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 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion 

Finding inspiration for '21 - despite rocky start

The best advice I encountered for 2021 as 2020 came to a close was hilarious. And prophetic. "Nobody claim 2021 as 'your year,' " the Facebook post advised. "We're all going to... — Updated 1/13/2021


Giving blood a wonderful way to foster healing

Like so many facets of life since COVID-19 hit, blood drives and blood donation centers were shut down or severely restricted as a health precaution. Thankfully, those activities have resumed, and individuals are being urged in... — Updated 1/13/2021


Republicans must speak up for country to heal

A lack of bipartisan civility is not what led Trump supporters to storm the Capitol last week, resulting in five deaths. Opportunists from one political party encouraged conspiracy theories, resulting in 82 percent of Trump... — Updated 1/13/2021

 By Susan OByrne    Opinion 

Novel adaptations soothe trying times

T.S. Eliot's J. Alfred Prufrock once famously stated that he had "measured out (his) life with coffee spoons." In these parlous times, however, I've found myself measuring out my li... — Updated 1/13/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Schadenfreude, struggling and an insightful soliloquy

"Schadenfreude" is a term introduced to me by the very erudite musical, "Avenue Q." Its technical definition is taking pleasure ("freude") in another person's pain ("schaden"). Or,... — Updated 1/6/2021


Respect, courtesy should not be on the ballot

If there’s one thing the past 10 months have taught us, it’s patience. We learned patience when we were told, after staying home for two weeks in March, that we would have stay home longer in an effort to slow the spread of... — Updated 1/6/2021


Bid this trio farewell for a happier 2021

From a global pandemic to a tumultuous U.S. presidential election, 2020 has wreaked havoc on our minds, bodies and spirits. It was a soul-crushing year, yet - despite it all - I've... — Updated 1/6/2021


D86 candidate outlines issues in school board race

With November’s election behind us, sharp focus should turn to the April 6 consolidated election. One important issue on the ballot that can drastically impact real estate value is the Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Bo... — Updated 1/6/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

A birthday letter to Ainsley as she turns 12

Nine years ago I began an annual tradition that I have somehow managed to continue. In the issue before Ainsley’s birthday each year, I use this space to write a special letter... — Updated 12/29/2020


In with the new never felt better

2021! It’s almost here, and I’ve never been more excited to welcome a new year. New Year’s is usually a pretty ho hum holiday in my book, but not this year, no ma’am. It’s... — Updated 12/29/2020


Hard to imagine just what the new year will hold

A recent Saturday Night Live featured Kate McKinnon playing Madame Vivelda, a fortune teller, as she met with a group of clients in 2019. “2019 has sucked but I think 2020 will be our year,” one of them says as the skit opens.... — Updated 12/29/2020

 By Amy McCauley    Opinion

Miles don't dim light of Christmas Queen

For as long as I can remember, my mom has been the queen of Christmas. Perhaps your family has its own Christmas queen or king? Someone whose love for the holidays is so... — Updated 12/22/2020


Junior high teacher taught more than woodworking

When I sat down to hang a picture frame and put my awl to the frame, I remembered Mr. Todd. When I was sanding a piece of wood and knew to trust my own sense of smooth, I remembered Mr. Todd. When I drew the plans for a small... — Updated 12/22/2020


'Twas the night before Christmas in Hinsdale

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the town The Hinsdaleans were scurrying, they rushed all around. For last-minute gifts and cards they did sprint, Armed with lists... — Updated 12/22/2020


Peace and joy, come to you

The sky is falling. At least our sky is falling, over our home, and within our family. Health concerns of beloved family members have my husband and me scrambling to help. I used to... — Updated 12/16/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Christmas 2020 gifting abundant share of changes

“Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes.” — David Bowie One thing you learn as a parent is how much things change each holiday season as your kids (or kid, in my case) get... — Updated 12/16/2020


Community needs candidates. Could it be you?

Experience any hotly contested elections lately? Granted, the presidential race was certainly a spectacle not seen before (which goes for most of 2020!). But it also got two-thirds of the electorate to the polls, the highest... — Updated 12/16/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Spritz cookies elicit sweet memories of childhood

Several years ago I found a reprint of a vintage Betty Crocker cookie cookbook at Yankee Peddler - the very same one my mom had when I was a kid. I later regretted not purchasing... — Updated 12/9/2020


Hinsdale shops a prime place to find holiday gifts

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me — a Hinsdale shopping spree! Yes, yes, we know the song is really about the 12 days between Christmas and epiphany. Forgive us for this slightly corny set-up for a message... — Updated 12/9/2020


Legion members grateful to PTO for gift cards

The American Legion Post 250 of Hinsdale would like to thank each and every one of the Clarendon Hills Middle School PTO members that took time and effort to send gift cards to all the vets who attend programs at the schools. We... — Updated 12/9/2020


The 'driving around' phenomenon

Behind the steering wheel of my 2016 Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid, I've made some of my best memories. From hearing my favorite song on the radio for the first time, to driving to the city... — Updated 12/9/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Kindness just the gift to give ourselves, others

"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." - the 14th Dalai Lama Did you ever learn a new word and then start to see it everywhere? Or encounter the same message or theme... — Updated 12/2/2020


Stick to fire safety even when stuck at home

The Hinsdale Fire Department is once again participating in the annual statewide Keep the Wreath Red fire safety program. A wreath will be hung outside the station at 121 Symonds Drive. For each fire caused by holiday decorations,... — Updated 12/2/2020

 By Beth Smits    Opinion

Learning to listen one benefit of 2020

It's time to look back at the year that was and reflect on lessons learned. Of course, learning a lesson is not the same as applying it, and I am far from skilled at practicing... — Updated 12/2/2020


Every day brings something to give thanks for

No matter what challenges we’ve faced this year as individuals, family members, business owners and community members, we still have countless reasons to be thankful. Here’s our list — one for each day of the month leading... — Updated 11/24/2020


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