The lay of the land: the general state or condition of affairs under consideration.
My “get ready for winter” to-do list lies crumpled and neglected on the kitchen counter. It is filled with crossed-out accomplishments, scratched-in add-ons and some half-done projects that now share the same fate of November flies trapped between storm windows. The world will go on…
A while back, a dream came to me about creating a magazine.
It seemed like a simple task at the time and I was naïve enough to believe it could be possible. That was 19 years and 75 quarterly editions ago. It would be stretching it to say that it didn’t require a certain learning curve. I had a vague background of publishing when I worked with my father and a sufficient amount of enthusiasm to convince my wife to accompany me on the journey. The adventure continues today with our Holiday/Winter edition of the Almanac.
Since the beginning, the powers that be have sent angels, in human form, to assist us. Over the years, they have become family. I’ll acknowledge them by their first names because that’s how, I’m sure, they’d like to be known.
Bev, our talented and dedicated graphic designer, is our patient, hand-holding, rock of stability. A more kind-hearted and genuine friend could not be found elsewhere on this planet.
Jeannette is our tireless associate editor/writer who possesses that rare gift of criticizing without being critical, but yet is a stickler for composition, punctuation and the correct play of words.
Scott, our cover and cartoon artist, who will shudder when he reads these words of appreciation, is a humble spirit with an imagination and talent from a place inhabited by dreams.
We also recognize our writers Marolyn, Jean, Paula, Barbara, Diane, Katherine, Sandra, Sue, Millie, John, Andy, Larry, Rick, Dave, Dr. Kevin, and Rob, who have found a home and a place to share their imagination and information with you, and whose stories set the tone and spirit of our magazine.
From all of us, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season with your families and friends. We share the hopes of those who labored through the recent presidential election and wish the best for the future.
Jim & Mindy Elgas
P.S. Once again, we are offering our Crypto-Nitions™ and Cartoon Caption contests, found under the header “Contests”. Win gift certificates from local businesses!
Scott (Our Almanac Artist) has created one of the best board games ever! The game is called, “Cake” and is a perfect gift for friends, families and co-workers. Get one now before it goes viral! For more information, visit cakegame.weebly.com. To view his artwork and purchase individual pieces, visit scottwestgard.weebly.com.
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!
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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