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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, …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

Front Porch: With 20/20 clarity, I see change ahead

I don’t remember ever having 20/20 vision. I got my first pair of glasses in fourth grade, my first pair of contacts at 15, and my eyesight continues to decline.

Front Porch: Word of the Year selections become ominous

For many of us, perhaps the nerdier in our midst, this is the time when our inner logophilia eagerly rises to the surface as we begin our annual end-of-the-year search …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Front Porch: Naughty or nice, this kitty likes to loaf around

The rustling sound gave me pause.

Front Porch: Put the apostrophe in its place

Having lain dormant for many months now, my inner Grammar Goddess feels the need to rise up and spread her wings in celebratory and protective guardian-angel mode, this time to …

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 …