Stories tagged: Front Porch
Wed., April 20, 2016
Front Porch: There’s always a reason to celebrate
From spumoni to dumb questions, there are plenty of high fives to go around.
Wed., April 13, 2016
Front Porch: Swimsuit wasn’t the only vacation miracle
My most recent column was written the day we returned from Hawaii, and in my post-vacation fog, I forgot to include some important information.
Wed., March 30, 2016
Front Porch: Stories connect us, wherever we are
Whether at home or across the sea, it’s our stories that connect us.
Wed., March 16, 2016
Front Porch: Finding a new swimsuit fast is no easy task
I left the suit in the hotel garbage can and thought no more about it until I got an email last week confirming our travel plans. Our 30th wedding anniversary …
Wed., March 9, 2016
Front Porch: Nativism has racial overtones
So just who is an American?
Wed., March 2, 2016, 4:47 p.m.
Front Porch: Readers agree, customer service has crossed to intrusive
The consensus? The vast majority of responders are annoyed as heck. While nobody objected to friendly greetings – “Any plans for tonight?” sparked widespread irritation.
Wed., Feb. 24, 2016, 3:33 p.m.
Front Porch: Sometimes human, animal migrations intersect
I travel to Seattle often and have rather unkindly considered the space between here and there as simply the drive-through counties. But then a few years ago I began noticing …
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016
Front Porch: Faux-friendly chit chat too intrusive
I’d like to go on record as being a friendly person. But, if one more stranger asks me “So, what are your plans for today?” my response may not be …
Wed., Feb. 10, 2016
Front Porch: Cursive important for learning, identity
Two recent news items have me thinking once again about the importance of cursive writing.
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016
Front Porch: Hissy fit over paper’s cat snub unwarranted
Complaints about media bias abound. Just about every week you’ll see a letter to the editor claiming that this newspaper leans to the left or reveres the right. Someone’s event/candidate/nonprofit …
Wed., Jan. 27, 2016, 5:32 p.m.
Front Porch: Gingerly stepping on the Facebook bandwagon
Stefanie Pettit joins Facebook… and kind of likes it.
Wed., Jan. 20, 2016
Key phrases for parents of boys
As my four sons grew I discovered what I really needed was a much more practical tool – a phrasebook to help me communicate clearly with the strange brotherhood of …
Wed., Jan. 13, 2016
Front Porch: Miss Chicken not ready to give up mothering
It was just a few weeks ago that I first cracked open some fresh-from-the-hen eggs for Sunday morning breakfast. They were medium-sized eggs from Miss Chicken’s 2015 group of babies, …
Wed., Jan. 6, 2016, 5:37 p.m.
Out with the old, but not with everything
While in the basement trying to store my red and green tubs of Christmas décor, I stubbed my toe on the empty glass tank. That fish tank has occupied various …
Wed., Dec. 23, 2015
Christmas miracle allowed mother and son to breathe easier
Christmas is all about miracles – about the unexpected showing up in the middle of the ordinary.
Wed., Dec. 9, 2015, 2:25 p.m.
Front Porch: Trust me, I can miss it
I’m making a list and checking it twice. At the top of my naughty list are people who tell me, “You can’t miss it. It’s easy to find!”
Wed., Dec. 2, 2015
Front Porch: Regions still have some verbal disconnects
Lo those many decades ago when I had just arrived in Spokane, I was a guest at someone’s home and asked if I’d like a pop. Well, I already had …
Wed., Nov. 25, 2015
Front Porch: Windstorm reminds us how much we have to be thankful for
Because my columns run on Thursdays, over the years I’ve written a lot of Thanksgiving missives, and to be honest I wasn’t looking forward to trying to find a new …
Wed., Nov. 18, 2015
Front Porch: Even in adulthood, sons still cause mother worry
I just hate it when a conversation with one of my sons begins with “Mom, I’ve got something to tell you. Don’t be upset.”
Wed., Nov. 11, 2015
Front Porch: War not a word to be used lightly
Even when handled lightly, I understand the power of words. And while not all words are meant to be taken literally, I think some should be.
Wed., Nov. 4, 2015
Front Porch: Hearing aids turn up volume on happiness
My husband got hearing aids last week, and both of our lives have gotten better since.
Wed., Oct. 28, 2015
Front Porch: Feline favoritism well deserved
Thor has always been doglike in his devotion and behavior. I’ve trained him to sit up and beg, he occasionally rolls over on command and when he joins us for …
Wed., Oct. 21, 2015
Front Porch: Friend’s move brings sadness
A good friend of mine is leaving the area, and though she hasn’t quite gone yet, I already miss her terribly. It’s hard when a really good friend moves away. …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 15, 2015
Front Porch: Last-minute opportunities bring joy
I’m not a fan of surprises. The exceptions being ones that involve flowers, candy or jewelry. Other than that, I like schedules, routines and order.
Thu., Oct. 8, 2015
Front Porch: When did it become OK to wear pajamas in public?
Stefanie Pettit was taken aback recently while waiting for a flight at the airport in Portland when a woman, probably in her 20s, walked by in her jammies. She had …
Thu., Oct. 1, 2015
Front Porch: Near 103-year-old unsinkable
Jeunette Nelson was born in 1912, the same year the Titanic sank − but unlike the ill-fated ocean liner Nelson really has proved to be unsinkable. As her 103rd birthday …
Thu., Sept. 24, 2015
Rain returns as welcome visitor to parched city
I taught swimming at summer camp when I was in high school and early in my college years. My responsibility was the pool. When the weather was bad and the …
Thu., Sept. 10, 2015
Front Porch: Situational outrage unfair, hypocritical
It being the political season and all, I’ve been musing about situational outrage and how we engage in it over and over without ever seeming to feel any embarrassment. I …
Thu., Sept. 3, 2015
Front Porch: Car trouble forces extended stay at Houston minimart
The spicy pepperoni beef sticks were gone. So were the Corn Nuts. We pondered the teriyaki beef jerky beneath the sickly flicker of the florescent lights at the Break Time …
Thu., Aug. 27, 2015
Front Porch: Guilty pleasure day ruined by computer troubles
So here I am with a delicious day and a half all to myself. What shall I do? My husband has gone with a friend to a Mariners game in …