From the Desk of Team Blue in Tennessee – An aggressive species of tick is spreading across the country – And Beat the Heat

From the Desk of Team Blue in Tennessee – An aggressive species of tick is spreading across the country – And Beat the Heat

A photo of Patty Fletcher and her seeing-eye dog, Blue. Patty sits cross legged on the floor wearing a maroon t-shirt, a tan pottery apron, light blue capri pants, and black tennis shoes. Her hair is half up. Patty is hugging Blue on her right side with her face turned towards him. Blue is a black lab dog and is leaning against Patty with his head in her hands. He is laying on a gray dog rug and is on a brown leather leash that is looped onto a metal shelving unit.

From the Desk of Team Blue in Tennessee – An aggressive species of tick is spreading across the country – And Beat the Heat

Hey! Y’all!

It’s Chief Seeing Eye® Dog Blue, and his human mother Patty L. Fletcher, better known as Team Blue in Tennessee, where the weather is so hot you could roast hotdogs or fry chicken right on the sidewalk, back with another interesting bit of news.

We found this just as we were beginning our day snuggled up in bed, with me dozing and mother propped up on pillows with what she calls her morning brew.

I’m always on the case, which means I might look like I’m asleep, but you can bet a dollar to a dog bone I’m listening and taking a good sniff of the air every now and then too. It’s rather convenient to have a human mother who uses a talking software program in her computer.

Anyhow, this morning when mother began to read her news, this piece from the Washington Post’s morning briefing called The Seven caught my ear.

It’s important so pay attention. Also, if you wouldn’t mind putting the word out via Twilight Bark, P-mail, or something? That would be excellent.

Thanks, and now, here’s my report.

If you have any questions, reach out to me via way of your reply feature.

An aggressive species of tick is spreading across the country.


What to know: Lone star ticks used to be found mostly in the Southeast but are becoming more common in Northern states. They may have traveled with deer populations.


Should you worry? They don’t spread Lyme disease, but can transmit other serious diseases, and are linked to a mysterious meat allergy. Learn how to protect yourself here.

To see the article referenced visit:

And to learn more about the tick and all the nastiness it can cause visit:

To make sure you get all the information this article has to offer, we’re putting the link to it below.

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Stand Up Or Sit Out: Memories and Musings of a Blind Wrestler, Runner, and All-around Regular Guy

By Anthony R. Candela

Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc (September 23, 2019)

ISBN-10: 109800566X

ISBN-13: 978-1098005665

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About the book.

In this memoir, Anthony Candela, a self-described “all-around regular guy”, traverses a lifetime of challenges. Some of these are accidents of birth like his poor eyesight and slow trek to blindness and some are of his own making like choosing to compete as a scholar-athlete. Infused with lots of New Yorkana, a touch of California, and a few related historical references, this memoir conveys that in any environment, life does not always follow a prescribed course. Moreover, as humans, all of us are imperfect. This includes people with disabilities who are often thought of as transcendent beings, but who should also be regarded as “all-around regular guys”. Just like the rest of the human race, they often strive imperfectly to get through life.

In his descriptions, the author hopes that readers will understand a little more about the nuts and bolts of running and wrestling, not to mention skiing and SCUBA diving. The ups and downs of coping with life and progressive loss of eyesight will be clearer. Readers will come away with a fuller appreciation of the ways people deal with challenges. In the end, we all have a choice whether to stand up or sit out.

The story related in these pages will occasionally give you cause to chuckle or even shed tears of sadness or joy. Above all else, it will enlighten you about why things happen the way they do. Ultimately, this memoir increases our understanding of what it means to be truly human. Perhaps after reading it we will be kinder and gentler to each other. Most important, perhaps we will be kinder and gentler to ourselves.

More About Tony…

Tony Candela has worked as a Rehabilitation Counselor, supervisor, manager consultant and administrator for more than 40 years in the field of blindness and visual impairment. His work has included promoting literacy and employment of blind persons and a special interest in enhancing the career preparation of blind persons who wish to work in the computer science field. He is a “retired” athlete, loves movies, sports, reading, writing, and music, including dabbling in guitar.

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In other news, mother and I have been taking advantage of the cool mornings before the heat gathers in the afternoons and evenings of the day, to get in our steps.

we plan our outings such as trips to the doctor, human or vet, grocery or dollar store, Etc. early in the morning.

We like to be home tucked away in the cool of our hide-away hut by the time the sun starts shimmering in the air.

We’d love to know how you and your guides are spending the summer. What neat things are you doing, or using that help you keep your cool?

If you’d like to send us an essay to use on our blog, Please be in touch for guidelines at:

This is open to all two and four-legged contributors everywhere.

Wel, I guess that wraps it up. For now, this is Team Blue in Tennessee saying, “Keep your nose to the ground and your tail waving at the sky.”

Patty says, look for a book review by Ann Chiappetta, a short story installment of Sabotage Yes or No by Trish Hubschman, and a whole lot more coming up during WordPress Wednesday and our Sizzling Spring and Summer Sundown Vacation series.

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