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Hula with Ku’ulei

The dancers shimmied and swayed, their graceful movements framed by a backdrop of palm trees and a fiery sun. Sweet sounds of ukulele music floated through the air. The only …


Prairie inspires music, art for albums

Kevin Brown paints pictures with music. The Chattaroy musician sings of tall grass moving like water and golden fields shining in the sun. Colbert artist Katherine Nelson creates landscapes with …


Front Porch: Moms love their boys, even as men

It’s a biological fact that the human male determines the gender of his offspring, but I’ve often wondered if my innate attraction to the opposite sex conspired against me when …


First date had calamity, but couple clock 75 years

In 1937, John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” hit the bookshelves, Fred Astaire crooned “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” milk cost 14 cents a gallon, and 9 cents …


Front Porch: A big blues adventure in a small town

Some parents take their kids to Disneyland for vacation, some travel to the Oregon Coast, others prefer to go camping. We took our kids to Wallace, Idaho.


Love story: Teenage romance leads to 63 years of marriage

Harold “Pete” Clarke started working at a small South Hill grocery store at age 12. By 16, his duties had expanded to grocery delivery. One day he dropped off groceries …


Front Porch: The quest to make a fat cat not so fat

Last month Thor got an email from the vet notifying him that he was due for a checkup. I found the note in my spam filter. Very clever, Thor.


Front Porch: Nature offers best fireworks

Thousands of folks across the area ooohed and aahed over fantastic fireworks displays last night. But while I enjoy the bang, flash and dazzle of pyrotechnics, they really can’t compare …


Love Story: Car wreck tests couple’s character

When Joel and Beverley Novin exchanged wedding vows on July 18, 2001, they included the traditional promise of “in sickness and in health.” Four years later, that vow would be …


Front Porch: Smartphone comes with some dumb service reps

I didn’t cry, but I wanted to scream. And I really, really wanted to stamp my feet and maybe throw something – preferably a cellphone. Three hours at a Costco …


Veteran recalls months in Japanese captivity

Tall and thin at 94, retired Maj. Gen. Robert Goldsworthy still carries himself with posture befitting an officer. On June 4, a crowd gathered at the Southside Senior Center to …


Love Story: They became the Le Claire bunch

He was a single dad raising seven children. She was a single mom with five kids. In 1966, Mel and Darlene Le Claire met when she moved into a house …


Healthy cuisine for your best friend

The menu reads like something from your favorite diner. Chicken Noodle Soup. Beef and Sweet Potatoes. Mutt-Loaf.


Front Porch: Keep your apps, I prefer memories

My cookbook exploded last week. Well. It’s not exactly a book. It’s a 3-inch white binder filled with recipes ripped from magazines, or scribbled on note cards and wedged between …


Love Story: He chose marriage over professional baseball career

Gary Brown has more than 1,000 baseball caps displayed in his garage. Numbered and cataloged by date, place, and his acquisition of it, each one has a story. But the …


Front Porch: The gift every mom wishes for

Another Mother’s Day has come and gone. As always my husband and sons pampered me with a sumptuous breakfast and thoughtful presents. But the gift I want most can’t be …


Front Porch: Who knew ox lips could taste so good?

With barbecue and picnic season just around the corner, I decided it’s time to conquer my pathological fear of tubular meat. That’s right. I’m giving hot dogs another chance. At …


Fashion’s in the bag, as in pet food bags

The kitten and puppy photos adorning pet food bags now have a wider audience beyond those who buy those products or skim the ads in glossy magazines. And so do …


Front Porch: Loss teaches us to love, appreciate

He missed my oldest son’s first day of kindergarten and his high school graduation. He never saw my second son kick a game-winning point after touchdown.


Couple sharing dance of life

They danced together. They laughed together.


Front Porch: Gunslinging girls’ night out a blast

I have a confession to make. I’m a girl. A girly-girl. I don’t like playing team sports, sweating, getting dirt on my hands or fishing. Well, I’ve never actually gone …


Front Porch: Still ‘really, really like him’ 26 years in

Giggling newlyweds, golden anniversaries, glamorous weddings – I’ve covered them all as part of my Love Story series for this newspaper. And while I’m supposed to be objective and unbiased, …


Front Porch: These pages of history are priceless

The spine is broken, the pages yellowed, and one corner has been gnawed on by tiny teeth. It’s been literally loved to shreds. Twenty-two years ago, on my oldest son’s …


Front Porch: Milo-stone Thor-oughly celebrated

February is a busy month at our house. In addition to Valentine’s Day, we celebrate three family birthdays: Milo’s, Thor’s and mine. The less said about my 40-something-and-counting birthday, the …


Front Porch: Tweeter atwitter over notoriety

When Spokesman-Review columnist/blogger Dave Oliveria started bugging me about Twitter, I scoffed at the notion that I needed any more social media in my life. Facebook already ate up too …


Huckleberries: Rough landing for Green project

Developer Harry Green had big plans when he bought the old Louisiana Pacific mill site on the Spokane River back when. The 33-acre Post Falls Landing project was to become …


Front Porch: Aye, a toast to all things Scottish

In second grade at Jefferson Elementary, Mrs. Pendergast attempted to teach us about cultural heritage. She explained, “For example, my mother’s family is from Germany and my father’s family came …


Front Porch: Riding in the car with boys

I could tell something was wrong the minute he got into the car. His face was flushed and his eyes bright with unshed tears. As I slowly navigated the school …


Front Porch: Christmas traditions move along

When Tevye and the cast belt out “Tradition” in “Fiddler on the Roof,’ they’re singing my song. I, especially, love the ritual, familiarity and comfort of holiday traditions. For me, …


Front Porch: Santa’s bag overflows with ideas

It’s that festive time of year. Holiday lights twinkle from the garland on our banister and glow on the Christmas tree. The Play-doh nativity set sits once again in the …