The year draws to an end. Should we look forward or contemplate the past? I was thinking about that concept of time and how we waste most of it by choosing between the two. We each possess a limited quantity of it and only time will reveal what that amount will be.
Occasionally, we catch a glimpse of what surrounds us. The beauty of the natural world is always there whether we acknowledge it or not. Our families, friends, and even our very breath sometimes go unnoticed. And then, without warning, an event takes place that forces us to mark the passage of time.
This recently happened to us when a friend, and simply, a genuine human being, passed away. Her name was Marolyn Bina, a local resident and member of our Almanac family. A gardener and nurturer at heart, she also possessed a multitude of other talents, among them being a gifted writer. I believe there are people you are destined to meet and Marolyn was one of them.
Seventeen years ago, when our Almanac was still in its infancy, she began gracing our pages with her knowledge and insight, which was featured in her “See How It Grows” column. A perfect match was born since she enjoyed writing and we felt blessed having her. She loved working with the earth and its delicate life forms. Eden, in comparison, had no advantage over her abundant gardens. The breathtaking results showed her labor and they were truly a labor of love.
We dedicate this Holiday-Winter edition to Marolyn and her family, with much appreciation for the beauty and joy she shared with the community over the years.
We extend our best wishes to you and your families for a healthy, happy, holiday season and a joyful New Year!
Jim & Mindy Elgas
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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.