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SATURDAY, AUG. 23, 2014

Recipe for a respite: Continued hot weather draws swimmers to Lake Coeur d’Alene at City Beach in Coeur d’Alene on Friday. (Kathy Plonka)

Cancer - again 

The doctor winced as she looked at me and said, “You don’t have many wrinkles.” “And that is bad?” I asked. “Well, not bad, but wrinkles make it easier to hide the incision.” It started as a little red dot on my face that would...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder shakes hands with Bri Ehsan, 25, right, following his meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley in Ferguson, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death. (Pablo Monsivais / Ap Pool)

August: A time of thin lines

The last few weeks have plagued us with thin lines: the line for Robin Williams between hope and despair. He fell across that line into despair and left us. We don’t know yet what lines were crossed in Ferguson, Missouri, where a police officer shot...

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MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014

The seaside road leading to the international airport is empty as Hurricane Sandy approaches Kingston, Jamaica, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Hurricane Sandy pounded Jamaica with heavy rain as it headed for landfall near the country's most populous city on a track that would carry it across the Caribbean island to Cuba, and a possible threat to Florida. (Collin Reid / Associated Press)

Boomer graduation? never too late

When Sandra Lantz was four months away from her 1963 high school graduation, she was also six-months pregnant. The Bothell High School principal and vice principal quietly took her aside and told her she must leave school – and not graduate. That day she left...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 16, 2014

Anne Lamott: “All day every day there are blessings.”

Anne Lamott speaks

Anne Lamott writes about faith, recovery from addiction, and the profound presence of God in the ordinariness of life. She is not pious or pretentious – she has lived through too much pain and suffering for that nonsense. Robin Williams was her neighbor when she...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2014

In this Sept. 28, 2013 photo, sunlight filteres through the clouds, illuminating the Apurimac river in Pichari, Peru. The river cuts through a long valley that the United Nations says yields 56 percent of Peru's coca leaves. The government says it will soon begin destroying coca crops in the region, known as the VRAE - the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers. (Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press)

Beds for mental health patients 

With Robin Williams’ death this week, Americans – for the moment anyway – seek a greater understanding of mental health and the need for appropriate care for that patient population. On August 27 Washington state hospitals will no longer serve as boarding facilities for people...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13, 2014

In this Oct. 5, 1960 AP file photo, Jacqueline Kennedy poses at her typewriter where she writes her weekly "Candidate's Wife" column in her Georgetown home in Washington. (Associated Press)

Just hit "Return" 

My son was reading a book a few years ago and paused to ask me, “Mom, what does a typewriter look like?” I went to the storage area above the garage and hauled out my extremely heavy electric typewriter. I could never let it go....

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MONDAY, AUG. 11, 2014

Robin Williams ~ RIP

He was outrageously hilarious – and quietly kind. Robin Williams, 63, was found dead on Monday around noon at his Marin County home, north of San Francisco. The cause of death is apparently suicide. He won an Oscar for “Good Will Hunting;” he played a...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 10, 2014

The July 12, 2014, full moon over Spokane was a "super moon." (Craig Goodwin)

Super Moon #2

The second night of magnificent moonshine appeared last night. In case you missed the sky – take a look! (S-R photo: The July 12, 2014, full moon over Spokane was a "super moon.")

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FRIDAY, AUG. 8, 2014

This Oct. 7, 2013, photo provided by Jeremy Writebol shows his mother, Nancy Writebol, with children in Liberia. Writebol is one of two Americans working for a missionary group in Liberia who have been diagnosed with Ebola. (Associated Press)

From Africa to America: Ebola

When a disaster or disease outbreak occurs on the other side of the world, we often give the event a passing nod and perhaps a sigh of sadness. But when the event influences our own lives – we take notice. America is finally taking notice...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6, 2014

In this photo released by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, a hearing is held at a U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The U.N.-backed tribunal on Wednesday began a hearing to prepare for the genocide trial of the two senior surviving leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, under whose rule an estimated 1.7 million people died in the late 1970s from starvation, exhaustion, disease and execution. (Nhet Heng / Extraordinary Chambers In The Courts Of Cambodia)

Cambodian justice ~ at long last

The film “The Killing Fields” tells the story of the Khmer Rouge and the murdering of Cambodian citizens. More than 1.7 million people died between 1975 and 1979. After decades of delayed justice, a verdict of guilty has been rendered against two of the most...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 5, 2014

FILE-   This July 26, 2010 file photo shows a rescued rabbit as it feeds at The Bunny Bunch, a rabbit shelter in Montclair, Calif. There's more to the Chinese Zodiac than a quick hippety hop into 2011 for people born in the Year of the Rabbit. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

Called by name 

“What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;” So says Shakespeare. But what significance is in our name and how does our name influence how we are perceived? Last week we were traveling and I...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 3, 2014

A chocolate and raspberry heart cake from chef Wendy Kromer-Schell.

Love is like…

I met with my favorite 20-something young woman the other day. I was eager to hear details – two months ago I received a text from her reading, “I met someone.” Every woman knows exactly what those words mean – a someone worth considering, a...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 2, 2014

This December 1963 file photo shows Peace Corps Director Sargent Shriver in his Washington office. His daughter, Maria Shriver, is launching a new U.S. volunteer initiative called the Shriver Corps. (Associated Press)

Peace Corps volunteers speak

The spirit – and commitment - of volunteering continues to increase among our nation’s young adults. What happens when a young person commits to years of service in a foreign culture? In their own words… How has your life benefited from volunteer service - anywhere?...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 1, 2014

Charles Cowan, far left, stands next to his wife, Iowa King Cowan, and unidentified friends at Liberty Lake on a Sunday in July 1919.

What are the “Dog Days”?

I love the phrase “Dog Days of summer,” often interpreted as the days when it is so hot, the dogs just laze around. But the real answer is in the sky. When the brightest star Sirius appeared in the constellation Canis Major (large dog), summer...

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THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014

A sunset view of the Spokane River from the Knothead overlook in the Little Spokane River Natural Area. (Aaron Theisen)

Remember summer bedtime?

Bed in Summer Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-1894 In winter I get up at night And dress by yellow candle-light. In summer, quite the other way, I have to go to bed by day. I have to go to bed and see The birds still hopping...

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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014

The July 12, 2014, full moon over Spokane was a "super moon." (Craig Goodwin)

Summer night - a poem

Back Yard Carl Sandburg, 1878 - 1967 Shine on, O moon of summer. Shine to the leaves of grass, catalpa and oak, All silver under your rain to-night. An Italian boy is sending songs to you to-night from an accordion. A Polish boy is out...

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MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014

Walkers in the rain pass the St. Ignatius of Loyola statue on the Gonzaga University campus on Thursday.  (Dan Pelle)

The “f” word

I loved him. He loved me, but when I left for college he couldn’t love me across the miles, so he wrote a good-bye letter, an ugly letter with untruths, cruel comments. I cried and quickly survived. When we met decades later, we laughed about...

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SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014

Summer sunset at North Idaho’s Priest Lake. … Makes you want to jump right in, doesn’t it? (File)

A summer's day

A friend hosted a wedding shower the other night. She asked guests to bring their favorite love poem. Do you have one? With all the twittering about, I wonder if lovers still share poetry or even poetic thoughts. Here is a classic: Shall I Compare...

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FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014

Thanks to Kia and its corporate parent Hyundai, the family sedan segment is awash in technology that a short time ago was the exclusive domain of the luxury segments.

Kia was among the first to understand that buyers of compact and midsize family sedans would spring for amenities common among larger cars. Hence the availability of such options as heated steering wheels, high-end leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats and ventilated front seats. (Kia)

Weather or not

Seems many adults have forgotten their small children in cars lately – hot cars. And the result is deadly. Spokane will experience hot temperatures in the following week. What is your reminder to check for your children, pets – all those riding in your vehicle...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014

Sunset at Westport, Wash. (Jamie Dahlke)

Keeping the promise

Holocaust survivors ask that history remember their stories. Today, we remember the remarkable life of Yehuda Nir, a psychiatrist and Jewish man who, as a child, escaped certain murder by the Nazis. Nir died on Saturday in his Manhattan home at 84 years old. He...

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MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014


James Garner
 (The Spokesman-Review)

James Garner – what a guy

He was smart, sexy and still a regular guy. James Garner, 86, died in Los Angeles at his home on Saturday. His film and television legacy leaves us with entertainment to remember. Garner starred in more than 50 films. He appeared in comedies, a jederman,...

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SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014

Lauren’s Dark Grape heirloom poppy, with 5-inch flowers on 3- to 5-foot-tall plants, is available from Renee’s Garden Seeds.

Flight MH 17 passengers remembered 

Flight MH17 shot down over the Ukraine carried people who passionately loved life – and some of those people shared their remarkable skills seeking to cure HIV AIDS. The plane carried world leaders headed for the International AIDS Conference hosted this year in Melbourne. Dutch...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014

Faithful fill St. Peter's Square during a solemn ceremony led by Pope Francis, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Pope Francis has declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in an unprecedented canonization ceremony made even more historic by the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI. (Domenico Stinellis / Associated Press)

More, again, still - enough 

The desire to retain position at the cost of victims continues within the Catholic Church. St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John C. Nienstedt refuses to resign while the scandal surrounding him continues. Former chancellor, Jennifer M. Hasleberger, filed an affidavit claiming while the archbishop was informed of...

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MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014

The children must die...no more

The children who are deemed mingi children in Omo Valley, Ethiopia must die. Mingi children are those born out of wedlock, or have their top teeth appear before the bottom teeth or other defined situations are considered mingi; their very lives bring a curse upon...

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SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014

ORG XMIT: SIN102 ** CORRECTS THE KIND OF THE BIRD TO MASKED LOVEBIRD ** A staff member at the city-state's Jurong Bird Park holds three baby Masked Lovebirds, a 3-week old, right, nibbling at a 4-day old, center, while a 3-day old, left, snuggles into his hand at the park on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) (Wong Maye-e / The Spokesman-Review)

Mama Birds

The Mama Bird arrived late in the season. She feverishly created a nest in our impatiens plant that hangs in a basket outside our front door. And then: we opened the front door. Mama Bird flew at us and squawked wildly. “Settle down!” I implored....

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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.