Tuesday, March 14, 2017

8- 20% of female child care providers contract CMV infection every year

Want a healthy baby? Want your friends to have one? Then know the numbers associated with congenital (present at birth) Cytomegalovirus (CMV), #1 viral cause of birth defects, so you can reduce your chances of contracting it. Birth defects from congenital CMV include microcephaly, hearing loss, mental impairment, blindness, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy.

According to the New York TimesCMV is a Greater Threat to Infants Than Zika, but Far Less Often Discussed.

Child care workers and mothers of toddlers in daycare are at increased risk for contracting CMV.

Congenital CMV by the Numbers:
The  American Academy of Pediatrics, co-authored Standard Education and Policies on Cytomegalovirus (CMV)which states childcare workers of childbearing age should be informed about their increased probability of exposure to CMV and:
· Hygiene measures (especially handwashing and avoiding contact with urine, saliva, and nasal secretions) aimed at reducing acquisition of CMV;
· The availability of counseling and testing for serum antibody to CMV to determine the caregiver/teacher’s immune status... 

Additional numbers:
Above image from Surviving Loss: The Woodcutter's Tale--inspired by a girl with congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV).


Congenital CMV Disease Research, Clinic & Registry 

National CMV Foundation 

American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. (n.d.). Standard Staff Education and Policies on Cytomegalovirus (CMV). Retrieved from National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs: Caring for Our Children: http://cfoc.nrckids.org/StandardView/

American Academy of Pediatrics . (2012, 2015). Children in Out-of-Home Care. In B. C. Pickering LK, Red Book: Infectious Diseases American Academy of Pediatrics (pp. 145 (2012); Elk Grove Village, IL. Retrieved December 30, 2016, from https://redbook.solutions.aap.org/DocumentLibrary/RB12_interior.pdf
Carlson, A. M., Norwitz, E. R., & Stiller, R. J. (Fall 2010). Cytomegalovirus Infection in Pregnancy: Should All Women Be Screened? Reviews in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Retrieved from National Center for Biotechnology Information: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3046747/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Retrieved from Congenital CMV Infection Trends and Statistics: http://www.cdc.gov/cmv/trends-stats.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (n.d.). Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Congenital CMV Infection. Retrieved from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/cmv/index.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (n.d.). Infant Health. Retrieved from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/infant-health.htm
Doutre, S. M. Barrett, T. S. Greenlee, J. & White, K. R. . (2016). Losing Ground: Awareness of Congenital Cytomegalovirus in the United States. Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, 1(2), 9-48. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1035&context=jehdi
Joseph, MSc, Serene A, et al. (2006, Sept). Cytomegalovirus as an occupational risk in daycare educators. Retrieved from PMC: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2528629/
Harrison, Gail Demmler MD. (2016, December 2). Cytomegalovirus: The Virus All Pregnant Women Should Know About Now. Retrieved from Medscape.com: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/872452
Lanzieri,Tatiana M., Chung, Winnie, Flores,Marily, Blum, Peggy, Caviness, A. Chantal, Bialek, Stephanie R., Grosse,Scott D., Miller, Jerry A., Demmler-Harrison, Gail. (2017, February ). Congenital Cytomegalovirus Longitudinal Study Group. Pediatrics. Retrieved from http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2017/02/14/peds.2016-2610
Pass, Robert F. M.D.; Hutto, Cecelia M.D.; Ricks, Rebecca M.S.N., R.N.; and Cloud, Gretchen A. M.S. (1986, May 29). Increased Rate of Cytomegalovirus Infection among Parents of Children Attending Day-Care Centers. New England Journal of Medicine. Retrieved 2017, from New England Journal of Medicine: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM198605293142204
Saunders, L. (2013). Surviving Loss: The Woodcutter's Tale. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Loss-Woodcutters-Lisa-Saunders/dp/1482315505/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lisa's Bibliography

Here is an excerpt of my books and articles in addition to what has been written about my work:


Saunders, L. (1995, September 28). Ride a Horse, Not an Elevator: Chapter One - I'm Going! The Montgomery County Sentinel, p. 18. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2Cmjc2tFQnZYUXNBNTQ/view?usp=sharing

Saunders, L. (1998, January). Are you my publisher? Washington Independent Writers, 23(1). Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjX2lGb0xJd2J3bjA/view?usp=sharing

Saunders, L. (2001, September 5). A Tale of Two Dogs and a Shelter. Journal News. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjdnVXLW9IT1VYaE0/view?usp=sharing

Saunders, L. (2001, August 3). Elizabeth and Floyd's Excellent Adventure. Rockland Review. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjVjhxY0RwVnh1YzA/view?usp=sharing

Saunders, L. (2001, May 31). Riley and the Grandpa Train. Rockland County Times. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjYzhrNEdMang4eUk/view?usp=sharing

Saunders, L. (2004). Ever True: A Union Private and His Wife. Maryland: Heritage Books. Retrieved from http://heritagebooks.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=HBI&Product_Code=101-S2526&Category_Code=

Saunders, L. (2006, Dec 10). Couple treks through Harriman, on the trail of history. Times Herald Record. Retrieved from http://www.recordonline.com/article/20061210/NEWS/612100340

Saunders, L. (2006, Summer). Epilepsy: Elizabeth, Forever Sweet Sixteen. CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy) Newsletter, p. 5. Retrieved from http://www.cureepilepsy.org/downloads/CureNewsLetterSum06.pdf

Saunders, L. (2006, Decemember 19). Found in Translation: The woman on the tracks. Outlook Student Press, 39(6). Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjbXlqTFp5dkdULWs/view?usp=sharing

Saunders, L. (2006). Have You Talked To Your Teen About Chlamydia? NY Metro Parents. Retrieved from http://www.nymetroparents.com/article/Have-You-Talked-To-Your-Teen-About-Chlamydia-

Saunders, L. (2006, October 31). How to Get a Job (or University Acceptance). Outlook Student Press, 39(4). Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjZTRmWXBmQUkzX1U/view?usp=sharing

Saunders, L. (2006, October 18). The silent virus that silenced Elizabeth. Times Herald Record, p. 2B. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjcXZqYkdNLWdub0E/view?usp=sharing

Saunders, L. (2007, June 28). Elvis Spotted in Piermont. Rockland Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.delilahrosefilm.net/news-elvissighted.htm

Saunders, L. (2007, September). Family Health: The Tragic Kiss--Suffern Mom Works to Spread Word About CMV. Rockland Parent Magazine. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjakJDbTdsMXBWNmM/view?usp=sharing

Saunders, L. (2007, May). Introducing the 8th Wonder [with reaction to the 7 Wonders of Rockland County]. Rockland Magazine. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjblVyQ1M3QnE2T0E/view?usp=sharing

Saunders, L. (2007, January 28). Pregnant Women: Learn Risk of CMV. The Journal News, p. 4B. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjOXVNZ1c2YkNscEk/view?usp=sharing

Saunders, L. (2007, Summer ). Travel: Chelsea, NY; Middlebury and Woodbury, CT. Cornerstone. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjRUY4TzkyZVk0Tmc/view

Saunders, L. (2008, March/April). Our Patriot Henry Gale. American Spirit: Daughters of the American Revolution. Retrieved from http://www.authorlisasaunders.com/files/63259476.pdf

Saunders, L. (2009). Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus). Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/Anything-But-Dog-Congenital-Cytomegalovirus/dp/1588329968/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340644532&sr=1-1&keywords=anything+but+a+dog+lisa+saunders

Saunders, L. (2010, Fall). CMV: The Virus Nobody Talks About. Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics magazine, p. 41. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjdTNiXzN5SkRTSUM5Nk4wRGRXVnJ6TzJtdGRv/view

Saunders, L. (2010, December 16). Gloria the goose survives to see another Christmas. Mystic River Press. Retrieved from http://www.authorlisasaunders.com/files/63259809.pdf

Saunders, L. (2011, March 2). Doctor Believes in Trust and Vitamin D. (A. Ann, Ed.) the Resident. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjQXZjekFYV0JPb00/view?usp=sharing

Saunders, L. (2011). Shays’ Rebellion: The Hanging of Co-Leader, Captain Henry Gale. Connecticut. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/Shays-Rebellion-Hanging-Co-Leader-Captain-ebook/dp/B004Y6E5Q6/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Saunders, L. (2012). Mystic Seafarer's Trail: Secrets behind the 7 Wonders, Titanic's Shoes, Captain Sisson's Gold, and Amelia Earhart's Wedding . CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform . Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/Mystic-Seafarers-Trail-Titanics-Earharts/dp/1480085847/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1484581084&sr=1-5

Saunders, L. (2013, June 13). Author to speak on new book (Mystic Seafarer's Trail). Dolphin News: Naval Submarine Base. Retrieved from http://www.dolphin-news.com/entertainment/author-to-speak-about-new-book/article_f912f48e-9a6f-5660-9bb5-92366735bc86.html

Saunders, L. (2013, October). Haunted History. InTown Magazine. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjMFA3dElrMTFVcGs/edit

Saunders, L. (2013, December ). I'll Be Home for Christmas. Intown Magazine. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjbHJoMDRxY3pUdjA/edit

Saunders, L. (2013). Lisa's Guide for Writers: How to get published & self-published . Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/Lisas-Guide-Writers-published-self-published/dp/1490952268/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Saunders, L. (2013). Ride a Horse Not an Elevator, 2nd Edition. Mystic, Connecticut: Cornell University features in "Horse Book in a Bucket" 4-H program. Retrieved from http://rideahorsenotanelevator.blogspot.com/

Saunders, L. (2013, September). Shipwreck! InTown Magazine. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjSGwxelBFajQ5eWs/edit

Saunders, L. (2013). Surviving Loss: The Woodcutter's Tale. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Loss-Woodcutters-Lisa-Saunders/dp/1482315505/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Saunders, L. (2013, November). The North Star--It May Just Bring You Home. InTown Magazine. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjbHJoMDRxY3pUdjA/edit

Saunders, L. (2014, April ). Author Wears Many Hats. (S. Simcox, Ed.) Inside Mystic Magazine. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjSTZZV0xOOTR5bVE/edit

Saunders, L. (2014, December). Beer: Don't Leave Home Without It (historically used to fight scurvy when pine needles were added). (K. Armstrong, Ed.) InTown. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjTnFyM0FfTzktS1E/edit

Saunders, L. (2014). Connecticut Style: Book Lover’s Corner: “Mystic Seafarer’s Trail”. Connecticut. Retrieved from http://wtnh.com/2014/06/08/book-lovers-corner-mystic-seafarers-trail/

Saunders, L. (2014, September). How a Parent Can Raise a CMV Prevention Message. Presentation: CMV Public Health & Policy Conference, Salt Lake City, UT . Mystic, CT. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjcnYwYzhrc0NfR3c/view

Saunders, L. (2014, Feb). Indiana Jones of the Sea. InTown Magazine. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2Cmjc1JJZVpmVWJ2SGM/edit

Saunders, L. (2014, July). Widow/er of History - Illustrator Norman Rockwell Finds Poetry—and a New Reason to Live. Pathfinder: A Companion Guide to the Widow/er's Journey

Saunders, L. (2014, Dec). Widow/er of History - Martha Washington - Two Times a Widow. Pathfinder: A Companion Guide to the Widow/er's Journey

Saunders, L. (2014, Sept). Widow/er of History - Mary Todd Lincoln the Widow. Pathfinder: A Companion Guide to the Widow/er's Journey

Saunders, L. (2014, Nov). Widow/er of History - The Love Story That Inspired Hershey’s Kiss. Pathfinder: A Companion Guide to the Widow/er's Journey

Saunders, L. (2014, Aug). Widow/er of History - Two Sea Captains But Only One Widow's Walk. Pathfinder: A Companion Guide to the Widow/er's Journey

Saunders, L. (2015, July 13). Congenital Cytomegalovirus (cCMV) and What Happened in Connecticut. PowerPoint Presentation to Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council's Women’s Health Committee. Hartford, Connecticut. Retrieved from https://www.cga.ct.gov/med/committees/med5/2015/0713/20150713ATTACH_CMV%20CT%20PowerPoint.pdf

Saunders, L. (2015, Februrary 20). Public Hearing Testimony--Substitute for H.B. No. 5525: An Act Concerning Cytomegalovirus. Hartford, Connecticut. Retrieved from https://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/PHdata/Tmy/2015HB-05525-R000220-Lisa%20Saunders,%20Parent%20Representative,%20Congenital%20Cytomegalovirus%20Foundation-TMY.PDF

Saunders, L. (2015, April 22). Union Baptist Church Dramatic Reading . The Westerly Sun. Retrieved from http://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/latestnews/7147856-129/union-baptist-church-dramatic-reading.html

Saunders, L. (2015, May/June). Widow/er of History - Amelia Earhart’s Widower, George Palmer Putnam - Moving On When There Is No Body. Pathfinder: A Companion Guide to the Widow/er's Journey.

Saunders, L. (2015, Feb). Widow/er of History - C. S. Lewis, Author of the “Chronicles of Narnia” - Surprised by Joy, Love and Loss. Pathfinder: A Companion Guide to the Widow/er's Journey

Saunders, L. (2015, April). Widow/er of History - George Burns and Gracie Allen: The Show Must Go On. Pathfinder: A Companion Guide to the Widow/er's Journey

Saunders, L. (2015, Jan). Widow/er of History - Hetty Green Guinness World Record Holder: Greatest Miser “Witch of Wall Street”. Pathfinder: A Companion Guide to the Widow/er's Journey

Saunders, L. (2015, Nov). Widow/er of History - Julia Child – Continued Recipe for Success After Widowhood. Pathfinder: A Companion Guide to the Widow/er's Journey

Saunders, L. (2015, Dec). Widow/er of History - King Henry VIII Married Six Wives, Outlived Four, Widowed How Many? . Pathfinder: A Companion Guide to the Widow/er's Journey

Saunders, L. (2015, July/Aug). Widow/er of History - Sherlock Holmes, William Gillette and the One Woman. Pathfinder: A Companion Guide to the Widow/er's Journey

Saunders, L. (2015, Sept/Oct). Widow/er of History - Widow Grandma Moses Begins Painting In Her Late 70s. Pathfinder: A Companion Guide to the Widow/er's Journey

Saunders, L. (2015, March). Widow/er of History - Widowed Sea Captain Finds Wife, Mother for His Seven Children, and “The Sound of Music”. Pathfinder: A Companion Guide to the Widow/er's Journey.

Saunders, L. (2016). After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child. East Lyme, CT: Act II Publishing, LLC. 

Saunders, L. (2016, October 24). My Pet Pal: Doolittle. The Day. Retrieved from http://www.theday.com/local/20161024/my-pet-pal-doolittle

Saunders, L. (2016, December). Newsletter: Advocating for CMV awareness and policy. Mystic, Connecticut. Retrieved from Congenital CMV Newsletter: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=0dd2dc5fa327d215c27770e46&id=cb12b3d880&e=[UNIQID]

Saunders, L. (2016, Jan/Feb). Widow/er of History - Coretta Scott King Marched On. Pathfinder: A Companion Guide to the Widow/er's Journey

Saunders, L. (2016, March/April). Widow/er of History - Mark Twain “Adopts” Granddaughters. Pathfinder: A Companion Guide to the Widow/er's Journey. Retrieved from http://pathfindermag.com/read-online/2016-pathfinder-editions/03-2016-edition/315-widow-er-history

Saunders, L. (2017). DAYCARE AND CMV: PROTECT YOUR PREGNANCY! Mystic, Connecticut: Unpublished. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjdDJVb0dyb2FBM1E/view?usp=sharing

Saunders, L. (2017). Elizabeth and Riley the Miracle Dog (Japanese translation of Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with congenital CMV). (S. Nakai, Trans.) Tokoyo: Thousands of Books Japan. Retrieved from http://shop.thousandsofbooks.jp/items/5173204

Saunders, L. (2017). Lisa Saunders, CMV Awareness and Policy Advocate. Retrieved from CongenitalCMV.blogspot.com: http://congenitalcmv.blogspot.com/2016/11/mother-of-congenital-cmv-girl-speaks.html

Saunders, L. (circa 1994). Elizabeth: A Christmas Blessing. Challenge Magazine, 2(4), pp. 14, 16. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjN19kelJ0RGVYNEU/view?usp=sharing

Saunders, L. (Circa 2006). As the Crowe Flies [Russell Crowe]. Rockland Magazine. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjckJBSENqOXJJRjQ/view?usp=sharing

Saunders, L. (Circa 2007). Mississippi Marathon Man. Rockland Magazine. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjX0x2NkgtcXZ5bkU/view?usp=sharing

Saunders, Lisa, Fuller, Kent and Meredith. (2016). Mystic: Images of Modern America. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/Mystic-Images-Modern-America-Fuller/dp/1467116696/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1463912770&sr=8-2&keywords=lisa+saunders+amazon

Saunders, Lisa, Parent Representative, Congenital CMV Foundation. (2014, Feb. 28). Public Hearing Testimony, Raised H.B. No. 5147. Retrieved from Connecictut General Assembly: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/PHdata/Tmy/2014HB-05147-R000228-Lisa%20Saunders,%20Parent%20Representative,%20Congenital%20CMV%20Foundation-TMY.PDF

Saunders, Lisa: Writer's Workshops. (2014, May). Coastal Connecticut Magazine. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjYnZidDMtMXhORE0/edit

Saunders, Lisa; Tortora, Jackie. (2016). Once Upon a Placemat: A Table Setting Tale. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1523750790?keywords=once%20upon%20a%20placemat&qid=1454858533&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

Saunders, L. (Jan. 26, 2017). Congenital CMV and Research. Presentation , Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Las Vegas, Nevada. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjVnZuWW5xa0NaSmc/view?usp=sharing

Publication that include Lisa's work

Aiken, Brianne M., Digital Content Editor . (2015, June 1). Connecticut passes cytomegalovirus screening law for newborns. Retrieved from Clinical Advisor: http://www.clinicaladvisor.com/brianne-m-aiken/author/1922/

Balch, Brenda K; Saunders, Lisa. (2016, September 27). As One Door Closed, Another Door Opened: CT Congenital CMV Initiative. Retrieved from CMVConference.com: http://cmvconference.com/Materials/Austin/Tuesday/11.00AM/Brenda%20Lisa%20CMV%20Texas%202016%20PowerPoint%202%208_AMedits%202%20%202.pdf

Barry, A. (2016, June 20). Lessons learned from history’s famous widows. The Day. Retrieved from http://www.theday.com/aemusic/20160620/lessons-learned-from-historyx2019s-famous-widows

Barry, A. J. (2013, December 18). Loss and love: Author raises awareness about preventable birth defect. Grace Body & Soul--The Day. Retrieved from http://www.theday.com/article/20131218/GRACE01/131219832/-1/grace

Bond, A. (2015, September/October). In Memory of Elizabeth: Her daughter's death from a preventable disability spurs Lisa Avazian Saunders '82 into action. Cornell Alumni Magazine. Retrieved from http://cornellalumnimagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2235&Itemid=1&ed=49

Botti, D. J. (2009, Jan 21). What every pregnant woman needs to know. Times Herald-Record. Retrieved from http://www.recordonline.com/article/20090121/HEALTH/901210313

Cody, S. (2014, April 28). Mother on a mission to stop birth defects. Retrieved from Fox CT: http://foxct.com/2014/04/28/mother-on-a-mission-to-stop-birth-defects/

Cody, S. (2014, April 28). Mother Working to Protect Pregnant Moms From Dangerous Virus. The Hartford Courant. Retrieved from http://www.ctnow.com/family/hc-mommy-minute-0428-20140428-story.html

Cody, S. (2015, May 6). CT Now. Retrieved from CT Moms Fight for CMV Legislation: http://www.ctnow.com/family/ctnow-ct-moms-fight-for-cmv-legislation-20150505,0,3850658.column

Cody, S. (2015, May 27). New law in Connecticut to fight number one viral cause of birth defects. Retrieved from Fox CT: http://foxct.com/2015/05/27/new-law-in-connecticut-to-fight-number-one-viral-cause-of-birth-defects/

Community Culture Showcase: Lisa Saunders. (2016, July 27). Retrieved from World News: https://wn.com/lisa_saunders

Fyke, C. (2013, October 28). Mystic Woman Wins Beerhoisting Competition. Patch.com. Retrieved from http://patch.com/connecticut/groton/mystic-woman-wins-beerhoisting-competition

Griffiths, J. T. (1999, April 21). "Horse Book in a Bucket" Educational Program and novel, Ride a Horse Not an Elevator by Lisa Saunders. Letter to Elementary Schools from Cornell University. Ithaca, NY. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjejZoTUVncExxU1U/edit

HIT THE SEAFARER’S TRAIL. (2012, November 19). The Day. Retrieved from http://www.theday.com/article/20121119/ENT02/311199922/-1/today

Hutchinson, A. (2016, April 18). Mystic author teaches life skills through fairy tales. The Day. Retrieved from http://www.theday.com/article/20160418/NWS01/160419264

Hutchinson, A. (2016, July 21). Picture book capture modern spirit of Mystic. The Day. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjVU1OZ0dfR0h1WWc/view

Kelleher, Joanne C., Director, Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington . (2016, October 31). CMV Risks–Cytomegalovirus Is a Greater Threat to Infants Than Zika, but Far Less Often Discussed. Retrieved from Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington [Connecticuct]: http://www.southingtonearlychildhood.org/cmv-risks/

Maminta, J. (2015, March 3). Mystic mom raising awareness about potentially deadly virus. Retrieved from News 8: http://wtnh.com/2015/03/03/mystic-mom-raising-awareness-about-potentially-deadly-virus/

Ofgang, E. (2015, June). Mystic Mom 'Overwhelmed' by Governor Signing Law on ‘Stealth Virus’ That Can Catch Pregnant Women Unaware. Retrieved from Connecticut Magazine: http://www.connecticutmag.com/Blog/Health-Wellness/February-2015/Mystic-Mom-Raises-Awareness-of-Stealth-Virus-That-Can-Catch-Pregnant-Women-Unawares/

Ride a Horse Not an Elevator. (n.d.). Retrieved 2017, from Cornell University: NYS 4-H Youth Development Program: http://4h.ansci.cornell.edu/animal-programs/horses/horse-book-in-a-bucket/

Souza, M. (2014, April 15). Saunders seeks help with CMV ‘silent virus’ prevention bill. Mystic River Press. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Klfxar2CmjQmtkRUZuQzdBd1k/view?usp=sharing

Straszheim, D. (2013, November 14). Passion for history leads to stein-hoisting competition. The Groton Times, pp. 1, 5. Retrieved from http://www.theday.com/article/20131114/NWS01/311149926/-1/zip06

White, B. C. (2016, February 19). Mystic author’s new release is about setting the table. Westerly Sun. Retrieved from http://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/latestnews/8430308-129/mystic-authors-new-release-is-about-setting-the-table.html

WTNH.com staff. (2015, Feb 9). Preventing Congenital CMV During Pregnancy. Retrieved Feb 2015, 17, from News 8's Connecticut Style: http://wtnh.com/2015/02/09/preventing-congenital-cmv-during-pregnancy/

Friday, February 3, 2017

Seal Watching Time!

Winter is the time for seal watching if you come to the Mystic area. Book your trip with Project Oceanolgy. A reporter filmed our excursion, and you can click on it within the following excerpt of my book, Mystic Seafarer's Trail, which includes where to warm up afterwards:

Unlike sea lions, seals are shaped like blobs and don’t do fancy tricks. The big excitement for me, much bigger than watching lazy seals take up rock space, was the reporter who came along with her video camera. While the other passengers were busy making the most of the voyage, either by recording the number of seals we saw along with the location, time and temperature; giggling with their binoculars on an all-girl birthday party; or simply sitting around fighting sea sickness; I kept busy trying to catch the reporter’s eye so she’d feature me in her news clip. I figured you never know—some director might see it and say, “Hey, watch that middle-aged woman study those lazy seals—she’d make a great leading lady in our next epic seagoing movie for baby boomers!”

Despite my attention-getting efforts, the reporter filmed all around me to catch the do-nothing seals and the giggling birthday party girls. But Jim made it into the published news clip—I caught a glimpse of him with his binoculars standing behind the party of girls.[i] (Note to self: next time I’m in public, carry a prop such as binoculars, wear a weird, eye-catching hat, or station myself next to kids.)

Returning back to Mystic after our seal watch, we dried off in front of the large, stone fireplace in the lower level pub area of the Captain Daniel Packer Inne—the very place the National Geographic website said we would feel like a character in Moby Dick. The Inne was built more than 250 years ago in 1758 by Captain Daniel Packer who operated a ferry across Mystic River. Packer liked to entertain his guests, mostly travelers between New York and Boston, with tales of his high sea adventures.[ii]

Although there were some similarities in the maritime d├ęcor of the Captain Daniel Packer Inne and the Spouter-Inn of Moby Dick (minus the clubs and spears “tufted with knots of human hair”), the Packer Inne was much more comfortable. The Spouter-Inn, for example, didn’t have their fire going when sailor Ishmael entered. Herman Melville wrote: “It was cold as Iceland—no fire at all—the landlord said he couldn't afford it...We were fain to button up our monkey jackets, and hold to our lips cups of scalding tea with our half frozen fingers.”

Unlike Ishmael, we didn’t meet any shrunken head dealers or whalers with beards “stiff with icicles,” but we did enjoy squeezing next to a female prison guard at a tiny table beside the fireplace.  Without a ship to sail, she didn’t try to persuade us to serve as crew on some grueling voyage, but she did regale us with fun prison escape stories—like the time a woman dressed in an orange prison outfit asked a convenience store owner for change to make a phone call—which ultimately led to her recapture.

(If you are interested in learning more about our seals, see my article, "Hey Harbor Seal, Move Over!")

THE ABOVE WAS AN EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK, Mystic Seafarer's Trail, which is available in as an e-book or paperback online (Amazon), at Bank Square Books in Mystic, and at these locations.

[i] (King, Project Oceanology Seal Cruise (with Video), 2011)