Friday, May 18, 2018

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, May 13 through May 18

So it's a busy Friday! (Don't I always say that?)

But seriously, folks.

Today is full of work, and the same is true about tomorrow, except it's only half full.

And then, (except for church), it should be fiction all the way!

Quick side note: If you've missed some of the blog tour posts, you can catch up HERE.

And now for the stories and where to find me and everything else:

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 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 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 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

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.

'Something they can make their own' 

Joliet foster mom distributing 'angel bears' to foster children 

"I thought, 'Maybe if they had a Teddy bear,'" Janet Palkon said. "A Teddy bear is never going to talk back. You can tell anything to a Teddy bear and it's never going to share it with anyone. Just holding it can make them feel loved, that someone is in their corner."

An Extraordinary Life: Joliet native's musical legacy lives on

“I didn’t know he was a musical arranger. I didn’t know he was nominated for a Grammy,” Alfreda Marentic, Fred's wife, said. “I didn’t know he was Teacher of the Year. I didn’t know he’d taken his students to Florida for band conventions. I didn’t know any of these things about him. I only knew he was kind and sweet and nice. And I knew he was a family man, which was important to me.”

'When the big C comes knocking at your door'
Shorewood prostate cancer survivor supports other men

Because Hileman pursues a healthy lifestyle, he wasn't surprised that his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level and digital rectal exam – both screening tools for detecting prostate cancer – were normal at his 2013 physical.

So Hileman was shocked when he experienced rectal bleedingin February 2014.

Mystery Diner: HopScotch and Vine offers bright, gourmet summertime destination 

I ordered the Firecracker Shrimp Po' Boy for my entree. It came with two sides, and I chose a salad with Greek vinaigrette and French fries with sea salt. My coworker ordered the peanut butter and jelly burger because he was feeling more adventurous than I.

Joliet man hopes his book brings people back to God

Although Tom Donnan, who said God speaks to him through dreams and revelations, is diligent about sharing God’s communications, response from others is lacking, “which is devastating to me,” he said.

But Donnan realizes why people are not embracing the message.

Making art from pieces of the Joliet prison

The idea is multifaceted: local artists will repurpose select items from the prison into a limited number of art pieces and then donate them to the Joliet Area Historical Museum. The museum will sell the pieces in the gift shop and put the funds back into the prison, Adamowski said.

Morris man refurbishes and sells bikes and lawn mowers

You won't be believe how early this man opens his garage door for business.

LocalLit author spotlight: Former Plainfield resident Anne Anderson of Sandwich

My desire to write a book surfaced after the death of my husband on April 24, 2015. I felt the need to put down on paper my first year of grief with the hope that people will find that they can survive the loss of a loved one.

I have include 13 tips and suggestions on what to say, and, more importantly, what not to say, to someone in deep grief.

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