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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Front Porch: Every time we say goodbye

Seventy-two. That’s how many individuals made the final cut of the book. Twenty-four. That’s how many people died before “War Bonds” made it into print. Twenty. That’s how many goodbyes I’ve had to say since its 2015 publication.

Perennial Bloomie story that makes my heart sing

KREM 2 profiled the oldest living Bloomsday participant, 92-year-old, Jack Rogers. I've interviewed Jack many times over the years and he and his wife, Fran's story is told in "War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation.' I was worried a recent stroke had sidelined Jack. I needn't have worried. Some friends saw him at the finish line!

Father’s Day Weekend Wild Card 6.20-6.21.15

I'm treating my husband and boys to some time in Sandpoint. I have a War Bonds reading/signing event at the East Bonner Library at 1 PM today (more info below) and then it's play time. Hope you treat the dads in your life extra good this weekend. I miss my own dad every day. Not just on Father's Day.

Cindy Hval’s regular newspaper feature inspires book of WWII romances

Plenty of World War II-era books cover history, yet little ink captures the love stories behind the greatest generation. Young couples facing wartime trials forged relationships as seeds to 60- and 70-year marriages. Now, Cindy Hval’s first book “War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation” describes 36 couples and their romances in the shadow of WWII. Casemate Publishers is releasing the book this month, and it’s available at Auntie’s, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Then and Now: Ready for war

In the days following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Spokane began preparing for the next major attack. Spokane radio stations went off the air so enemy aircraft couldn’t follow their signals into urban areas. Tall buildings covered their windows for nighttime blackouts (which were never enforced). Young men began enlisting in the military. Local hospitals expanded nurse training. Starlet Lana Turner sold war bonds at a rally in front of the Desert Hotel.