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*This article was online at one of the local paper sites.  I was going to summarize it, but it’s just too….well, I don’t know…the word “stupid” comes to mind, but especially at Christmas!  Read for yourself. I wouldn’t want to “spoil” it.

MUNCIE, Ind. – 2018 will go down as a turbulent year for members of a Muncie family and the law enforcement officers who were sent to disturbances at their home.

On May 15, Jacob Russell Shields, then 25, was arrested on allegations he had thrown a door – earlier torn from its hinges – at his twin brother, beaten him with a broom and repeatedly bit him.

Jacob Shields is set to stand trial, on a related charge of domestic battery, in Delaware Circuit Court 1 on March 4.

A little more than two months after that, the reported victim in the May incident, Justin Everett Shields, was arrested after being accused of attacking Jacob with a samurai sword, then holding the bleeding, nude victim against his will in a bathroom.

Four related charges stemming from the July incident – domestic battery with a deadly weapon, criminal confinement, attempted strangulation and interference with the reporting of a crime – are pending against Justin Shields in Delaware Circuit Court 1.

The Shields observed their 26th birthdays on Nov. 8.

On the morning of Dec. 19, city police were sent to an apartment in the 1500 block of West Jackson Street no less than three times in a little more than two hours.

At 7:36 a.m., 911 dispatchers were told Jacob Shields was back. He was gone, however, when officers arrived.

A third call reporting trouble with Jacob Shields was placed at 8:48 a.m. This time, police found the target of the complaint outside the apartment in a vehicle.

Polices aid Shields at first refused to get out of the vehicle, then began screaming and kicking when taken into custody, spitting at authorities and kicking one officer during the struggle.

Justin Shields, at the scene, told authorities “all of the problems today started because their mom drank Jacob’s pop.”

Delivered to the Delaware County jail, Jacob Shields alleged kicked one corrections officer and tried to kiss another, according to an affidavit.

Shields remained in the jail Wednesday under a $12,500 bond. He was charged Friday in Delaware Circuit Court 2 with battery against a public safety official, resisting law enforcement, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

A member of the Shields family called The Star Press last week and said she was desperately trying to find ways to help Jacob Shields cope with emotional problems.

She also claimed when authorities are called to the family’s disputes, “they find ways to provoke (Jacob’s anger).”

Douglas Walker is a news reporter at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851

I didn’t write the above.  It was cut and pasted from the Star Press site.



Got His Goat: A Grave Story


Hey, Norima!  How you doin’?

“I’m fine, James. but I thought you took that job at the cemetery to make extra money?”

“I did.  It’s to mow the grass around the graves by 4pm every Saturday.”

“It’s 2:30 now.  Are you done already?”

“No, but farmer Nickols sold me his goat.  I tied it to a tree at the cemetery and it’s had nearly 4 hours to roam and eat the grass.”

“James!  It’s sheep that eat all that grass.  Goats eat tin cans and such.”

James began a heavy run toward the cemetery.  He shouted over his shoulder,

“Fired! First Day!”

*100 words

*I remember this prompt and the direction I took it in.  Thought it was time for a non-violent change!




Fallout 76 – Being Touted as a Bad Game?

*All pics below are screenshots from the live game.  And, yes, I play a female character as it sounded fun.


I could not wait to get my PC copy of Bethesda’s new online game: Fallout 76.  I have played Bethesda games for a very long time.  Morrowind, Oblivion, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, Skyrim, Rage, and now Fallout 76.  The only one I haven’t really adored is Rage.  Many like it; I don’t like a driving game, even if it’s a FPS (First Person Shooter).


But the gaming community is not so wonderfully accepting of FO76.  I have seen it score as low as 4 of 10 and the price I bought it at was $37 instead of the usual $60+ I figured.  I spend money and time refitting my computer with more Ram (16) and the best video card I could afford that would fit on my Alienware computer.


When I got the game and loaded it, I was excited.  As I began playing, I had to deal with the usual messes of which keys did what and where do I go next, but a few days of playing and starting over  1 time helped me to become, if not a pro, certainly a serious player.


I have been playing since the first day the game went on sale, about a month, I believe.  In that time I have put about 60-80 hours in and am a level 21 player.  I would consider this the beginning of an average dedicated player.  I have seen a couple of players at levels above 100, but most have been 30 or less.


I loved the openness of these types of games.  Morrowind was constricted, but still allowed you a lot of freedom to move around.  Oblivion opened my eyes as a nearly totally open game.  I could go nearly everywhere, up mountains, through forests, places where there might be a monster or 3 (or 10), but not within the questing area, just free space.


The difference with this game is that FO76 is a multi-player game, open and having to follow some rules.  You can’t save because you can’t go back and redo something; you simply have to start again in a nearby marked position and try a different approach.

I still, after hours and hours, hit my “save” button only to have it do, basically, nothing.

There are also about 24 other players on your server, but no other intelligent life to talk to except some robots here and there.  This might sound boring, but you do have chat and can talk to other players, even team up with them, if you choose.  I don’t. I like playing alone and this game lets you do that and still jump in and help someone if you see some trouble.

My problem with multiple player games has always been that other higher-ranked players attack and kill you to take your things, things you may have spent hours and hours getting.  Bethesda has pretty much fixed this problem.  If a player picks a fight with you, shooting you, the shot does about 1 point of damage.  If you agree to fight,then shoot back.  If you don’t you can may gestures to show them you are not interested.  If you accidentally shoot someone, you can do that same.  If you refuse to fight and they continue, eventually, they will kill you.  When that happens, they can only get the “junk” you are carrying, not the good stuff (armor and weapons and food and aid).  Also, now they are marked as a “murderer” and cannot see other players’ locations on the map, but their location stands out clearly in  red.  You also get a chance to get “revenge” on them for killing you by reappearing nearby.

The are a lot of the same creatures to shoot and things to do, however, I haven’t yet found it boring.  There are some easier quests I do for equipment and  junk, not for advancing points and rewards.

I don’t want to spoil anything, but you can’t write a good review without a little so, from here out, be watchful for spoilers.

I love playing a thief and, even though you don’t register as one in this game (much unlike Morrowind, Oblivion, and Fallout3/4, I have still decided to be that type of character in FO76.  One portion of the game is building your own camp.  They don’t show up on other people’s maps, but you can still stumble across them as you play.  When I do I, usually, go look inside, see how they set it up, and “steal” some stuff if I can.  Usually, it’s nothing important, although once I found a chest unlocked with all their stuff in it.   I have had my camp attacked once by another player and I have been robbed for minor stuff multiple times.

Also, when you drop something or when you die, your “junk” or anything you decide to drop is put into a cute lunch bag that falls to your feet.  If you need to leave it there or if you die, then you can come back and retrieve it.  Of course, so can other players.

All in all, it’s a great game.  I don’t put it up there with Skyrim, Oblivion, and Fallout 3, but it is, certainly,  higher than 4 of 10.  I give it a 7, myself, and lean toward an 8.



The Law of Attraction, Quantum Physics, and God Connection

The title of this post is also my new Facebook page.  You can find it at :

I have created this after years of going back and forth, deciding if I could do this.  Now, I realize it’s not for me to create, just to host.  Please consider joining in on the discussions and helping us all realize the connections out there.



Almost Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong

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My ex-husband asked me how when we suffer a relapse we are welcomed back into AA with open arms. I turned the question around on him and asked, why wouldn’t I go back to a place that would welcome me back even if I did falter? God knows my family wouldn’t do that. In most cases all they feel for me is anger. In the rooms I’m welcomed back because I’m just as broken as the person sitting next to me.

We are all just one drink or drug away from relapse and ultimately death. That’s what this disease wants to do, it wants to kill me. It wants to scream in my ear all of the bad things I’ve done to make me so covered in guilt and shame that I pour myself into a bottle and die.

A normal person doesn’t think this way. A normal person doesn’t…

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