Opinion / Commentary - Pamela Lannom

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 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion 

Annual call for new writers to join columnist pool

One of my favorite tasks at work is to read the submission from our contributing columnist each week. Our writers this past year were Bill Barre, John Bourjaily, Bret Conway, Kelly... — Updated 6/22/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Ban on Elvis weddings could hinder our plans

While planning our July 1993 wedding, stressed by my full-time graduate studies and Dan's full-time job and living in two different cities and juggling family input, we briefly... — Updated 6/8/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

'This is Us' reminds us to cherish all the moments

Maybe it's the final episodes of "This is Us" that has me thinking about the different landscapes, if you will, life offers us. Or it might be the fact that the things I thought... — Updated 6/1/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Teens empowered to make change in YC2 program

I'm often impressed by the young people I interview, whether they're elementary school students moderating a presentation by a NASA engineer or high school athletes recommended by... — Updated 5/18/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Articles on Illinois Bell fire a blast from the past

Little did I know when I was looking for a job in the spring of 1988 that one day I would write about an event that had thwarted those efforts. Thirty-four years ago last week, on... — Updated 5/11/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Lessons I hope to teach Ainsley

Around Mother’s Day, it seems reporters like to ask folks about the most important things they learned from their mothers. One day, maybe such a question will be posed to an... — Updated 5/4/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Poets extolling May's virtues clearly had less to do

May, the fifth month of the year, is named after Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility, spring and growth. Its attributes have been noted by a variety of poets over the years. Like... — Updated 4/27/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Often we really don't know how the story will end

The first time I saw the film "Shakespeare in Love," I was fascinated by the inaugural performance of "Romeo and Juliet" at the fictional Rose Theatre. The audience knows Juliet... — Updated 4/20/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

No planes, no trains, no automobiles

The alarm went off at 4 a.m. I hadn’t slept all that well in the AC Marriott in Fort Lauderdale, but I woke up quickly. We needed to get the 4:30 a.m. shuttle to the airport for... — Updated 4/13/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Prejudice against largest cruise ship unfounded

Almost four years ago I wrote a column detailing how a trip about Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas - at that time the largest cruise ship ever built - was not my cup of tea. "... — Updated 4/6/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Fifty-somethings return to the scene of the crime

Thirty-one years ago on a Thursday afternoon in late March, I finished my English senior seminar essay (with about 30 seconds to spare before the 4 p.m. deadline), walked back to... — Updated 3/30/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Getting older not too bad if you do birthdays right

I celebrated my 55th birthday on Monday. I remember distinctly when my mom turned 55. At that time, drivers were not allowed to travel 65 mph on the highway, and we joked how she... — Updated 3/23/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Laughter, good friends get us through tough times

We stood in the green room Saturday night before our final performance of "Hinsdale Unmasked" and talked about all that's happened since our last Community Revue in 2020. We've... — Updated 3/16/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

If laughter is best medicine, revue is Rx for you

Tomorrow night is opening night. I am certain I can speak for all of the cast of "Hinsdale Unmasked" - the 2022 Community Revue - when I say we can't wait to perform for an audience... — Updated 3/2/2022

 
 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 2/23/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Olympic athletes show us how it should be done

I have been so inspired by the athletes competing in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Here are a few of my favorites: • Colby Stevenson, the silver medalist in the men's big... — Updated 2/17/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Loving is easier when recipients are not enemies

On Valentine’s Day, most people are thinking about romantic love. I always think about Valentine’s Day my sophomore year in college. My boyfriend made me a homemade card and ask... — Updated 2/10/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

'Family ties' shares stories of adoptees - like me

Growing up, I didn't know a soul who was adopted. As an adult, I find the opposite is true. Adopted people are everywhere. At a 2020 Community Revue cast party, I learned that two o... — Updated 2/2/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

To my Gen Z teenager, I'll always be a Boomer

While editing Lisa Seplak's column (facing page) and checking whether "Gen Zers" requires any punctuation (it does not), I stumbled upon some interesting facts about Generation Z.... — Updated 1/26/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Observations on a look back at our pages in 2021

I've spent a lot of time thinking about 2021 lately. It's not because I'm stuck in the past. Like many of you, I was ready for a new year (and the hope that it would be our last wit... — Updated 1/19/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

'Nonresolutions' no easier to achieve in 2021

I blame my timing. I didn't finish my list of "21 for '21" nonresolutions until February of last year. Had I had the month of January to work on them ... Of course, when I wrote... — Updated 1/5/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

A letter to Ainsley on her 13th birthday

In three days I will be the mother of a teenage girl. While I’ve had 13 years to prepare for this moment, I still find it taking me by surprise. Each December as Ainsley has... — Updated 12/29/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Struggling to let go of Christmases past

My Christmas card this year is an homage to Christmases past, with a collage of my favorite shots of Ainsley visiting Santa over the years. I’ve been thinking a lot about... — Updated 12/15/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

HMS sixth-grader takes over for Garcia for a day

After covering Hinsdale school districts for almost 30 years, I didn't realize how exciting the job of superintendent is until last week. "It is really, really, really, really fun... — Updated 12/8/2021

 

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

 

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