Jerrie Williams is a blogger on the Beauregard Daily News website. The name of her blog is C.O.P.E. Community Organized Parents in Education. This blog is syndicated statewide to all GateHouse websites. She will not only be blogging about local ...
Jerrie Williams is a blogger on the Beauregard Daily News website. The name of her blog is C.O.P.E. Community Organized Parents in Education. This blog is syndicated statewide to all GateHouse websites. She will not only be blogging about local education concerns, but information about resources for parental research on different subjects concerning children and their well being. Jerrie Williams is the mother of three autistic children. Her journey began in 1999, when she discovered that her children were not developing according to the national mind stone charts. This was after they had received immunizations and developed reactions to them. She later learned the immunizations contained an agent that her children were allergic to, which led to their developmental delays. She moved her children to Georgia to be treated by a specialist in autism and brain injury in 2000. Since then she has been searching and discovering several research-based interventions and resources to educate, support and assist in the recovery of autism. She moved to Louisiana in August, 2011, and has been involved in educating the community about autism and the resources available to parents of autistic children as well as adults with autism. She has been instrumental in helping the Beauregard Parish school system to design an individualized curriculum that was suited for the educational needs of her children as well as other special needs children. Her children have since blossomed with this curriculum and continue to thrive. She will continue in her journey as a mother and an advocate for others.
Zombies are serious business.
Just ask the woman who was shot (non-fatally) by her boyfriend after they got in a fierce argument over the probability of a real-life zombie apocalypse, a conversation sparked by AMC's hit drama The Walking Dead. She thinks it's pure fantasy, but he thinks a "military mishap" could make the ravenous undead a reality. And so he shot her (accidentally, he claims). Jeez, overreact much?
And as crazy as his actions were, the shooter isn't alone in his beliefs.
Stay with us here. We're not condoning his unbalanced response to what should be a rather open-and-shut debate (e.g. zombies = fiction). But there's a reason why zombies are appealing to many: that tiny, niggling idea that maybe, possibly they could exist (even when our brainsss tell us otherwise). That's what makes them both scary and intriguing.
'Fess up. You either have a zombie preparedness plan or know somebody who does. And even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first used zombies as a tongue-in-cheek approach to offer tips to the public, the agency has kept zombies a presence on its website because the response has been so positive. Chances are that if you're prepared for a zombie apocalypse, you'll be prepared for anything.
Plus, although supernatural or magical reasons were given for the mortally challenged in the past, the trend now (seen in such projects as The Walking Dead and 28 Days Later) is to offer explanations rooted in science, pathology and ultimately, reality. If the Bubonic plague or other similar epidemics have us taught anything, it's to not underestimate the rapid, far-reaching effects of insidious viruses or fungi. Hey, scientists, can you develop a zombie inoculation (covered by insurance, of course) or an over-the-counter Preparation Z?
What's your verdict? Are zombies purely a fictional, albeit fun, diversion? Or is it possible for an unknown disease or experiment gone wrong to create the undead? What's your zombie preparedness plan? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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