Goodbye to Christa Behmburg of Detwold, Germany who has been spending some time with her Forest Park friend, Lydia Guliano. Lydia has been recovering very well since her latest surgery. She’s back riding her bike!

Speaking of surgery, deepest apologies to Sandy Burns and Augie Aleksy who underwent knee work, not hip. But they are rehearsing the Highland Fling to be ready by the next Chamber dinner. 

Back at the bookstore, the Mystery Writers of America, Midwest Chapter, met at Centuries & Sleuths last Sunday with authors Susanna Calkins and Lori Rader-Day addressing the group. The handsome young man listening is Gunter Kaesdorf. In case you are interested in writing a mystery, some of the ideas addressed were: “What kind of book do I want to read?” “What expectations do readers have?” “What do my characters want?” “What forces are working on the protagonist, even off the page?” “How do I keep character continuity?” “Have I tied up loose ends?” “What do I need to know about my physical setting?” “What do I need to know about my characters?” They answered questions about revision, publication, promotional pieces and many other facets of mystery writing and publication. Now go write your book. 

Ms. Calkins is the author of the Lucy Campion historical mystery series. Ms. Rader-Day is author of The Black Hour. Coming up in June is a discussion of George B. Shaw’s Major Barbara, that’s on June 13 at 2 p.m. Time spent at Centuries & Sleuths is always time well spent.

On to the birthdays: This week we sing happy birthday to Phyllis DeVilbiss, Janet Fink, Shirley Stange, Tyler Robert Fink, Mary Lotus, twins Emma Elizabeth and Maxwell Joseph Strong, Mike Jargstorf, Tom Conrad, Zianna Turek, Mark Janopoulos, Matt Schuler, Brenda McNeill, Gary Fink, Tricia Cassiani, Bob Ashcroft, Ben Reina, LaVerne Cameron, Sarah Lotus, Alberta Williams, Ashley Santelli, Patrick Carr, Lynette Carr, Lauren Arnieri, Margaret Rohde, Paul Schlichting. Happy anniversary to Judi and Phil Jilek; Tim and Ruth Stefl; and Max and Emma Strong

Belated happy birthday two times to Lorraine Boy, who I thought had moved to Florida. This year we missed Lorraine’s 102nd birthday!

 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...