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Understanding and Addressing the Threat of Avian Flu

Recent reports about avian flu, particularly the H5N1 strain, have emerged, with more than 40 cattle facilities testing positive since March 2024, as of this writing. About 20 percent of retail milk tested is positive for the virus.1 Therefore, avian flu poses a significant threat to animal health and a potential threat to human health. Global experts have been closely monitoring this threat, now reality, since 2020.

While only one symptomatic case of avian flu among a farm worker in Texas was investigated last month, experts are closely watching to monitor other farm workers with surveillance testing, and assessment of any symptoms of illness. Concerns about the potential threat of human-to-human transmission has been expressed, with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) now testing wastewater supplies to detect any spikes in flu that could be attributed to Avian Flu. 2

Originally detected among poultry and wild birds, avian flu virus or highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) spreads rapidly, expanding its reach, infecting various animal species. During fall and spring wild bird migrations, avian flu cases can be expected to rise, particularly in-flight migration zones. This is why the US government allocated 200 million dollars towards a rapid response to the spread of avian flu this month. 3

 

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How quickly the virus has spread this year has surprised scientists, with this outbreak believed to have begun in December 2023. The origins of bird flu trace back to China’s Guangdong region in 1996, where a new highly pathogenic strain, H5N1, was first identified in a farmed goose. By 1997, the first human deaths from avian flu transmitted among farm workers were reported in Hong Kong. Since then, it has expanded its reach, infecting other animal species. Low pathogenic avian influenza, initially non-fatal in wild birds, can mutate into different strains of HPAIs in farm-raised poultry. HPAIs can, cause severe illness and death among birds. 4

 

Even in remote regions of the world, there is evidence for the global spread of avian flu. These include HPAIs found among wild birds in Antarctica’s Northern Weddell Sea. Veterinary pathologists, like Lineke Begeman, have been at the forefront, braving harsh conditions to analyze the impact of the virus on wildlife. 4 Their efforts provide crucial insights into the virus’s trajectory and its potential consequences. For more than two decades, global and US national public health authorities, defense and civil authorities have worked on avian flu preparedness and response.

 

How it Spreads: Bird flu viruses can infect humans when a sufficient amount of the virus enters a person’s eyes, nose, or mouth, or when inhaled. This transmission can occur through airborne virus particles, such as droplets or potentially dust, that are breathed in by a person. Additionally, transmission can occur when a person touches a surface contaminated with the virus and then touches their mouth, eyes, or nose. 5

Human infections with bird flu viruses typically occur following close, prolonged, and unprotected contact with infected birds. In such instances, individuals may encounter the virus through direct exposure to infected birds or their bodily fluids, such as saliva, mucus, and feces.5 Within poultry facilities, feces may dry out and become airborne during activity. These can be inhaled by workers in some facilities. Protective measures, such as gloves or other personal protective equipment (PPE), are essential to reduce the risk of infection during contact with infected birds or contaminated surfaces.

 

Prevention

Preventing avian flu requires avoiding exposure to sick or dead animals and birds, especially poultry. Protective measures, such as wearing gloves, masks or face shields and other appropriate PPE, are essential when farm workers are handling potentially infected animals. Intermittent cleaning and sanitation of surfaces is important. 5 Continuously operating engineering products can provide an extra layer of protection for reducing both air and surface contamination, like CASPR (Continuous Air & Surface Pathogen Reduction). Hazard and risk reduction is the goal of prevention activities customized for facilities.

 

Impact and Response

While human cases of avian flu remain rare at this writing, the mortality rate among those people infected is disturbingly high, exceeding 50%. However, the virus’s impact on animals has been devastating, leading to the slaughter of millions of farmed birds every year since 2020, mostly in Asia. In addition, avian flu is causing significant mortality among wild bird populations. 4 To assist in mitigation strategies, the US Department of Agriculture shared data, obtained through routine collections of wild bird samples, that identifies areas with an increased AIV risk. 6

 

Efforts to prevent avian flu include enhanced surveillance, biosecurity measures on farms, and vaccination programs with some strains to poultry in high-risk areas. However, challenges remain, including the reluctance of some nations to implement vaccination, due to trade barriers, loss of income to farmers and producers when birds found to be positive are slaughtered, and concerns about disease detection in vaccinated flocks.

 

Since March, the detection of H5N1 among dairy cows in the United States underscores the need for comprehensive monitoring and response strategies for the remainder of this year, and beyond. While the transmission of the virus to humans remains rare, the potential for animal to human transmission highlights the importance of vigilant surveillance and implementation of public health measures to limit the spread.

 

The Importance of Monitoring Spread

All the commercial milk supply in the U.S. comes from farms that participate in the Grade “A” milk program and follow the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO), ensuring safety. Pasteurization and diversion or destruction of milk from sick cows are crucial measures in the federal-state milk safety system.

 

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As of May 10, the USDA states that 46 facilities have tested positive, with 1 in 5 retail milk samples analyzed being positive for the virus on May 2, 2024. 7 The virus has been reported to spread from cattle to other mammals, namely a few barnyard cats and a raccoon, in addition to poultry and wild birds. This impacts food safety and security.

Evidence to date indicates that adaptation of the HPAI A(H5N1) virus has occurred, since it has become established among cows. What worries many epidemiologists is the risk to public health, should the virus continue to affect other parts of the food supply, such as pigs. Unlike cattle, pigs often are infected with other influenza A viruses and are genetically closer to being able to infect humans. A few of these influenza viruses have already adapted and infected humans. Should these pig viruses mutate or exchange genetic material with H5N1, a more virulent strain of the virus or even a pandemic strain is possible. Therefore, extra measures are needed to limit the spread of HPAI to pigs, and to carefully monitor pig populations for HPAI.

Recommendations and Conclusion

The FDA recommends against consuming raw milk or raw milk products, particularly from cows showing symptoms of illness or exposure to avian influenza viruses. Producers are urged to take precautions when discarding milk from affected cows to prevent further spread. Destruction of poultry in affected facilities is made with appropriate state and national food/agricultural safety workers and veterinarians.

 

For the last two decades, public health authorities have been developing preparedness plans to combat avian flu as a global health concern. Now, these are being utilized, along with the mobilization of funding for US activities. 8 The recent, rapid emergence and spread of HPAI is a cause for concern, necessitating urgent action for monitoring and surveillance of poultry and pig production farms, while escalating adherence to safety protocols. While human to human transmission has not been reported with this HPAI, efforts are underway and continuing to monitor and limit any additional mutations of HPAIs among animals that could potentially impact humans. The CDC asks health officials to maintain flu surveillance this summer despite transmission of seasonal flu viruses dropping to minimal levels in the Northern Hemisphere. Even in the off-season, staying alert of any signs of human-to-human spread will minimize the risk 9 of H5N1 transmission. Continued collaborative action among food production facilities, public health authorities, communities and civil authorities are essential to safeguard both the food supply and human susceptibility to any further HPAI mutations.

 

The timeline of H5N1’s global spread 4

1996: Detected in poultry in Guangdong, China

1997: First human deaths reported in Hong Kong

2005: Spilled over into wild birds in a major way; new strains emerge

2020: A strain emerges that can sustain in wild bird populations year-round

2020-22: Becomes endemic in wild bird populations

2021: Arrives in North America

2022: Detected in South America

2024: Confirmed in Antarctica

 

Resources
Bird Flu Outbreak in Dairy Cows Is Widespread, Raising Public Health Concerns | Infectious Diseases | JAMA | JAMA Network

 

https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/cdc-makes-public-influenza-wastewater-data-assist-bird-flu-probe-2024-05-14/

 

https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/us-provide-nearly-200-million-contain-bird-flu-spread-dairy-farms-2024-05-10

 

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20240425-how-dangerous-is-bird-flu-spread-to-wildlife-and-humans

 

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/avianflu/prevention.htm#anchor_1647619154182

 

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/livestock-poultry-disease/avian/avian-influenza/wild-bird-surveillance-dashboard

 

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20240510-bird-flu-in-cows-has-caused-concern-amongst-milk-drinkers-experts-say-its-still-safe-to-drink

 

Updates on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) | FDA

 

Citing H5N1 threat, CDC urges peak flu monitoring this summer – STAT (statnews.com)

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Q&A with Tandy Janson

Dive into an illuminating Q&A session with the Bus and Transportation Manager from Kingman Unified School District, Tandy Janson, as she shares her firsthand experience with the implementation of cutting-edge technology. Gain valuable insights into the reactions from both students and staff and unravel the workings of this transformative technology. Situated in the vast expanses of Arizona, Kingman Unified School District operates 62 buses, serving a sprawling area of 3,300 square miles. Join us in exploring the intersection of innovation and education in this insightful conversation.

Bus & Transportation Manager, Tandy Janson

Q1: How did you find out about CASPR Technologies?

“A Bus Summit Seminar.”

Q2: When choosing a solution to disinfect your transportation fleet, what were you looking for?

“Something that was high quality, and easy to use.”
Q3: How was the CASPR Technology explained to you?

“It was explained in detail. I was sold after the first three sentences.”

Q4: Why do you think CASPR is the best solution for disinfection on your buses?

“This is a continuous cleaning product. It doesn’t need to be manually done. There’s no physical labor. It’s disinfecting when the bus is full and running.”

Q5: How was your experience with the sales and service team at CASPR Technologies?

“Very helpful, they answered all my questions and were never pushy. Simply told me to look at the data they provided. They’d also update me whenever I wanted and their confidence in their products sold me.”

Q6: Now that you have chosen CASPR Technologies to protect your drivers and students in route, what benefits do you see?

“The drivers, monitors, mechanics, and office staff can all feel the difference in our building. Those with allergies don’t have red, itchy eyes, sneezing, or coughing when they are inside the facility or the buses. I don’t spend enough time with the students to gather enough insight but if it’s anything like our indoor unit, I’m excited to see it.”

Q7: Are you happy with CASPR Technologies? (Sales, Prices, Service, Performance & Support)

“Yes, I look at this as a one-time purchase with the occasional upkeep on the filters that are not even close to the original purchasing price. Over an extended period, the cost would be well worth it as we wouldn’t have to keep purchasing chemicals and towels only to just throw that stuff away and repurchase it again right after. Also, my drivers won’t have to worry about purchasing gloves or getting chemicals on their hands. Overall, we are saving more money with CASPR than without it.”

Q8: What could you say about CASPR Technologies that would be helpful for a school director that is looking for disinfection solutions in their schools?

“Keep track of the time you pay your employees to sanitize the bus twice a day or three times a day, depending on how many schools they service along with the cost of the products to sanitize. Then compare it to the initial cost of CASPR products plus the 2-year replacements. For us, savings started within the first year. If the savings start within 1 to 2 years, it’s worth the money. The CASPR system is continuous, and if you replace the filters and cells every 2 years…It’s forever. It saves us time, labor, and money, while providing a healthier environment.”

Q9: Would you choose CASPR again and why?

“Yes, I have spoken with the assistant superintendent and finance from the transportation department, and we are going to try to get CASPR throughout every one of our schools. We are going to do what we can each year to make sure that our schools have the system throughout to protect our students, our teachers, and our staff.”

 

Wrapping up this insightful Q&A, it becomes apparent that CASPR Technologies is a notable player in the field of advanced indoor air quality and surface disinfection solutions. With a strong dedication to promoting health and wellness, CASPR Technologies actively contributes to shaping the educational landscape through its innovative products and services. By consistently mitigating the presence of harmful microorganisms and enhancing air quality, CASPR empowers educational institutions to establish safer and healthier indoor environments for both students and staff. Let’s collectively welcome a future of education where well-being takes center stage.

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Franklin Avenue Baptist Church partners with CASPR Technologies to protect their congregation

Pastor Luter says that Franklin Avenue’s mission statement is simple: To spiritually impact our families, neighborhoods, city, and state by Exalting the Savior, Equipping the Saints, and Evangelizing the Sinners. On August 29, 2005, the church faced its first big disaster when Hurricane Katrina flooded the original church with nine feet of water. In December 2018, the congregation moved into a brand new 3,500 seat sanctuary with separate areas for children and youth worship services. Currently, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church is still growing in members which have left the church finding new ways to adapt to any potential future disasters.

Because of Katrina, their New Orleans services could be seen live over the internet every Sunday morning for their displaced members. This has proven useful to this day given the pandemic preventing the older generation and the immunocompromised from attending in-person service. Thanks to CASPR Technologies this will no longer be an issue. Ever evolving, FABC has recently decided to partner with CASPR Technologies and take a proactive approach against future pandemics. From Pastor Luter, “We are really excited about the investment we made to continuously clean our air and surfaces for our congregation and staff. CASPR gives us the confidence to open our doors without worry.” After COVID-19, FABC knew action to clean the air would be just as important as disinfecting surfaces. CASPR Technologies provided the perfect solutions as our products continuously disinfect the air and surfaces 24/7.

So, what does this mean for the congregation? It means opening the doors without the fear of spreading illnesses, germs, and having an overall peace of mind. Now, members won’t have to worry about chunky, big equipment taking up a bunch of space. Instead, CASPR Technologies provided a solution that is fully automated, requires little maintenance, discreet, and easily installed into the church’s HVAC system. If the air is on, CASPR is behind the scenes continuously disinfecting and protecting the church.

What changes can be expected with this partnership? Accessible education when members and guest enter the church that will show a short clip on our display screens located throughout the building on how the technology works with door clings at all main entrances of the church. These door clings will provide a QR code for members to scan to learn more about the technology.

Now, what exactly is this new technology? CASPR is an innovative “no-touch” disinfection technology that utilizes a Natural Catalytic Converter (NCC) to create gaseous Hydrogen Peroxide out of ambient air. Hydrogen Peroxide is nature’s natural disinfectant and CASPR recreates that same organic process indoors making it very effective against viruses, bacteria, mold, fungi, VOC’s and even odors. By treating and destroying pathogens at the cellular level on a continuous basis CASPR eliminates the periodical approach, human error and extra labor needed to truly disinfect our indoor environment.

Franklin Avenue Baptist Church is not exempt from facing its fair share of changes and obstacles. However, this has not dimmed the hope of the congregation and the staff. Pastor Luter, since his election, has maintained the church’s vitality. Furthermore, thanks go out to the Trustees, Finance, and Leadership Teams for their proactive thinking and diligent steps in ensuring the safety of everyone at FABC. Prioritizing investment in CASPR Technologies and ensuring the safety of the community remains a top focus, made achievable through the generous support of faithful donor.

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Edgar’s Bakery opens its 11th location in Madison, Alabama with CASPR Technologies.

Prioritizing Your Comfort at Edgar’s Bakery: A Cleaner, Safer Experience

Edgar’s Bakery recognizes the profound importance you place on the air and surfaces around you when you dine and shop. It’s with your well-being in mind that they’ve taken a proactive step by introducing CASPR Disinfection Technology, elevating the health and safety of the environment for you and your cherished ones.

Edgar’s Bakery’s collaboration with CASPR Technologies in Madison, Alabama, demonstrates their commitment to maintaining a safe and clean environment for their customers and staff. CASPR Technologies offers a hands-off disinfection solution that operates continuously, contributing to the overall well-being of the bakery’s patrons. The CASPR Compact, one of CASPR’s products, was part of a giveaway, indicating the company’s proactive approach to engaging with the community and promoting their disinfection technology.

Terry and Dottie Smith, the owners of Edgar’s Bakery, recognized the alignment between CASPR’s mission and their own and decided to implement CASPR’s technology in their bakeries. As of 2020, all Edgar’s Bakery locations in Alabama have integrated CASPR Technology to ensure a hygienic environment. This partnership has been ongoing since then, showcasing the success of the collaboration.

The opening of the Madison, Alabama location was celebrated with the presence of the mayor of Madison County and the Trash Pandas baseball team mascot for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This event highlighted the significance of the bakery’s expansion and its dedication to the community.
Despite being renowned for their strawberry cakes, Edgar’s Bakery has also gained praise for its lively atmosphere and quality food. A member of the CASPR team, named Dave, had the opportunity to enjoy the bakery’s offerings and interact with curious customers. This allowed Dave to explain CASPR’s mission and how their disinfection technologies work, thus increasing awareness of the technology and its benefits.

Why CASPR? Unveiling a New Era of Clean

Imagine an environment where worries dissipate, and freshness prevails. With CASPR’s state-of-the-art technology, we’re actively eradicating harmful pathogens, bacteria, and allergens from both air and surfaces. The result? A space that instills confidence and exudes cleanliness, allowing you to say farewell to concerns and relish a revitalizing dining experience.

CASPR Technologies has played a crucial role in ensuring the safety of Edgar’s Bakery’s staff and customers across their multiple locations in Alabama. The partnership between these two entities reflects the growing importance of innovative disinfection solutions in public spaces, especially in the wake of health concerns such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join Us in Redefining Cleanliness Standards

Moreover, CASPR is thrilled to announce that an overwhelming 73% of Edgar’s esteemed customers have expressed their affection for CASPR. Inspired by this vote of confidence, we remain dedicated to delivering the excellence you rightfully deserve. Whether you’re seeking relief from allergies, addressing asthma concerns, or simply seeking a meticulously clean atmosphere, rest assured that Edgar’s Bakery is your unwavering destination.

Your Well-being, Our Priority

Embrace a new chapter where your health and happiness are paramount. As you step into Edgar’s Bakery and savor each bite, take solace in the knowledge that our commitment to your well-being extends beyond our delectable treats. CASPR’s influence creates an environment that cares for you, enhancing every moment you spend with us.

Stay connected through our emails and social media channels to stay updated on all our initiatives. Thank you for choosing Edgar’s Bakery, where your comfort and safety are our foremost priorities.

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ASHRAE Approves Groundbreaking Standard to Reduce the Risk of Disease Transmission in Indoor Spaces

ASHRAE has announced the approval for publication of its highly anticipated standard to reduce the risk of airborne infectious aerosol transmission in buildings, bringing numerous benefits to occupants and promoting healthier environments.

ASHRAE Standard 241, Control of Infectious Aerosols establishes minimum requirements to reduce the risk of disease transmission by exposure to infectious aerosols in new buildings, existing buildings, and major renovations. Infectious aerosols are tiny, exhaled particles that can carry pathogens that cause infections or disease.

These particles are so small that they can remain in the air for long periods of time. Use of this standard could reduce exposure to the SARS-COVID-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, the flu virus, and other pathogens. Standard 241 provides requirements for many aspects of air system design, installation, operation, and maintenance.

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O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendor of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

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Workplace Distractions

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O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendor of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

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Working Together as a Team

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O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendor of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

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Daily Routines

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendor of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.