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  • Who's afraid of AI? Me!

    Bill Barre|Updated May 29, 2024

    I've been thinking a lot about AI, specifically Generative AI. There are many discussions - some about AI replacing hundreds of thousands of jobs, some about the literal extinction that AI poses to homo sapiens. If AI does develop into super intelligence, what I call "The Entity," what will be the psychological effects on humans? I'm not worried about my generation. We've lived full lives. I'm worried about my children's generation and especially about my grandchildren's...

  • Cicadas - a rare writing opportunity - are back

    Pamela Lannom|Updated May 29, 2024

    I can't make up my mind most days whether I find cicadas fascinating or disgusting. I can't deny, though, that they provide a great writing opportunity. I wrote my first cicada story in 1990 for The Doings. My father-in-law, John Litster, was a letter carrier in town and had recorded interviews with homeowners on his route about the emergence of these rare insects. Their comments were hilarious. Seventeen years later, in 2007, before this paper had even turned a year old, I wr...

  • Honoring those lost in effort to keep all free

    Updated May 24, 2024

    In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky, The larks, still bravely singing, fly, Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not...

  • A long awaited puppy love

    Kelly Abate|Updated May 22, 2024

    "What's his name?" we asked the young man at KLM park, some dozen years ago. At the end of the leash he held in his hand was an English bulldog, adorably plump and wrinkly. My daughter and I petted the dog, whose tail wagged furiously at us. "Juice Box," the man said. My daughter and I replied with delight, "Juice Box?! What an awesome name for a dog." The man laughed and said, "No, not Juice Box. Maddox." Or Randolph or Tree Tops or some other name that was not, in fact, Juic...

  • Catching up with ... Amy Owens

    Pamela Lannom|Updated May 15, 2024

    Amy Owens had undergone a cancer diagnosis, a total mastectomy and chemotherapy when I first met her in 2007. She had generously agreed to meet with me once a month for a year as she recovered from a rare form of breast cancer, invasive triple negative ductile carcinoma, as part of our Making a Difference partnership with Wellness House. I talked to her again in September 2009, about a year after my story was published and days before she celebrated her second year of being...

  • Spring the perfect time to enjoy al fresco dining

    Updated May 15, 2024

    If you didn’t enjoy a meal outside during Hinsdale Restaurant Week in April (it was still pretty chilly), now is the time to enjoy one outdoors. Al fresco dining has not always been part of the downtown Hinsdale landscape, but it was born of necessity during the pandemic in 2020. And Hinsdale residents, restaurateurs and officials found it to be a welcome addition. The outdoor dining scene took another step forward in 2022 when the Hinsdale Village Board instituted new design standards for outdoor eateries on public p...

  • Chasing totality in all its forms

    Carissa Kapcar|Updated May 15, 2024

    Last month my husband and two of our kids went to Ohio to visit family and be in the "zone of totality" for the solar eclipse. It was difficult for our middle daughter, a high schooler, and me, to take a day away from school and work. We had a memorable experience here. We put on protective glasses and had all sorts of fun with coworkers and friends. It was great. But when I saw the photos and heard accounts from my parents' backyard in Ohio with everyone together as the sky...

  • Free advice for the college bound

    Kevin Cook|Updated May 15, 2024

    I recall the unsolicited advice I received before heading off to college. I didn't want nor care for the free wisdom at the time, only to recognize how prescient it was much later in life. So, for all the high school graduates headed to college this fall, I offer a few pearls of wisdom. And remember how lucky you are for the gift of the next four (or five) years. • Don't let your ideology become your identity. Having core personal beliefs - political, religious or otherwise -...

  • For the love of the game

    Jade Cook|Updated May 15, 2024

    My son, Eli, and I recently returned from a quick two-day trip to Dallas. Our shared goal was to see as much good baseball as possible. My own objective was to soak up as much one-on-one time with him as I could. Everything about this stage of his life feels like it's reaching forward and away. His body is poised for a growth spurt, ready to emerge Hulk-like at the breakfast table. His voice is slowly deepening, his knowledge on many subjects far surpasses my own, and his...

  • Letter - All rights should be respected during protests

    Updated May 8, 2024

    The recent unrest on college campuses has triggered my memory of 1968, when I was in the rather unique position of being an anti-war demonstrator and the daughter of a Chicago law enforcement officer. I was not present at the demonstration that turned violent in Grant Park the year following the Democratic convention, but my father was. His firsthand account of his experience lives in my memory. Among the sincere and well-intentioned young people who protested for peace and an end to the war in Vietnam were outside agitators...

  • Mother's Day doesn't measure up for some moms

    Pamela Lannom|Updated May 8, 2024

    The Mother's Day images we see always show the perfect celebration. Handsome husbands present their expectant wives with a stunning piece of jewelry. Gorgeous young children bring breakfast in bed to their beautiful mom (who looks like she's been up for an hour doing her hair and makeup). Multi-generational families enjoy fabulous brunch spreads in amazing outdoor gardens. We all know that's not the reality many women will experience on Sunday. Some will face their Mother's...

  • Happy Historic Preservation Month, Hinsdale

    Updated May 8, 2024

    Historic preservation seems to be experiencing a renaissance, if you will, in Hinsdale. Meetings of the Hinsdale Historic Preservation Commission, which once were dominated by requests to tear down historic homes and rebuild new ones, now are filled with homeowners requesting preservation incentives such as zoning relief, property tax rebates and expedited processing. We’re pleased to see this development, as we’ve long been advocates for preserving the homes that add charm and character to the village — the very homes that...

  • Greenspon wants more time, but clock is ticking

    Updated May 2, 2024

    A lot has happened since Cat Greenspon was elected to her first term as president of the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board just one year ago. Superintendent Tammy Prentiss was put on paid administrative leave. An interim superintendent resigned after working only 59 days in the district. Two board members resigned — one less than sixth months after she was elected. The assistant superintendent of human resources, the communications director and the Hinsdale South principal all resigned. The board has been the subject o...

  • Georgia still on my mind

    Katie Hughes|Updated May 1, 2024

    Six years ago, I started writing for The Hinsdalean. It was the first time I had ever written anything that wasn't for a grade. It was the first time one of my stories got published. I remember my first article was about how my older sister, Anna, was going away to college - to a school called the University of Georgia. Two years later, I joined her, leaving my comfortable life in Hinsdale to study journalism at UGA. I didn't know much about journalism, only that it was a...

  • Letter - University student protesters deserve adult's support

    Updated May 1, 2024

    Ever since the most recent conflict in the Middle East began, there has been a witch hunt against Ivy League universities, their students and their presidents. Numerous attempts have been made to silence students on these campuses, especially after most of the presidents succumbed to political pressure. Instead of providing a platform for exercising freedom of speech, protesting and engaging in debate, these students have been continuously insulted, labeled, ridiculed and threatened with expulsion and loss of promised jobs. M...

  • Farewell to my godfather, aka Wee Wee the elf

    Pamela Lannom|Updated May 1, 2024

    I'll never forget a phone call I got one December when I was a kid. It was an elf calling from the North Pole! My own personal elf, he told me. I asked his name and was surprised when he said "Wee Wee." "Wee Wee?" I asked, wondering if he had a bed-wetting problem. He explained that was his name because he was a wee little elf. He told me a bit about Santa's preparations for the big day and after a short talk, hung up. I was too little to know that Santa's real elves don't...

  • No rush to welcome AI into our newsroom

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    I couldn't help but notice the headline of a Poynter article in a recent "E&P" digital newsletter: "AI is already reshaping newsrooms, AP study finds." The real shock was in the subhead: "Despite ethical concerns, nearly 70 percent of newsroom staffers recruited for an Associated Press survey say they're using generative AI to create content." As I'm sure you might guess, I fall into the 30 percent who are not using generative AI. Apparently, others are using it to create soci...

  • Help wanted: Nonprofits are in need of volunteers

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    April is National Volunteer Month. We hope you were inspired by the stories of the four volunteers we shared on Page 5. In case you were, we’ve compiled a list of volunteer opportunities at the six largest nonprofits in Hinsdale. Many also have junior boards open to teens. Candor Health Education The nonprofit organization educates students, their trusted adults and communities on the topics of puberty, sex and substance abuse prevention. Like all nonprofit agencies listed here, Candor relies on volunteers to serve on its b...

  • 'Just one more thing' will be the death of me

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    I was really looking forward to having dinner with a friend last Friday night. My husband and daughter were both going to be out, and I was excited for the chance to relax and catch up with her. I was all ready to go when I decided I had time to throw a load a laundry into the wash before I left the house. That way I wouldn’t have to stay up late waiting for the clothes to come out of the dryer. I headed downstairs to the laundry room and was still sorting clothes when I h...

  • Become an organ donor and a potential life saver

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    April is National Donate Life Month, established in 2003 to bring attention to the critical shortage of organs and tissue for patients through various activities and events, and encourage individuals to become organ/tissue donors. Ceremonies are held to honor those who have donated and saved lives, to mourn those who have died while waiting for a transplant, to provide support for patients whose lives depend on finding a donor, and to celebrate the lives saved and improved due to donation. According to the Health Resources...

  • Elementary school offers inspiration

    Leah Packer|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    It was the day that I had been waiting for. My fourth-grade teacher passed around the large packets filled with lists of activities and choices for the upcoming special day. I scanned through the options, circling the words that jumped out to me the most on the page. Baking. Forensic science. Firefighting. I ranked my top activities and submitted them to my teacher. The purpose of these thick, white packets was for High Interest Day, an event in elementary school where...

  • How do we love the library? Let us count the ways

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    We are big fans of the Hinsdale Public Library and know residents are, too. In honor of National Library Week this week, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things we love about the library. 10. Super subscriptions — why pay a fortune to subscribe to some fancy service when the library offers monthly book boxes with a curated book and swag for adults, teens and students in third through fifth grade? 9. • I Spy cases — these creations from members of the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club give kids — and their parents — the chanc...

  • Eclipse caught attention of just about everybody

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Apr 10, 2024

    I really wasn’t paying a lot of attention to the eclipse Monday — until I realized my 1:30 p.m. interview at village hall about Restaurant Week (insert shameless plug here — see story on Page 17) would end at just about the right time for me to join the Hinsdale Public Library’s viewing party on the front lawn of the Memorial Building. So I headed outside, picked up an Eclipse Shade (all the actual glasses were gone already) and took a peek at the sun. It was pretty cool to...

  • Irony is stalking me

    Bill Barre|Updated Apr 10, 2024

    Knowing the definition of irony is required before reading this column. Ready? OK. Hold on to your dictionaries. Irony is stalking me around every corner. And that's no small thing when you're trying to live - as the trendsetters say - your "best life." You're loving, you're caring, you're giving, you're successful. But irony is lurking. It's ready to pounce on your "best life" at any moment. Ah! How to avoid it? Well, we could avoid turning any corners. OK, OK. That's...

  • Letter - Free heart screenings at Central might save teens' lives

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    On April 2, 2024, just1mike and Mend A Heart foundations sponsored Young Hearts for Life free ECG in-school heart screenings at Hinsdale South. Six hundred and 16 students were screened. Nine students were identified with a previously undiagnosed cardiac condition. Since 2017, 20 Hinsdale Central students have been identified with undiagnosed cardiac conditions through the YH4L screenings sponsored by the just1mike foundation. Heart screenings save lives. As junior board members for the just1mike foundation and Central...

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