Stories tagged: Front Porch
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, 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: WEDNESDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, 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: WEDNESDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017, 3:41 P.M.
Front Porch: Dog’s fishy tale has a happy holiday ending
Chocolate and dogs don’t mix.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017
Front Porch: Snowpocalypse perfect weather for soup, stew
The one good thing about Snowmageddon is that it’s perfect soup and stew weather.
WEDNESDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2016
Front Porch: Christmas decorations hold decades of memories
My parents bought the angel at a downtown drugstore for their first Christmas in 1951.
WEDNESDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016
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.
WEDNESDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2016
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 …
WEDNESDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016
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, …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016
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 …
WEDNESDAY, 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.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2016
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 …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19, 2016
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 …
WEDNESDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5, 2016
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!”
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2016
Front Porch: Patriotism manifested fittingly at Crosby’s home
A few Sundays ago, it was Sept. 11 – the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon – and I was at the …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2016
Front Porch: Sons writing their own stories now
When a new friend commented that it must be hard having my two oldest sons gone from the nest and completely independent, a book metaphor immediately sprung to mind. “Not …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2016
Front Porch: Annual trip gives mother, son chance to bond over love of stage
I just came back from a delightful trip with our youngest son to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. We saw five plays, had terrific walks and talks, bought a …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2016
Front Porch: Aging sneaks up on you while you’re sleeping (or walking or typing)
Cindy Hval has reached that place in life where lines appear on her face out of nowhere and she can be injured by sitting or using a computer. It’s called …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2016, 3:27 P.M.
Front Porch: A friend is taken: Dementia stole her before death could
If you had seen my friend Mary Ellen Myrene in the last few years of her life, she’d have seemed pretty unremarkable – a tall and slender white-haired woman who …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2016
Front Porch: Finding enlightenment on family road trip
Scenic mountain vistas, mighty locomotives, a dash of dogs and a sprinkling of enlightenment – our recent road trip had it all.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2016, 11:42 A.M.
Front Porch: Chickens peck away at the meaning of life
Ever since that young chicken with black feathers and bright yellow feet wandered into my driveway one cold December day in 2009, I have come to learn a lot about …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10, 2016
Front Porch: Another summer speeding by
Apparently, I blinked and missed July. How can a month with 31 days just vanish? I feel like I’m in an alternate version of a John Lennon song; “So this …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2016, 10:40 A.M.
Front Porch: Cemeteries provide intriguing, moving glimpse at region’s history
No matter what kind of map I’d have, locating a particular grave stone was usually a challenge, and I’d often flag down a groundskeeper to help me in the task. …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2016
Front Porch: No need for fancy food – feast on friendship instead
You can call it “company,” “having people over,” or even the loftier “entertaining,” but I just call it fun.