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 By Bill Barre    Opinion 

Time to empty my prefrontal cortex

Ahh ... that's better. The good old prefrontal cortex. Where would we be without it? Pretty much brain dead; that's where we'd be. The prefrontal cortex is the region of the brain... — Updated 9/27/2023

 By Katie Hughes    Opinion

Places you'll go will stay with you

The last time I wrote an article for the paper, I was headed off to study travel writing in Prague, Czech Republic. Two months later, I can confidently say that my time abroad was... — Updated 9/6/2023

 By Kevin Cook    Opinion

Remembering my dad's Buncombe

You'd be hard pressed to find Buncombe, Illinois, on a map. Buncombe is a five-hour drive straight south from Hinsdale as the crow flies, as my dad would say. I dreaded visiting... — Updated 8/30/2023

 By Jade Cook    Opinion

You are braver than you know

This summer while browsing in a used bookstore in Michigan with aisles upon aisles of books stacked floor to ceiling, I stumbled upon a devotional entitled "100 Days to Brave." I'm... — Updated 8/23/2023


Time has come to hang up my superhero cape

I wrote a column for The Hinsdalean in 2018 called "Superhero Moms and Dads" that was about all of the many cool things we do for our kids as they grow up and how we parents should... — Updated 8/16/2023


I'm finally seeing my name in lights

Lately, no matter where you look, it’s Barbie, Barbie, Barbie. The hugely popular new “Barbie” movie has scores of people writing and speaking a name that is so deeply rooted... — Updated 8/9/2023

 By Jen Dean    Opinion

My summer houseguest aka my college student

When your child leaves for college, there is plenty of advice on how to handle the transition, ranging from gentle comedy to true grief counseling. It is an adjustment period for... — Updated 7/19/2023


A dozen years pass in the blink of an eye

Recently I was having a conversation with a mom of two school-age kids. "Only 10 more weeks until school starts!" she said, already feeling drained with near constant summer... — Updated 6/21/2023

 By Bill Lewis    Opinion

Teenage kids help keep parents' egos in check

"Soy un perdedor, I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?!" If these lyrics from Beck resonate with you, you might be the father of a teenage boy or the mother of a teenage... — Updated 6/14/2023


Graduation speakers look back at unusual four years

Saanvi: To our entire Red Devil nation, thank you for joining us today to celebrate the Red Devil class of 2023. Fatimah: Honestly, none of it would be possible without the help of our parents, teachers and the D86 staff. Not to me... — Updated 6/7/2023

 By Katie Hughes    Opinion

Summer school is in session

Another school year has come to an end, and another summer has begun. Every single summer I’ve spent in Hinsdale has felt like a variation of the same thing over and over again... — Updated 6/7/2023

 By Denise Joyce    Opinion

Best souvenirs often tales worth telling

The question recently overhead in a Hinsdale boutique wasn't meant for me but I could have answered it. "When do you leave for Europe?" I didn't catch the answer because I was on a... — Updated 5/24/2023

 By Lisa Seplak    Opinion

Do you believe in Kismet?

"When the student is ready the teacher appears. When the student is truly ready the teacher disappears." - Lao Tzu I love that quote. Aren't we all students making discoveries... — Updated 5/10/2023

 By Jade Cook    Opinion

My mother's healing ritual of tea

My mother immigrated to the United States from England by way of Greece just a few years before I was born. My British heritage meant my childhood was steeped in tea with a splash o... — Updated 5/3/2023

 By Lex Silberberg    Opinion

Calendar Tetris: a game worth playing

Here we are in April again, friends. The temperature is warming up (shhhh, this week doesn't count!), birds are nesting on my front porch and the Silberberg family calendar is... — Updated 4/19/2023

 By Katie Hughes    Opinion

'Social' media an inaccurate label

Every year for Lent, I try to challenge myself by giving up something that has too much of a hold on my life. This year, that was Tik-Tok. I anticipated that it would be difficult... — Updated 4/12/2023

 By Bill Barre    Opinion

We're No. 1! We're No. 1!

We humans think a lot of ourselves. And rightly so. After all, unlike other species, we can contemplate the past and look forward to the future. We humans can talk in actual... — Updated 4/5/2023

 By Lisa Seplak    Opinion

One's teardown is another's treasure

Our house is a very fine house. When we moved into our split, it was a compromise of sorts. The house - around 50 years old - was not new, yet not really old. Instead, it was... — Updated 3/15/2023

 By Jade Cook    Opinion

I still believe in fairy tales

I recently stumbled into a conversation about faith, my palms sweaty, my heart pounding. We were about to break the unspoken rule of dinner gatherings: no discussion about politics... — Updated 3/8/2023

 By John Bourjaily    Opinion

Farewell to best friend in the world

If you are a local music fan of a certain age, then you are aware of the recent passing of WXRT DJ Lin Brehmer. Sadly, Lin died of prostate cancer this past January at the age of 68... — Updated 3/1/2023

 By Denise Joyce    Opinion

Not all actions need a reaction

When songwriters Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz penned the country song “When You Say Nothing At All,” they didn’t mean keep your mouth shut when your loved one does... — Updated 2/1/2023

 By Lisa Seplak    Opinion

Embracing the season

I'm sitting at my laptop wondering how Pam does it. How does she compose a column, every single week, and one that's a lot longer than the 450 words I need to write. I don't mean... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By John Bourjaily    Opinion

A new twist to an old tradition

I have never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions. The way I figure it, if you want to partake in self-improvement activities, why wait until Jan. 1? The date is utterly... — Updated 1/4/2023

 By Lex Silberberg    Opinion

Naughty, nice and all in between

I was making dinner a few nights ago when I heard my boys having a serious conversation - or as serious as serious gets for a 4- and 6-year-old. "Hey E," said C, the older one. "Do... — Updated 12/28/2022

 By Bill Barre    Opinion

Wisdom of the winter season

The nice thing about winter is that there is nothing to do, and since there is nothing to do, there is no reason to feel guilty about doing nothing. Got that? Now summer is a... — Updated 12/14/2022


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