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SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2012

In this April 20, 2011 photo provided by NASA, the Hubble Space Telescope captures a group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273. The larger of the spiral galaxies, known as UGC 1810, has a disk that is tidally distorted into a rose-like shape by the gravitational tidal pull of the companion galaxy below it, known as UGC 1813. A swath of blue jewels across the top is the combined light from clusters of intensely bright and hot young blue stars. The smaller, nearly edge-on companion shows distinct signs of intense star formation at its nucleus, perhaps triggered by the encounter with the companion galaxy. A series of uncommon spiral patterns in the large galaxy is a tell-tale sign of interaction. Arp 273 lies in the constellation Andromeda and is roughly 300 million light-years away from Earth. Hubble was launched April 24, 1990, aboard Discovery's STS-31 mission.  (NASA / Associated Press)

The stars…my child…the star

In long-ago story-telling, the speaker often used inclusion, repetition, to bracket the essential point, marking the beginning and the end of an important story. And so, I write: Many years ago we received a call, a baby born in Latin America. Our adoption agency told...

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MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012

The crowd builds to a crescendo on Riverside Avenue approaching Government Way. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Colorado Connections

In our office today we were talking about the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. Among seven colleagues, there were two people who knew somebody, who knew somebody, who was killed in that theatre. In this moment, I feel that the human family is more connected than...

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These Munchkin broccoli plants live up to their name with petite, but delicious, heads of broccoli. Special to  (SUSAN MULVIHILL Special to / The Spokesman-Review)

Cancer: Cause and Effect

As we move through the maze of healthcare – diagnoses and care - the challenges seem to increase, especially as we age. When I had cancer eight years ago, one woman said to me, “I eat broccoli so I will never get cancer.” My internal...

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For Becky Nappi blog

Of family and other miracles… 

July 15th is our family day. The day we met our son. He is 18-years-old now and I really would go back and live those years again. He is an amazing human being, a wise soul with a compassionate heart and an intuitive way of...

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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012

Sunny workout: Steve Lester swims on his lunch hour Friday at Witter Pool, the only Spokane Parks aquatics center open for early season lap swimming. Other Spokane Parks and Recreation pools open with regular hours June 20. Most of the swimmers at Witter on Friday were triathletes gearing up for races, including the Ironman Coeur d’Alene Triathlon, but not Lester. “I'm just trying to get in shape,” he said of his one-mile workout. Witter Pool, open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., is heated to 82 degrees. More information about pool hours and costs is available at (Jesse Tinsley)

Mind your (pool) manners, please

I thought I was in the minority. But seems my fellow swimmers get annoyed, too, at folks who misbehave in the lanes and laps of life. Swimming offers some of us more than a bit of exercise: it is an activity that evokes creative thinking...

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Vintage books on organic farming. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

A simply lovely statement

I love this guest columnist’s thoughts from today’s New York Times. Education in America is at a crisis point. Some places get it right, while others simply warehouse kids until they reach 18-years-old. And some people – like this writer - survive the system, and...

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Roger Cochran, 90, is a reading tutor at Hamblen Elementary School. He sits in the school library with books he might use in tutoring sessions. (Christopher Anderson)

Learning, still

I have often written about my friend, Mary, who died a week before she turned 91. Becky’s story today about Act 2, a learning center for people 50+, reminds me of Mary’s wisdom for a full, long life: keep curious, keep learning. Mary bought a...

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Remembering our heroes…

Today we celebrate our freedom as a nation. We remember all the men and women who offered their service, some their lives, for our country. While our nation honors our freedom today, we remember all the heroes who keep us free, and it is the...

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Cherry blossoms are in bloom at sunrise across from the Jefferson Memorial in Washington on Wednesday March 26, 2008. The trees are predicted to be in peak bloom from March 27 through April 3, 2008, according to the park service's chief horticulturist, Rob DeFeo. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)  ORG XMIT: DCJM101 (Jacquelyn Martin / The Spokesman-Review)

Nuns off the bus

The nuns who traveled 2700 miles to educate citizens about the budget proposal of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. arrived at the nation’s capital on Monday. The sisters claim that the budget proposal rejects Catholic social teaching principles because it favors the rich –ignoring the option...

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President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the Supreme Court ruled on his health care legislation. (Luke Sharett/Associated Press)

Thank you, Mr. President 

Today, I spent over three hours at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance with a friend and her husband. She is a patient there and I went with them to take notes, ask questions and offer support. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance has patients from all over the...

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Nora Ephron in 2010 (Charles Sykes / Fr170266 Ap)

We Remember Everything…Nora Ephron  

She Bewitched us and gave us Heartburn. She sent us (You’ve Got) Mail. We learned secrets deep within Silkwood and wondered if just maybe the best romance begins between best friends, like Harry Burns and Sally Albright. Every woman on the planet remembers Meg Ryan’s...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012

Girl Scout Troop 3014 made a quilt for the North Idaho Violence Prevention Center in Coeur d’Alene. The Athol troop includes: Amanda Curry, Kaylie Higbee, Alexys Howard, Hanne Larsen, Tehya Russell, Madison Salois, Shelby Salois, Sophia Thulin, Hannah Ziegler and (not pictured) Cynthia Gregg, Emma Heigel, Jaelyn Hennig, Keyonna Smith, Amanda Stevens and Cena Westphal. Back row: Girl Scout leader, Tanya Ziegler and parent helper Shan Salois, and NIVPC volunteer coordinator, Tamarah Cardwell.

Hopping through life

I spent all day Saturday hopping with my good friend…to quilt shops. Each summer various quilt shops in Western Washington host the five-day, Shop Hop event. As we drove (200 miles out and home again), I kept thinking how our adventure was like a metaphor...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012

Public fireworks are a thrill to watch.
 (Metrocreative / The Spokesman-Review)

Another voice...part 2 

From the Desk of Fr. Doug What the Nuns’ Story is Really About Part Two I had no intention of writing a Part Two to last week’s article but two things happened that inspired me to do so. The first was the overwhelming response to...

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Pope Benedict XVI, right, blesses Archbishops at the end of a mass in which they received the pallium, a woollen shawl symbolizing their bond to the pope, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Monday, June 29, 2009. (Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press)

Another Voice

A friend sent me the following words from a Catholic Church bulletin. The commentary was written by one of the parish priests. The second column he wrote will be posted tomorrow. From the Desk of Fr. Doug What the Nuns’ Story is Really About Many...

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hands in the same of a heart (Vladislav Mitic)

The heart remembers

The sadness crept in early this morning and made its home inside me. I could not understand it. Then I glanced at the calendar – oh, yeah. June 14th. My dad died on this day seven years ago. And my sisters and I spent the...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

A Toyota Prius, front, zips along during rush hour in the car pool lane of the southbound 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, thanks to a state law allowing hybrids to use the high-occupancy vehicle lane. 
 (Los Angeles Times / The Spokesman-Review)

Road trip! 

Some Catholic sisters are taking their work on the road. Well, they are planning a bus trip across nine states stopping at homeless shelters, healthcare facilities, schools and food pantries to highlight their work with the poor and vulnerable in our communities. The tour, “Nuns...

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No Turning Back 

Judy Butler’s guest opinion column speaks beautifully to the on-going nonsense of the Vatican’s misbehavior toward women religious and therefore toward all women. Women – lay women, women living in religious communities, all of us - have had enough. We will no longer be silent....

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Rhetoric from Rome 

I have always said that the pope and I have a silent agreement: I don’t tell him how to say Mass and he doesn’t tell me what may or may not occur in my bedroom. So far, the plan has worked well. However, he continues...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2012

One of the Pacific Northwest's best wild flowers, the grass widow (Olsynium douglasii), blooms early in spring.  (Mike Prager)

One bullet ~ oceans of grief

She was a little girl growing up in a poor family: poor in means, poor in skills, poor, poor poor. She needed clothing and guidance and love and encouragement and care for her body and spirit. Her aunt and uncle stepped in offering help. Mostly,...

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MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012

American Flag

Family connections

My grandfather served in the military in WWI. At some time after he came home, he needed a job. He walked into the county offices in Duluth, Minnesota and told the clerk that he was there to apply for a job. Grandpa was told there...

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SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012

Grass widows and buttercupts were blooming during the the community work project at the Dishman Hills Natural Area on Saturday, April 9, 2011. Serviceberry blossoms were ready to burst open after another few warm weeks and arrowleaf balsamroots were ready to pop up out of the ground. More than 330 people volunteered to help. The event was sponsored by REI and several outdoor groups.  (Rich Landers)

Mid-life: Mixed blessings

A story in today’s feature section profiles the challenges and rewards of the baby boomer generation: we endure loss, grief, which peaks when we are in our 50s. Some losses are predictable – the death of a parent, the children leaving home. Some are not:...

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Catholic nonsense 

I have a button on my purse that reads “I STAND WITH THE SISTERS,” referring to the grand inquisition of the women religious in North America by the Vatican. The whole episode is so ridiculous that I know of no one who supports this investigation....

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Shadle Park High School student Erin Fiorillo shows off one of the many prom dresses she has collected for her senior project. (Dan Pelle)


Saturday night we went to dinner at a favorite Thai restaurant. With a table near the entrance, we had a perfect view of the high school couples who were attending prom. The girls wore dresses so sparkly, they should have come with warning labels. The...

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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

Ken Cadwell, of Newman Lake, captured this beautiful shot of the sky near Spokane on Dec. 5.

Kennedy tragedy...again

It is easy to believe those who are wealthy, famous or educated must have a great life, free of the anxiety and problems others suffer. Then you think about the Kennedy family. Tragedy has once again befallen this American family. Mary Kennedy, the estranged wife...

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MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012

New Zealand tragedy

When we are young, we seek adventure and look for ways to explore our world. Young people are so privileged to travel to different countries, to immerse themselves in another culture, and to learn about life while living it in new and exciting ways. Travel,...

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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.