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 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

 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

 By Bret Conway    Opinion

A November decluttering project

With politics dominating the headlines, I am consciously - but maybe not subconsciously - steering well clear of any partisan chatter. You'll get your share of that during... — Updated 11/24/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Gratitude the cure for COVID-19 quarantine

Last Monday I was supposed to start the week with a 90-minute gratitude walk at Mayslake Forest Preserve. Instead, I was home in quarantine while my COVID-19 positive husband was... — Updated 11/24/2020


Organizers grateful for generosity, coverage

We would like to thank everyone that supported the just1mike foundation’s sudden cardiac arrest fundraiser. We had set out raise $2,100 in honor of Michael Brindley’s 21st birthday, but we far exceeded our goal due to the... — Updated 11/24/2020


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

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Making bargains often an ill-fated endeavor

I've been playing a little game with fate lately. I'll accept that I couldn't be with my mom when she took her last breath because I had the chance to say goodbye to her the day... — Updated 11/19/2020


Giving a big way to show we're in this together

The pandemic may have disrupted a lot of our regular routines, but it did not diminish Hinsdaleans’ commitment for giving back. We’ve documented that bounty of benevolence in our Good News section over the past year, and, as we... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Amy McCauley    Opinion

The chocolate pie that saved the day

The happy frenzy of the holiday cooking season is coming. It would seem that Thanksgiving is all about the traditional turkey, but in our house I know better. Everything I make is... — Updated 11/18/2020


Historical society remembers a dedicated Hinsdalean

On behalf of the Hinsdale Historical Society, our deepest sympathy to the Walton family on the passing of Stanley “Sandy” Walton, a two-time Hinsdale Historical Society president and important contributor to the organization... — Updated 11/11/2020


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 11/11/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Chapters end, begin when we least expect it

"The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning." - Ivy Baker Priest I've used that quote many times since I first read it in a book... — Updated 11/11/2020


Public comment scenarios asked and answered

No matter how many ways the question was asked, the answer was the same. Let the public speak. Maryam Judar, executive director and community lawyer for the Citizen Advocacy Center in Elmhurst, attended the Hinsdale High School... — Updated 11/11/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Kids learn a special lesson from veterans

As the color guard marched into the gym to open the Veterans Day assembly at Madison School Monday, the students rose to their feet and one Boy Scout snapped his hand to his fore-he... — Updated 11/4/2020


Show military veterans appreciation they deserve

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, we pause to give thanks to those who have served both to defend our nation’s liberty and to aid in protecting the flame of freedom around the world. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more... — Updated 11/4/2020


Writer calls for D86 board president to resign

Kevin Camden has taken his short tenure as D86 president and board member straight to the ditch. At the Oct. 29, 2020, meeting, President Camden uttered homophobic slurs, including the pejorative use of “Jew” in his outlandish... — Updated 11/4/2020


Girls and boys and lessons in optimism

Early into the school shutdowns this past spring, I got reassured by the two girls next door. Not missing a beat, Caroline began Zooming ballet, younger Julia hip hop. Caroline... — Updated 11/4/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Spooky food makes Halloween all the more fun

Among the list of casualties of COVID-19 this year is my family's annual Spooky Dinner. For years, we've invited neighbors over to dine on dishes like mummy hot dogs, cheesy... — Updated 10/29/2020

 By Susan OByrne    Opinion

Pandemic prompts summer road trip

It seemed like 2020 just couldn't stop dishing out nasty surprises, so this summer I went rogue and took a 1,400-hundred mile road trip to Arizona with the kids and the dog. I'd not... — Updated 10/28/2020


So many reasons why Hinsdale is a great place to live

It takes a village. We would like to profess our love and appreciation for our town! Having grown up here, I’ve benefited from many aspects of Hinsdale, and cherish wonderful memories like: buying candy at Jimmy’s, French... — Updated 10/28/2020


Scary scenarios to get your fright on this Oct. 31

It’s hard to imagine 2020 could get any scarier than it already is. But the never-ending pandemic will not deter us from our annual Halloween tradition of imagining a Hinsdale that is significantly more frightening than the one... — Updated 10/28/2020


With plenty to lament, take heart in right to vote

The Nov. 3 election is less than two weeks away. Of course, many reading this have joined with millions across the country in already casting ballots. The unprecedented number of early voters suggests the possibility of a record... — Updated 10/21/2020


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