Callahan was a good dog. He left us last Wednesday before he had to suffer any pain. He would have wanted me to say goodbye to some of his best friends. Goodbye to his friends at Schauer Hardware who were so kind and attentive to him. His special favorite was Bob Farrow, a modern day Saint Francis if ever there was one. 

Augie Aleksy’s bookstore, Centuries& Sleuths, was a favorite stopping off place, Other best friends were his next door neighbor, Suzie, friends from the first time they saw each other. Another best friend was Gussie. Gussie, Roger and Geri Grant and their big, grassy backyard. Of course, Cosmo was a favorite, and dear little Henry who moved away about a year ago, but Callahan still insisted on going up to his door just in case Henry came back. Cindy Huebner, always ready with a slice of cheese. Cal made a new friend at the dog park a few weeks ago, a little fellow named Scruffy. We liked Scruffy a lot. 

Life will go on but it will never be the same. No matter how much we do for our dogs, they do so much more for us. It’s true that everything you love will break your heart. 

Janet Paulin is a great promoter of the Women’s Exchange at 839 S. Oak Park Ave. The ladies held an old-fashioned tea last Sunday and sold gift items from all over the world. Anything you’d ever want to give someone, including exotic teas 

Pictured is Deanna Alexander pouring for guests Lela Grimble and Nelly Krems at the Sunday tea. Ms. Alexander is herself a creator of exotic lotions, perfumes and soaps. Ms. Grimble is a retired medical tech and is now working for the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Nelly Krems is at St. Edmund for now and hopes to be employed elsewhere come September.

 Janet Paulin will be in several more craft shows in the near future. On Saturday, April 23, there will be a Forest Park Garage Sale in the driveway of the Forest Park pool. Janet will be there with her creations. That runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Then on Saturday the 30 at First United Methodist Church, 324 N. Oak Park Ave. from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., there will be another big craft fair.

Next Sunday, April 24, is Palm Sunday for Eastern Orthodox churchgoers. Holy Week in the Orthodox Greek Church is rigidly observed. No meat, no eggs, no dairy — fruits and vegetables are about all they can eat during Holy Week. No chicks, no bunnies, no jelly beans either. Easter is strictly a religious holiday.

Family members smash brightly-colored red eggs into each other’s eggs. One egg cracks, one doesn’t crack so much. One person wins, one loses, but I could never figure out which was which. 

Birthdays this week include Bob Farrow, Regan Doolin, Joe Dornecker, Anne Childs, Jan Olmstead, Art Grams, Annette Pardun, Luke Bohee, Cindy Fischer, Kile Littlejohn, Steffie Schiller, Dolores Krueger, Matt Radkiewicz, Tom Cody, and Katie Kolby

Happy anniversary to Nicole and Drew Carter, Jean and Mike Lotus, Veronica and Gene Rischle.

Welcome home to the Kriegers who took a cruise to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary.

 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...

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