Live and Laugh in Naperville
by Elizabeth Gretz
Edited by Judith Pettijohn McConnell
Remember what prompted me to write How Can I Help? When Mom and Dad Work? My little boy who supposedly threatened his sister and who hardly called at all – love that child – is now an adult, earning his MA in elementary education and teaching first grade.
Marrying, becoming a mother and moving to a suburb the constant caller daughter becomes a real estate broker. Brokers, if they are good at their job and she is, are almost always on the phone – how apropos.
A natural marketer, she ‘writes’ a resource for other newcomers/clients titled Live and Laugh in Naperville: A Guide to Life and Good Times and asks that I content, and copy edit the book.
Oh my. The young college grad writer she hires ‘writes’ the same five adjectives to describe every essential service, everything about churches, schools, parks, libraries, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, city sponsored events, healthcare, volunteer opportunities, community leader spotlights and more. These same five appear, repeatedly, throughout the 250-page book. Okay then.
It’s an excellent idea, including fun and appealing photos and I spend many hours during many weeks ensuring that the copy reads intelligently and interestingly. Many more adjectives, more precise descriptions. Beth and I work together, too, laugh a lot and ultimately her clever publication is just right. The second edition, too.
What People Are Saying…
“One great way to know about a community is to learn about its small, independently-owned businesses. These resources best reflect the originality and charm of Naperville.”
-Dan Casey, Owner, Casey’s Foods
“Endlessly searching the internet for wonderful ways to spend our days is over. This exhaustively researched guide to Naperville is a priceless resource for any busy Mom looking for an activity for the kids or a fun night out. New to the area or lifelong resident, you’ll find Live and Laugh in Naperville the perfect guide to the best Naperville has to offer.”
-Alissa Andrew – Newer Naperville resident and Mom of Lily and Zoe
“In Naperville, we combine the promise and optimism of the future with reverence and respect for the past. Our big-city amenities and small-town feel make Naperville the place to grow up, start a family, retire, and everything in between.”
-Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico