Kanita Myles

You see her here, you see her there. You seem to see her everywhere. Who is this ubiquitous mail girl? She’s Kanita Myles and her mail route covers the whole town. Well, just about. But she smiles and is as friendly as Dorrell and Christopher who preceded her. Technology is taking the mail away from us, but human contact will never be out of date.

We have a gem of a bookstore here in Forest Park. Many Sundays and Saturdays you can have a great time and probably learn something new if you just drop in for a listen to Centuries & Sleuths. Last Sunday, A Covert Affair by Jeannet Conant was vigorously (and sometimes loudly) discussed by members of the history discussion group. USA Today said the book is “Nonfiction that reads like a fun thriller.” It’s the story of Julia and Paul Child and their episodes of intrigue following World War II. You are probably too young to remember the Army-McCarthy hearings of the 1950s and the paranoia that gripped the country. You can read a bit about that period of history in this work.

In keeping with the times, the mystery discussion group will discuss Chinatown Beat on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. Just in time for Chinese New Year.

The COT foundation invites you to FitzGerald’s on Saturday, March 2 from 7 p.m. till midnight for dinner, drinks and live music honoring Catherine O’Connor Trage’s memory. Proceeds will benefit the COT literacy program at Misericordia.

Mark your calendar: On Sunday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m., members of St. John Lutheran Church invite one and all music lovers to a celebration of music. Enjoy performances by the St. John Choristers and the Adult Choir. Also on the program are the Walther Lutheran Academy Choir, Bell Choir, Praise Team and Brass Players. Music of traditional composers such as Heinrich Schutz will be on the program as well as local composers such as Carl Schalk and Betty Jacobson. Admission is free and an offering will be collected. A reception will follow the concert. Those Lutherans really know how to “do” music.

While searching for something else, I came across an old cookbook from Garfield School circa 1977-78. Some of the contributors include the late Pat Vastine, Cindy Lyons, Bev Thompson, Darlene Riske and others no longer with us. Kindergartener Matt Lyons added a good recipe for “egg in a cup.” First-grader John Tricoci explained how to make popcorn, with the warning, “cool before serving.” Second-grader Kathleen Jones provided “pizza!” and chip off the ol’ block Jennifer Paulin contributed a recipe for homemade soup.

It may not be too late to attend the trial of Socrates at the Palmer House next Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. Tickets are a mere $100. Call the Hellenic Museum for details.

Happy birthday to Aiden Grant, Megan Childs, Becky Lauris, Sally Corday, Rosemary Krieger, Ashley Mendez, Stacy LoCasseio, AnneSpence, and Cherie Stewart.

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...