This is a great step forward in the treatment of the awful decease. As I am the caregiver of my Mom with advanced Alzheimer's decease, This is a a great stride in the right direction. I know it is to late for my Mom, but hopefully they will have a cure in the near future.
Scientists develop potential Alzheimer's vaccine, successfully treat mice
By Colleen Killingsworth
Posted Jun 11 2019 01:42PM PDT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A team of researchers at the University of New Mexico is developing a new vaccine that they hope will be able to prevent Alzheimer's disease in humans after seeing promising results in tests with mice.
Alzheimer's is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects memory functioning and is characterized by cognitive decline. There are currently 43 million Alzheimer's sufferers worldwide, and instances are on the rise.
The research is being done in the lab of Kirin Bashkar, Ph.D. and associate professor in UNM’s Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology. Bashkar told KRQE-TV that he saw the lack of an Alzheimer's cure as a challenge and began seriously pursuing the development of a treatment in 2013.
"I would say it took about five years or so to get from where the idea generated and get the fully functioning working vaccine," Bashkar told KRQE-TV.
In a paper published in the NJP -Vaccines journal, the team reported that it had successfully created a virus-like protein that had promising results in treating mice that had been bred to develop symptoms similar to those experienced by human Alzheimer's patients.
The virus-like protein targets accumulations of another protein called tau. Though tau is supposed to function as a stabilizing structure inside of neurons, accumulation of tau creates long tangles that interfere with neurons' capabilities to communicate with one another, causing the memory problems that characterize Alzheimer's.
When researchers tested the virus-like protein on mice with Alzheimer's-like symptoms, they developed antibodies that cleared the tau protein from their brains. What's more: The results lasted for months afterward.
“We’re excited by these findings, because they seem to suggest that we can use the body’s own immune system to make antibodies against these tangles, and that these antibodies actually bind and clear these tau tangles,” said Nicole Maphis, a Ph.D. candidate in UNM’s Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.
When Maphis challenged the mice with maze-like tests, those that had been treated with the vaccine performed significantly better than those that hadn't.
A small animal MRI was used to study the effectiveness of the protein-based vaccine on the prevention of brain atrophy in the vaccinated mice and found significantly less tangles in both the cortex and hippocampus, two areas of the brain that are crucial for learning and memory. They also discovered a distinct decrease in the loss of neurons and a lessening of hippocampal atrophy, which suggest that the vaccine is neuroprotective.
“These results confirm that targeting tau tangles using a vaccine intervention could rescue memory impairments and prevent neurons from dying,” Maphis said.
The vaccine was developed with the assistance of David Peabody and Bryce Chackerian, UNM scientists who helped pioneer the use of virus-like proteins to create vaccines for dengue virus, hepatitis B, and HPV.
Virus-like proteins are created by removing the genome of a virus so it cannot reproduce, leaving only a protein shell. The shell is still recognizable as an invasive threat to the human immune system, which creates antibodies that react to and neutralize the protein shell. In the case of the Alzheimer's vaccine, the virus-like protein triggers an immune response to target and destroy tau tangles.
The researchers believe that their method with this specific virus-like protein may be applicable to a wider range of tauopathies, including dementia, traumatic brain injury, and chronic encephalopathy (brain disease, damage, or malfunction).
Though getting a drug out of the lab phases of development and into actual human trials can takes decades and is often tremendously expensive, Bashkar is hopeful that necessary funding can be obtained to create a version of the vaccine that can be tested on humans.
19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote was passed 100 years ago today
By Brian Pascus
June 4, 2019 / 1:30 PM / CBS News
The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, celebrates a big birthday on Tuesday, as it was passed by both chambers of Congress 100 years ago on June 4, 1919. According to the National Archives, the House of Representatives first passed the amendment on May 21, 1919, and two weeks later, on June 4, the Senate followed with a vote of 56 to 25. The next year, following approval by three-fourths of state legislatures, the amendment was ratified into the Constitution.
The opening of the Amendment's text reads, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
Photograph shows women lining up for parade; woman in front leading with baby and carriage; women, dressed in white and wearing sashes "Votes for women" carrying flags and banner.Suffrage parade, New York City, May 4, 1912 Library of Congress
Since the 19th Amendment's passage, women have helped inaugurate a new era of American politics. In fact, many historians can point a clear line from the passage of the 19th amendment to the passage of Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s and the current movements seeking to offer greater federal protections for gay and transgender Americans.
The 19th Amendment emerged out of the Progressive Era in American politics, a period of increased social activism and economic reform during the first two decades of the 20th century. Suffragists like Jeannette Rankin, the first female member of the House of Representatives, brought greater attention to the rights of women. Certain states like California, Washington and Arizona passed their own legislation granting women either full or partial suffrage in the early 1910s. Wyoming was the first to do so in 1869, when it was still a territory.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, is joined by other women wearing white, as they pose for a group photo before the State of the Union address by President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in Washington. Alex Brandon / AP
The 19th Amendment changed the electorate forever. Some names are etched in the annals of American history: Winnifred Huck of Illinois, the first woman to win a special election to Congress; Gladys Pyle of South Dakota, the first woman elected to the Senate without previously been appointed; Margaret Chase Smith of Maine, the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress; Patsy Mink of Hawaii, the first non-white woman and Asian American woman elected to Congress; Shirley Chisholm of New York, the first African American woman elected to Congress; and Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois, the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
And then there's Nellie Ross of Wyoming, the first female governor, Sandra Day O'Conner, the first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and Nancy Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House.
First published on June 4, 2019 / 1:30 PM
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I am sharing this news story about the irconic actress Doris DAy, because I am speechless about her passing. She was one of my all time favorite actresses and I would watch any movie she was in.
Doris Day, actress who honed wholesome image, dies at 97
Associated Press•May 13, 2019
Doris Day, the sunny blond actress and singer whose frothy comedic roles opposite the likes of Rock Hudson and Cary Grant made her one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1950s and '60s and a symbol of wholesome American womanhood, died Monday. She was 97.
In more recent years, Day had been an animal rights advocate. Her Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed her death at her Carmel Valley, California, home.
Day "had been in excellent physical health for her age" but had recently contracted pneumonia, the foundation said in a statement. She requested that no memorial services be held and no grave marker erected.
With her lilting contralto, fresh-faced beauty and glowing smile, Day was a top box-office draw and recording artist known for comedies such as "Pillow Talk" and "That Touch of Mink," as well as songs like "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" from the Alfred Hitchcock film "The Man Who Knew Too Much."
Over time, she became more than a name above the title. Right down to her cheerful, alliterative stage name, she stood for the era's ideal of innocence and G-rated love, a parallel world to her contemporary Marilyn Monroe. The running joke, attributed to both Groucho Marx and actor-composer Oscar Levant, was that they had known Day "before she was a virgin."
Day herself was no Doris Day, by choice and by hard luck. Her 1976 tell-all book, "Doris Day: Her Own Story," chronicled her money troubles and three failed marriages.
"I have the unfortunate reputation of being Miss Goody Two-Shoes, America's Virgin, and all that, so I'm afraid it's going to shock some people for me to say this, but I staunchly believe no two people should get married until they have lived together," she wrote.
A.E. Hotchner, who collaborated with Day on her memoir, said she had a "sweet and sour" existence and never let her personal difficulties "change her attitude toward people."
"She was such a positive, absolutely enchanting woman," he told The Associated Press on Monday. "And she was so loved."
Day received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004. Although mostly retired from show business since the 1980s, she still had enough of a following that a 2011 collection of previously unreleased songs, "My Heart," hit the top 10 in the United Kingdom. The same year, she received a lifetime achievement honor from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
The Humane Society of the United States, of which The Doris Day Animal League is an affiliate, praised Day as a pioneer in animal protection.
In 1987, Day "founded one of the first national animal protection organizations dedicated to legislative remedies for the worst animal abuse," said the league's executive director, Sara Amundson. Her foresight "led to dozens of bills, final rules and policies on the federal level," which helped end abusive videos, protect chimpanzees from invasive research and regulate the online sale of puppies.
"She is an icon in the animal protection world and will be sorely missed for her singular advocacy," Amundson said.
Paul McCartney, a friend, called Day "a true star in more ways than one."
"Visiting her in her Californian home was like going to an animal sanctuary where her many dogs were taken care of in splendid style," he said in a statement. "She had a heart of gold and was a very funny lady who I shared many laughs with."
He cited films like "Calamity Jane," ''Move Over, Darling" and others and said he would "always remember her twinkling smile and infectious laugh."
Day "was kind and decent, onscreen and off; she maintained her friendship with Rock Hudson after his AIDS diagnosis, in a climate of fear and abandonment — one of his last appearances was on a TV show with her," playwright Paul Rudnick tweeted.
Born to a music teacher and a housewife in Cincinnati, Day dreamed of a dance career but at age 12 broke her leg badly when a car in which she was traveling was hit by a train. Listening to the radio while recuperating, she began singing along with Ella Fitzgerald, "trying to catch the subtle ways she shaded her voice, the casual yet clean way she sang the words."
Day began singing at a Cincinnati radio station, then a nightclub, then in New York. A bandleader changed her name to Day after the song "Day after Day" to fit it on a marquee.
A marriage at 17 to trombonist Al Jorden ended when, she said, he beat her when she was eight months' pregnant. She gave birth to her son, Terry, in early 1942. Her second marriage also was short-lived. She returned to Les Brown's band after the first marriage broke up.
Her Hollywood career began after she sang at a Hollywood party in 1947. After early stardom as a band singer and a stint at Warner Bros., Day won the best notices of her career with 1955's "Love Me or Leave Me," the story of songstress Ruth Etting and her gangster husband-manager. She followed with "The Man Who Knew Too Much," starring with James Stewart as an innocent couple ensnared in an international assassination plot. She sang "Que Sera, Sera" just as the story reached its climax.
But she found her greatest success in slick, stylish sex comedies, beginning with 1959's Oscar-nominated "Pillow Talk," in which she and Hudson played two New Yorkers who shared a telephone party line. It was the first of three films with Hudson.
In "That Touch of Mink," she turned back advances from Grant and in "The Thrill of It All" played a housewife who gains fame as a TV pitchwoman to the chagrin of obstetrician husband James Garner.
The nation's theater owners voted her the top moneymaking star in 1960, 1962, 1963 and 1964.
Her first singing hit was the 1945 smash "Sentimental Journey," when she was barely in her 20s. Among the other songs she made famous were "Everybody Loves a Lover," ''Secret Love," and "It's Magic," a song from her first film, "Romance on the High Seas."
Critic Gary Giddins called her "the coolest and sexiest female singer of slow-ballads in movie history."
Day was cast in "Romance on the High Seas" after Judy Garland and Betty Hutton bowed out. Warner Bros. cashed in on its new star with a series of musicals, including "My Dream Is Yours," ''Tea for Two" and "Lullaby of Broadway." Her dramas included "Young Man with a Horn" and "Storm Warning."
Her last film was "With Six You Get Eggroll," a 1968 comedy about a widow and a widower who blend families.
In the 1960s, Day discovered that failed investments by her third husband, Martin Melcher, left her deeply in debt. She eventually won a multimillion-dollar judgment against their lawyer.
With movies trending toward more explicit sex, she turned to television to recoup her finances. "The Doris Day Show" was a moderate success in its 1968-1973 run on CBS.
Day had married Melcher in 1951. He became her manager, and her son took his name. In most of the films following "Pillow Talk," Melcher was listed as co-producer. He died in 1969.
In her autobiography, Day recalled her son telling her the $20 million she had earned had vanished and she owed around $450,000, mostly for taxes. Terry Melcher, who died in 2004, became a songwriter and record producer, working with such stars as the Beach Boys. He was also famous for an aspiring musician he turned down, Charles Manson. When Manson and his followers embarked on their murderous rampage in 1969, they headed for a house once owned by Melcher and instead came upon actress Sharon Tate and some visitors, all of whom were killed.
Day married a fourth time at age 52, to businessman Barry Comden in 1976.
Her wholesome image was referenced in the song "I'm Sandra Dee" in the 1971 musical "Grease," which included the lyrics: "Watch it, hey, I'm Doris Day/ I was not brought up that way/ Won't come across/ Even Rock Hudson lost/ His heart to Doris Day."
The late Associated Press writer Bob Thomas in Los Angeles and AP writer Shawn Marsh in Trenton, New Jersey, contributed to this report.
As of this afternoon I received a phone call letting me know that I, or rather my book Gabrielle, lost made me a BEST SELLER on Amazon for today Dec. 18, 2018 at 2:00pm Pacific Time.
I am so excited I can hardly sit still! If I could I would be doing summer salts all over the house! As of right now I am ranked #6 on Amazon, one step ABOVE E.L. James Fifty Shade of Gray!
December 13, 2018
Leaving the service doesn’t have to mean leaving your community behind. While women are on track to being the fastest growing population of veterans, finding that community of sisters-in-arms can be challenging once you take off your uniform.
Here is a list of local and national organizations focused on strengthening the women veteran community:
Center for Women Veterans (CWV)
Did you know that each VA has a designated women’s health provider? If you don’t know who yours is, you need to ask. CWV is the national hub to ensure women veterans services are “on par with male veterans.” The advocates on behalf of all women veterans and their needs and its website regularly post news and resources women veterans should know about.
Women Veterans Interactive (WVI)
Founded in 2009, by a once homeless women veteran, WVI advocates for women veterans through “advocacy, empowerment, interaction, outreach, and unification.” With national chapters and events, women veterans can find their community and learn more about how to transition from the military to civilian life.
American Women Veterans
Through outreach campaigns, professional development projects, and retreats, American Women Veterans is working to stretch their reach with chapters on a national and overseas scale.
Women Military Aviators
Formed in 1978, this organization educates and promotes the legacy and future of women pilots, navigators, and aircrew. Their Women in Aviation conference brings together over 400 members each year.
Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN)
With almost 2.5 million female service members in the U.S., SWAN is an amplifying voice within the military women community. From research and legislation to community events, SWAN’s goal is to support military women with the tools and access they need to succeed in and out of the uniform.
Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association (Army Women United)
Originally founded during WWII by mothers of women who served in the Women’s Auxiliary Corps (WAAC). THE CHANNEL, the organization's official publication keeps its members up-to-date about their national convention and other events. You can also join their Facebook group, which boasts nearly 4,000 members.
Women Marines Association (WMA)
The smallest branch with the smallest percentage of women serving, the Women Marines Association promotes the strong legacy of female marines. The organization holds volunteer events, awards scholarships and a national convention. Their next biennial convention will be in 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Women Veterans Network (WoVen)
WoVen is a nation-wide network of peer support for the women veteran community. Groups are made up of 6-10 members, led by two women veteran peer leaders. Through group meetings, the veterans build connections and share resources on everything from career transition to health and wellness.
Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA)
Formally created by Congress in 1901, the ANCA is a voluntary membership organization that supports active-duty, Reserve, Guard, and veteran Army nurses. ANCA offers nursing scholarships, hold a biennial convention, and fosters networking through their quarterly newsletter, The Connection.
Army Women’s Foundation (AWF)
AWF supports the history and future of current female soldiers and veterans. Originally WAC, the Women’s Army Corps Foundation, the organization raised funds to build a museum honoring the history of the Women’s Army Corps. The museum opened in 1977. Each year, its annual summit brings together experts and women soldiers to talk about the roles and challenges that Army women face.
Women Veterans ROCK!
A coalition of women veterans and military families, the organization supports women veterans in civic engagement roles and supports them through community events like resource fairs and leadership training.
I don't think we do enough for our U.S Veterans, especially our women VETS. Both of my parents are/were VETS. My Mom and Dad were in the U.S Army during the Vietnam era. So, when someone would say "Your Mom wears combat boots." I would reply "Yes, she did" Proud of her for that. She was in the Army during a time that is wasn't normal for a women to do so. It took courage to go against the norm of what was expected of women during that time.
Cured! First Adult Canadian Woman Cured of Sickle Cell!
(Photo credit: Nelly Alberola/Radio-Canada)
A Canadian woman just set the bar for possibly many more to be healed of sickle cell anemia after becoming the first adult in Canada to be cured of the disease. She has God, the doctors, and her sister to thank after receiving a life-saving stem cell transplant.
Revée Agyepong, 26, of Edmonton was diagnosed with the disease as a toddler and has never known life without it.
“I remember as far back as elementary feeling sickle cell complications and not knowing what it was,” she said.
“I thought that everyone would go out for recess and play, then come back with a terrible headache and body pain, couldn’t breathe…eventually I realized it was just me.”
Stem cell transplant cures children with sickle cell anemia, says Alberta hospital
Sickle cell anemia is a genetic disease in which red blood cells change into a semi-circular shape and block blood vessels. Symptoms vary from patient to patient but it puts every organ in the body at risk.
Agyepong’s disease manifested as chronic bone and joint pain, irregular heartbeat, kidney stones and shortness of breath.
Back in 2015, 33-year-old Iesha Thomas became the first adult to be cured of sickle cell disease with a chemotherapy-free procedure at University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), the University reported. Thomas was one of 12 adult patients cured of sickle cell disease as part of a clinical trial at UI Health that used stem cell transplantation from healthy tissue, matched from a sibling donor.
Findings from phase I/II of the clinical trial are published online in the journal Biology of Blood & Marrow Transplantation.
Agyepong said when she found out about the success of the treatment in pediatric patients, she was at a point where her health was declining and she was running out of treatment options, but doctors told her she was too old to undergo the procedure.
That left her devastated.
According to Alberta Health Services, the older the patient and donor in bone marrow transplants, the greater the health risks which can even result in death.
But Stephanie Amoah, Agyepong’s older sister, said she could no longer watch her sister struggle in constant pain and started to research which other centers were testing the treatment on adult patients.
“My persistence, my sister’s persistence, and they said my dedication to wanting a cure, was enough for them to just say, you know what, she’s going to be the person, let’s do this,” Agyepong told the CBC.
([Sisters] Photo credit: Nelly Alberola/Radio-Canada)
Stephanie Amoah, Revée Agyepong’s older sister, was a 100% donor match. She said she’s happy to have been part of a process that will give her sister a new life.
Amoah was tested and was found to be a 100 percent match for her sister. Daly said the odds of siblings being a perfect match is one in four.
The transplant, which took place at Calgary’s Tom Baker Cancer Centre, involved Agyepong taking drugs to suppress her immune system and doing a course of low-dose radiation. Amoah underwent a process called apheresis that collected her sickle-cell-free stem cells, which were then given to Agyepong.
“Over the past few months, what we’ve seen is that Revée’s sister’s bone marrow has taken over the production of Revée’s red blood cells,” Daly said. “The amount of sickle cell hemoglobin in her bloodstream has decreased almost to zero.”
Today, Agyepong’s blood tests don’t show any signs of the disease, which makes her essentially cured. Amoah said the change she sees…in her sister is amazing.
“It’s phenomenal. I’m just so happy to have been part of a process that will give her a new life, a new hope and be able to do the things she’s always wanted to do,” Amoah said.
Agyepong said she is still recovering from the transplant but when she is one year out, she plans to dedicate her time to advocating for the disease, and just live her life like a normal person.
“I want to travel somewhere exotic and somewhere warm and feel dehydration like anyone else would because I couldn’t with sickle cell, I would be dehydrated and end up in the hospital,” she said.
“It sounds so insignificant but it’s really exciting just to be able to be more spontaneous.”
P. Gould, BDO Medical Contributor
This is big news! Had to share.
I absolutely love the little community that we have moved to outside of Reno. Only in communities like this can you meet gracious people and read about how someone's pet pig keeps getting out of their pen. Not only that, apparently a goat and a llama have escaped from another home. There is community Facebook page where everyone can post up about loose animals or needing advise or recommendations for just about anything.
My husband and I lived in the San Francisco area for so long, this is a nice change of pace. Definitely different from living in the "City". I was hoping that a change of scenery would help inspire my creativeness to complete some of my 1/2 done books. I may not finish all of the ones I have started, but I definitely have gotten some new ideas for books. LOL
Major International Media Campaign for "Gabrielle, lost" is well into it's 3rd week and the response has been overwhelming. Many news outlets and radio stations are picking up on the story. Lots of things happening in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned to my blog or catch all the updates on my Facebook page or twitter account.
Looks like Winter has finally arrived in Reno, Nevada!
We had white stuff on the lawn this morning, but by 11am it was all melted.
Perfect time to cuddle up on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate, or glass of wine, in front of a fire and read a good book.
So I had better get writing and finish my latest adventure.
Cancer injection eliminates tumors in mice
By: FOX26Houston.com staff
(FOX 26) - Scientists have taken a giant step towards curing cancer, according to a new study.
Stanford university researchers have found a way to clear cancer in mice with immune-system stimulating injections.
The report published in the Science Translational Medicine Journal last week shows promise in terms of destroying tumors.
The new approach is a form of immunotherapy, which uses the body's own disease-fighting power to battle cancer.
McGraw-Hill's Taxation of Individuals 2017 Edition, 8echegg.com
Scientists report using compound injections to effectively eradicate cancer tumors in mice.
According to the study, their approach worked startlingly well -- even in mice who had lymphoma in two different areas of their body.
They injected minute amounts of two immune-stimulating agents directly into solid tumors in mice and saw that it eliminated all traces of cancer in the animals, including distant, untreated metastases.
"In this way, 87 of 90 mice were cured of the cancer. Although the cancer recurred in three of the mice, the tumors again regressed after a second treatment. The researchers saw similar results in mice bearing breast, colon and melanoma tumors."
It's been tested on mice with lymphoma, breast, colon and melanoma tumors.
A clinical trail is being planned to test the method on human lymphoma patients.
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This was Very Happy Reading
McAuliffe: Va. is first state to 'effectively end' veteran homelessness
Virginia provided housing to 1,432 homeless veterans last year, more than double the 620 identified in January as part of an annual one-day count of the homeless.
That qualifies Virginia as the first state in the country to effectively end veteran homelessness, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial.
State and federal leaders acknowledge that the achievement, known technically as a “functional” end to homelessness, doesn’t mean that no veterans in the state are without shelter.
But it’s still a tremendous achievement, they say, that the state now provides housing to more veterans during the year than the number identified during the annual January homelessness count.
McAuliffe promised that for any veterans who find themselves homeless in Virginia in the future, “it will be a rare, nonrecurring experience and brief.”
“We cannot stop here. This is not a one-time effort,” McAuliffe told the crowd of hundreds gathered at the War Memorial’s amphitheater. “We have an obligation to take care of them and their families.”
The governor challenged all Virginians to help make sure veterans don’t fall through the cracks. Anyone who knows a homeless veteran, he said, can start the process by calling 211 to alert the state so it can begin to help.
Julian Castro, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, also spoke at the event, relating that during an hour-long meeting with McAuliffe earlier Wednesday morning, the governor told him about 101 times that Virginia is the greatest state in the country.
“Today, y’all have a strong claim to that,” he said. “Virginia truly is showing that we can meet this challenge.”
This is a major accomplishment that all of our States need to reach for.
All of our Veterans deserve the right to free medical, discounted if not free housing. They should never be homeless on the streets with nothing to eat, no warm dry place to lay their head at night and clean clothes.
I come from a military family and I am proud of that. The State of Virginia should be very proud of what they accomplished.
U.S. warns its citizens in Tanzania before anti-gay crackdown
by Nuzulack Dausen,Reuters
DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - The United States has warned its citizens in Tanzania to be cautious after the commercial capital Dar es Salaam announced a crackdown on homosexuality, a criminal offense in the country.
In an alert on its website late on Saturday, the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania advised Americans to review their social media profiles and internet footprints.
"Remove or protect images and language that may run afoul of Tanzanian laws regarding homosexual practices and explicit sexual activity," it said.
The alert said any U.S. citizen who was detained or arrested should ensure the Tanzanian authorities informed the embassy.
Dar es Salaam's administrative chief Paul Makonda said on Wednesday that a special committee would seek to identify and punish homosexuals, prostitutes and online fraudsters in the city from this week.
The foreign ministry said Makonda was voicing his own opinion and the planned crackdown did not have national government support.
"The government of the United Republic of Tanzania would like to clarify that those are his own views and not the government position," the ministry said in a statement.
Last October, at least 12 men were arrested at a Dar es Salaam hotel in a raid on a gathering which authorities said was to promote same-sex relationships.
President John Magufuli has cracked down on homosexuality since winning power in 2015, and a conviction for having "carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature" could lead to a sentence of up to 30 years in jail.
Homosexuality remains taboo across much of Africa and gay people face discrimination or persecution, with rights groups often reluctant to speak publicly in defense of gay rights.
In 2016, Tanzania banned non-governmental organizations from distributing free lubricants to gays as part of efforts to control the spread of HIV/AIDS, even though some health experts warn that shutting down such outreach programs could put the wider population at higher risk of infection.
(Additional reporting and writing by George Obulutsa in Nairobi; Editing by Catherine Evans and Adrian Croft)
I'm sorry people, but do they not realize this is the 21st Century?
Yes, I support gay rights. My son is gay and I am proud of hm and happy that he has found a life partner. As a Mom I just want my children to be happy.
I'll just post this up right here. It pretty much sums it all up.
One picture is worth a thousand words.
We are all equal, except for the pirate of course.
Holy Guacamole Batman!
I am seeing a MAJOR jump in action on my website.
I just check the stats and page visits are by 267% in the past week.
WOW! Thanks Fans! You're the BEST!
Now if I can just turn those website visits into actual book sales. Hmmmm
My new office is just about set up. I still have a few things left to do. I have so many office supplies. I need a shelving unit or storage cabinet of sorts to store all of it in. LOL
Thanks to my wonderful husband, our new house is beginning to look and feel like a home. Furniture is in, family pictures are up and of course you know y kitchen has been set up since day 2. LOL With the holidays coming I will need to start baking soon.
The area that we live in has a bit of wild life, mostly coyotes. There are a lot of quail and jack rabbits and I hear we have bobcats. I haven't seen a bobcats, thank God! I have seen a lone coyote near our area and we have a flock of quail that like to stroll through our front yard occasionally. Rabbits run around here and there. I have small dogs so I hope not to see a bobcat or coyote on our street or in our yard.
Our normally outside bird, Clyde, our Mullaccan cockatoo is now an inside bird. It has taken him awhile to adjust. I don't think he is is completely adjusted yet. He is used to a 10' x 8' outside aviary when we lived in the Bay Area. Here is a bit different. Windy and cold in the Winter. Clyde now has an inside cage in the "Man Cave". LOL
Working on a new novel. I know, I know, I have about 6 of them started already, but I like this idea. Already into chapter 6.
time to get working on it.
Now that I have your attention. LOL I know I have been abscent from the BLOG scene for a few months. There actually have been a lot going on.
On a personal level, I lost my dearly loved Grandfather unexpectedly in January. I needed to handle his estate and get his things in order, arrange the funeral, clean his house, sell his house. The list goes on and on. Anyone that has been put into the position I was asked to be in knows exactly how draining, emotional and time consuming it can be. None the less, a promise is a promise.
After that was taken care of, hubby and I decided it was time to move after 28 years in the Bay Area. We only stayed there because of my Grandparents. Our kids kept telling us to move for the last 10 years or so, but we stayed because we both dearly loved my Grandparents. They were the best people I could ever know. They played such a large part of my upbringing and forming my adulthood. I could never say enough good things about them. They are dearly missed. I think of them daily and miss them beyond words.
We would periodically discuss moving with our grown kids. Neither one of the wanted our family home were we had raised them. They said sell it. We drug our feet a little longer. It was only when our son and his partner decided they were going to move to New Zealand did we decide to go ahead and make that jump.
So, we put the house up for sale and moved to Reno Nevada!
The Bay Area being pricey as it is, basically just for the ground (dirt) the house sits on, we were able to catch a great price for our home and get a larger one in Nevada. Now hubby has a MAN CAVE and I have my own office to write in. I hope I will be able to focus more being that now I can close the door to the office and block out the world if need be. LOL
On a Business note, while I have been focusing most of my attention on my first novel, Fears Revenge, as far as marketing, my 3rd novel, Gabrielle, lost has taken the lead in the market all on it's own. So I have decided to change gears and focus more on Gabrielle, lost.
There are A LOT of things in the works for Gabrielle, lost. I will keep you posted as to its progress.
Happy Thursday Everyone!
I know I have been absent from my BLOG, but I will try to post as often as I can. Life is very hectic right now, as I am sure some of you can relate. Since the passing of my Grandfather, my life has been mainly focused on family. Now with his passing, my husband and I are moving away from the San Francisco Bay Area. It is time. We have spent the last 28 years here. Raised our children here and enjoyed the weather. Now that we are no longer the spur of the moment, young and partying group anymore. It is time to move away from the crowds.
My husband and I were both born in small towns. We even lived in the middle of nowhere Alaska for a few years. We thoroughly enjoyed it. So maybe it is time to do it again? Not sure of what lies in our immediate future, but I hope it will give me time to finish the 6+ projects (books) I have already started and need to finish.
I am still planning (hopping) to do another book signing tour next year (2019) So I need to get off my butt and finish a good book.
Now that Gabrielle, lost (my 3rd novel) have been recommended for a studio feature film, I need to focus a little more time on doing some marketing on that one. Funny, I always thought that "Fears Revenge" was my best work so far. LOL
Now that my 3rd novel is getting more attention, I have phone calls from everyone and their 4th cousin, 3 times removed Dog calling and wanted to partner with me on something or other. LOL I'm just thrilled that people are liking my books.
That's all for now. I will try to post up things more often.
I know it has been a few months since my last post.
As all my fans know I ended my 2017 Book Tour in November of 2017. Then I took some time off to recuperate and spend time with my family for the Holidays. I fully intended on finishing one of the many novels I had already started working on for release this year. That plan unexpectedly, had to be put on hold.
In January of this year my beloved Grandfather took a really bad fall. Since then my family and I had been on round the clock care giving duty. Unfortunately, our dearly loved Grandfather passed away at the end of January. Since then I have been completely engulfed in caring for his estate. All this in addition to caring for my Mother, who has stage II Alzheimer's. It was her father that passed.
I am so grateful for all the love and best wishes from you all. It was most welcomed.
I will be making a few appearances this year, as opportunities arise, but I will not be on tour until 2019. that is plan at this time anyway.
I will try to add to my blog more often to keep you all in the loop of the adventures of "Lynn and the Killer Estate" that may drive me insane yet. LOL
Happy Reading Everyone.
Mystery Book Signing Tour 1017 has come to and end.
As may of you know, this was my first ever book tour. It was fast paced and hectic and so worth doing. I would do another one in a heartbeat, but I would prefer to have a P.R. person handling all the scheduling and details. Whew! That was rough, but thanks to my assistant, Sara, and my wonderful and very supportive husband, Dan, we made it to everyone of the scheduled stops on time and ready..
I want to send out a very BIG Thank You to all the Barnes and Nobles Bookstore managers and assistant managers for all your support and smiles. You made my first book tour easy.
I meet quite a few young authors as well as a few later in life authors, like myself. I encourage you all to stay in touch and let me know when you have your work completed and wish to start advertising it. I will gladly advertise your works on my blog. Just contact me through this website on the Contacts page.
If you have a group or club that you would like me to speak at, please send me a message through my contacts page and either Sara or myself will contact you to arrange a date and time.
Happy Reading and Writing to you ALL!
Now, to get back to working on my next novel!