When you're single, the marketing of holidays seems a cruel ploy to amplify your loneliness, your sense of being detached. Just when you thought it was safe to crawl out of hiding after the one-two punch of Christmas and New Year's Eve, along comes the final February blow.
Ruth S. McLaren, senior vice president, Community Bank Oak Park-River Forest, was named one of the 50 most influential women in banking by US BANKER magazine, a national publication of the financial services industry.
Not long after 5 p.m., the students in Stephanie Clemens' Thursday evening ballet class began shuffling in one by one. Distilled out of the chaos in the hallwayâ€"a flashing din of moms and siblings and snow boots and bookbagsâ€"10-year-old Alex Schorsch gabbed with Max Gorgol, and Christopher Gaumond meandered the length of the room, humming to himself.
Keith Anwar has never set foot in Afghanistan, but he has "interest and emotion wrapped up in it," he says, because of his family's history. He also has a piece of it to share?#34;a century's worth of history told by his father, Afghanistan native Mohammed "Hammad" Haider Anwar?#34;in a memoir first published more than 20 years ago.
Kids leave. They grow up, go to college, find jobs. But Mia Yankow and Ruth Giorango have taken leaving a bit further than most. They joined the Peace Corps last year, and are now in Africaâ€"Mia in Mozambique and Ruth in Lesotho.