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Hearts of stone

While Susie Stephens is memorialized through planting trees, a family in Olympia memorialized their son with river rocks. Carved with his name, "Zack," on each stone, the three-inch rocks were given to friends to take and leave at travel or favorite destinations. The family felt...

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Tear Soup

While soft foods may contain a comforting recipe for dinner, this book contains a recipe for the days when your heart aches and longs for comfort following a loss. "Tear Soup" is a great resource for children as well as adults. The story uses the...

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Are we enough?

Today's news: "…the region north of Tokyo where officials say at least 10,000 people were killed…whole villages and towns have been wiped off the map…at least 1.5 million households lack running water…Japan is facing its worst crisis since World War Two." In the 1977 film,...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2011

Simple kindness

Thirty-five years ago Rebecca and I spent our junior year of college in Florence, Italy, with 90 other students. We explored, we pondered, we traveled, and we studied. Friendships grew deep. Last week we received an e-mail telling of the death of a classmate's mother....

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FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011

Global grief 

Today our hearts are heavy as we witness the aftermath of Japan's devastating earthquake. We remain in solidarity with the people of Japan as they face the days ahead. Even when we know no one, even when the land is not our own...we grieve for...

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Here comes everybody 

At Ash Wednesday services we sit in reflective quiet. Well, almost. Our developmentally-challenged parishioners break the cadence of our liturgical rhythm with little screeches of joy, melodic squeals, a few beats after the hymn has ended. No matter. The priest pauses to hear their prayers,...

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Going home

Traveling this week and on the airplane sat next to a woman from the West Indies. She moved to Portland 13 years ago for her husband's work, but she told me she hasn't been to her homeland in 13 years. Generations of immigrants -- 100...

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Our hearts grieve, too

This week, 16-year-old Wes Leonard collapsed and died after making the winning shot for his high school basketball team. Wes died of an enlarged heart. No one knew he had a heart condition. With all that we do control in life, we never expect to...

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A glimpse of heaven

A wonderful man from my parish died a few weeks ago. He was told last summer that his cancer would take his life within six months. Jim was artistic in skill as well as in his appreciation of art. His friends asked if he wanted...

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97Jack Thank you for your wisdom! My dear friend, Mary, was my role model. When asked for her secret to such a long and happy life (we buried her on her 91st birthday) she replied: "Two things; you have to have a reason to get...

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Speaking out against elder abuse 

Mickey Rooney, one time famous actor, was brave to speak out in Congress this week about elder abuse. As people age, the losses mount up under the best situations. Rooney was ripped off by loved ones, the worst loss of all. He was also not...

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No compassionate sense

My young friend, Laura, writes about the funeral for her mom who died in 2007: "Something I wish I had known was that at a Catholic funeral mass there can't be a flower arrangement on top of the casket. There is a cross and a...

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Blindsided by grief

I am always looking for poems or short essays to enclose in condolence cards or send to people in grief. My friend Lela found a long poem by John O'Donohue, an Irish poet, philosopher and Catholic scholar who died suddenly in 2008, at just 52....

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Frank Buckles is pictured in 2008 at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo. (Associated Press)

The last soldier

Whenever I'm really stressed, I sometimes look at the big, big picture and think: "In 100 years, all the people surrounding me will be dead, me included." It's comforting in an odd way. So it was interesting to see that Frank Buckles, the last veteran...

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MONDAY, FEB. 28, 2011

Actor Kirk Douglas presents the award for best supporting actress during the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ((AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) / Associated Press)

Kirk Douglas -- hard to watch? 

Actor Kirk Douglas' appearance at the Academy Awards show was hard to watch for some folks, if chatter in the workout room this morning was an indicator. He had a bad stroke a few years ago and came back from it, except for halting speech...

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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.