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 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion    April 2, 2020 

Mood swings a symptom of lockdown for me

Despite my attempts to keep a positive attitude as we shelter in place, I'm not doing as well as I'd like. My husband's cousin was hospitalized Monday with COVID-19. She is on an antibiotic, her...

 

New experiences help us live one day at a time

This past week has been a week of firsts - for me and so many others. Ainsley had her first experience with e-learning and Dan had his first experience as her teacher/dean/principal. The three of us...

 

Nobody told me there'd be days like these

My dog is exhausted. It's one of the unexpected side effects of the "social distancing" we're all doing. Dogs are experiencing, as one Facebook post called it, unprecedented levels of People Being...

 

So glad we had this time together, revue friends

Sixteen years ago, seconds before the curtain rose on my first Community Revue, I received some great advice from our director. “Remember the moments,” he told me. I still have the list of memories I wrote after the 2004 show, “Hinsdale: The...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion    March 5, 2020

Music the universal language - just turn on TV

We all have those songs that transport us back to a particular moment in time. Play Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" and I'm on the dance floor at the Hippodrome in London on one of the...

 

Lent: adding in just as meaningful as giving up

Chocolate. Alcohol. Social media. Did you give up any of these for Lent? I've always found Lent to be an interesting time of deprivation bookended by indulgences (paczki on Fat Tuesday, baskets...

 

Words of wisdom for a chilly February day

I've discovered words of wisdom in unexpectedly places recently and thought I'd share. In response to my favorite closing question in an interview - "Anything else?" - Penn Jillette told Tim Ferris ("...

 

Author gives girls something to dream about

Ainsley was excited about a book she brought home from school the other day - "Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History" by Vashti Harrison. She said she recognized the cover, as I had given her an...

 

Hard for me to see halftime show as empowering

Everyone seems to be able to agree on one thing about Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show. It was sexy. So sexy, in fact, that my 11-year-old covered her head at one point with a blanket and remained...

 

Twenty-nine days to opening night and counting

Four short weeks from tomorrow is opening night for “Hinsdopoloy,” the 2020 Community Revue. I’ve been part of the revue cast for 16 years now. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the...

 

Stories of alternative universes abound

Alternative universes. They were the subject of a recent podcast from This American Life - "Gardens of Branching Paths." I enjoyed hearing the stories of a Jew imagining parallel universes without...

 

Former associate editor pens new parenting book

Readers of Scary Mommy and the Today Show parenting blogs know Christie Cuthbert as a contributor. Texans know her as a writer for San Antonio Woman Magazine and Alamo City Moms. Hinsdaleans remember...

 

'Acceptance' will be my guiding word for 2020

Every January for the past few years, Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich has chosen an annual "guiding word" and encouraged readers to do the same. I heard about this for the first time over the...

 

Preserving holiday spirit all through the new year

I love Christmas, but I'm not sure I could survive 12 months of shopping, wrapping, baking, mailing cards and hosting gatherings at a holiday pace. And while I'm ready to embark on a new year, I'm...

 

To Ainsley on her 11th birthday

I love traditions — especially at this time of year — and one of my favorites has been penning my annual birthday letter to Ainsley. I wrote my first in December 2011, just before she turned 3,...

 

Nutcrackers cue memories of Christmases past

I should have taken more nutcrackers. My mother-in-law wanted me to take more. She wanted us to take lots of things as she and my father-in-law were clearing out the Western Springs house they had...

 

Hallmark movie could be new holiday tradition

Hallmark movies are big business. Just take a quick peek at the merchandise available and the list of stars appearing on the channel this month. They're also a source of entertainment - especially at...

 

It's OK to ignore the rules - except at holidays

I’ve always been a rule follower. You’d think this would have delighted my mother when I was a child. Unfortunately, as I had no siblings, she had no comparative yardstick with which to measure...

 

Hinsdale story part of 'fake news' coverage

Remember the “Hinsdale School News” some folks in town received right before the April 2 election? The eight-page publication — printed on newsprint to look like a local newspaper — was...

 

Holiday crafts intriguing, likely to remain undone

I’ve always loved crafts. As a kid, I would ask for different kits as Christmas gifts and then spend the days of winter break burning wood (and often my finger) or modeling clay. Even as an adult,...

 

Essays prompt contemplation, composition

What do you believe? I just finished reading the responses of 80 people to that question in “This I Believe,” a book released in 2007 (and discovered recently on my bookshelf). It’s based on an...

 

Snowy Halloween certainly presents challenges

When Ralphie wakes up to see the snow glistening on the ground, the ice-covered trees sparkling in the sunlight, he’s filled with wonder. Of course, in “A Christmas Story,” this scene happens...

 

Shelter celebrates 40 years of helping victims

If you were worried a friend or family member was suffering from domestic abuse, would you know the signs to look for? Would you know where she could turn for help? If you know Hinsdale’s Bana...

 

It's the most wonderful time of the year

I have long been a fan of fall. While others are lamenting the end of sunny, 85-degree days, I long for the arrival of the autumn (but not so much that I acknowledge "meteorological fall" on Sept. 1...

 

Feline VRBO closed for the season, indefinitely

This spring a litter of kittens sought shelter in a window well on the south side of our house. Once our dog Lizzy discovered them, they decided to seek other accommodations. The kittens that took up...

 

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