April 2017 Lifestyle Letter 1

A Rite of Spring

It makes sense to me that the origins of Mother’s Day are traced to a peace activist.

In 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia, Anna Jarvis held a memorial service at her church for her mother. That church, St Andrew’s Methodist Church, is now the home of the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Anna started a campaign three years earlier to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States when her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. The elder Mrs. Jarvis was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War. After the war she created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. The younger Jarvis sought to set aside a day to honor all mothers, because she believed that a mom was “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”

If there’s a mom on your shopping list for Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14), this issue of SW Lake Lifestyle offers a fun and insightful guide, thanks to the marvelous efforts of a remarkable group of women. Enjoy the wonderful photos of a new contributor, Jake Cohen of Lake Zurich, who features the apparel, accessories, hair styles & make-up, as well as a wonderful assortment of vehicles. (New car smell is a favorite fragrance for just about everybody’s mom.)

A popular local restaurant, Lindy’s Landing in Wauconda, celebrated its 50th anniversary a few years back. Now, it’s undergone a dramatic menu change, just in time for Mother’s Day. (If you take Mom this year, tell ‘em SW Lake Lifestyle sent you.)

We welcome two more contributors in this issue: Mark Hornok, a financial advisor with Edward Jones in downtown Barrington, debuts his “Financial Buzz” column by taking a look at what constitutes a healthy portfolio. State Representative Nick Sauer of Lake Barrington will share insights from Springfield. In his inaugural feature he draws inspiration from the Chicago Cubs; there’s lots to learn from the Northside Ball Club in how to work together to achieve big things.

Finally, back to Mother’s Day. I was raised in a family of four boys. Our testosterone + adrenaline fueled competitions – driveway hoops, backyard football, swimming, ping-pong or just plain wrestling – occasionally morphed into knockdown, drag-out, winner take all brawls among growing boys. Our mom was a peacemaker who somehow managed to keep each of us in one piece (albeit with a few minor scars). For that – and much, much more — we are all eternally grateful, Mom.

See you around town.

Michael Beightol


ON THE COVER Erin Aschom from Epilogue Boutique was one of the models at Marquardt Buick GMC for our first-ever fashion photo shoot.