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.
As a child I received "the belt" from my dad on only three occasions. My transgressions were: giving my mom the finger, telling her to shut up and a persistent pattern of leaving my underwear in the bathroom after my bath. I received these strappings between the ages of 8 and 10.
I'm not a huge fan of the Farmers Market. I like the idea of fresh produce, but it is expensive, and I wonder about its provenance. I like the doughnuts, but fried sugar dough is not very healthy. I see people I used to know, but I can't remember their names.
I have been thinking about time. There's Big Time and Little Time. St. Augustine thought so. For him there was "time out of time," which was God's realm, and then there was the time of our lives, including the time after we die – after all, he was a saint.
I think most Americans would agree that the current state of political affairs is pretty dismal. Partisanship is very high. Important issues are not being addressed. In fact, politicians, whether Democratic or Republican, have popularity ratings below lawyers, cable TV operators and $100,000-a-year gym teachers. Their popularity barely exceeds Holocaust-deniers and drive-by shooters.