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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 5, 2020

Voice: Letters

Hval’s Front Porch offered silver linings


UPDATED: Thu., July 30, 2020

Front Porch: Finding silver linings in cloudy COVID-19 world

My doorknobs and light switches have never been cleaner.


Front Porch: Pandemic adding to parental worrying

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.


UPDATED: Fri., July 24, 2020

Front Porch: Last “War Bonds”-featured couple die 18 days apart

Mabel and Charlie Mitson, the last couple featured in the “War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation,” by Cindy Hval, both died in June, 18 days apart.


UPDATED: Thu., July 9, 2020

Front Porch: Loss of easy socializing sharply felt during pandemic

During our new stay-home lives, I am not alone.


Front Porch: Twin grandsons make heart grow two sizes

Hval family would go the extra mile to be with twin grandsons


Front Porch: Sailing into the sunset with nothing but good memories

If we have an extravagance in our lives, it’s our sailboat.


Front Porch: An almost meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. seared in memory

I almost met the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.


Front Porch: Scrapbooks etched in stone

Headstones offer connection to stories told or untold


UPDATED: Fri., May 29, 2020

Front Porch: Remembering Miss Chicken

On Saturday, May 2, the glorious Miss Chicken died. It was just two days after the story I wrote about her latest life adventure appeared in this space, in which …


Front Porch: Showing some love to locally owned eateries

You never know how much you miss something until it’s gone. Derek and I have entered the blissful state of the almost-empty nest. With just one kid at home our …


Front Porch: Get me out of the house, please

Fair to say, everyone is getting a little stir-crazy being sequestered as we have been. Never mind missing work, family, friends, restaurants, travel, going to the theater – I confess …


Front Porch: Of Mondays and mugs

Bewildered, I stared through sleep-fogged eyes at the rack above the kitchen sink. I saw Sam’s Star Wars cup, Derek’s Three Stooges mug, and a few others, but my Monday …


Front Porch: 11-year-old Miss Chicken dons support bra, still clucking

An update on Miss Chicken who is 11 years old and receiving careful attention in her old age


Front Porch: It’s not what I miss most; it’s who

March 29. For those keeping track at home, that’s the last time I wore mascara. I’m putting that extra five minutes a day to good use, though. For instance, I …


UPDATED: Thu., April 16, 2020

Front Porch: Son polishes cooking skills in quarantine

The other night my son prepared steak, salad and a new recipe for squashed potatoes for dinner – all homemade and plated with a sense of design. That was in …


Front Porch: Chronicling quarantine life

Unlike many writers, I don’t journal. I write for a living, so by the end of the day I’m all out of words.


Front Porch: Quiet of night fills with memories

Several years ago when I was visiting family and friends in Florida, I spent two days with a cousin I hadn’t seen in a couple of decades. As we were …


UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

Front Porch: Ohio visit heavenly despite pandemic

Earlier this month when we left for Ohio to visit our twin grandsons, there were just two cases of COVID-19 in Spokane – the remaining cruise ship passengers that had …


Front Porch: Follow health experts’ advice, and let’s also think long term

The partial-but-increasingly growing, self-imposed isolation has begun.


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Front Porch: Can’t do 55

I stood in the middle of the bedroom and spun in a slow circle. A few minutes earlier I’d left my desk and rushed upstairs to get something. Something really …


Front Porch: EWU library book ordinary, yet extraordinary

This is about a delightful little adventure involving lost jewelry and lost memory and a bit of kindly detective work that solved the mystery dubbed “The Extraordinary Ordinary Book.”


Front Porch: The fun arrives during anticipation

Anticipation is a feeling of excitement about something pleasant that you know is going to happen, and it’s just about my favorite feeling in the world.


Front Porch: Memory is slipping up with time

Being at the very front end of the Baby Boomer parade, I am finding issues with memory more relevant in my life. And in that of my friends.


Front porch: Saying goodbye isn’t easy

I sat in her kitchen, surrounded by fragrant braids of garlic. Plump and juicy just-picked tomatoes spilled from a bowl on her counter.


Front Porch: Marriage survives 55 years

It wasn’t New Year’s Eve exactly – but darned close – that we celebrated the end of 2019 with a warm and lovely ceremony that was meaningful and fun, and …


Front Porch: A double rainbow after the storm

On Nov. 23, 2019, a rainbow shimmered across our sky. Not just any rainbow, a glorious double arc.


Front Porch: Some short takes

This is a column dedicated to a couple of unrelated items.


Front Porch: The trouble with words

I’ve been told I have a way with words.


Front Porch: Giving perfect gifts takes care, insight

I just love it when people think of innovative or spot-on perfect gifts to get for people they care about. It’s hard to accomplish, but when you get it right, …