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From The Heart

from-the-heart-augseptThere is a good deal of summer left and I realized I have not spent enough time at the beach. I still have time to change that. We are planning a camping trip to South Manitou Island in mid August and that always makes me happy. I know I will get plenty of time on the beach and to me there is something romantic about eating outside. I enjoy planning the daily menus which include fresh fruits and veggies from the garden and farm market. This nearby island is one of my favorite area places.

This issue has a story about the new shipwreck exhibit at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse and a little bit about what it is like to be a keeper. We have a story about Mackinaw Island and things to do there. Our writer Rhiannon Hildenbrandt vacationed to Wisconsin Dells recently and talks about her travels with her son. Summer’s time will change as school begins and parents and children’s schedules become focused on school-related activities. We have a few back-to-school related columns from various writers.

I hope you all enjoy your summer and take time to fit things in you really wanted to do in it. Thank you for reading Families First Monthly.

home-bookOct/Nov issue is our Annual Baby issue. I am looking for short “how you named your baby” descriptions for a story about baby names. From all the submissions received I will draw to win “This Book” a baby board book with numbers and letters by Kathryn Madeline Allen, a $9.99 Value. Please email your submissions by September 15 to

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Laura Lee Kalchik

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