* Jessica Daniel, clever detective

I just finished reading the third of Kerry Wilkinson‘s Jessica Daniel series and can’t wait for the fourth (and final- for now).  Wilkinson, a British author, has written real winners with this series.  The Killer Inside is a clever thriller with believable characters and no need to suspend disbelief.  Jessica Daniel is a detective who just won’t give up;  she is passionate about justice and has such a clever mind.  Wilkinson has created a strong young woman with a fairly normal past and present.  She faces many challenges in The Killer Inside, including apparent random serial murders occurring in locked homes, along with other professional and personal issues.  I couldn’t stop reading and was thrilled to discover the rest of the series.  Plus, I identify with her approach to paperwork: falling stacks of paper but she knows where everything is.  Read this book and you’ll be hooked!

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* Chocolate in any tone…

… is yummy!  Gotta love the color beaver.  And this fudge is good for you- naturally sweetened, organic cocoa, and everything.  This is my post for Jennifer Nichole Wells’ Color Your World challenge.

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* Black as night

After our recent snow event, a lot of us headed to car washes to remove brine and grime.  I sat in my car, enjoying the view and relaxing after a long day.  Yeah, my life is full of adventure.  Here is my entry for black in Jennifer Nichole Wells’ Color My World challenge.


* Banana man

I know, I know.  This could be one of the world’s ugliest cakes.  I am SO challenged in craftiness.  The good news?  It looks a lot like banana mania, a color in Jennifer Nichole Wells’ Color Your World challenge.

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* Fallout: atomic tangerine

I took this photo last autumn, knowing I needed 120 different colors for Jennifer Nichole Wells’ Color Your World challenge.  I thought “atomic” meant a bit more explosive, but I’ve included Crayola’s subdued icon, FYI.


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* Building a future

In the news:  Parents with autistic children are planning a $12 million community to provide future homes and care for their adult children.  Headed by a Dallas couple with an adult, low-functioning son, this community will provide 15 homes, a community center, and an academic academy.  Read more about the details in this article by the Dallas News.  Although we see many moderate and high functioning kids in an inclusive setting, the low- to-moderate group faces unique challenges as they age related to behavior, social skills, and ability to earn a living.


Autism Speaks addresses the challenges of providing long term care.  They report that only 24% of caregivers reported that they were on a waiting list for community services and only a quarter of families are saving for future housing needs.  If families cannot secure alternatives, this population is likely to be housed in group homes; as Autism Speaks points out, group homes are confronted by the “not in my neighborhood” mentality.  I did a search of resources in North Carolina and the list looks slim.

As an elementary teacher, I don’t always see where my kiddos end up, but I’ve known a couple of families struggling to care for low-functioning adults in their 60s.  Distant cousins, already in their 60s as well, were strapped as they tried to support their needy relatives.  Thankfully, organizations like Autism Speaks are drawing attention to alternatives and options.


* To die or not to die

That is the question you must ask yourself when you watch TV commercials for almost every medication advertised.  But let’s back up.  First, you see lovely people in distress because of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, urinary problems, depression, and whatever.


Then you see what medication can do for these miserable folks.  You will undoubtedly fall in love, have the happiest family ever, and run 20 miles a day without breaking a sweat.


Finally, because the government has ruled that we must know what could REALLY happen if you take those pills, the looong list of warnings is recited calmly as we watch the deliriously medicated folks:

  • fatal allergic reactions
  • heart attacks
  • cancer
  • even greater depression
  • kidney failure
  • liver failure
  • dementia
  • uncontrollable bleeding
  • erections lasting more than 4 hours
  • strokes
  • death
  • death
  • death.

Hmm, I think I might pass on the meds.


* Googling aquamarine

This is my entry for Jennifer Nichole Wells’ Color Your World challenge.  I nearly crashed into Google’s camera car to get these shots.  What dedication!  See that aquamarine?  I was dazzled.  It also seemed as though no one was driving, which caused me to swerve a bit more.  Does Google use autopilot?  Or is it a drone with wheels?


* Apricot face?

Catching up with Jennifer Nichole Wells’ Color Your World challenge, I think my face is almost apricot.  That’s almost like me being Hercule Poirot.  You knew who I was, right?  It was a dress-up day at school, with lots of fun and wild laughter!