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OCTOBER 2012 newsletter

Five Years of Newsletters!!!
Send in your comments and I’ll post them next month
This is OUR newsletter, and it could not go out every month without your contributions. Thanks to everyone in the LAR field!

CLASSES AND CONFERENCES

Information on LAR and related classes, as well as speaking engagements/conferences, and requests for classes. For a complete list of classes, visit www.saveyourhorse.com/wholearn.htm

NOTE TO INSTRUCTORS: Please submit your new classes at the end of each month to be included in the next month's newsletter. I will send out a monthly notice a week or so before the newsletter is due. I would appreciate it if you would send in your class schedules, along with contact information, at that time. Thank you.

You are welcome to send in your class lists and I will send out a notice to your students inviting them to subscribe to the newsletter. Right after your class is the perfect time to encourage them to continue with Large Animal Rescue.

REQUESTS FOR CLASSES none

ONGOING CLASSES

North Strabane Fire Dept., Canonsburg, PA (Just south of Pittsburg). LAR Awareness for First Responders, and Save Your Horse! A Safety Seminar for Horse Owners. Those that attend the seminar will receive a Certificate of Attendance for the purpose of reimbursements or to forward to your equine insurance carrier. Call 724-745-1010, ext. 333 or email ed.childers@nstfd.org

CLASSES

EERU (Emergency Equine Response Unit) classes include Basic Equine Awareness and Response, Large Animal Rescue Operations, and Large Animal Ice Rescue. Schedule and information are available at http://www.code3associates.org/eeru.php
LAR training is provided by D&J Fox: www.largeanimalrescue.com
P*P*P*P Reality Based Emergency training is provided by Tori Miller and Kelly Sigler: NC4HoovesFarm@hotmail.com
TAR incorporates water and flood rescue techniques with animal behavior www.wavetrekrescue.com
TLAER training is provided by Dr. Rebecca Gimenez and various trainers, and is available at www.tlaer.org/TLAER_Schedule.html
WASART training is provided by the Washington State Animal Rescue Team www.washingtonsart.org

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NOV 15-18 Dr. Rebecca Gimenez will be speaking at Equitana, Melbourne, Australia 15th-18th –Rebecca will be assisted by MaryAnne Leighton, Selina Neil and Sonya Hatch, and will conduct two Large Animal Rescue demonstrations on the Friday and Saturday of Equitana. You can meet these ladies on the Horse SA stand in the Epsom Pavilion.

OCT 12-14 TAR, Index WA Contact Chris Jonason, info@wavetrekrescue.com 360-793-1508
OCT 13 TLAER™ Orientation class, 9am – 1pm in Litchfield ME $25 Contact Michelle Melaragno at whistleridge@roadrunner.com Contact Tori Miller (910) 494-8210 NC4HoovesFarm@hotmail.com or Kelly Sigler (803) 522-4395 kelly@kellysigler.com for the following:
OCT 17 Basic Large Animal Rescue Training Presentation, Ellicottville, NY 7PM Ellicottville Fire Department I’m going – are you?
OCT 18 Basic Large Animal Rescue Training Presentation, Concord, NH Concord Fire Department
OCT 19-21 Prior*Proper*Preparation* Prevention Reality Based Emergency Training, Bridgewater, NH
NOV 3-4 Prior*Proper*Preparation*Prevention Reality Based Emergency Training, The Plains, VA
NOV 10 Prior*Proper*Preparation*Prevention Reality Based Emergency Training, Lincroft, NJ

DEC 7-9 TLAER Operations, TLAER International Training Facility - Gray (Macon), GA Contact Dr. Rebecca Gimenez delphiacres@hotmail.com
DEC 11 Euthanasia Certification, Colombia, SC National Animal Control Association http://www.nacanet.org/euthanasia.html for more information
DEC 12-15 TLAER Awareness and Operations including HAZMAT, TEEX facility in College Station, TX Contact Dr. Ben Buchanan, bbuchanan@bveh.com JAN 26-27 TLAER Awareness, U. of Illinois College of Vet Med. Champaign-Urbana, IL Contact - Stacy Whitton, LATRatILVetMed@gmail.com 303-815-3414

“DOWN UNDER” CLASSES

OCT 13-14 TLAER Awareness, Glen Oak School of Arts, Maitland, NSW, Australia Contact Jo Briggs info@horsewelfare.com.au
Oct 13 LAR Awareness Course, The Cedar Grove and District Riding Club, Cedar Grove, Australia The cost of the course will include a copy of the book Equine Emergency Rescue. Enquiries: Toni Laracuente 0427 866 176 or toni.laracuente@gmail.com
OCT 21-22 TLAER Awareness, Launceston, Tasmania Contact Raylene Garwood raylene.garwood@defence.gov.au
OCT 27-28 TLAER Awareness, The Gordon TAFE - Geelong-Victoria, Australia Contact Margaret Anderson manderson@gordontafe.edu.au
OCT 27–28 Equine Veterinarians Australia two-day course for equine vets, Perth, Australia. Instructors are Christine Smith President of EVA and Anthony Hatch Fire and Rescue NSW. http://eva.ava.com.au/calendar-of-events
NOV 3-4 TLAER Operations with Rebecca Gimenez at Purga near Ipswich Australia. Attendees must have completed a two-day awareness course to be eligible to attend this operations course. Contact Debbie Dekker, President of Queensland Horse Council president@qldhorsecouncil.com
NOV 10-11 TLAER Operations with Rebecca Gimenez, Waterford Pony Club, Brisbane, Australia. Attendees must have completed a two-day awareness course to be eligible to attend this operations course. Contact Debbie Dekker, President of Queensland Horse Council president@qldhorsecouncil.com
NOV 13 Large Animal Rescue Info Night. TabCorp Park, Melton,Victoria Australia Contact: horsesa@horsesa.asn.au NOV 14 Large Animal Rescue Info Night. Pakenham Racing Club, Pakenham,Victoria, Australia Contact: horsesa@horsesa.asn.au (preferred) http://horse.org.au/2012/07/large-animal-rescue-info-night_-pakenham-vic/

LAR PEOPLE

http://www.nickernews.net/tomas.aspx Nice article about Tomas Gimenez's retirement

http://durangoherald.com/article/20120920/NEWS01/120929935/-1/s A nice story of Eric Thompson's training in CO

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-the-Hampshire-Animal-Rescue-Team/109906362398008 Hampshire in the UK has a Facebook page!
http://www.facebook.com/groups/107753472632283/permalink/357982320942729/ NC SMART - NC Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team has a Facebook page too!

October 6-7. Kelly Sigler is offering a class in Intro to Natural Horsemanship as a fundraiser for Dream Equine Therapy Center. Its being held at Three Runs Plantation in Aiden, SC. Contact Gina Greer at 803-649-6115 or Kelly Sigler

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/police-horses-compete-in-washington-themed-obstacle-course/2012/09/30/f73592b6-0b40-11e2-bd1a-b868e65d57eb_gallery.html#photo=1 former TLAER student - Officer Megan Anderson Lau competes with her horse Tonka in a competition for MUs. Nice slide show

Eric Thompson spent 3 days teaching at the Kansas Technical Rescue Conference. While there, he had a chance to swap some heavy rescue ideas with FD and USAR staff from across the State. This picture shows a simple bi-pod lift out of ditch.

THIS MONTH’S "Large Animals in the News"

TRAINING

TRAINING STORY

http://www.khon2.com/news/local/story/Demonstration-shows-effectiveness-of-sprinkler/CTXc87c1tUaFUFE5P5GoJw.cspx Honolulu firefighters gave an eye-opening demonstration on the difference sprinklers can make.

Firefighters put two rooms side by side, one with and one without a sprinkler system. Heavy smoke filled the place in two minutes. Within three minutes, the room without sprinklers was fully engulfed, what the fire department calls a flash over.

"Fire was everywhere all at once, an untenable space, something that nobody can live, not even a firefighter with their firefighter gear and breathing apparatus," said HFD Batallion Chief, Socrates Bratakos.

HFD points out that it usually takes eight to 10 minutes for firefighters to arrive after a 911 call. So anyone still stuck in the house at this point has little chance of getting out. While the room with the sprinklers, within 23 seconds, the system was activated by the heat, dousing the fire before it spread. "Not only would the occupants have escaped from that fire, but the damage would have been minimal," said Bratakos.

Six people died from residential fires on Oahu last year. HFD says sprinkler systems in those homes could have made a drastic difference. The problem is the cost, putting one in a single family home can run up to $20,000 . Townhomes and high rises built in the last three years are required to have them. But a state law does not mandate having sprinklers built in single family homes. That's something Councilman Nestor Garcia wants to change by giving counties the option.

http://www.telegram.com/article/20120921/TOWNNEWS/120919376&TEMPLATE=TOWNPORTAL Green Valley, MA Farmers 4-H Club, is sponsoring MSPCA's Livestock Emergency and Disaster Training for 40 area first responders. The two-day program, starting Oct. 27, will include the MSPCA's mannequin, Lucky.

Fire departments from several towns in MA and CT have been invited to send four people each. The 4-H members will train alongside the first responders. The club is fundraising to cover the $1,600 MSPCA program cost and $400 to feed lunch to 40 participants for two days.

http://www.norwichbulletin.com/communities/colchester/x551365025/Protocol-sought-in-wake-of-cow-shooting#axzz27cNJjYVb CT is thinking about training! Hurray!

http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp FEMA training is free! Take advantage of it, especially their animal classes and ICS
http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2012/09/13/what-do-i-do-with-this-dead-horse-part-i.aspx Rebecca's blog, comes in two parts

RESCUES

http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2012/09/21/new-england-aquarium-treats-stranded-pound-leatherback-sea-turtle/5VOIKCQMAT9dym08mAFgQO/story.html Turtle rescue in New England
http://www.larnetimes.co.uk/news/local/horse-dies-after-fall-1-4236567 Horse in UK dies from injuries sustained from a fall
http://www.kare11.com/news/article/993461/0/Horse-rescue-forces-metro-fire-department-to-get-creative MN rescue of a draft horse
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/9933813.Fire_crews_rescue_horse_stuck_in_Stanley_bog/ UK horse rescued from mud
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/flora-fauna/Rhino-marooned-on-sand-bar-in-river/articleshow/16634885.cms How do you move a rhino?
http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/rain-delays-the-rescue-of-stra-1/83901 and an update on the rhino
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2211751/Horse-rescued-5ft-deep-water-getting-trapped-Coseley-canal.html?ITO=1490 Horse washed into canal, rescued
http://www.omroepzeeland.nl/nieuws/2012-06-22/140352/paard-na-anderhalf-uur-uit-sloot-getakeld#comment-28096 Watch the video on this. This is one of the WORST rescues I've seen in a long time
http://www.haslemereherald.com/news.cfm?id=33909&headline=Horse+rescued+from+swimming+pool And this is what you have with training

PEOPLE NOT HORSES

FIRE

http://www.metrowny.com/news/943-Pendleton_barn_fire_clams_life_of_at_least_40_animals.html Fire kills many in animal sanctuary
http://bostonglobe.com/metro/2012/09/06/massive-barn-fire-kills-horses-bedford/8RXL8FOhv6di7n7Er3ph2N/story.html and http://www.newhampshire.com/article/20120913/NEWHAMPSHIRE1408/120919835/- 1/newhampshire&template=newhampshire1408 14 horses die in fire. No sprinklers

http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20120929/NEWS/309290026/10-horses-killed-Fairview-barn-fire?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFrontpage%7Cs The horses were worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, including the one who lived who was worth $150,000. All that money on buying horses -- no sprinkers.

http://www.whptv.com/news/local/story/Two-alarm-barn-fire-sends-owner-scrambling-to/yLyzffHYOUmSk7L_4kIuiw.cspx news video All calves were rescued
http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20120925/NEWS01/209250309/Horse-dies-man-burned-two-firefighters-injured-fires-Monday-additional-scene-photos-video-?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFrontpage Man injured and horse dies in fire
http://www.wlos.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/wmya_horse-owners-mourn-loss-9004.shtm l Another stable fire with multiple losses of show horses. C'mon people! Install sprinklers in your stables! Don't let this happen to you!
http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/article/20120902/NEWS01/20902030

Fire sprinklers are proven to save lives. If you have a reported fire in your home or stable the risk of dying decreases by about 80%
Check out Laurie Loveman’s website: http://www.firesafetyinbarns.com PLEASE install a sprinkler system in your barn!

ON THE ROAD

http://temecula.patch.com/articles/horse-making-good-recovery-after-terrifying-temecula-crash Update on Temecula, CA crash
http://horsetalk.co.nz/2012/08/13/firefighters-free-cob-trapped-in-horse-truck/#.UEzatI1lQWc Horse in a predicament -- Jim Green and crew to the rescue!


http://www.krextv.com/news/around-the-region/Driver-Flips-Trailer-Crews-Rescue-Horse-Trapped-Inside-170067506.html Horse was ok
http://www2.hernandotoday.com/news/hernando-news/2012/sep/19/1/horse-killed-woman-hospitalized-following-accident-ar-505986/ Horse killed after it walked onto road
http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2012/09/19/witness-plea-after-horse-dies-and-rider-injured-in-accident-near-telford/ Horse killed and rider hurt in 3 vehicle collision
http://rafu.com/news/2012/09/rancho-palos-verdes-man-killed-when-car-hits-horse/ Man killed, horse euthanized when he hit horse in urban intersection
http://www.lexington-news.com/LN_detailheadline.asp?key=17377&itemNumber=0 Another trailer rollover of a livestock transport
http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Cow-shot-dead-crash/story-16893154-detail/story.html Cows killed in overturned trailer in UK
http://www2.oanow.com/news/2012/sep/23/horses-transported-vet-school-following-car-accide-ar-4610223/ No word on horses
http://www.wmctv.com/story/19670473/40-cattle-killed-in-semi-truck-accident Half of the 90 cattle on this trailer were killed. Tomas Gimenez, a vet and some of the USAR team members were on the scene helping out. How the HELL do you fit that many cattle on a trailer! Another case of a driver falling asleep. Don't you just hate it when gross negligence leads to death?
http://www.news-leader.com/article/20120929/NEWS01/309290021/cattle-truck-overturns-springfield More cattle die
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1264498--14-cows-killed-after-hit-by-passenger-train-in-denmark Well, we don't get many stories about trains killing cows!
http://www.wfaa.com/news/Overturned-Cattle-Trailer-Blocks-NB-I-35E-153573035.html?gallery=y&img=0&c=y#/news/Overturned-Cattle-Trailer-Blocks-NB-I-35E-153573035.html?gallery=y&img=11&c=y&c=y Slide show of mostly truck shots

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

LINKS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJAlRpgMhRo&feature=share PPPP has a video on YouTube This clinic is instructed by Kelly Sigler, 3Star Parelli Professional and Tori Miller and Justin McLeod of NCSMART (North Carolina Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team) It could just save your horse's life!
http://www.examiner.com/article/virginia-horse-population-creates-need-for-equine-emergency-response-plan Nice article on training in Virginia
http://catanddoghelp.com/animals/poison.php Great resource page for help with animals

INNOVATIONS, EDUCATION, AND LESSONS LEARNED

LESSON STORIES

POSTING FOR Ron J. Melancon, President DANGEROUSTRAILERS.org

http://youtu.be/-fud6CfgVys Dangerous Trailers Presents Since 1975 What 16,250 Lives Saw Before They Were Destroyed And that's just the human element!

Whenever you are towing something behind your car, it’s crucial to make sure that the trailer is firmly attached to the towing hitch, otherwise you may end up losing along the way. The driver of this Volkswagen Passat has clearly not done everything by the book, and his trailer (some sort of hydraulic swing arm) gets loose and ends up crashing into another car.

Imagine the surprise on both drivers’ faces, when the rather unfortunate event occurred. Now, it is of course the fault of the Passat driver, who was lucky he didn’t lose the trailer while driving at higher speed, otherwise the damage would have been a whole lot greater.

Next time you hitch something to the back of your vehicle, double and triple check everything, just to keep things safe. A few minutes of extra preparation and attention will save you a lot of eventual hassle (and from killing someone).

http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=20637 great article on stock trailers
http://www.coolestone.com/media/4529/Bison-Fury---Scary/ Want to know how a bison reacts to irresponsible people crowding him?
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10833286 Want to know how cows react to having their babies taken away?

http://www.stratfor.com/personal_contingency_plans_more_ounce_prevention Disaster articles abound. There is no excuse to be unprepared.
http://www.havasunews.com/news/dead-horse-stirs-up-crystal-beach-neighborhood/article_48255d7e-f966-11e1-83a2-001a4bcf887a.html This article goes with Rebecca's blog on what to do with a dead horse

Tori Miller posted in Facebook page, NC SMART and 4Hooves Farm Equine Services, a PDF on How to Call 911. Do you know how? Also on their page: Equine Facility Fire Emergency Pre-Plan Information, Equine Facility Fire Prevention Checklist, a First Aid Kit.pdf -- and a whole lot more!

Rebecca Gimenez is looking for EQUINE AMBULANCE information - Who has ambulances, what is their contact information, who does dead horse hauling? She's doing a BLOG on that and needs some information for EVERY STATE! Contact her at delphiacres@hotmail.com

http://www.fwi.co.uk/Articles/05/09/2012/134947/Livestock-2012-Ten-tips-for-safer-livestock-handling.htm Tips for livestock handling
http://news.insing.com/tabloid/air-cargo-profit-animals-grows/id-32603f00 Article on transporting animals by air
http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2012/10/tactical-safety-for-firefighters-emotional-responses.html?cmpid=EnlFireEngWeeklyOctober42012 Good article on the emotional side of responding to incidents

WELFARE and DISASTER and JUST PLAIN STRANGE

WELFARE STORY

The 2012 annual edition of ANIMAL PEOPLE Watchdog Report on 172 Animal Charities is now available for purchase, at $25 per copy. That's just 15¢ per charity covered -- less than the cost of just writing a check, to ensure that every donation check you write really does the work that you mean it to do.

The ANIMAL PEOPLE Watchdog Report on Animal Charities reviews 122 of the most prominent animal & habitat protection charities in the U.S., plus 50 leading animal charities abroad. All 172 financial summaries of charities have been updated with the most recent available information from IRS Form 990 filings, balance sheets, and annual reports. Each U.S. entry includes the compensation of the top-paid personnel of the charity. Entries describe the major programs, policies, and management issues pertaining to the charities.

Of particular importance to animal charity donors will be discussions of "hidden" policies, such as support of sport hunting, which may not be acknowledged in fundraising mailings. You may place your order at http://www.animalpeoplenews.org

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-2-chicago-police-horses-injured-during-break-in-at-stables-20120917,0,1601280.story
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-19560371 Badly injured horse dumped in field in UK
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/09/22/vet-who-rescued-11-horses-said-conditions-were-worst-she-d-ever-seen-55578-31883882 / Vet rescued abused horses in UK
http://www.wcti12.com/news/Man-charged-after-shooting-three-horses-all-three-died/-/13530444/16687020/-/h0avlc/-/index.htm l Man charged after shooting horses
http://www.goerie.com/article/20120909/NEWS02/309099919/Donations-roll-in-for-burned-horse-Northstar Horse set on fire in OH

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/19/13955200-horse-trainer-jackie-mcconnell-fined-for-caustic-chemical-cruelty?threadId=3569347&commentId=70295979#c70295979 Finally! Some justice in the "big lick" world!
http://www.care2.com/causes/23-wild-horses-rescued-after-nevada-sent-them-to-slaughter.html Group saves wild horses from slaughter. Let's get the cattle off our public lands!
http://www.wsbradio.com/ap/ap/top-news/zimbabwe-university-animal-unit-on-cruelty-charges/nR32b/ Sometimes reading these things just make you want to throw up
http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/horses-rescued-horse-rescue-group/nSRrx/ Horses in Florida rescued from "rescue group"
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http://photos.nola.com/4500/gallery/a_horse_and_many_other_animals_struggle_to_survive_the_aftermath_of_hurricane_isaac/index.html Pictures from Isaac
http://www.41nbc.com/news/local-news/14452-georgia-s-only-animal-facility-for-disasters-opens-in-fort-valley Georgia opens shelter to house animals during disasters http://www.emergencymgmt.com/training/State-Run-Certification-Professionalization.html?page=1& Over half of the US states have certification programs for emergency management personnel Hopefully, some day, the LAR field will have a similar program.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/drunk-guy-leads-cops-horse-chase-article-1.1172861 News video of Florida chase

DOWN UNDER NEWS

The Sa-Horse Federation in Australia is thrilled to announce that a deposit has been made for Australia’s “No. 2” training horse. http://www.equineer.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/EE-Let-Me-Count-the-Ways.pdf MaryAnne Leighton wrote a great article on trailers (floats, sorry!)

http://horse.org.au/ List of training sessions at Horse SA in Southern Australia
November 7: Intro to Horses Workshop (10:00 am)
November 12/13: Australian Horse Keeping Conference, Melbourne. Rebecca Gimenez speaking Enq: horsesa@horsesa.asn.au or Mob. 0402488306
November 13: Large Animal Rescue Info Night_ Melton VIC (7:30 pm)
November 14: Large Animal Rescue Info Night_ Pakenham VIC (7:30 pm)
November 15: Equitana: Horse SA Stand No.473 Epsom Hall (all day)

NEW NEWS!!!! INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LARGE ANIMAL EMERGENCY RESCUE (5th edition) for 2013 in South Australia at ADELAIDE UNIVERSITY - bringing in people from all over the world to speak and masterclasses, etc. Pencil in the dates of 1 -3 NOVEMBER 2013 .... how is THAT for a good excuse to travel to Australia?

FEEL GOOD STUFF

SPOTLIGHT OF THE DAY:

Here's a place where you can help! A CHANCE FOR YOU TO CONTRIBUTE YOUR TECHNICAL RESCUE PHOTOS for the NFPA standard draft documents for the ANNEX.
Please submit any good quality photos of animals being rescued (from drain pipes to mountain ledges to holes to trees, etc.) to Rebecca at delphiacres@hotmail.com . She needs them by the 19th of OCT if possible

INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING IN YOUR EMAIL:
Photographer FULL NAME
Date (approximate is okay)
WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE PHOTO - and any relevant details about the method of rescue being used.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

This month’s newsletter marks the 5 year anniversary of its inception. It’s been a struggle at times and I’ve learned a lot. When I developed the LAR website, my first thought was that it could be a vehicle to sell my products. After all, my books and classes – educational products dealing with large animal safety – are my business and I like to make money the same as everyone else! But it took about a nanosecond for the website to take on a life of its own. I built another website (and isn’t THAT a growing experience!) for my stuff and dedicated the LAR site to our “industry”. It became a clearing house of LAR information, a place on the web where people could learn about LAR and its various practices, its instructors, and find products related to the field. True, it’s a very basic site and really needs a major overhaul, but those are just details that will be addressed someday when I have time/energy/expertise to tackle them. Out of that website grew the newsletter you are reading.

I wrote my classes in such a way that people who were not in the “mainstream” could learn about LAR. The newsletter was originally sent out to keep those same people in touch with what was happening in the field. After ups and downs in subscribership, we now have over 300 members and as people are learning about its existence they are signing up. It’s not fancy, I’m the first to admit, and I don’t have a lot of internet skills to make it so. But it’s also true that there are no advertisers or financial contributors so I’m not beholden to anyone or influenced by their interests. Since I’m retired I can afford the luxury of being independent.

I hope you enjoy receiving the newsletter and will consider passing it along to others so they can subscribe, and that you will contribute to it. We ALL need to work together, in our own ways, to grow our field. And we all enjoy reading of the various ways we each contribute. It’s not just the “big names” who have something to say! Its ALL of us – asking questions, making suggestions, telling our stories – that makes this field such a joyful place to work. And to those who contribute month after month, a very special, heartfelt, thank you. I couldn’t do this without your contributions!
Michelle

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