No winners here: Not the way either family thought their parents' lives would end

An 85-year-old Korean War veteran and widower — who otherwise lived a law-abiding life until last February when he drove his car through a home in Huntley killing a woman inside while under the influence of alcohol — was sentenced to two years probation Thursday. Before sentencing, Donald Helfer told McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather... Read more »

After 11 years HPV vaccinations still on the decline, say medical professionals

In the last 11 years vaccinations for the human papilloma virus have been available yet not everyone is convinced they want the vaccine intended to prevent six different types cancers in males and females, said health experts at a recent McHenry County HPV Vaccination Coalition. Adam Nation, health systems manager for state health systems at... Read more »

Star witness in infamous 2002 disappearance and presumed murder of Johnsburg teen sues McHenry County authorities: cites coercion and intimidation to testify

The star witness in the infamous 2002 disappearance and presumed murder of a 17-year-old Johnsburg teen has filed a civil lawsuit against the Johnsburg police and McHenry County investigators and prosecutors involved in the case. Shane Lamb, 32, told a story, once on video, then two times on the witness stand in a McHenry County... Read more »
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Chicago Cubs Win the World Series: Grandpa Rudy Was Wrong

This is a blog written by my husband, Tony Marrazzo, reflecting on a more personal significance behind the Cubs winning the World Series. I’d say his heartfelt and kind story is perhaps a more profound take on not only how passion for a team can bring families together – but what life, love and family... Read more »

1,399 - saddest number I've seen in a long time

The headline today read: Person found dead in Crystal Lake identified as missing 18-year-old. I first wrote about Adrian Salazar eight days ago when his family reported that on Sunday evening he had left home and was despondent and likely in possession of a firearm. On Monday morning, area schools were put on a soft... Read more »

"Happy Homeless Pet Day" Because they hurt no one ever

I think their ought to be a day to honor homeless animals such as dogs and cats. On this annual holiday, Happy Homeless Pet Day, in mid-January, animal shelters and rescues would host special open houses where people could come in and play with, pet and help care for a homeless pet. Who knows maybe... Read more »
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How you can transform your life in three easy steps

How you can transform your life in three easy steps
I learned some lessons this weekend in church. Now those of you who are not church goers, do not shut off this site because I mentioned church. Stay with me a bit. The lessons are simple. Listen to God when he says to rest. Typically, it is a Saturday or Sunday, but for others it... Read more »

A love letter to one of my greatest loves

My dear Emily: My oh my, where has the time gone? Here we are. You are graduating high school. You are venturing off onto your own life. A life that will take you from your little bedroom down the hall to a little dorm room miles away. Over the last four years we have watched... Read more »

The Big Apple with my Big Girl

I’m so excited to get on my way with my oldest girl to New York! I am taking her for Spring Break as an early high school graduation gift. Not only am I excited to spend this time with her, but I’m excited to watch as she experiences the city that she says she wants... Read more »
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Sparkle and darkness - keeping each in its place

I’ve been so busy living my life lately that I have not had much time -or energy- to write about living. Bittersweet has become a place where I evaluate, explore and share experiences I’ve gone through or have witnessed. I write about events and such when I think others may relate or care a bit.... Read more »