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Tuesday, November 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Front Porch: Feline’s perspective: He’s fluffy, not fat

Editor’s note: Cindy Hval is on vacation this week. Her intern, Thor, the junior cat in the Hval household is filling in for this week’s column. Cindy will return next …


Front Porch: Sometimes, a glimpse can say so much

Writers see stories everywhere. In a little boy in full pirate regalia standing under an oscillating front yard sprinkle.


Fresh spinach dishes would make even Popeye proud

The only spinach I knew as a child came from a small white carton in the deep freezer. Mom would dump the frozen leaves into a pot of boiling water …


Front Porch: Chicken, egg stories incubate responses

Henrietta stares balefully at me from her perch next to my printer. I think she knows I’m writing about her and her feathered friends. Last month, I wrote a column …


Front Porch: Soldier left a lasting impression

His face stared out me from the photo album. Dark hair with straight bangs falling across huge green eyes. A goofy grin and a Nintendo controller clutched in his hands. …


Front Porch: Husband’s chicken plan for the birds

On Saturday, Derek and I will celebrate our 28th anniversary. You’d think after all these years together, I’d know him quite well, but he can still surprise me. In fact, …


Meatloaf recipe that pleases everyone

My 4-year-old son sat at the table, arms folded across his chest, a mutinous scowl radiating his displeasure. Glaring at the plate in front of him, he growled, “Meatlope. I …


Front Porch: Reader feedback illuminates light bulb phase out

It appears my column on the light bulb phase out flipped a few switches in the Spokane area. The calls and emails that came in response to the column revealed …


Front Porch: In the dark on light bulb phase-out

The clickety clack sound of my fingers flying over the keyboard filled my home office as I sat hunched over my desk racing against another looming deadline. I glanced down …


Front Porch: Seahawks fan from head to painted toes

Some people wear their dedication to their teams on their sleeves, sporting jerseys and jackets with team colors and logos. Some folks fly their pride from their flagpoles, car antennas …


Front Porch: Veterans’ life stories mattered

I read something recently that I can’t seem to shake. Something I’ve pondered much at the dawn of this new year. It’s from the book “The Other Wes Moore: One …


Front Porch: Meltdown of Christmas past a good reminder

In the annals of Hval holiday lore, one story is guaranteed to get trotted out each Christmas. My children call it, “Mom’s Christmas Tree Meltdown.” I call it, “Too Many …


Front Porch: Critiquing Christmas carols filled with peril

First, let me be perfectly clear. I do not hate John Lennon. Just because I opined that “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” is one of the worst Christmas songs ever, …


Front Porch: Sometime relaxing is easier said than done

Clenching the steering wheel, I muttered while the tractor in front of me slowly puttered. A quick glance at the clock on my dash confirmed my fear – I was …


Front Porch: Remembering Charlie Parsons

Tears came easily to him. Mostly tears of joy and gratitude. He was often beaming while his eyes filled. Some folks wear their hearts on their sleeves, but Charlie Parsons’ …


Front Porch: No kids? No reason to bail on Halloween

Sweat and saliva streaked down my face. The plastic mask stuck to sticky places as I tried to take shallow breaths through the tiny nostril holes. Death via suffocation seemed …


Nothing Bundt Cakes gives cake its due

Cake lovers rejoice. Nothing Bundt Cakes, a national chain, has opened its first Spokane franchise and is celebrating with a grand opening on Saturday. Although the bakery on 29th Avenue …


Front Porch: Cats continue adding fun to the home

Reader feedback regarding my foray into political analysis (“One parent’s humble fix for Congress,” Oct. 3) has been decidedly mixed with the majority of emails chiding me for my less …


Front Porch: One parent’s humble fix for Congress

Longtime readers know I don’t wade into politics in this column. I let others do the dirty work of calling out corruption, explaining political policy and making fun of Joe …


Valleyford woman pens cookbook to help others adjust

Meal planning for a family of five is never easy, but imagine doing your grocery shopping in a country where you don’t speak the language, and many of the foods …


Front Porch: These undies are a pain in the ribs

The pain in my rib cage jabbed with startling ferocity. I squirmed in my seat in the crowded auditorium, trying to get comfortable. I was learning a painfully expensive lesson …


Front Porch: Cosby still master of comic tale

My ribs hurt. Tears rolled down my cheeks. I gasped for breath. I was 5 years old and my brother David had just introduced me to Bill Cosby. He’d brought …


Front Porch: Timing just perfect for projects

The morning sun warms my legs as I write. A pair of white butterflies flit above the petunias, daisies and geraniums that overflow the planters. A slight breeze ruffles the …


Front Porch: The boys can’t resist the porch

The June sun warmed my shoulders as I powered through the last leg of my 3-mile walk. Kenny Loggins’ “I’m Alright” filled my headphones as I mentally reworked an article …


Front Porch: Blues fest strikes chord with family

We got the blues again. All four of us. Last year’s pilgrimage to Wallace for the Historic Wallace Blues Festival was such a hit, our sons clamored to return again …


Front Porch: Hearing husband snore is better than the alternative

The rumbling woke me from a sound sleep. Blearily, I glanced at the clock – 5:30. I sighed. Saturdays are for sleeping in. Then came the roaring.


Front Porch: Little things shine bright this dark day

Discouraged. Disheartened. Disappointed. Those three D’s dogged me like an annoying kid brother tagging along, uninvited.


Front Porch: Grocery store stalker made corn sweeter

All I wanted was some corn to throw on the barbecue. But my Saturday shopping took on a surreal turn when I was accosted by a stranger while perusing produce. …


Front Porch: Holiday runs emotional spectrum

The sun warmed my shoulders and a breeze ruffled the flags that stretched out along the horizon. I laid the red, white and blue bouquet next to a pot of …


Front Porch: Social media has upside – just ask friends in need

Longtime readers know I’m not a morning person. I may be awake at 7 a.m. each workday, but I’m not happy about it. I certainly don’t converse unless you count …