Friday, May 15, 2020

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, May 9 through May 15

How did it get to be Friday already???

I'm looking at my to-do list - and it's waaay longer than my ta-da list. And most of the work I needed to do didn't get done yesterday. So some of that will get moved to next week.


However, the rain sounds peaceful from my window, and the coffee is delicious. The birds are tweeting up a storm (get it?), probably telling me to get off this blog and get busy!

Because they're probably already got the worms, ya know?

OK, OK, moving on.

Below my ramblings are where to find me and my writings online if you'd like to stay connected.

Below that, are my feature stories for this week, if you'd like to read them.

Keep safe, stay healthy!

Happy reading and writing.

PS: If you're a fan of Ed Calkins, stop back at this blog tomorrow. His wife Nancy sent something amusing to me, which I'll post tomorrow.

Non-bylined features:

Search by topic (people, pets, A and E, faith, health, and food) at

Once a week, I do combine a week's worth into a single blog post.

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 join 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.

Upcoming BryonySeries events:

A full month of virtual events can be found at

Books and Such

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


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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.

LocalLit book spotlight: 'The River Witch' by D. Paul Cooley
Copies available at libraries in Coal City, Wilmington

And the actual review:

An Extraordinary Life: Easygoing Wilmington man was an Army sharpshooter
Bob Wirth earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart

Plainfield restaurant held 'Fat Tuesday Quarantine' fundraiser to benefit its employees

Not all kids with rare inflammatory syndrome are testing positive for COVID-19, expert says

La Mex Joliet donates food to health care workers on Taco Tuesday and Cinco de Mayo

Joliet hospital treats 23 patients with convalescent blood plasma in just 9 days

Joliet hospital to use new 3-drug treatment for coronavirys, can't obtain remdesivir at this time

Employee at OLA in Joliet tests positive for COVID-19, recovering at home

Research team at Northwestern University finds correlation between vitamin D and covid mortality rates

Illustration by Matt Coundiff for "Visage."

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