14 March 2011

what I have been up to whilst workin'

Some recent stuff...
Andie, a student at Marengo Community High School, rests in between sit-ups in gym class. This school year was the first for a program called “Career and Transition," at the school, taught by Roger Engwall, which gets special needs students ready to hold jobs and live more independent lives.
Some martial arts...
Instructor Rick Bjorkquist of the Kyukido Martial Arts of Huntley helps student Kayla Valdez stretch Wednesday in a beginning class at Kyukido Martial Arts of Huntley.
A storage unit auction...
Prairie Enterprises, LLC owner Jerry Lindley laughs as he discovers a bag of popcorn in a Highway 20 Self Storage unit off E. Grant Highway in Marengo on Feb. 23. The unit had just been sold off after the previous renter did not pay the rent.
The season of Lent! Of which I am trying to cut back on coffee...
Ashes are marked in the sign of a cross on parishioners' foreheads at St. Mary Catholic Church in Woodstock on Wednesday afternoon. The use of ashes as a sign of penitence comes from Jewish tradition and was carried over into Christianity, with early customs dating back to the fourth century.
Pending prom season...
Olivia Nystrom, left, and Natalie Whalen, both 13, try on dresses at the annual My Sister's Dress event held at McHenry County College on Sunday. The fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County offered an opportunity for young ladies to buy prom dresses for just $20.

01 March 2011


Sigh... gorgeous light and color. Can't every assignment be like this?
Jonah Slavin, 3, plays on a slide as his mother Karen watches at their home in Woodstock. In December 2010, Jonah was thought to have been on the autism spectrum, but after seeking a second opinion and a change in diet, his behavior has improved dramatically.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 110 children are on the autism spectrum, but estimates range from one in 80 to one in 240.
Jonah Slavin, 3, plays quietly at his home in Woodstock. Before a change in diet and elimination of wheat and gluten, Jonah would scream most of the day and a doctor thought he was to be on the autistic spectrum, his mother Karen Slavin said.

heart awareness month

Get your heart checked.
 According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

• In 2006, 631,636 people died of heart disease. Heart disease caused 26 percent of deaths – more than one in every four – in the United States.

• Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2006 were women.

• Every year, about 785,000 Americans have a first heart attack. An additional 470,000 who already have had one or more heart attacks have another attack.

From left to right, siblings Deb Mills, Bob Long show heart-shaped pillows they received after recently undergoing open heart surgery, as sister Doreen Klotka listens Sunday at Long's home in Lake in the Hills. Klotka is in the process of diagnosing her own heart health.