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Story time a treasured part of Christmases past

From the moment I realized Dan and I would have only one child, I've worked very hard to not be too nostalgic about Ainsley growing up. I've heard parents talk about the last diaper they will change, the last first day of... — Updated 12/1/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Sappy start to Thanksgiving a holiday tradition

Every year when the broadcast of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade begins, I tear up. This is a great source of amusement at my house, with Dan and Ainsley eager to supply their... — Updated 11/23/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Finding compassion, even if it is not deserved

The jury is still out - literally - on the fate of Kyle Rittenhouse as we go to press Wednesday afternoon. I've been angry with Rittenhouse since I first saw the videos of him roami... — Updated 11/17/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Being kind is usually easier than we think

I was talking to my next-door neighbor, Judy, over the weekend, and somehow we got on the subject of her husband George's death in July 2017. She had been very worried in the days... — Updated 11/10/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Reflections on the anniversary of losing my mom

I got the call a year ago this morning. It was a Wednesday - deadline day - and I had a lot to do before the next day's paper could go to press. So when I picked up the phone and... — Updated 11/3/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Welcoming ghosts of Halloween pasts a real treat

I have mixed feelings about Facebook, but sometimes I can't help sharing the memories that pop up in my news feed. Just this week, Facebook presented a photo of Ainsley dressed as a... — Updated 10/27/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Accepting the 'relentless impermanence' of life

I’ve been very interested in Buddhism of late. I blame this on Teri Goudie. She turned me onto Dan Harris after I complained that Eckhart Tolle’s book, “A New Earth,” was a... — Updated 10/20/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Pleated skirts, tasseled shoes not on BTS list

Ainsley and I took advantage of having Columbus Day off to do some back-to-school shopping. We headed to Yorktown, primarily motivated by the bubble tea store there. (We had... — Updated 10/14/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Join us in celebrating National Newspaper Week

This week is National Newspaper Week. Surprisingly, I don't receive flowers or cards from friends and relatives. Just kidding. Most people probably aren't even aware of the week,... — Updated 10/6/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Law supporting modesty scores points with me

I still remember the first day I had to wear my poms uniform to high school my junior year. We had special briefs on under our skirts, but I was still very self-conscious about how... — Updated 9/29/2021


What a difference 5,475 days make

Mike Slonoff is getting married tomorrow. Fifteen years ago, when his father, Jim, and I started this paper, he was a senior at Hinsdale Central. We’d see him in the halls while we were working on a story (why wasn’t he in clas... — Updated 9/22/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

New voices join pool of contributing columnists

Today I have the privilege of introducing you to our new contributing columnists. We have quite a big group this year, so I will keep my opening comments brief. Before I jump in,... — Updated 9/15/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Love keeps us connected, no matter where we are

We passed our neighbor, affectionately known as "Farmer Tom" (for the fresh garlic and tomatoes he's always passing out) on a walk last week. We stopped so our dog, Lizzy, could... — Updated 9/8/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Counting days to Ainsley's departure for college

The time will come, people would tell me. When I would complain about constant interruptions from a 3- or 4- or 5-year-old Ainsley while I was trying to cook dinner or do some work... — Updated 9/1/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

'Too much summer' not worst problem to have

One of my mom's signature phrases was, "Too much weekend." She would pull it out on a Sunday evening when I was anxious to get to bed early or a Monday morning when I was less than... — Updated 8/27/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Michigan trip fires up hankering for grill goodies

Getting ready to go to Michigan in August has become almost as much of a ritual as the trip itself. We've fine-tuned our packing list over the years and start gathering our... — Updated 8/18/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

New wave of mask debate as schools set to reopen

I walked into a meeting last week, grabbed a chair and settled in. At some point, I noticed I couldn't quite recognize the person sitting next to me because she was wearing a mask.... — Updated 8/11/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Former chief hopes story will keep saving lives

Pat Kenny made a list of promises to his wife, Eileen, before she died in 2016. The final one was to write a book about their son Sean's struggles with mental illness and death by... — Updated 8/4/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Simone teaches us what a champion can look like

What would people think of you if they judged you at your most difficult moment? That’s not a question I like to ponder. I’ve made plenty of mistakes and would like to believe... — Updated 7/28/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

More to love about England than the Beatles

Sticky toffee pudding eluded me for most of my life. A lover of cakes and cheesecakes, I didn't discover this amazing dessert until I was almost 40. Dan and I were on my dream "Jane... — Updated 7/21/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Some lessons are best learned at summer camp

I have friends who went to summer camp - out-of-state camps in beautiful locations like Colorado and North Carolina and New Hampshire. My own summer camp experience was limited to... — Updated 7/14/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

New attitude on road trips came in handy in June

Dan and I absolutely hated the first road trip we took, to visit Boston some 984 miles away. We split the 15-hour drive into two, complaint-filled days. Looking back, I see two... — Updated 7/7/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

'Just say no' good for war on drugs - and me

I'm not very skilled at saying no. I have such a hard time, in fact, that one of my friends/co-workers once suggested a simple remedy if I find myself unable to respond in the... — Updated 6/30/2021

 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

 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


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