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a resource for parents

It’s the Annual Baby Issue and our cover is adorable. I enjoy finding the stories and often the stories find me. I recently reconnected with a friend who used to live in Traverse City and the result of our connection was finding a new writer. Erin Fry wrote the Postpartum Gratitude story in this issue. Look for her stories in upcoming editions as well.

It has been a pleasure to work with many writers over the years. Julie Chai has been with Families First Monthly since the very first May 2000 issue. She has a column titled In This Moment which features her poetry with her artwork (mainly watercolors or pen and ink washes) and presented in an honest and loving fashion. Julie went through her columns and chose her favorites to be created on canvases. The Traverse Area District Library is hosting an Exhibit of her work from October through December and Families First Monthly is proud to be a sponsor. Please go to see her work, you just might see one of your favorites hanging on display.

We have two columnists who are leaving and this issue is the last writing for them. Gina Lewis has been reviewing books and featuring all things book related including gift ideas for the book lover and great interviews with best selling authors in her Book Beat column. Kalliope Presto Kalchik leaves her position with A Cat’s Eye View (read to find out why) in which she covered many relatable furry friend topics. We will miss them. Perhaps they would agree to do an occasional story.

Happy Halloween and have a wonderful Thanksgiving,

Thanks for reading,

Laura Lee Kalchik

Posh Pet Portraits by our Young Entrepreneur

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Art & Poetry Exhibit: In this moment by Julie Chai

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Book Beat— Thank You to columnist Gina Lewis

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