During the fall harvest, I overlooked this little apple on the dwarf tree in front of our house. With a backdrop of Christmas garland, it's been recast by the winter storm as a reddish brown ornament, adorned with a white, sliding cap of new-fallen snow.
'Twas the afternoon before Christmas and all through my house, I needed an over-the-counter drug and felt at a loss 'cause I didn't know if my pharmacy of choice, Sears, at Madison and Home, was still open.
I have learned a lot about gun violence in the United States over the past year. Suicide is more of a mental health issue than a gun issue, gun-related injuries and deaths among children have drastically decreased since the 1960s, as have injuries and deaths from firearm accidents.
This time of the year I find myself thinking about time. I look back. Christmas is a benchmark for our lives. Every year you take time off from work in late December to get together with friends and family.
The new year is still fresh, and January is a good time to stoke the fire with a little wisdom. One of my favorite sources is an unpretentious little magazine called "The Sun," out of North Carolina, which I highly recommend if you aren't already oversubscribed.
It's a new year, filled with promise, not just because it is still dewy and without unsightly blemishes. Rather, 2014 offers real potential for Oak Park and River Forest because genuine groundwork was laid in 2013 that sets up progress in the new year.
David Gilbert's opinion piece [Who defines Israel? Viewpoints, Dec. 18] in response to my earlier Op-Ed on Israel [Israel's concern for security is justified, Viewpoints, Nov. 20], places words in my mouth and opinions in my head that I never said in that piece.