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 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion 

Thought COVID now was just a cold? So did I

I had every intention of getting my COVID booster. Really, I did. But I couldn't seem to find space in my schedule for a day-long recovery period - as I needed after my previous... — Updated 1/25/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

From reading to learn to reading for pleasure

Ham and cheddar scones. Egg and watercress sandwiches. Salmon spread on pumpernickel. Sticky toffee pudding. That's the menu for tonight's book club meeting, a perfect compliment... — Updated 1/18/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Strangers' simple gesture made all the difference

The doorbell rang shortly after dinner Tuesday night. As I flipped the deadbolt and opened the door, I expected to find someone trying to sell me more popcorn or more cookies (both... — Updated 1/11/2023

 

Even 'nonresolutions' not attainable for me

I was excited to learn, while working on the Pulse feature this week, that I am not the only one who struggles with New Year’s resolutions. I found all sorts of encouraging statistics. Twenty-five percent give up their... — Updated 1/4/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

To Ainsley on her 14th birthday

I've learned over the past three years that change is inevitable - even when it comes to cherished holiday traditions. But there's one I plan to continue as long as I can. The... — Updated 12/28/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

The best gifts of Christmas

More than a decade ago associate editor Ken Knutson and I covered one of my favorite Christmas stories of all time. Hinsdale's Wes Gibson and his elves - or rather, employees -... — Updated 12/14/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Readers' contributions, notes truly appreciated

I feel like Sally Field at the 1985 Oscars. You like us. You really like us. Field unfortunately was misquoted and that's not exactly what she said (read more about it online, if... — Updated 12/7/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Best Advent calendars don't cost the most

Ainsley enjoyed a piece of chocolate with her breakfast this morning. Chocolate (unless it's in the Nutella on her waffles) typically isn't on the morning menu at our house, but it... — Updated 11/30/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Hinsdalean Thanksgiving menus a bit incestuous

My cell phone rang at 4:50 p.m. Saturday. It was Slonoff. “It’s a little early,” I thought to myself. “But this has gotta be a call about Thanksgiving.” I was right. Jim... — Updated 11/22/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Just another manic - I mean mindful - Monday

Monday mornings can be tough. This past one, I lost my credit card before I even got in the shower. I had planned to combine my morning walk with a quick errand to pick up some cold... — Updated 11/16/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Vets Day time to ask birth dad about Vietnam

I never asked my dad, who's been gone 20 years, about the time he spent in the Army in Korea. He served there between 1958 and 1960, a good five years after the war ended. I found... — Updated 11/9/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

To everything, there is a season

I’ve been thinking a lot about the seasons of life. Perhaps it’s the sign of a mid-life crisis (arriving late!) or a symptom of the pandemic’s extended unwind. Maybe it’s... — Updated 11/2/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Beauty isn't really in the eye of the beholder

I never saw Christina Aguilera's original "Beautiful" video when it came out 20 years ago. I'm not sure I would have appreciated it if I had. But as the mother of a soon-to-be... — Updated 10/26/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

That frown will just bring everybody down

"Don't worry, be happy." You can still hear it, can't you? "Ooh, ooh, ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh, don't worry Ooh, ooh, ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh, be happy." Ah, Bobby McFerrin, so... — Updated 10/19/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Honoring 'secret anniversaries' of the heart

While reading Sarah Ban Breathnach’s best-seller “Simple Abundance” years ago, I first encountered the term “secret anniversaries of the heart,” a line from Henry... — Updated 10/5/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Daily Herald wrong target for 'newspaper' critics

So let me get this straight. A group called Local Government Information Services - linked to conservative Republican Dan Proft - decides to print what is essentially campaign... — Updated 9/28/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

College seems expensive? It's all about perspective

I wrote a column once about the cost of raising kids and got an estimate from my financial planner on the price tag for four years of college starting in 2027, the year Ainsley... — Updated 9/21/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Stating the obvious one way I can try to relax

"Right now, it's like this." I was introduced to this phrase earlier this week while listening to one of the Teacher Talks on the Ten Percent Happier app. "Duh," you might be... — Updated 9/14/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Welcoming new columnists, bidding others adieu

I hope all of you love reading the work of our contributing columnists as much as I do. You’ve seen some different — but familiar — faces this summer as former contributors... — Updated 9/7/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

As fall approaches, a look back at summer 2022

Despite the appearance of pumpkin spice coffee and baking mixes in the grocery store and the start of "meteorological fall" today, I continue to mark the beginning of my favorite... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

First day of school looks different in eighth grade

I still remember the outfit Ainsley wore the first day of kindergarten - a navy short-sleeved T-shirt dress with fuchsia and yellow trim. I bought it for her weeks before school... — Updated 8/24/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Post simultaneously boosts, diminishes women

If you are a woman of a certain age, perhaps you've seen this Facebook post. "To all my female friends from 40 years and up ... most of us are going through the next phase of our... — Updated 8/17/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Beatles, Beatles and more Beatles this summer

We concluded what I have dubbed “Summer of The Beatles: Part 1” (Paul McCartney concert, two American English performances, one by the Beatelles) with a trip to the Rock and... — Updated 8/10/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Call, email prompt wonderful memories this week

Typing up obituaries was part of my very first reporting gig in 1989. The way things were structured at the time, the new reporter in The Doings newsroom inherited the... — Updated 8/3/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Forays into more of Pure Michigan don't disappoint

Working remote is nothing new. I've done it while I've been sick, while my husband had COVID and the first two years my daughter went to sleep-away camp in Holland, Mich. But I've... — Updated 7/27/2022

 

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