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Pocket Sketching, Cold Water From Fauci, A Good Excuse for a Nose Job
Kath Macauley will demonstrate watercolor painting today via Zoom.
Thursday, June 4, 2020


Had it not been for the coronavirus pandemic, Kath Macaulay would have been at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden today offering a free demonstration of Pocket Sketching as seen on PBS.

But you can still catch it today—on Zoom.

Macaulay, who lies in Tucson, will demonstrate how she sketches water, both still and rushing. Her easy-to-learn technique takes just 25 minutes and is, she says, perfect for travel, hiking, biking and simply finding a way to occupy your time while sheltering in place during a pandemic.

Blaine County reported two new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, ending its six-day streak of no new cases, said Paul Ries. The county has had 514 confirmed cases.

It’s compact, portable and there’s no clean up.

To see the demonstration, tune into  on Zoom from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. today—Thursday, June 4.

If you’re inspired, you can join Macauley for further lessons from 2-3:30 p.m. June 16, 19, 23, 26 and 30 at a cost of $225. And, while the lessons are on Zoom, those at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden are encouraging budding artists to do their homework at the garden.

For more information, call Kim Chaplin at 208-726-9358 or email


Blaine County reported two new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday after six days of nada. The county has now tallied 514 since mid-March.

There were 57 new cases in Idaho, which now has 2,990.


We’re living in a surreal period in which the virus is out there yet we’re resuming many of the things we did before, occasionally forgetting to mind our Ps and Qs. A Boise nurse recently returned from New York where she said the virus was very much in her face.

Debbie Wilder told KTVB of helping a 31-year-old man without underlying health conditions say goodbye to his wife and baby. And she told of passing semis full of bodies stacked up like cordwood on her way to work.

“At the ER I was at you had to squeeze between gurneys of people…I think this is going to cause some PTSD for everybody that’s involved,” she said. “You can see it in the eyes, cause  all you can see from the people you work with is their eyes.”

“This is real,” she added. “I’ve never met anything that scared me as bad as this virus.”


While a couple of Italian doctors have postulated that the virus load and transmission of coronavirus is weakening in their country, Dr. Anthony Fauci says he sees no signs of that happening in the United States. The World Health Organization also has said that there is no evidence the coronavirus is changing significantly, according to a new article by Sasha Belenky.

But Fauci still has an offer of a job with Italy’s leading hospital should he ever be fired from the White House coronavirus task force.

“The world needs Fauci,” Dr. Giuseppe Ippolito told the Associated Press. “There is no one else who has written the history of medicine and infectious diseases like Tony Fauci. “There is no one else who has been able to write about and to decrypt the secrets of infectious diseases.”


An article in the New York Times says it’s not whether you’re exposed to the virus but how much of the virus that you’re exposed to that counts. A few viral particles won’t make you sick—the immune system will vanquish the intruders. Problem is, scientists don’t know how much it does take to make you sick.

For SARS it may take a few hundred particles to become infected. For MERS, maybe thousands of particles.

Some people are generous transmitters of the coronavirus—many of them are those so-called super-spreaders; others are stingy.

It may be, as well, that the shape of your nostrils and the amount of nose hair and mucus present could influence how much virus it takes to become infected. A good reason for a nose job, if they ever figure out the perfect nostril!


A windowless public bathroom is riskier than one with a window. Dutch researchers simulating the expulsion of saliva droplets found just cracking open a door or window can banish aerosols.


China has reclassified dogs as pets under its new agricultural guidelines. The new guidelines come as part of the nation’s crackdown on the wildlife industry following the coronavirus pandemic, according to Green Queen.

But, while guidelines crack down on restaurants, markets and slaughterhouses that sell dogs for food, it does not explicitly ban the consumption of dogs or raising them for meat.


Robotics engineers in Denmark have developed a machine that can test patients for COVID-19. The robot can swab a patient’s throat, place the swab in a glass bottle and screw on the lid.

This could limit the need for health care workers to come into contact with those carrying the virus, said officials at the University of Southern Denmark. They hope to have it in production by June’s end and on the market by fall.


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