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We salute the Grammy nomination of the late great Dave Van Ronk's final concert album:
". . . and the tin pan bended and the story ended . . ."
DVR Grammy CD
Watch the 47th Grammy's and look for DVR's Wife and Producer, Andrea Vuocolo Vanronk, and our beloved Christine Lavin [who helped edit it]
February 13, 2005 8PM on CBS.

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William Valdez is our Son-in-Law Extrodinaire.
You can support our troops via this site, and support William, personally, if you wish. His TFT ID is 1862195
Thank you!

don't recycle bush


Listen to Hober

US Faces of the Fallen:
•US Fatalities in Iraq

•US Fatalities; "Operation Enduring Freedom"

Civilian casualties update
  Wednesday   May 27   2009

What is it about men and cats that just makes me go "ga-ga"?


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  Monday   May 25   2009

i can't believe it's here on youtube...! I found this eons ago, and decided to use it for "our song" and our vows when I married JCP! Not the best vid /audio quality, but kewl beanz:


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  Thursday   May 21   2009

Please read about this recall of Cat Food

Recall -- Firm Press Release
FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Nutro Products Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Range of Dry Cat Food Products

Monica Barrett
Nutro Products, Inc.
(615) 628-5387

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Franklin, Tennessee (May 21, 2009) -- Today, Nutro Products announced a voluntary recall of select varieties of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO® MAX® Cat Dry Foods with “Best If Used By Dates” between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010. The cat food is being voluntarily recalled in the United States and ten additional countries. This recall is due to incorrect levels of zinc and potassium in our finished product resulting from a production error by a US-based premix supplier.

Two mineral premixes were affected. One premix contained excessive levels of zinc and under-supplemented potassium. The second premix under-supplemented potassium. Both zinc and potassium are essential nutrients for cats and are added as nutritional supplements to NUTRO® dry cat food.

This issue was identified during an audit of our documentation from the supplier. An extensive review confirmed that only these two premixes were affected. This recall does not affect any NUTRO® dog food products, wet dog or cat food, or dog and cat treats.

Affected product was distributed to retail customers in all 50 states, as well as to customers in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Israel. We are working with all of our distributors and retail customers, in both the US and internationally, to ensure that the recalled products are not on store shelves. These products should not be sold or distributed further.

Consumers who have purchased affected product should immediately discontinue feeding the product to their cats, and switch to another product with a balanced nutritional profile. While we have received no consumer complaints related to this issue, cat owners should monitor their cat for symptoms, including a reduction in appetite or refusal of food, weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea. If your cat is experiencing health issues or is pregnant, please contact your veterinarian.

Consumers who have purchased product affected by this voluntary recall should return it to their retailer for a full refund or exchange for another NUTRO® dry cat food product. Cat owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-800-833-5330 between the hours 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM CST, or visit www.nutroproducts.com.

Recalled Pet Food

The varieties of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO® MAX® Cat Dry Foods listed below with “Best If Used By Dates” between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010 are affected by this voluntary recall.

Link for Nutro Products Recall List – Dry Cat Foods

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Gordy and I came home to a lovely pink Clematis on our front porch with the note:

"For Olivia"

from Kim and Doug.

We have a "cat house" that keeps them safe from beasties like coyotes, but allows them to come and go as they please and hang outside.

We'll plant this lovely pink fleur in her honor.
I miss her so. >^^<
I hope she knows I love her and didn't want this to happen...

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One of my Zeta sisters, Karen, who I met playing SL on FB sent this to me for Miz Olivia:


Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to some-
one here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows
and hills for all our special friends so they can run and
play together. There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine
and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health
and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong
again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times
gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small
thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be
left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when
one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are
intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, he begins to run
from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him
faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend
finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to
be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your
hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more
into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your
life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...

-- Anon. --


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We just got back from taking Olivia to the vets to put her to sleep. I awoke about 6:00AM hearing her "mau" -- she couldn't move herself. I woke Gordy and we were with her until the Vet's opened, then we met with Dr Bishop, he gave her something to keep her calm, then Gordy stayed in the room while I went to the car. I am so ashamed of myself. I'm glad Olivia had Gordy. I hope and pray she knew I loved her and didn't just judge me by my cowardice act of leaving.

I love you Olivia with the O's on your sides, your question mark tail, your bobcat belly, you lioness, princesses, beauty, sense of humor, the way you "rubbed us in", your catmagic finding my lost things.

olivia lazing

Be safe come home soon...
<--singing "Livia Olivia, have you met Livia, Livia the tatood pussycat..."

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  Tuesday   May 12   2009

May 12th is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

May 12 is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

"In 1993, May 12 was designated as the International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases, to memorialize the birth date of Florence Nightingale, the English army nurse who inspired the founding of the International Red Cross. The National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) joined the Awareness Day effort in 1997 and has led the call for increased recognition of fibromyalgia each May 12 since then.

The theme for this year’s Awareness Day is “Fibromyalgia Affects Everyone.” The day will focus on the far-reaching effects of fibromyalgia.

This year will mark the second annual Walk of FAME (Fibromyalgia Awareness Means Everything), a 5k event hosted on May 12 to raise awareness of the disease. This year’s walk will expand to increase participation and maximize outreach efforts by consisting of hundreds of walks in local communities across the country. On May 12, teams of three or more will walk at an array of popular destinations including shopping malls, the perimeter of Disneyland, and high-profile college campuses wearing Walk of FAME t-shirts and handing out information cards about fibromyalgia.

The NFA has other events planned for Awareness Day that range from a group road trip up the coast of California to a candlelight observance.

In an effort to request a proclamation declaring May 12 International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, the NFA provides a customizable proclamation template to send to local and state government officials for support."

As a person having been dx'd with FMS for ~20 years, I appreciate your support in this effort!

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  Friday   May 8   2009

Just in from Co-Cure distribution list, a study about FM that is significant and spooky to those of usns who have Fibromyalgia:

Changes in Gray Matter Density in Fibromyalgia: Correlation With Dopamine Metabolism

J Pain. 2009 Apr 22. [Epub ahead of print]
Wood PB, Glabus MF, Simpson R, Patterson JC 2nd.

Department of Family Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Psychiatry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport, Shreveport, Louisiana.
PMID: 19398377

Fibromyalgia (FM) has been associated with alterations in brain morphometry and abnormal dopaminergic neurotransmission. Evidence from preclinical models has demonstrated that dopamine plays a role in promoting neuronal integrity. We therefore sought to confirm previous findings of reduced gray matter density in subjects with FM and to determine whether variations in dopamine metabolism might affect gray matter density.

Voxel-based morphometry was used to evaluate anatomical magnetic resonance imaging data from 30 female FM subjects in comparison with 20 age- and gender-matched healthy control subjects. In addition, data from a subset of subjects from both groups who had previously participated in our positron emission tomography study using radiolabeled DOPA (n = 14; 6 FM subjects and 8 control subjects) was used to determine whether correlation might exist between gray matter density and dopamine metabolism.

We found a significant reduction in gray matter density within the bilateral parahippocampal gyri, right posterior cingulate cortex, and left anterior cingulate cortex. In addition, a positive correlation was demonstrated between an index of dopamine metabolism from the ventral tegmental area wherein cell bodies of corticolimbic projection neurons originate and gray matter density, specifically in the bilateral parahippocampal gyri and left pregenual cortex.

The current results confirm our previous findings that FM is associated with altered brain morphometry. Alterations in dopamine metabolism might contribute to the associated changes in gray matter density.

PERSPECTIVE: Fibromyalgia is associated with reductions in gray matter density within brain regions ostensibly involved in phenomena related to the disorder, including enhanced pain perception, cognitive dysfunction, and abnormal stress reactivity. Given mounting evidence of abnormal dopaminergic neurotransmission associated with the disorder, the strong correlation between dopamine metabolism and gray matter density provides insight as to the pathophysiology that might contribute to these changes.


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  Thursday   May 7   2009

A Mother's day salute to all mothers, sisters, daughters everywhere:

Adira Amram - Mom Song from Jim Turner on Vimeo.


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  Wednesday   May 6   2009

I am thrilled to say that there is a brand new video released by the engineers who made the "engineer's guide to cats" -- enjoy and learn (ps 2 of the 3 kitties look just like 2 of mine...!):

PS I'm secretly in love with this guy, because his cat techniques are mine too! A kindred spirit? >^^<

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"walk this way..." Igor [prnounced Eye-gore] from "Young Frankenstien" [pronounced Steen] -- there's more!