Friday, October 21, 2016

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, Oct. 16 through Oct. 21

I'm already behind today, so no fiction-writing this morning, but I shall make up for it tonight.
The organizer for my monthly fiction workshop pushed it back to next Friday evening, giving me an unexpected night to spend transferring the images in my mind to the computer. ;)

It's been a transition week. The Herald-News now has a new managing editor ("Welcome, Jon Styf!") who we are all adjusting into the new routine. Also, as last week closed, I marched straight into a working weekend as the weekend editor, pausing only for Divine Liturgy on Sunday and a funeral that evening, and kept going into this week. The break tonight will be most welcome (once I do finally get home, that is).

Also, a quick reminder: Tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Book Market on Plainfield Road, four WriteOn Joliet authors will be signing and selling books and chatting with customers. If you have time and inclination, come on out. Details are on my website

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.

I also put together an extra calendar, a listing of area craft fairs for 2016:

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

"Thank you for reading The Herald-News." :)

Active and involved Joliet centenarian discusses her past, present and future

Margaret Lucas never thought she’d live to be 100

She’s the current treasurer for the Joliet chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees – where Lucas is a lifetime member – and assistant accountant for the church she joined in 1961, First Presbyterian in Joliet.

Maybe it’s time to let others pick up those roles, Lucas reasoned. Lucas does, however, have one solid plan for her future, which she said she shared with her cardiologist.

An Extraordinary Life: Joliet native's faith, kindness to be remembered with upcoming fundraiser

The youngest of five children in a Catholic family that lived near St. Mary Nativity Church in Joliet, Richie always had “a special connection with Christ.”

Morris mom battling rare blood clotting disorder; struggling to keep her home

Three blood clots later, Morris woman hoping to return to work

“I’ve always worked in my adult life,” Minara said. “I took pride in working and not having to rely on people.”

Christian rapper will share stories of homelessness, faith Oct. 27 in New Lenox

Milton Calvin’s original music is praise and ministry

“My mother taught us how to pray,” Calvin said. “She taught us that Jesus was there no matter what, she taught us to keep the faith. These things stayed with me throughout the hardest time of my life.”

Rockdale man hand prints the products in his fitness apparel business

Jesus Reyes infuses his business with art and plenty of meaning

Each item must inspire the wearer in some way. The name of Reyes’ company is Corazón De Rey, or “heart of a king,” and it is this spirit Reyes wants to convey through each step of the production and marketing process.

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