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Crib Notes: Practicing light

A wise man’s words resonated with me recently when he said, “You don’t need more light. You need to practice more the light that you have.” He tied this theme to procrastination. “Show up,” he said to drive home his point. No excuses and don’t expect other people or circumstances to save us. We need […]

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Crib Notes: The best place for veterans

Watching them beam with pride gives me goosebumps every year. For 12 consecutive years, American veterans from every war since World War II have stood in front of Lake Forest Elementary students and their families, scanning the room as the applause grows louder. One by one, they stand in front and state their names, branch of […]

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Crib Notes: The crack heard ’round EDH

“Mrs. Samrick, Jack’s hurt!” my 11-year-old’s friend said to me with concern in his eyes. I hustled to the small gathering to see Jack still on the ground in chart-topping pain. He was playing football with friends at a school event and broke his collarbone. From the nurses who happened to be there and the […]

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Crib Notes: Time trumps money

With back to school on many parents’ minds, a PTA note written by a mom of three from Texas has gone viral. In the note to school families, she bucks the traditional fundraisers for cash. She asks parents to check off how much money they’ll give for the year instead of time, including: I don’t […]

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Crib Notes: Teenage jobs offer more than pay

During a recent swim team practice, my attention strayed from my child in the pool to the teenage workforce that kept the community pool operating. Some teens lifeguarded, perched high above throngs of young swimmers with focused eyes and authoritative voices. More teenagers were in the water dressed in matching white swim shirts as they […]

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Crib Notes: Here’s to nice guys and girls finishing first

While my 11- and 13-year-old sons recently watched the NBA draft they noted there were players who weren’t getting picked as early as my sons thought their skills warranted because of bad behavior off the court. I stopped what I was doing and took notice. As my boys watched the screen, I watched them and […]

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Crib notes: Three cheers for Disney

Every man, woman and child should go to the happiest place on earth at least once, preferably once every few years. I’ve never understood Disney-mania until our visit to Disneyland last week. There’s a whole culture of Disney lovers out there — people who buy annual passes, yet live hours away from Anaheim. There are throngs […]

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