Thursday, May 26, 2011

Deadly Horse Virus

This is terrible! Let's hope it gets under control soon. Everyone please be careful out there!

(NEWSER) – A mutant strain of a common horse virus has resulted in the deaths of seven animals and appears to be spreading quickly in Western states, the Wall Street Journal reports. The USDA reports suspected or confirmed cases of Equine Herpes Virus-1 at 42 stables or farms across 18 states. (The Journal says cases have been confirmed in nine of those states.) The outbreak appears to have started at a national riding competition in Utah earlier this month, and now similar competitions, rodeos, and fairground expos are being canceled.

"This outbreak is much more widespread than most, or perhaps any, previous outbreak," says Colorado's state veterinarian. While there's a vaccine for equine herpes, vets think the outbreak is a resistant mutant strain. The virus is highly contagious, and horses can pick it up from water, equipment, or feces. It doesn't affect humans.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

I've had a lot of jobs in my life, more than I can even remember. Everything from cleaning toilets to teaching Photoshop at the Art Institute in Denver. But I've never had the privilege of having the most important and most difficult job on earth...being a Mother.

I do have the privilege of knowing some of the best parents ever born and I have a deep admiration and respect for all of them. This Mother's Day I would like to pay special tribute
to my Mom. As my biggest fan and supporter, I admire her courage, her sense of humor and her deep faith. Also an artist and an inspiration, she paints with oils and acrylics enjoying abstract subject matter as well as realistic nature scenes. I want to let her know that I am grateful to her for so many things, including her great friendship in my adult years. I love you Mom.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Headlines Today

This is not a place for politics, but today the best headline comes from the NY Daily News. Regarding the death of Bin Laden: Rot In Hell.
God Bless America and our armed forces!