I am delaying my regularly schedule post on The Death of Nikki LaDue January until Tuesday.
I thought this would be more appropriate for Halloween.
As a child, I attended a friend's birthday party, and his parents took the group of boys to the movies. I had no idea what we were going to see, it was just always fun enjoying the tub of popcorn and a large soda there; especially since I wasn't paying.
That was until the boy's dad got us in to see The Amityville Horror.
All I knew was that it was based on a true story.
And the movie had a predictable effect on me--I was scared silly.
Despite hiding my eyes from the screen as much as possible, I still slept with the light on for a couple of years.
I never told my parents, and they had no idea why adequate lighting became so important for me.
Based on a true story and real life experiences, still get to me.
As such and on Halloween, I thought I would select two previous posts that illustrate what scares me:
1) The Blogger
He hits the snooze multiple times when his alarm goes off.
His breakfast included a granola bar at his work desk.
He sees a police car and wonders if the officer recognizes him.
Why is this online writer and his blog, Blogging the Fifth Nail, different?
Well it is the author, not the content.
You can go here to read about Mr. Duncan.
2) The Deception
When speaking to youth on dangerous situations, I am a firm believer that if I create a PowerPoint presentation of things not to do and talk in generalities, my message will not be well received.
The audience will yawn and spend the time texting and daydreaming.
As such, offering powerful examples of an issue are essential in creating an appealing message.
Like with the dangers of social media; specifically people may not always be who you think they are.
This was illustrated, via a hammer, in the case of a teen named Justin Bloxum--and his unfortunate encounter with Brian Douglas Horn.
To read about this deadly deception, you can go here.
Happy Halloween to those who celebrate it.
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