Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sue's Diner: Darlene's Hot Chocolate

This recipe is actually good hot or cold. When my kids were young, I'd keep a pitcher of this chocolate milk in the refrigerator for my milk-haters.

The ice cream variation is tops, winter and summer.

It’s hard to concentrate on homework when mourning the loss of one’s father, grandmother, friend, and even her dog. Melissa didn’t think a steaming mug of hot chocolate in her favorite purple mug could make a difference, but it did. Cuddling and talking with her mother, helped, too.

Try the recipe HERE.





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, May 19, 2018

Community News: May 18 and May 19, 2018

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


Local arts and entertainment May 18 through May 25


It’s opening week for 'Postmortem' at Morris Theatre Guild

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/05/15/69df7488d00442eeb97dbfb472fd8344/index.xml


Students from Lewis University present at math competition




Plainfield senior to make conducting debut with Chicago orchestra 



Joliet Montessori School summer camp programs now enrolling 

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/05/19/joliet-montessori-school-summer-camp-programs-now-enrolling/ampz14u/


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Illustration by Christopher Gleason for "Staked!"

Ed Calkins: Voter Fraud and the "Lost" Telegram

Note: When sifting through old email for the Bryony-themed play Ed Calkins wrote and sent to me in 2011, which I thought I posted and hadn't, I found this gem, also from 2011 and unopened. Very ironic, as you will see when you read it.


Dear MOMI:

Hard as it may be to believe, I have been accused of unethically influencing the Queen of Christmas nominations. Naturally, I promised a full and speedy investigation from an independent, fair, and reputable investigator.

Only after making that promised did I wonder if I knew anyone like that! But, of course, I do. You, Denise, have the journalistic chops that should impress even the most skeptical of my critics.

Your mandate is simple! Look for evidence of corruption or misdealings in the nomination process of 2011 on my behave. Remember, I promised a full and speedy investigation, so you must respond with your findings within my deadline.

Also you must grant as full of review as can be made on a 2008 budget, which, if you've opened this email, you're already over. (Sorry, you will not be reimbursed.)

Be fair and impartial, but remember you're not getting paid for this and its not worth your time, When the deal (five minutes after you receive this) has expired, you need not respond if not a shred of evidence is found, your silence will be understood that way.

However, if you do find wrong doing, you must report it to the proper authorities. Should you consider me as too prejudiced to receive your finding, consider your ex publicist or Amazon.com. I'm sure that can right this in a timely manner.

P.S  Should you actually look in to this, do not be concerned about the ballots found in the garbage, as poor handwriting clearly disqualified them.


Ruthlessly yours,

Ed Calkins,

Steward of Tara



Friday, May 18, 2018

Community News: May 17, 2018

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



Local Faith Events: May 17 through May 24


Joliet Catholic Academy student wins academic scholarship



The Herald-News is seeking Vacation Bible School submissions



Joliet church host annual neighborhood prayer event during Lent 



Joliet Franciscans recently held 6th annual tea



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



Illustration by Kathleen Rose Van Pelt for "Bryony."

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 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.


'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."

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/05/09/1f9a51609e584646823c7302145a8dc7/index.xml


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.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/05/07/c66aca086ae64f5a8043aeab178504ca/index.xml


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.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/05/10/8f4bd065320149949df553ae69c79b85/index.xml


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.

http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/05/16/joliet-man-hopes-his-book-brings-people-back-to-god/ab6qbx4/


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.






Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Community News: May 16, 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



Will County Health Department gets micro food pantry



Lincoln-Way Central in New Lenox hosts 'Active April' week



Illustration by Christopher Gleason for "Staked!"

Open Mic Night 2018: Robert Hafey

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Community News: May 15, 2018

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


Local health events: May 15 through May 22



Plainfield Lion’s Club Donates $5,000 to C.W. Avery Family YMCA 



Coal City eye care center recognized 



Morris Lions Club donates $5,000 to Morris Hospital 



Founders of Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox support dialysis



Fall Walk of Hope raises over $75,000 for The Cancer Support Center 



Joliet Catholic Academy baseball program 'Steps Up to the Plate' for ALS awareness  



Joliet hospital honors Dr. Theodore Kanellakes

Illustration by Matt Coundiff for "Visage." Follow him at www.facebook.com/artbymattcoundiff or @MattCoundiff on Twitter.




"Social Justice…and Vampires!" Tour Host: Tom Hernandez

So as much as my next tour host Tom Hernandez bemoans his arrogance in one of the posts below, his Twitter profile is simple and straightforward: husband, father, grandfather, son, writer.

I couldn't find a biography on his blog, and he doesn't (yet) have a website.

His biography in WriteOn Joliet's first anthology provides slightly more information: writer, communications professional, public speaker and performer. He enjoys exploring the complex facets of “normal life” and the thousand shades of gray that color them. He and his wife, Kellie are new “empty nesters.”

Neither really do justice to the great friend and writing partner Tom has become.

When my WriteOn Joliet co-leader and co-founder (and really most of the energy and driving force behind the group) stepped down to raise her family, Tom stepped up.

He runs the meetings, handles the group's finances, sends out reminder and informational emails, emcees our open mics, books our meeting rooms, is an open-minded brainstormer, is the yang source of feedback to the other writers in our group (while I tend to play yin), and (perhaps most importantly) puts up with my out-of-the-box ideas and has read my trilogy aimed at teen girls.

Oh, and he liked the trilogy. Or so he said. In print. Where it counts.

Tom has a strong social justice bent (reflected in his essays and poetry), and a great liking for stories that capture the human spirit, the reason, perhaps, he liked my series, especially the third book, for which he wrote an introduction.

I kept those likes in mind when writing a guest post for his blog.

And then he did one better: he gave me real estate in two posts. And here they are: a full-blown introductory post written by Tom and the social justice one written by me.

Circling back to the beginning of this post, if you want to really know Tom, skip the biography. Instead, read his books.

Enjoy!


Friends, Vampires, and Friendly Vampires


Social Justice…and Vampires!

https://tomhernandezblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/social-justice-and-vampires/



UPDATE: Tom Hernandez actually does have a website now. Visit him at Tomhernandezbooks.com.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Community News: May 14, 2018

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


Gotta Do It: May 13 through May 20 



Local pet events: May 14 through May 21 



Pets of the Week: May 14 



Six Plainfield juniors get Foundation Horizon Grants for summer learning



Lincoln-Way West student wins scholarship for language immersion camp 



Lockport Woman’s Club donates $750,000 over the years to LTHS students



Joliet-area Chamber awards 43 scholarships




Caught up on videos Friday night, too. Check these out!


Storytelling at Book and Bean Cafe in Joliet



Brain Injury Support Group



A prayer when the heart is heavy



An ode to a the love of one's life



Dick Goss looks back, part 1



Dick Goss looks back, part 2



Dick Goss looks back, part 3

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



Illustration by Christopher Gleason for "Staked!"

"BryonySeries Vampires" Tour Host: Sue Mydliak

No blog post yesterday? Nope!

After a Saturday of part work, part errands, and part family, I gave myself a little Mother's Day present and worked on "Before the Blood." I had every intention of eventually posting a blog, but, well, times flies when, you know.

So if you haven't tried last week's recipe on Sue's Diner, you have another week to do so.

Third stop of the BryonySeries Blog Tour is the blog of fellow vampire writer Sue Mydliak.

According to her blog, Sue Mydliak was born in Flint, Michigan. Came to Illinois when she was a little girl and graduated from Downers Grove South.

It wasn't until the book Twilight came out did she develop her interest in writing. It was then in 2011, that her first book, Birthright, was published and made bestseller the first week it was out. This lead her to make Birthright into a trilogy.

She has written two other books, Night Games and an anniversary book, Forever, which is Birthright's story, but whose story line is different and geared more for adults. She is currently writing two other books, Eternal and Secrets and has finished illustrating a new children's book, JellyBean Turns Three (see her children's book website, http://susiebbooks.strikingly.com/)

Not mentioned on Mydliak's blog are anthologies and her hilarious southern shorts, a compilation of which Mydliak will release soon.

To read about the BryonySeries take on vampires, check out my answers to Mydliak's 10 thoughtful questions at https://theunbeatenheart.blogspot.com/2018/05/byony-series-first-blog-tour-denise.html.



Saturday, May 12, 2018

Stranger Than Fiction

Today I got to play dolls with my two granddaughters today: Jessica, 4 and Riley, almost 2.

Are you following me?

So Jessica put her new doll in the high chair and said the doll was hungry.




I, the gallant and generous grandmother, offered to make the doll something to eat. 





And so I went to the refrigerator.





Um...not what I expected to see. Cue the horror music...

Or, at least, The Addams Family theme song.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Community News: May 11, 2018

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


Local arts and entertainment May 11 through May 18 



Lincoln-Way Central High School music department receives award



Three Rivers Public Library District renovates website 



Troy students raise money to host author 



Lincoln-Way West High School hosts literature festival



Creativity blooms at Lockport Township High School

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/05/11/a4f25d8321bf4fcabe3ab3cad22e97f1/index.xml


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Illustration by Christopher Gleason for "Staked!"


Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, May 6 through May 11

First and foremost: if you know any single moms who could use a bit of pampering on Mother's Day, be sure to read the first story. RSVP for the event is today.

Writerly forecast for the next three days: Long work day today as Saturday is full: discussing details of The Herald-News' new LocalLit short story news letter at a St. Charles writer's group in the morning, attending a birthday for two grandchildren in the afternoon. I'm hoping to write/edit fiction on Sunday afternoon following church (and maybe sneak in a bit Saturday night, too).

And that's the weekend, over before it starts, LOL!

But the BryonySeries blog tour resumes Monday. For a list of tour hosts, go HERE.

And now for...

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.



A heart and 'soul' for single moms
Joliet woman hosting soiree for single moms, RSVP by May 11 

"I just want them to feel a sense of joy in knowing someone cares," Israeio Holloway said. "They should not feel alone in their struggles in being a parent."

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/05/04/23d8d56b09a9481091bda1e6c8e68877/index.xml


An Extraordinary Life: Joliet woman traded music for love

“She was a fantastic musician,” said Phyllis’ daughter, Linda Trager, of Joliet. “She could play by heart.”

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/05/06/531b55d4d70448bcb3864bdf81d99351/index.xml



'I had a mass the size of a football'
Joliet Junior College culinary arts graduate battling testicular cancer 

Up until that point, Vonhoff had some great culinary adventures. In a 2014 Herald-News story, Vonhoff talked about how he'd cooked for celebrities.

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/05/07/2b126ebeb97d4fcfbda1eb429858ed4f/index.xml


Mystery Diner: Channahon's Country Glaze Donut Shoppe offers many varieties

Check out our mystery doughnut expert as she samples nearly two dozen doughnuts!

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/05/05/12ee89aee91a4198a51838ba2b475bcd/index.xml



Blessed by God with the gift to write
Joliet author releases first book for children

"It's important for children to know Jesus," LaToya Hosey said. "And it's important to for adults to allow children to speak about Jesus."



Of emotions and memories
No posed images for this New Lenox family photographer 

Owned by Erin Gunther of New Lenox, Waffles & Honey focuses on family portraits in natural settings, especially maternity and newborn photography (and babies in their first year) and "Mommy and Me" sessions.

The result, Gunther said, are producing that are "real and authentic."



Joliet man performs roots rock, blues
Next show set Saturday

Charles Pelkie said he began playing guitar in his teens and writing songs about eight years ago.

“I always had little snippets of songs in my head since I was a teenager,” Pelkie said. “And I always had bits of song rifts and parts of melodies and interesting bits of lyrics in my head. But I never sat down to put them into something cohesive that made sense and had a story to tell, and had characters as part of those songs.”



LocalLit author spotlight: Vanessa Stephens of Joliet

"I enjoy trying different genres of story-telling. My favorites being Gothic, horror, suspense, supernatural and enjoy melding them together in unique ways," Stephens said.




Illustration by Matt Coundiff for "Visage." Follow him at www.facebook.com/artbymattcoundiff or @MattCoundiff on Twitter.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Community News: May 10, 2018


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


Local Faith Events: May 10 through May 17 



VBS submissions, vendors sought, faith resources 



Shorewood school holds annual 5K



Shorewood school celebrates 25th anniversary



Joliet Franciscan professes perpetual vows 



Lockport eighth-grader a winner in dispenser design contest  



Joliet students recognized for courage



Joliet Catholic Academy senior receives service award





And the newsletters:

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Sign up for the LocalLit Short Story Newsletter



Sign up for The Munsonville Times

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



Illustration by Christopher Gleason for "Staked!"

BryonySeries Throwback Thursday: Dark Vampire Music - The Vampire Masquerade

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Community News: May 9, 2018

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



Plainfield East High School junior going to national ACT-SO Olympics 

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/05/04/3688031f78e849cdafd575ad8b363b7e/index.xml


Four Lincoln-Way students named National Merit Scholar finalists 

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/05/04/513507abc2d747a5bbdd14206e0a1d5e/index.xml'


Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox hosted 'Wellness Week' 

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/05/07/2422c21a74c146a4abbc3b1f3a980f05/index.xml



EagleScout project enhances Plainfield Park District

http://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2018/05/04/caef6d290f03471eb4fcc9d13254cdbf/index.xml


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




Illustration by Matt Coundiff for "Visage." Follow him at www.facebook.com/artbymattcoundiff or @MattCoundiff on Twitter.