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FRIDAY, OCT. 2, 2015

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,...

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MONDAY, FEB. 18, 2013

THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2013

Travel Brings Couples Closer Together

If you're looking for a way to strengthen your relationship, try hitting the road. Together. According to a survey by the U.S. Travel Association, couples who travel together find more satisfaction. They experience better communication and have longer-lasting relationships. They are more romantic. Today is...

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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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SUNDAY, DEC. 25, 2011

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

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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MONDAY, FEB. 14, 2011

Some years, love bites.

It looked like a child’s Valentine, a square of red construction paper glued onto a round, lacy, white paper doily. I noticed it on the floor, one edge trapped under the leg of a chair in the coffee shop. I picked it up and opened...

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Love in Plain Brown Paper

Another Valentine re-post. This one was written in 2005 during my first life as a S-R freelancer. February 14, 2005 Real love is the kind we are surrounded by every day Cheryl-anne Millsap The Spokesman-Review Chances are you’ve got love, or something like it, on...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 12, 2011

Swans wintering on Lake Michigan at Traverse City. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Valentine Swan Song 

(photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) The wind slipped cold, cruel fingers down my collar and teased at the heavy scarf around my neck and it fluttered and danced around my face as I walked carefully down the slushy sidewalk. The afternoon sun was high and bright...

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True Love is Truly Ageless

This is a re-post of one of my favorite columns. I am always asked to read it when I have a speaking engagement. I wrote this in 2006 but I've never forgotten the feeling of standing at the window and watching the couple walk down...

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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.