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 By Alisa Messana    Pulse 

Examining expectations as a new school year begins

The beginning of school is generally a steep climb for parents. Keeping up with the emails, forms to sign, supplies needed and scheduling extracurriculars is a major task. Add on... — Updated 9/15/2021

 By Alexis Braden    Pulse

Garden walk to help fund school's outdoor areas

What started off nearly 15 years ago as a home-based school for children and young adults living with autism has become a beacon of light for those families seeking to provide a... — Updated 9/8/2021

 By Barb Thayer    Pulse

Sex education benefits preschoolers to young adults

Recently I was with my sister and her two young grandsons. Peggy needed to use the restroom and the boys joined her. Two-year-old Jack said, "You don't have a penis, right Grandma?"... — Updated 9/3/2021

 By Alexis Braden    Pulse

Kitchen Walk to highlight Hinsdale's great outdoors

The coveted outdoor spaces of seven Hinsdale homes, with perennials in bloom, pristine pools and immaculately manicured gardens and pathways, will be showcased at this year's... — Updated 5/12/2021

 By Gabriela Garcia    Pulse

Lessons I learned from my grandmothers

Growing up, my grandmothers were a source of calm, comfort and reason. When they spoke, I listened, and I was raised to always respect them. After all, it was their immense... — Updated 4/28/2021

 By Martha Kennedy    Pulse

Library offerings great for vacations, even at home

The cover of the book was bumpy and grainy. A closer look revealed grains of sand. I smiled and ran a hand over the surface, imagining the reader laying the book on a beach towel,... — Updated 4/21/2021

 By Susan Stutzman    Pulse

Helping children find the light when darkness looms

A child exhibiting depressive symptoms can feel confusing, scary, overwhelming. It is common to question where it came from and how the feelings started and to wonder where to find... — Updated 4/14/2021

 By Alexis Braden    Pulse

Kitchen Walk Luncheon goes social this year

The Hinsdale Historical Society is taking to social media this month to bring timeless design inspiration to Hinsdale, culminating in its virtual luncheon, "Making Old, New Again"... — Updated 4/7/2021

 By Noura Dabbouseh    Pulse

Four heart-health strategies for cancer survivors

There has been a true revolution in cancer therapy over the past few years. If you are one of the millions of American cancer survivors to benefit from this wave of new, effective... — Updated 3/31/2021

 By Molly Castor    Pulse

Emerging from pandemic, library looks to turn page

When we closed the library on March 15, 2020, we could not imagine how long it would be until we finally opened the doors again. Staff worked from home by recording storytime... — Updated 3/24/2021


Guiding online activity requires open communication

What adult has not heard the sigh from a young person who has just been reminded of the need to be cautious around others they meet? The sigh is often followed by the young... — Updated 3/17/2021

 By Alexis Braden    Pulse

Infant Welfare Tablescapes to be weeklong affair

Ten days prior to hosting the 23rd annual Tablescapes Illuminate luncheon in March of last year, the Hinsdale chapter of the Infant Welfare Society was forced to postpone its event... — Updated 3/10/2021

 By Rachel Simmons    Pulse

Sex, drug ed are critical during unprecedented times

There are five main sources where students may learn about sexual health and drugs: school, friends, family, media and their environment. Many schools offer programs focusing on... — Updated 3/3/2021

 By Maura Schoo    Pulse

Discover a new hobby at the library

With the never-ending snow, now is the perfect time to revisit a former hobby or get excited about something new like bird watching, genealogy, or learning a language. Online... — Updated 2/24/2021


Cardiologist debunks five heart failure myths

As a cardiologist specializing in heart failure, I’ve helped hundreds of patients and their families focus on the facts about this serious medical condition. In the age of... — Updated 2/17/2021

 By Alexis Braden    Pulse

Women's league devotes its heart to Misericordia

While reflecting on her nearly decade-long tenure with the Misericordia Women's League, this year's Heart of Gold award recipient, Kathy Connor, attributes the league's success to... — Updated 2/10/2021


Managing your teen's anxiety during the pandemic

Due to the global pandemic, our world is full of more unknowns than ever before. Everything feels different, and with the pace at which things are changing, we're all living... — Updated 2/3/2021

 By Karen Keefe    Pulse

Enjoy games galore at Hinsdale Public Library

Often, people use the library to learn more about something they don't know. Why are my stupid houseplants turning yellow? How do I make a tagine? What does Doris Kearns Goodwin... — Updated 1/27/2021


Good night's sleep a good prescription for tying times

Can’t sleep? Can’t blame you. Is it the COVID-19 pandemic? The economy? Your children’s school situation? Climate change? We all have something that keeps us up at night. Sleep can’t solve these kinds of problems, but it... — Updated 1/20/2021

 By Alexis Braden    Pulse

Light Up the Night to illuminate virtually this year

Working as a Chicago Public Schools speech pathologist, Clarendon Hills mother-of-two Jen Alsman saw first-hand the struggles low-income families faced while striving to provide... — Updated 1/15/2021

 By Susan Stutzman    Pulse

Three parenting hacks to help an anxious child

When anxious behavior and emotions show up in life it often feels all-encompassing. For a parent of an anxious child, having just the right tools to guide your child through their a... — Updated 1/6/2021

 By Lisa Knasiak    Pulse

Spooky stories not just for Halloween in Victorian era

We usually associate ghost stories with Halloween, but Victorian England considered them to be an essential part of the celebration of Christmas. In fact, they were so integral that magazines often published serials in the weeks... — Updated 12/22/2020

 By Alexis Braden    Pulse

Holiday Ball organizers gift ornaments to give thanks

A six point snowflake holiday ornament, which now adorns the trees of The Community House Holiday Ball's friends and supporters, has become a symbol of hope and thanksgiving during... — Updated 12/9/2020

 By Alisa Messana    Pulse

Delve into discomfort, shift relationship to it

Two weeks ago, I wrote about focusing on tips for dealing with discomfort, something 2020 has provided us in spades. As we continue to experience the perfect storm of physical,... — Updated 12/2/2020


Library brings local author, more to your living room

Three years ago, the Hinsdale Public Library was thrilled to be selected as local author Cristina Henriquez’s favorite place. The New Yorker Radio Hour visited the library on a late October afternoon with Cristina to record a... — Updated 11/24/2020


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