Ripped From the Headlines: Felony murder: why a teenager who didn’t kill anyone faces 55 years in jail

Ripped from the Headlines:
Felony murder:
Why a teenager who didn’t kill anyone faces 55 years in jail

I was more than a little sad when I read this story. I wish I could say it surprised me but being a victim of tragic criminal justice myself I couldn’t let this one go without sharing.

Please feel free to leave comments and talk about what you think about this case that’s about to go before the Indiana Supreme Court. I welcome your fellowship and feedback.

Original Story @ MSN, The Guardian

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Blake Layman made one very bad decision. He was 16, an unexceptional teenager growing up in a small Indiana town. He’d never been in trouble with the law, had a clean criminal record, had never owned or even held a gun.

That decision sparked a chain of events that would culminate with his arrest and trial for “felony murder”. The boy was unarmed, had pulled no trigger, killed no one. He was himself shot and injured in the incident while his friend standing beside him was also shot and killed. Yet Layman would go on to be found guilty by a jury of his peers and sentenced to 55 years in a maximum-security prison for a shooting that he did not carry out.

How Blake Layman got to be in the Kafkaesque position in which he now finds himself – facing the prospect of spending most of the rest of his life in a prison cell for a murder that he did not commit Continue reading Ripped From the Headlines: Felony murder: why a teenager who didn’t kill anyone faces 55 years in jail

365 Day Challenge – Day 15 or Promo Day!

Originally posted on Changing Journey:

business cards

Am I cheating? Am I not embracing the whole point of the 365 day challenge?

I don’t know. However, it is a good opportunity to promote my shop!

I’ve added some more products to my shop! Today, with the weather being cold and dry….and my skin being even drier….it seemed like a good day to make some moisturizers and add them to my menu.

And remember, tomorrow I will be launching a coupon code for a discount to my shop. Don’t forget to stop in to get the code! Plus more!


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365 Day Challenge – Day 14


Thanks for sharing your dinner with me :)

Originally posted on Changing Journey:


So, yeah….I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I didn’t really think ahead for today’s photo challenge.

Thus, you get another picture of my evening meal. Who would have ever thought I’d be eating sushi? Actually, I guess it’s not a terribly long stretch of the imagination, as I have always been a little adventurous with my food. Thank you, Daniel, for introducing it to me!

I actually got a bit wrapped up in polishing my Etsy shop, this evening. With the plan of introducing new products this weekend, I wanted to spruce up what was already there. Plus, I have plans on launching a coupon code in the next several days (hint, hint….if you are interested, follow my upcoming posts for the code!). It just seemed like good business sense to have everything in order and all of my ducks in a row. So please forgive me for…

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Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek’s’ Spock, Dies at 83

Original post @ MSN, Variety

Lived Long & Prospered

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Leonard Nimoy lived up to his longtime catchphrase: Live long and prosper. Having achieved success in many arenas during his lifetime, the actor, director, writer and photographer has died at age 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, reportedly confirmed his death to the New York Times, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Most widely known for his performance as half-human, half-Vulcan science officer Spock on the classic sci-fi TV show “Star Trek” and its many subsequent film and videogame incarnations, Nimoy was also a successful director, helming “Star Trek” pics “The Search for Spock” and “The Voyage Home,” as well as non-“Star Trek” fare; an accomplished stage actor; a published writer and poet; and a noted photographer. He also dabbled in singing and songwriting.

But despite his varied talents, Nimoy will forever be linked with the logical Mr. Spock. Continue reading Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek’s’ Spock, Dies at 83

HEY HOLLYWOOD… Why are all Demons LATIN?

Hey hollywood demons

Have you ever noticed
that in almost all Hollywood scary movies that demons speak in Latin?


  • It’s not the oldest language. (Hebrew is far older)
  • Few people speak it today (Hence it’s a dead language)
  • The Bible wasn’t even written in Latin.
    Torah: Hebrew, Aramaic
    New Testament: Greek

365 Day Challenge – Day 13

Originally posted on Changing Journey:

Mac n cheese

Today is a day of cravings.

Well….one craving. Around lunchtime, I really wanted a cheeseburger.

A big, juicy, 1/3 pound burger with lettuce and tomatoes, ketchup and mayo, maybe some cheddar or pepper-jack.

Instead, I had ramen. Picante beef, to be exact. Can’t say that it really satisfied the craving, but it did put and end to my hunger.

But I was thinking ahead! I had asked Daniel to get a pound of burger out of the freezer to thaw. Although, a lack of motivation to go to the store and get hamburger rolls preempted my cravings.

Improvisation became my friend. A ground beef, mac and cheese skillet with tomatoes seemed to take care of my craving.

At least it tasted better than it looked!

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Revealing the hidden truths in scriptures – MARK 4:11


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