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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.


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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.


Front Porch: Puppy love through thick and thin

What do you do when you get a new puppy and things just don’t work out as wonderfully as you’d hoped?


Front Porch: Quilts and the ties that bind

Necktie quilt hold fond memories of Dad, Cindy Hval writes.


Front Porch: Peers, doctors help with ailments of aging

When I was younger, I, too, used to kind of sigh and do an internal eye roll when I’d hear a group of older people sit around and discuss their …


Front Porch: Childhood pleasures vs. adult perks

She breezed by me, her skinny legs pumping hard, her hair, untethered by a helmet, flew straight behind her like Superman’s cape.


Front Porch: Columnist is so used to recliner heaven

I don’t know how people can live in any kind of acceptable comfort without a recliner.


Front Porch: ‘Rosie’ has writer warming to robotic ways

Each fall and winter, I’m blessed to use the home of snowbird friends as a writing retreat. When they left Spokane in September, they left behind a new member of …


Front Porch: Husband upgrades to smartphone

Nothing can cause rising terror more – for a sweet technology troglodyte – than learning that your old flip phone has become obsolete and will no longer be supported by …


Front Porch: Book purge begets joyful acquisitions

Author Lisa Kleypas famously wrote, “A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.” If that’s true then there were at least a dozen dangerous creatures at Lilac City Law on Friday …


Front Porch: As lover of words, she’s a logophile

I’ve been spending a fair bit of time in this space focusing on what’s happening with the use and misuse of words and what’s going on with the English language …


Front Porch: Rooster’s crow signals new adventures in San Francisco

The rooster’s hoarse crows were sounding desperate and none of us knew what to do.


Front Porch: Managing frozen middle digit for the birds

This is about my wounded finger.


Front Porch: Lonely tabby’s love weighs heavy

Sometimes love can feel oppressive, even suffocating, especially when it weighs 14 pounds and is sitting on your chest.


Front Porch: No longer lone wolf on vocal fry

Comic strip creator Garry Trudeau’s takes “Doonesbury” takes umbrage at vocal fry in Sunday’s strip. Vindication, Stefanie Pettit writes.


Front Porch: Fans keep on lovin’ REO Speedwagon

He stood like a lonely Statue of Liberty, holding his lighter aloft, its flame flickering in the darkness. An actual cigarette lighter, not a pale imitation cellphone flashlight. You should …


Front Porch: January is a good month to start ‘spring cleaning’

So here I am in mid-January doing my version of spring cleaning.