Friday, June 22, 2018

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, June 17 through June 23

Stayed up waaaaay late last night to keep virtual company to one son in the ER and then off to a very early morning doctor's appointment.

Feeling Friday already slip away, here's a few soundbites.

No progress on Cornell dyer and the Necklace of Forgetfulness. Rebekah worked extra hours this week and could not finish the formatting.

Edited most of Kellen's chapter seven. Some back issues this week cut my working out waaaay back. On the plus side, accomplished a lot at work and used the time I would have spent working out to work on Kellen. So all good.

Goal this weekend: make a huge editing dent in Kellen and finish chapter 17 in the fifth novel of Before the Blood.

Have a beautiful weekend readers, writers, vampire fans!

Non-bylined features:

Monday through Saturday I assembled my non-bylined works - brief posts and calendar listings - into one convenient file and posting them on Facebook in the evening, so readers can easily choose the ones they want to read.

 One can also find those event listings, the Gotta Do It calendar, as well as the pets, health, faith, and arts and entertainment calendars, under the sections tab on the left hand side of http://www.theherald-news.com/. Click on "features" and the topics drop down.  Gotta Do It runs under "people."

Community news? Again, under the sections tab, under features, and by topic. Updates are posted on these days in print and web (and some only on web on other days as I have the time): Monday (pets), Tuesday (health), Thursday (faith), Friday (arts and entertainment), and Sunday (people).

Social media:

Daily updates: I do post the briefs and calendars on Twitter during the week, so you're welcome to follow me at @Denise_Unland61.

BryonySeries stuff: I post curated content relating to the BryonySeries at @BryonySeries. And assorted related content at www.facebook.com/BryonySeries. And of course, please follow the adventures of Bertrand the Mouse on Instagram at bertrand_bryonyseries.

If you're a writer anywhere in the world, you're welcome to jon WriteOn Joliet's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/writeonminooka/?ref=bookmarks. We're based in Joliet, Illinois, but we love to meet and interact with writers outside our area, too.

Books and Such

Information on my books (including where to buy) along with upcoming events is at www.bryonyseries.com.

Thank you for reading The Herald-News. And for reading this blog. And if you've read (or plan to read) any of my books. And for those who came out to WriteOn Joliet's open mic night last night. Your support is greatly appreciated.



'I wanted him to have a stable base'
Single dad, formerly of Joliet, adjusted work life to spend more time with his son

"Time is something you can only spend once and so it's best to spend it on something you care about."



An Extraordinary Life: A life of hard work and responsibility
Lockport man mapped out the best routes and gave good directions


“He was a man of character and very responsible, from a young age, and he was well-respected in all that he did,” Leonard’s daughter, Beth Hohisel of Lockport, said in an email. “Ski, as he liked to be called, loved his family, worked hard, chose to do the right thing, helped when he could, trusted God and prayed. He not so much talked about these things, but we saw him live them out every day.”

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/16/an-extraordinary-life-a-life-of-hard-work-and-responsibility/av7nefb/


Joliet area pet owners offer tips for helping pets beat the heat


It's not just humans who become uncomfortable when temperatures soar. Pets can languish in the heat, too.

So we posed the question to local pet owners on Facebook: How do you help your pets stay cool in summer? Here's what they said.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/17/e45d6d2c86914396b99641dd22180526/index.xml


'What did we do to deserve this?'
Shorewood couple finds healing in multiple ways during cancer journey

Bill and Kim Cunnea both spoke highly of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. There, Bill received treatment for a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Kim renewed her strength through the hospital’s caregiver support group.

But their journey started in 2016 with a diagnosis they didn’t see coming.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/18/4e1c8960a4d94e4281235268e30109ff/index.xml


Louisiana Barbecue has Joliet's best BBQ

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/18/1362479ad2d64ba0a06b0ee82ada920c/index.xml?page=1


'It’s fun, colorful, entertaining'

Joliet theater brings its own rendition of popular Bible-based musical to the stage this weekend 


Lori Carmine, park manager and director of the show, said, "I love this musical. I directed it before and was in it waaaay back in high school. It’s fun, colorful, entertaining for the entire family. It moves quickly and is about an hour and 45 minutes with intermission. You leave 'Joseph' happy."

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/20/2e2053bb690d45cdb6a07b529e5a92e1/index.xml



By the people, for the people

Plainfield artist hosts community paint days at Lockport library

"I like to be accessible. People are inquisitive," John McDavitt said. "They want to know what I'm doing and why the mural was all blue and if I was adding other colors."



Artists unLOCK creativity in Lockport 


"The goal for this program is to utilize art as an economic development tool, to attract people to the downtown district, to stay longer, to participate," Pam Owen, director of the Gaylord Building, said. "It's to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and industrial heritage of Lockport through the creation of works of art."

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/19/5da76f33fa7747bc9c74739a6112c256/index.xml


More than singing and dancing

Ron and Sandie to perform at Timbers of Shorewood

"I hung up my dancing shoes in 2009 and said, 'I'm retired now. I'm going to sit back, drink beer, watch television and eat potato chips,'" Camron said. "Then a friend introduced me to Sandie at Drury Lane during an expo."



LocalLit author spotlight: Sharon Houk of Joliet

"I like to write stories that make me laugh. If I don’t laugh out loud, it’s not finished. Actually, if I don’t cry, it’s also not finished. I l


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Community News: June 21, 2018

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.


Local faith events: June 21 through June 28

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/20/local-faith-events-june-21-through-june-28/aii0mpe/


Share your church's Vacation Bible School photos with our readers

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/13/share-your-churchs-vacation-bible-school-photos-with-our-readers/abeodnj/


Joliet students acknowledged for values and virtues shown in February

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/04/11/joliet-students-acknowledged-for-values-and-virtues-shown-in-february/ahiuov8/


Minooka church announces tournament winners 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/20/minooka-church-announces-tournament-winners/a4fhdw8/


St. Patrick Catholic Church in Joliet celebrates the feast day of Corpus Christi

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/13/d90ba63445b8424ea061bb58fbdf26ad/index.xml


St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Joliet celebrates the feast day of Corpus Christi 

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/20/725e2c4ee1f046a68678c50790e0f1d2/index.xml



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Illustration by Kathleen Rose Van Pelt for "Bryony."

BryonySeries Throwback Thursday: Newspaper Jokes for Timothy's 17th Birthday

Friday, August 8, 2014

Newspaper Jokes for Timothy's 17th Birthday


Along with the discarded novella version of Bryony, the jokes below were part of the birthday package.
Yes, I know number four is missing, deleted on purpose, a bit insulting (aka Ed Calkins), not fit for print. 

Anyway, these are just another example of my re-entry into creativity after many decades, before I went completely to the dark side. ;)


1)      Q: On Sunday, why did Timothy stuff more papers than anyone else?
            A: He was on a roll.


2)      Knock. Knock.
Who’s there?
Sun Times.
Sun Times who?
Sun Times I just don’t want to deliver papers.


3)      Q: Why did the daily bags not mind papers being stuffed into them?
A: They were hooked.

 5)      Q: Why did Ron get old fast by delivering papers?
A: Because he worked for man-agers.


6)      Q: What kind of bags are good to eat?
A: Sundae bags.


7)      Q: What kind of a raft will not keep one from downing?
A: A paper buoy.


8)      Q: When business got bad for the newspaper company, what did it do?
A: It folded.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Community News: June 20, 2018

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.



A roundup of food pantries in Will and Grundy Counties

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/15/roundup-of-food-pantries-in-will-and-grundy-counties/auhqyj8/


Five recipes in The Herald-News for you to try

http://www.theherald-news.com/lifestyle/food/


And this week's featured recipe from Sue's Diner, marinated mushrooms and peppers:

https://www.bryonyseries.com/sue-s-diner



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Open Mic Night 2018: Peggy Lindgren

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Community News: July 19, 2018

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.



Local health events: June 19 through June 26



New Lenox hospital employees honored for milestone years of service



Doctor Joins Sanitas Medical Group



New Lenox hospital announces medical staff appointments



Doctors join DuPage Medical Group in Homer Glen and Plainfield



New dental office opens in Romeoville



Will County Health Department’s Community Health Center announces new staff members 


Illustration by Christopher Gleason for "Staked!"


TurnAboutTour: Robert Hafey

Monday, June 18, 2018

Community News: June 18, 2018

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.


Gotta Do It: June 17 through June 24



Local pet events June 18 through June 25



Meet Taco the turtle



Pets of the Week: June 18

Read the caption of each photo to find out about that pet, including where he or she can be adopted.


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Illustration by Kathleen Rose Van Pelt for "Bryony."

TurnAbout Tour: Vanessa Stephens

It's funny how things work out.

During the week, I stay pretty nose to the grindstone, working under the delusion that I'll get everything done and then can spend long interrupted time working on fiction.

So when plans don't work out according to my vision, I get a little grumpy.

The view from Friday night was discouraging. But the view from Sunday night was amazing. My goal was to finish chapter 17 in the fifth novel of Before the blood, and I very nearly did. I say "very nearly" because it took off in a few different directions than the original intention, and I simply ran out of time to explore those directions fully.

And that was even with going back and adding more depth to some newer characters.

I should be finished editing novel No. 2 by the weekend and plan to write chapter 18, too - but we shall see. The next two weeks are especially busy (more than the usual busy), but I do better at everything else when I can spend some time writing fiction.

I liken it to lying in the grass watching clouds. It relaxes my mind. I like when said aging mind is relaxed and ready for a fresh work week.

And now, enough about me.

The BryonySeries' first TurnAbout Tour continues today with Vanessa Stephens.

What is a TurnAbout Tour?

Well, it's something I made up, as my "thank you" to the writers who graciously and generously hosted the BryonySeries on their blogs last month.

During the Mondays and Tuesdays in June, I'm sharing links to three pieces I especially liked by these writers, giving them additional exposure without them have to write additional pieces. We're on stop No. three today, so if you missed the first two, please scroll back and catch up.

Today's stop: fellow Gothic writer Vanessa Stephens.

According to her website, Stephens is an aspiring writer who spends much of her time writing flash fiction, short stories, working on her debut novel, or spending time with her family. She lives in the Joliet area with her husband and daughter.

And here is a good place to add that Vanessa's daughter is a fan of Bertrand the Mouse. And Bertrand is a fan of hers.

Stephens is new to blogging, but I still had no trouble finding three posts I really, really enjoyed, all of them different in topic and tone. I hope you enjoy them, too.


Weather Vane

This is a piece of flash fiction with one of those great "surprise endings" that make me read a piece again just to get to the ending. The last line, WOW!



Got Books?

This is a short piece on Stephens' discovering of a Little Free Library in her neighborhood.

If you don't know what a Little Free Library is, Stephens' explains it.

If you do, Vanessa's honest and sincere excitement in the discovery will make you smile.



Four Week Meditation Renewal

I've mediated for years and so has Stephens - until she fell away from it.

In this post, Stephens discusses why she is returning and her plans for persistence.

Again, for me, the liking of this post is less about the mediation and more about Stephens' desire top be a better person, a desire I can truly respect.






Sunday, June 17, 2018

Community News June 16

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.




New Lenox students learn to apply writing skills to real world



Plainfield 8th-grader earns spot at national energy conference








Joliet Township High School announces Students of the Month for May 2018


Joliet school celebrates 40 years


NuMark Credit Union raises money to honor veterans



Lockport police chief received award 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/05/31/lockport-police-chief-to-receive-award/aob02x5/


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Illustration by Matt Coundiff for "Visage." Follow him at www.facebook.com/artbymattcoundiff 




Sue's Diner: Marinated Peppers and Mushrooms


Neither Melissa nor Brian felt at ease during the unfamiliar church services in memory of their grandmother. The array of delicious food at the potluck luncheon that followed was more appealing. This was especially true for Brian, who had heaped his plate high with the following dishes. 

Note from Sarah Stegall: “My mom (Denise M. Baran-Unland) first made this salad for a church dinner. We were told to stay out of the fridge, but we didn’t. Mushrooms were expensive, and she only bought them to treat the church. We figured we probably wouldn’t get any of them, so three of us pilfered the mushrooms out of this salad as a midnight snack before the newspaper routes.”

Try the recipe HERE.



Photo by Timothy Baran


From "Memories in the Kitchen: Bites and Nibbles From 'Bryony'"

All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties. www.bbbswillgrundy.org.


Order the cookbook at www.bryonyseries.com.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Gothic Book Club: First Meeting

Several members of the critique group WriteOn Joliet write in a genre one might describe as "Gothic."

Not a popular genre in the 21st century. Nor do we care.

But we did want a forum where we could gather with the like-minded and discuss out works. No such entity exists in the area.

So we made our own: WriteOn Joliet Gothic Book Club. We had three attendees, enough for a thoughtful discussion, with questions moderated by the author.

And yes, the woman on the right is playing with Bertrand. He couldn't pass up cheese and crackers.




The club is open to anyone who enjoys Gothic fiction. One need not be a member of WriteOn Joliet. We aren't charging dues.

 However, keep in mind we will be reading books written by WriteOn Joliet members, and reading the book is a requirement. We are currently reading Birthright by Sue Mydliak. Today we discussed the first seven chapters. 





Our next meeting is from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. July 7. We will discuss chapters eight through fourteen. \





Awesome meeting space, huh?

Friday, June 15, 2018

Community News June 15

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.





Troy students win Trivia Kahoo

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/14/troy-students-win-trivia-kahoot/aof8o13/


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Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, June 10 through June 15

Hope everyone had a great week with an ever better weekend on its way!

Speaking of "on its way," projects are moving along surely, if somewhat slowly.

Before the Blood: All of the first novel is edited and half of the second one is, too. REALLY hope to finish writing chapter 17 of the fifth novel this weekend - and that will be after I attend a grandson's T-ball game and the first meeting of WriteOn Joliet's Gothic book club, which is starting off five members strong.

Interested? One does not need to be a member of WriteOn Joliet to participate in this book club.

For information on the Gothic book club and other upcoming events, visit www.bryonyseries.com/fetes-and-feasts.

Cornell Dyer and the Necklace of Forgetfulness: Two images need adjusting, so hopefully soon!

The Art of the BryonySeries exhibit: Met with two of the four featured artists last night and divided up the space. What was supposed to be a half an hour meeting turned into nearly two hours of great conversation since these two artists, who met for the first time, bonded really well! I'll share more about this visit as we get closer to the event.

Have a beautiful weekend readers, writers, vampire fans!

Non-bylined features:

Monday through Saturday I assembled my non-bylined works - brief posts and calendar listings - into one convenient file and posting them on Facebook in the evening, so readers can easily choose the ones they want to read.

 One can also find those event listings, the Gotta Do It calendar, as well as the pets, health, faith, and arts and entertainment calendars, under the sections tab on the left hand side of http://www.theherald-news.com/. Click on "features" and the topics drop down.  Gotta Do It runs under "people."

Community news? Again, under the sections tab, under features, and by topic. Updates are posted on these days in print and web (and some only on web on other days as I have the time): Monday (pets), Tuesday (health), Thursday (faith), Friday (arts and entertainment), and Sunday (people).

Social media:

Daily updates: I do post the briefs and calendars on Twitter during the week, so you're welcome to follow me at @Denise_Unland61.

BryonySeries stuff: I post curated content relating to the BryonySeries at @BryonySeries. And assorted related content at www.facebook.com/BryonySeries. And of course, please follow the adventures of Bertrand the Mouse on Instagram at bertrand_bryonyseries.

If you're a writer anywhere in the world, you're welcome to jon WriteOn Joliet's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/writeonminooka/?ref=bookmarks. We're based in Joliet, Illinois, but we love to meet and interact with writers outside our area, too.

Books and Such

Information on my books (including where to buy) along with upcoming events is at www.bryonyseries.com.

Thank you for reading The Herald-News. And for reading this blog. And if you've read (or plan to read) any of my books. And for those who came out to WriteOn Joliet's open mic night last night. Your support is greatly appreciated.


A longstanding dream comes true
Joliet Area Community Hospice installs veterans memorial garden

Jackie Bersano, senior director of development and communications, said Sue Bustin, a medical caseworker with Joliet Township Government, was instrumental in helping JACH receive the grant. Up until that point, JACH had raised around $50,000 for the garden but needed $200,000, Bersano said.


"She has a warm spot in her heart for veterans," Bersano said. "She loves to do anything for them."

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/05/9fad8c61877842138e36d3b2d64724cb/index.xml?page=1


An Extraordinary Life: A Joliet band mom for all the students 

Don Stinson, director of bands at Joliet Central High School, said this about Janice Uffelmann: "One of the significant things about Jan and knowing her is that she was very resilient. She wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer if it was something she really wanted to do.”

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/05/a32185d0a6694a77adc3ca220d714af5/index.xml?page=1


Gone, Not Forgotten: Westie helped Channahon woman through sad time

Although Kristen Koppers had pets growing up, Molly was unique in other ways and not just because she helped Kristen through the infertility.

Seniors keep mentally fit at Timbers of Shorewood

Although the concept of mental exercises and the importance of exercising one's mind isn't new, The Timbers program is unique because it brings these exercises into a social setting.


"We're working the puzzles together. No one sitting alone quietly," Linda McCluskey, activities director, said. "We have residents in their 70s, 80 and 90 and we have caregivers in their 30s and 40s doing them. I'm in my 50s and I'm doing them right alongside them."
http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/05/2cbce31826ec4b6b80ba2c4dafc88d16/index.xml


Mystery Diner Matty's in Shorewood is a pleasant dining experience 

Our server was very friendly and efficient. Our glasses were never empty and refills were plentiful. The manager also came around to inquire about our meal, and we were happy to tell him that everything was excellent.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/11/67a0ca99ef6c4b608d803ca124766569/index.xml


Quilt exhibit showcases nature
Forest Preserve District of Will County displaying 177 #quilts depicting national parks 

Non-quilters are most welcome. The exhibit is perfect for a variety of audiences, including nature lovers and supporters of the National Park Service. It’s really for anyone who has an appreciation for fabric art and/or our natural areas. Children are definitely welcome as well.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/13/b367a4124ba247b290277cd3d0727602/index.xml


Plainfield makeup artist shows how achieve a natural look for summer

Check out this photo list for great summer makeup and hair tips. And yes, that's my daughter Rebekah who graciously offered her face and tresses.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/15/1288238fe4ed4190ab738388cd616202/index.xml


LocalLit author spotlight: Kevin Trusty of Joliet

TRusty said, " really love writing about baseball history and have recently caught the bug for short horror/mystery fiction again. But really any story in any format where the concept ends up working and it flows sensibly is fun to write.

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/12/locallit-author-spotlight-kevin-trusty-of-jo/ay27p3i/




Community News: June 14, 2018

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.




Christian university adds new concentration





Shorewood school performs 'Seussical Jr.'


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Illustration by Christopher Gleason for "Staked!"

Thursday, June 14, 2018

BryonySeries Throwback Thursday: Three Vampire Quotes by Three Vampire Creators

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Three Vampire Quotes by Three Vampire Creators

"I've seen little pieces of Interview with a Vampire when it was on TV, but I kind of always go yuck! I don't watch R-rated movies, so that really cuts down on a lot of the horror." Stephenie Meyer

"The vampire was a complete change from the usual romantic characters I was playing, but it was a success." Bela Lugosi

"The whole theme of Interview with the Vampire was Louis's quest for meaning in a godless world. He searched to find the oldest existing immortal simply to ask, What is the meaning of what we are?" Anne Rice
 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Community News: June 13, 2018

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.


Roundup of food pantries in Will and Grundy counties




Five recipes to try

http://www.theherald-news.com/lifestyle/food/


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Illustration by Matt Coundiff for "Memories in the Kitchen: Bites and Nibbles from "Bryony." Follow him at www.facebook.com/artbymattcoundiff or @MattCoundiff on Twitter.

Open Mic Night 2018: Holly Butler Coop

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Community News: June 12, 2018

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.


Local health events: June 12 through June 19 


Multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons






Tips for having a safe summer
IEMA encourages families to prepare for extreme heat, severe weather and more 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/11/tips-for-having-a-safe-summer/aiuogh8/



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Illustration by Matt Coundiff for "Visage." Follow him at www.facebook.com/artbymattcoundiff or @MattCoundiff on Twitter.