Chop a bun!

It’s not your guardian angel and not even your mother that will support you in life the way your feet will. They carry you along taking all the abuse and neglect, and what do they get in return?

Well, because of a minor condition I have acquired through the aging process I decided to treat myself to a pedicure. Words can not tell the wonder of this luxurious experience. It was spiritually uplifting and physically more relaxing than a weekend at the spa. Janice Hanley at Bertuca made these old feet young and smooth as a newborn baby’s in less than an hour. Buffing, creaming, massaging, all while I was seated on a vibrating chair that massaged away aches and pains in my back.

Janice Hanley, an Oneida Iroquois Native American, grew up in northern Wisconsin and was raised by her grandparents. She came to Chicago and studied at Ray Vogue Studios on Michigan Avenue some years ago. An early business venture was a partnership in the Drake Hotel beauty salon where Donna Sommer was her first client. She saw Prince Charles when he stayed at the Drake. Penthouse parties at the Drake and lots of gold coast parties with famous names followed. Then after a few years Janice opened her own salon at 1000 North State. One of her most famous clients there was Oprah Winfrey who usually got so relaxed she’d sleep through the whole procedure. Carol Marin, Dennis Farina, Abra Anderson, Debra Norville and Barbara Eden were some other famous people who took advantage of Janice’s magic fingers.

Barack Obama hasn’t told us what his presidential plans are yet, but Terry Steinbach has dropped that shoe and announced she’s in the mayoral race for Forest Park.

Joan Purvis can be seen and heard in Winifred O’Reilly and Primus Theatre’s production of “Over the River and Through the Woods” by Joe Dipietro and Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.” Our River Forest neighbor Leo Harmon is also in the cast. The pre-holiday double delight can be seen Nov. 15 through the 19th at 2 p.m. in the Studio Theatre Renaissance Court at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph. You are invited to come and bring the family for an afternoon of real enjoyment. Admission is $7 at the door. Winifred casts seniors in all roles for her productions and you will be delighted and amazed at what you see.

The Harlemmaener und Damenchor will present its annual concert on Saturday Nov. 4 at River Road & Fullerton. Concert tickets are $10, a dinner at 6 p.m. will precede the 7 p.m. concert. Among the voices you will hear are those of Forest Parkers Ellie Clifton, Elfie Pett, Judy and Ed Huether, Peter and Isabel Herdeg, and Zeno Jacquat The “Schuhplatter Ein Edelweiss” dancers will dance up a storm, really, and music will be supplied by Walter Flechsig.

Diane Becker was taken to the hospital last Thursday. Everyone sends wishes for a speedy return home.

Oct. 26 happy birthday wishes to Jamie Stetler, Samantha Zaverdas, Dick Byars and Josie Becker. Anniversary greetings to Connie and Ralph Considine; on the 27th, Kay Duff and Drew Christopher Frank; Oct. 28 birthdays; Charlotte Lavnick, Chloe Hillis, Annette Stetler and Rich Bisluk; 29th Cory Fink Marjorie Beyer, John Griffin and anniversary celebrants Tom and Hazel Espolito; Oct. 30 Ryan Neff, Tony Iannantuoni, Helen Dvorak, Pat Uphughes and anniversary congratulations to Pete and Mary Brown; Oct. 31 birthday greetings to Karen Woods, Spencer Brooks, Jessica Emily Dodge and 3-year-old Sam Bland.

Faleminderit and mirupafshim! (These Albanian lessons will be coming to an end soon, will you pass the test?)

Jackie Schulz

Jackie is a former Chicago and Elmwood Park schoolteacher with an undying love for music, friendly pets and a host of life's other treasures too numerous to list. She was born on the far southwest side...