Author Archives: jbarville

Every dog needs his day – for Tippy

When my friend and fellow Spokesman-Review columnist Cindy Hval wrote a couple columns from the perspective of her cats, Thor and Milo, I laughed. They were fun columns with the facts filtered through artistic license. (You can read them here and … Continue reading

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Spartan Race Giveaway Winner, 15% off for everyone else

Drum roll……. Alberto M. won the Spartan race entry. Aroo! But the rest of you can still get 15% off if you click here to register. So get out there and find your Spartan Strong. You may also enjoy: Spartan … Continue reading

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There’s a “cuss” in Concussed

Concussion has the word “cuss” in it for a good reason. Getting one is a major headache. Last month, my husband and I went hiking at Liberty Lake regional park, to the great joy of our border collie, Tippy. No, that’s … Continue reading

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Spartan Race Entry Giveaway – Find Your Strength

Overcoming obstacles in a Spartan adventure race is a lot like conquering challenges in life. It forces you to face your weaknesses while finding your strength. But the experience is wrapped in exhilaration, adrenaline, camaraderie and mud. A lot of mud. Thanks … Continue reading

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Spartan Strong and Winning

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” – Spartan Meme That statement sums up the last year for me. It’s true in a way that’s bittersweet but incredibly empowering. So, in honor … Continue reading

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Barb, The Bag Lady, Aunt Lucy and Aging Gracefully

Little moments matter. This morning I read a lovely post by my online running pal, Barb. She talked about her regular interactions with a bagging lady at her local grocery store. Go read the full post here, then come back. … Continue reading

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Running Naked

Running naked can be illuminating. Earlier this month I ran the Oktoberfest Half Marathon in Leavenworth, my third half marathon since spring. I’d already met my time goals for the year so I decided to run this one naked. That’s runner … Continue reading

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Egg Expressions

Some recent social interactions got me thinking about egg expressions. I’ve been trying to walk on eggshells, as the saying goes, with less than successful results. You can’t walk on an egg without it breaking, I’ve discovered. And when the … Continue reading

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Marathon Warrior beats Breast Cancer and Runs for Life

When it comes to life’s challenges, Spokane resident Carol Dellinger approaches them like a marathon, with optimism, determination and strength. Known as the marathon machine or marathon warrior, Dellinger runs a marathon every two to three weeks. She finished No. 272 … Continue reading

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Hugging the Journalist

Once I overheard a fellow reporter say, “there are no hugs in journalism.” This gave me pause. During my career I’ve written about more topics than I can recall but they tend to fall in four basic categories: business, technology, … Continue reading

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