John Rice is a columnist/private detective, who has seen his business and family thrive in Forest Park. He thoroughly enjoys life in the village and still gets a thrill smelling Red Hots, watching softball and strolling through cemeteries.
When Angela Brown was pregnant with her second baby, she had an ultrasound in her 19th week. Angela and her husband, Steve, were told the ultrasound showed a hole in the spinal cord, a condition known as spina bifida. Doctors told them they had to decide in two weeks whether to continue the pregnancy.
When Lana Shelton was born on July 1, 2016, she was by all appearances a normal, healthy baby. Lana continued to thrive and flash her adorable smile. However, the smiling stopped and at her four-month check-up, she was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease called Krabbe Leukodystrophy. The news was devastating to first-time parents Laura and Don.
At the risk of writing more self-serving malarkey, I want to thank Google for the wonderful gift it gave to me and my co-author, Gail Tanzer. As reported in last week's Review, the search engine giant posted an extensive story spotlighting sculptor Edmonia Lewis and her masterpiece, The Death of Cleopatra. They posted the story on February 1st to kick off Black History Month.
One of the highlights of my holidays was a reunion with my former student, Elodie Gomes. Of the 500 French-speaking students I taught, I always had a soft spot for Ellie. I admired how she survived the "school of hard knocks" to succeed in school and later in business. Plus, she was one of my best writers, with a sparkling personality.