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 By Leah Packer    Opinion 

An extra day to have some fun

As I began to write this column, I realized it would be published on Feb. 29, a leap day. Now as everybody knows, leap years only come once every four years, making them a special... — Updated 2/28/2024

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion 

Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs

Signs provide us with all kinds of information. "Slow, children playing" lets us know kids reside on a particular block. (Since kids live on many blocks that don't have such signs,... — Updated 2/28/2024


Learn Leap Day history, lore on this Feb. 29

We all know there are 365 days in a year, right? Well, not exactly. It takes the Earth 365 days, five hours, 48 minutes and 56 seconds to orbit the Sun. We account for those extra hours every four years by adding an extra day to th... — Updated 2/28/2024

 By Bill Barre    Opinion

You just can't get too much football

This past football season, I finally realized a long-standing dream of mine to watch football 24/7. Impossible, you say? Way, I say. First of all, there is some kind of football on... — Updated 2/21/2024


Letter - New homes add value, interest to Southeast Hinsdale

Robbins Park? Southeast is the true name of the controversial neighborhood in Hinsdale. It’s Southeast Hinsdale. The dirt that lies under homes — that were built in a different era, when folks listened to the radio after having... — Updated 2/21/2024


Make space to embrace Black history this month

Black History Month is not simply asking, “How can I remember and learn about Black people?” It is all of us asking, “How can we love Black people by seeing them, hearing them, relishing in them and creating a world where Bla... — Updated 2/21/2024

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Robots, they tell me, will not take over the world

I'm not worried about the world ending in a nuclear explosion or an alien invasion. The robots are what scares me. I am not the only person who worries about robots taking over the... — Updated 2/21/2024

 By Kelly Abate    Opinion

Business trip a welcome respite

I used to think that business travel was glamorous. This was back when it was called taking a "business trip," when '80s TV shows featured beautiful, cosmopolitan people in power... — Updated 2/14/2024

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Ads add a lot to fun of Super Bowl Sunday

Which Super Bowl commercials were your favorites on Sunday? I loved Christopher Walken in BMW's "Talking Like Walken" ad, in which everyone from the valet to the guy at the drive... — Updated 2/14/2024


Try to protect Robbins Park before it's too late

The Robbins Park neighborhood in Hinsdale undoubtedly is a special place. The northern half was platted in 1866 by Hinsdale founder William Robbins and contains some of the oldest housing in the village, according to the... — Updated 2/14/2024


Wordle together, stay together

It’s 6 a.m. My phone dings once. A few seconds later, a second ding. I roll over and see the familiar green and yellow squares. And so the day begins, the family Wordle group texts are activated. I smile, assessing my mom’s... — Updated 2/7/2024


A little bit of love goes a long way to help others

As is The Hinsdalean’s tradition the week before Valentine’s Day (next Wednesday, don’t forget!), we hereby issue our own “valentines” to those helping to make the community a more kindhearted place. Here are this year... — Updated 2/7/2024

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Why bad blood between football fans and Swift?

I wouldn’t describe myself as a huge Taylor Swift fan — although I do know all the words to most of the songs on “1989,” as it was the only music we listened to driving thro... — Updated 2/7/2024

 By Kevin Cook    Opinion

Mystery of the Italian bagpiper

I enjoy a good mystery. I found one Christmas Eve. A small, beautiful figurine was strategically placed next to a creche at my sister's house. I was immediately drawn to it: an elde... — Updated 1/31/2024


Letter - Neighbors making living in Hinsdale so wonderful

Jan. 14 we escaped the winter for 11 days. Like always, our neighbors take care of everything while we are gone. We stop the mail and newspaper deliveries and our “ghost lights” go on and off while we are gone. Already a day... — Updated 1/31/2024


February a time to feel the love - for your heart

February is a month devoted to matters of the heart. With Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14 — wait, that’s not what we’re talking about here! February is American Heart Month, a time when people are encouraged to focus on cardiova... — Updated 1/31/2024

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Don't like the story? Tell yourself a different one

“If the story you’re telling doesn’t serve you, tell a different story.” I typed that while taking my morning walk and listening to my current favorite podcast, “Ten Perce... — Updated 1/31/2024

 By Katie Hughes    Opinion

What the tide could bring

My dad and I do not look one bit alike, but I did get one distinguishable trait from him: his love for movies. My own admiration began when I was a kid, when he would take my... — Updated 1/24/2024


Candor's impact healthy as ever on 50th birthday

Candor Health Education is marking a milestone this year. Exactly a half-century ago, the organization’s precursor, the Robert Crown Center for Health Education, moved into 21 Salt Creek Lane in Hinsdale, becoming the nation’s... — Updated 1/24/2024

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Putting celebration over competition is way to win

I'll admit it. I joined a Ted Lasso Fans Community page on Facebook a while back. I was hoping the posts would share lots of great inspirational quotes from Ted. And there are some.... — Updated 1/24/2024


Letter - Schools should take role in advocating gun safety

Like any parent, I am accustomed to receiving a lot of emails from my kids’ school – many of which relate to safety. Whether the communications relate to crossing the street, bundling up during the winter or staying home when... — Updated 1/17/2024

 By Jade Cook    Opinion

A story about moments of grace

I grew up nestled together with my family of four on a puffin shaped lake in Michigan. My mom stayed at home and my dad managed his business in town. Lazy summers were spent on the... — Updated 1/17/2024


Here's hoping for better weather in District 86

It’s been a stormy eight months in Hinsdale High School District 86, but we see signs that the skies are clearing. Board members say they’re excited about their superintendent hire, Michael Lach, who currently works as... — Updated 1/17/2024

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Hinsdale home to youngest TEDx speaker

I haven't watched all that many TED talks, but my favorite is one by a Hinsdale resident. Oh, did I mention that he's in preschool? At 4 years, 9 months and 22 days old, Bennet... — Updated 1/17/2024

 By Leah Packer    Opinion

Riding into the new year refreshed

Sometimes high school feels like trying to board a train at a busy station. Platforms and classes and trains and deadlines and tickets and papers and times and due dates and people... — Updated 1/10/2024


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