Anyone who ever watched an episode of Oprah or read a self-help book is familiar with the adage: "Do what you love and the rest will follow." The idea behind this often-heard advice is to find a job that you really enjoy and you'll make plenty of money and find fulfillment. Easy enough if you're Oprah Winfrey, but what about the rest of us?
There is something exceptionally satisfying about discovering what was original to a historic property, conceiving how to recreate the detail and getting it built with integrity. That's why recognition is key to emphasizing to the public how important and unselfish preservation is in our village.
"This is a hard letter to write, and it will be hard for many of you to read," Rev. Julie Harley posted, Dec. 5, on the First United Church in Oak Park website. "On Nov. 19, I learned that I have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
A fresh start for the real estate market seems to begin with the promise of good things to come. And many local professionals tied to the Oak Park and River Forest housing market are optimistic that 2013 will offer some welcome changes.
Oak Park architect Tom Basset-Dilley is at it again. Fresh off the success of building a house on Clinton Avenue in Oak Park that incorporated ultra-energy efficiency, Basset-Dilley decided to go the distance and build the state's first certified passive house, one of only 28 in the U.S. His new project, built for a local family on Jackson Avenue in River Forest, is nearly complete.
Laura Osterlund's music career has taken her from the concert hall to the street corner. This, however, does not necessarily represent a downward trajectory for the aficionado of medieval music. She observed that young musicians are playing some unconventional venues, due to the decline in concert gigs.
When I was a youngster, there were a number of items that were in popular use, but have mostly disappeared. Back in those days, most men and women wore hats when they went outside, so we had a hat rack on the wall in the front hall.
Mis-en-scene is the French cinematic term for "placement in the frame." We thought about that and about the film Little Shop Around the Corner (Jimmy Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, 1940, great holiday film) as we ambled through the local business districts this holiday shopping season.