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Pope Francis, the bishops and sex 

Pope Francis called a meeting in Rome this week seeking conversations among 200 prelates. The topic: how to make Church teachings on family issues relevant for today’s Catholics. For openers, the men listened to Ron and Mavis Pirola, a married couple from Australia, talk about...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 7, 2014

Children pray during a service Sunday at the Bridgeway Baptist Church in the St. Paul Bridge neighborhood of Monrovia, Liberia. (Associated Press)

Cultural price of illness 

We all have our rituals of greeting and departing – a wild embrace, hugs, sweet kisses of I missed you as well as good-bye. As Ebola spreads throughout West Africa, another casualty of the disease is affection expressed in touching, hugging, kissing each other on...

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MONDAY, OCT. 6, 2014

The hummus plate at Picabu Bistro on the South Hill is one of the healthy choices on the menu. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Zorba Paster in Spokane

Zorba Paster, public radio’s baby boomer doc, will visit Spokane on Thursday. Paster’s sensible approach to living life with balance and common sense appeals to many listeners. He will talk about how to live a longer – and enjoyable – life. Paster will also answer...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 4, 2014

Wild horses roam on South Ocean Beach at Assateague Island National Seashore near Berlin, Md. on Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014. (Jacqueline Larma / Associated Press)

Blessing our animals 

October 4 is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi – the namesake of our pope. St. Francis loved animals and was the first to create a nativity story – with real animals. Many parishioners are invited to bring their beloved critters to church...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 2, 2014

A rainbow from a morning thunderstorm paints the background for an American flag in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. (Orlin Wagner / Associated Press)

Welcome home, Vietnam vets!

When many soldiers came home from Vietnam, they came home in groups of two or three. Often they were not given the respect or thanks they deserved. Next week, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Western Washington will honor those soldiers from Vietnam. The base will host...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2014

Flagpole painter Warren Hinrichs, 73, holds his dog Stitch and rests up at home in Spokane on Wednesday. He started climbing and painting flagpoles and water towers more than 50 years ago with his dad, Bill Hinrichs, seen in many photos in his home office. (Jesse Tinsley)

Flying Fido? Perhaps reconsider

As pets accompany their owners more places, the friendly skies are often not so friendly for our pets. In the last four years, 62 animals have been injured or died while in transit on Alaska Airlines. Only Delta – with six times Alaska’s air traffic...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 29, 2014

A scorpion uses the venomous stinger at the end of its tail primarily to subdue insect prey.

Sign of Scorpio

The FDA has approved the use of scorpion-derived venom in human trials on brain cancer patients. Really. The re-engineered protein from the scorpion is mixed with a fluorescent molecule "flashlight;" the product, called “tumor paint,” illuminates tumors or areas so small a physician may be...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 27, 2014

An unusually low rainbow formed after Monday afternoon's rain shower in Spokane due to June's high sun angle. Rainbows appear at 40 to 42 degrees above the direction of incoming sunlight. (Mike Prager)

Ashes to ashes to jewelry

Christine Hansen did not intend to become a partner in the healing of others’ grief, but she is. Hansen is a glass artist who lives near Olympia; she takes cremains (people and pets) and incorporates the ashes into glass memorial beads. Some of the beads...

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Blase Cupich, the newly appointed archbishop of Chicago, greets the media Saturday in Chicago. (Associated Press)

Bishop hits the Windy City 

Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich, perhaps some of the best evidence yet of the “Francis effect,” has arrived in his new home - Chicago. Cupich, reportedly more moderate than his Chicago predecessor Archbishop George, leaves a diocese of 100,000 Catholics to take on the Chicago Archdiocese...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 2014

Sister Rosalie Locati, director of mission and values for Providence Sacred Heart and Providence Holy Family hospitals, stands beside Ken Spiering’s sculpture in Riverfront Park. It commemorates the arrival of the Sisters of Providence, who built Sacred Heart on the banks of the Spokane River in 1886. Locati is the only Sister of Providence still working full time at Sacred Heart Medical Center. (Jesse Tinsley)

Providence Mission serving Washington

Providence Health & Services celebrates its humble beginnings this week, honoring the foundress of Providence, Blessed Emilie Gamelin. She died on September 23, 1851. Emilie married a man who was decades older than she was; they had three sons. The happy couple shared a vision...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 20, 2014

The Hollywood sign is seen above palm trees on Sunset Boulevard. The  trees will be replaced with native species as they die. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Polly Bergen, 84, dies

Beloved actress and singer, Polly Bergen, died Saturday at her home in Connecticut. She was 84 years old. Bergen won an Emmy in 1957 for her portrayal of singer Helen Morgan – an alcoholic. Fifty years later she was nominated again for a role on...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014

Pope Francis

Yes, Pope Francis, “I do” 11 

The pope witnessed 20 couples’ wedding vows at the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica last Sunday. Some couples live together; some of the betrothed had been married before. One bride is a mother - all unusual for Catholic weddings. Pope Francis advised them that marriage is...

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This photo released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli in Warner Bros. Pictures' musical "Jersey Boys," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Keith Bernstein / Warner Bros. Pictures)

Bob Crewe - who?

You may not know his name, but you know his lyrics. Bob Crewe wrote songs for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, as well as other music legends. His lyrics marked our rites of passage. Boomers remember. Bob Crewe died last week at the age...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014

Baring her sole: Miss Montana Victoria Valentine displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk on Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The traditional “Show Us Your Shoes” parade featured 53 Miss America hopefuls riding in convertibles, each sporting creatively decorated shoes to evoke their home state. Miss Oregon Rebecca Anderson had tiny bicycles on her shoes and wore a helmet since Portland is known as a bike-friendly city. The next Miss America will be crowned during tonight’s televised competition. (Associated Press)

Miss America

The whole strutting one’s body in a swimsuit in hopes of “winning,” goes against all my sensibilities. Have to say. Still, I smile when I think of the Miss America pageant. As a little girl, I watched the annual cattle call-like festivities with my grandmother...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 13, 2014

Hikers walk at the Great Sand Dunes National Park  in Colorado. The sands started to accumulate around 12,000 years ago.  
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Mental health crisis

We walk the streets of our communities and at any time we see them: persons who have mental illness. When one of these persons commits a crime – or is it a crime if they have limited awareness? – they are arrested and put in...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 11, 2014

A woman places a hand on the names engraved along the South reflecting pool at the Ground Zero memorial site during the dedication ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York on Thursday, May 15, 2014. (Spencer Platt / Pool Getty Images)

September 11: we remember

We remember where we were, the images on television, the accounting for friends and family who live in New York City. My sisters and I frantically called each other to learn about my brother-in-law. He was in Lower Manhattan on business. After sixty minutes, he...

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Clean the obvious: If you are short on time, gather clutter in a laundry basket and hide the basket in a closet or closed room before your guests arrive.

Cleaning up and letting go

My husband and I cleaned out the storage area above the garage – without marital discord. He likes to toss, while I like to “consider” how an item may be useful, still. Add in the his/hers factor: as comedian George Carlin said, “Please move your...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 8, 2014

Kevin Dundon sometimes adds nuts or seeds for a healthy, crunchy finish to this traditional Irish soda bread.

Retirement home cuisine? Five-star delight

The baby-boom generation is moving into their elder years and bringing their great expectations – like fabulous food. And many senior living facilities are seeking to meet that expectation. In the Chicago area, the Mather, a senior living community, the chef creates duck breasts and...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 5, 2014

In the movie “50/50,” the character played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt undergoes chemotherapy, sees a therapist and ultimately survives. (Associated Press)

Cancer drug success

The FDA has approved a new class of drugs to fight cancer. The first drug – Keytruda - was approved for patients with advanced melanoma, patients for whom other treatments have failed. Other drugs in trials have been successful against kidney and lung cancers. The...

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Melissa and Joan Rivers (Evan Agostini / Invision)

Joan Rivers

America’s funniest funny woman has died. Joan Rivers, 81, died one week after she suffered cardiac arrest during a medical procedure. She leaves a daughter, Melissa, and a grandson, Cooper, and a nation who couldn’t help but laugh at her quick wit, her outrageous comments....

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Russell Wilson hoisted the Lombardi after the Super Bowl and a magical trophy tour began. (Associated Press)

Kick-off to fall

Fall is really here now. School busses lumber through our neighborhoods, the cool morning air heralds change. And tonight the Seahawks kick off the professional football season against the Green Bay Packers. Enjoy the melancholy of autumn, when crisp leaves skitter across cement, marching bands...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2014

Pork chops paired with apples three ways – apples, apple cider and applejack – make a quick, comfort-food dinner.

Off the menu

Tracking and living by the “experts’ findings” on food choices can make one’s head – and perhaps stomach – hurt. Low carb? Low fat? Vegan? A new major study claims that people who avoid carbohydrates and eat fat – even the saturated kinds of fat...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 31, 2014

A Boeing Co. 787 airplane is towed to the tarmac after coming in for a landing at Boeing Field in Seattle. (Associated Press)

Retired and restless?

With 10,000 baby boomers retiring each day, the question emerges: “What are all those people doing now?” Many boomers are selling their homes, shedding possessions and hitting the road – or check-in gate. Last year 360,000 Americans received their Social Security benefits at foreign addresses....

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SATURDAY, AUG. 30, 2014

Westview Elementary first-grader Preston Duncan, center, snuggles his new stuffed Labrador puppy during a gathering of classmates being introduced to the Learning with Lucky reading program Oct. 10. (Dan Pelle)

School blues?

When the first day of school started each September my mom put out the American flag. She was delighted, okay, ecstatic, watching her four daughters return to class; she welcomed routine. But no one ever wondered about the family dog’s response. Seems our canine creatures...

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MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2014

When cops shoot

With a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, the last few weeks have brought great conversation, protests and violence. The attention on police shootings has been from the perspective of citizens, not police officials. Writer Sean Robinson of the Tacoma News Tribune examines the history of...

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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.