Author: Mary Kunkel

That Old Time Religion

This time of year, the city where I live goes basketball crazy. That’s because Spokane is home to Gonzaga University, and if you follow college ball at all, you know the Gonzaga team has...

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Learning a New Language

Let me preface this by saying I love ravens. They’re my favorite birds and I consider the raven to be my personal totem animal. I live in the Northwest, where Raven has always been...

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Let It Snow

Here in eastern Washington we like snow in the mountains. We hope for a deep snowpack for skiers and snowboarders and to ensure a good water supply during our hot, dry summers. Lots of...

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Recovering

Several weeks ago we went to one of my husband’s favorite restaurants — partly because he likes the place, and partly because he had a coupon for a free birthday meal. Either the tables...

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It’s That Time of Year

Thirty-some years ago we lived on the Outer Banks, a string of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina where hurricane watches and warnings are likely to occur a couple times a year....

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Bark Now, Ask Questions Later

When our beloved Cinnamon died, I swore I would never have another dog, it was just too painful losing her. I lasted almost a year before I found myself standing in the middle of...

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Walking the Dog

A couple of days ago my husband and I stayed overnight in a mid-sized town we’d previously only driven past. Our hotel was centrally located and the weather was nice so around seven o’clock...

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Paying It Forward

On our way home from camping in southern Oregon last summer, we decided to explore off the beaten path and took a narrow winding road through the canyons and mountains in the high desert...

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Snappish Behavior

Years ago we lived in Texas, just a block from a university. Our family loved walking and riding bikes around the campus, especially near the arboretum, where there was a large lagoon that our...

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There but for the grace…………

When I was downtown, I passed a woman with a shopping cart full of what appeared to be all her earthly possessions. She made me think of my mother. Not that my mother was...

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