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Sunday, December 8, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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 …


Keeping lid on toilet etiquette

In case you missed it. On April 8, a 25-year-old transgender woman was banned from the Lewiston Rosauers after customers complained she used the women’s restroom. According to an Associated …


Front Porch: 75 years later, couple still inspires

They don’t make anniversary cards for 75th anniversaries. At least they didn’t have any at the stores I checked. After all, 72-day marriages like Kim Kardashian’s are probably more common …


Front Porch: Family can’t let a sleeping mom lie

A shadow sliced the sunlight. The white metal table wobbled as he dropped a sheaf of papers next to my brimming cup of café au lait. “It’s brilliant!” he said. …


Front Porch: Savoring last years with kid at home

One by one they arrived at two-year intervals. First Ethan, then Alex, then Zack. Each baby welcomed with joy until our home overflowed with boys. Three is plenty we said. …


Front Porch: Spokanlandia perfect place for spring fun

Bashing your hometown seems to be a popular activity among some Spokanites. Not me.


Front Porch: The perfect gift for any occasion

His shock of white hair stood on end as he ran his hands through it. He wanted to talk about food, rattling off recipes from memory until I ran out …


Love Story: Blind date really opened couple’s eyes

When Bill and Irene Zimmer met on a blind date, they already had a lot in common. Bill, a senior at Gonzaga University at the time, had grown up on …


Front Porch: Mourning the loss of a neighbor

It’s like a death, really. The news that the north Spokane Fred Meyer store was closing stunned me. For more than 20 years I’ve weekly walked the store’s aisles. I’m …


Front Porch: There’s still hope for the written word

The reader results are in regarding my Christmas card column. By a large majority, those who responded expressed dismay at my dismissal of annual holiday greetings. One reader enjoys using …


Front Porch: Christmas cards have lost utility

We’ve taken the tree and the decorations down, packed away the holiday movies and CDs, and welcomed the New Year. But I’ve still got some unsettled Christmas business to address. …


Front Porch: Don’t waste your memory on the killers

By the time you read this it will be almost a week since the horrific shootings in Newtown, Conn. Columnists, pundits and politicians will have opined, analyzed and commented. Graves …


Ring confusion adds twist to courtship

Her white nurse’s uniform caught his eye. “Those sexy white shoes!” he recalled, grinning. Then he noticed her slender legs and shapely ankles. “I could marry those legs,” he thought. …


Front Porch: Life’s better as a flavorful adventure

Now that you’ve had your fill of succulent roast turkey, savory stuffing and pumpkin pie, it’s time to focus on the food ahead. The Christmas season stretches before us, rich …


Front Porch: Few fess up to Black Friday

Hard as it is to believe, this column wasn’t the first thing some of you looked for in today’s paper. Instead, many of you lugged your super-sized Spokesman-Review into your …


Front Porch: String of activities ends with guitar

In fourth grade he tried Little League. He didn’t own a baseball, or a glove, or a bat, but none of his brothers had tried it and therein lay its …


Love story: Couple has eye on big picture

Maya Murphy, 28, believes in setting goals. She recently completed her first triathlon and started an investment firm with her husband, Dave Murphy. Her most treasured long-term goal also involves …


Author rounds up award-winning stories

Dawn Nelson can be hard to track down. The author is more likely to be found rounding up cattle, castrating bulls or weaning calves than sitting in front of her …


Front Porch: Walk stimulates body, soul

One of the best forms of exercise doesn’t require expensive equipment, trendy fitness DVDs or a gym membership. Everyone from Thomas Jefferson to health guru Dr. Oz have touted the …


Huckleberries: No gas, no problem on sunny Hayden Lake day

Another week, another lake rescue story from North Idaho, although not as dramatic as the one in which a father and a son capsized their sailboat in high winds on …


Sock from a sassy girl really got his attention

Sixty-two years ago, a sock in the shoulder got the attention of Dick Nolt, and the girl who gave him the playful punch has kept his attention ever since. Dick, …


Front Porch: She’s keeping her whistle at the ready

Football fans across the nation rejoiced Sept. 30 when NFL officials once again took the field – ending a lockout that had resulted in some spectacular missteps by replacement referees. …


Love Story: Sock from a sassy girl really got his attention

Sixty-two years ago, a sock in the shoulder got the attention of Dick Nolt, and the girl who gave him the playful punch has kept his attention ever since. Dick, …


Front Porch: Feedback good for a writer’s soul

Columnists don’t write in a vacuum – though perhaps we’d meet deadlines more promptly if we did. Then again there’s no air in a vacuum, so that might complicate things, …


Huckleberries: Now that’s what I call an appetite for news

North Idahoans know that huckleberries are delicious – the state fruit, if not a certain column by that name. The latter has helped put bread on my table since January …


First meeting at ages 12, 14 led to marriage

Steve Leaf has never forgotten his first sight of Dolores “Doe”, who later became his wife. She’d been hit by a car and was confined to a hospital bed with …


Front Porch: Pig Out’s one big event I embrace

I’m not a crowd person. I’ve never done Bloomsday. I avoid the interstate fair, and I’ve attended Hoopfest only once – and that was just to support my son.


After 153 quilts, the Bakers keep sewing for those in need

It all started with Cynthia Baker’s passion for embroidery. Her husband, Topper, bought her a small embroidery machine. Overwhelmed with caring for her aging mother-in-law, Baker found respite and escape. …


Have floatie, will travel to the lake

Like many Spokane County residents, my summertime conversations are peppered with references to “the lake.” I’m usually referring to Diamond Lake, where my brother-in-law owns a home. I love being …