Last week's election in Oak Park was a thorough-going repudiation of the tenor of government in Oak Park these past years. The establishment candidates in town regularly pulled out the village's "public opinion survey" and said it proved that people were content with the direction of local government.
People have been preoccupied with death lately. There was Terri Schiavo, and the school shootings in Minnesota, and the courthouse shootings in Atlanta. Mel Gibson re-released a slightly less gory version of The Passion of the Christ, just in time for Holy Week and Good Friday.
Let's say a couple of house hunters enter a solid Queen Anne with the right number of bedrooms and a desirable floor plan. When they step into the foyer, however, they're greeted by a flickering, tarnished chandelier and a dizzying gold wallpaper patternâ€"the kind well-meaning folks slapped all over their formal living spaces in the '70s.
Today many of us are justly proud of our entertainment systems, our huge plasma screen TVs and our vast collections of DVDs. This, of course, is not a new tradition. Showing off one's own home media actually goes back over a hundred years.