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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 …


Front Porch: Next time the mascara’s running alone

A strange affliction seems to have overcome many of my 40-ish friends. It began with vague murmurs about cholesterol and too-snug jeans. Soon, discussion became peppered with talk of morning …


Front Porch: Mom, guitar gently weep as teens LOL

More than 20 years ago, for reasons now unclear, I decided to have a baby. Derek and I had been married three years, and I guess it seemed natural to …


Front Porch: Mother of four, heel thyself!

They called to me. They twinkled at me from among sensible square-toed pumps and frivolous flip-flops trimmed with plastic daisies. They glittered. They sparkled. They shone. I didn’t even intend …


Patriotism rang true on parade route

Editor’s note: This Front Porch column was incomplete in some editions of Thursday’s Voices. When I received an invitation to appear in this year’s Armed Forces Torchlight Parade, I had …


Patriotism rang true on parade route

When I received an invitation to appear in this year’s Armed Forces Torchlight Parade, I had mixed feelings. My only previous parade experience hadn’t gone well. In seventh grade I …


Cindy Hval: Relationship with GPS getting there

To say that I am geographically challenged and directionally impaired might be an understatement. I’ve been lost in every city, town, state and country I’ve ever lived in or visited. …


Totally lost in marital translation

Many marital experts agree that a little mystery in a relationship adds spice. For Derek and me the ongoing challenge of translating woman-speak into man-speak continues to add intrigue, even …


Cindy Hval: Gift creates Wii Fit of frustration

Knowing that every year my New Year’s resolution is the same (to regain the figure I had at 21) this Christmas my husband thoughtfully provided a gift to get me …


In midst of chaos, the rocking chair

In the midst of unearthing Christmas decorations, I surveyed the downstairs family room. Actually, “wreck” room is a more apt description. Green and red bins burgeoning with tinsel and ornaments …


Autograph seekers find rogue love

While other media tried in vain to interview Sarah Palin on her recent book tour, Huckleberries Online simply embedded a Berry Picker with the ex-VP wannabe when she visited North …


Tour opens new view of region

As someone who has lived most of her life in the Spokane area, I consider myself quite familiar with the city and all its amenities. But when an invitation crossed …


Winter might just worsen fall season

I made a painful discovery on Spokane’s mean streets a couple of weeks ago. You might say it just hit me: Falling down hurts a lot more at 44 than …


Memories deepen with sons’ voices

Last week I woke to the sound of men’s voices in my kitchen. I checked the clock and sat up abruptly. My husband had already left for work. Who could …


Cindy Hval: School projects inspire creepy dreams, fewer sweets

There’s a butterfly in my freezer. And a moth, a stink bug, an ant, a fly and something green with wings. I tend to forget they’re there, but when I …


Front Porch: Mother marks seasons by sports calendar year

My life can be mapped by ball fields. The dust and mud of baseball fields; the windy, unshaded terrain of soccer fields; and the brightly illuminated green glow of football …


Today’s hit music makes mom long for ’80s lyrics

I don’t know how it happened. Perhaps it’s a byproduct of turning 40, and I ignored the warning signs. But it’s too late now. I’ve become a radio-yeller. The kind …


Day of relaxation brings winter into perspective

I sat in the stillness of Clare House at St. Joseph Family Center and listened to winter. A ceramic mug of coffee warmed my hands and I closed my eyes. …


Finding someone to blame can take a lot of time

According to industry experts, print is dead and no one reads newspapers, books or magazines anymore. This can make earning a paycheck as a freelance writer rather challenging. However, being …


Penchant for pink poses no problems

I’ve always been a girly-girl. The kind that begged to wear dresses to school, and wore lace-topped socks, shiny patent leather shoes and carried a matching purse. Of course, I …


Caruso doing OK without college

William Petersen as “CSI’s” Gil Grissom may have retired. But that doesn’t mean county Demo chief Thom George will switch allegiance to David Caruso and Miami’s version of “CSI.” Thom …


When you have a family, your cell phone needs a crisis setting

Several years ago, it became apparent that using my home phone as a business phone wasn’t going to work. I missed calls because my kids were on the phone, and …