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That wonderful in-between time

Happy New Year, dear readers. May 2020 bring us closer to realizing what life is really all about.

I like the time between Dec. 26 and Jan. 5. We are still in holiday mode. Kids are still on vacation, there’s still some Christmas cookies left and we aren’t rushing around shopping. We can ponder the joyful reason for the season. We’ve got a little time to relax and just be.

I was trying to use this time to reflect on 2019 and polish off the last of the Christmas fudge my son, Joe, concocted. He experiments with flavors like salted caramel fudge, bacon fudge, chocolate marshmallow fudge and double chocolate fudge. I will say that each piece is like a little square of heaven. I am thankful for Joe and his talent in candy creations.

Do I have any New Year’s resolutions? I haven’t thought of any yet. I probably should. How about you?

I heard about some Daley College students who made Christmas cards for residents in the Senior Suites on Marquette Road. What a nice thing to do!

The Daley College business office, 7500 S. Pulaski, is now open for registration for 2020 classes. The Continuing Education department offers quite a few classes for children, teens and adults. There are classes in swimming, art, fitness, dance, sewing, academics and more. Maybe this is your year to try something new.

Parents can give their children a leg up on academics by signing them up for math and language classes. Most Continuing Education classes begin about the third week in January. Business hours are now 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call for more information at (773) 838-7545.

The West Lawn Branch Library, 4020 W. 63rd St., will be showing movies all month long. On Monday, Jan. 6, Spiderman: Far From Home will be shown from 5 to 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Jan. 8, The Secret Life of Bees will be shown from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Here’s some interesting news. The old J & R Variety building, 6318 S. Pulaski, and the old Bud’s Florist building, 4011 W. 63rd St., have been purchased by Dr. Cavaro of the Cavaro Medical office at 63rd and Pulaski. Dr. Cavaro is planning on expanding the medical facility by the fall of 2020. I was hoping for retail stores to be developed, but the medical facility is needed. This is better than storefronts just sitting empty.

Here’s some sad news. Between Dec. 20 and 27 there were 14 lost and loose dogs reported in our neighborhood. This is totally unacceptable. I hope the dog owners will take better care of their pets.

Here’s some fun news. Warning: shameless promotion coming. My hubby, Roman, is a drummer in quite a few bands. One of his bands, The High Tones, has just come out with a new CD called Crossin’ the Blue Line. It is a marvelous and eclectic collection of the best in original rhythm and blues songs. (And not just because I sang some background vocals). The CD has gotten some terrific reviews in Blues Magazine, Blues Matters magazine and on local radio stations. It is available online for download at CD Baby, Spotify, Utube and iTunes. You can also text or call or write to me if you’d like to purchase an actual CD.

It’s been a creative time for my family, which is growing bigger thanks to the birth of two granddaughters in 2019. Such a blessing!

Thank you for reading my column. I appreciate each one of you.

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