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TUESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2010

Back to School Promises

I got a call this morning from an old friend, a woman who was there with me when our children were small. Those children are all grown up now (the "baby" is 15) but each year, at the beginning of September, we can't help but...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 4, 2010

The Universal Language

What struck me most, on a quick trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, were the voices I heard as I explored the town. One nationality after another passed me on the street, laughing, talking in a dozen languages. On my last morning, I sat across the...

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MONDAY, AUG. 30, 2010

Wheels and Wranglers

Each of us builds a future in our own way. Some are the caretakers of an established family legacy. Others roll up their sleeves, lay new brick and create a fresh start. Today, I experienced both. A bicycle built by two This morning, I rode...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 28, 2010

SATURDAY, AUG. 21, 2010

Fresh tomatoes from Cheryl-Anne Millsap's garden (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Savor Every Bite

Food. Books. Somewhere, at some time, the two became intertwined in my mind. It just didn’t seem right to do one without the other. I ate when I read and I read when I ate. I remember practicing sounding-out words on the back of the...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 14, 2010

Why Worry?

It wasn’t just that the voice was familiar to me, but the tone of the voice on the phone was also instantly and unpleasantly recognizable. I would know it anywhere. It was, for those of you who’ve raised a family and know what I’m talking...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 7, 2010

Pathway at Manito Gardens (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

The Garden Secret

The thing about the park is that there are all sorts of corners where you can hide away. Secluded benches in the space under the boughs of a tall fir tree. Leafy rooms with walls made of hedgerows and stacked stone. A vine-covered gazebo tucked...

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TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010

 (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Golden Gates

The tall, cathedral-like arches of the Golden Gate Bridge loomed ahead as I followed the line of cars in front of me. The day was overcast and traffic was shrouded in fog, draped in the mist blowing in from the bay. I was a rolling...

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SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2010

Montana cowboys (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Shadow Pony

I was instantly awake when I opened my eyes to a clear, bright, Montana morning. There was no swimming through murky dreams to surface into consciousness, stretching and yawning and blinking. One minute I was asleep, the next, I wasn’t. Through the open window I...

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TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2010

Under a Starlit Sky

It’s been a long time since I was invited to a backyard campout. My children are old enough to get in the car and go to a campground with friends when they feel like it. Or, to take a climb into the wilderness and do...

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SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2010

The Last of the Firsts

I picked up my youngest daughter from camp yesterday. This year, she wasn't a camper. She was a counselor-in-training. She spent almost two weeks away, learning to think and act like a counselor. It's a big transition with a lot of responsibility. Growing up is...

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FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010

 (Digiuser Digiuser)

Red-winged Blackbird

Driving across the country, watching the miles fly past, the view from my car window was constantly changing. Lush southern forests gave way to open farmland. The scarred landscape of the badlands flowed into the vast prairies. Miles of grassland rose to meet the peaks...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2010

China: Ancient tools on a Modern Road

At four in the morning, in a dark hotel room in Beijing, a grim city that performed cosmetic surgery on itself to shine in the world’s biggest pageant, still fighting the effects of flying across the world, I found myself awake while the rest of...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010

National Nightmare

When my children were small they came to me crying when they were afraid. Sometimes they were convinced that monsters were hiding under their beds until I chased away each shadowy creature. In those days it was in my power to banish the scary things....

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SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2010

THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010

Tulip gardens at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Inspired by a Garden

There is a garden near my house. It is a sprawling, rolling series of gardens, really. From the pond at the bottom of the hill, to the sunken formal garden on the other side of the rise to the rose garden at the top and...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010

Summer wings

It's officially the last day of school, in my household at least. Although the weather hasn't cooperated, I'm looking forward to slowing down. To long walks and time to think. To watching little girls ride bicycles... First published June, 2008 It was the best part...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2010


Age and Beauty

A friend and I were discussing the way we see ourselves changes with age. That reminded me of a column I wrote a couple of years ago so I thought I would share it here... May 19, 2008 Home Planet: Fine lines between young, old...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2010

Handmade Happiness

I got a call from a friend the other night. One of those late-night calls women make when they have a moment to themselves. She was alone in a quiet house full of sleeping children and a husband who was softly snoring in front of...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2010

SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2010

Graduation Girl

Going through previous graduation columns... Home Planet: They grow up at breathtaking speed Cheryl-Anne Millsap The Spokesman-Review June 2, 2008 She came into this world after a labor and delivery so fast and efficient it left us both dazed and breathless. Exhilarated and exhausted, I...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2010

The Hannah Project

My friend sat with her husband in a stadium crowded with of thousands of parents just like the two of them. One by one their college-educated children marched across the stage and picked up diplomas, given with a smile and handshake, before crossing to the...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2010

Familiar Faces

If you have signed up to use Facebook, you’re probably familiar with the way the online social media format plays social matchmaker. Not in a romantic way, but by suggesting people you might want to add to your contact list. People who are friends with...

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SUNDAY, MAY 30, 2010

Memorial Day: Decorated with Love and Respect

May 26, 2008 Love and respect are memories to cherish Cheryl-Anne Millsap The Spokesman-Review Tags: home planet Growing up in the house where I lived with my grandparents, this day was called “Decoration Day.”Each year, with my grandfather behind the wheel, they would drive my...

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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.