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'Acceptance' will be my guiding word for 2020

Every January for the past few years, Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich has chosen an annual "guiding word" and encouraged readers to do the same. I heard about this for the first time over the...

 

The joy of a little creative clutter

Each January after the holidays are over, there seems to be a renewed obligation or duty to reorganize. Everywhere you look there are articles, books and news stories that promise to help you tidy up...

 

Anna Martch an asset to business owners, village

The village of Hinsdale is fortunate of have Anna Martch as one of its employees. As the economic development and communication specialist, she adds tremendous value to the success of our business community. As a business owner, I have worked with...

 

Here's to ringing in more than just a new year

The last days of one year and the first days of the next are traditionally a time to analyze events of the past 12 months and set goals and expectations for those to come in the next 12 months. Today we offer a fusion of both, with a look at what we...

 

Preserving holiday spirit all through the new year

I love Christmas, but I'm not sure I could survive 12 months of shopping, wrapping, baking, mailing cards and hosting gatherings at a holiday pace. And while I'm ready to embark on a new year, I'm...

 

Longtime friends actually strangers

I’ve never actually met two of my best friends, though our friendship has lasted over 40 years. John Irving and Stephen King have been dear companions of mine since 1979. I met each when I was 13,...

 

'Twas the night after Christmas in Hinsdale

’Twas the night after Christmas, when all through the town The streets were all quiet, the stores all shut down. The stockings were flung on the floor without care The spot where presents were piled now was bare. The merchants were nestled all...

 

To Ainsley on her 11th birthday

I love traditions — especially at this time of year — and one of my favorites has been penning my annual birthday letter to Ainsley. I wrote my first in December 2011, just before she turned 3,...

 

A not so silent night

Every Christmas for the past 14 years, I've sat in a wooden pew at St. Isaac Jogues Church. I've looked around at the evergreen Christmas trees, admired the poinsettias covering the altar and enjoyed...

 

'Twas the night before Christmas in Hinsdale

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the townThe Hinsdaleans were scurrying, they rushed all around.For last-minute gifts and cards they did sprint,Armed with lists and ideas and maybe some hints. Gateway and Grant squares and...

 

In midst of chaos, Christmas will come

Every year, my husband and I debate the aesthetics of our outdoor holiday lights. I like the lights to look symmetrical and enchanting and labor over each light placement. He calls the job done after...

 

Cheers to all involved with 'A Christmas Carol' at TCH

Bravo to the cast and crew of the holiday production “A Christmas Carol: In Concert” held at the Hinsdale Community House last weekend! From the creative staging, the cheery music, to the actors both young and older — it was such an enjoyable...

 

As many reasons to shop local as there are gifts

The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk, the paper’s gift ideas series (see Page 7 for this week’s installment), Holidays in Hinsdale (see Page 30), and 12 Days of Holiday Cheer (Page 32) all are designed to encourage residents to shop...

 

Nutcrackers cue memories of Christmases past

I should have taken more nutcrackers. My mother-in-law wanted me to take more. She wanted us to take lots of things as she and my father-in-law were clearing out the Western Springs house they had...

 

Ours is a family of immigrants

More than 10,000 years ago, people began migrating from Eurasia to North America. Because sea levels were low, they could walk across a small landmass where the Bering Straits are today. Over...

 

Burned out red bulbs shine bright for fire safety

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, a red bulb will be...

 

Hallmark movie could be new holiday tradition

Hallmark movies are big business. Just take a quick peek at the merchandise available and the list of stars appearing on the channel this month. They're also a source of entertainment - especially at...

 

Loss can remind us of blessings

I was listening to the radio the other day when I heard something that resonated with me deeply. The radio host was talking about the significance of family during the holiday season and the...

 

D181 board should've been more open about IASB votes

I am writing about D181’s votes on IASB resolutions 1 and 3 at the last school board meeting (Nov. 18) and am concerned there are other, pressing matters that parents in this community are not aware of. When D181 has needed funding for a new...

 

Fredrickson's column a necessary reminder to us all

I want to express a heartfelt thanks to Jack Fredrickson for his column Nov. 21 turning a very personal and tragic event in his life, the accidental death of his wife, Susan, into a reckoning that many of us need to face concerning when to say “no...

 

Our 'thankful' editorial - served up with a twist

If you’re a fan of Food Network, you know about the importance of balance. For every sweet ingredient, you need a salty one. At Thanksgiving, we often find ourselves writing a sugary editorial about all the things we have to be thankful for here...

 

It's OK to ignore the rules - except at holidays

I’ve always been a rule follower. You’d think this would have delighted my mother when I was a child. Unfortunately, as I had no siblings, she had no comparative yardstick with which to measure...

 

Guests make table memorable

We sold Mom’s Spode Christmas Tree china set this week on Craig’s List. “That wasn’t so hard, was it?” I asked Mom. She pointed out that we had packed up the set over a year ago. She...

 

Don't allow state legislators to allow guns in schools

Guns do not belong in schools. This past weekend, for the second year in a row, delegates at the Illinois Association of School Boards Annual Conference narrowly defeated a resolution advocating legislation which provides local school boards the...

 

Criticism of state Rep. Mazzochi in letter was unwarranted

The letter regarding Rep. Deanne Mazzochi and the insulin cap last week was misleading and politically motivated. The only relevant content was that insulin prices have risen greatly and that some are struggling. The letter infers that the insulin...

 

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