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Front Porch: Being with Mom does the heart good

If I’d known I wouldn’t see her again for six months, I’d have given her an extra hug.

Love story: Gendreaus celebrate 60-year journey together

He saw her reflection in a mirror in an English class at Harbor College in San Pedro, California, and was smitten.

Love story: Best friends celebrate 50 happy years of marriage

Many years ago, an over-filled pool during swimming lessons caused problems for Karen Howe’s 5-year-old brother.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 3, 2020

Front Porch: Creating new back-to-school traditions

I’ve been thinking a lot about our back-to-school traditions, because for many families it’s still unclear what school will look like this year.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 5, 2020

Voice: Letters

Hval’s Front Porch offered silver linings

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 3, 2020

Front Porch: Finding silver linings in cloudy COVID-19 world

My doorknobs and light switches have never been cleaner.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 3, 2020

Front Porch: Last “War Bonds”-featured couple die 18 days apart

Mabel and Charlie Mitson, the last couple featured in the “War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation,” by Cindy Hval, both died in June, 18 days apart.

Front Porch: Twin grandsons make heart grow two sizes

Hval family would go the extra mile to be with twin grandsons

Front Porch: Scrapbooks etched in stone

Headstones offer connection to stories told or untold

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?