Howdy partners! It’s been a minute since my last post. For that, I apologize – BUT, I have a good reason. I recently changed jobs and am now the new Life Editor of The Daily Journal and the new editor of the Journal’s magazine, Lifestyles of Kankakee County. Ever since discovering my passion for writing, it’s been my dream to work in a newsroom, as well as to work with a magazine. This job allows for the best of both worlds and I’m incredibly grateful and excited!
I started last Monday and have gotten to dive right in with writing articles, conducting interviews, doing event coverage and proofing the life section. All things I love because I’m a major word nerd and one of my favorite things to do is share peoples’ stories from their point of view.
I’ve also had the opportunity to meet more people in my community (I moved to the Kankakee area over the summer and am slowly becoming acclimated with the area). Yesterday, I met a woman who runs Merchant Street Art Gallery of Artists with Autism and got to learn all about the great work she’s doing with local individuals who have autism and are interested in art. She runs art therapy classes for the artists to hone their crafts, and then they can choose to put their work up for sale in the gallery or the gift shop. Keegan and I got two adorable tree ornaments and a beautiful photograph of the downtown Chicago skyline that we can’t wait to hang. Funnily enough, the woman in charge of the gallery used to work as a vocational teacher with my brother, Danny, back when he attended Easter Seals in Tinley Park.
While this field trip was unrelated to work, speaking with her and getting a tour of the space was the highlight of my weekend, and I can’t wait to continue learning more about my new area. And, I look forward to sharing those experiences with you – both in my articles and my column that will run on Saturdays after the new year.
As much as I love the Oxford comma, I’m happy to be back in cahoots with my old pal AP Style. Follow my editorial Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to check out The Daily Journal and Lifestyles of Kankakee County.