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September 8, 2014

Just read in the news about a virus hitting the midwest. CDC is concerned it may spread to all states. Just BE AWARE of the symptoms and keep an eye on the children. It may be alarming, but knowledge is power, so don’t be alarmed – just stay focused on your kids. I send love and blessings to you all.
(CNN) — A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals in Missouri and possibly throughout the Midwest and beyond, officials say.
The unusually high number of hospitalizations reported now could be “just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases,” said Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Viral Diseases.
“We’re in the middle of looking into this,” he told CNN on Sunday. “We don’t have all the answers yet.”
Ten states have contacted the CDC for assistance in investigating clusters of enterovirus: Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Kentucky.
What is Enterovirus EV-D68?
Enteroviruses, which bring on symptoms like a very intense cold, aren’t unusual. They’re actually common. When you have a bad summer cold, often what you have is an enterovirus, he said. The season often hits its peak in September.
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The unusual situation now is that there have been so many hospitalizations.
The virus has sent more than 30 children a day to a Kansas City, Missouri, hospital, where about 15% of the youngsters were placed in intensive care, officials said.
In a sign of a possible regional outbreak, Colorado, Illinois and Ohio are reporting cases with similar symptoms and are awaiting testing results, according to officials and CNN affiliates in those states.
In Kansas City, about 475 children were recently treated at Children’s Mercy Hospital, and at least 60 of them received intensive hospitalization, spokesman Jake Jacobson said.
“It’s worse in terms of scope of critically ill children who require intensive care. I would call it unprecedented. I’ve practiced for 30 years in pediatrics, and I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” said Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, the hospital’s division director for infectious diseases.
“We’ve had to mobilize other providers, doctors, nurses. It’s big,” she said.
The Kansas City hospital treats 90% of that area’s ill children. Staff members noticed an initial spike on August 15, Jackson said.
“It could have taken off right after school started. Our students start back around August 17, and I think it blew up at that point,” Jackson said. “Our peak appears to be between the 21st and the 30th of August. We’ve seen some leveling of cases at this point.”

Exquisite common things

November 14, 2008

Every day of my life I’ve seen and heard what might be common things to us all. But today as I sit here with ice on my ankle, tending to a broken leg, I remember some of the exquisite common things I’ve seen and heard in my life. All these things spur memories and bring a smile to my face.

The sound of the wind rustling through fall leaves as some tumble to the ground with
striking colors of green, yellow, orange and red.

A child’s laughter.

The sound of bells ringing.

The sky before a storm, blue that is beginning to be enveloped by white and deep gray clouds, heavy with rain.

The sounds of life in the distance. A mixture of happy and sad sounds.

Sitting on a bench and watching people of diverse age and culture joining to form human kind, and in my sight, peacefully.

The smell of hot cinnamon rolls.

The sound of metal clapping against a pole, whether it be at the dock or a flag pole at a school.

The feel of sand between my toes, or grass, or mud. Splashing water barefoot.

Though sad, the sound of an ambulance on its way, knowing help will soon arrive..


My dog laying next to the desk, ready to follow me anywhere, with no questions asked.
No judgments, only love and loyalty – no matter what.

The backdoor opening as my husband returns home again safely.

A rainbow across the sky. Sun peeking through the trees to say good morning.
A sunset at the beach.

The crackling of a fire in the fireplace.

People hugging and holding hands.

The ability to forgive.

Music that fills my heart and lifts my spirit.

New fallen snow blanketing trees and everything in sight.

How an airplane can fly so gracefully and so high. A kite on a windy day.

Memories of sweet times gone by, and dreams of what the future will hold.


A kiss.

All these things and more continue throughout my life to fill me with wonder and love.



November 9, 2008

He stands across the street, a cane in hand, teeing off an acorn. I wonder what must be in his mind. He hits it a foot away, then turns and stands still for a moment. Then with all the precision of the last time, he strikes at the acorn again. This time the hit tosses it several feet away.

Is it the lack of activity, or age, or no friends that keeps him working busily at his toil. I do not know. Once again the man enters my mind and I turn back to look at him trying not to let him know I am watching.

He strikes the ball again. Ahh. I said ball. Perhaps in his mind he recalls the past, and the acorn becomes a ball and the past memories live once more.

He is not unhappy. At least he seems not to be unhappy. An interesting character, this man.

His black wool cap firmly on his head, he reaches to wrap the scarf more tightly around his neck as the winter peeks with a preview of cold wind.

His pants are baggy and his coat worn thin. Once again he aims at the acorn.
This time he seems to be planning a precision shot. Just as he swings the cane a squirrel leaps from the tree and as quickly as he came – he left; but this time with the acorn in his possession.

The man looked surprised at first, and then he smiled. He now noticed me and said, “Man, I wish I could move that fast.” He turned and limped away.

I began to like this man I will probably never know. The memory of him will surely bring a smile to my face.

Can you tell me why?

November 8, 2008

First, my hope is President elect Obama is as wonderful as he presents himself. I hope he is the great hope for America for real.

But now I want to ask a question that may seem silly. WHY IS OBAMA A BLACK MAN? He is half white and half African so why he is not considered as much a white man? Or – indeed (he did call himself a
mutt) – a half breed? There is no mention of his “whiteness” – it was white grandparents who reared him, after all. Is it because he is dark skinned – or that being a African American makes his election a first of it’s kind. Trust me, I have no problem with his white mother and African father. I often think a mix of races makes more beautiful children. As a matter of fact – I have a stunning little granddaughter that is half white and half Filipino…..and she is absolutely beautiful. So when I say half-breed, I mean no disrespect at all.

Any thoughts?

This may not be a popular post – but it’s my opinions and my blog:)

November 7, 2008

First of all, I do not CARE, nor would I dictate that anyone has the same sexual preferences as I do. I
think it is each individual right to choose – whether I agree or not. FYI I am happily married to my male husband for over 20 years – my choice.

I do have opinions if someone asks me, and I also have the right to vote. I did just that in this last election. In the previous election the proposition to allow gays and lesbians the right to legal marriage was defeated….the majority of votes in California said NO.

Some of the minority filed a suit, and to no one’s surprise, the supreme court in San Francisco overturned the vote of the citizens to allow it. This election, Proposition 8 became the most expensive proposition in California’s history. ONCE AGAIN, the citizens voted down accepting legally any other
marriages except that between a man and a woman.

Now again, six couples and some “groups” have filed a law suit to the California Supreme Court to try to overturn the MAJORITY vote of it’s citizens. WHAT’S UP WITH THAT!

They are complaining about defending the rights of the minorities. What about the rights of the majorities. What about citizens voting not once, but twice NOT to allow legal marriages for gays and lesbians.

These couples have the right to choose their SEXUAL preference and whom they partner up with, but when the majority of all of California’s citizens (though they may not be the most vocal)-VOTE and WIN –
why can’t they accept it? Do you think it would be right to question Obama’s win if a few groups
filed a suit? I don’t think so!

Sometimes it’s as if gays and lesbians (and I have friends who are gay and lesbian) forget that they are not a “culture” – they are not African- American, nor Irish- American, nor White-American—they are a group of folks who have decided a different sexual preference THAN THE MAJORITY of us. Majority wins. Isn’t that the American way?

If you were born gay or lesbian, or hurt by the opposite gender and switched, or experimented and liked it, or got drunk and changed your preference, I am not the judge of you. I know what I believe to be true, but I believe “each man must choose.” I also think that when the MAJORITY of citizens,
no matter what state it is in, VOTE not to allow marriage to be recognized except with a man and woman, then THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!

Now on to my next complaint! (Keep in mind I do not hold this kind of thing within me to distract me from enjoying my life, but I think it is my right to have opinions and to write about them. When I am done….I let it go and RELAX.)

The cost of of winning an election is absolutely ridiculous. The money spent on election, security and the balls to celebrate could do so much for so many here in the USA and even help those around the world.

The 2008 campaign was the costliest in history, with a record-shattering $5.3 billion in spending by candidates, political parties and interest groups on the congressional and presidential races.

Mitt Romney (a loosing candidate) – put up 45 million of his own money. Proposition 8 in Cal. cost a record 74-75 million dollars (pro or con.) Even in my town just to get on city council, one candidate paid 22,000.

To celebrate, at least 9 inaugural balls are held at cost of 30-40 million-minimum! This does not include security for ANY events! It cost almost 18 million for Bush when he was elected – just for security!
Can you imagine what the total cost for Obama’s security will be? Much more, I’ll bet. These are just a “FEW” of the costs involved. How about travel for one?

The bail out is a total joke! Bail out Wall Street. Bail out Corporations. Bail out banks. Bail out the vomit that fills my throat when I think of the way the American people are used and manipulated!
It actually sickens me when I think of so many good people getting reamed like this!

Anyway, that’s all I am saying about that! When I can do NOTHING about a situation I do not let it ruin my life. I just think it’s ridiculous to use so much money while the MAJORITY of Americans are in a crunch or really suffering right now.

Beauty is still all around us – Just Look!

June 5, 2008

i went to the market just as the sun was setting. When I got out of the car I glanced at the sky.
I had to dig my camera and take a photo. Just think – I saw an incredibly beautiful sight presented
to me. I didn’t have to ask, all I had to do was look around me.

Look around, you may see the magic too! Love and blessings to you!