Friday, November 20, 2015

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, Nov. 15 through Nov. 20

Endorphins still flowing from last night's annual WriteOn Open Mic night, which is good because I am sooo tired (and I'm teaching tonight, which always kicks the muse into high gear).  Cliched, I know, but a good time really was had by all.

This morning's burning question: Is Denise still making time each morning for an hour spent writing fictiion? And the answer is...sort of.

Sometimes it's an hour, and sometimes it's more like thirty or fourty-five minutes, depending how much email is waiting for me at 4:30 in the morning. (Ugh, right?). But the important thing, I'm consistently making time, and I'm consistently making progress.

Okay, now the "real" stories.

You can check out the health, faith, and arts and entertainment calendars. Three of them can be found at the link below. Gotta Do It, runs each Sunday and often stays on the home page through the week.

Feature briefs for Tuesday (health), Thursday (faith), Friday (A & E), and Sunday (People) are also edited (texted and photos) by moi, but only the stories have bylines.

Or, basically, as my WriteOn cohort Tom Hernandez said last night when he introduced me, I write abotu 90 percent of the entire features section, which I love, so it's all good.

Will County Historical Research and Recovery Association members preserve local history

Read about the fun and higher purpose involved in metal detecting - and the joy beyond measure when detectors reunite owners with lost items. One of these stories where I wish I had a video - and hoping to add one later.

An Extraordinary Life: Morris resident was a prolific accompanist for many Joliet-area musicians (VIDEO EXTRA)

Hettie Wysocki was all about music. She met her husband when she accompanied two local vocalists when they performed at his restaurant. The videos show those two singers rehearsing for her memorial service. Poignant, indeed.

Pets of the Week

Is your next furry companion listed here? Check it out and see.

Crest Hill centarians and Morris doctor share tips for reaching that 100th birthday
By Jeanne Millsap

The centennial mark seems to be the new 50. Why is that? What does like look like at that age? And how can you attain that milestone, too?

Joliet church teaches retreat participants how to paint icons  (VIDEO EXTRA)

A personally fulfilling story for me - icons are part of my Eastern Orthodox faith tradition. I took one of my sons with me to the retreat and blessed us both.

Joliet rhythm and blues artist to play concert in England

Willie Newsome set aside his commercial success in the mid 1970s when he didn't reach the stardom he wanted. But what Newsome didn't know is that he's got some diehard fans around the world and quite the Northern Soul following in the UK. Search for his name online, and see what pops up. It's very cool.

This month, Newsome will receive the lauds he deserved. No video yet, but truly hoping to get one this weekend. Stay tuned.

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