Virginia Senator Warner and Representative Goodlatte.... PLEASE co-sponsor the Arthritis Prevention, Control and Cure Act s. 626!

I attended a meeting yesterday at the Virginia Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation here in Richmond and learned more about this Act. Do you or a loved one suffer from arthritis? Find out more about s. 626 here

The following is an excerpt from our local Arthritis Foundation's website:

We worked diligently to secure co-sponsors in Congress for the Arthritis Prevention, Control and Cure Act. When it passes, this bill will make huge strides in our knowledge of and ability to treat juvenile arthritis, fund additional arthritis research at NIH, and ensure the arthritis program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This program is important to us as funds flow from the CDC back to Virginia to combat arthritis as a public health issue. Currently the only members of Congress from Virginia who have not agreed to co-sponsor this important legislation are Senator Warner and Representative Goodlatte. We could use your help. If you have not yet registered as an arthritis advocate, please do so by navigating through the Advocacy tab on the home page. (Arthritis Advocacy

Here is how you can help by becoming an advocate as I have done. Send a letter to your representative expressing your support of this Act.

For all you Artists or Art Lovers out there:

Did you know that Pierre-Auguste Renoir suffered from a devastating form of arthritis?
Check out this site to read about how he and his life as an artist was greatly affected by this painful disabling disease. He was truly an amazing man! Art and Arthritis Here is another great site to visit.

Carolyn Hietala aka Lifeoncanvas

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Richmond's wildlife rehabilitation ARK (Area Rehabbers Klub)

Read on for more information about this wonderful organization based here in our Richmond, Virginia area.

ARK is an all volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of experienced rehabilitators who are committed to helping orphaned and injured wildlife.

Through dedicated care, medical aid, nursing, proper diet, and ongoing training our goal is to return every rehabilitated animal that has a chance back into its natural wild environment.

Help for these animals is provided by a network of state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitators with over 20 years of experience and knowledge in wildlife care, handling and release.

We welcome assistance from service organizations, Eagle Scout projects and students looking for community service opportunities. For more information go to how to help that can be found in our website

If you have found an animal in need and want to know what to do call our hotline (this info also found in ARK website.)

Originial Art by Carolyn Hietala

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"Vintage Feather Pillows" oil painting series by Carolyn Hietala

Recently I have been very surprised with the response that I am receiving regarding my "Vintage Feather Pillows" series. I began the series strictly for sentimental reasons as I have lost loved ones in the last few years. My parents were also tragically taken during Isabel in 2003 so painting these bits of the past brings good memories closer to me.

Others have also shared their fond memories with me via email and have purchased several paintings. Therefore I have been concentrating on continuing this series. Several local art galleries here in Richmond, Virginia have expressed an interest in showing them. I am also adding larger works to the series and several are life-size.

I truly am enjoying painting them and pleased that others in viewing them are reminded of and embracing their cherished memories from the past too! ;0)

Original Oil Paintings by Carolyn Hietala aka Lifeoncanvas