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FRIDAY, OCT. 2, 2015

SUNDAY, SEPT. 21, 2014

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Travel: 5 tips for hotel freebies

Most hotel rooms come with a few amenities, things like tiny bottles of shampoo, scented soap, a shower cap, a miniature sewing kit and occasionally some fragrant shower gel or body wash. But, because travel always seems to bring unexpected complications, I’ve learned how to...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2014

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20, 2014

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014

SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014

Travel: Explore Ann Arbor

If I told you I’d gone to the city to see a few shows, listen to some impressive live music, catch a cutting-edge film festival, spend time in world-class museums, and chow down on an astonishingly diverse and multicultural dining scene including Cuban, Ethiopian, Mexican,...

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THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014

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Travel: Scenes from an Airport

After I’ve run the security gauntlet, after I’ve shown my ID, after I’ve exposed the contents of my bag to whoever is manning the scanner, after I’ve emptied my pockets and made my way through, the world shrinks to the faces and voices I hear...

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SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014

SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014

FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014

The Amtrak Cascades at waits Seattle's King Street Station. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Travel: Ride the Scenic Amtrak Cascades

I paid the $5 taxi fare from my mid-town hotel and walked through Seattle’s King Street Station to the track where the Amtrak Cascades was waiting. After I stowed my bag overhead I settled into my seat as the rest of the passengers filed on...

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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014

Martina McBride performs on the Carnival Ecstasy as part of the Carnival Live concert series. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Travel: Sail for a Song with Carnival Live

(Photo: Martina McBride performs on the Carnival Ecstasy.) A few days away from work, escaping the usual family obligations and the routine of the daily grind, can quickly recharge our emotional batteries. There’s no better way to get some much-needed time with your spouse or...

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SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014

This small monument marks the Arctic Circle. As seen from the deck of the Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

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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MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014

Photo: Seedlings grown at Arbor Day Farm are ready to be sent to new Arbor Day Foundation members 
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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

Passengers leaving Cozumel take the water taxi back to the Carnival Sunshine. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

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 9, 2014

SUNDAY, FEB. 23, 2014

Granite sculptures by Gustave Vigeland at Oslo's Vigeland Sculpture Garden (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

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, 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

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

THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2013

SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2013

SATURDAY, NOV. 2, 2013

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.