting that I only get sick once a year – always …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
Front Porch: Sometimes a word’s meaning isn’t as fun as it sounds
I am always attracted to interesting words and anticipate at year’s end the annual listing of the words of the year. Not so much this time around.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Front Porch: Super Bowl provides a few valuable lessons
Like most Seahawks fans we rooted hard for the Atlanta Falcons during the Super Bowl on Sunday. Birds of a feather flocking together, united in Tom Brady disdain. Well, we …
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 3:33 p.m.
Front Porch: Another troubled bird happily recovered
I don’t know how to rescue a bird precisely, but I do know how to get one to places where they can be saved. I am happy to provide transport.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 4:04 p.m.
Front Porch: Something’s lost with the end of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
The circus was never about the animals for me. It was about magic, make believe and those daring young men on the flying trapeze. Once upon a time it really …
Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 3:41 p.m.
Front Porch: Dog’s fishy tale has a happy holiday ending
Chocolate and dogs don’t mix.
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, midnight
Front Porch: Snowpocalypse perfect weather for soup, stew
The one good thing about Snowmageddon is that it’s perfect soup and stew weather.
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 10:28 a.m.
Front Porch: Chickens teach some useful lessons for the new year
And so the new year has begun. After the tumultuous year that was 2016, I think a good start to 2017 would be to look to the positive and focus …
Wed., Dec. 28, 2016, midnight
Front Porch: Christmas decorations hold decades of memories
My parents bought the angel at a downtown drugstore for their first Christmas in 1951.
Wed., Dec. 21, 2016, 11:21 a.m.
Spokane woman has rich history
There was just something in her voice that moved me to want to meet her. We were talking on the phone about another story I was working on when I …
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016, midnight
Front Porch: Live vs. fake tree debate extended another year
Dazzled, I gazed at the 7-foot pine trimmed with glittering lights that switched from colored to white with the flip of a switch.
Wed., Dec. 7, 2016, 9:18 a.m.
Front Porch: Using gratitude to work through election depression
I have a lot to be grateful for, and I know it. But I’m still surprisingly stuck in my sorrow over the election of a month ago. Never before has …
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016, midnight
Front Porch: Shopping small has a big local impact
By 10:15 Saturday morning, the line at the counter at Auntie’s Bookstore was several people deep. Shoppers juggled stacks of books while reaching for their wallets. A toddler clutched a …
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016, 4 a.m.
Front Porch: Political divides may corrupt Thanksgiving meal
I wish I had it in me to believe that this Thanksgiving will turn out to be what we all hope for – a big joyous meal shared with family …
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, midnight
Front Porch: Time to listen and learn from those on the other side
There’s a reason I keep my Facebook page politics-free and it has little to do with being a journalist. I don’t like conflict. I don’t like name-calling and I really, …
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, midnight
Front Porch: New tile starts a cascade of home organization, improvement projects
Have you ever noticed that there’s an inevitable cascading effect from one simple action? Clean out one drawer in your house and you wind up cleaning out every drawer, not …
Wed., Nov. 2, 2016, 4:25 p.m.
Front Porch: Her dancing shoes have gotten a work out
And now they’re ready to go back in the closet.
Wed., Oct. 26, 2016, midnight
Front Porch: Getting old takes some adjustment
I’m old. Happy to be here, especially since there was a time I didn’t think I’d make it to here. I’m just having a little trouble recognizing that there’s a …
Wed., Oct. 19, 2016, midnight
Front Porch: Lost-boy magnet is called into action again
I seem to collect lost boys the way other folks collect license plates or trading cards. From a tiny autistic boy who’d escaped from his house to play on a …
Wed., Oct. 12, 2016, 3:23 p.m.
Front Porch: While the particulars are different, play shows immigrants’ shared story
There is a certain commonality in the American immigrant experience, no matter where you came from. Or where your people came from way back when. Go back far enough and …
Wed., Oct. 5, 2016, midnight
Front Porch: Being a girl no insult
If there’s one remark guaranteed to rain down the wrath of Mom upon my sons, it’s when one of them says to the other, “Don’t be such a girl!”