Monthly Archives: March 2017

Daniel Robert Hauschild, age 40, of Volo, died Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Centegra Hospital -…

Daniel Robert Hauschild, age 40, of Volo, died Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Centegra Hospital – McHenry.  He was born December 1, 1976 in McHenry to William and Jacqueline (Jensen) Hauschild.

Daniel was employed by Siemens of Buffalo Grove, IL and Alpharetta, GA for 17 years.  One of his passions in life was to give his time and talents to charities he supported.  He enjoyed riding roller coasters with the American Coaster Enthusiasts and staffing and organizing science fiction conventions.

He is survived by his husband, Thomas A. Brady; his mother, Jackie Hauschild; siblings, William Jr. (Kim) Hauschild, Chris (Rob) Maddock, and David (Jessica) Hauschild; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth; and a brother, Robert.

Private family services were held with interment in Ringwood Cemetery, Ringwood.

For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, his family suggests memorials to SaveAVet.org, 387 Northgate Road, Lindenhurst, IL   60040.  SaveAVet takes Military & Law Enforcement working dogs deemed unsuitable for adoption by their agencies and places them on secured facilities owned by SaveAVet throughout the country and hires disabled veterans that meet criteria to live with and care for these other forgotten soldiers.

Arrangements were entrusted to Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL   60050.  For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit http://www.justenfh.com, where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for Daniel’s family.

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Week 5 Update

(Remember these? 🙂 )

Dan has now been home for a little over a week, and we are slowly settling into some kind of routine. I’m working from home half-days this week, assisting Dan where necessary. For the most part he doesn’t need that much assistance, though. He is getting around by wheelchair within the house, and we have arranged the bedroom and bathroom upstairs and living room and dining room downstairs to keep everything accessible and manageable from the wheelchair. He can stand in one place for short periods of time so getting stuff off of shelves is possible as well. My help is only needed going up and down the stairs, providing a backup to prevent falls and carrying the wheelchair from one floor to the other.

Dan is technically housebound, which has a very specific definition per Medicare (the baseline from which most health insurance plans use). This means that with the exception of going to and from doctor’s visits and a few other minor exceptions he is not to leave the house. If something were to happen while he was out of the house the insurance company would, with good reason, refuse to pay for the in-home therapy from day one. This makes sense since if he could leave the house there would be no justification for in-home physical and occupational therapy.

Speaking of which, the occupational and physical therapists have been visiting the house this week, 2 visits each for an hour apiece. They have shown Dan how to use his walker more and how to practice static standing (building endurance while bracing on something like the kitchen counter). They also brought a second walker that he can use upstairs when comfortable doing so. He sees his surgeon and rehab doctor next week. Our hope is that they will move him to outpatient therapy and he will no longer be housebound.

As for working, he also has to wait for the go-ahead from the surgeon to go back to work. Dan’s job is completely computer-based so returning to work shouldn’t be too bad. He is definitely out until the end of the month, but with luck he will be able to return part-time starting in April. We are very fortunate that his short-term disability has covered 100% of his salary!

So that’s where we are right now.

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werewolvesversus: We are still accepting ALL SUBMISSIONS for…

werewolvesversus:

We are still accepting ALL SUBMISSIONS for WEREWOLVES VERSUS: FASCISM. We already have more entries than any other WV issue, and we want you to be in it too. Learn how here. We are looking for sketches, poems, comics, paintings, photos, or whatever else you have that depicts werewolves fighting authoritarianism, discrimination and oppression. The deadline is end-of-day, Friday March 24th. That’s the end of this week.

The issue goes on sale near the end of April 2017. It will cost a minimum of $1 but you can pay more. All proceeds through 2023 will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Special thanks to @viergacht for an amazing cover. More to come.

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werewolvesversus: We are still accepting ALL SUBMISSIONS for…

werewolvesversus:

We are still accepting ALL SUBMISSIONS for WEREWOLVES VERSUS: FASCISM. We already have more entries than any other WV issue, and we want you to be in it too. Learn how here. We are looking for sketches, poems, comics, paintings, photos, or whatever else you have that depicts werewolves fighting authoritarianism, discrimination and oppression. The deadline is end-of-day, Friday March 24th. That’s the end of this week.

The issue goes on sale near the end of April 2017. It will cost a minimum of $1 but you can pay more. All proceeds through 2023 will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Special thanks to @viergacht for an amazing cover. More to come.

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Book Review: We Three Kings, by A.F. Henley

We Three Kings, by @afhenley

Chicago 1982 is a goldmine for the construction industry, and Eric and his two business partners are thriving. Once nothing more than orphans in a Catholic boys’ home, they’ve overcome poverty and abuse to obtain success. Now living the lives they once only dreamed of, they’re sure of one thing: they will never look back.

Then the past returns, by way of a cheap polyester suit and a smile Eric has never forgotten-and all the dark memories come crashing back. Lucky for him, Jimmy has no idea who Eric is, or who Eric used to be…

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

The overall story arc of “We Three Kings” could be told in a few short sentences, but sometimes the beauty of a story is in the telling. What I liked about this story the most was that Henley relied heavily on “showing not telling” – that is, the backstory of the characters and how they came to be the people that they are is shown, not laid out in clumsy exposition. The history is sketched in piece by piece as they novella progresses. We actually never do get the entire picture and that’s OK. The reader has enough solid information to understand what has happened and how this influences the characters and can sketch in the rest as needed.

Eric is a deeply conflicted, troubled man who desperately wants to atone for past transgressions but isn’t sure he has it within himself to do so. He and Jimmy are clearly a great match, but he has a mountain of baggage to deal with before this could ever happen. Interestingly, I’m not sure Eric is a 100% likeable guy, but he is who he is and he doesn’t apologize for that.

My only complaint with the story is that the character of Jimmy isn’t as fleshed out as I would have liked, though in the context of the story it’s understandable why. Also, when primary plot conflicts can just be settled by the characters just TALK to each other plainly, I get frustrated as a reader. Of course, seeing the big picture that’s easy for me to say – to someone actually living the story and dealing with the doubts and insecurities, it’s probably not so easy.

This is another very enjoyable story from A.F. Henley, and I am happy to heartily recommend it!

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banchancomic: When the weather is getting chilly like now,…

banchancomic:

When the weather is getting chilly like now, there’s nothing better than this dish with a shot of soju for dinner. It warms you right up! This dish is full of everything tasty, big chunky juicy dark meat chicken, soft potatoes and deep, rich and spicy juice that tastes so yummy when eaten with rice. Soju is a korean liquor made with mainly potatos. It tastes somewhere between japanese sake and vodka. It’s used in Korean cooking a lot, especially in cooking meat. When heated with meat, the alcohol evaporates and takes away the gamey smell of the meat with it. So even if you are not into drinking this liquor, it’s good to keep a bottle for cooking purposes. And they are super cheap at Korean grocery shops, usually less then $7 a bottle.  It is the most popular drink in Korea and there are many different brands but most of them come in green bottles. You can use any brand for cooking. If you can’t find soju near you, no worries. You can substitute soju with sake or vodka. You can use many different types of chicken as long as it’s dark meat: bone-in chicken thighs, wings, and drumsticks…etc. Just make sure they are not too big, and you might need to cook them a bit longer in order for the chicken to cook through. I like to use boneless chicken thighs the best because they take less time to cook and also less messy to eat. 

Oh my gosh, I absolutely need to make this. Even if Dan is allergic to garlic – I’ll make him cheeseburger on the side or something 🙂

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