On Facebook: Bad With The Good


DECEMBER 14, 2012
This is a great story about posting sensitive and personal information on social media.

LIKE many women these days, Aran Hissam, 35, of Melbourne, Fla., posted the news that she was pregnant on Facebook. On the morning of an ultrasound last year, she debated on the site whether to learn the baby’s sex, musing “to peek or not to peek?”

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Taking Back Detroit

Taking Back Detroit
Portraits of the Motor City by Wayne Lawrence
Hear from the die-hard natives and upbeat newcomers who are re imagining Detroit, playing out
their dreams, or reveling in the once neglected city’s revival.


$49 Lucky Dog fare sale

Repost from ‘The Jet Sets Pets’

March 18, 2015 By kellyecarter

Virgin America sends chihuahuas to east coast for adoption; launches $49 Lucky Dog fare

The overpopulation of Chihuahuas in California continues to force animal shelters on the West Coast to look to shelters on the East Coast for help – where the dogs will quickly be adopted. As the only San Francisco-based airline, Virgin America first teamed up with the SF ACC to fly needy pups to new homes on the East Coast in 2010 to help address the influx of dogs at shelters on the West Coast. The overpopulation issue has only escalated since the original 2010 airlift, and as part of its long-standing partnership with and commitment to SF ACC, Virgin America is undertaking its sixth such airlift flight.


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Sticky Traps Are Dangerous to Wildlife

Fairfax County Police Department News

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Animal Control Officers routinely respond to calls for birds, snakes and other wildlife being caught in glue traps which are designed for nuisance rodents. These reports are more common in Spring and Summer.

Recently, several chickadees were caught on the glue sheets, with deadly results. Animal Control Officers responded, took the sheets/birds to a local veterinarian for removal. The stress of handling the wild birds caused several of the birds to pass away.

Glue boards also trap local snakes, natural predators of mice and rats. Cats, bats and other animals can be trapped, unintentionally, as well. For more information on this issue, please see the U.S. Humane Society at http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/facts/glue_boards.html.

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The 12th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest Winners

I always enjoy seeing the images from yearly Smithsonian photography competition. These are just as awesome as ever.


Smithsonian has just announced the winners of their 12th Annual Photo Contest. The winners were selected from over 26,500 entries by photographers from 93 different countries.

Pham Ty was awarded the grand prize for his photo of seamstresses sewing a fishing net in a small Vietnamese village. Six category winners were also selected along with two Readers’ Choice winners, who were the top vote getters from over 10,000 votes received.

For the complete list of finalists and winners, visit Smithsonian.com where you can also enter next year’s contest.

Grand Prize
Pham Ty


Women of a small village near Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam, sew a fishing net while their husbands fish. (Vinh Hy Bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam, November 2013, Sony NEX-6)

Natural World : Winner
Lorenzo Mittiga


A green iguana surfaces for air. “I had decided to take…

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How Media Hype Fuels Inaccurate Laws

How Media Hype Fuels Inaccurate Laws

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s very own Kristen Auerbach interview with  Reason TV on the topic of Pit Bulls.

Chat with Sarah Robinson: Romance and Crime Thriller Author

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Sarah Robinson is an Amazon Bestselling Romance and Crime Thriller Author of the contemporary Rockstar romance series Sand & Clay, as well as the very popular romantic suspense trilogy, The Photographer Trilogy.

All of her novels have reached Amazon’s Bestseller Rank in Crime, Crime, Thriller, Contemporary Romance, and/or Romantic Suspense.
Her writing often concentrates on the complexity of love in emotions, combining psychological complexities and human flaws to create very real characters that readers can relate with.

Sarah Robinson is a native of the Washington, DC area and has both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in criminal psychology. In regards to future publications, Sarah is with the Seymour Literary Agency and has recently been contracted by Loveswept, a Random House Penguin imprint, to begin a new contemporary romance series in late 2015 called Kavanagh Legends, which follows Irish alpha male brothers in the world of MMA fighting.

She recently married a Fairfax Police Officer, who shares her love of animals. Together, they own a zoo of rescues and enjoy volunteering and fostering for multiple animal shelters.

Hi Sarah!

Tell me about yourself. . . your life before you became a Romance and Crime Thriller Author?

“Not much to tell, I’m young and still trying to figure everything out. I grew up in a mix of Maryland and then New Jersey as the oldest of five children in a Greek household, enough said there. Crazy! I put myself through school with several waitressing jobs at a time and then went on to get my graduate degree. I finished my Masters Degree in Criminal Psychology in 2013 and married my now-husband, Justin, who is a Fairfax County police officer. I worked a ton of different jobs during school and after school, but nothing fit me and I didn’t really know what I was looking for. I worked as a mental health counselor for severely disabled schizophrenics, then I counseled paroled sexual offenders, then I worked for a cancer research foundation, and all kinds of other jobs. Finally I got laid off in May 2013, so I started writing because I suddenly had the time! Turns out, that’s where I would find what I love to do!”

Why Romance and Crime Thrillers? Did you dabble in other genres ?

“-I’ve dabbled in several genres at this point, and I plan to try more. I think most authors don’t fit into one genre, because we write what comes to us. Genres are just labels that help sales, so we don’t tend to think about them often. In fact, it can be really stressful to figure out what genre our work fits in, because we would like to think we’re original, outside of the box, unable to be labeled. But readers want labels, they want warnings, and they want to know what they are picking up, therefore genres are a must. I also write contemporary romance, new adult, and some romantic comedy!”

Tell me about The Photographer Trilogy?

“- The Photographer Trilogy is three books based on a true story from my life. It delves into deep topics, including sexual assault, betrayal, and family dysfunction, therefore readers should be aware of that if they are sensitive to certain triggers. I began the book as sort of a therapy, writing about my life, and then I decided to take control and change my story, my ending. So, the trilogy was born, and it’s been so well received by readers, I’m honored!”

What was your inspiration for The Sand & Clay Rocker Series?

“- There wasn’t something I can pinpoint as inspiration. I wanted to write a rockstar romance, but I didn’t want it to be like all the other ones out there. Way too many rockstar romances are filled with drugs, tons of sex, promiscuity, and crazy lifestyles on the road. I write about a sensitive sweet rockstar. A family man, a lover, and a true artist at heart. This rockstar isn’t driven by fame and money, he’s driven by art. There were no books out there like that, so I wanted to put one out there. It’s definitely one of my favorite series, it’s so totally light hearted and sweet. Much different from the deep, darkness of The Photographer Trilogy. Sometimes we all need a little fantasy.”

When thinking about story ideas, what comes first. . . the development of the plot or characters?

“- The plot and the universe the plot takes part in usually come first, then the individual characters form from that usually.”

What advice do you have for young aspiring writers?

“- My advice would be to always remember where you started, and who helped you from the beginning. Remember that you should never give up, but you should listen to criticism and learn from others what you can. I’d advise to grow a thick skin as soon as possible, because people will read your book (your baby!) and hate it. They will. And it will hurt. Aside from that, just keep writing. The hardest part of being a writer is writing! So just sit down and do it!”

Her books can be found at the links below:


Book 1 (Tainted Bodies) ➜ http://amzn.to/1plyStz (Only $0.99!)
Book 2 (Tainted Pictures) ➜ http://amzn.to/1tRHB6p
Book 3 (Untainted) ➜ http://amzn.to/1szl76X

Box Set ➜ http://amzn.to/1zCGzj4


Book 0.5 (Logan’s Story) – http://amzn.to/1kRoLcZ

Book 1 (Sand & Clay) – http://amzn.to/1uEALl6

Book 1.5 (Sand & Snow) – http://amzn.to/1rDhTFZ

Follow Sarah on Social Media

Website – https://www.booksbysarahrobinson.net

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/booksbysarahrobinson

Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/booksbysarah

Amazon Store – http://astore.amazon.com/boobysarrob08-20

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/booksbysarahrobinson

Instagram- http://instagram.com/booksbysarahrobinson

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/sarahkaterobins

Google Plus – http://google.com/+SarahRobinsonbooksbysarah

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Show Sickle Cell Patients Love this Valentine’s Day

Heart“Minority donors, African Americans in particular, have rare compatibility traits in their blood that are unique to the African-American community. Therefore, optimal blood matches for African Americans will come from members with their same ethnic background. However, while African-Americans comprise nearly 13 percent of the US population, less than one percent are blood donors.”

INOVA Minority Donor Outreach & Education

More than 44,000 blood donations are needed daily to meet the critical need for blood supply. While progress in medicine has helped reduced the severity of SCD, donations of blood closely matching that of adults and children with Sickle Cell disease is badly needed to save lives!

One of approximately 80,000 African Americans in the U.S. has SCD. Without the right blood match for a transfusion, immune reactions can develop from a transfusion causing more complications that make future transfusions less effective.

If this is your first time donating blood, the link has information and facts to help you better understand the process.

Thank you for saving the life of a Sickle Cell patient and for making a difference in the lives of people who love them.