Friday, December 2, 2016

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, Nov 27 through Dec. 2

Last night WriteOn Joliet held its fourth annual open mic night (which was actually our fifth event because we offered it twice on year), and it was our best yet.

We packed the Book and Bean Cafe inside the Joliet Public Library, and no one (including moi) was nervous standing up and reading our original pieces in front of a crowd (as opposed to feeling more comfortable in front of a computer monitor), so we are definitely progressing. I'm hoping in the future we can offer it more often.

The week flew by (as weeks seem to do), and I have to be at Loyola early this morning (appointment with my endocrinologist), so as head off into a compressed day of work (no fiction writing this morning, alas) and then into a weekend that will be part work, part errands, and part fiction, I'd like to give some kudos to two of my sons, Timothy and Daniel.

Timothy, who is more chef than writer and no stranger to a microphone as he sings karaoke, is working on a novel and some poetry and actually read an excerpt from his WIP last night, which was well-received (video to follow later).

And Daniel made the Faith section of The Herald-News by donning our St. Nicholas costume and posing as the good saint so I could have art for Thursday's story (link below).

And onward...

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. And of course, I post curated content relating to the BryonySeries at @BryonySeries.

FYI: videos have not been attaching to stories, although they do run for a time on the home page. If you'd like to watch a video, and it's not showing up for you, message me, and I'll manually attach it.

Thank you for reading The Herald-News.

Joliet Fire Department rallies around firefighter battling cancer for the second time

Joliet firefighters surround Shawn Carroll in his fight against liposarcoma

Mike Singler, a firefighter/paramedic who works at Station 1 with Shawn, said the entire department is doing everything possible to support Shawn and his family physically, mentally, emotionally and financially.

In addition to raising funds for the family – $10,000 so far between collecting at the firehouse and the GoFundMe webpage the firefighters started – Singler said firefighters have also made numerous phone calls and visits, sent emails, invited Shawn to break bread with them at work, kept him abreast of their calls, and even raked leaves and cut the grass.

“This week we’re going to get the Christmas decorations out of the attic and help his wife decorate the house,” Singler said.

Joliet minister known for smiling, positive service (VIDEO EXTRA)
The Rev. Jim Allen of Joliet ministered with exuberance and in abundance

Rev. James E. Allen often quipped, “You can’t afford the luxury of a negative thought,” said Nancy Allen, his wife.

Armed with a deep passion for God and his community, along with a never-ending supply of positive thinking, Jim ministered with exuberance and in abundance.

In fact, Jim’s résumé, listing his training, professional experience and community outreach, is five pages long. Nancy said Jim was a people person and an idea person who motivated others to execute good ideas.

Pets of the Week: Nov. 28

The Herald-News presents this week's Pets of the Week. Click on the caption of each photo to find out about that pet, including where he or she can be adopted.

A look at the saint who inspired Santa Claus
Dec. 6 marks the feast of St. Nicholas

What is known about St. Nicholas is a blend of fact and legend, but adopting this saint as our own began a cherished family tradition consistent with our Eastern Orthodox faith tradition.

'Family Ties' star to appear at the Tin Roof in Joliet on Dec. 5
Marc Price will showcase his brand of comedy on Dec. 5 in Joliet

The advent of comedy clubs “opened the floodgates” for a new approach to comedy.

“Back then, they had rules. Now, there are no rules,” Price said. “In my dad’s era, they kept going until they couldn’t do it anymore ... There’s more funny people now than ever before. Talk about a growth of an industry.”

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