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The Slice: Pictures on the wall

The Slice asked readers about photos of nonrelatives on display at home.

“I have photos on my walls of two of my heroes and role models: Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce and Martin Luther King, Jr.,” wrote Kenneth Hammann. “Both were treated badly in this world but seeing their faces and remembering their lives encourages and helps me to not give up through my own smaller troubles.”

Rusty Warwick has a picture of homegrown former GU basketball player Ryan Floyd squatting to talk to a little boy. “Knew this kid since he was born. Excellent athlete and a true gentleman even as a young man.”

Some pictures are on the fridge. “We have photos of some of the German exchange students we’ve had,” wrote Carrie Webbenhurst.

Bruce Werner displays autographed photos of Robert Duvall, from “Lonesome Dove,” and a photo of John Cleese as Basil Fawlty in “Fawlty Towers.”

“Well, George Strait, duh!” was Larry Spencer’s answer.

On her kitchen window sill, Kathy Weber has a 1995 picture of herself and a dear friend at a dinner party. That friend died this month. “That picture has always made me smile and still does but now with a bittersweet tinge.”

Peggy Self has pictures up of three little girls for whom she has been a nanny, over a period of almost 10 years.

Pat Carlin shared this. “There’s a photo on the window ledge above my kitchen sink. It’s a picture of me and my best friend, Ann. We have been best friends for 71 years, having met at the school bus stop when I was 6. I look at her face every day and realize how lucky I am to have such a friend.”

Displayed on a table, Antoinette Turcek has pictures of some women with whom she became friends while in the Navy.

Tom Peacock displays a photo of Mike Holmgren, former Seattle Seahawks coach, taken in Cheney back when the team trained at EWU. “He was impressed with my rebuilt Harley, and posed for a couple of pictures.”

Jean Klingbeil has four photos of Gen. U.S. Grant, and one each of Gens. William T. Sherman, Philip Sheridan and George Custer, and one of Battle of Gettysburg hero Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.

The list goes on.

Today’s Slice question: Does your household have a designated IT specialist who takes care of everything from computer issues to cable TV complications, and if this person were not around would your home immediately be plunged into a technological Stone Age?

Write The Slice at P. O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email pault@spokesman.com. Jeri Hershberger’s husband got called for jury duty eight months after he died.

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