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Crib notes: Expectations can never be too high

Julie Samrick

An audible gasp was heard on every playground across America as parents debated Yale Professor and self-professed “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua’s recent article “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.” Chua described what recipe creates the stereotypically successful Asian child, and it’s diametrically opposed to what she calls the soft model of Western parenting. Where a Western […]

Comments Off / February 07, 2011 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Carol Bly trading superintendent duties for the open road

READY TO RETIRE — Rescue Union School District Superintendent Carol Bly plans to kick back and relax, perhaps take a few road trips, after her retirement this spring. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Thanks to her regular “all-calls” Carol Bly’s voice is instantly recognizable to the families of Rescue Union School District’s 4,100 elementary and middle school students. In her most recent call she announced her retirement as superintendent, capping six years on the job and a career total of 45 years in education, all in the greater […]

Comments Off / January 31, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crib notes: 10 things I learned this holiday season

Julie Samrick

The holidays were more peaceful than they normally are in the Samrick household.  Call it evolving, getting older, trial and error, I don’t know, but I wasn’t screaming for school to resume by Day 3 of Christmas vacation. I learned a few things that I want to remember so I made a list. First, shop […]

Comments Off / January 10, 2011 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: It’s a dog’s life

Dillon Samrick

By Dillon Samrick Greetings! My mom Julie enlisted me to write a holiday letter on behalf of the Samrick family this year. I hope this letter finds you well. As for me, I’ve nestled in pretty well since my adoption; though last summer I started to hear some grumblings about me moving on to another home. […]

1 Comment / December 06, 2010 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

How do you cook your Thanksgiving turkey?


Photos by Diane Orciuoli

Comments Off / November 18, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crib notes: Young kids and electronics

Julie Samrick

My 2-year-old is quite adept at maneuvering the mouse on our home computer. I still don’t know if this should make me proud or ashamed. Each time one of my children asks to play a game on my phone a million thoughts race through my mind before I can answer, much to their confusion I […]

1 Comment / November 08, 2010 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »