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EndNotes archive for Jan. 1, 2015

SATURDAY, JAN. 10, 2015

Catherine Johnston, left, and Rebecca Nappi (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

EndNotes Ending

Rebecca Nappi and I began writing EndNotes in March 2011 as a bi-weekly, syndicated column on grief, loss, and suffering. We listened to readers, colleagues and friends as they asked questions about etiquette surrounding suffering, death and dying, and loss. “What do I say in...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2015

The cake for Carol Edwards’ 60th birthday.

Turning the big 6-0

In a few weeks I will be 60 years old. No other age has rattled me quite like this looming one. Even the numerals themselves portend the coming decade: round without angles and coming full circle. Perhaps other birthday numerals did, too. At 18, the…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2015


Gary Singer in 2011. (File)

Paraguayan symphony

Gary Singer of Spokane offered opportunity and hope to Paraguayan children who live in a garbage dump when he decided to donate a stockpile of musical instruments to their orchestra. A 60 Minutes story profiled children playing Mozart on instruments fashioned from garbage. Singer died…

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MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2015

Pope Francis is helped wearing his skull cap as he arrives to celebrate the new year's eve vespers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. The traditional Mass on Dec. 31contains the thanksgiving hymn ''Te Deum' for the ending year and is the last public appearance of the pope in 2014. (Andrew Medichini / Associated Press)

Pope names new guys

Pope Francis has named 15 new cardinals to the Catholic Church – and they are not from lands of the usual suspects. Most of the new leaders come from lesser-represented areas like Tonga, New Zealand, Cape Verde and Myanmar. The appointments reflect the diversity of…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 1, 2015

Maya Angelou attends an event in Washington in 2008. The cultural pioneer and Renaissance woman has died at 86. (Associated Press)

Those who departed in 2014

In 2014, the world lost many impressive people – Eli Wallach, Joan Rivers, Ben Bradlee and others - who shaped our culture, and influenced our understanding of our world and ourselves. As we begin another year, we recall the people who left us – and…

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Spokesman-Review features writer Rebecca Nappi, along with writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., discuss here issues facing aging boomers, seniors and those experiencing serious illness, dying, death and other forms of loss.

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