Zeno Jacquat left us last week after just a few hours on hospice. Anyone who knew Zeno was fortunate to have spent time on earth with a saint, a true saint of our times. Since he was Swiss, I once asked him why he wasn’t a Swiss Guard. 

“Not tall enough,” he said. If that had been a disappointment to him, he never let on. Deep condolences to Georgette and their sons. 

Zeno wouldn’t care, but this next item is a bit silly. It concerns a very bright cat, Pipsqueek, who walks on a leash, always. His attendants are Amy Arnold and her son, Brandon. Pipsqueek is getting ready to attend, and participate in, a cat show in February. We hope to be able to bring you the results of this show. Their wondercat lives somewhere in the vicinity of Ed’s Way, so be on the lookout for this handsome white with some colored markings when you go shopping. (Everybody shops at Ed’s Way.)

In case you missed it, the Doll’s Tea Party was, as usual, a huge success. There were so many things for people of all ages to do and make. And buy. Come again next year to join the fun. Meghan Hammond was at one table helping youngsters and their dolls be creative. You can even see some dolls have a tea party right there in the window. They, too, seem to be having much fun. As someone said, “We girls never outgrow our love for dolls.”

If you’re filling in your fall calendar, remember the Symphony of Oak Park-River Forest on Sunday, Oct. 2. The year’s concert will open with Beethoven: The Emperor Concerto and the 3rd Symphony. Those two numbers should wake you out of your lethargy. The concerts are held at Dominican University, 7900 W. Division, and begin at 4 p.m. Ample parking is available, for free!

Also at Dominican on Tuesday, Sept. 27, Father Gustavo Gutierrez will speak on Liberation Theology. On Oct. 11, Father Thomas Reese, a Jesuit who writes for the National Catholic Reporter, will speak about Religion and Politics. These start at 7 p.m.

Belated happy birthday to Tim Lorr, and happy birthday to Gigi Alfano, VanEsta Harris, Daniel Latall, Rochel Riske, Joseph Peterson, Gene Fletcher, Bishoy Saleeb, Angelo Spinelli, Brendan Miranda, Isla Faith Beukhorst, Josiah Abraham, Nick Novak, and Marion Walsh

Happy anniversary to Dan and Donna Danielson, Tony and Jackie Cardamone, and Frank and Loudine Romanok.

 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...