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  • A sad, yet thankful, goodbye to the Front Porch column

    I don’t like goodbyes. The word depicts a touch of sadness, a spot of vulnerability and a whole lot of final. Yet that’s exactly what I’m saying today. Twelve years …


  • Front Porch: Change puts focus on family ties

    Summer is inching toward fall. I noticed its subtle change recently during lunchtime. The day was very warm, the sun high yet the gentle haze of summer as it changes …


  • Cutting cable finds good reception

    It wasn’t too long ago that TV was free entertainment. One need only put an ugly antenna on top of the roof and, voila, ABC, CBS, and NBC, the overseers …


  • Front Porch: The loud beat goes on, and it belongs to the newest young generation

    Music. It’s a soother of souls, a jiggy of jump, a feel-good moment or a timely remembrance. One song can take me back to the mop top boys from England …


  • Front Porch: Roadway rocks bear messages for travelers

    Whether Paleolithic hieroglyphics or the twittering tweets of today, Homo sapiens are creatures of communication, leaving behind artistic imprints with tenacious insistence in hope that one day others will marvel …


  • Front Porch: Pet fostering a worthwhile undertaking

    In November, my husband and I became foster parents. After a weekend trip to Seattle, the 11-year-old brothers came home with us. Since then, our monthly food bill has doubled, …


  • Dreams of traveling by RV remain strong

    It’s field of dreams time again. This is the weekend to peruse the newest recreational vehicles be they Class A, B, C, trailers, fifth wheels, teardrops and everything in between …


  • Front Porch: Turkey helped keep old friendship intact

    It was a Thanksgiving turkey that kept us connected and a phone call 27 years in the making. Jim and Tink Callahan were our best buddies in Eugene, Ore., the …


  • Walk in park always holds a little magic

    Riverfront Park is an enchanting place with its mystical fountain, high tower and wooden bridges reminiscent of fairy tales, and happily ever after and, whoa! Watch out for those Canada …


  • Cruisers a trip down memory lane

    The song “At Last” wove through the sweltering heat of southern Idaho. I closed my eyes, listened to the mix of music and rumble. One by one they had lined …


  • Will work for food, special toilet

    I’ve got to hand it to the tech savvy generation – they have cut an enviable workplace cloth. From the generation who one-upped the work world with casual Fridays and …


  • Dealing with hiking bug’s bite

    We caught a nasty bug in Yellowstone National Park last August that hounded us through winter. I’m not talking about illness or disease. This bug penetrates the soul, making one …


  • Front Porch: My complex, fascinating neighbors

    They exist among us. Live and breed, squawk and scavenge. Jet black and cocky, they don’t care what we humans think, nor do they have to. Throughout the year they …


  • Taking aim at becoming a real character

    Winter’s frigid tundra has arrived. If I were a ski enthusiast or had a snowmobile, there would be something to do during these whiteout months. I got nothin’. Snow’s not …


  • Sisters’ advice plays key role in trying year

    A difficult year puts a hard spin on the holidays. It’s not easy finding tidings of comfort and joy when difficulties come knockin’. Death, divorce, disease, disaster, darn the luck …


  • America will endure tide of disasters

    Phew. Seems the whole country has been rocked by storms – both of the natural and political persuasion – wreaking havoc and destroying dreams with an angry mix of blustery …


  • Yellowstone visit was an eye-opener

    It was an amazing vacation even though this was our fifth visit to Yellowstone National Park. As we approached Roosevelt Arch and read the inscription “For the benefit and enjoyment …


  • Park full of absorbing moments

    Working in downtown Spokane has its perks and Riverfront Park is one of them. Every spring I resume my lunch hour walks through the park relishing the exercise while experiencing …


  • Encounter with an owl a special gift

    It was a Mother’s Day gift of the most unusual kind. Our jaunt to Northern California over Mother’s Day weekend included a drive through lush farmland and spacious ranches to …


  • Connection, duty come with stardom

    Stars mystify me. Oh, not the wondrous bright bling twinkling in the night sky but the ones of entertainment variety. The stars that cause us to laugh at their comedy …


  • Couponing time-honored tradition

    Every two weeks, coupons, those miraculous slips of money-aving madness, take over my Sunday mornings. Who would’ve thought little snippets of paper could be so addictive? Not, most assuredly, I, …


  • Spokane ripe for Eastern BYOB craze

    BYOB. In this neck of the woods, “Bring Your Own Bottle” is synonymous with backyard barbecues and parties where family and friends gather at private homes. In the East, BYOB …


  • In nature, everything is connected

    The predictions were dire. La Niña’s hatching an evil winter plan. Snow would be abundant; weather horrendous. Batten down the hatches and settle in for a long winter’s nap, came …


  • Flawed trees, beloved Dad, are tradition

    They stand tall. Carved by nature. Shaped by buzz saw. Perfect specimens of vibrant dark green waiting for adornment. Balanced. Symmetrical. Perfection. But the perfect holiday tree can also be …


  • Front Porch: Dressing in style for the holidays

    The words, “It doesn’t take much,” slip through my mind as a glimpse of style passes by reminiscent of a time when a sense of fashion and pride in how …


  • Camera does lie; columnist does not

    Perhaps, as one letter to the editor suggested, Front Porch columnists should write about more important and pressing issues such as Occupy Wall Street, the housing debacle, unemployment or the …


  • A MOB of one gets the job done

    I’m an imperfect MOB. At least that’s the verdict of bridal magazines. MsOB (aka, mothers of the bride) never ever sweat when under pressure. I’m not fairing well. But then …


  • Front Porch: Chores that set women, men apart

    Am I right? My husband thinks I’m kind of a pain. I’m not sure why, but he mumbles these exacting words, and a few expletives, under his breath when things …


  • ‘Sovereigns’ want to have it both ways

    There’s something to be said for the members of the sovereign movement (Sovereigns believe they have no reason to follow rule of law, “ ‘Sovereigns’ gaining attention in Spokane area,” …


  • Summer’s beauty found in baseball

    For many, sports are the center of the universe. I get it. I understand the steady beat of competition and comprehend the subtle moves of armchair players who relive back-in-the-day …

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