Skip to main content

Scary reality of today's world

To see JJ, I spend up to five hours traveling to see him. And sometimes, it is after working all day. When you are traveling the interstate, the monotony sometimes makes me sleepy. I will admit that I pull off the interstate and take a nap in the parking lot of Target or Barnes and Noble. It is not the safest thing to do but the quick nap keeps me going.

While proofing the newspaper this morning, I read something that chilled me to the core. A woman was traveling on I-95 and stopped in RR because she was tired. She decided to take a nap in the parking lot of the local hospital. A habitual offender, who wasn't suppose to be released from jail, found her there and brutally raped her and then drove out near the interstate and left her. Then the rapist went on a burglary spree. The rape victim found her rapist on our website being charged with another crime.

This has definitely made me want to be more careful. No more sleeping  in the car and being extra vigilant with my surroundings. My heart and prayers go out to this brave woman. The rapist has been to jail more than 40 times for a variety of charges.

For a small city, we have had a lot of crime lately ranging from burglary to sex crimes. What is the world coming to?


1. I have managed to stay cool despite the heat!

2. Figuring out a way to do an impossible assignment!

3. Snapple fruit pops


  1. Please be careful out there. I also live in a small town that has seen an increase in crime. Two days ago there was a shooting at a local Burger King in an area where I go by myself all the time. It makes me think.

    Stay safe! Perhaps you should set something up with your husband that if you don't arrive at a certain time, he could contact the police or something. Anyway, something that helps people keep an eye out for you when you are traveling alone.

    P.S. I've never tried Snapple fruit pops. Maybe I should get some to stay cool - we are are roasting here in Michigan, and I am not used to 95+ degree heat!

  2. I'm glad you are re-thinking the sleeping in your car. I certainly wouldn't want to see a post from you about something awful happening. Be safe!

  3. What a horrible story indeed. We always have to keep finding the beauty in life when it appears that the colour is fading.
    talking of colour - Snapple fruit pops sound good!!

  4. my mom used to always warn me about sleeping in a car! holy crap this story of that poor woman freaks me i see why my mom warned me!! eeeek

    xoxo <3

  5. That's scary! I remember sleeping in the car in parking lots. Naturally, I'd try to find a nice dark secluded spot -- perfect site for a crime although I didn't think so at the time.

    Stay safe!

  6. And above all, girlfriend - pepper spray NEVER hurts. I carry some myself, being that I am single and vulnerable. Okay I'm single. I've NEVER been vulnerable. LOL


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Spending time with my son

Memorial Day is always special for me as a reporter and a person. It is a chance to recognize who gave their life so I and others can have the freedom we have. 
Normally, I work and get to take Memorial Day holiday on another day. This year, I got a double bonus. 

I got to spend the long weekend with my son. Things some how worked that my son’s aunt met me halfway and JJ was able to spend three days in Pickle Land with me. He had a chance to see me working and spend quality time together.

JJ is now 11. He is squarely in the pre-teen world. His voice is changing along with other things. My baby is growing up and it scares me. He got to see my new teeth and loved them. He said it was nice to see me so happy. 
We had a chance to talk and just spend some time together. And in two weeks, he returns for a two week involving my week long vacation and a bunch of day camps. It has been a good few days.
The other part is my Memorial Day weekend is this weekend. I'm going to the Lake to hang with…

My new smile

I have great news. Last Monday (April 10), I got my new teeth. 

They have definitely been a game changer. It is weird being able to smile at people. There have been some adjustments with talking and eating. I am so thankfully and blessed that I was able to afford to this. 

1. I got my new teeth!!!!
2. So thankful to my dentist Dr. Wynne and Faison Dental.
3. I can smile after not smiling for almost 20 years!

My home library is complete!!!!!

I write a book column for Duplin Times in Kenansville, N.C. called the Book Nerd. This is my May column, which is about me finally completing my home library.

“When all else fails give up and go to the library.”
-Stephen King

I have always loved this quote, because I have done as he advises hundreds of times.
After having a very bad day, I would head to my nearest library for some calming support.
But now, all I have to do is go home, and go into my own personal library.

Ever since I was a young girl, I have dreamed of having my own library. I learned to read at an early age and always had a book with me. Growing up, I always had a small shelf with books on it in my room. In college, I started to collect books. As I got older and moved to various places, there were always bookshelves.
When I moved into my current home on May 21, 2016, there were three-bedrooms with a pantry and two living rooms. Yes, two living rooms.
I decided before moving that the original living room with its mantle wo…