The Kane County Chronicle, Elburn Herald and Sugar Grove Herald recently began featuring a new columnist in the opinions section.
Carol Kloskowski is an Elburn resident who started writing in the 1970s. Her new column is called “I’ve Been Thinking.” It focuses on family and interesting observations.
I emailed Carol a few questions so readers could get to know her better. The following is an edited transcript. You can read her latest column in the opinions section of today’s paper.
Kathy Balcazar: What brought you to Elburn?
Carol Kloskowski: Unfortunately, my husband is not well. We had a large home in upper Michigan, and it was too hard to take care of once he got sick. Six of our children live in the western suburbs of Chicago, so we moved back. One of my sons lives a few blocks away. Both my husband and I were born and raised in Chicago and moved to Elmhurst once we married. When my husband retired, we moved to the U.P. I didn’t want to leave the family though.
Balcazar: You have seven adult children. How have they inspired your writing?
Kloskowski: Of course, the fact that I have a big family has given me lots to write about. I really didn’t start writing until we moved to Michigan because my kids are all close together in age and I had jobs as soon as they were in school.
Balcazar: Tell us more about your background. What are some of the other jobs you have had?
Kloskowski: Well, the first job I had was what I wrote about last week (child care). I [also] worked in a dime store, several women’s clothing stores and Wieboldt’s (a department store). I was a waitress and hostess at several restaurants. I was an orthodontist’s receptionist and a foot doctor’s receptionist. I worked in a supermarket and eventually found my passion – working with kids as a teacher’s aide. I started working with little kids (first-, second- and third-graders) who had been taken out of regular class because of bad conduct. I also worked with high school students who were also not in regular class. I taught ESL and tutored math and reading. I did that in Elmhurst and in upper Michigan. I also did most of my writing up there. I wrote for a monthly periodical, the “Porcupine Press,” and had articles here and there.
Balcazar: What are some of your current hobbies?
Kloskowski: I like to dance. I go to line dance classes once a week. I am very involved with my church. I attend two Bible studies. I love to garden and actually had a small business selling plants in the U.P. I volunteer at an elementary school one day a week. What’s left of my time is spent housekeeping and taking care of my husband, who isn’t doing well and is in a wheelchair, and visiting with the family.
Balcazar: What do you hope our readers get out of your columns?
Kloskowski: I hope sometimes they get a laugh or every once in a while a tear or two. Or at least an interesting read.
Balcazar: Anything else you’d like to say about the Elburn Herald, Sugar Grove Herald and Kane County Chronicle?
Kloskowski: I love that I see the local news in the paper – what’s going on here. That’s important to me. Also, I really like all the columnists you have.
Kathy Balcazar is weekly group editor for the Kane County Chronicle, Elburn Herald, Sugar Grove Herald and Suburban Life Media, and is a member of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board. Contact her at email@example.com or 630-845-5368. Learn more about NINA at ninaonline.org.