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.
Margaret Fleming is an old hand at adoption. A mother of 10, she's adopted seven children and runs Adoption Link, an Oak Park agency that specializes in placing African-American babies?#34;but what she saw in Vietnam when she adopted Lien, now 4, changed her life.
In the world of food, it's not uncommon for an earnest, determined cook to travel far in search of a food item. Indeed, tracking down a certain ingredient, or better yet, locating the whereabouts of a new or unusual ingredient, is all it takes to send any self-respecting gourmet galloping on his way.