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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.

Front Porch: The importance of a sincere apology

The crash happened in a split second. One minute my husband was driving down North Monroe Street, and in a flash a sedan darted out in front of him from …

Front Porch: Rock on! And I don’t mean in a chair

Derek and I had a peaceful easy feeling in May when we joined several thousand of our closest friends to hear the Eagles in concert at the Spokane Arena.

Front Porch: He once was fragile: A ritual helped

We eagerly scanned the swarms of blue-robed students filing into the McCarthey Athletic Center on Friday evening. The strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” swelled, and then we spotted our baby …

Love story: Swept away in a red Corvette: The Carusos reminisce ahead of 50-year anniversary

Bill and Mary Caruso met in high school and just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Front Porch: No looking back after getting behind new wheel

The newest member of our family arrived just in time for Mother’s Day. Her name is Ruby Sue, and I’m absolutely in love.

Front Porch: Finding the true meaning of Dyngus

Sightseeing is thirsty business.

UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018

Front Porch: Naming vehicles family tradition

Cindy Hval says she thought everyone named their cars. It turns out many do.

Love Stories: Move to Spokane allowed teen to meet love of her life

Janet and Jack Arkills met in church in their youth. Their connection was instant. They have been married 60 years today.

UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018

Front Porch: Readers’ sympathies were a ‘warm embrace’ amid loss, Cindy Hval writes

Within hours after my most recent column ran, notes began to trickle into my inbox.

Love Stories: Always room for one more – Brian and Betty O’Donnell raised a family, fostered hundreds of boys in 70 years of marriage

They met in eighth grade. Fell in love while attending West Valley High School. And eventually Betty and Brian O’Donnell’s love would grow to encompass their own children, plus more …

Front Porch: All alone, but not lonely at all, Cindy Hval writes

Cindy Hval says she often seeks solitude, something she learned to enjoy growing up.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018

Front Porch: A toast to the expandable house

The Great Toaster Debate revealed the reality of our shrinking household.

Front Porch: Who needs those boring resolutions?

The thing about New Year’s resolutions is they are so boring. Everyone tends to have the same ones – lose weight, exercise more, work less, play more.

Front Porch: Hoping for inner light in darkest days, Cindy Hval writes

Bitter cold crept through our coats and scarves as my husband and I waited in a line that stretched the length of the building, but the glittering glow in the …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017

Front Porch: Every time we say goodbye

Seventy-two. That’s how many individuals made the final cut of the book. Twenty-four. That’s how many people died before “War Bonds” made it into print. Twenty. That’s how many goodbyes …

Love Stories: Couple are thankful for 70 years

For Barbara and Ray Lewis, the Thanksgiving Day holiday this year is extra special.

Front Porch: All in all, there are plenty of reasons for thanks, Hval writes

In 10-plus years of writing this twice-monthly column, I’m almost positive the Thanksgiving writing duty has mostly fallen in my lap. Oh, I know colleague Stefanie Pettit has tackled it …

Front Porch: Hard to say goodbye to Grandma’s house, Cindy Hval writes

The For Sale sign swung wildly in the blustery October wind, and though I’d known it was coming, the sign startled me.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017

Front Porch: Camp experience was not her favorite, Cindy Hval recalls

At the tender age of 9, I had to confront the harsh reality that my parents no longer loved me.

UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017

Huckleberries: Restored to health, CdA music man ensures that the bands play on

Chris Guggemos of Handshake Productions is hail and hearty now, working the crowds at his free summer concerts, but some weren’t sure he’d return after his serious bout with cancer …

Front Porch: She’s barely bothered by roadwork

I’m not at my best in the morning. I admit it. I don’t relish the sunrise. In fact, I’d prefer not to be notified of its occurrence.

UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017

Front Porch: Cindy Hval says under it all, sons still smell like angel kisses

The nurse in the delivery room smiled as I pressed my nose to the downy head of my newborn son. “He smells like angel kisses,” I murmured, besotted.

Huckleberries: Illustrator Kit Seaton wins acclaim in first graphic novel attempt

I had lost track of Kit Seaton until my daughter, Amy, pointed out a graphic novel at Cosmic Monkey Comics in Portland recently. On the shelf, among the Batmans, Supermans, …

UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017

Love Story: Picture perfect: All it took was a photograph to launch their love

Seven decades later, Donn Thompson still carries that photo in his wallet, and Wednesday he and his bride celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.

Huckleberries: Uneasiness between men and women extends to handshakes

A long discussion on the Huckleberries social media began with a tweet in the form of a question from KXLY’s Melissa Luck: “Do you shake hands with women?” The answer …