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1,000 Words Worth 2017-15

Each Friday,  To find out more click here. My commute via Chicago’s Green-Line L train inspired this post, “Scenes from the train.”   Eleanor slipped through the doors just as the robotic voice announce, “Doors are closing.”  She looked around for a place to sit in the packed train car.  Not near someone over-cologned; not near the man-spread, not near that lady with a cat in her baby carriage. She found just the right nesting spot: between the professional-looking man in his mid-twenties, and the mildly obese woman in a suede jacket.  Definitely a student. Seven stops.  That’s all.  Eleanor…

Home of the Sparrow

I love my photo-journalism job.  I get to cover so many worthwhile causes.  I love the way the people in  my county and my community come together to help each other out.  In this case, I’ve been a helper, and I’ve been helped.  Home of the Sparrow helps women who find themselves precariously housed.  It might be because of unemployment, widowhood, abuse, or, well, for any reason.   Read here to find out more.  (That’s CoCo in the photo with her brand new kitchen table that she purchased from the Sparrow’s Nest.)

Logan’s Heart

The best part about my journalist work is the people I come in contact with.  Last month I (virtually) met Logan Vallee and his family.  Logan’s been waiting all of his life for a new heart.  He was born with “half a heart.”    And that’s not even considering the hearts and souls of all the people who love and admire him. Read all about Logan in the Marengo Union Times. Here’s one of the photos Logan’s mom shared with me.

Impressed by a 10-year-old

You know what 10-year-old Ethan Laudick does for fun?  He creates  snacks.  His favorite cooking show is Alton Brown’s Cutthroat Kitchen.  Ethan’s Mom throws down challenges to Ethan and his friends by giving them 3-5 ingredients from her pantry and invites them to get creative.   Last year Ethan took second place at the future Chefs competition.  This year he took first place with this recipe? I had a lot of fun interviewing Ethan.  What an impressive boy!  (I’m impressed by his parents, too.). Read more and see photos here, where my story about him first appeared.

The perks of a freelance writer

I get a lot of perks as a freelance photo-journalist.  She started writing between nap time and laundry, as a new mother.  It took her 5 years to finish her first novel. Okay, yes, it took me longer than that to finish A Ship of Pearl.  The good news is that Mary churned out four more books in less than four years following her first novel. Please visit The McHenry Chronicle to get the skinny of Mary’s visit to the local library. Another Mary, Mary Robinson arranged the author meet-up with Mary Kubica.  Mary Robinson is the Adult Services director at the…

Heads up! It’s the President’s Address

Tonight President Trump addresses the Joint Session of Congress.  To find out how to watch it, click here. ( I classify myself, if I must be classified, as a Progressive Catholic. I vote both sides of the aisle, following my conscience and paying close attention to what the candidate and their party plans to accomplish. Much of what President Trump says and does saddens me, but tonight is not really about him.  It’s about the plan.  So today, I recap what’s on the agenda for Republicans, who hold sway over two of our branches of government. During the Presidential campaign, I…

Recycled 55-gallon drums make music

I’m blessed with a wonderful photo-journalist job.  It’s a small paper.  It’s a local paper. It’s a free paper. The best part about it is I get to meet the most interesting people. Plus, I learn a lot. Last week I Matt Potts and Anthony Houston. Matt makes steelpans out of used 55-gallon drums.  Oh my goodness!  I never heard of these instruments before.  He starts with a sledge-hammer, using smaller and smaller hammers, until the harmonics are just right. Hop on over to McHenry Chronicle to read more by clicking here. Here’s a video of the Matt and Anthony…

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