Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 32° Partly Cloudy

Home Planet home archive

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...

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 »

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2011

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

There Are None So Blind

This is a repost of one of my favorite columns. I recorded it for Spokane Public Radio several years ago and it is available on Public Radio Exchange. This year, the audio essay was broadcast by Delta College Public Radio in Michigan. November 22, 2004...

Continue reading this post »

SUNDAY, NOV. 20, 2011

SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 2011

Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap. View of the Mabel Dodge Luhan home in Santa Fe, New Mexico (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Seeking a Sense of the Right Place

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) Like someone who had looked straight into the baking sun, the hot New Mexico desert, a landscape of painted sand and strange towering rock formations, was burned into my mind’s eye. Even as I settled into the window seat of the...

Continue reading this post »

SUNDAY, SEPT. 25, 2011

The Green Grass of Home

When I was in my mid-20s, I spent a summer in New York City working and studying. I immediately fell in love with the city and found my pulse danced to the constant rhythm of traffic and people; to a compact space filled with people...

Continue reading this post »

SATURDAY, FEB. 19, 2011

Waking up to an ordinary day

I flew into my day on autopilot. I turned off the clock radio and stole an extra fifteen minutes in bed. I made a lunch for my daughter and called up the stairs to stop dawdling so we wouldn’t be late. I shoved the dogs...

Continue reading this post »

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...

Continue reading this post »

FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010

View from the Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Small world

This morning I watched the sun rise over the Great Smoky Mountains. The historic Grove Park Inn, at Asheville, North Carolina was already humming, preparing for the Obama visit. Four airports, 2,000 miles and 9 hours later I walked in my front door and am...

Continue reading this post »


Anchored at home

Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap I am, and I have to believe it is true of most others, two people in one body. On one side, I am a contented hermit. I love nothing better than time at home surrounded by the rooms full of furniture...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, JAN. 19, 2010

Waiting Out a Fickle Winter 

By Cheryl-Anne MillsapSpecial to PINCHJanuary 13, 2010 Winter weather, when it doesn’t behave as it should, leaves us confused about where we stand. And this January, living in a place that by now should be deeply frosted with snow, like a layer-cake covered with heavy...

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.