Sunday, September 30, 2018

Instead of Cooking

This weekend was cookbook cooking weekend, except Rebekah and I didn't cook at all.

Once a month, we schedule a time to cook four recipes from Memories in the Kitchen: Bites and Nibbles from "Bryony" to help promote the cookbook, which is a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties atat www.bbbswillgrundy.org.

Order the cookbook at www.bryonyseries.com.

We both like cooking, so it's overall fun to work together preparing, and sampling, vintage foods.

But with a big project looming on Monday, I had some extra work to do. Rebekah also has a major work project tomorrow, so she prepared for it this weekend, too.

Coupled with a side project (a Joliet resident's memoir) and editing the fifth book of Before the Blood (I made it through chapter 23), the weekend flew past.

So if you missed last week's recipe, you can still try it at https://www.bryonyseries.com/sue-s-diner.

But since we didn't cook, we need to figure out dinner. And I have some social media to schedule, and walk to get in.

How did Sunday night arrive so fast?



Saturday, September 29, 2018

Nothing Irish

How this for neat and compact?

This morning: worked on editing Before the Blood.

Noon: A very long lunch (and way to short of a visit) with one of my best friends from eighth grade. We had such a great time, we forgot to commemorate the occasion with a selfie.

Afternoon: Finished up some of last week's "real" work and tackled some of Monday's work since I have a big project to do that day.

Early evening: Household chores with two of the kids.

Somehow, I still managed to log in nearly 12,000 steps. Not the 23,000 I try to hit most days, but I'll take it.

Tonight: Rebekah brought home a medium Gloria Jean's. It's just me, the coffee, and the manuscript until my energy tanks.

I really, really, really would like to complete the editing by Oct. 7.

But Oct. 7 is a busy day. So I need one very good night tonight as it's impossible to get much done fiction-wise during the week.

Hope your weekend is/has been full of many blessings.


Friday, September 28, 2018

Community News: Sept. 27 and Sept. 28

Check out upcoming events and the awesome things people are doing.


Local faith events Sept. 27 through Oct. 4

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/09/26/local-faith-events-sept-27-through-oct-4/a21gitb/

Local arts and entertainment Sept. 28 through Oct. 5 



Joliet West Marching Tigers win award



Joliet administrator receives music award



Around Town Jody's Hot Dogs 



IDNR prohibiting archery harvest of antlerless deer Oct. 1 to Oct 15 



Hunters and landowners asked to report suspected cases of EHD in certain deer 



Travel with the #Lockport Township Park District 



Joliet Junior College is calling all vampires, witches and werewolves! 



Lincoln-Way Central wind ensemble visits EIU



Frankfort music students off to a good start 


Illustration by Christopher Gleason for "Staked!" Follow him at www.artworkbytopher.com.

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, Sept. 23 through Sept. 28

In a word: WOW!

Wow! Wow! Wow!

A HUGE, heartfelt THANK YOU to each and every person who took a few minutes to stop by Book and Bean Cafe in Joliet to check out the "Art of the BryonySeries" exhibit and meet the artists: Matt Coundiff, Terri Ellinger, Topher Gleason, and Sue Midlock.

The last guest left at four minutes to closing time.

If you missed it, there's still time to see it.

The very nice Dick Schuster from Joliet Community Television (JCTV) came out and did a 15-minute segment. He is planning to air the episode several times a day through the next mont (the exhibit comes down on Oct. 31).

For the station's program schedule, visit cityofjoliet.info/residents/jctv.

Also, the exhibit will remain up another month. I do have plenty of photos to share and am hoping to make albums on the BryonySeries Facbeook page in another week or so.

To learn more about each individual artist, visit the story that ran in The Herald-News:

Artworks: 4 artists in group show at Joliet cafe


And now, here's where to find me on social media and links to this weeks's feature stories.

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: 

These are listed here: https://www.bryonyseries.com/fetes-and-feasts

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. Your support is greatly appreciated.


Romeoville mom is ready to speak up Will share her experiences with domestic violence at Take Back the Night in Joliet


Alicia Guerrero said she is taking her cues from past Take Back the Night speakers as to the details she’ll share at the event. She’ll discuss her experiences and about the importance of speaking up if one is being abused or know someone being abused.


She’ll talk about Briana, her teen daughter, who was stalked and then murdered.

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/09/21/romeoville-mom-is-ready-to-speak-up/acjjj43/


More than yarn and patient stitches
Feature editor remembers a woman who turned illness into service 


On Aug. 5, Joanie Sliepka was recognized at our church for being a five-year cancer survivor, an event my daughter caught on video with her phone. On Aug. 24, I received a text from another church member that Joanie was in the ICU because of a heart attack. She died Aug. 27. She was 74.


But St. Nicholas still will have some lap robes for its 2019 spaghetti dinner.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/09/18/8ca8906610384fbc95cbd290b4fa4ced/index.xml


Joliet organization invites the community to support victims of domestic violence


Here are two easy ways to help Guardian Angel Community Services as it helps victims of domestic abuse.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/09/19/257e1ce7758e49ca868fd75567045bae/index.xml?page=1



Whisking It Up: Cutting up chickens saves money


Joliet Junior College chef instructor Paul Bringas explains the steps, makes stock, too.



Whisking It Up with JJC (a new cooking show, episode 1)

An 8-week "cooking show" made possible by the video talents of HN reporter Alex Ortiz. "Whisking it Up with JJC - Episode 1" Joliet Junior College chef instructor Paul Bringas shows how to cut up a whole chicken and make homemade chicken stock.

Still creating a 'New Life for Haiti'
Plainfield based organization hosting annual fundraising gala on Oct. 20 


"We did not know anything when we went to Haiti," Fran Leeman, pastor of LifeSpring Church in Plainfield, from which New Life for Haiti sprang, said. "We did not have any money to go and do things when we started. It's been a privilege. We hope and pray more people will catch the vision of being a part of what we do."

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/09/26/48e51f6a10fb4ce2916c3a36f96926e4/index.xml


Celebrate the love of coffee twice this week
Joliet area residents offer suggestions for the best ways to enjoy the brew

My picks for the best coffee in the area along with suggestions from area residents.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/09/25/9f49c502bf74445a97ea1ca24494d5c7/index.xml


Artworks: Doing their part for those in need at home and abroad
Guild at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Joliet makes quilts for Lutheran World Mission

"These ladies are so dedicated that if they don't get sheets and fillers, they put their own money in so they have the materials to make them," Nannette Alton-Labus said.

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/09/25/artworks-doing-their-part-for-those-in-need-at-home-and-abroad/am3yecy/


LocalLit author spotlight: Wendy Bialek of St. Charles

Bialek said: "I am drawn to the kind of stories my grandmother, and my aunt after her, shared with me. Curious adventures, quirky stories of real people in unlikely circumstances, people dealing with challenges that are overwhelming one day, forgotten the next. My stories are a product of my memories, my imagination and the people who have touched my life.

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/09/25/locallit-author-spotlight-wendy-bialek-of-st-charles/aqbo0b9/


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

Thursday, September 27, 2018

No Throwback, Just Some Shout Outs


Do you like art? Or books? Or both?

Then this is the post for you.

Tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Book and Bean Cafe in Joliet, I'm hosting a reception for four Joliet area artists who have created artwork for my BryonySeries.

The artists are Matt Coundiff, Terri Ellinger, Topher Gleason, and Sue Midlock.

All four are exhibiting and selling their art. All four are taking commissions, so be sure to meet them, chat a bit, and take home their cards. 

And if you'd rather read (or know someone looking for a good book), check out these titles from members of WriteOn Joliet.


Like crime novels with a Christian bent? Check out "Necessary Death" by R. Michael Markley



Ken McGee writes books for the entire family. "Grandpa and the Lions" is great for kids.  And they can grow with the coming of age "Emmy" series.



Are you a Baby Boomer? Do you have a connection to Joliet? Robert Hafey's book, "Boomhood" is a memoir about both.



Essays, poetry, and short stories to entertain, inspire and raise your social justice consciousness: Tom Hernandez writes them all. Check out his books here.



For good, locally written books about love, life and everyday inspiration, check out these books by Holly Coop.



Here's versatility rolled into one local author: children's books, "southern shorts (humorous short stories), and vampire novels.



Real life and fictional books with one topic in common: healing. Check out the writings of Allison Rios.



These same writers also contributed to WriteOn Joliet's second anthology. Save the date for the release party on Nov. 16 at The Book Market in Crest Hill.

And if you're also a writer, well, we have something special for you that night.






Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Community News: Sept. 26, 2018

Below are links to all things food and drink. Plus, three newsletter opportunities (events, short story and BryonySeries).


Roundup of food resources in Will and Grundy counties 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/09/19/roundup-of-food-resources-in-will-and-grundy-counties/aezm8wp/


Whisking It Up with JJC (a new cooking show, episode 1)

An 8-week "cooking show" made possible by the video talents of HN reporter Alex Ortiz. "Whisking it Up with JJC - Episode 1" Joliet Junior College chef instructor Paul Bringas shows how to cut up a whole chicken and make homemade chicken stock.




Check out talents of one Joliet man "Enjoying brews at fest" 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/09/19/enjoying-brews-at-fest/ayap68w/


RECIPES

For Sunday supper, try something bold, classic and easy 



A bright, lively minestrone can be made with a slow cooker 



You can get great meaty, bold chili thanks to a multicooker 



Put away the lobster and try roasting your shrimp next time 



Red lentils shine when you add garlic, ginger and curry 



Jelly cake from a 19th century recipe

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


NEWSLETTERS

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


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


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




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

Open Mic Night 2018: Diana Estell Round Two

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Community News: Sept. 25, 2018



Check out upcoming events and the awesome things people are doing.


Local health events: Sept. 25 through Oct. 2 



Joliet Junior College held safety trainings



Nurse practitioner joins Morris Hospital Immediate Care in Yorkville



Rail Safety Week reminds people to be aware 



Morris Hospital RN honored as August Fire Starter of the Month 



Flu season is approaching 



Assistant nursing professor at Joliet university inducted into National Council of African Women 



Manhattan senior at Joliet university earns scholarship 



Will County Community Health Center expands dental hours

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



Into the Words

This morning I woke up about an hour earlier than usual.

I had missed a dose of medicine last night (got busy, thought I'd taken it) and felt its lack. After taking the next one right on schedule, I debated the merits of either going back to sleep or getting up and editing chapter eighteen of the fifth book of Before the Blood.

I chose the latter.

Work and life keep me busy enough that I never, and I mean never (if fact, my discipline surprises even me) open up my manuscript during the week. Thoughts and ideas often come to mind while I'm walking, and I will jot them down.

But writing or editing fiction of any substance? Never.

Today, I chose pretend over sleep. And I'm feeling the tired effects of it now, along with the elation of spending two hours into an extremely magical place where consonants and vowels are transformed into an alternate reality.

It was nice to break from routine.

And I'll keep reminding myself of it through every yawn and swig of dark roast coffee.





Illustration by Kathleen Rose Van Pelt for "Bryony."



Monday, September 24, 2018

Community News: Sept. 22 and Sept. 24, 2018

Check out upcoming events and the awesome things people are doing.


L-W Central counselor attends college in Britain


Bolingbrook teacher to retire 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/09/12/bolingbrook-teacher-to-retire/a2on0d9/


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."

Sue's Diner: Jelly Cake

When John Simons played at Carnegie Hall, he and Melissa stayed at the New York home of piano manufacturer Herbert Rutherford and his wife Della. The Rutherfords entertained Melissa with sleighing, skating outings, and late-night dinner parties. 

Melissa found this cake so delicious, she ate two slices of it. Try it and see for yourself.

For the recipe, visit the Sue's Diner page 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 at www.bbbswillgrundy.org.

Order the cookbook at www.bryonyseries.com.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Thank You, Dear Readers

Yesterday morning when I posted the blog, I was very close to another milestone, which quietly arrived without notice or fanfare from me as I worked.

For bloggers that are famous and bloggers that attract huge traffic to their sites, this milestone may not seem like much.

But for me, who started with nothing except an idea and a desire to build, it's enormous.

I'm talking about total reader views. 

Yesterday, I hit 300,000 total views since I began this blog on Aug. 1, 2010.

Yes, it's taken a long time to reach it.

Back in 2010, when my daughter Sarah Stegall offered to help collect recipes for the BryonySeries cookbook, she became so entranced with the project, she created the Bryony Facebook page as a Mother's Day gift (I had no idea how to start a page and probably still would need help today) and the next month, she offered to build a website (She had no idea how to build one. But she had the time, at the time, to figure it out and she did).

Then she created a Twitter account and a Flickr account (we've never used the latter). I'd read authors should have something called a blog. She researched that and set up this blog. then she researched SEO, keywords, and hashtags. For the first year, I wrote the blog (based on Sarah's ideas because I had no idea what to write) and she tagged them because tagging was a concept I could not grasp.


We cheered the first few views, the first double digit views, the first 50, the first 100.

With blogging nearly every day, it took almost six years to the day to reach that first 100,000 in total views. And we cheered that, too.

The next 100,000 took just fifteen months. That number got a bit of a boost late last year when I began blogging twice a day to attract a wider audience. Since the start of the blog, I'd posted links to all my feature stories on Friday, a story round-up. But the bulk of my work since I became an employee in 2014 doesn't have a byline and yet contains valuable information for the Joliet area community: local events and the great projects people are doing. 

So I began adding links to those in a second blog, posted in the evening, as a way of letting readers know those stories are available, too. The analytics show some people are reading them.

And we attained the third 100,000 in slightly less than nine months.

Since that time, my youngest daughter Rebekah Baran has become my partner in all things BryonySeries.

Every now and again someone mentions to me he or she reads my blog. Every now and then someone posts a comment on Facebook. Overall, I really have no idea who you area. Comments on the blog are even more sparse than the ones on Facebook.

But the analytics also show all those views aren't (albeit some probably are). I hardly ever have huge jumps in traffic that would alert me to bots.

Most of the traffic comes from Facebook, followed by Twitter, and then Google. 

Whoever you area, I'm thankful. Thankful, thankful, thankful, thankful.

And so I'm sharing this with you today. Because it's your milestone, too, probably more than mine.

Without you, dear readers, there would be no milestone to celebrate.



Friday, September 21, 2018

Community News: Sept. 21, 2018

Check out upcoming events and the awesome things people are doing.


Local arts and entertainment Sept. 21 through Sept. 28 



Troy 30-C schools get new playgrounds, other upgrades over summer



Around Town: Jagged Edge Salon in Joliet



Fall Walk of Hope set for Oct. 7 in Homewood 



New playground unveiled at Joliet school



Great prison art
Joliet artists showcased pieces on Aug. 25



Branch 20 in Joliet to celebrate 90th anniversary



Crafters and vendors wanted for Channahon event 



Plainfield Parks disc golf is redesigned



Minooka teachers present at convention



Grundy County Soil & Water Conservation District is hosting a fish sale




Illustration by Christopher Gleason for "Staked!" Follow him at www.artworkbytopher.com.



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

For the first time in a very long time, I am right on schedule for a Friday. And I feel pretty good about it (although it's early, I know).

So many projects are coming together right now: the cooking "how" I pitched to The Herald-News a couple years ago, the BryonySeries prequel finally in editing. It's very satisfying.

And I'm actually getting a weekend away this weekend for a very cool experience. Recap next week.

For those who follow Bertrand the Mouse on Instagram (scroll down for information) and wonder where he went, here's the story. I didn't post photos of him during the at-home writing retreat (he was't a priority, sorry little mouse), and then the next week was plain crazy (under the weather, coming back to work after being off a week).

So I took him out for a swanky dinner and showing off photos of what HE did during my writing week. Two are posted on his page with more to come.

Now, where to find my official writing, me on social media, and my two stories, since this week was a catching up week?

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: 

These are listed here: https://www.bryonyseries.com/fetes-and-feasts

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. Your support is greatly appreciated.


'Everyone loved working with Charlie'
Manhatttan resident made a lifelong career by repairing guitars

"He was blind in one eye and going blind in another but he could fix guitars better than anyone with two working eyes," Jenny said. Scherf co-ower of West Side Music Center

A cabaret for Kayla Zbroskewich
Joliet church hosting benefit this weekend for a teen leukemia patient

When you read how much she's endured since May, you'll want to help her.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/09/17/350d3e44949b48dc83c64bd41452a288/index.xml?page=1


New cooking 'show' expands skills
Joliet Junior College chef instructors will share tips and techniques in 8-week video series 

It will be like having a chef at your side. Come see why!

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/09/18/b75e78263e40415a88a606be4282c4d5/index.xml?page=1


Celebrating the real presence of Christ

Plainfield church will host Eucharistic Adoration event on Sept. 27


St. Mary Immaculate Parish in Plainfield director of youth ministry, Dianne Rostollan said, "I have literally seen people's lives transformed through an hour or two in the presence of Christ."

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/09/18/bd81215994514209ab3f29fe93c5662d/index.xml


Artworks: Crest Hill resident steps out of the shadows to produce her first show


"I'm not an 'in front of people' person. That's my husband Jeff Matson. He's the director," Caitlin said. "Even at our wedding during the first dance he said, 'You're uncomfortable right now,' and I said, 'Yes, everyone is staring at me.'"

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/09/20/39a437d36c9d4e4487b3afc08509359e/index.xml


LocalLit author spotlight: Dawn Plestina of New Lenox 


Plestina said, ". While some aspire to publish, my aspiration focuses on stretching as a writer to improve my art."

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/09/19/64cbdd8be305444a97f162f3ca765148/index.xml


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

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Community News: Sept. 20, 2018

Check out upcoming events and the awesome things people are doing.


Bolingbrook students hold flag ceremony on Sept. 11



Bolingbrook school reaches out to future students

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/09/12/bolingbrook-school-reaches-out-to-future-students/a9iox22/


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: New Writer's Group Begins Feb. 2, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012


New Writer's Group Begins Feb. 2, 2012

The Three Rivers Arts Council (TRAC), 413 Mondamin, Minooka, is hosting a new writer's group, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. every first and third Thursday of the month. Stop in with your latest (or not-so-latest) project, enjoy some coffee, and share and learn with fellow writers. We're laid back and friendly, so please, don't be shy!

Friday night's writer's assessment was tons of fun (Yes, assessments is how we writers define fun). I had the opportunity to read a variety of fiction, and also, in some cases, had the privilege of being the first set of eyes (other than the author) to read those printed words. In addition, we raised a little money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties, so it was a great night.

From January's two assessments came a core group of people eager to meet more often to give and receive feedback on their works. Since writing is a solitary occupation, it was refreshing for me to meet others whose idea of a perfect evening is transferring their creative ideas from brain to paper.

On another "note," two of my sons accompanied me to TRAC's first open mic night. Timothy, who sings well, but only for family, friends, and empty warehouses, took the stage with three songs and "wowed" those present.

Way to go, Timothy!


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Community News: Sept. 19, 2018

Check out this week's recipes, our roundup of local food resources, and a listing of local students who earned the dean's list last spring.


Roundup of food resources in Will and Grundy counties 



A nutty and dense coffee cake that's pure decadence is here



Adore pumpkin cheesecake? Make a portable version 



The secret to a deep-dish apple pie? Precooking the apples 



A bourbon bread pudding with a real taste of New Orleans 



Berry scones that are a flaky, honey-glazed brunch delight 



Local students earn dean's list for spring 2018 


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

Open Mic Night 2018: Sue Midlock Round Two

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Community News: Sept. 18, 2018

Check out upcoming events and the awesome things people are doing.




Romeoville physical education teachers to be honored

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/09/17/romeoville-physical-education-teachers-to-be-honored/a6xdhqn/


Plainfield students honored with Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital Scholarship

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/09/17/0cc5a6b9160847ca9f83fafa8ac62701/index.xml


The Silver Cross Foundation awards scholarships to hospital employees and their children 

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/09/17/b6deb8aebf4d4bb19554c133cda3764f/index.xml


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!" Follow him at www.artworkbytopher.com.

Wrapping Up Another Project (And It's Not a Book)

So I project I pitched to The Herald-News a few years ago is finally coming to fruit-ion.

I can't share the details here, but be sure to check out tomorrow's Herald-News. What was once a good idea because a really nice collaboration of many different talents.

It's very satisfying to watch it all come together. I hope you enjoy it!:)




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

Monday, September 17, 2018

Community News: Sept. 15 and Sept. 17, 2018

Check out upcoming events and the awesome things people are doing.


Gotta Do It: Sept. 16 through Sept. 23


Frankfort students headed to Jurassic PARCC 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/08/07/frankfort-students-headed-to-jurassic-parcc/affooo3/


Bolingbrook students took part in art show last semester



Romeoville High School jazz band performed Sept. 7


Bolingbrook school expanding mentors program




Lincoln-Way East students establish STAR Club

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/08/15/lincoln-way-east-students-establish-star-club/af63usf/


Lincoln-Way East incoming freshman invited to participate in summer STEM program 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/08/15/lincoln-way-east-incoming-freshman-invited-to-participate-in-summer-stem-program/a5aypxp/


Lincoln-Way Central seniors help freshman with lessons

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/08/15/lincoln-way-central-seniors-help-freshman-with-lessons/adm94nt/


Foundation enhances student learning with $100K donation

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/02/03/foundation-enhances-student-learning-with-100k-donation/aszjth8/



Chickens visit Plainfield classroom