John Rice is a columnist/private detective, who has seen his business and family thrive in Forest Park. He thoroughly enjoys life in the village and still gets a thrill smelling Red Hots, watching softball and strolling through cemeteries.
It may be a new year, but for most of us staying home remains our daily routine. Confinement has caused board games to increase in popularity. Chess is enjoying a resurgence, but I'm focusing on another intellectually-stimulating game — Scrabble. That's because I play monthly games against Forest Park's Scrabble savant, Tom Legge.
Last year, I summarized the events of 2019, describing the year as "tumultuous." Tumultuous? 2019 was positively serene compared to 2020, which started on a high note, though, when we profiled a young woman named Alyaa Shakir, who is risking her life to lead a cleanup of Baghdad's streets. Our story was picked up by a TV station in Beirut, which interviewed Alyaa. Never underestimate the global reach of the Review.