Saturday, June 30, 2018

No Ed Calkins Today...

...no new telegrams, no updates on his epic limerick.

Just me making progress on Before the Blood and reluctant to stop to post a blog.

Ever get wrapped up in a project like that?



Friday, June 29, 2018

Community News: June 29, 2018

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.





Lockport teacher to go exploring in Pacific Ocean

Illustration by Christopher Gleason for "Staked!"



Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, June 24 through June 29

First of all, I am profoundly grateful to the Joliet Area Retired Teachers Association for allowing me to speak to their group about self-publishing this past week, which also allowed me to raise a little money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties.

While the actual presentation didn't generate many questions, the "after-presentation" did, with quite a few stopping at the display table to check out my books and take a few cards, as well as information about WriteOn Joliet, LocalLit short story newsletter, the July 21 self-publishing workshop at Book and Bean Cafe in Joliet, and the Art of the BryonySeries exhibit in September and October.

Last night, I attended the bittersweet retirement party for Dick Goss, who's served very generously as The Herald-News sports editor for 35 years. Bittersweet because, although I'm very happy for this new chapter in his life, he's been my seat mate for the last year, and I've enjoyed getting to know him over the past four or so.

Tonight, he's hosting a party just for staff, which I'm looking forward to attending and hearing everyone swap stories.

This weekend, I am really hoping to finish chapter 17 in the fifth novel of Before the Blood and start the editing on the third novel. I am taking an at-home writer's retreat for the week after next, which probably means I'll go missing on social media as well, except for coffee photos and updates on this blog.

Cornell Dyer and the Necklace of Forgetfulness still needs Rebekah's attention to some formatting. Hopefully, she can finish it this weekend so we can get that uploaded. And once BTB is in my editor's hands, I have four more Bertrand books nealy ready to go and one to be written.

Oh and WriteOn Joliet's second anthology to edit and assemble, my Fourth of July project.

Have a beautiful weekend readers, writers, vampire fans!

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 http://www.theherald-news.com/. 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 www.facebook.com/BryonySeries. 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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/writeonminooka/?ref=bookmarks. We're based in Joliet, Illinois, but we love to meet and interact with writers outside our area, too.

Upcoming events: 

Books and Such

Information on my books (including where to buy) along with upcoming events is at www.bryonyseries.com.

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.


'For me, education is the beginning'
Single mom blossomed at Joliet Junior College 

Marc Kaufman, assistant professor of English and adviser for the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at JJC, said Cindy Phan was active in the chapter in many ways, including helping to start an on-campus thrift store (Phi Theta Phashion), moving a suicide awareness project forward, creating a haunted house fundraiser at JJC, helping plan the chapter's first formal event and arranging "bonding and fellowship" retreats for the office teams.

"She is a single mom and she took on a lot of extra work herself," Kaufman said.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/19/ae3bf19c461c41d286057af71b8516f5/index.xml


An Extraordinary Life: Joliet man planted a legacy at JJC

“He was very generous,” said Kristi Mulvey, executive director of institutional advancement at Joliet Junior College. “I’d take him to Hero’s; he’d order a blue cheeseburger and then pull out a check for $45,000.”

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/23/an-extraordinary-life-joliet-man-planted-a-legacy-at-jjc/ans9iu6/


2 beloved Plainfield dogs cross the rainbow bridge

Will the Clancys adopt another dog? They've discussed it, are open to it and have decided to wait a bit longer.

"My kids all have dogs so they bring them over and we babysit for them," Mary Patt said.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/25/7b8a73bb5be04a809c061024eef80337/index.xml?page=1


Joliet native just wants to give back

"For the past 10 years, I had my head down in my books and just went to work," Vince Gutierrez, physical therapist, said. "I didn't pay any attention to the community. But giving back to Joliet is extremely important to me."

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/19/joliet-native-just-wants-to-give-back/au2dwrv/


Home Cut Donuts in Joliet Excellence in each bite

In case you’ve never tried a Home Cut Donut (new to the area, perhaps?), our comments might help you with your selection.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/25/e93679947aef48e5babdddacad80bc6d/index.xml?page=1


Couple's love for vinyl records becomes a downtown Joliet store

What made these two 35-year-olds with kids decide to open a Mom and Pop record store?

Their own love for vinyl.

"We both work real jobs," Tiffany said. "This is what we do for fun

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/26/0b65b3208410435d9c509cb04e946f87/index.xml?page=1


Artworks: Not the typical blockbuster summer movie 
The Cafe Film Society shows art films at Plainfield coffee shop 

"I just would like to foster a small community where people actually get together and talk about art films," Kevin Gawthorp, one of the organizers, said.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/26/0f7d96fec9064aac8ad5a8181ede9cce/index.xml


LocalLit author spotlight: James Guseman of Oswego

Meet this week's featured author. To read his short story on Tuesday, sign up for the free LocalLit short story newsletter today. Information at the end of this article.

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/16/locallit-author-spotlight-james-guseman-of-oswego/ap4yvaa/



Thursday, June 28, 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Community News: June 27, 2018

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.


Roundup of food pantries in Will and Grundy counties 


A simple American buttercream improves a flag sheet cake 



It's not a coffee cake or a pancake. It's both - a cobbler



Instead of meat kebabs, why not concentrate on some veggies?



How to speed up a slow-cooking barbecued beef brisket



Why buy barbecue sauce when you can design your own 



Make your own beer bread with this simple recipe

https://www.bryonyseries.com/sue-s-diner


And the newsletters:

Sign up for the Will County Go Guide

http://www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/will-county-go-guide/#//


Sign up for the LocalLit Short Story Newsletter

http://www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/locallit/


Sign up for The Munsonville Times

https://www.bryonyseries.com/munsonville-times


Illustration by Matt Coundiff for "Memories in the Kitchen: Bites and Nibbles from "Bryony." Follow him at www.facebook.com/artbymattcoundiff .




Open Mic Night 2018: Sue Midlock

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Community News: June 26, 2018

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.



Lincoln-Way soccer teams compete for a cause




Linden Oaks reaches 10,000 participants in Mental Health First Aid training program mental health 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/25/linden-oaks-reaches-10-000-participants-in-mental-health-first-aid-training-program/at92tl8/




CITGO donates $10,000 to support abused children
Check will kickstart Sept. fundraiser for Children’s Advocacy Center 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/25/citgo-donates-10-000-to-support-abused-children/ac3qyfi/


Plainfield 3rd-grader shares hearing loss story

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/25/plainfield-3rd-grader-shares-hearing-loss-story/a8st0pz/



And the newsletters:

Sign up for the Will County Go Guide

http://www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/will-county-go-guide/#//


Sign up for the LocalLit Short Story Newsletter

http://www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/locallit/


Sign up for The Munsonville Times

https://www.bryonyseries.com/munsonville-times




Illustration by Christopher Gleason for "Staked!"

TurnAbout Tour: Allie Rios

Today is our very last stop on the Inaugural BryonySeries Blog Tour, an incredible two-month journey where, in May, eight bloggers opened their virtual doors to me and allowed me the privilege of being a guest in their very welcoming virtual homes.

And then in June, I reciprocated the favor and opened my doors to them. I will eventually archive the entire tour on my website (so you can catch up, reread favorite posts, or even buy a few souvenirs for yourself, friends, and family).

I will also give share my thoughts for anyone wishing to host their own tours and would like some ideas for structure.

But for today, the spotlight is on Allison Rios and three of her posts I really like.

According to her Amazon author page, Allison Rios was born and raised in Joliet, Illinois. Writing has been her relaxation and hobby since childhood, when she began taking notes on neighborhood happenings (the big stuff, like someone mowing a lawn or washing a car) and putting together hand-written newspapers.

She grew into a career in public relations, marketing and web but never lost the love for writing fiction. In between a full-time job, chauffeuring kids and shopping for high heels, she spends her free time typing out daydreams and creating new worlds with her imagination – a hobby she likes to share with her children.

Allison has written and self-published a fictional series about a healer who can cure any illness with a single touch and a book of first person non-fictional accounts from her and other contributors about loved ones' brain tumor experiences. Proceeds from the book were donated to the American Brain Association.

She will soon release two novels: "Fifteen Years" and "Too Much Love."


One Sad Little Girl

A poignant piece on grief, a little girl's grieving for a grandpa who's passed.

http://amijustmom.blogspot.com/2018/06/one-sad-little-girl.html


A Letter to My Pre-Teen Son

I love the push-pill of emotion here. A mother recognizes her son will soon be a man, and yet she lets him know some things between them will never change.

http://amijustmom.blogspot.com/2018/01/a-letter-to-my-pre-teen-son.html


Working on the Decade List: 40 Things to do Before I'm 40

I liked this post because, in spite of Allison's blog title (I'm More Than Just a Mom), many, if not most, of her posts revolve around her family, especially her children. This one gives us a glimpse into Allison the person. And I like the fact she sees herself as "more than just a mom," too, but a woman with likes and goals and dreams and wishes.

http://amijustmom.blogspot.com/2014/07/working-on-decade-list-40-things-to-do.html




Monday, June 25, 2018

Community News: June 25, 2018

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.


Gotta Do It: June 24 through July 1



Local pet events June 25 through July 2



Pets of the Week: June 25

Click on the photo for adoption information.



23 graduating Plainfield seniors receive scholarships

And the newsletters:

Sign up for the Will County Go Guide

http://www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/will-county-go-guide/#//


Sign up for the LocalLit Short Story Newsletter

http://www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/locallit/


Sign up for The Munsonville Times

https://www.bryonyseries.com/munsonville-times




Illustration by Christopher Gleason for "Staked!"

TurnAbout Tour: Topher Gleason

So while I didn't quite hit all my goals, I had a productive weekend.

Book No. 2 of Before the Blood is edited, but I never progressed as far as chapter 17 of the fifth book and doubt I will accomplish anything more until the weekend.

On Wednesday I am speaking to a group of retired teachers about self-publishing and needed to prepare for that this past weekend. On Thursday and Friday I have events related to the retirement of Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss. So it's a tight week.

I also had breakfast with friends on Saturday and then again on Sunday. Bertrand and I (with smoe of the kids) spent a couple hours at Taste of Joliet, the first time I really ever went.,

I created text for the Art of the BryonySeries flyer. I made updates on the website. I sent off eight pen pal letters to grandchildren. And I wrote two work stories and caught up on some other related work.

So as you see, very productive.

I am wrapping up the BryonySeries TurnAbout Tour with postings today and tomorrow. My plans is to archive the entire tour on the website, but that might not happen for a couple weeks.

And now: Topher Gleason.

On his LinkedIn page, Topher describes himself in the following way: "I strive to ensure excellent service for clients with no objection to traveling a majority of the time. Seventeen years sales experience, eight years sales training experience and seven years management experiences, makes me a very well rounded game changer.

"I am an excellent communicator with the ability to do both online and in-person demonstrations to one or five hundred plus.

"I have a fruitful sales track record with ability to bond effectively in all mediums."

His artist biography says: Topher’s art is normally reserved for family and a few close friends, but after the suggestions of those close to Topher, he has decided to share his work. Gleason is currently working on two novels. Topher uses watercolor and ink as his medium. 

He is available for commissions. Contact him at Topher@artworkbytopher.com.

Here are three posts I really liked:

The Importance of the Baseline In Today’s Dealership

Although this post is directed to people in a particular industry, its overall message applies to any project we tackle.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/importance-baseline-todays-dealership-topher-gleason/


Are You Blooming Where You Are Planted?

A post that echoes advice I've given my kids (and myself!): don't turn down an opportunity, even if you think it's something you don't want to do.



My Memory is Flawed

A wistful post on childhood places that shaped us and are now gone - with a reminder that all of our life experiences shape us




Illustration by Topher Gleason





Sunday, June 24, 2018

Community News: June 23, 2018

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.


Miss Fantasia 2018 is Lauryn Baskin 

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/13/41893e9c8ef141a5bf053f77cecbcbad/index.xml


Local students named to dean’s lists for spring 2017 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/15/local-students-named-to-deans-lists-for-spring-2017/ay75qk9/


Share memories of retiring sports editor Dick Goss 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/15/share-memories-of-retiring-sports-editor-dick-goss/abaccnc/


VVSD 365 names director of grants and accountability

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/13/vvsd-365-names-director-of-grants-and-accountability/a7ylf6r/


Adult education center opens in Daybreak shelter

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/13/adult-education-center-opens-in-daybreak-shelter/asam4v3/


Lions Club donation benefits District 202 students

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/13/lions-club-donation-benefits-district-202-students/aq37lb6/


Foundation presents more than $27K in scholarships

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/13/foundation-presents-more-than-27k-in-scholarships/a7qe5ur/


Lockport police detective sergeant will be promoted

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/13/lockport-police-detective-sergeant-will-be-promoted/a33bxqr/


And the newsletters:

Sign up for the Will County Go Guide

http://www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/will-county-go-guide/#//


Sign up for the LocalLit Short Story Newsletter

http://www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/locallit/


Sign up for The Munsonville Times

https://www.bryonyseries.com/munsonville-times




Illustration by Matt Coundiff for "Visage." Follow him at www.facebook.com/artbymattcoundiff





Sue's Diner: Beer Bread by James Onohan

Neither Melissa nor Brian felt at ease during the unfamiliar church services in memory of their grandmother. The array of delicious food at the potluck luncheon that followed was more appealing.

One of those items was beer bread, a recipe from James Onohan, the pianist and composer for the BryonySeries. To hear tracks and purchase the official BryonySeries CD (as an entire album or single tracks), visit https://www.jamesonohan.com/bryony-album

Try the recipe at https://www.bryonyseries.com/sue-s-diner.





From "Memories in the Kitchen: Bites and Nibbles From 'Bryony'"

All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties. www.bbbswillgrundy.org.

Order the cookbook at www.bryonyseries.com.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Steward Setback Saturday: I Turned Down a Marriage Proposal. Now Comes the Fallout

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I Turned Down a Marriage Proposal. Now Comes the Fallout


Last month, during the Ed Calkins Book Signing Tour for Visage, Ed finally popped the question. It went something like this:

"Denise, would you....?"

"No."

Ed raised an eyebrow in surprise.

"I'll never be part of a harem," I explained, "not even a verbal harem."

Except for shaking his head in rueful regret at my supposed foolishness in turning down this most celebrated proposal of the millenium, I assumed Ed would have the grace and tact not to mention it again.

I was wrong.

This past week, I received the following admonishment from the Steward.


Dear MOMI (Mistress of My Immortality):


I am going through that seasonal change right now where I no longer think I'm Santa Claus and am trying to get in the swing of "ruthless dictator" before my trembling charges think I've gone soft.

I know things should be awkward between the two of us since you declined my proposal of marriage before I voiced it. The truth is, I'm so experienced in such matters that I have to remind myself that it should feel awkward, even though I don't feel so.

You, however, are likely not as experienced at shooting down the offer of marriage. I will admit that your character, Melissa, though younger than you, handled it better by changing the subject rather than refusing.

It's a good thing I didn't buy a ring.

I figured that you, by now, feel uneasy about your decision. Therefore, I have resolved to allow you to make it up to me with an unsolicited contribution to the IVA. You could donate five percent of all proceeds of the BryonySeries that exceed forty-six million dollars.

I will not embarrass you by refusing your offer (Remember how much you have already done for the IVA) or point out how such a money trail would disrupt our secrecy. No, I will do none of that. Like Melissa, I will simply change the subject.

What was I talking about?


Yours ruthlessly,

Ed Calkins, Steward of Tara

Friday, June 22, 2018

Community News: June 22, 2018

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.



Local arts and entertainment June 22 through June 29 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/20/local-arts-and-entertainment-june-22-through-june-29/asusvqo/


Disability Resource Center (DRC) in Joliet hosting fundraiser

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/21/disability-resource-center-drc-in-joliet-hosting-fundraiser/a3l0o8e/


Joliet East High School Kingsmen to host celebration 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/21/joliet-east-high-school-kingsmen-to-host-celebration/aibit0s/


Youth basketball tournament in Bolingbrook tournament has openings 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/21/youth-basketball-in-bolingbrook-tournament-has-openings/ao1xgot/


Shorewood Crossroads Festival looking for help

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/21/shorewood-crossroads-festival-looking-for-help/a33l6aa/


Illinois artists wanted 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/21/illinois-artists-wanted/ai9zaz3/


WLRA at Romeoville university presents Christmas music in July

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/21/wlra-at-romeoville-university-presents-christmas-music-in-july/a5kcrce/


And the newsletters:

Sign up for the Will County Go Guide

http://www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/will-county-go-guide/#//


Sign up for the LocalLit Short Story Newsletter

http://www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/locallit/


Sign up for The Munsonville Times

https://www.bryonyseries.com/munsonville-times



Illustration by Kathleen Rose Van Pelt for "Bryony."

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, June 17 through June 23

Stayed up waaaaay late last night to keep virtual company to one son in the ER and then off to a very early morning doctor's appointment.

Feeling Friday already slip away, here's a few soundbites.

No progress on Cornell dyer and the Necklace of Forgetfulness. Rebekah worked extra hours this week and could not finish the formatting.

Edited most of Kellen's chapter seven. Some back issues this week cut my working out waaaay back. On the plus side, accomplished a lot at work and used the time I would have spent working out to work on Kellen. So all good.

Goal this weekend: make a huge editing dent in Kellen and finish chapter 17 in the fifth novel of Before the Blood.

Have a beautiful weekend readers, writers, vampire fans!

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 http://www.theherald-news.com/. 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 www.facebook.com/BryonySeries. 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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/writeonminooka/?ref=bookmarks. 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 www.bryonyseries.com.

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.



'I wanted him to have a stable base'
Single dad, formerly of Joliet, adjusted work life to spend more time with his son

"Time is something you can only spend once and so it's best to spend it on something you care about."



An Extraordinary Life: A life of hard work and responsibility
Lockport man mapped out the best routes and gave good directions


“He was a man of character and very responsible, from a young age, and he was well-respected in all that he did,” Leonard’s daughter, Beth Hohisel of Lockport, said in an email. “Ski, as he liked to be called, loved his family, worked hard, chose to do the right thing, helped when he could, trusted God and prayed. He not so much talked about these things, but we saw him live them out every day.”

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/16/an-extraordinary-life-a-life-of-hard-work-and-responsibility/av7nefb/


Joliet area pet owners offer tips for helping pets beat the heat


It's not just humans who become uncomfortable when temperatures soar. Pets can languish in the heat, too.

So we posed the question to local pet owners on Facebook: How do you help your pets stay cool in summer? Here's what they said.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/17/e45d6d2c86914396b99641dd22180526/index.xml


'What did we do to deserve this?'
Shorewood couple finds healing in multiple ways during cancer journey

Bill and Kim Cunnea both spoke highly of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. There, Bill received treatment for a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Kim renewed her strength through the hospital’s caregiver support group.

But their journey started in 2016 with a diagnosis they didn’t see coming.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/18/4e1c8960a4d94e4281235268e30109ff/index.xml


Louisiana Barbecue has Joliet's best BBQ

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/18/1362479ad2d64ba0a06b0ee82ada920c/index.xml?page=1


'It’s fun, colorful, entertaining'

Joliet theater brings its own rendition of popular Bible-based musical to the stage this weekend 


Lori Carmine, park manager and director of the show, said, "I love this musical. I directed it before and was in it waaaay back in high school. It’s fun, colorful, entertaining for the entire family. It moves quickly and is about an hour and 45 minutes with intermission. You leave 'Joseph' happy."

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/20/2e2053bb690d45cdb6a07b529e5a92e1/index.xml



By the people, for the people

Plainfield artist hosts community paint days at Lockport library

"I like to be accessible. People are inquisitive," John McDavitt said. "They want to know what I'm doing and why the mural was all blue and if I was adding other colors."



Artists unLOCK creativity in Lockport 


"The goal for this program is to utilize art as an economic development tool, to attract people to the downtown district, to stay longer, to participate," Pam Owen, director of the Gaylord Building, said. "It's to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and industrial heritage of Lockport through the creation of works of art."

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/19/5da76f33fa7747bc9c74739a6112c256/index.xml


More than singing and dancing

Ron and Sandie to perform at Timbers of Shorewood

"I hung up my dancing shoes in 2009 and said, 'I'm retired now. I'm going to sit back, drink beer, watch television and eat potato chips,'" Camron said. "Then a friend introduced me to Sandie at Drury Lane during an expo."



LocalLit author spotlight: Sharon Houk of Joliet

"I like to write stories that make me laugh. If I don’t laugh out loud, it’s not finished. Actually, if I don’t cry, it’s also not finished. I l


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Community News: June 21, 2018

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.


Local faith events: June 21 through June 28

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/20/local-faith-events-june-21-through-june-28/aii0mpe/


Share your church's Vacation Bible School photos with our readers

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/13/share-your-churchs-vacation-bible-school-photos-with-our-readers/abeodnj/


Joliet students acknowledged for values and virtues shown in February

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/04/11/joliet-students-acknowledged-for-values-and-virtues-shown-in-february/ahiuov8/


Minooka church announces tournament winners 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/20/minooka-church-announces-tournament-winners/a4fhdw8/


St. Patrick Catholic Church in Joliet celebrates the feast day of Corpus Christi

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/13/d90ba63445b8424ea061bb58fbdf26ad/index.xml


St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Joliet celebrates the feast day of Corpus Christi 

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/06/20/725e2c4ee1f046a68678c50790e0f1d2/index.xml



And the newsletters:

Sign up for the Will County Go Guide

http://www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/will-county-go-guide/#//


Sign up for the LocalLit Short Story Newsletter

http://www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/locallit/


Sign up for The Munsonville Times

https://www.bryonyseries.com/munsonville-times





Illustration by Kathleen Rose Van Pelt for "Bryony."

BryonySeries Throwback Thursday: Newspaper Jokes for Timothy's 17th Birthday

Friday, August 8, 2014

Newspaper Jokes for Timothy's 17th Birthday


Along with the discarded novella version of Bryony, the jokes below were part of the birthday package.
Yes, I know number four is missing, deleted on purpose, a bit insulting (aka Ed Calkins), not fit for print. 

Anyway, these are just another example of my re-entry into creativity after many decades, before I went completely to the dark side. ;)


1)      Q: On Sunday, why did Timothy stuff more papers than anyone else?
            A: He was on a roll.


2)      Knock. Knock.
Who’s there?
Sun Times.
Sun Times who?
Sun Times I just don’t want to deliver papers.


3)      Q: Why did the daily bags not mind papers being stuffed into them?
A: They were hooked.

 5)      Q: Why did Ron get old fast by delivering papers?
A: Because he worked for man-agers.


6)      Q: What kind of bags are good to eat?
A: Sundae bags.


7)      Q: What kind of a raft will not keep one from downing?
A: A paper buoy.


8)      Q: When business got bad for the newspaper company, what did it do?
A: It folded.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Community News: June 20, 2018

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.



A roundup of food pantries in Will and Grundy Counties

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/06/15/roundup-of-food-pantries-in-will-and-grundy-counties/auhqyj8/


Five recipes in The Herald-News for you to try

http://www.theherald-news.com/lifestyle/food/


And this week's featured recipe from Sue's Diner, marinated mushrooms and peppers:

https://www.bryonyseries.com/sue-s-diner



And the newsletters:

Sign up for the Will County Go Guide



Sign up for the LocalLit Short Story Newsletter



Sign up for The Munsonville Times

https://www.bryonyseries.com/munsonville-times


Open Mic Night 2018: Peggy Lindgren

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Community News: July 19, 2018

Check out upcoming events in the Joliet area, as well as the awesome things people are doing.



Local health events: June 19 through June 26



New Lenox hospital employees honored for milestone years of service



Doctor Joins Sanitas Medical Group



New Lenox hospital announces medical staff appointments



Doctors join DuPage Medical Group in Homer Glen and Plainfield



New dental office opens in Romeoville



Will County Health Department’s Community Health Center announces new staff members 


Illustration by Christopher Gleason for "Staked!"