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Good news on my Mom’s 93rd birthday 😊
Wasn’t able to do much more than chores and a relaxing 7 minute SilverSneakers yoga stretch today, but got to see my mom reach 93, even if I couldn’t go see her ❤️ She was inundated with good wish calls, so am aiming for some FaceTime or phone time with her this weekend.
With so much going on, and a second rare day filled with chores outside the house til past noon, and still taking my antibiotics, I was again too kaput to paint by late afternoon. I have some photo ideas I’d really like to try making into silhouette paintings, so I know it’s only a matter of time, ie, when not if, and that’s a good thing!
So today’s other good news, besides my mom’s milestone, and I’m beginning to suspect the milestones of living are really each day, is from my wife’s home state of Vermont and place where she attended college, UVM, ie, the University of Vermont.
By default, I guess this is also a sorta reblog within a blog, lol – but here’s the link and blurb into :
A team of University of Vermont scientists, engineers and doctors has created an inexpensive and quick-to-manufacture ventilator intended to help patients suffering from serious cases…
— Read on www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2020/04/07/uvm-scientists-engineers-team-up-to-create-vermontilator .
It’s a fascinating if short posting from my daily newsletter from Seven Days Vermont.
The newsletter’s blurb reads —
A team of University of Vermont scientists, engineers and doctors has created an inexpensive and quick-to-manufacture ventilator intended to help patients suffering from serious cases of COVID-19.www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2020/04/07/uvm-scientists-engineers-team-up-to-create-vermontilator
The Vermontilator is about the size of a toaster and weighs about five pounds. Unlike a traditional ventilator — a complex device that can cost more than $25,000 to make — the Vermontilator can be built for a couple hundred bucks with simple, widely available parts. It’s powered by a 12-volt battery.
And the details of ways it’s better than it’s $25,000 counterpart are truly fascinating! Though not meant to replace.
And because of superb planning between the Republican Governor and Democratic Vermont Senate and House and the University of Vermont, the plan is to have enough produced to help the state as it reaches its peak of the virus curve very closely to the same time as here in Texas.
Plus, one of my favorite quotes in the article,
“You recognize the gravity of what we’re all facing,” Lane said of the ventilator project. “When folks say we’re all in this together, the reality is, we’re all in this together.”
We truly are all in this together, whether voting, delivering food to innocent children, or building an inexpensive easy to make ventilator 💕
Stay well everyone! Be safe, keep keeping hope!
Series link – Aging Through Covid-19
Suggested link, the topic of mail in voting is hot right now, and will probably heat up into November. I found this site, Vote.org — it provides information (I think I didn’t make it all the way to the end, lol!) for anyone in any of the fifty states, overseas, and our military! – https://www.vote.org/absentee-voting-rules/ . I didn’t realize states constrict or allow nearly as many types of eligible voters as there are states! So wise to check!
Do you have good, positive, useful or encouraging info to share? Please post in the moderated comments below 😊
Note: Each time I post while doing this series (may it be a short series, but if so, for positive reasons 😊), I’ll post one or more links to posts I feel are worth seeing or reading. Some will be COVID-19 specific, some just uplifting, some encouraging via exercise or nutrition etc, but all within the rubric of what we’re all facing tougher ❤️
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- January 23, 2021 – Dr Fauci’s Update on Covid-19 Vaccines, There is Much HopeThe information is relatively basic, but immensely clarifying and reassuring, at least to my wife and I. We’re in our 70s, still haven’t been able to receive vaccinations, and this type of information is crucial in keeping us upbeat and hopeful, committed to continue eating and living healthy as we can ❤️
- January 22, 2021 – Tweets That Caught My Eye on Twitter – Jo Coyne @Jopolkadot #Inspirations via the Arts and NatureJo has long been an inspiration of surprises for me on Twitter. Partly, probably, because she shares from all the arts, plus so many grand and nuanced thinkers, plus, includes such interesting imagery 💕
- The Old American Artist Twitter Excerpt Series, Number III.18.2“The room around them returned slowly. People approached. Congratulating them. On the show, on their togetherness. ‘Your show looks fabulous,’ Rosetta said to Arturo, ‘Macario came through.'”
- January 21, 2021 – Inauguration Day, The Day After – An Energy’s Been Unleashed!“I couldn’t decide what I’d write today!…And there can only be one reason – other than we’re one day closer to Valentines Day, my wife’s fav ❤️ — A new day has risen for America! For all of us who want it.”
- The Old American Artist Twitter Excerpt Series, Number III.18.1“Arturo caught sight of Rosetta and immediately felt his heart expand. Her legs split the fold in her dress as she stepped….”
- January 20, 2021 – Inauguration Day, A Promise of a PromiseI’ve seen Inauguration Days since I was a kid, beginning with John F. Kennedy’s. (video – https://youtu.be/PEC1C4p0k3E) I still remember how thrilled I was, and then, how shocked, when he said we should ask not what our country can do for us, but what we could do for our country, lol! What! Me? I was barely ten!
- The Old American Artist Twitter Excerpt Series, Number III.17.5“A brief gust shook the large panes ever so slightly, barely a tremor of vibration. ‘I think it’s her….'”
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