by Almanac Artist, Scott Westgard
“We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than what they are. They are gifts that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.” —Gary Zukav
Where you might find a gift usually depends on where you’re looking. It may be found next to your favorite chair or on a coffee table. It could be discovered on the dashboard of your car or in the glove box. Some might find it in the bathroom or on the kitchen countertop. It could be on the desk in your home office or on the dining room table. You may also want to check your bookshelf, on top of the fridge, the nightstand next to your bed, or even the catch-all drawer.
Then again, gifts may be found outside your home, at the library, or on display at your favorite store. Commuters may notice one lying on an empty seat of the Metra train. Patients may find one in their doctor’s waiting room. A gift can show up in unlikely places, but when you find one, you’ll recognize it.
And now, with the fall-holiday season upon us, we’d like to once again present our gift to you. You are holding it in your hands. This gift is a combined effort from many individuals who gave of their own time and resources. From the hard-working business owners, who offer their goods and services; to the writers who grace our pages; and then on to our associate editor who polishes it all up. From our graphic and website designers, who tediously construct each and every page, and then to the people on the printing line. From our cover artist whose imagination and magic illustrate each passing season, and finally, to the mailman who delivers the final product to your door— come rain, sleet, or snow.
It’s a gift from our Almanac family to yours.
How you utilize this gift is your choice. It can be used for savings. It can let you know what’s happening in and around town. It can be informative, inspirational, and humorous. You can also use it to teach your dog to fetch, level a short table leg, and it’s great for setting your coffee mug on. Like we said, it’s your choice. Happy Holidays!
Jim & Mindy Elgas
P.S. Win gift certificates from local businesses when you play our three quarterly contests. We are once again offering “The Almanac Sun Search” contest, which can be found under the header “Contests”. Win $20 Gift Certificates to the fabulous Francesca’s Tavola Restaurant! Congratulations to our recent winners: Melissa Newkirk, Len Cirzan, Sheila Trossman, and Judy Bazzett. You can also play our Crypto-Nitions™ & Cartoon Caption contests online, found under the header “Contests”. Good luck!
The Writers Page - Stories written for the Almanac of Arlington Heights by various area writers.
15 Seconds of Fame Page
Black and white video clips of people you may know!
AHA! - Local book!
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What happens when 6 Arlington Heights folks meet at their local library and try their hand at writing? This Book! Enjoy a variety of unique short stories and poems written by six published authors and budding new talents.
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