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FBI Citizen’s Academy Meeting

I had the pleasure of attending the FBI Citizen’s Academy Meeting a couple of days ago.  We had two great speakers including Daryl Hulce who discussed the FBI-Safe On-Line Surfing also known as the FBI-SOS Program (http://www.fbi-sos.org).  The FBI-SOS program “empowers the Internet Generation to recognize and react to online dangers.”

Also speaking was Ryan Kules who represented the Wounded Warrior Project (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org). The Wounded Warrior Project “raises awareness and enlists the public to aid severely injured service men and women.”

Both these programs are non-profit and  I encourage you to visit their websites.

Spring Break

So I was able to take a few days off this past week and thought I’d share photos of a few adventures.

Whether working or not, days always start with yoga.

Spring days are meant for walking in Richmond.

Downtown Richmond.

Decorated Easter Eggs with children from the city.

Spent the day at Virginia Beach.

Neptune oversees the Boardwalk at Virginia Beach.

Romance B(u)y the Book features DYING SCREAM

If you have a minute or two stop by Romance B(u)y the Book today! (www. romancebytheblog.blogspot.com) DYING SCREAM is the featured book. I’m stopping by throughout the day to catch up on comments and make a few of my own.

A Sunday Walk in Richmond

Many old buildings have historic markers. The earliest I saw was 1905.

One of my favorite old homes in the historic district.

The Confederate Chapel

St. Gertrude's High School

I think this is an old coal chute.

Back to the Kitchen

After the holiday season I have all kinds of “leftovers” from different baking projects.  Bits of this and that which aren’t enough to repeat the original recipe but too much just to toss. So I mixed up what I had, hoping my cookies would turn out okay. What happened was a surprisingly good cookie.

Leftover Cookies

1 c butter (2 sticks)

½ cup sugar

1-1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon rum extract

2-1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup chocolate chips

½ cup of Craisens

1 cup coconut

½ cup butterscotch chips

Cream together butter and sugars. Add egg, egg yolk and rum extract. Shift into batter flour, baking soda and salt. Mix in chips, Craisens and coconut.

If you’ve got a different set of leftovers, say nuts, dark chocolate bits or raisins, mix up your own version of Leftover Cookies.

Icing

¼ cup butter

1 to 1-1/2 cups of confectionary sugar

1-2 tablespoons milk

Mix these ingredients and then drizzle over warm cookies.

A great cookie!

A great cookie!

MB Visits Local Middle School

I had the chance yesterday to speak to several middle school classes about writing mysteries.  Great fun!  I plotted a mystery with each class and we ended up with three very different and wonderful stories. Some of our characters included Will Catchem, James Blade and Farrah Jones.  Our mysteries featured a haunted camp, an amusement park that suddenly loses electricity and a sabotaged basketball team. talkingmb-1laughingmb1board