Stephanie is the author of "I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone" and "Ballads of Suburbia." She's a proud Forest Parker who holds a master's in fine arts degree from Columbia College Chicago. She also works locally at the Beacon Pub and loves to hear from people through her Web site www.stephaniekuehnert.com.
I've rewritten the first few sentences of this column a billion times. I have a simple thing to say that's also very hard ... Goodbye. At the beginning of July, my husband and I are moving to Seattle, Washington, to follow a dream. Long story short, in 2004, I went to Seattle with some girlfriends on vacation.
Exactly nine years ago today, I moved into my Forest Park home. Also celebrating a Forest-Park-versary this month is a place that helped draw me here. Ten years ago on May 20th, Jodi and Peter Gianakopoulos opened The Old School Records at 7446 W. Madison. Jodi was working in Oak Park when they were scouting locations for the store.
Since childhood I've always associated summer with reading—by the pool, on the beach, in my parent's air-conditioned bedroom. It was a quiet, solitary activity, and while I love that, the older I've gotten, the more I want to talk to other people about what I've read.
When I was eight, my nine year-old neighbor/BFF went through her jewelry box, decided to sell what she didn't want anymore. She offered up a heart necklace for a dime, and now that her ears were pierced, her clip-on earrings were a nickel a pair.