Author Archives: melissaamoore

About melissaamoore

At my best, I try to be a voice for children. At my very best, I help them find their own voice. Somewhere along the way, I've also been discovering my own.

A Love Letter From Wyoming

Seventeen years ago, I married my husband, Tom,  in my mom’s Wyoming hayfield.  Today, I am back at my mom’s ranch for what will mostly likely be the last time as she gets ready to move on to the next … Continue reading

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When I Say I’ll Keep You In My Thoughts…

    When I say “I’ll keep you in my thoughts…” I mean that when I’m driving alone in the car And a song comes on that makes me pause That says the things that I could not I will … Continue reading

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Of Report Cards and What a Great Teacher Knew

Last fall, I visited my mom in Wyoming.  She used the opportunity to do some major house cleaning which included the passing on of a lifetime of paper treasures.  Every finger painting, mother’s day card, letter to Santa and term … Continue reading

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Gold: A Gift to My 4-Year-Old Self

Dear Melissa, It’s your 4th birthday today.  What good luck that Mrs. Pickering chose such a spectacular craft project for her preschool class on this day. The shiny golden paper that sits before you looks like treasure. It’s all you … Continue reading

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Be Careful With This

A few years ago, when our youngest daughter was just four, she tip-toed into my bedroom on the morning of Valentine’s Day as I was getting dressed to go to work.  She had caught me in one of those hurried … Continue reading

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Life Lessons from the Basketball Court

I didn’t want to say it.  I knew it wouldn’t be helpful, but I could hear the words echoing in my head.  Over and over again. Until finally, I could no longer contain them. “You know, this won’t be the … Continue reading

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An Imperfect Heart: The Beginning

I was born with an imperfect heart. It wasn’t until I was 22, and I mentioned the heaviness I felt across my chest, that a doctor discovered it.  An imperfection so small it had gone unnoticed though I had carried … Continue reading

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