By Dan Haley, Editor & Publisher
Near the end of April, Tyra Manning will return to Oak Park and River Forest. She will be the keynote at the annual benefit for Thrive Counseling Center. Back in the 1990s, while she was the school superintendent in River Forest District 90 elementary schools, she served on the board of Thrive, which in those days was known as Family Service and Mental Health Center.
It will be full circle, back to two towns that, though now retired home to Texas, Manning still calls her “heart home,” the place that “treated me so well” over a span of nearly 20 years.
And so it will be in Oak Park that Manning can now tell the full story of her life — painful, complex, public and hidden, often solitary, always brave. That story unfolds in her new memoir, Where the Water Meets the Sand, a book that she began writing in 1984 and which is only being published now.