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Tuesday, November 12, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

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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.


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019

Front Porch: Losing my heroes

Ray, Milt, Dean, Harold. Their names are as old-fashioned as the values they held dear – patriotism, service, commitment and lifelong love.


Front Porch: Quilts and the ties that bind

Necktie quilt hold fond memories of Dad, Cindy Hval writes.


Front Porch: Childhood pleasures vs. adult perks

She breezed by me, her skinny legs pumping hard, her hair, untethered by a helmet, flew straight behind her like Superman’s cape.


Front Porch: ‘Rosie’ has writer warming to robotic ways

Each fall and winter, I’m blessed to use the home of snowbird friends as a writing retreat. When they left Spokane in September, they left behind a new member of …


Front Porch: Book purge begets joyful acquisitions

Author Lisa Kleypas famously wrote, “A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.” If that’s true then there were at least a dozen dangerous creatures at Lilac City Law on Friday …


Front Porch: Rooster’s crow signals new adventures in San Francisco

The rooster’s hoarse crows were sounding desperate and none of us knew what to do.


Front Porch: Lonely tabby’s love weighs heavy

Sometimes love can feel oppressive, even suffocating, especially when it weighs 14 pounds and is sitting on your chest.


Front Porch: Fans keep on lovin’ REO Speedwagon

He stood like a lonely Statue of Liberty, holding his lighter aloft, its flame flickering in the darkness. An actual cigarette lighter, not a pale imitation cellphone flashlight. You should …


Front Porch: Making sausage builds strong ties

If you don’t want to know how the sausage gets made, you should stop reading now. Seriously. Recently my sisters-in-law and I had our annual Sizzling Sisters Sausage Sunday. Forty …


Front Porch: Missing Milo the family cat

He joined our family on a beautiful spring evening. Nine years later, he left us on cold November morning.


Front Porch: Letters to home

The letters by Jack Rogers came from Fort Devens, Massachusetts, from Camp Pontchartrain, Louisiana, from Dutch East Indies, New Guinea, and the Philippines – approximately 150 in all.


Front Porch: Some like it hot; notably for showers

They say you don’t appreciate what you have until you no longer have it.


Front Porch: Columnist is learning to say it in 150 seconds

Cindy Hval is learning new things. She is telling her “Front Porch” stories in front of a camera on a segment of “Spokane Talks,” a television show on Fox28 Spokane.


Front Porch: Family vacation offers perspective

“I’d like to see the redwoods someday,” he said, as we sat around the dinner table.


Front Porch: When lights went out, family took action

Our family recently went through a very dark time.


County library, CCS team up to offer GED program

Jerry Kane, 61, has two big regrets. One, that he didn’t serve in the military, and two, that he didn’t graduate from high school.