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Cheryl-Anne Millsap
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Life as a Garden
I can feel the moisture from the damp grass seeping into the fabric of my jeans as I kneel, pulling up the sunflower seedlings that have sprouted beneath the bird feeder. I push my hair back and accidentally smear a bit of mud across my cheek. A row of hous...
I can feel the moisture from the damp grass seeping into the fabric of my jeans as I kneel, pulling up the sunflower seedlings that have sprouted beneath the bird feeder. I push my hair back and accidentally smear a bit of mu...
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Put the phone down and look up at what you're missing!
  Having spent so much time in airports and on airplanes the last few years, I’ve had a lot of time to watch parents and children all over the world. Sadly, the one thing they all seem to have in common, no matter where I am, no matter where they are, is di...
  Having spent so much time in airports and on airplanes the last few years, I’ve had a lot of time to watch parents and children all over the world. Sadly, the one thing they all seem to have in common, no matter where I am,...
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Lessons on love and listening from the goldfinch.
On the surface, attraction seems to be mysterious and hard to predict. What is it exactly that takes two individuals and makes them into a couple?
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The Mysterious World of Old Maps
    An old map of Paris hangs on the wall near my bed and it’s often the first thing I see in the morning. I can lie in bed in Washington State and navigate the narrow winding streets of the left bank or the Seine as it curves around the City of Light.     ...
    An old map of Paris hangs on the wall near my bed and it’s often the first thing I see in the morning. I can lie in bed in Washington State and navigate the narrow winding streets of the left bank or the Seine as it curve...
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Spokane in Soft Focus
The fog comes in on little cat feet It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.     That short poem, Carl Sandburg’s classic American haiku, is the first poetry I remember learning. I must have been in the 2nd or 3rd grade, in...
The fog comes in on little cat feet It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.     That short poem, Carl Sandburg’s classic American haiku, is the first poetry I remember learning. I must have...
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Ebenezer's Ghosts Still Carry the Spirit of Christmas
This column first ran in The Spokesman-Review in 2007 under the headline Revisiting Scrooge. This week, losing the fight with a miserable cold, I decided to surrender and rest. I turned off my phone and crawled back under the covers with my copy of Dickens'...
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Doing nothing? Nothing doing.
                 The plan was to do nothing. To spend a week enjoying my garden, relaxing in a quiet house and taking advantage of the solitude. ​ As usual, I didn ’ t follow the plan. For one whole week I was going to have the place to myself and I was goi...
The plan was to do nothing. To spend a week enjoying my garden, relaxing in a quiet house and taking advantage of the solitude. ​As usual, I didn’t follow the plan. For one whole week I was going to have the place to myself...
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Dream Season in the City of Lilacs
   In the dream I stepped up on the porch of an old house, walked across weathered and warped floorboards and, cupping my hands around my face to block the outside light, peered into one of the clouded glass panes of one of the front windows. Through the du...
   In the dream I stepped up on the porch of an old house, walked across weathered and warped floorboards and, cupping my hands around my face to block the outside light, peered into one of the clouded glass panes of one of t...
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Wild Spokane
          I had a bad case of cabin fever. For days Spokane had been cloaked in a dense and heavy winter fog and I’d been buried in the details of a frustrating project that at times seemed as though it would never be wrapped up. I’d been stuck in the house...
          I had a bad case of cabin fever. For days Spokane had been cloaked in a dense and heavy winter fog and I’d been buried in the details of a frustrating project that at times seemed as though it would never be wrapp...
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Cooper's Hawk
       A light snow had been falling all morning, just enough to dust the streets and tree branches, just enough to freshen the dirty crust of old snow without making the roads treacherous.      We were each in our favorite spots in the living room. I was i...
       A light snow had been falling all morning, just enough to dust the streets and tree branches, just enough to freshen the dirty crust of old snow without making the roads treacherous.      We were each in our favorit...
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Bird Watching for Beginners
      My husband handed me a large lightweight box to open on Christmas
morning and for once he had me stumped. I hadn’t asked for anything in
particular and I couldn’t imagine what he’d put under the tree. When I peeled away the wrapping paper I saw it w...
      My husband handed me a large lightweight box to open on Christmas morning and for once he had me stumped. I hadn’t asked for anything in particular and I couldn’t imagine what he’d put under the tree. When I peeled away...
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Holiday reality isn't wrapped with ribbon and pretty paper
    This column appeared in The Spokesman-Review on December 5 2005, and is one of my most popular public radio audio essays. I think that's because it addresses something most of us learn sooner or later: Life, even when we wrap it in pretty paper and deco...
   This column appeared in The Spokesman-Review on December 5 2005, and is one of my most popular public radio audio essays. I think that's because it addresses something most of us learn sooner or later: Life, even when w...
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Travel writer. Freelance journalist/photographer. Public Radio essayist. Author. Columnist/blogger at The Spokesman-Review.
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I write intimate, narrative, sense-of-place travel essays for print, online and my weekly public radio program. My work has been quoted in The New York Times and featured in Alaska Airlines Magazine, AAA Journeys, Via, AAA Traveler and other publications as well as on Away.com, Mashable.com, TravelMamas.com, Forbes Luxury Travel, Public Radio Exchange (PRX.)

I contribute frequent national and international features to AAA Journeys magazine and my weekly Home Planet travel column runs in a special publication of The Spokesman-Review and on Spokesman.com. My weekly public radio essays are aired across the Northwest including parts of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, and can be heard on public radio stations and podcasts across the U.S. 

I am a contributor to WA Travel + Life magazine, write a regular international travel feature for Spokane Woman magazine and the Travel Like a Pro business travel tips feature for Inland Northwest Business Catalyst magazine.

My Treasure Hunting blog about antiques and collectibles has been on Spokesman.com. since 2004.


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I have an established career as a writer, photographer, newspaper editor, magazine editor, radio commentator and professional blogger. I have published one compilation of columns and hope to publish my second compilation in 2014.
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Spokane, Washington
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