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Thursday, December 5, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Front Porch: Hutton provides home with heart

There’s no place like home for the holidays and for 32 children, Hutton Settlement is the place they call home. Earlier this year, I got to know four of those …


Front Porch: It can take a crew to recover from surgery

A few weeks ago, when Bruce was in the hospital getting prepped for surgery, he looked over at us and told the pre-op nurse that our son Carl and I …


Front Porch: Sin City glitz captivating – briefly

Whoever said what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, is obviously not a newspaper columnist.


Front porch: Staying in contact with two grown sons

We have two sons. One is a newlywed living and working in Seattle. The other has lived and worked numerous places in the world, currently in Portugal.


Front Porch: Go home chicken, you’re drunk

Tears poured from my eyes as I thumbed through the pages.


Front Porch: Putting garden to bed and thinking of spring

Winding down the task of getting my yard ready for winter


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Front Porch: All aboard the Scenic Pend Oreille River Train

Thankfully, we’d been warned in advance that train robberies frequently occur on the Scenic Pend Oreille River Train. Even better, the cash collected goes to support the many community projects …


Front Porch: Saying goodbye to beloved pets

Anyone who has loved and lost a dog will understand …


Front Porch: Take a seat and hear about the sofa hunt

Three seconds. That’s about how long it takes me to tell if a couch is comfortable.


Front Porch: Scrapbook brings flood of newsroom memories

I was just a pup in 1968 when I joined the staff at The Spokesman-Review. I was fresh from Florida, a bride of one year and someone who had only …


Front Porch: Toddler/teen behavior defines rowdy kitten

Question: What do you get when you combine the terrible two’s of toddlerhood with the terrifying tenure of teenage years?


Front Porch: Summer, childhood slip by too fast

That encounter brightened a long Monday and memories of my sons tumbled through my mind.


Front Porch: A big deal, no-big-deal wedding

My son Sam is married.


Front Porch: Red Rocker wins over third choice

Some women might chafe at being their husband’s third choice.


Front Porch: Searching for what ails medical profession

Two weeks ago I asked a question here: Where have all my doctors gone? And I talked about feeling abandoned at the growing loss of the medical care providers – …


Front Porch: Picking the perfect paint problematic

It’s amazing how a fresh coat of paint and updated décor improves a home’s entryway.


Front Porch: Doctor turnover shakes patient confidence in care

Where have all my doctors gone?


Front Porch: Little cat feet bound in joyfully

I didn’t get much reading done this week. Every time I picked up a book, Sir Walter Scott scooted his head beneath it, and collapsed on my chest, obscuring the …


Front Porch: He was so loyal, relentless, giving

My friend Tony Bamonte is dead, and I am sad – sad for the loss to his wife, Suzanne; to the law enforcement community, which he cared about deeply to …


Front Porch: Returning a volley in the (green) turf war

Confession: I haven’t mowed a lawn since 2001, and the only time I mowed the lawn prior to that was when my husband was doing his annual training with the …


Front Porch: Standing on own two feet but less confidently

Where did my legs go?


Front Porch: An evening made special by how it started

Let’s face it. Parenting can be a thankless job.


Front Porch: Happy birthday, Miss Chicken

Miss Chicken is 10 years old.


Front Porch: A little murder mystery on the Columbia

We’d barely finished our appetizers when Jimmy “the Gyp” got bashed in the back of the head. I clutched my champagne glass as Crusher, the Don’s bodyguard, rushed past our …


Front Porch: Gaining a son-in-law, and a new title

It won’t be long now before I become a mother-in-law.


Front Porch: Pushing past risk for view worth it

Columnist enjoys rare break from work deadlines to enjoy the beauty of the world around her.


Front Porch: Waging battle with deer – for dahlias this year

I have discovered dahlias, Dianthus and Salvia. Of the three, last year I could not have told you what two of them were.


Front Porch: Wedding dress to ease others’ grieving

Sarah Bain honors the memory of her infant by donating her wedding dress to the Angel Gown program.


Front Porch: Spring can have its frailties, too

This has been the strangest spring.


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019

Front Porch: Losing my heroes

Ray, Milt, Dean, Harold. Their names are as old-fashioned as the values they held dear – patriotism, service, commitment and lifelong love.