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TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015


The demolition of an older house left many neighbors sad but some were also hopeful about the property’s next adventure.  (Image provided by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Breaking ground on a new story

The first big trucks rolled down the street while I was pouring a cup of coffee and within minutes the rumbling began. The sound of crashing and falling debris grew louder and I looked out the window to see my neighbors standing on porches and sidewalks. Curious, I stepped out as well.

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THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014

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

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, MAY 25, 2014

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Life in the Lilac City

It was almost midnight by the time my delayed flight landed in Spokane. I followed the stream of weary passengers through the terminal and met my husband at the door. We drove silently home in the dark .The window was open and I caught a...

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

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, MARCH 23, 2014

THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2013

THURSDAY, AUG. 22, 2013

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013

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Life: Taking Baby Steps

My granddaughter is suddenly a toddler. Over the last few months we’ve watched her crawl then, almost overnight, put one foot in front of another learning first to walk and then run. Her mother, my daughter, is trained to work with patients with mobility issues...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2012

Spokane sunset as seen from Cliff Drive overlook. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Travel gives us a better view of home

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) After three weeks on the road, traveling through different countries and cultures, I was still waking up in the middle of the night, addled by dreams, confused by my surroundings, having forgotten I was home again. I would blink in the...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2012

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The Solitude of Snow 

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) The winter’s first real snowfall blankets the city, with more predicted, and for a moment the flakes have stopped falling. A window in the weather has opened and the time is right. I pick up the snow shovel that is kept...

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MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011

An early October snowfall dusts the mountains outside Banff, Alberta. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Winter is Waiting

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) I had a few October days to myself so I spent them in the little town of Banff, in Alberta, Canada. While there, it was impossible not to catch the energy of autumn, flagged by the flashing gold of the aspen...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011

Mozart and the Boy 

The evening’s performance is Mozart and the beautiful old Fox Theater is filled with the sweet sounds of the violin and viola. My son is in town for the weekend and has accompanied us to a night at the Symphony. Watching him from a row...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 20, 2011

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 9, 2011

HGTV looking for Spokane renovations

I got a note from the producer of HGTV’s Bang For your Buck and she's looking for Spokane home improvement stories. Here's your chance to be on TV! HGTV is looking for great room renovations in the Spokane area to be featured on the hit...

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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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FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2010

Riding the Amtrak Empire Builder 

Special to PinchFeb. 25, 2010By Cheryl-Anne Millsap The lights glowed in tiny pools on the sidewalk, piercing the darkness every few yards or so, reflecting in the polished steel as I walked along the idling train. Stepping up into the railcar, I stowed my heavy...

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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.