Five years later

priest lake idaho

Five equals six. My American and I celebrated five years together last weekend, and it marked my sixth trip to Hill’s Resort in Priest Lake, Idaho. Every New Year’s Eve, the Friends of Spokane Valley would head up to the cabin village about two hours north of year. Some friends have grown up, moved on […]

The love bridge of Spokane Valley

Coyote rocks spokane valley

Imitation is the most acceptable part of Worship. Three hundred years ago, Jeremy Collier and André Dacier wrote those words in a biography of Marcus Aurelius. More than 100 years later, Charles Caleb Colton penned the idiom that’s far more common: Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.

Remembering Shep: A solemn escape

How do you make the best of the anniversary of the worst day of your life? Aug. 20 marked one year since Shep left us. I hadn’t been looking forward to the day, knowing I was the one who made the painful decision to end his life. I still struggle with that, even with the […]

A Canadian escape

Nelson dog park

I need another one! It was a long six months of living in the United States, not being allowed to set foot on the Great White North, my Canadian homeland. Those were the rules, though. As long as I was waiting for my Green Card, I wasn’t allowed to leave the States. If I did, […]

Escape to the ocean

rockaway beach oregon

I have chronic insomnia. It’s been going on for more than 20 years. As a newspaper reporter, I stared at the ceiling instead of sleeping, worrying about typos or misspellings in my copy … knowing that our readers — especially the ones I called my friends — wouldn’t miss the opportunity to jump down my […]

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No trespassing: A followup on the Kelowna hippie commune

I never wonder why I do this. I’m intrigued by the history of the areas I live in, how people lived in another time, and why they up and leave their homes, abandoning what may have been precious items. I make up stories in my head, some of them inspired by Criminal Minds episodes, and […]