John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday Journal columnist and now a blogger. John has some pretty strong opinions about Oak Park and a wry way of putting them across. You won’t want to leave his blog without leaving a comment of your own.
I enjoy Henry David Thoreau's essay, "A Winter Walk," in which he reflects on the flora and fauna of the countryside around Concord, Massachusetts. Like Thoreau, I take early morning walks around my hometown, but instead of birdsong, animal tracks and the low winter sun, I notice different things.
I lost my faith right before Christmas in 1956. I read in my kid version of the World Book Encyclopedia that Santa Claus was a "legendary" figure. I made inquiry of my parents regarding the meaning of the word. Follow-up questions were posed. It turned out that there was no Santa, and the architecture of childhood myth came tumbling down.
There's something fishy going on in the Chicago-area culinary scheme, and I'm not talking about the sole meuniere at Everest. The 2015 Michelin restaurant guide is out, and all of our local restaurants lost their Bibb Gourmand designation in the new guide.