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Christmas miracle allowed mother and son to breathe easier

Christmas is all about miracles – about the unexpected showing up in the middle of the ordinary.


Front Porch: Trust me, I can miss it

I’m making a list and checking it twice. At the top of my naughty list are people who tell me, “You can’t miss it. It’s easy to find!”


Front Porch: War not a word to be used lightly

Even when handled lightly, I understand the power of words. And while not all words are meant to be taken literally, I think some should be.


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Front Porch: Last-minute opportunities bring joy

I’m not a fan of surprises. The exceptions being ones that involve flowers, candy or jewelry. Other than that, I like schedules, routines and order.


Front Porch: Near 103-year-old unsinkable

Jeunette Nelson was born in 1912, the same year the Titanic sank − but unlike the ill-fated ocean liner Nelson really has proved to be unsinkable. As her 103rd birthday …


Lightning courtship produces enduring marriage

As whirlwind courtships go, this was a tornado. Ken Lewis met Carolyn Boyette on a Monday, secured a date with her on Wednesday and had an engagement ring on her …


Front Porch: Car trouble forces extended stay at Houston minimart

The spicy pepperoni beef sticks were gone. So were the Corn Nuts. We pondered the teriyaki beef jerky beneath the sickly flicker of the florescent lights at the Break Time …


Teacups hold warm memories

Blowing dust off the top of the cardboard box, I opened it to find a stash of treasures, carefully wrapped in newspapers – my teacup collection. Two years ago, I’d …


Front Porch: Rewarding friendships take work

Her name was Feather. She had huge blue eyes and wavy black hair, and she was my first best friend. My sister informed me that her name was actually Heather, …


Pearl Harbor survivor’s story comes to end

I loved to listen to her talk. Though soft-spoken, Betty Schott, 98, had a sharp mind and an even sharper sense of humor. She smiled easily, laughed often, and called …


Backyard still holds many family memories

My book lay facedown and forgotten as the sun lulled me into a summer stupor. I’d come to our backyard gazebo to read and recharge my batteries after a grueling …


Front Porch: Bookstore experiences reassuring about state of print

It seems the dirge lamenting the demise of printed books and the stores that sell them was sung a bit too soon. Last month, the Christian Science Monitor featured an …


Front Porch: The world has lost yet another WWII hero

The world lost another hero when George “Bud” Garvin passed away on April 15. But like so many who served in World War ll, Garvin shunned the label. “I’m no …


Volunteers help winery fill bottles

When I was a little girl, my mother frequently read me the story of the Little Red Hen. The tale involves a hen who plants some seeds, grows some wheat, …


Front Porch: GPS brings comfort, stresses to travel

Brow furrowed I flipped the map sideways, then upside down. “I think we turn left at Canada,” I announced. “Or maybe right.” Since we were on our way to Disneyland …


March moods as mercurial as Inland NW spring weather

Saturday’s wind swirled through our neighborhood rattling gates, shaking windows and snapping flags. In the afternoon a few chilly drops of rain sprinkled the sidewalks, but by early evening brilliant …


Huckleberries: Hope they won’t also be wedding crashers

At traditional weddings, couples promise to stand by each other for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. Et cetera. An engaged couple received …


Huckleberries: Councilman Kennedy remembers Mr. Spock

As a kid, former Coeur d’Alene Councilman Mike Kennedy remembers visiting the Beverly Hills home of his aunt and uncle. His relatives weren’t typical. His aunt, Anna (aka Patty Duke), …


Mother-in-lawly advice to future daughters

The question stumped me. Like Bambi caught in the headlights on Highway 2, I blinked, momentarily stunned.


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- …


Front Porch: Shopping for clothes dark, solo pursuit

Wincing, I gingerly rested my sore arm on the table as I ate the Chinese takeout my thoughtful husband had brought home for dinner. He knew I’d be in no …


Front Porch: Take opportunity to express condolences

Like a slalom skier, I tried to maneuver my cart quickly through the clogged Costco aisles. I rounded a corner sharply when I heard a soft voice say, “Hey, Cindy!” …


Huckleberries: Committed committees are an asset to the city

Coeur d’Alene Councilman Dan Gookin shot from the hip last week – and hit his foot. After opposing the reappointment of competent Denny Davis to the Lake City Development Corporation, …


Front Porch: Empty chair chance for reflection on blessings

If Thanksgiving was a test, then I failed it. Oh, the turkey turned out perfectly golden brown; the potatoes were fluffy – the gravy lump-free. But if the apple pies …


Front Porch: ‘Sparky,’ son give holidays festive glow

I blame “Christmas Vacation” for my husband’s reluctance to attempt outdoor lighting and decorations during the holiday season. Watching the movie is annual tradition in our home, but I fear …


Front Porch: Loss makes us mindful of each moment

Dodging puddles in the drizzling rain, I hustled from one meeting to the next. Hands in my coat pockets, head down, wishing I’d taken the time to grab my umbrella. …


Front Porch: Bob Dylan’s music crosses generational barriers

The sold-out crowd at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle erupted into cheers Sunday night when a small figure in a white hat strode onto the darkened stage. “This is the …


Front Porch: Flight ensues when furry fellow follows

The faint snuffling sound gave me pause. I stopped, turned off my MP3 player and listened. But all I heard was the distant drone of traffic and the light pattering …


Front Porch: Ready or not, parenting is an adventure

I close my eyes and instantly, I’m there – in the sterile hospital birthing room with its “homey” touches of rocking chairs and oak-trimmed wainscoting. The relentless beeping and buzzing …


Front Porch: Grateful to have told WWII veteran’s story

The fading late afternoon sun, blurred by the haze of wildfires, fell softly across the foot of his bed. A smoke-tinged breeze wafted through the open French doors. His once-commanding …