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FRIDAY, NOV. 6, 2015

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015

 (Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Travel: Not Quite Midnight in Paris

Of all the photos I’ve brought home from my travels, the watery image my camera produced without any filters or manipulation on my part, is one of my favorites. I’d somehow managed to capture exactly what I experienced: a you-had-to-be-there moment in a beautiful city with a rich, dramatic, and poetic history.

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TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015


The demolition of an older house left many neighbors sad but some were also hopeful about the property’s next adventure.  (Image provided by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Breaking ground on a new story

The first big trucks rolled down the street while I was pouring a cup of coffee and within minutes the rumbling began. The sound of crashing and falling debris grew louder and I looked out the window to see my neighbors standing on porches and sidewalks. Curious, I stepped out as well.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014

MONDAY, FEB. 3, 2014

SUNDAY, DEC. 8, 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

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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SUNDAY, NOV. 11, 2012

TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2012

SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012

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

Giving Voice to the Writer Within

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) We meet a couple of times a month, schedules permitting. We drink a cup of coffee and if I’m lucky there’s cake or pie. Then we spend an hour or two working on the words she has put on paper since...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011

The Alamo stands out against the morning sky during the 175th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

History asks one thing: Remember

(photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) The first thing you notice about the Alamo is that it stands right in the center of San Antonio. The small, sand-colored building, surrounded by trees and a lawn of green grass, ringed by tall buildings, sits like an antique, rough-cut...

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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.