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THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015

THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10, 2014

Travel: Birding in McAllen, Texas

The stereotype of the avid birdwatcher is classic: a well-equipped enthusiast wearing the latest outdoor gear, carrying the biggest lens, peering into the trees through the most expensive binoculars, traveling to all the most exotic corners of the globe to be able to check another...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2014

MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2014

Travel: Bring Home the Taste of Tennessee

Every year, usually some time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I bring out all the good stuff. I put out an assortment of foods I’ve picked up as I traveled in the months before and brought home to share with my family. Some years it has...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29, 2014

Travel: Fly to NYC and Skip the Jet Lag

I’m fortunate that my work takes me to Europe several times a year, but I try to go on my own at least once each fall or winter. Sometimes I travel with my husband or accompanied by one of my adult children, and that’s always...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 26, 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2014

SUNDAY, SEPT. 28, 2014

SATURDAY, SEPT. 27, 2014

Remembrance: Gold Star Mother's Day

His story was not uncommon but that only increases its bittersweet quality. In late September, 1918, just weeks before the end of the Great War that had decimated parts of France and Belgium and effectively destroyed an entire generation of men in Europe, Sergeant Headley...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 21, 2014

Travel: 5 tips for hotel freebies

Most hotel rooms come with a few amenities, things like tiny bottles of shampoo, scented soap, a shower cap, a miniature sewing kit and occasionally some fragrant shower gel or body wash. But, because travel always seems to bring unexpected complications, I’ve learned how to...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2014

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2014

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20, 2014

SUNDAY, AUG. 17, 2014

Travel: Luggage tips: Pack right and carry on

Planning for two days in New York--including a night at the theater and a lot of sightseeing--a 7-day transatlantic cruise on the Queen Mary 2 with at least two formal nights, and then another three days hoofing it around London before flying back home, made...

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MONDAY, AUG. 4, 2014

Travel: London in a Weekend

After our June transatlantic crossing on the Cunard Queen Mary 2, we spent an additional three days in London before flying back to Spokane. That’s not a lot of time in one of the world’s most beautiful and historic cities, but with a map, a...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014

SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014

Travel: Explore Ann Arbor

If I told you I’d gone to the city to see a few shows, listen to some impressive live music, catch a cutting-edge film festival, spend time in world-class museums, and chow down on an astonishingly diverse and multicultural dining scene including Cuban, Ethiopian, Mexican,...

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THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014

Travel: Scenes from an Airport

After I’ve run the security gauntlet, after I’ve shown my ID, after I’ve exposed the contents of my bag to whoever is manning the scanner, after I’ve emptied my pockets and made my way through, the world shrinks to the faces and voices I hear...

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FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014

SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014

FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014

SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014

FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014

The Amtrak Cascades at waits Seattle's King Street Station. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Travel: Ride the Scenic Amtrak Cascades

I paid the $5 taxi fare from my mid-town hotel and walked through Seattle’s King Street Station to the track where the Amtrak Cascades was waiting. After I stowed my bag overhead I settled into my seat as the rest of the passengers filed on...

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SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2014

Life in the Lilac City

It was almost midnight by the time my delayed flight landed in Spokane. I followed the stream of weary passengers through the terminal and met my husband at the door. We drove silently home in the dark .The window was open and I caught a...

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Cheryl-Anne Millsap's Home Planet column appears each week in the Wednesday "Pinch" supplement. Cheryl-Anne is a regular contributor to Spokane Public Radio and her essays can be heard on Public Radio stations across the country.






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