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THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015

A good thing about travel is that it can make us appreciate what we have at home even more. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Why we go when we go

I said I was going to stay home more this year and so far I haven’t been anywhere. But, of course, assignments I hadn’t anticipated are tempting me to a few places I haven’t seen before. So I have travel on my mind.

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THURSDAY, AUG. 22, 2013

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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SUNDAY, NOV. 20, 2011

SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2011

SUNDAY, AUG. 7, 2011

Robert Millsap stands on the summit of Mt. Hood at sunrise after a before-dawn ascent. (photo courtesy of Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

From the Boy on Top of the World

It takes some getting used to when your children grow up and leave home. After years of living according to their schedules, from 2 a.m. feedings to a 2 a.m. curfew, even when they’ve been on their own for a while, it still feels odd...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 14, 2010

Why Worry?

It wasn’t just that the voice was familiar to me, but the tone of the voice on the phone was also instantly and unpleasantly recognizable. I would know it anywhere. It was, for those of you who’ve raised a family and know what I’m talking...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2010

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2010

Come back to me

By Cheryl-Anne MillsapJanuary 27, 2010Special to Pinch After almost 6 weeks of having her home, we just helped my middle daughter pack up her gear to return to school at the end of the long winter break. She was ready to go. She was ready...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2010

Family Magic

Family MagicBy Cheryl-Anne MillsapSpecial to PINCHJan 20, 2010 One of the things I loved most about the Harry Potter books when my children were reading them, was the idea that photographs in newspapers, books and magazines were living images. The people in the magical photos...

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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.