Arrow-right Camera

Home Planet parenting archive

FRIDAY, OCT. 2, 2015

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...

Continue reading this post »

SATURDAY, NOV. 2, 2013

MONDAY, SEPT. 2, 2013

THURSDAY, AUG. 22, 2013

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013

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

Life: Taking Baby Steps

My granddaughter is suddenly a toddler. Over the last few months we’ve watched her crawl then, almost overnight, put one foot in front of another learning first to walk and then run. Her mother, my daughter, is trained to work with patients with mobility issues...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013

Travel: Technology and Family Ties

If I’d known then what I know now, it would have been no surprise that three of my four children came into the world after waking me up from a sound sleep. (The fourth missed out only because we beat her to the punch and...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013

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

Travel: Kicking the Bucket List

So often when the subject of travel comes up, someone will invariably mention their 'bucket list.' They will talk about a city or continent, a monument or some kind of natural wonder or even an event they want to see before they die. Before, as...

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013

Travel: Home Cooking

The routine is always the same. I walk into our kitchen, a place that is deeply familiar and filled with all the pleasant associations of my family, and I pull out everything I will need. Methodically, listening to the radio or letting my mind wander,...

Continue reading this post »

MONDAY, FEB. 18, 2013

TUESDAY, FEB. 5, 2013

 (Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

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....

Continue reading this post »

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...

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 2013

Travel: Paris in Winter

Most people dream of Paris in the springtime, when the city blooms and leaves unfurl like tiny pennants on tree-lined boulevards. Or, they look forward to a summer vacation in the high season, when the grass in the parks is lush and green, the warm...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, OCT. 2, 2012

SUNDAY, SEPT. 2, 2012

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

The urge to fly and the need to nest

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) The wind had picked a bit up the night before, sweeping through the tall pine trees, taking with it loose branches and needles, dropping them to the grass below. I noticed something else in the litter on the lawn and as...

Continue reading this post »

MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2012

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

Traveling Mothers

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) My son has been on a boat out on the Pacific for weeks now and every so often a few lines arrive by email. “This has been a great trip,” he writes “The hurricane turned so the seas are not so...

Continue reading this post »

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012

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

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...

Continue reading this post »

SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2012

The Things That Hold Us

In 2004, after writing a series of narrative feature obituaries for The Spokesman-Review, I began to notice how often women in their 70s and 80s--usually the surviving spouse--mentioned their service or work in a “Rosie the Riveter” type of job during World War II. Intrigued,...

Continue reading this post »

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2012

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

We are so much more than ordinary

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) Holding my newborn granddaughter, gazing down at her as she sleeps, I study her closely, mapping her with my hands and my eyes just as I did with her mother, my firstborn child. Just as I did with each of my...

Continue reading this post »

SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2012

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

His Future is in His Hands

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) My eyes flew open and I was instantly awake. It wasn’t that long ago that when I woke suddenly in the middle of the night, I would lie still for a moment, listening for what had pulled me out of a...

Continue reading this post »

SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2012

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

The Weight of Affection

I knew even before I opened my eyes, something wasn’t right. Lying on my back in the dark room, I could feel a heaviness on the center of my chest, a pressure that made taking each breath an effort. My mind raced, inventorying the signs...

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2012

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

New baby, new world

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) I don't deny it. I'm smitten with my new granddaughter. This new addition to the family is the last thing on my mind at night and the first thing I think of when I wake in the morning. And as I...

Continue reading this post »

MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2012

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

Hoping for an Accessory Afterlife

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) If you were to ask me if I believe in heaven as a place where I’ll join all the people I’ve known and lost, and with whom I can spend eternity laughing and eating potato salad at one idyllic family reunion,...

Continue reading this post »

FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2011

The Boy Who Believed

My son, who has been working in Japan, is on his way home. We haven't seen him in several months and I'm hungry for some time with him. My son has grown up to be a wonderful man; an adventurer, a tinkerer and a master...

Continue reading this post »

SUNDAY, DEC. 18, 2011

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

Our Christmas Story

Each year, after Thanksgiving dinner, some time after the last of the dishes are washed and before the pie comes back out again, I bring up a big handwoven basket from the storeroom in the basement. The basket is the size of a bed pillow,...

Continue reading this post »

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.