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Danielle Owens walks through a display of wedding dress Friday at Storybook Bridal in Coeur d'Alene as she begins her wedding planning consultation with Cameo Events. (Jerome Pollos/press)

“But who wears the dress?!” 

Spent time with two sweet girls this week – 7 and 10 years old. We talked about the summer and how we are all busy with weddings. I attended two weddings of my husband’s colleagues. One couple now has a blended family with six children....

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Demonstrators from opposing sides confront each other Friday outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif. (Associated Press)

The children

A man kills five children in Texas… a woman gets off a subway, pushes a stroller with her toddler in it onto the platform and re-boards the train…children are fleeing violence in Central America and people in Murrieta, Calif. protest their arrival…Enrique rides atop trains,...

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The power of good

I read a lot of nonsense on Facebook, but then this story popped up today. In a world gone mad with adulation for rock stars and Kardashians – ugh – I love reading about people with courage and humility. Sir Nicholas Winton is one man...

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Pope Francis

A first step...toward healing

Pope Francis met with six victims of sexual assault; people who had trusted clerics, but were victimized through sex crimes. (Why do they call it “sexual abuse”? As though there is some standard of “sexual use” that is acceptable? It is a word thing, I...

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SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014


John Bemelmans Marciano  has tried to stay true to a grandfather he never met, putting out the first all new "Madeline" adventure in nearly 50 years, “Madeline and the Cats of Rome.”  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Twelve little girls, in their lines

The stories are now 75 years old: those Madeline books of our childhood. She was one of 12 little girls, in their lines, leaving a house covered in vines. Madeline is on exhibit in New York at the New York Historical Society. The books, written...

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Morning fog covers the valleys near Bernbeuren, southern Germany, at sunrise early Thursday June 26, 2014. (Karl-josef Hildenbrand / Dpa)

StoryCorps: voices that inspire

If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. —Barry Lopez, in Crow and Weasel Our stories help to heal. When we tell our...

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MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014

50 years since Civil Rights Act 

The men were teens and believed the new law was enough. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it illegal to discriminate against anyone based on race, color, sex or national origin at schools, workplaces, voting booths and “public accommodations.” In 1964, the nine black...

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Transform a dull backyard into a private fall retreat with a hammock from which to welcome the change of season.
 (MS / The Spokesman-Review)

Retirement: Last day at work 

My husband retired yesterday. He is one of 10,000 baby boomers who retire each day in our country. He had 10 people who reported to him and they loved him. At lunch yesterday, a few of the guys started saying numbers “six,” “three.” When my...

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A woman walks along a bridge at Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, N.J., as fog blankets over the Hudson River, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (Julio Cortez / Associated Press)

Irish babies 

An earlier blog posted stories from Ireland about the babies who died at the Catholic-run orphanages – working houses for unmarried, young mothers. Apparently, some of the stories were embellished or misunderstood or misreported. A story from Monday continues the discussion on a sad and...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

Kousa dogwoods have all the same characteristics of the popular eastern or Florida dogwoods but are much more resistant to the fungal disease anthracnose. (PAT MUNTS)

Faith, home and love

Murphy was lost for two years – and is finally home. The family dog, Murphy, was lost on a family camping trip in the Tahoe National Forest, but the family never gave up hope of a reunion. Murphy was spotted by a camper earlier this...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014

Morning showers await: Jamie Waite, of Spokane, hits a bucket of balls at Indian Canyon Golf Course’s driving range under a dramatic sky Wednesday. The course opens today for the season. Waite has played four other courses this spring, but this was his first trip to Indian Canyon. The National Weather Service is calling for a chance of rain this morning in the Spokane area, with showers and possibly a thunderstorm moving in this afternoon. Highs today will be in the low 50s. (Dan Pelle)

One more week 

My husband retires in one more week. The journey has been looonnnnggg. Mostly, his commute on that freeway has been miserable. Soon, he will commute to the mailbox, golf course and woodworking store, when he likes. We will manage new routines, expectations and activities. I...

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Former Chicago Bears player and head coach Mike Ditka gestures Tuesday while addressing a House Judiciary subcommittee. Associated Press
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

The cost of $ports

We remember him as the sassy, scrambling quarterback of the Chicago Bears. Today, Jim McMahon struggles with dementia and depression – results of his head injuries from football, he says. McMahon is part of a class-action lawsuit against the NFL. The league agreed to a...

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MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014

SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014

Pictures of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officers Alyn Beck, left, and Igor Soldo are seen a a news conference Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas. The two officers were killed in an ambush while eating lunch. (John Locher / Associated Press)

Remembering the police officer 

The sadness continues as police officers are killed in the line of duty. One of the men killed last week in Las Vegas, Alyn Beck, was buried yesterday. His family and friends gathered to honor his life – his commitment to his family, his service...

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See Spot

I read the Spot books a zillion times to my son when he was little. Spot had birthday parties, meandered and was lost, celebrated Christmas and had an eclectic collection of friends. His marketers also produced fabric with Spot’s image. My son has a pillowcase...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 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)

Healing hound

A family has adopted its son’s military dog. Marine staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz was killed in 2011 in Afghanistan. His military dog, Dino, was his constant companion. Diaz’s parents, Salvador and Sandra Diaz, welcomed Dino into their life last week when the dog was discharged...

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Keeper Sarah Dempsey holds a Waxy Tree Frog as she counts the frogs at London Zoo in London, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. The annual count took place at the zoo Wednesday as keepers individually counted every animal and species at the zoo. The compulsory count is required as part of London Zoo's license. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press)

The bride wore green

Sometimes it is nice to read stories from other cultures and learn what their customs and beliefs signify. A wedding between frogs – really? I wonder if the Indian “bride” had her croaking opinion considered in the union – or if it was an arranged...

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An Indian worker cleans a crucifix at a church ahead of Christmas in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. Christians make up about 2 percent of India's 1 billion-plus population. (Mahesh A / Associated Press)

Bishop must go 

He claims he did not know sex between a child and priest was illegal?! Robert Carlson, a former archbishop of the Minneapolis-St. Paul archdiocese, claims he did not know sex between a child and a priest (or presumably any adult) was illegal. I had to...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014

FILE - This July 16, 2013 file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressing the 51st Delta Sigma Theta National Convention in Washington. NBC announced Saturday, July 27, that actress Diane Lane will star as the former first lady and secretary of state  in a four-hour miniseries, "Hillary." (Cliff Owen / Fr170079 Ap)

Hillary and hard choices 

Hillary Clinton’s book comes out today. “Hard Choices” may be a prequel to her announcement of a run for president – or perhaps her last publication before permanently retiring into her private life. She sits with journalists as they ask her the hard questions and...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014

Spectacular snowy vistas command the horizon in this shot of Eldorado Peak at sunrise in Washington's North Cascades National Park.
 (David Jensen / Country magazine)

He ain’t heavy...

Hunter Gandee a strong 14-year-old boy carried his 7-year-old brother, Braden, on his back – for 40 miles. The trek, the Cerebral Palsy Swagger, was held to raise awareness of cerebral palsy, a muscle disorder. While we read about another shooting in America, today in...

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Seattle Pacific University students and faculty pray together at First Free Methodist Church following a campus shooting that left one dead and multiple injured Thursday, June 5, 2014, near Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash. (Jordan Stead /

The face of courage

Jon Meis did what he knew was right on Thursday when he tackled the active shooter at Seattle Pacific University. He saved lives when he used his pepper spray to subdue the shooter who was reloading his weapon. Jon Meis is a young man of...

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Duncan Cooper, 10, will see his drawing “A Rainbow in Ireland” published in the October issue of the children’s magazine Highlights for Children. Cooper is in fifth grade at Cataldo Catholic School and the son of Noah and Terese Cooper.

The buried Irish children 

We watched with disgust at “Philomena,” a movie based on the true story of a birth mother looking for her child. She was a young, unmarried Irish teen who got pregnant and had her child taken from her and placed for adoption with a U.S....

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SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014

In this April 14, 2007, file photo, Ann B. Davis arrives at the 5th Annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. The Emmy-winning actress, who played the housekeeper on "The Brady Bunch," died at a San Antonio hospital on Sunday. She was 88. (Associated Press)

Ann B. Davis - "Alice"

Actress Ann B. Davis died on Sunday at the age of 88. Davis was an actress whose name may slip from one’s memory, but her face and delightful presence cannot. We loved her in the sitcom “The Brady Bunch” where she was the live-in housekeeper/caregiver...

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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.