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 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

 By Isabella Terry    Opinion

Pondering packing list for college

When you all read this, I will be on the verge of waltzing, pending cooperation from my heels and spotty coordination, across Dickinson Field for the last time. A freshly retired... — Updated 5/25/2022

 By Bill Barre    Opinion

Why Dad's Day beats Mom's Day

First, in this age of full disclosure, I disclose that I am ... you guessed it ... a dad. But my preference for Dad's Day over Mom's Day goes well beyond self-aggrandizement. Dad's... — Updated 5/18/2022

 By Lisa Seplak    Opinion

These most certainly are the days

I'm walking my dog by The Lane Elementary. As we approach, she eyes the bulky bulldogs guarding the front and goes down on her front paws, ready to play. But the dogs are made of... — Updated 5/11/2022

 By John Bourjaily    Opinion

Preserve your precious resource

Time is on your side. Don't waste it. If you know anything about me, you know I absolutely despise waste. Wasted money, wasted energy and perhaps worst of all, wasted time. I have... — Updated 5/4/2022

 By Bret Conway    Opinion

Cause of, solution to, life's problems

To quote another Brett (but I spell mine with one 'T'), "Yes, we drank beer. My friends and I. Boys and girls. I liked beer. Still like beer." I've moved on from my '80s Old Style d... — Updated 4/13/2022

 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


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