Deb Quantock McCarey is a freelance writer who has worked with Wednesday Journal Inc. since 1995, writing features and special sections for all its publications. An avid urban gardener and growing naturalist, she is also a local "green" advocate and community volunteer. As a WJ gardening blogger, Deb is also the host of Deb's Big Backyard, which runs on oakpark.com and airs on Oak Park public cable, Channel 6. In partnership with her spouse, Kevin J. McCarey, she is also a writer/producer for Lyman Street Productions and Print at www.lymanstreetproductions.com, a small business in Oak Park that produces and provides web content.
In 1989, at a political coffee organized to question local candidates in Oak Park about their stand on gay and lesbian issues, Mel Wilson and Nathan Linsk started something big in their small apartment on Humphrey Avenue in Oak Park.
In the glow that is Illinois' legalization of same sex marriage on June 1, many blessing ceremonies, group nuptials and traditional church weddings have, or will occur, this summer for couples who are new, or long-time residents of Oak Park.
A year ago this month, at the close of the inaugural meeting of the West Cook Wild Ones at Green Home Experts in Oak Park is where and when I began talking with veteran butterfly gardener Stephanie Walquist about her ongoing passion.