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 By Jen Dean    Opinion 

'Live, Laugh, Love' like Pooky

We lost my paternal grandfather, Pooky, last month. He would have been 99 in August. He did not die from COVID-19 but was a victim, nonetheless. Pooky was the life of the party who... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Bill Lewis    Opinion

(Limited) Words to live by

I only have 500 words, so I'll be brief. Be who you are, ignore the critics. Listen to the person inside - not the one who's wrong, but the one who knows right from wrong. Really... — Updated 7/22/2020

 By Mary Rayis    Opinion

Coronavirus confidential

I have a little secret. I am kind of enjoying this era of enforced isolation occasioned by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Sure, there are days when I awaken feeling that I'm... — Updated 7/15/2020

 By John Bourjaily    Opinion

Last-minute getaway a true gift

Several weeks ago my daughters came up with this crazy idea of all of us going to South Carolina for a family vacation. What's even more ridiculous, they wanted to leave in 12... — Updated 7/8/2020

 By Denise Joyce    Opinion

Minus parade, hope marches on

I think the refugees currently living with my husband and me would have enjoyed Hinsdale's Fourth of July parade. By "refugees" I mean my daughter, Amanda, son-in-law Drew and my 5-... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Sally Hartmann    Opinion

Three dozen columns sum it up

My tenure as a contributing columnist officially ends today with my 31st column for the Hinsdalean. Adding five written earlier for The Doings brings the total to 36 over 10 years.... — Updated 6/24/2020


Old or young or in between?

My teenage son, who runs cross country, shrugs and cringes slightly when I invite him to run with me these days. Once a junior Olympian and collegiate runner myself, I'm no slouch,... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Beth Smits    Opinion

Mindfulness minus action lacks meaning

After volunteering these past few weeks at HCS Family Services with the food pantry and more recently experiencing the justified outrage about police brutality and systemic... — Updated 6/10/2020

 By Amy McCauley    Opinion

'Groundhog's Day' has new resonance

These days, I find myself waking up to what sometimes feels like one long day on repeat. As our routines have changed, the days have a way of blending together. Occasionally, I... — Updated 6/3/2020

 By Susan OByrne    Opinion

Unexpected savior during COVID-19

I'm going to be honest: the bloom is off the rose. I'm done with family time. What little attraction shelter-in-place once had for me is now gone. We can say how nice it is to slow... — Updated 5/27/2020

 By Katie Hughes    Opinion

Sweet Georgia on my mind

We moved to Hinsdale when I was 3 years old. I never could have guessed just how great this town would be, and I never could have imagined that the day I'd have to leave would come... — Updated 5/20/2020


Tending to pesky bookcases, redux

The current crisis has triggered the recollection of a question in the muddle in the middle of my head, where there's plenty of room for faint relevance. The recollection was of... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Sally Hartmann    Opinion

Three phases of togetherness

I'm doing final edits to this column on April 28. Perhaps things have changed by the time you're reading it, but I hope not. So far, our family has weathered the pandemic by being... — Updated 5/6/2020


Who's teaching COVID-19 etiquette?

I was at the grocery store last week picking up a few things and was wearing a disposable mask. I noticed most customers were wearing masks as well and wiping down their carts. The... — Updated 4/29/2020

 By Amy McCauley    Opinion

'Walden' inspires me while I am waiting

"Will the Corona virus be over tomorrow?" my two young daughters asked. "When will we be able to go somewhere again?" I struggle to find an answer that satisfies my inquisitive... — Updated 4/15/2020

 By Susan OByrne    Opinion

Quarantine a chance for introspection

There's a funny meme making its way through social media these days, which reads: "Just a reminder that when Shakespeare was quarantined with the plague, he wrote King Lear." This... — Updated 4/8/2020

 By Katie Hughes    Opinion

Lessons learned from 'My Corona'

Three weeks ago, I had it all. I was the lead in my school musical, "Footloose," I was going to Disney World, and I was anticipating the excitement that comes with the end of... — Updated 4/1/2020


Connections will keep us afloat

Recently, a friend I saw at the orthodontist's office told me her family is missing all kinds of teeth. "Me, too!" I practically shouted, excited to know someone else plagued by... — Updated 3/25/2020

 By Sally Hartmann    Opinion

Hitting a bump in my education

My husband and I have been huge fans of the "Great Courses" DVDs for years. Each of the hundreds of courses available typically includes 24 or 36 half-hour lessons taught by... — Updated 3/18/2020


Coronavirus' reach extends to Central

It has become the biggest news story for the last month. Every social media platform and news outlet has had its eyes trained on the latest information, constantly updating their... — Updated 3/11/2020

 By Beth Smits    Opinion

Creating a new habit worthwhile

Changing habits can be difficult, especially when it's a choice and not something that is forced upon you. When I first lived in Belgium more than 30 years ago, the grocery store... — Updated 3/4/2020

 By Teri Goudie    Opinion

The many angles of the human heart

The human heart has many surprising angles. Some we can see and some we just have to feel. There are the angles of the stories told during February. Think about Valentine’s Day,... — Updated 2/26/2020

 By Amy McCauley    Opinion

Hope blooms eternal in February

Midwestern winters require more than just the recommended fur-trimmed puffy coat. Dressing in warm layers is helpful. But, sometimes it's simply not enough. I have learned over the... — Updated 2/26/2020

 By Susan OByrne    Opinion

Revue offers more than just a laugh

Back in the olden days, when I taught literature, I often began with a broad discussion of what "comedy" and "tragedy" mean. Broadly speaking, classical comedy is a structure; the... — Updated 2/19/2020

 By Katie Hughes    Opinion

Movie magic not limited to LA

Some moments in life feel like they are straight out of a movie: your first day of high school, summer nights with your best friends or driving around in the car with the windows... — Updated 2/15/2020


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