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Home Planet archive for Jan. 1, 2011

SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2011

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Facing the New Year with Optimism

We sat around the table at a downtown restaurant, a group of women all well into middle age and beyond, savoring a few easy minutes in the final crazed days of the holiday season. Looking around, it occurred to me the eight of us would...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 25, 2011

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Joy on Christmas Morning

I hope that when you opened your eyes this morning--no, even before you opened them, even earlier than that--I hope that when you first found yourself swimming into morning light and out of whatever dreams you’d been having, somewhere in your mind there rang out...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2011

The Boy Who Believed

My son, who has been working in Japan, is on his way home. We haven't seen him in several months and I'm hungry for some time with him. My son has grown up to be a wonderful man; an adventurer, a tinkerer and a master...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2011

Image courtesy of © Hergé-Moulinsart 2010

The Tintin Within

(Image courtesy © Hergé-Moulinsart 2010) Deep in the heart of almost any child, there hides a secret wish to, at least on occasion, be an orphan. Free of all parental control, rudderless, able to decide what one will eat, where one will go and how...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 18, 2011

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Our Christmas Story

Each year, after Thanksgiving dinner, some time after the last of the dishes are washed and before the pie comes back out again, I bring up a big handwoven basket from the storeroom in the basement. The basket is the size of a bed pillow,...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 2011

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Dark December

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) We sat quietly in the car as I drove across town, the road-grimed headlights piercing the twilight ahead of us. I didn’t even think to turn on the radio. It was only 4 o’clock but it felt much later. I had...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2011

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There Are None So Blind

This is a repost of one of my favorite columns. I recorded it for Spokane Public Radio several years ago and it is available on Public Radio Exchange. This year, the audio essay was broadcast by Delta College Public Radio in Michigan. November 22, 2004...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 20, 2011

MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011

An early October snowfall dusts the mountains outside Banff, Alberta. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Winter is Waiting

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) I had a few October days to myself so I spent them in the little town of Banff, in Alberta, Canada. While there, it was impossible not to catch the energy of autumn, flagged by the flashing gold of the aspen...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 30, 2011

THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2011

Disney Tricked Me With a Treat 

Not that there’s ever been any shortage of evidence, but my three older children now have solid proof that we love the youngest more. By their standards, of course. When I was raising my three older children, three little stairsteps born in just under six...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 15, 2011

FRIDAY, OCT. 14, 2011

SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 2011

Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap. View of the Mabel Dodge Luhan home in Santa Fe, New Mexico (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Seeking a Sense of the Right Place

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) Like someone who had looked straight into the baking sun, the hot New Mexico desert, a landscape of painted sand and strange towering rock formations, was burned into my mind’s eye. Even as I settled into the window seat of the...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 2, 2011

SUNDAY, SEPT. 25, 2011

The Green Grass of Home

When I was in my mid-20s, I spent a summer in New York City working and studying. I immediately fell in love with the city and found my pulse danced to the constant rhythm of traffic and people; to a compact space filled with people...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2011

SATURDAY, AUG. 13, 2011

The Loss of a Familiar Face

I was sitting in an airport, somewhere, I don’t even remember which airport it was, watching two women in the row of chairs across from me. Like most travelers these days, they were surrounded by all the necessary carry-on items: purses, a takeout bag with...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 7, 2011

Robert Millsap stands on the summit of Mt. Hood at sunrise after a before-dawn ascent. (photo courtesy of Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

From the Boy on Top of the World

It takes some getting used to when your children grow up and leave home. After years of living according to their schedules, from 2 a.m. feedings to a 2 a.m. curfew, even when they’ve been on their own for a while, it still feels odd...

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SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011

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Made in America, Based in Berlin

It’s always a bit of a jolt when we see ourselves through another’s lens. Suddenly things we’d never noticed stand out. I was in Berlin recently. What has happened there since the wall fell is interesting. At the time of the reunification West Berlin was...

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MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011

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Urban pests and backyard chickens 

The scene in the morning was terrible. What was left of the torn, bloodied carcass of my beloved Anacona hen, the crazy, flighty Italian chicken whose antics never failed to amuse me, was tossed like so much trash in front of the henhouse. The two...

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MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

Statue of Johann Sebastian Bach at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Leipzig: Back to Bach

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) The day before I left Spokane and caught an early flight to Germany, the weather was wet and cold. More like late winter than late spring. Everywhere I went people were grumbling about the rain. “Sorry you have to be out...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2011

Zurich, Switzerland, in the twilight. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Friday Night Around the World

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) On my last day in Switzerland, I walked around Zurich, visiting museums, wandering up and down cobblestoned streets window-shopping and trying to lock it all in my memory. I strolled along the river and over bridges, people-watching, stopping to look at...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2011

Charmed Pillows and Sweet Dreams

I brought the sheets and pillowcases in from the clothesline, stiffened by the wind and still warm from the late afternoon sun. Before I folded each piece, I buried my face in the fabric and breathed deeply. Who doesn’t love that smell? Like sunlight spun...

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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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