Sunday, May 22, 2022
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Sunday, March 06, 2022
Far away from us
People leave dead loved ones
Spouses and homes
And the little they can
From amid the rubble
Of what once was plenty
To escape death
In the hope of safety
In search of life
In smiles and arms
Of those who welcome them.
Friday, February 04, 2022
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Friday, November 19, 2021
Monday, November 15, 2021
Not just pets but also zoo animals can catch covid.
"While coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) mostly spreads from person to person, it can also spread from people to animals.
COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses. Some cause cold-like illnesses in people, and others cause illness in animals, such as bats. In addition, some coronaviruses infect only animals. While the specific source of origin isn't known, the virus that causes COVID-19 is believed to have started in an animal, spread to humans and then spread between people.
Coronavirus in dogs and cats
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a few pets — including cats and dogs — also have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. This happened mostly after the animals were in close contact with people infected with the COVID-19 virus.
Based on the limited available information, the risk of animals spreading the COVID-19 virus to people is considered low. Animals don't appear to play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. There is no evidence that viruses can spread to people or other animals from a pet's skin, fur or hair.
However, keep in mind that young children, people with weakened immune systems, and people age 65 and older are more likely to get sick from some other germs that animals can carry.
To protect your pet from the COVID-19 virus, don't let your dog or cat interact with people or animals outside your household. For example:
- Avoid dog parks or public places where many people and dogs gather.
- When walking your dog, make sure your dog wears a leash and keep your dog at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals.
- Keep cats indoors when possible.
If you become sick with COVID-19 and have a pet:
- Isolate yourself from everyone else, including your pet. If possible, have another person in your household care for your pet.
- Avoid petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding with your pet.
- If you care for your pet or are around animals while you're sick, wear a cloth face covering. Wash your hands before and after handling animals and their food, waste and supplies. Also, make sure you clean up after your pet.
If you have COVID-19 and your pet becomes sick, don't take your pet to the veterinarian yourself. Instead, contact the veterinarian. He or she might offer advice through a virtual visit or make another plan for treating your pet. Testing is only recommended for pets that have symptoms and have been exposed to a person with COVID-19.
If your pet tests positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the same precautions you would if a family member became infected. Aim to isolate your pet in a separate room away from the rest of your family and have your pet stay at home. Wear gloves when you interact with your pet or its food, dishes, waste or bedding. Wash your hands after touching any of your pet's items. Don't put a face covering on your pet and don't wipe your pet with disinfectants, which can be harmful. If your pet develops new symptoms or seems to be getting worse, call the veterinarian.
If your pet becomes ill, there's reason to be hopeful. Of the small number of dogs and cats confirmed to have the virus that causes COVID-19, some didn't show any signs of illness. The pets that did become ill only experienced mild symptoms and could be cared for at home. None of them died.
If you have questions or concerns about your pet's health and how it can be affected by COVID-19, contact your veterinarian."
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Like all authors, I want great reviews and a lot of sales. Easier said than done!
It's hard to get readers interested in novels by breakthrough authors and much harder to get good or even bad reviews; I've learned and grown from both.
When I published The Sylph's Tale, wrote it as a base for a screenplay that won a third-place award and is still in the works, I gave it to family and friends, hoping for reviews that never came. But I did get some good reviews on Amazon and other sites from readers I don't even know!
What will I do now when I publish On Wings Of Immortals-The Series books? I certainly will not give it away to family and friends, but I will to readers who give me reviews.
However, it all starts with me! If I want to be a best-selling author, I must make sure that the story and prose are riveting, well written, and edited.
My editors are Word, Grammarly, a couple of friends who are published authors, and my husband, an avid reader with impeccable grammar.
I also read and share articles like this: Fiction University: 5 Tips for Scoring More Book Reviews: Veronica Mixon Part of The Indie Author Series JH: Reviews can make or break a book. Veronica Mixon shares tips on how to encourage more ...
Sunday, October 24, 2021
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Sunday, April 04, 2021
Man on the cross on this Easter
Help us recognize that buckled
Under pompous vulgar leaders
We excused immorality and disdain.
Man on the cross hidden by sashes
To keep pious signing in praise
Not offended by blood from nails
Or a crown of thorns.
Help us recall how You
Buckled under lashes of greed
Hung for us to stand strong
Against borders to build nations.
Not for wigged powdered classes
But for freedom and equality
As You, Moses, Mohamed, Buddha
Rose to give strength and purpose.
For the time has come to end
Rules that topple our nation
And Liberty’s Flame
Under mire and stench.
By @MartaCWeeks 4/17/21
The emotional peril a character faces is just as important as the physical peril.