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Reading Reference Books

When I was growing up, I frequently read the dictionary. I didn’t start at the beginning, nor did I read it cover-to-cover, but I’d open to a random page and read about each word — its spelling, pronunciation, origin, history, antonyms, synonyms, variations, definitions, and usage. When bored with the dictionary, I read The World Book Encyclopedia — random subjects. Occasionally, I’d read The Field Guide to Trees. When desperate, I read The Yellow Pages.

I have a penchant for reference books in general. I once purchased The Dictionary of Imaginary Places but still haven’t read it. I may have read Roget’s Thesaurus from front to back. If I were to begin acquiring books for my home library, I’d begin with reference books of interest to me such as the Oxford English Dictionary that contains complete histories and usages of each word; Thoreau’s journals; and others.

©2011 by JoAnn Brown

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Books, Writing

 

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Petition for Protective Order Incidents (10 of 11)

At 5:45 pm on 9/2/2014, at the corner of Highland and Boyrum, he was suddenly behind me. He said, “I love you. I love you.” as he walked down Boyrum Street toward the VFW Bar and I crossed the street to continue walking home on Highland Street.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Petition for Protective Order Incidents (9 of 11)

On the afternoon of 9/2/2014 at Free Lunch, I realized that the man in front of me being served was him. I stood away from him. My friend whose house I live in arrived and stood next to me. He turned around and yelled at my friend, “Stay away from my wife!” then walked over and pushed him hard toward a wall.

He took off. Someone called the police. I tried to call the police but I was so upset I couldn’t figure out how to dial 9-1-1 correctly from my phone. My friend told the officer he didn’t want to file a report because he was on his lunch hour from work.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2015 in Sociopaths, Writing

 

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Petition for Protective Order Incidents (8 of 11)

On 8/19/2014 at 8:28 pm, I received a text message:

Happy birthday i love you i turned your phone on your husband this is my phone number please call me

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2015 in Sociopaths, Writing

 

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Petition for Protective Order Incidents (7 of 11)

When I arrived home on 8/18/2014, my roommate told me that at 9:00 pm my husband’s friend had knocked on the back door. The friend said my husband had a birthday gift for me. He told him that I wasn’t home, didn’t know where I was, and maybe I left town. The friend said his name was Peter and he was from Hazard, Kentucky. He left a phone number for me to call to get my gift from my husband.

He knows that he was banned from the property since February 2014, so he sent his friend, who is a stranger to us. I didn’t call the number.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2015 in Sociopaths, Writing

 

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Petition for Protective Order Incidents (6 of 11)

At 11:30 am on 8/16/2014, I left my house and walked down Highland Street on my way to Free Lunch. I saw him walking toward me on the same side of the street. He sat on the grass near a corner (a block or so from Burger King) waiting for me. I walked past him, ignoring him. He followed me.

I tried to get to Burger King but he blocked my path. I tried to re-cross Highland Street but he kept blocking me. So, I literally just stood in the middle of the street as cars stopped and many onlookers outside Parts Chief watched him yell at me.

He said, “Why does he keep letting you live in his house? It’s because he’s f***ing you! I’m going to beat him! I’m going to snap his spine! I’m going to do this to make sure he throws you out and you have nowhere to go! I’m going to wait for him to show up at lunch.” He pulled out a cigarette and yelled to me, “Give me a light, wh***!”

A man at Parts Chief asked if I wanted him to call the police. I said, “Yes! Please!” I walked toward the man and he followed me. A woman was inside a car in Parts Chief’s lot. As he walked by the car, the man yelled to him, “Stay away from my wife! You’re insane!”

The man and his wife drove by as I walked down Gilbert Court. They told me that he had walked down a different street and was waiting for me on the corner.

I walked into Free Lunch, went directly to the kitchen, and explained the situation to two people. I warned them he was waiting outside to hurt my friend and to call police if he enters the room.

He entered just after 12:00 pm and sat facing me at the table next to mine. He yelled, “I’m waiting for him! I’m going to beat him for f***ing my wife!”

I ran to the kitchen and asked them to call the police. He left immediately and took off before officers arrived. I missed eating, so a friend packed take-out food for me.

His friend told me that he and another friend saw him passed out at The Can Shed that morning and gave him a ride to Burger King.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2015 in Sociopaths, Writing

 

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Petition for Protective Order Incidents (5 of 11)

At midnight on 8/15/2014, I was on the front porch of the house where I live. He walked by, intoxicated, and said, “I’m not stalking you. I’m just walking down this street.” He stopped walking and said, “I love you. Please talk to me.”

My roommates were both sleeping and he was getting loud. I walked over to him and asked him to please be quiet and not wake them. He got louder. I said that if he goes away quietly, I will meet him at 8:00 am at Starbucks.

He asked me to hug him and I refused. He yelled, “Why won’t you hug me here? You’re my wife! I’ll wake up everyone!” I said to forget Starbucks and went inside the house.

He continued yelling on the sidewalk and succeeded in waking one of my roommates, who was very unhappy about it.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2015 in Sociopaths, Writing

 

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Petition for Protective Order Incidents (4 of 11)

On the evening of 8/7/2014, a female friend and I were outside talking at Burger King. Suddenly, he appeared. I ignored him but he kept talking to me. My friend and I tried to walk to Highland Park to get away from him but he followed us. We turned around and walked in the opposite direction. He followed us across the highway and past Orscheln’s to the BP station corner. He began yelling and accusing us of being lesbian lovers, making obscene comments, and laughing.

We walked down Keokuk Street toward Highland Park. He followed on our heels and pretended he was part of our conversation as we walked by the house where I live. My friend who owns the house was out front watching the three of us walk by on the opposite side of the street.

At the park, I told him to go away, leave me alone, and I don’t ever want to speak with him again. He yelled at us. We walked down Highland Street toward Burger King and he followed us. I asked my friend if she felt stalked and harassed. She said yes. I didn’t have phone service so I walked toward a house to ask someone to call the police. He finally left.

He went to the house where I live and told my friend who was still outside, “I offered JoAnn for us to get an apartment and to turn on her phone service but she doesn’t want them or me. I guess I’ll have to move on.”

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2015 in Sociopaths, Writing

 

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Petition for Protective Order Incidents (3 of 11)

On a Sunday afternoon in July/August 2014, I was inside Burger King. He walked in drunk and immediately accused me of stealing his phone, demanded that I give it to him, and threatened to call the police and have me searched if I didn’t. He was in my face yelling. He said he gave it to me the night before (when he was following me as I walked home!) and I didn’t return it. I told him that he took his phone out of his pocket to show me, then put it back in his pocket. I never touched his phone and didn’t have it.

He continued accusing, demanding, and threatening. I asked for someone to call the police but no one did. I left to walk home. He followed me and wouldn’t let me cross the highway at Keokuk Street. I finally made it across but he jumped in front of me waving his arms and blocking my path to walk home while yelling phone theft accusations.

I told him I was going to the police substation. He said, “OK! Let’s go!.” When we reached Taco Bell, he took off. The substation door was locked and my phone wouldn’t call 9-1-1. I went into Stuff, Etc. and they called the police. I was hyperventilating severely. The officers were unable to locate him. I later learned that his friends who live on my block allowed him to hide out from the police inside their house.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Sociopaths, Writing

 

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Petition for Protective Order Incidents (2 of 11)

On the evening of 7/20/2014, my sister and I were talking inside Burger King. Suddenly, he appeared. The three of us talked for a while and then went outside. He began yelling and cursing at me and accused me of cheating on him with my former boyfriend, calling him “that N*****.” He stormed off to Hy-Vee supermarket and then returned. He refused to apologize to us and resumed verbally attacking me. I left and walked home. My sister said he apologized to her but said more untrue things to her in my absence.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Sociopaths, Writing

 

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