By Dan Haley
Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others:
Who is this Karin Sullivan?: If you are like me, you have been receiving more phone calls lately from Karin Sullivan than from your spouse, mom or kids. She's on the horn about every 18 hours with some news from OPRF. It started over the weekend. "Hi. This is Karin Sullivan from Oak Park and River Forest High School. Just a reminder that on Monday, Jan. 6, OPRF will not be in session. It is a Teacher Institute Day. Classes will resume on Tuesday. I hope you have a very pleasant evening."
Then Karin called on Sunday to let us all know that Monday, being somewhat chilly, would actually result in OPRF being locked down totally. And Monday she called to explain that, since Tuesday will also be on the cold side, school would remain closed. But maybe Wednesday we'll try to get the second semester launched. And then, of course, that warm, not exactly flirtatious, but with more energy than you'd expect from the high school PR person: "I hope you have a very pleasant evening."
With any luck Wednesday will be a "Late Arrival" day and Karin will call again.
Yoga endures: We've been posting a blizzard of closing notices and cancellations from schools, libraries, parks in the towns we cover. Might have been the Oak Park parks that noted that even though everything else was shut down, there would still be yoga classes. You can never be too flexible or too calm. Especially in the midst of a polar vortex.
Pithy. Frank would like pithy: Got the news in December that the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust had concluded that its name was simply too gangly and verbose. It was as if some naïf had put an ornamental railing on a Wright house, or a comfortable chair in the dining room.
So the foundation's leaders chose to "refresh our name and make it stronger and simpler." And they did. Behold: Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Even though the mission remains unchanged and continues "to preserve the Trust's historic sites and collections," the preservation is now unspoken, assumed, inviolate.
I believe this is genius. The spirit of the master still at work. Spare. Taut. Efficient.
And my challenge to this board is that every decade another word comes out of the name. Until it is the strongest and simplest name it could ever be. By 2043? Frank.
Dominick's-less: Trying to keep my grocery shopping in town in the absence of Dominick's, I have resumed shopping at the Madison Street Jewel. There's much to like here. A reasonable-sized store. The staff is nice. Decent but, to me, not overwhelming selection. If the management is planning to pick up Oak Park business from Dominick's, though, it is going to have to upgrade the produce section as the last two puny and suspect acorn squash I discovered under bags of apples on Sunday afternoon were summarily rejected by my wife on my return home. Final point: It is customary to have enough shopping carts so every customer can have his or her own.
New Year's resolution: My only such promise to myself is that with satellite radio in my car, I am going to sharply reduce my intake of MSNBC and return to WBEZ.