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.
In the world of home design in the Chicago area, Jean Stoffer is royalty. The popular interior designer has created numerous kitchens in Oak Park and River Forest, and a spring housewalk isn't truly an event without at least one of her designs included.
In the campaign leading up to the presidential election on Nov. 6, there was plenty of talk about entrepreneurship, a term applied to people who start new businesses. As it turns out, the term can also be applied to pastors who are starting new churches in and around Oak Park.
Jerry Delaney is a feisty, former nun who filters her political world view through the immortal words of President John F. Kennedy, who in 1961 said, "Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."
Marc Lucas lost everything in his life when he became a quadriplegic after a car crash in 2004. For eight years, Lucas, 27, lived at the Berkshire Nursing and Rehab Center in Forest Park hoping to get out.