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 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Yearbooks great fun in the moment, decades later

Today, May 18, in the commons at Hinsdale Central, the yearbook is coming. The 80th edition, to be precise, of El Diablo. I learned this from a very dramatic video, presumably made... — Updated 5/17/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Celebrating all women who have mothered me

Each of us had a mother. Whether we knew that woman, loved - or even liked - her, still have her or lost her to death or estrangement, we all are born to a mother. Those of us who... — Updated 5/10/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

D181 kids working to make world a better place

One of the things that has always impressed me about Hinsdale is how philanthropic its residents are - and I'm not just talking about adults. Kids at two District 181 schools are... — Updated 5/3/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Column writing just isn't getting any easier

I had months to work on my very first column. The Doings had recently been purchased by Pioneer Press and we were reformatting the paper. Editors at other Pioneer titles wrote... — Updated 4/26/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

D181 celebration of writing is quite the party

When the District 181 Foundation sets out to celebrate writing, it doesn't cut corners. I was fortunate to be able to play a very small role in the foundation's Young Writers Night... — Updated 4/19/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Summer, see you in about 10 minutes or so

As I have explained before, I am not a fan of the term "meteorological summer." I mean, there's an actual summer - which begins with the solstice on June 21. Changing the start... — Updated 4/12/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Trip to Liverpool, London didn't let us down

My senior year in college, as part of a January "short term" group trip to France and England, we traveled by bus to Wales to read William Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey" at Tintern... — Updated 4/5/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Good reminders for troubled times - or any time

I first discovered Charles Mackesy in November 2020 when CBS Sunday Morning was doing a piece on him and his book, "The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse." We were enjoying our... — Updated 3/29/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Grube makes history as first female board chair

Ann Grube didn’t intend to make history when she started volunteering with The Community House in 1983. She and her husband, John, had just moved to Hinsdale from Manhattan.... — Updated 3/15/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Girls make history with former boys-only club

Therese Moraleda of Hinsdale likely will make history as the first girl to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout with Hinsdale's BSA Troop 10. Moraleda, a sophomore at Hinsdale Central,... — Updated 3/8/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Women making history writing their own stories

Every year in grad school when we taught the short story "The Yellow Wall-paper" to our freshman writing classes, my friend David would use the opportunity to include a quick... — Updated 3/1/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Fasting could take on a new meaning during Lent

I spent many years confused by Lent. I’d watch my Catholic friends and acquaintances give up something they either wanted to give up, like chocolate, or thought they needed to... — Updated 2/22/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Saying goodbye doesn't get any easier

When my dad died almost 21 years ago, I had only a handful of friends who had lost a parent. My husband joined what I've heard described as "the club no one wants to be in" when... — Updated 2/15/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Love is a many splendid (or multifaceted?) thing

I've been thinking a lot about love lately - and not because Valentine's Day is only a few days away. I've been thinking about love because Dan Harris keeps bringing it up on 10 Per... — Updated 2/8/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Readers invited to be part of election conversation

Next week we will begin our coverage of the Tuesday, April 4, election. Unlike most years, we have a single contested race to cover — the Hinsdale High School District 86 board,... — Updated 2/1/2023

 
 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

 

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