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Front Porch: Showing some love to locally owned eateries

You never know how much you miss something until it’s gone. Derek and I have entered the blissful state of the almost-empty nest. With just one kid at home our …


Front Porch: Of Mondays and mugs

Bewildered, I stared through sleep-fogged eyes at the rack above the kitchen sink. I saw Sam’s Star Wars cup, Derek’s Three Stooges mug, and a few others, but my Monday …


Front Porch: It’s not what I miss most; it’s who

March 29. For those keeping track at home, that’s the last time I wore mascara. I’m putting that extra five minutes a day to good use, though. For instance, I …


Front Porch: Chronicling quarantine life

Unlike many writers, I don’t journal. I write for a living, so by the end of the day I’m all out of words.


Love story: The gift of each other: David and Janet Hicks had ‘magical’ 63-year marriage

David Hicks says his marriage to Janet Hicks was a gift to each other. Janet Hicks died Tuesday at age 85.


UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

Front Porch: Ohio visit heavenly despite pandemic

Earlier this month when we left for Ohio to visit our twin grandsons, there were just two cases of COVID-19 in Spokane – the remaining cruise ship passengers that had …


Love story: North Side couple married 70 years

They said it wouldn’t last. When Maxine Atwood married David Wise, just two weeks shy of her 16th birthday, her mother shook her head.


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Front Porch: Can’t do 55

I stood in the middle of the bedroom and spun in a slow circle. A few minutes earlier I’d left my desk and rushed upstairs to get something. Something really …


Front Porch: The fun arrives during anticipation

Anticipation is a feeling of excitement about something pleasant that you know is going to happen, and it’s just about my favorite feeling in the world.


Front porch: Saying goodbye isn’t easy

I sat in her kitchen, surrounded by fragrant braids of garlic. Plump and juicy just-picked tomatoes spilled from a bowl on her counter.


Front Porch: A double rainbow after the storm

On Nov. 23, 2019, a rainbow shimmered across our sky. Not just any rainbow, a glorious double arc.


Front Porch: The trouble with words

I’ve been told I have a way with words.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

Front Porch: With 20/20 clarity, I see change ahead

I don’t remember ever having 20/20 vision. I got my first pair of glasses in fourth grade, my first pair of contacts at 15, and my eyesight continues to decline.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Front Porch: Naughty or nice, this kitty likes to loaf around

The rustling sound gave me pause.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Front Porch: Hutton provides home with heart

There’s no place like home for the holidays and for 32 children, Hutton Settlement is the place they call home. Earlier this year, I got to know four of those …


Front Porch: Sin City glitz captivating – briefly

Whoever said what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, is obviously not a newspaper columnist.


Front Porch: Go home chicken, you’re drunk

Tears poured from my eyes as I thumbed through the pages.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Front Porch: All aboard the Scenic Pend Oreille River Train

Thankfully, we’d been warned in advance that train robberies frequently occur on the Scenic Pend Oreille River Train. Even better, the cash collected goes to support the many community projects …


Front Porch: Take a seat and hear about the sofa hunt

Three seconds. That’s about how long it takes me to tell if a couch is comfortable.


Front Porch: Toddler/teen behavior defines rowdy kitten

Question: What do you get when you combine the terrible two’s of toddlerhood with the terrifying tenure of teenage years?


Front Porch: Summer, childhood slip by too fast

That encounter brightened a long Monday and memories of my sons tumbled through my mind.


Front Porch: Red Rocker wins over third choice

Some women might chafe at being their husband’s third choice.


Front Porch: Picking the perfect paint problematic

It’s amazing how a fresh coat of paint and updated décor improves a home’s entryway.


Front Porch: Little cat feet bound in joyfully

I didn’t get much reading done this week. Every time I picked up a book, Sir Walter Scott scooted his head beneath it, and collapsed on my chest, obscuring the …


Front Porch: Returning a volley in the (green) turf war

Confession: I haven’t mowed a lawn since 2001, and the only time I mowed the lawn prior to that was when my husband was doing his annual training with the …


North Spokane Library offers reading camp

Camp Read-a-Rama, the new addition to Spokane County Library District’s summer reading program, is a weekly half-day summer camp with a different theme each week based on a children’s book …


Front Porch: An evening made special by how it started

Let’s face it. Parenting can be a thankless job.


Front Porch: A little murder mystery on the Columbia

We’d barely finished our appetizers when Jimmy “the Gyp” got bashed in the back of the head. I clutched my champagne glass as Crusher, the Don’s bodyguard, rushed past our …


Front Porch: Pushing past risk for view worth it

Columnist enjoys rare break from work deadlines to enjoy the beauty of the world around her.


Front Porch: Wedding dress to ease others’ grieving

Sarah Bain honors the memory of her infant by donating her wedding dress to the Angel Gown program.