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Saturday, December 7, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Huckleberries: Matching views to office sought can be tricky

Let’s play a game. Huckleberries will tell you where candidate John Green stands on issues. And you guess which office he’s seeking. Ready? On his Facebook wall, Green lists his …


Front Porch: Cramps, comments, and a crown

Wearily, I dumped my briefcase in the corner and shrugged my overnight bag onto the bed. I’d been away from home working on my book. As I sat down on …


Front Porch: Season, lives can change quickly

A northerly blast rattles the windows and threatens the few leaves still stubbornly clinging to our apple tree. The russet and amber brilliance of autumn is fading fast. Seasons change.


Front Porch: Fall veggies (or whatever) hard to beet

I’m in the midst of my annual identity crisis. Every autumn when area gardens burst with bounty, I toy with the idea of turning in my carnivore card and embracing …


Front Porch: Feeling blue without a Bluetooth

I used to make fun of them. The people who walk through grocery stores, animatedly chatting with invisible friends. The folks at movie theaters with winking blue lights behind their …


Huckleberries: In Spokane, charity can be expensive

Bogus. That’s the word Jeff Selle, of Post Falls, uses for that $175 citation issued by a Spokane County health inspector to Riverside High mom Mary Beth Conklin for a …


Front Porch: Losing the deadlines, finding life

The roses were gorgeous. I buried my nose in the pale pink blooms displayed in the floral department at the grocery store. Each blossom and bud burst with sweet aroma. …


Front Porch: Checkout woes nothing to sneeze at

Lamaze breathing techniques recently helped me endure an excruciating experience at the grocery store. Shopping shouldn’t be painful, but on this sunny Saturday, I experienced a “perfect storm” situation at …


Front Porch: Old things wrapped in memories

It’s faded and threadbare and its edges have begun to unravel. I pulled the white-flowered pink towel from the dryer and folded it, carefully smoothing the frayed trim. Each time …


Front Porch: Knee judging caps day of Highland fun

I’ve always been a hands-on journalist, because I believe the best reporting comes from actively experiencing community life. I’ve sat on a $600 toilet, flown in a biplane and fired …


Front Porch: Broken hearts that Papa can’t fix

Everything about my father-in-law Aage (Au-gee) Hval was larger than life. His hands. His broad back. His warm smile. His generous heart. And Thursday afternoon, without warning, that big heart …


Front Porch: Nature walk new material for next book

I’m no Rich Landers. This thought occurred to me last week, as I scanned the woods around me and looked in vain for something that resembled a trail. I’m quite …


Front Porch: Road trip celebrates milestone

A couple weeks ago, Derek and I took our 25th wedding anniversary celebration on the road and journeyed to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore. Our official anniversary was …


Front Porch: Fond memories of Ray Daves endure

To know Ray Daves was to love him. And last Thursday, Trinity Baptist Church overflowed with people who loved him. Daves, 91, the Navy radioman who survived the attack on …


Front Porch: Luncheon comforting for mothers

On Mother’s Day, my husband and sons spoiled me as usual with flowers and breakfast in bed. But the following Friday, I celebrated the holiday again – this time with …


Huckleberries: As fortune would have it, they’re basking in presence of children

Most of us enjoy reading fortune cookie messages. They’re fun and generic like horoscope predictions. But Coeur d’Alene water superintendent Jim Markley and his wife, Debbie, don’t take the fortunes …


Front Porch: Love stories drive effort to publish

Writing a book is a lot like giving birth, except it takes a lot longer than nine months and nobody offers you an anesthetic. For the past 18 months, in …


Front Porch: Driver’s ed is lesson for Mom, son

He tossed his head and his shaggy blond bangs shrouded his blue eyes. “How’s this?” he asked as he flashed an oversized grin. “The girls call this my Joker smile.” …


Front Porch: Thankfully, imagination still rules

Closing my eyes I took deep cleansing breaths, inhaling semifresh recycled air and exhaling anxiety and dread. “C’mon Mom!” Sam urged.


Front Porch: Film society is draw for local talent

It’s not every day that you sit down to lunch with a couple of screenwriters, a 12-year-old piano prodigy and a special effects/makeup artist, but that’s what I did recently. …


Front Porch: Shrinking home gets a visitor – and a new idea

‘He followed me home, Mom. Honest!” Sam, 11, fidgeted, shifting his weight from one foot to the other as words tumbled out. Wide-eyed and earnest, he continued. “I saved his …


Front Porch: Interest not universally remote

When my husband called to tell me he’d just ordered a Roku box I thought he was bringing home Japanese takeout for dinner. Wrong.


Front Porch: Pajama Person, other fashion mavens

This is a first and most likely a last. This is a column about fashion – something I am woefully unqualified to write about. But since when have I let …


Front Porch: Panhandler challenges personal rule

He seemed earnest and sincere. Big brown eyes peered at me beneath dark bangs that needed a trim. His relatively clean black and white plaid coat matched his black jeans …


Front Porch: Aging has its costs, and its benefits

Last Sunday, 11-year-old Sam and I cuddled on the couch perusing the newspaper. The morning sunlight streamed through the window behind us. Sam sat up, stretched and craned his neck …


Front Porch: There’s a first time for everything

I don’t like change. It’s hard for me to let go of the familiar and embrace something new. Perhaps that’s why New Year’s Eve has always been my least favorite …


Front Porch: Peaceful visitation heavenly

They arrived at 10:30 p.m., which is a bit late for guests. I opened the door and a gust of chill winter wind swept through the entryway. Somewhat self-consciously, I …


Book Notes: Edstrom releases recording how-to

The name Brent Edstrom is familiar from his work with the Brent Edstrom Trio and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra. Now the classical-jazz pianist has a new role: Brent Edstrom, Oxford …


Front Porch: Roadwork leaves time for meditation

I’ve been seeing red a lot, lately. No, I haven’t been angry. I’m talking about traffic lights. There are 252 traffic lights in the city, and I believe I’ve been …


Front Porch: Wait till it’s empty nest improvement

Our house is in a constant state of home improvement. It’s a veritable ode to unfinished projects. I marvel when friends say they painted their living rooms or stained their …