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SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014

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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THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014

New AAA Cruise & Travel Store in Spokane

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/01/04/2977401/aaa-tries-on-a-new-look-in-tacoma.html#stylink=cpy Today, Greater Spokane Incorporated representatives joined AAA Washington President and CEO, Kirk Nelson, Dale Stedman, past president of the Spokane Inland Automobile Association, board member, Greg Bever, and others in cutting the ribbon to formally open the new state-of-the art AAA...

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MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014

MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014

National Arbor Day: Plant a tree!

Photo: Seedlings grown at Arbor Day Farm are ready to be sent to new Arbor Day Foundation members I call the Hawthorn tree outside the window my “weather tree.” If it has leaves, it is summer. If the leaves are wet, it is raining. If...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014

Cruise: Fedoras and Flying Fish

We’d spent the day on an island off the coast of Cozumel, lying in the sun, walking the beach, sipping drinks-- all the kinds of things you do on that kind of vacation-- until the water taxi arrived in the late afternoon to take us...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014

Spokane: A raging river is no place to play 

Like so many others in Spokane, in the spring I go down to pay my respects to the river. Fed by snowmelt and rain, the Spokane River swells and grows and becomes, seemingly overnight, a powerful monster roaring through the canyon it has chewed through...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014

Travel: Five Ways to Find the Perfect Cruise

For every person who loves to cruise, there is another who can’t imagine boarding a big ship with several thousand others and taking to the high seas. If you fall into the latter category, you might be pleasantly surprised by the way cruising isn’t always...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 23, 2014

Travel: Oslo's Vigeland Sculpture Park

There was a soft summer rain falling, but that didn’t keep people away. Tucked under umbrellas, wrapped in raincoats, the crowd--locals and tourists like me--strolled through the main gate of Vigeland Sculpture Park near the center of Oslo, Norway. We all moved down the wide...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 16, 2014

Travel: Five ways to Go, See and Do this year 

Winter is the time to plan, especially for travelers. Right now airlines, cruise lines and travel agents have lined up new itineraries and there are deep discounts for those of us who are daydreaming of travel. It’s also a good time to set personal goals,...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 7, 2014

What do the books you keep say about you?

I’ve been thinking about the life cycle of books. Well, about my books, anyway. Lately, realizing it was time to thin the shelves in my library downstairs, I’ve been going through them one by one, bagging up the books that no longer interest me or...

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MONDAY, FEB. 3, 2014

SUNDAY, JAN. 26, 2014

Travel: Winter is Wine Time in Healdsburg

Winter seems to have faltered in the Inland Northwest this year, bringing weeks of freezing fog but little snow to the region. So, when a trip to Sonoma County, California was suggested, I didn’t think twice. I’ve been hearing about Healdsburg, the small city in...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 12, 2014

Travel: Escape to the Oregon Coast

During the years when my children were in school, when I was tied to their academic calendar, I wasn’t able to just pick up and go when the mood struck. That kind of freedom didn’t come for another decade. But once a year I would...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8, 2014

SUNDAY, DEC. 22, 2013

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18, 2013

Travel: Vancouver Christmas Market

December in Europe is beautiful and the traditional Christmas markets are a way to experience the best of the holiday season. Of course, it’s not always possible to hop on a plane and cross an ocean. I couldn’t fit it in this year so I...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 15, 2013

SUNDAY, DEC. 8, 2013

THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2013

SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2013

SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2013

 Pittsburgh was the first North American city to host The Rubber Duck Project (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Travel: Pittsburgh and The Rubber Duck Project

By coincidence, I arrived in Pittsburgh just about the same time a big yellow duck sailed in. A very big duck. The Rubber Duck Project, created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, has been in Asia, Europe, South America and Australia, but Pittsburgh--beating out bigger cities...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2013

SATURDAY, NOV. 2, 2013

An Independent Life on Bainbridge Island

When he isn’t traveling for work, my son, the boy who was always busy with some kind of project, lives with a beautiful, intelligent girl in small cottage on a beautiful island just a short ferry ride from Seattle. He is not my boy anymore....

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SUNDAY, OCT. 13, 2013

MONDAY, OCT. 7, 2013


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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