Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Shawn Campbell's Journey to Justice Stalled

For those of you following Shawn Campbell's Journey to Justice, I am reporting that things have stalled.  At this time, there has been no activity on his case as things get situated with his having a lawyer.

He has been extremely stressed because there has been no court date re-set, and there are motions to be filed that need attention. 

We all remain hopeful that things will get situated soon...and that as soon as there is anything I can post, I will!

Thanks for following! 

Oh--if you are on Facebook, please go to "Team Campbell" and hit the 'Like' button to show your support!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

List of Abundance

 While we take time to remember the reasons why we do celebrate Memorial Day, it gives us pause to think about other things that we can be thankful for...God (if you are religious), your country and those who have died protecting it, and family.

I have created a List of Abundance to share with you...to give you some thoughts of those things we can be thankful for:

* our lives...and being alive, despite what our physical shapes/conditions may be

* our family...parents, siblings, children, etc.

* our livelihoods...whatever they may be

* our homes, be they bought, rented  or whatever constitutes a roof over your head

* our ability to think and act freely, to use our intelligence to better ourselves

* to know the difference between right and wrong; good and evil

* to enjoy each day to the fullest

* to see a smile or a sparkle in someone's eyes

* to enjoy the simple pleasures of life...as well as the finer things

The list could go on and on...but the point is that we need to be thankful for what we do have, whether we are rich or poor, regardless of race, color, sex; regardless of whether we are Democrats or Republicans, heterosexual or gay.

Look around us...there are so many who have not, because of natural disasters, war, famine, and/or our economies.  There is just so much we do take for granted...every day.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day...remember those who have given their lives to protect this land that we know as home.


Man Charged with Suffocating 6-Year-Old

LAS VEGAS -- A man is in custody facing charges that he killed a 6-year-old boy by suffocating him.

The child's family which lives on E. Desert Inn Rd. reported that Christopher Montgomery wasn't breathing on the morning of Thursday, May 26. The child was later pronounced dead at Sunrise Hospital.

According to the arrest report, the boy's mother told police that her cousin, Carl Guilford, who was also staying at the home, had been acting strange for a number of months and had allegedly smoked some marijuana that had changed him. She said he often spoke of spirits and making sacrifices.

In the report, police say they did interview Guilford and he told them he had put a comforter over the child's face to quiet him. The boy suffered from asthma and breathing problems. Guilford also admitted to detectives that he had put his hand around the boy's throat and squeezed. He said he heard a voice in the room that said, "well done". Guilford told police that he believe it was devils. Guilford left the apartment and went to the Las Vegas Strip where he was later arrested.

My sympathies go out to the family of this child.

Sky's the limit

Even as a child, I have always been a sky watcher.  I can remember watching bad thunder storms roll in...where you can feel the electric in the air and smell ozone. 

It doesn't matter whether it's looking at the clouds or watching sunsets unfold...to me there is nothing better! 

Here are some photos that I have taken from around the Southern Tier of New York this month...Enjoy!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dark Places: Inside the Mind of a Child Molester | NBC New York

It's rare to get a glimpse inside the mind of a convicted child molester. But going to that dark place can shine a light on the predator thinks -- and how he or she chooses a victim.

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Dark Places: Inside the Mind of a Child Molester | NBC New York

As a victim of child molestation, I can vouch that it was a family member who molested me at 9 years old.  D--

Trading a nightmare for a new adventure

For the past month, we have been living under a great wave of turbulence in our lives here.  On the 8th of May, this place we've called home since February of this year, was shown to a possible buyer, who in fact did end up buying the place only two days ago.

However, since the 8th, the landlord has done nothing but leave nasty little messages on our cell phone, left a nasty note in our mailbox...all telling us to get out...and now the new owner has stepped up to the plate and begun a similar attack.

Our original lease wasn't due to expire until the end of August, rent has been paid before it was due (a month beforehand) and our security deposit was paid in full at the time of the signing of the lease.  With all that has transpired, the original owner has used the deposit against us, saying we won't get it back...or won't get it back until he does a walk through after we vacate.  Thing is, this past Tuesday, he was in here...and saw that this place is in the same condition--end to end--that it was when we rented it.  Sorry--bad excuse.

Then...suddenly...we lost water Monday morning...and had to go through a lot of drama to get it restored (supposedly the pump burned up).  Then...the landlord tried to say that the water table was way below our neighbors and it was an act of nature that he couldn't do anything about.  Give me a break!  Armed with the law read to me by the code enforcer...our water was restored.  

Since then though, the new owner has been hanging around, mowing the lawn, cutting up a fallen tree at the back of the yard...and swinging by last night to deliver a notice to vacate...not notarized or issued by a judge...and we've just had our belly full of this nonsense.  This morning will be spent on the phone trying to figure out what we can do to stop this continual harassment, until we are out (June 3rd).  

To this day, we've not received a single "legal" eviction notice.  Everything has been either hand written (in pencil) or typed...and generic.  And supposedly, according to these people, is legal!  Well, according to a deputy sheriff...they are not!

I haven't been handling the stress too well...every day I am on edge because I don't know what is going to happen next, who is going to come to the door or be puttering around outside.  

It's just not right...or fair.  We don't deserve this treatment...and nothing has been done in a legal fashion...or a moral one.

(We have found a place...2 hours away from this awful area...back near where we were before moving here.  I'm ready to go...the sooner the better!)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

As a child: A look back at Shawn Campbell's youth in photos

Shawn was born July 13, 1977, weighing 4 lbs., 13 oz.  He was a good baby...and we really didn't have many problems with his health through the years.

He was the typical all American boy...dirty hands, ripped knees in his jeans, always looking at things with the eyes of a curious child.  He played hard and slept hard!

He loved cars and trucks...loved going to stock car races too.  He's always had a fascination with vehicles and how they run...and by the time he was 13-14, he rebuilt a car engine with little help from anyone else!

He honestly never really liked school, although when he applied himself, he received high grades.  In many respects, I think school bored him.

Even as a child, he had a very charismatic personality...he loved people and people loved him!

Here...even on a cold day...he had to be outside...looking at rocks and picking up the pretty ones!

He's always loved working with his hands...which should have clued us into what professions he'd follow as an adult...as a mechanic and building houses!

Anything with a motor...you'd find him on or in!  Here he is, at about 14, zooming up the driveway on an old golf cart!