Home Planet archive for Dec. 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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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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