Friday, September 30, 2016

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, Sept.25 through Sept.30

Last week I had a job shadower hang out with me for the day, a woman in her late 20s who wishes she had studied journalism in college like she wanted to do (instead of listening to naysayers) and who has ideas for her first novel.

I showed her my routine and worked on briefs while we chatted about different aspects of my writing life, from childhood fiction to freelance features writing to fiction again to my current role as a features editor. I gave her copies of both my business cards (my work one and my BryonySeries one) and then she blew me away by saying she was already reading my first book.

Well. Ahem.

Took in dinner and a play with a WriteOn Joliet comrade and will be doing the same tonight (same play, different friend). Saturday (I hope) will be spent wandering around an imaginary nineteenth century, while Sunday is Divine Liturgy, work, and hanging out with family.

I have two appearances coming up for anyone in the Joliet area who might be interested. Details are at:

Here's the weekly recap:

First, the non-bylined work: 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 throughout the week.

Feature briefs for Tuesday (health), Thursday (faith), Friday (Arts and Entertainment), and Sunday (People) are also edited (texted and photos) by the lady of this blog, but only the stories have bylines.

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

And if you do peek at these stories, to quote our editor Kate Schott, "Thank you for reading The Herald-News." :)

Crest Hill business owner caters to Joliet area teachers
Jason Kuriger knows importance of giving back

To Kuriger, his Teacher Loyalty Program is really a teacher appreciation program. After his parents’ divorce, Kuriger said he attended 10 schools in Plainfield and Joliet during his school career and endured 13 moves. Kuriger credits teachers and school staff for his success today.

“The only people that made me feel part of something were teachers and faculty members,” Kuriger said.

An Extraordinary Life: Crest Hill beautician didn't let ALS stop her
Tana Anderson made everyone feel special

“God was a big part of her life,” Kara Anderson, Tana's daughter, said. “And she knew God wanted her to be nice and accepting of everyone.”

Joliet church hopes to inspire grassroots activism through monthly social justice documentaries (VIDEO EXTRA)
Monthly social justice films inform, promote thoughtful discussion 

“People can’t become activists in all the areas we cover,” Paul Brumbaugh, coordinator, said. “But they need to pick their own topic and get out there and be active and do something good for the world.”

Churches in Channahon and Minooka host 33rd CROP Hunger Walk (VIDEO EXTRA)

According to the CROP Hunger Walk website, CROP Hunger Walks support the grassroots efforts of Church World Service to combat hunger around the world. It provides water, seeds, tools, wells and water systems, technical training and micro-enterprise loans.

But groups that host a CROP Hunger Walk also have the option of keeping 25 percent of funds raised in their own communities. Harold Breen, one of the coordinator's of this year's walk, said last year’s walk raised a total of $5,425.

Stamp collecting alive and well in Joliet, annual stamp show is Oct. 8 (VIDEO EXTRA)

Club members say stamp collecting still is a ‘vibrant hobby’

In some ways, the technology age has made it easier to collect.

“It used to be if you wanted to buy new stamps, you had to go to a dealer," Juell said. “Now you can get some very elusive stamps right on the internet.”

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