Sue Ainley, of Ed’s Way fame, recently held a party in her son’s honor before he returned to school. Bob Dwyer had many friends from home and school at the event including best friends Horace, Andre and Brian Stewart. The guests especially enjoyed the food. Of course it was all from Ed’s Way.

Our Review editor, Jean Lotus, is fresh back from Los Angeles where she attended a book discussion and signing of her husband Michael’s latest work America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity: Why America’s greatest days are yet to come a history book. He has been asked to teach a history course online for the University of California, Irvine.

If you’re ready to whet your appetite for the Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner that’s coming soon, try the River Forest Episcopal Lasagna Dinner, Saturday, April 29 4:30 and on and on. This is the same church that brings us those Episcopickles every Christmas. Nominal fee, I think it’s $6.

A few weeks ago, Centuries and Sleuths featured author Joanne Fluke, author of the Kay Lime Pie Mysteries. Ms. Fluke was an interesting, entertaining speaker and revved up enthusiasm for her Hannah Swensen mysteries. Hanna’s cat, Moishe, figures prominently, though he isn’t one of those cats that solves the mystery. He’s just there for diversion. At one point in the book’s tale, Ms. Fluke herself put on special ear phones and spoke with Moishe. Joanne uses her mysteries to get even with actual people she has known — by killing them off! One such unfortunate was a big handsome football star from high school who stood Joanne up for the senior prom by taking a cheerleader. She killed that guy off in her first novel. Incidentally Joanne Fluke includes tested recipes in all her Kay Lime Pie Novels. Her latest novel is “Blackberry Pie Murder,” No. 8 in the series. Her plots are interesting, not contrived and filled with real three dimensional characters. 

Coming soon to the bookstore near you on April 12, the Chesterton Society will discuss The Flying Inn at 2 p.m.

Now for the happy birthday wishes. A very special happy 100th birthday greeting to Frieda Moehrman Schwenke on March 31. Also this week: Michael O’Malley, Dan Haley, Horaco Munoz, Tom Giers, Doris Burtek, Maeve Eloise White, Lisa Bothie, Frank Pyotyr, Kathryn Griskioviak, John Lotus, Sherry Maughm, Nancy Becker Baum, Jim Whalen, Delores Petersohn, Grant Wojtas, Shirley Lapfel, Patrick White, Rosetta Hall, Geri Grant, JoAnn Grant, Marcy Dufkis Gleason, Horacio Munoz, Josef Haydn, Debbie Jargstorf, LaBelle Jones Fabrizio Cirrintano, Ian Hitre, Matt Novak, Matt Espinoza and Dolores Holub.

 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 of Chicago in a great neighborhood when it was a great time to be young.

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...