Articles written by Luella Dow

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Christine Transue is a true 'people person'

I recently spent an evening with a happy group at Tyler Grange. I met Christine Transue, a lovely young mother who knows many people and has friends among those who came to the... — Updated 11/12/2015


A friendly deed can lead to an inner smile

The refusers say, “No,” to those who ask for their help. They kick cans along the road, leave papers and trash wherever they’ve walked. A battered can becomes their gift to a neighbor’s yard. This morning, while walking... — Updated 10/8/2015


It's time for Tyler Grange's annual Harvest Dinner

Every year the Tyler Grange folks prepare an excellent dinner for friends, neighbors, relatives and hopeful people hungrily standing nearby. This year, on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m., the exciting time begins with the dinner, followed by a b... — Updated 10/1/2015


Arguments and boyfriends, not a good combination

My sister, Lorraine, and her boyfriend, Aaron, were arguing about my sister’s cat. They had been in the living room for about an hour while I was in another room ironing clothes and pretending I hadn’t heard their arguments.... — Updated 9/24/2015


Gertrude Moe, a truly lovely lady

It was Aug. 27, 2015, the day Gertrude Moe and I met. She had spent two days walking, not because she had to walk, but because she likes to walk. Gertrude is 93 years old. She uses... — Updated 9/3/2015


Meet the new pastor in town

She is dynamic, energetic, animated and very youthful. The United Methodist Church here in Cheney has a new pastor, and like a whirlwind blowing into town, pastor Alissa Bertsch... — Updated 8/27/2015


Porter's Dog - a short story

Porter Conner, a single man, had found the dog he wanted. It was a fine looking, happy Labrador who liked to receive Porter’s kind words and gentle scratches behind the ears. Porter named him Conner, a name he could easily... — Updated 8/20/2015


Cheney's own Rosie the Riveter

Yes, Cheney has its own, genuine, real-life "Rosie the Riveter." Her name is Elaine Bower Lopes. Just as depicted in books, movies and magazine articles, she operated a riveter and... — Updated 8/13/2015


Cheney's Lyle and Alice Polack are definitely very busy people

Here's Lyle and Alice Polack. We sat down to talk one day and I found this couple have many things to tell. Lyle said, "I come from Michigan." He calls himself a transplant. He spen... — Updated 8/6/2015


Part 2: Good things do happen

Editor’s note: Luella Dow continues her story from last week of challenges faced in her youth. Even at my age I understood they didn’t like me. I’d go home again. I managed to gather the armful of school supplies I had... — Updated 7/30/2015


Part 1: Good things do happen

This is the true story of some events that happened when I was very young. I grew up on my father’s dairy farm that was exactly one mile from the country school. My mother decided one mile was the perfect distance for me to walk... — Updated 7/23/2015


Grandmas are friends - a short story

I was at the park with two of my friends one afternoon, when the voice of a mother echoed through the trees surrounding us. “Greg, you nuisance, get over here. I’m not keeping the food just for you.” A young boy, about 8 year... — Updated 7/9/2015


The self-made treat for a lonely child

By LUELLA DOW Contributor “Luella, get that cat out of the house. I told you three times!” That was Mrs. Borgrim, my mother’s friend making my ears ring. She was keeping our home organized while my parents were at a meeting... — Updated 6/25/2015


Felix, the dog who does it right

I was walking about 20 minutes from my home on an early summer day. I could see the pond and the new goslings learning to swim behind their mothers. A car was edging close behind me. I didn’t look back. The neighbors on this... — Updated 6/11/2015


Medical Lake seniors showcase artwork

On a quiet, residential street in the little town of Medical Lake is an art gallery. It was the scene of a real live art exhibit this past Saturday afternoon. The gallery belongs... — Updated 5/21/2015


Norwegian heritage, American upbringing

Where do you find all the happy, friendly people you see in Cheney? Try Chryssee Pettit. Chryssee tells me she grew up in Reardan and Pomeroy. She said, "I always wanted to help... — Updated 5/7/2015


Eloise and Jim Goodwin share the spirit of giving

Eloise, the new baby in the Holt family, was born in Spokane on June 16, 1929. As Eloise grew, school boundaries changed,too. Eloise spent grades 4-8 at Four Lakes, changed to Cheney Junior High (now Cheney Middle School) and final... — Updated 4/30/2015


The story of the cat that got even in the cold

Some people invite their pet cats into their homes. On a really cold night they give that cat a cozy spot at the foot of the bed. I belong to that tribe of do-gooders. People who don’t like cats never let themselves think of... — Updated 4/23/2015


Kirsten Bleeker's adventure in Iceland

Kirsten Bleeker is the daughter of Doug and Carolyn Bleeker who live in Chattaroy. She is my granddaughter. In August of last year, a plane took Kirsten to Iceland where she would... — Updated 4/16/2015


Bonita Brady and what's beyond the corner

When I first met Bonita Brady, who calls herself Bonnie, I caught a glimpse of a few of my own traits. Then I realized nobody ever catches up with Bonnie. Brady told me she was born in Chicago. Her father was an electrician. I... — Updated 3/5/2015


Floyd and Carrie Low's love resulted from an act of determination

Carrie Low said, "When I met Floyd I was 17. Floyd was a senior in high school. He was the only one in his family to graduate from high school. He was determined to get acquainted... — Updated 2/26/2015


Messages from intelligent people

I have gathered these quotes which make me smile. I have not intended to insult or besmirch those who innocently caused the smile. Listen carefully. An important person who often roams the hallways of Cheney’s prestigious... — Updated 2/19/2015


An idea borne on the wind

My friend Cally, sat in the chair and spread her arms, “I’ve had this idea for many months, Luella but I’ve never been able to get anybody interested in buying my lovely greeting cards. They’re just there, day after day... — Updated 2/12/2015


Everybody cares when there's music playing

Nobody cares when Joey drops the bat and the ball rolls across his toes onto third base. Nobody cares when half the kids are sharing sandwiches and not one of them ever says, “C’mon Joey, come eat with us.” Nobody cares when... — Updated 2/5/2015


Custom Coaches' Bob Williams loves cars

When Bob Williams was just 9 years old his parents brought him from California to Kennewick. After a time, they came to Cheney. He said, "I started my business in body work in... — Updated 1/29/2015


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