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One of the Good Guys: Dave Sheets

May 12th, 2011 Comments off

A  good guy.  A good friend.  Dave.

There are many people who would agree with me that under the dictionary definition of a good guy should be a picture of Dave Sheets.

He is talented in many areas, you can see some of his artwork by entering his name in the search box, but what makes Dave even more exceptional is his heart of compassion.  He and June have a ministry for children and have influenced, blessed, and led many young people to God with their love and generosity of spirit.

There are many people who would say he has come to their rescue and is a dependable resource for advice and sound judgment.  His willingness to be involved in solving problems and seeking answers for others makes him an invaluable friend.

So, for all of the ones who have benefited from your kindness, I want to say thank you Dave,  for being such a good man.  May God continue to bless you and June in all you do.

The connection between Armadillos and Leprosy

May 12th, 2011 1 comment

The word armadillo is Spanish for “little armored one”. 

Every year, about 100 to 150 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease.  Though many have traveled to countries where the disease is relatively common, as many as a third don’t know where they got it.

Most of the cases are in Texas and Louisiana, where leprosy-infected armadillos live too.

Richard W. Truman, director of microbiology at the National Hansen’s Disease Program in Baton Rouge, LA was lead author of a paper detailing new research in the New England Journal of Medicine.  According to Truman, “A preponderance of evidence shows that people get leprosy from animals.”

For years  scientists have known that other than humans, armadillos are the only known natural hosts for M.Leprae in the world.  Some armadillos die from the disease, and in some parts of the South, more than 20% of armadillos have the infection.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health says, “It doesn’t mean people need to run away from armadillos the way they do a rattlesnake, but people need to be careful.  You shoot an armadillo and try to skin it – that’s the worst thing you could do.”

Don’t worry, I won’t.

source:  LA TIMES, from article by Eryn Brown

He Done Good

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I love my Mother’s Day roses from #1 Son.  Just gorgeous!  Dankaschnoodle!

 

 

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