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I have a friend who for years was constantly having pain and discomfort almost always after a meal. Over the years the Dr.’s were unable to identify what was wrong with her until recently. They finally diagnosed her with celiac disease. This disease prevents foods from being absorbed into the small intestines and actually damages the lining of the small intestine. It can be very painful, as it was for her. What caused this disease is an intolerance to gluten.

What is gluten? It is a protein found in wheat and other grains that gives doughs that elastic feel. It helps the dough to rise, keep its shape and makes it chewy. Folks who suffer, as my friend does, from celiac disease have to consume a special diet so that they can avoid this protein.

Here is a brief list of foods that are recommended for those suffering from this condition. The list includes beans, seeds and nuts, none of which are processed. It also includes fresh eggs, most dairy products and fresh vegetables. It is also important that any meats that they consume do not have breading, batter coated or marinated. There are gluten free “flour” alternatives to wheat, like quinoa, amaranth, corn, to name a few.

Last year you might remember I attended the Tony’s Fine Foods food show. At this event we went looking for gluten free crackers. We were doing this so that folks who came to visit the winery where I work would be able to clear their palette, enjoy the varying flavors of the wine, and not suffer from the gluten side effects.

I spoke to one of the vendors about how a single plant can make items with gluten and items without. I was told that they have to have separate facilities. This is because as wheat flour is processed gluten can float into the air and contaminate other products.

So, now you know that gluten comes from wheat. And, food manufacturers have now included the words “Gluten Free” on packaging. Now this is not a surprise on crackers, cake mixes, pastas, bread and such. I was surprised to find this labeling on bacon. Yes, I saw gluten free bacon! And, I was surprised to find it on coffee too! The two manufacturer’s do not have plants that process wheat. Here is a coffee label that indicates it is gluten free.

Gluten free coffee

Gluten free coffee

Searching the internet, I did find this one club that offers the “gluten free bacon.”

Gluten free bacon

Gluten free bacon

I understand the necessity of labeling an item as gluten free for those that suffer from celaic disease and marketing products as gluten free has now become the norm. I believe that people should educate themselves on what gluten is and what food alternatives there are.

Have a terrific Tuesday and thanks for stopping by!


X Marks the Spot - BW Beacham

X Marks the Spot – BW Beacham

“Do you remember that old saying, ‘X marks the spot?” Two shuttles were just approaching the mothership having completed their mission. The “X” was prominent in the sky below them. The Zarcathians had been watching this planet for some time now.

What drew their attention to this once blue planet were the weapons of mass destruction. The inhabitants were in a state of unrest, countries warring against other countries. They did not need these weapons as they were destroying the planet already.

For years, the Zarcathians monitored the devastation on this planet. They watched the depletion of the ozone layer, destruction of forestlands, and pollution of the once blue waters that surrounded the planet.

What bothered the Zarcathians the most was that it appeared the inhabitants were planning on heading out into space for colonization. They could not let this happen.

The order was given, and where X marked the spot, the photon torpedo made its descent.
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You too can join in on this writing challenge! A photo is provided and the opening sentence of a story that you get to finish! Join in on this Mondays Finish the Story challenge! To get to this week’s challenge click HERE!

I hope that you liked my bit of flash fiction! Thank you for taking the time to stop by today for a bit! Have a great Monday and be well! ^..^


Pay Per View - Photo by Alastair Forbes

Pay Per View – Photo by Alastair Forbes

“Daddy can I have fifty cents pah-lease?” asked Damien’s daughter.

Camera hanging from around his neck and being distracted because he was about to become one of the 30% club for seeing Mount McKinley, he reached into his pocket and pulled out two quarters handing them to her.

“Here you go,” he said as he raised the camera to his eye, the clouds lifting. He would catch a photo of the peak, something not many do.

His daughter ran off gripping the quarters. The person at the scope was now gone. She put in the two quarters, heard a whoosh, and was gone!

Damien stood there looking at the mountain. He caught a shot just before it disappeared behind the clouds.

He turned back towards the telescopes looking for his daughter, and could not find her. Running inside, he looked for her. He stopped at the front desk of the lodge and asked if anyone had seen her. A gal behind the desk asked, “Did you give her two quarters to look at the mountain?”

“Yes.”

She said, “Isn’t it amazing how easy fifty cents can suck you in for pay per view?” His daughter was never seen again.

Mount McKinley

Mount McKinley


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A huge thanks goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! Great photo Al! Like you, I knew just what to do with this photo!

Thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop on by today! Be well! ^..^

Beautiful Birch


I love the different patterns one can find when looking at tree bark. On a recent outing I was struck by the amazing colors and patterns on birch bark. So, today I thought I would share with you the beauty of birch!

Let’s start by checking out this lovely quartet! What is striking is the differences in each tree!

Quartet

Quartet

I love how colorful this bark can be! I was mistaken in believing that the bark on this tree was white!

Colorful

Colorful

I love the way the bark peels back on this tree!

Peeling

Peeling

Can you see the bird’s face in the bark in this next shot?

A birds face

A birds face

This next shot shows the interior of the tree. Makes me wonder what happened to cause the split in the tree!

Banded

Banded

Can you see the person staring out from the opening in this last shot?

The face within

The face within

So, what do you think of this tree bark?

Thank you for dropping by today, and be well! ^..^


Kevin Conboy has chosen the subject of this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge; and it is “Refraction.” What is refraction? Miriam Webster defines refraction as: 1) deflection from a straight path undergone by a light ray or energy wave in passing obliquely from one medium (as air) into another (as glass) in which its velocity is different; 2) the change in the apparent position of a celestial body due to bending of the light rays emanating from it as they pass through the atmosphere; also: the correction to be applied to the apparent position of a body because of this bending; and 3) the action of distorting an image by viewing through a medium. I share with you refraction!

Split image

Split image

Angles

Angles

Bending light

Bending light

Reflected lines

Reflected lines

Running through

Running through

From the center

From the center

Did I meet the challenge?

Have a fantastic Friday and thank you for visiting with me today! Be well! ^..^


Inside the artists loft - Photo by Douglas M MacIlroy

Inside the artists loft – Photo by Douglas M MacIlroy

Albert is one of those unusual people; one that no one would ever look at twice. He has a face that is easy to forget.

He walks through the town to the center towards the fountain. As he looks around, he finds his mark. It is a young girl of about 12. Young is good. He waves his hand as if grabbing something.

Back in his studio, he pushes his hand towards his latest piece of art. The clock starts to tick, tick, tick. He smiles. No one will ever know that the girl’s soul is what runs the clock!
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Douglas MacIlroy for the inspiring photo!

I hope you enjoyed today’s bit of flash, and thank you kindly for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

The Beauty of Fall


As the world around us changes with the seasons, I find fall all around me. I love watching the world blanket itself in all the lovely shades of golds to reds. On a recent drive that my husband and I took, I captured some of these amazing fall colors! How about we check it out together? Ready?

The beauty of fall!

The beauty of fall!

Pretty, isn’t it? Here is a close up shot from that same spot!

Bands of color

Bands of color

Check out the blanket at the base of this mountain!

A blanket of color at the base of a mountain

A blanket of color at the base of a mountain

A lake, nestled in between the mountains, has lots of color around it!

Fall colors surround a lake

Fall colors surround a lake

Then there are the contrasting colors of the evergreens and the deciduous trees!

Contrasting colors

Contrasting colors

Isn’t fall just lovely?

Have a wonderful Wednesday! Thanks for dropping by! Have an amazing day and be well! ^..^