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 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion 

Trip to Universal starts adventure of a lifetime

My memories of taking Ainsley to Disney World when she was 5 are magical. We rode many wonderful rides, met many princesses and ate dinner at Cinderella's castle, with Ainsley... — Updated 4/7/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

'Good-looking' and 'influential' are not synonyms

How will women be remembered in history? Clearly it depends on whom you ask. Esquire magazine identified the 75 greatest women of all time a couple of years ago. The headline popped... — Updated 3/24/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

An aging milestone: Grown adults look like kids

I remember when my mom first uttered the words. "The doctors are all kids!" she told me. My father, who was a brittle diabetic, had been hospitalized again. My mom - younger at the... — Updated 3/3/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Conversing, not canceling, will save free speech

The Muppets are back. And they are offensive. That's the message attached to 18 of the 120 episodes of the family variety show, which Disney Plus launched Friday. You remember... — Updated 2/24/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

'Uncle!' OK, winter of 2021, you win!

Perhaps you’ve heard the famous Albert Camus quote: “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” I appreciate Camus’ message... — Updated 2/17/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Daughters, dictionary leave us feeling inadequate

My favorite ads on TV right now are ones that feature kids of various ages expressing some level of disgust with their parents. First, there’s the Geico “Scoop, There It Is... — Updated 2/10/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Struggling to finish my list of 'nonresolutions'

21 for '21. Gretchen Rubin's suggestion seemed pretty simple. "If you don't want to make a New Year's resolution, consider writing your '21 for 2021' list," the author of "The Happi... — Updated 2/3/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Inauguration not what I imagined, still inspiring

Imagining what the inauguation would look like in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic was difficult for me. Would Planet Fitness sponsor "pods" for first responders to view the ev... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Finding inspiration for '21 - despite rocky start

The best advice I encountered for 2021 as 2020 came to a close was hilarious. And prophetic. "Nobody claim 2021 as 'your year,' " the Facebook post advised. "We're all going to... — Updated 1/13/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Schadenfreude, struggling and an insightful soliloquy

"Schadenfreude" is a term introduced to me by the very erudite musical, "Avenue Q." Its technical definition is taking pleasure ("freude") in another person's pain ("schaden"). Or,... — Updated 1/6/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

A birthday letter to Ainsley as she turns 12

Nine years ago I began an annual tradition that I have somehow managed to continue. In the issue before Ainsley’s birthday each year, I use this space to write a special letter... — Updated 12/29/2020

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Christmas 2020 gifting abundant share of changes

“Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes.” — David Bowie One thing you learn as a parent is how much things change each holiday season as your kids (or kid, in my case) get... — Updated 12/16/2020

 
 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

 
 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

 
 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

 
 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

 
 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

 
 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 Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Enjoy choosing costumes now - while you can

If you're lucky, you have a great pic of your kids in their Halloween costumes taken by Jim Slonoff at one of Hinsdale's Fall Family Fests. My favorite one of Ainsley is from 2009,... — Updated 10/21/2020

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Houses not on my list of Halloween haunts

I enjoy seeing the giant spider climbing up the American Eagle roller coaster at Six Flags Great America while driving up to Lake Geneva for a fall get-away each year. And taking... — Updated 10/14/2020

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

2020 may be rocky, but October still rocks

October is my favorite month of the year. I love everything associated with it - and fall. Pumpkin spice lattes and other pumpkin treats. Corduroy and cashmere (not necessarily... — Updated 10/7/2020

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

It's pumpkin spice season, Charlie Brown

The headline caught my eye immediately. "Is pumpkin spice good for you?" Who cares? It's delicious. My level of caring also was low because I received this digital newsletter on Sep... — Updated 9/30/2020

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

And the winner is ... The Hinsdalean

Just before we sat down to watch the Illinois Press Association’s annual editorial awards lunch last Thursday, I asked Jim Slonoff a question. “Is there any chance we won the sw... — Updated 9/23/2020

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Get to know our new contributing columnists

When we announced this summer that we were looking for new contributing columnists, we didn't expect to have the largest applicant pool we've seen in years. (Perhaps being stuck at... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Stellar ribs perfect end to unofficial summer

Dan and I love to grill. We don't use a traditional charcoal grill (takes too long) or a Green Egg (too pricey) or one of those Weber wood pellet grills (too new). We have your... — Updated 9/9/2020

 

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