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Face Time with Ellen Jo Ljung

Get to know Blackberry Twp. resident

Blackberry Township resident Ellen Jo Ljung, 71, was at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles when she answered questions from the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.

Schory: Where did you grow up?

Ljung: New York

Schory: Do you have any pets?

Ljung: Two feral rescues, Phoebe and Baxter

Schory: Who would play you in the movie of your life?

Ljung: Katharine Hepburn

Schory: Why are you here?

Ljung: I’m working on a wearable art shirt to be donated as a raffle prize for the Fine Line Arts Festival on June 1.

Schory: First job?

Ljung: Tutoring math as a high school student

Schory: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Ljung: I wanted to be a math teacher. Then I saw Katharine Hepburn as Portia in “The Merchant of Venice” and it was beautiful and so compelling, I became an English teacher.

Schory: Book or movie you would recommend?

Ljung: “Circe,” a modern retelling of the Greek myth by Madeline Miller and “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean

Schory: Favorite charity?

Ljung: Fine Line Creative Arts Center.

Schory: Favorite local restaurant?

Ljung: Craft Urban in Geneva

Schory: What is an interesting fact about yourself?

Ljung: We have traveled the world on kayak – Vietnam, Africa, Europe, Belize, Cuba – and now we’re going to the Amazon.

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