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 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Love to write? I've got an invitation for you!

Bret Conway. Jack Fredrickson. Gabriela Garcia. Kelly Abate Kallas. Amy McCauley. Susan O'Byrne. Beth Smits. Alegra Waverly. Carol Wittemann. These fabulous writers served as our co... — Updated 6/23/2021



Cartoons... — Updated 6/23/2021


Why grit is the best indicator for success

Growing up, I always believed that attaining higher education and possessing an above-average IQ were strong indicators of success. I believed that a class schedule full of AP... — Updated 6/23/2021

 By Dan Ackley    Opinion


Cartoon... — Updated 6/16/2021


Jettisoning and not this Father's Day

I’ve been jettisoning stuff of late and have found it harrowing, liberating and, on this Fathers’ Day, very affirming. For too long, I avoided it: throw too much overboard, and too much of what aspired to make you “you” is... — Updated 6/16/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Two dads, one here, one in heaven, to celebrate

My first Father's Day without my dad was almost 20 years ago. He died on a beautiful Sunday in June 2002, after decades of suffering from a severe case of diabetes and all the compl... — Updated 6/16/2021


Juneteenth a day all Americans should celebrate

Juneteenth is this Saturday, and the day commemorating African American emancipation from slavery has never had such a high profile locally and nationally. Cook County established June 19 as an official paid holiday last December,... — Updated 6/16/2021

 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 6/9/2021


Summertime and the livin' is pretty darn good

What’s the recipe for a perfect summer? Living in a great town like Hinsdale that no longer faces COVID-19 restrictions. As of tomorrow, that will be us. So today, even though summer doesn’t officially arrive until June 20,... — Updated 6/9/2021



 — Updated 6/9/2021


Don't believe that wealthy suburbia is under attack

Many who bring up wedge culture war issues do so because framing is the single most powerful tool for persuasion. Likewise, fear mongering, false equivalence and dog whistles are the weapons of those who want to reinforce a sense... — Updated 6/9/2021

 By Susan OByrne    Opinion

Turn and face the strange changes

Today is my husband's birthday (love you, hon!). He is a year older than me, but looks younger by virtue of his hair somehow remaining as golden as it was on our wedding day,... — Updated 6/9/2021


Krehbiel and his passion for history will be missed

Our village has many friends. Those who seek to improve our sense of community, those who work to keep our village safe, those who work to beautify our parks and open spaces and those who strive every day to ensure Hinsdale’s... — Updated 6/9/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Escape to Driftless Area was just what we needed

Spending a few days in a small guest house on Knapp Creek Farm in Wisconsin provided just the break we needed a couple of weeks ago. We headed out on a Wednesday night after the... — Updated 6/2/2021


Get out in the open - and open a book or two

Can you think of a summer activity that doesn’t require a mask or a vaccine to participate and can be done anywhere? Reading. The Summer Reading Program kicks off June 7 and runs through July 31 at the Hinsdale Public Library,... — Updated 6/2/2021


Recent burglary headline was a swing and a miss

The May 20 headline, “Police restraint saves armed teen’s life,” was a poor editorial choice and instead should have read, “Hinsdale Police are heroes for averting an armed robbery.” The headline focused the attention on... — Updated 6/2/2021


Do we lean toward compassion or cancel?

When I was 10 years old, I was the new girl at a small school. To feel better about myself, I was mean to another girl, a girl who'd been nice to me. I also kicked a boy named Jerry... — Updated 6/2/2021


Hinsdale residents appreciate great police work

After reading about the burglaries on May 17 at Continental Motorsports and Land Rover/Jaguar in Hinsdale, I felt it important to let our police officers know how grateful Hinsdale residents are for their courage and... — Updated 6/2/2021


Don't extend bill that strips local cell authority

Although Hinsdale residents have not yet seen cell antennas installed in our front yards, Verizon and other wireless carriers are still planning to flood Illinois towns with hundreds of new cell towers in the near future. Our state... — Updated 5/27/2021


Honoring those lost in effort to keep all free

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... — Updated 5/27/2021

 By Denise Joyce    Opinion

Thoughts of peace under night sky

One of my favorite childhood memories is looking up at the night sky with my dad. After pulling into the garage/tool shed following an evening outing, my four siblings and I would... — Updated 5/26/2021


Vietnam vet shares story of a Hinsdale native, hero

Memorial Day: A tribute to those who gave everything in the line of duty. One such soldier was James W. Robinson Jr., born in 1940 in Hinsdale. He enlisted in the Marines in 1958, and gave his life in battle on April 11, 1966, in... — Updated 5/26/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Bridge a permanent reminder of Brooks' spirit

For three and a half years, plastic cups in the fence on the 47th Street bridge have reminded many of the courage young Brooks Tonn of Hinsdale displayed in his fight against cancer... — Updated 5/20/2021

 By Beth Smits    Opinion

Intersection of the art world and my world

Having the Art Institute of Chicago nearby was a definite bonus of growing up in Hinsdale. Thanks to a steady cadence of visits that included Oak School class trips and the... — Updated 5/19/2021


Life in Hinsdale starting to get back to normal

“We’re near the end.” Those were the words of Village President Tom Cauley at Tuesday’s night Hinsdale Village Board meeting — the first to be held in person since the pandemic hit in 2020. There’s a lot of good news wh... — Updated 5/19/2021


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