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  • Catching up…a Sports Story

    January 23, 2020 by

    Traci S. Sanders You know those kids that are natural-born athletes? I’m not one of them. Yet, even those who stay in the shadows have their day in the sun. And mine was in softball, specifically the summer of my 7th grade year. It was a really hot day, nearly ninety degrees. My team had… Read more

  • Seeing is believing…

    December 7, 2019 by

    Traci S. Sanders I remember the day I got glasses. One moment I saw the world one way; the next, another.  In essence, life came into focus. And my perception, the lens in which I viewed this world, forever changed. Then I thought about it. Yes, my perception changed, but more so, my prescription. My eyes… Read more

  • Looking Back

    November 8, 2019 by

    Traci S. Sanders As parents, we focus on our children’s milestones, but at some point, as the clock moves forward, we learn of our parents’ as well. Not only those milestones that began when we were born, but those that occurred long before we entered the world. These moments are no more poignant than after… Read more

  • The Mortar Between The Bricks

    November 7, 2019 by

    Traci S. Sanders My father always told me that the big things in life, like holidays, celebrations, and vacations, are wonderful and should be treasured – they are the bricks. He also taught me that these moments are not the most important. The most important, he liked to remind me, are the small ones, daily life’s unsung… Read more

  • The End of a Tale

    October 31, 2019 by

    Traci S. Sanders As a school librarian, I read The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo to my third grade class. They loved it. Trying to find a book to read to them after we finished Despereaux was met with a lot of shaking heads – they simply couldn’t compete. One student summed it up best: “I miss Despereaux.”… Read more

  • This Generation Gap moment brought to you by…

    September 28, 2019 by

    Traci S. Sanders Wherever you are, you’ll hear it – the generation gap. Today, at a college football game, was the latest. College-age son (heading to game that started an hour ago): “Mom, can you look on your phone to see the score?” Mom: “Why don’t we just go in the stadium and be surprised?”… Read more

  • A New Kind of Family Tree

    May 30, 2019 by

    Traci S. Sanders There is always a first. There is always a favorite… We capture them in photos; we treasure and protect them. They are our child’s past – an extension of who they are and, perhaps, a glimpse of who they will become. I was thinking about this the other day, because I realized… Read more

  • Moving Hair

    May 6, 2019 by

    Traci S. Sanders Looking at childhood photos with my children often results in two sounds: “Awww” for the cute ones and “Ahhh!” for the, let’s just say, awkward years. Case in point…my first haircut. Right before my family moved, my mom decided that my sisters and I should get a Dorothy Hamill haircut. Unfortunately, I… Read more

  • There’s Only One: The Tale of a Lost Toy

    September 16, 2018 by

    Traci S. Sanders Do you still have your favorite toy? I wonder how many of us can say yes or – even more telling – show the actual favorite, and if not in person, at least in pictures. For many of us, I would guess it was a stuffed animal. And while it may be… Read more

  • Happy New Year!

    September 5, 2018 by

    Does anyone else feel like the start of the school year is the actual New Year? It must be that sense of a new beginning. Even if it’s the same building, it just seems different. Maybe it’s because the schools are scrubbed, the walls bare, school supplies untouched.

  • What a Character!

    July 5, 2018 by

    Have you ever been inspired by a character in a book? For me, it started with Olaf, a young boy who so desperately wanted to read (like me), but was not quite there yet (like me), that he accidentally put his mother’s letter in the garbage instead of the mailbox.

  • Milestones: Past to Present

    May 11, 2018 by

    When I began this website, I thought each book would capture firsts or favorites in a child’s life; as well as learning or discoveries; celebrations or accomplishments.

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