In walks the client on two good legs ready for his massage. As a dog missing the other two legs, his life depends on it. And the sweet 8-year-old pit bull named Fifty seems to know it as he hops over to Denise Theobald and lies down, exposing the overworked legs that carry the strain of his muscular, energetic body.
Robin Blench is every real estate agent's dream-client. He's recently retired, an empty-nester, owns a spacious single-family home in a neighborhood close to public transportation and downtown Oak Park, and he's selling it with the intention of buying a condo in the village. If only there were more homeowners like Blench out there.
Driving past Pieritz Bros. Office Supply and Stationery in Oak Park, it's not difficult to wonder if the 118-year-old, third-generation family-run store is patronized - or even open. It looks a little like the Ghost of Storefronts Past.
Every Fourth of July, Oak Park's Independence Day Parade embarks from the northwest corner of Longfellow Park and - this year 60 groups strong - and heads north up Ridgeland Avenue to Augusta Boulevard. Spectators line the parkways, sitting on curbs, in fold-up chairs, on house steps and tucked away on porches, many of which sport flags and red, white and blue bunting.
Gloria Groom had this idea. "I was working on some paintings and writing about Monet's The Artist's House at Argenteuil where you see his son, John, wearing a dress with a big blue sash in the back. I thought, 'What's this about?' so I wrote a friend in London and she said, 'Oh, that's a sailor's outfit and that was the trend that year. It shows he's a very upper-class little boy. That was the summer Monet actually had some money.'
BRAVO! is an acronym for the Band, Repertoire, Art, Vocal, and Orchestra. The fine arts department at Brooks provides learning opportunities in the arts all year long — workshops, concerts, assemblies, and musicals. "Bravo" is the summer musical theater program. The popular summer camp program provides rigorous, intense experience for the students, ranging from improvisational acting, costuming and theatrical make-up to script development, scenic design and dance.
As a girl of 7, Kathryn Hempel wrote a note to herself that she never forgot. I want to be an artist and paint the sites of the world. But a busy life as a film editor, partner in an international company, wife and mother of two children kept Hempel from pursuing art on a regular basis.
They were the first generation out of the closet, recognizing their sexual orientation when homosexuality was still illegal in many states, when it was still classified as a mental illness by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-II).
The stories of two Oak Park same-sex couples illustrate how far society in general has changed in the last 30 years. When Leah Fowler was a teenager in the early 1990s, she would, from time to time, have crushes on girls she knew, but she resisted the possibility that she might be gay.