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 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

 By Denise Joyce    Opinion

Yum for thee, yuck for me

Hello. My name is Denise and I have struggled with alcohol all my adult life. And by "struggled" I mean I have never been able to convince myself that the stuff tastes good and is w... — Updated 12/7/2022

 By Kevin Cook    Opinion

Holocaust survivor's story passed on

David Dragon was 16 years old when he secretly traversed the sewers of the Warsaw Ghetto, defiantly risking capture by the Nazis, to scavenge scraps of food. He brought back... — Updated 11/30/2022

 By Jade Cook    Opinion

I need reminding I am not a firefighter

I don't know when it happened, but at some point a veil of unnecessary urgency settled over things. The school drop-off, the grocery store run, paperwork, laundry, meetings, phone c... — Updated 11/16/2022

 By Lex Silberberg    Opinion

Finding joy in unexpected places

My youngest son emerged from preschool recently sporting a huge grin. It wasn't an uncommon sight at pickup - he loves his school and is a smiley dude in general - but when he... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By Katie Hughes    Opinion

Halloween not so scary in Hinsdale

As a kid, Halloween was one of my favorite holidays. I loved the start of fall, the weather getting cooler and the leaves changing colors, as well as the spookiness of the season.... — Updated 10/26/2022

 By Denise Joyce    Opinion

Drowning in a dive into fashion

One would think that a stint in the Chicago Tribune's fashion section with experts who covered runway shows in New York and Paris would have put me on a path to confident fashion... — Updated 10/19/2022

 By John Bourjaily    Opinion

Nest feeling a little too empty

I have always encouraged my daughters to be independent, strong-willed women. Life is too short to ignore your dreams and squander all that this world has to offer. "Spread your... — Updated 10/5/2022

 By Lisa Seplak    Opinion

Beginnings and endings

Several weeks ago, a friend was lamenting summer’s end as we drank margaritas on her deck. We chatted and watched the western sky glow. “Summer’s the best. Every year it’s... — Updated 9/28/2022

 By Jade Cook    Opinion

Seeing ourselves through moms' eyes

I stood in line at the grocery store behind a mother and her two young children. I watched her unload her cart and manage her kids with such serenity and patience that I confess,... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Kevin Cook    Opinion

Ode to a man I did not know

I didn't know Craig Kruse. Craig passed away on Sept. 9 from brain cancer. He was 50 years old, six years younger than me. He left behind a wife and three children, many family memb... — Updated 9/14/2022

 By Peter Celauro    Opinion

Parent seeks peace among the pines

Picture a hammock: blue, suspended between two maples. From the end of the hammock protrude two feet. They are well-tanned and have not seen a shoe in days. Sunlight glistens... — Updated 8/31/2022


Gift of kindness lives on

When my oldest child Brian was a baby, I befriended a Hinsdale woman of my mother's generation named Rose. She gave me loads of practical advice about baby care and even babysat... — Updated 8/17/2022


A little more time for advice from Mom

“Why are you being so weird?” my son asked me as we drove to the DMV to get his driver’s license. “I feel like it’s my last chance to teach you,” I said, as I hurriedly... — Updated 8/10/2022

 By Amy McCauley    Opinion

Why the world needs princesses

Life is best lived with the confidence of a 6-year-old in a princess costume. Let me explain. My oldest daughter Gabriella has always been one for costumes, crowns and princesses. B... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Katie Hughes    Opinion

The center of the (football) world

Three years ago, I was looking to attend a college that felt like a step into the real world. I wanted to go to a place far from home. I wanted to meet new people who came from... — Updated 7/20/2022

 By Susan OByrne    Opinion

Teri was a bright light for all

Sometimes I wonder whether Teri Goudie was a figment of my imagination. Surely, no one individual could embody so much love, energy and life. She was the stuff that tall tales are... — Updated 7/13/2022

 By Bill Lewis    Opinion

Strong opinions not always unwelcome

Editor’s note: — Bill Lewis first wrote this column in November 2017. “Mary” is really Teri Goudie, who died Friday after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 64. If... — Updated 7/6/2022


Scenic suburbs rebut gloomy take

The tweet by @samwightt gave me pause: “Chicago’s suburbs are an infinite purgatory of farmland and decrepit downtowns networked together by boring county roads.” Really, Sam? You want “boring county roads”? Pick a day... — Updated 6/29/2022


Heat a welcome relief from cold

I just can't stand the bitter cold Chicago winters. With each passing year, I am becoming less tolerant of the cold, the wind, the polar vortices, the bone-chilling wind chills and... — Updated 6/22/2022

 By Jen Dean    Opinion

A life's journey with LEGOS

LEGOS have been a part of my life as a mother for close to two decades. They have been barefoot torture instruments, irritating dust collectors and mostly sanity-saving... — Updated 6/15/2022

 By Bret Conway    Opinion

Don't stand in the doorway

Thirteen years ago on a sunny June 4, we picked up our kindergartner (Colette) and first-grader from school. Our son, strapped in his stroller and turning 1 in two weeks, seemed... — Updated 6/1/2022


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