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Home Planet archive for Jan. 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10, 2014

A Great Kiskadee sings near a feeding station in Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park near McAllen, Texas. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

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

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29, 2014

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

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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

MONDAY, AUG. 4, 2014

London's iconic red buses and black taxis move along Piccadilly Road in the heart of the city. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

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

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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

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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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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014

Martina McBride performs on the Carnival Ecstasy as part of the Carnival Live concert series. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Travel: Sail for a Song with Carnival Live

(Photo: Martina McBride performs on the Carnival Ecstasy.) A few days away from work, escaping the usual family obligations and the routine of the daily grind, can quickly recharge our emotional batteries. There’s no better way to get some much-needed time with your spouse or...

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SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014

This small monument marks the Arctic Circle. As seen from the deck of the Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Travel: Readers Inspired to Cruise Norway

I poured the first cup of coffee of the morning and opened my email. There was the usual flood of messages: personal notes from friends, updates from editors and scattershot public relations pitches. And there was one surprising note. It read: Hello Cheryl-Anne! My sister...

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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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