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Welcome to Families First Monthly

From The Heart


Photo I took from a fall exploration of color at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons titled Building 36 & Sky.

Fall is a favorite of mine because of the colors and transformation. At a time when nature’s palette are changing to tones of browns, grays, and dark greens the beginning of the season reveals brilliant blue skies with billowing white clouds-golden, purple, white, and burgundy mums-leaves of scarlet red, lemon yellow, and hunters orange, and all the varied shades of greens for their last hurrah until what remains is the deep evergreen to see us through winter’s white.

There are autumn harvest gatherings with cider and donuts. Holiday craft fairs, Halloween costumes and parties, and Thanksgiving.

This issue features Halloween and Thanksgiving stories as well as things Baby and more.

I am grateful for our writers and what they contribute to Families First Monthly. Thank you all for reading and enjoy the everyday bounties.

laura-pic2017-febWe are looking for Short and Sweet engagement stories (to 100 words) for a feature in our Feb/Mar Annual Party Planning Issue, Did you propose? Did they? Was there writing in the sky? Was it a special place? A complete surprise? Were there helpers involved? Tell the story of your parents or grandparents betrothal if you wish. Please email entries with your name as you want it to appear in print to Please do not send in an attachment.

Thank you for reading

Laura Lee Kalchik

Arlo at Play

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Thanksgiving Praises

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All About Animals

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Still time to advertise in Dec/Jan issue. More prizes added for our color-in-the-display ad drawing, $30 certificate from Forget-Me-Not Floral & Gifts in Suttons Bay and $20 gift certificate from Dolls And More of Northport. We are lining up wonderful stories. I especially like Christmas in the Grand Traverse Lighthouse--childhood memory( 1930's era) written by the daughter of the lighthouse keeper. ... See MoreSee Less

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