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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, SEPT. 15, 2013

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013

Travel: Don't Miss Beautiful Bruges

There are many reasons that Bruges is always on the must-see list for tourists visiting Belgium. Walking down the narrow streets and across the arching bridges of Bruges, it’s easy to fall into the trap of appreciating the city for its beauty alone. And Bruges...

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MONDAY, FEB. 18, 2013

TUESDAY, FEB. 5, 2013

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Travel: Chasing Paris 

It was not the first time I’ve taken a daughter to Paris. Two years ago my middle daughter and I spent a January week in the City of Light, but that’s where the similarity ends. There is a world of difference in 17 and 21....

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30, 2013

Travel: And All the Boys at Sea

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) Crossing the deck of the busy cruise ship, on my way to get something for lunch, I noticed a little boy crouched quietly, oblivious to the crowd around him as he bent over his shoe. He’d dropped to fasten the buckle...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, 2013

Travel: Sail Away From Winter

We weren’t even on the ship when the party started. I was still making my way through the embarkation process, listening to piped-in dance music and having a welcome photo made when the 70s dance anthem, I Will Survive filled the air. Almost immediately, one...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 2013

MONDAY, DEC. 24, 2012

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Travel: Old World Christmas at Elkhart Lake

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) When Christmas comes to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, it is wrapped in a big white tent and filled with music, food, handmade crafts and the ancient tradition of German Advent markets. Osthoff Resort General Manager Lola Roeh spent time in Nuremberg, Germany...

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MONDAY, DEC. 17, 2012

TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2012

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Travel: Thomas Jefferson's 'Poplar Forest'

(Thomas Jefferson's 'Poplar Forest' retreat. Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) It is easy to think we know everything there is to know about certain historical figures. Thomas Jefferson, for instance. But even great men have their domestic secrets. On a recent trip to Virginia I drove...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2012

MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2012

TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2012

MONDAY, AUG. 20, 2012

Tallinn, Estonia (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Traveling to Tallinn

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) An acquaintance recently asked where I'd been that had surprised me the most and I didn't hesitate to answer. Tallinn, the beautiful and ancient Estonian city on the edge of the Baltic Sea, was surprising in many ways. Virtually unknown to...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012

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Still and present in the moment

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) The one thing I didn’t have was time. I had more to do than there would be productive hours in the day to allow. I had a thousand words to put onto paper, a house that needed tending to, emails to...

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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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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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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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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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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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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.