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 By Isabella Terry    Opinion

Rays of sun in stormy weather

"Our flight is delayed," announced the pilot - to the audible delight of my fellow passengers. My mom and I used mother-daughter mind-reading powers to acknowledge that we had a... — Updated 4/6/2022

 By Bill Barre    Opinion

Why spoil a nice walk with golf?

Golf got started in the Scottish Highlands. Men would walk for hours - up and down, round and round. But one day, someone had the bright idea of knocking a tiny white ball ahead of... — Updated 3/30/2022

 By Lisa Seplak    Opinion

Thoughts on a messy world

I saw five robins in my front yard this morning. It’s almost time for baseball and the backstop at the Hinsdale Little League field in Peirce Park is being redone. Gabby AND Rache... — Updated 3/23/2022

 By John Bourjaily    Opinion

Tips from one adult to an (almost) adult

Incredibly, we will be celebrating my youngest child's 21st birthday in a couple of weeks. Now I know you're probably expecting another "I can't believe I'm that old" column, but... — Updated 3/16/2022


A moment of stillness in a chaotic world

“The birds are always chirping. At least there’s that. Every morning when I step outside to get the newspaper, the birds are chirping. I can’t see them, but knowing they’re... — Updated 3/9/2022

 By Lex Silberberg    Opinion

Hinsdale, mi encanto

If you are anything like me - a parent who spends countless hours in the car because your kids have a more robust social calendar than you do - your driving playlist has been one th... — Updated 3/2/2022

 By Bret Conway    Opinion

Who's gonna fill their shoes?

For no reason in particular, my son and I have an out-of-town hockey tournament tradition of streaming classic country on our way to games. Hopefully I've passed the torch in keepin... — Updated 2/23/2022

 By Isabella Terry    Opinion

My roots and a red dress

When I was young, my mom gifted me a beautiful red traditional Chinese dress, called a qipao. Qipaos are of Manchu origin and are typically slim-fitting with a high neckline and... — Updated 2/16/2022

 By Bill Barre    Opinion

Hands up! It's the Apostrophe Police

I consider myself an enforcer of the oft-neglected and seriously misunderstood apostrophe. After 15 years of teaching in college, I can tell you for sure its days are numbered. Few... — Updated 2/9/2022


Chasing dream means move to DG

I read a weekly email called “3-2-1” Thursdays” by James Clear, the author of “Atomic Habits.” And I usually agree with his personal writings and the poems and literature he shares, under a focused theme, from other... — Updated 2/2/2022

 By Lisa Seplak    Opinion

That age old query: What's in a name?

A college friend of mine is going to be a first-time grandparent soon and wants to suggest baby names. Names. Funny thing about names ... I have a group of friends, and,... — Updated 1/26/2022


No way to prepare for all the 'mom' moments

Some things, they don't warn you about. Others, even things you'd rather not know, are shared in abundant detail - labor and delivery experiences, kids' test scores, social gaffes.... — Updated 1/12/2022

 By Lex Silberberg    Opinion

A little more magic, if you please

As I write this article, I'm in the throes of "the most wonderful time of the year." My kitchen island is littered with barely-legible to-do lists, package deliveries are coming in... — Updated 1/5/2022

 By Bret Conway    Opinion

Bon temps, part deux

Your cares will disappear When you hear Hallelujah St. Nicholas is here When it’s Christmas time In New Orleans In a column last March, I summarized my travelogue recollections... — Updated 12/29/2021


Holiday classic's message endures

Every holiday season I am thankful I am able to cozy up around the fire with family and friends and rewatch the holiday classics. Images of Clark Griswold hanging lights, the Kranks getting a tan at the mall and Buddy the Elf... — Updated 12/22/2021


Life is worthwhile if you just smile

I smile more to gain ... less. As cheesy as it may sound, I have just started smiling more. (To be honest, my life is pretty great right now). I smile when I wake up early in the mo... — Updated 12/8/2021

 By John Bourjaily    Opinion

The turn signal column

On our National Day of Thanks, I would like to send out a special message of appreciation to the woman who managed to not kill me when I was out for a run a couple weeks ago. When... — Updated 11/23/2021


Practicing kindness for kindness' sake

Today, I thought I'd tap into my intellectual grandiosity to present a philosophical theory. A question of id vs. ego, thought vs soul, good vs evil. Or maybe, if I could entice... — Updated 11/17/2021

 By Lex Silberberg    Opinion

Best advice to you? Talk wordy to me

Word nerd. Grammar geek. Vocabulary vigilante. Take your pick. They've all applied to me since, well, forever. As a toddler, my parents regularly found me cuddling Golden Books inst... — Updated 11/10/2021


Falcon fundraiser a true celebration marking 50 years

I write to thank Hinsdale Falcon Football & Cheer and “Falcons Nation” for a wonderful fundraising celebration this past Friday night. A special thank you to event organizers and benefactors Nadine and Bill O’Malley, Kay and... — Updated 11/10/2021

 By Isabella Terry    Opinion

Kondo's 'Guide to Essay Writing'

It's that time of year for seniors - college application season. College applications are many things, one of which is not easy. Speaking from experience, they're a bit of a chore... — Updated 10/27/2021

 By Bill Barre    Opinion

Fear-of-Death Diet really works

With the holidays right around the corner, it's time to consider The Fear-of-Death Diet. Of all the diets I've tried, none has been more successful than The-Fear-of-Death Diet. It's... — Updated 10/20/2021


A reintroduction after writing hiatus

I never expected to be where I am now. And I am everything I expected I would be now. I never thought I would be a single mom now. And I know I am a better parent because of that no... — Updated 10/13/2021

 By Lisa Seplak    Opinion

Good boy, Cody, good boy

The room where my husband Mark and I wait with our dog Cody is sterile and smells like antiseptic. It never bothered me before, but now the bare beige walls and steel table seem... — Updated 10/6/2021

 By John Bourjaily    Opinion

College drop-off tears short lived

I can't help but chuckle at all the recent social media posts from parents dropping off their freshman kids at college. Could you people be any weepier? Come on! It's not like... — Updated 9/29/2021


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