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FRIDAY, JAN. 14, 2011

The shoplifter

The snow was gritty and gray and piled into oily berms at the edges of the grocery store parking lot. It was one of those nights between holidays, between snowfalls, when winter isn’t beautiful at all, just cold and dreary and difficult. I sent my…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 11, 2011

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

The Upside of Jet Lag

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) The upside of jet lag, and I suppose it takes a certain kind of optimism to even search for an upside, is that you sometimes find yourself awake and alone deep in the night. Or, at least, that’s what happens to…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 30, 2010

Start the new year on a new note

I know you’re not really in the mood to listen to your mother, but I can’t help it. I have something to say. And, since I don’t want to chase you around, texting and calling, nagging and whining into your ear, I decided to put…

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When silence falls like snow

The dog scratched at the door, asking to go outside. For days the city had been wrapped in a front of arctic air that swept down from the north and wouldn’t leave us. It was so cold that the doorknob burned against the palm of…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29, 2010

Edward Hopper: Conference at Night

Bailing out of Christmas 

Driving through town, even though it wasn’t very late, the city was quiet. It was Christmas Eve and most people were already wherever they were going to be for the night. There was no traffic, the buildings downtown were dark. No one was out walking…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010

The Naked Truth About Tom

Dear Ms. Millsap, Several years ago you wrote an article in the Spokesman Review about your daughter and a picture of a turkey. I thought it was very funny and I gave copies to some of my friends. I even sent one to my 82…

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MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

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

A circle of friends and writers

(photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) Most Monday nights we gather together We open the door of the small building that houses the studio of an artist friend and walk into the warmth of a room filled with the all the tools and spirit of creativity. There…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 3, 2010

Ready for what is to come

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) This winter, if ominous predictions can be trusted, is going to be a big one. That’s what the forecasters say. That’s what was printed in the newspaper. That’s what I keep hearing on the radio. They say this winter the wind…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 2, 2010

A Letter to the Candidates 

There. I voted. I did my part. I did the research, marked the little bubbles and dropped the ballot in the box. I listened to what you had to say and I told you what I want for the future. Now, go away and leave…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 8, 2010

Breast Cancer: The Power of Pink.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. In 2006 I wrote the following column to honor my grandmother who was born in October and died in the same month 70 years later. This is her story. I'd like to share it again this year:October 30, 2006…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 23, 2010

Roses bloom in crisp fall weather at Mantio Gardens in Spokane (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

The First Flush of Fall

I don’t need a calendar to tell me what’s happening, and it doesn't matter where I am. I just have to open my eyes to see the change of seasons. The light has, for weeks now, had a golden cast as it slopes down over…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 13, 2010

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If I Could Take You to Yellowstone

If I could take you to Yellowstone National Park, I would take you there on a sweet September morning. So early in the morning, the sky above the horizon was still a deep velvet blue and stars hadn’t yet faded and the moon still hung…

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2010

Montana's Beartooth Highway (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

A Path of Desire

I rested the side of my head on the cool glass of the small oval of the airplane window and gazed down at the ground below the wing. We were flying east, moving beyond the Cascades and toward the Rockies, covering hundreds of miles an…

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2010

Goodbye, Apple Charlotte 

From the first time I stepped into her kitchen, Char Zyskowski became a special friend. I was a freelancer, relatively new to the area. I’d gotten a tip about a chef who held cooking classes in her home on the South Hill. I called, we…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2010

Back to School Promises

I got a call this morning from an old friend, a woman who was there with me when our children were small. Those children are all grown up now (the "baby" is 15) but each year, at the beginning of September, we can't help but…

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MONDAY, AUG. 30, 2010

Wheels and Wranglers

Each of us builds a future in our own way. Some are the caretakers of an established family legacy. Others roll up their sleeves, lay new brick and create a fresh start. Today, I experienced both. A bicycle built by two This morning, I rode…

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SATURDAY, AUG. 21, 2010

Fresh tomatoes from Cheryl-Anne Millsap's garden (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Savor Every Bite

Food. Books. Somewhere, at some time, the two became intertwined in my mind. It just didn’t seem right to do one without the other. I ate when I read and I read when I ate. I remember practicing sounding-out words on the back of the…

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SATURDAY, AUG. 7, 2010

Pathway at Manito Gardens (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

The Garden Secret

The thing about the park is that there are all sorts of corners where you can hide away. Secluded benches in the space under the boughs of a tall fir tree. Leafy rooms with walls made of hedgerows and stacked stone. A vine-covered gazebo tucked…

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TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010

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

Golden Gates

The tall, cathedral-like arches of the Golden Gate Bridge loomed ahead as I followed the line of cars in front of me. The day was overcast and traffic was shrouded in fog, draped in the mist blowing in from the bay. I was a rolling…

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SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2010

The Last of the Firsts

I picked up my youngest daughter from camp yesterday. This year, she wasn't a camper. She was a counselor-in-training. She spent almost two weeks away, learning to think and act like a counselor. It's a big transition with a lot of responsibility. Growing up is…

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FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010

 (Digiuser Digiuser)

Red-winged Blackbird

Driving across the country, watching the miles fly past, the view from my car window was constantly changing. Lush southern forests gave way to open farmland. The scarred landscape of the badlands flowed into the vast prairies. Miles of grassland rose to meet the peaks…

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SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2010

China: Ancient tools on a Modern Road

At four in the morning, in a dark hotel room in Beijing, a grim city that performed cosmetic surgery on itself to shine in the world’s biggest pageant, still fighting the effects of flying across the world, I found myself awake while the rest of…

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SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2010

THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010

Tulip gardens at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Inspired by a Garden

There is a garden near my house. It is a sprawling, rolling series of gardens, really. From the pond at the bottom of the hill, to the sunken formal garden on the other side of the rise to the rose garden at the top and…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010

Summer wings

It's officially the last day of school, in my household at least. Although the weather hasn't cooperated, I'm looking forward to slowing down. To long walks and time to think. To watching little girls ride bicycles... First published June, 2008 It was the best part…

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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.