“I read the news today, oh boy.” - John Lennon
This letter begins with the first word and proceeds randomly…there is an order to it… in a nebulous way, it continues as a series of thoughts from the author’s consciousness.
The day arrived, as some do, with a foreboding and dismal weather forecast. But this time, to the delight of the Earth’s inhabitants, it was the direct opposite of what was foretold. Bugs danced forth from their encampments while the birds sang a tune never heard before with voices borrowed from heaven. Cell phones were left unattended and lonely. Yesterday’s perilous news drippings slid off the pages and were vanquished. The remaining newsprint was shredded and placed fittingly on the bottom of a cat box. Strangers greeted each other with a smile and a nod. Dread took a back seat to optimism and imagination returned to the slaves of technology. Dream on!
We do not live in a perfect world and the most we can do is to try and make someone else’s life a little more pleasant. Our Almanac embodies this wish.
You may have noticed on our cover, the words on the pumpkin heralding our 20th year. Doing anything for 20 years requires a certain amount of attention and effort; once you’ve reached that plateau, there is cause for celebration. Our magazine originated from a dream I had, a dream that included providing space for artists and writers to offer their ideas and talents to our community. As in most ventures, one needs support from outside contributors. We thank all of the other dreamers, our behind the scenes workers, and those in the business community who have participated and stood beside us in our dream to make it possible. Our door is still open for anyone wishing to join in!
Jim & Mindy Elgas
P.S. Once again, we are offering our Crypto-Nitions™ and Cartoon Caption contests. Win gift certificates from local businesses! To play, click the header for “Contests”.
To view Scott's (Our Almanac Artist) 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.