Fiction book review: The Silent Patient

I was hooked by the story The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides. It was a brilliant book with great twists. The list of suspects I had was long, and I was completely wrong on what I thought would happen multiple times.

The book is about Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time to work with Alicia, who shot her husband five times in the face and never spoke again. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path and in search of the truth.

The best part of the book is when Alicia finally decides to talk, and Theo figures out the truth behind the murder of Alicia’s husband—what looked to be a domestic tragedy turned into something far grander.


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Duncanville City Hall and Municipal Service Center Closed, Reopening Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Duncanville, Texas (January 12, 2022) – The City of Duncanville announced Wednesday, January 12, 2022, that City Hall and the Municipal Service Center will be closing to the public, with limited staff on hand, until Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Due to a rising number of COVID-19 exposures, City management has made the decision to follow the current CDC guidelines in the interest of protecting the health of the residents who visit City Hall or the Municipal Service Center and City staff.

For those needing assistance during this time, the City of Duncanville recommends the following:

  • Call 9-1-1 in an emergency, and 972-223-6111 option four (4) for non-emergencies
  • For issues related to water and sewer service, please call 972-780-4900
  • Report an issue through the ‘Report A Concern’ button at the bottom of the City website
  • Pay utility bills and court citations online at or by utilizing the drop box in the parking lot of City Hall.
  • Access building, inspection, and health department permits, applications, and forms online and email the completed PDF form to or call 972-780-5015.

Joint Primary Election Announced for Dallas County/Elecciones Primarias Conjuntas Anunciadas para el Condado Dallas

Dallas, Texas – Dallas County Commissioners Court approved a contract between Dallas County Elections Administrator Michael Scarpello, Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Kristy Noble, and Dallas County Republican Party Chair Jennifer Stoddard Hajdu to hold Dallas County’s first Joint Primary Election.

The discussion of a joint primary election began two months prior with an agreement being reached by the Democratic and Republican Party Chairs on January 7, 2022, and approved by the Dallas County Commissioners Court on January 11th. The contract is for the March 1st Primary Election and will allow voters from both parties to vote at any vote center in Dallas County. In previous primary elections, voters were limited to voting at party-specific vote centers or standing in Republican Party or Democratic Party lines at a shared vote center location.

View the complete Dallas County Commissioners Court Order HERE.

“In order to provide the best experience for voters for the upcoming primary election, the Democratic and Republican parties and Dallas County have partnered together in preparation for the first-ever joint primary election. This will enable us to allocate resources and coordinate to ensure a smooth voting process for all, no matter where you vote or which primary you choose to vote in,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

“I want to commend Elections Administrator Michael Scarpello and the Elections Department staff for facilitating the Joint Primary Election Agreement and their commitment to run fair and efficient elections,” said Republican Chair Stoddard Hajdu.

“This November, our lives and our democracy depend on your vote, and the first step is the March 1 Primary,” said Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Kristy Noble. “Local elections are often won in the Primary, and we urge every Democrat to cast their ballot! You can decide Texas’ future on March 1st.”
A Joint Primary Election includes:

Vote Center Changes
Dallas County voters from both parties can vote at any vote center in Dallas County and the Dallas County Elections Department will attempt to utilize all countywide vote centers. Voters will now be able to discreetly choose their party affiliation at the qualification table instead of attending party-specific vote centers or standing in a Republican Party or Democratic Party line at a vote center. The deadline to register to vote for March 1, 2022, Primary Election is January 31st. You can visit the site to check your registration status or to download a voter registration application.

Higher Primary Poll Worker Pay
To ensure appropriately staffed vote centers, Dallas County will pay the difference to poll workers between the State’s reimbursement of $12 per hour for primary poll workers and the County’s normal rate. This increases
Election Clerk’s pay to $16/hour and the Elections Judges to $18/hour.
Explore opportunities to work at election polls HERE.

Familiar Voting Process
Dallas County voters will have the opportunity to vote in the same location and nearly the same manner that they have over the last several major elections.

As details are finalized further information can be found at

Elecciones Primarias Conjuntas Anunciadas para el Condado Dallas

Dallas, Texas – La Corte de Comisionados del Condado Dallas aprobó un contrato entre el Administrador de Elecciones del Condado Dallas, Michael Scarpello, la Presidenta del Partido Demócrata del Condado Dallas, Kristy Noble, y la Presidenta del Partido Republicano del Condado Dallas, Jennifer Stoddard Hajdu, para realizar la Primera Elección Primaria Conjunta en la historia del Condado Dallas.

La discusión de una elección conjunta comenzó dos meses antes de un acuerdo alcanzado por las Presidentas del Partido Demócrata y Republicano el 7 de enero de 2022, y aprobado por la Corte de Comisionados del Condado Dallas el 11 de enero. El contrato es para las elecciones primarias del 1 de marzo y permitirá a los votantes de ambos partidos votar en cualquier centro de votación en el Condado Dallas. En elecciones primarias anteriores, los votantes se limitaban a votar en centros de votación específicos al partido o a presentarse en las líneas del partido de preferencia en una ubicación compartida.

Vea la Orden completa de la Corte de Comisionados del Condado Dallas AQUÍ.

“Con el fin de dar la mejor experiencia para los votantes en las próximas elecciones primarias, los partidos y el Condado Dallas se han asociado en preparación para la primera elección primaria conjunta. Esto nos permitirá asignar recursos y coordinarnos para garantizar un proceso de votación sin problemas para todos, sin importar dónde vote o en qué primaria elija votar.” dijo el Juez del Condado Dallas Clay Jenkins.

“Quiero felicitar al Administrador de Elecciones Michael Scarpello y al personal del Departamento de Elecciones por facilitar el Acuerdo Conjunto de Elecciones Primarias y su compromiso de llevar a cabo elecciones justas y eficientes.,” dijo la Presidenta del Partido Republicano del Condado Dallas, Jennifer Stoddard Hajdu.

“Este noviembre, nuestras vidas y nuestra democracia dependen de su voto, y el primer paso son las Primarias del 1 de marzo. ¡Las elecciones locales se ganan frecuentemente en las primarias, e invitamos a cada demócrata a emitir su voto! Puedes decidir el futuro de Texas el 1 de marzo.”. dijo la Presidenta del Partido Demócrata del Condado Dallas, Kristy Noble.

La elección primaria conjunta incluye:

Cambios en el Centro de Votación
Los votantes del Condado Dallas de ambos partidos pueden votar en cualquier centro de votación en el Condado Dallas y el Departamento de Elecciones intentará utilizar todos los centros de votación en el condado. Los votantes ahora podrán elegir discretamente su afiliación de partido en lugar de asistir a centros de votación específicos a un partido o pararse en una línea del partido preferido. La fecha límite para registrarse para votar para las elecciones primarias del 1 de marzo de 2022 es el 31 de enero. Puede visitar el sitio de para verificar su estado de registro o para descargar una solicitud deregistro de votantes.

Salario para los Trabajadores Electorales
Para garantizar que los centros de votación cuenten con el personal adecuado, el Condado Dallas pagará la diferencia a los trabajadores entre el reembolso del Estado de $12 por hora para los trabajadores y la tarifa normal del Condado. Esto aumenta el salario de los trabajadores electorales a $16/hora y los jueces electorales a $18/hora.

Explore oportunidades para trabajar en los centros de votación AQUÍ.

Proceso de Votación Familiar
Los votantes del Condado Dallas tendrán la oportunidad de votar en el mismo lugar y de la misma manera que lo han hecho en las últimas elecciones.
A medida que se finalizan los detalles, se puede encontrar más información en

Dallas County Reports a Three-Day Total of 12,698 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 8 Deaths, Including 1,921 Probable Cases

As of 12:00 pm January 11, 2022, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 12,698 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 10 confirmed cases, and 884 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 393,507 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 77,039 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 5,621 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness. Today’s press release includes the new case totals accumulated from Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

High Risk Transmission Level Red

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) provided more than 500,000 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic, which operated from January 11 through July 17. A vaccination clinic is open at the Dallas College Eastfield Campus Location on Tuesdays – Saturdays from 9 am-6 pm. A weekly pop-up vaccination clinic will take place at Fair Park on Sundays, from 10 am – 4 pm, starting November 21st, 2021.

The additional deaths being reported today include the following:

  • A woman in her 50’s who was a resident of the City of Farmers Branch. She was found deceased at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She expired in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

A woman in her 70’s who was a resident of the City of Duncanville. She expired in an area hospital ED and had underlying high-risk health conditions.    

  • A woman in her 70’s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She was found deceased at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

A woman in her 80’s who was a resident of the City of Duncanville. She expired at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions. 

  • A man in his 90’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. He had been hospitalized and did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.

To date, a total of 850 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants have been identified and investigated in residents of Dallas County, including 156 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha); 4 cases of B.1.351 (Beta); 627 cases of B.1.617.2 (Delta); 13 cases of B.1.427 (Epsilon);  19 cases of P.1 (Gamma);  9 cases of B.1.526 (Iota); 4 cases of C.37 (Lambda); 1 case of B.1.621 (Mu); 16 cases of B.1.1.529 (Omicron); and 1 case of P.2 (Zeta). One hundred and eighty-seven cases have been hospitalized and 21 have died. Seventeen COVID-19 variant cases were reinfections. Two hundred and sixteen people were considered fully vaccinated before infection with a COVID-19 variant. As of 1/7/2022, a total of 15,907 confirmed and probable cases were reported in CDC week 52 (week ending 1/1/22), which is a weekly rate of 603.6 new cases per 100,000 residents.

As of the week ending 1/1/2022, about 77% of Dallas County residents age 12 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including 96% of residents age 65 years and older; 83% of residents between 40-64 years of age; 74% of residents 25-39 years of age; 63% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 58% of residents 12-17 years of age.  In the cities of Addison, Coppell, Highland Park, Irving, and Sunnyvale, greater than 90% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  In the cities of Desoto, Farmers Branch, Garland, and University Park, greater than 80% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (See below).

About 61.5% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 52 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated.  In Dallas County, 23,950 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 803 (3.4%) were hospitalized and 230 have died due to COVID-19.

Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 1/1/2022 (CDC week 52), 41.7% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 52, area hospital labs have continued to report elevated numbers and proportions of respiratory specimens that are positive for other respiratory viruses by molecular tests: parainfluenza (7.63%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (21.99%), and RSV (7.53%).

There are currently 53 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 5,062 residents and 3,124 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,203 have been hospitalized and 857 have died. About 15% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities.

There have been 7 outbreaks of COVID-19 in a congregate-living facility (e.g. homeless shelters, group homes, and halfway homes) reported within the past 30 days. A cumulative total of 789 residents and 264 staff members in congregate-living facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with more detailed data dashboards and summary reports updated on Friday evenings, available at:

Local health experts use hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and ER visits as three of the key indicators as part of determining the COVID-19 Risk Level (color-coded risk) and corresponding guidelines for activities during our COVID-19 response. The most recent COVID-19 hospitalization data for Dallas County, as reported to the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council, can be found at under “Monitoring Data,” and is updated regularly. This data includes information on the total available ICU beds, suspected and confirmed COVID-19 ER visits in the last 24 hours, confirmed COVID-19 inpatients, and COVID-19 deaths by actual date of death. The most recent forecasting from UTSW can be found here.

“Today’s numbers are 12,698 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths. This is a three-day total. UT Southwester’s medical model released last week estimated that up to 1250 people would be hospitalized in Dallas County by the end of the month. We are already at more than 1,200 hospitalizations and the new UT Southwestern model released yesterday estimates that hospitalizations will more than double by the end of January, and up to 10,000 cases will be reported per day. Keep in mind, this only includes cases that are processed in our labs and does not include the home test kits, which will become more popular and more utilized as supply increases. This indicates that this particular strain of COVID is one of the most contagious viruses measured, surpassing all of the known viruses period. This does not mean it’s the most deadly virus, but simply the most contagious. Even with it being less deadly than the Delta strain, the sheer number of people who will get it means that our hospitals will be full, and this will have an impact not only on COVID patients, but everyone in need of a hospital room. For this reason it’s imperative that we get vaccinated if we’re not already, that we get boosted, as most vaccinated people in Dallas County have not yet had their booster. Boosters are easy to come by. You can find them at It’s also important that we wear a mask indoors when outside our own homes, and avoid crowds when possible. We can’t all do everything, but we can all do something. And your part is to get boosted, wear a mask, and avoid those crowds. Those are the most important things we can do right now, for yourself, your community and your country in this battle against COVID-19.,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. 

All Dallas County COVID-19 Updates and Information can be found here: and all guidance documents can be found here:
Specific Guidance for the Public:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care
  • Wash your hands often and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and help young children to do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands. Immediately wash your hands.
  • Monitor your health daily. Be alert for symptoms. Take your temperature and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Additional information is available at the following websites:

For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit: