Monday, July 28, 2008

A Traveling GFCF Experience - Part I

Tonight I am writing from Idaho Falls, ID, home of my in-Laws. I am flying out from here tomorrow to Washington DC for a few days of meetings, baseball, and (hopefully) some new GFCF experiences!

Traveling in Montana and Idaho is an interesting experience. Consider this:
  • Montana is the fourth largest state in the US in terms of land mass.
  • Montana is also the 44th ranked state in terms of population, with less than a million people, and significantly more cows.

I spent the first 40 years of my life living in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern US, where you can barely drive 10 miles without coming to a restaurant or at least a rest stop. Out here, you may have to go 200.

Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration. But rest stops and eateries are few and far between. It's 325 miles between Missoula and Idaho Falls, and. unless you are within 30 miles of either city, there is on average about 50 miles between places you can get a bite to eat.

One also discovers a new Murphy's Law when driving in Montana: The urgent need for a child to go to the bathroom is directly proportional to the distance to the next rest stop. The further you are, the more they have to go.

But I digress.

In my writings lately about GFCF fast food choices (or lack thereof), I have talked about the importance of just taking food with you to have in the car. On a long trip like this, having food in the car is essential. Here is what we took on our trip:

  • grapes
  • strawberries
  • sliced turkey
  • peanuts
  • lollipops
  • 100% fruit juice
  • water
  • Panda Puffs cereal

We also packed lots of plates, napkins, and cups. We had more than enough food for the entire trip and had no need or incentive to buy food when we made our stops. And best of all, we kept it GFCF!

So tomorrow I am off to Washington DC. My plan is to do a Tuesday Tidbits tomorrow night and a Wordless Wednesday as well (spoiler: pretty flower pics). I am also hoping to blog about my dining experience in Washington which I am making every effort to keep GFCF. And, as I promised, I will report out on Noah's Pretzels.

I hope you will join me on my journey this week, and that you have safe journeys wherever you go.

Saturday, July 26, 2008



Well, I've made it to yet another anniversary of my birth - 43 years ago today in Trenton, New Jersey. And I've been thinking a lot about how to do a birthday post. Should I be reflective and reminisce about my past? Should I go Academy Awards and thank all those responsible (which of course, is two - thanks Mom and Dad!)? Or should I pontificate and pass on all the wisdom I've obtained from 43 years in this world?
Or how about none of the above?

No, I've decided that the best thing to do is tell you a little more about me, so you all can get to know me a little better. And what better way to do that then through a meme! Fortunately, I've been tagged with two, so I can do one here, and one over at The Autism Experience!

The one I have chosen to do here is from Sea at the Book of Yum, who passed along a meme to post 7 weird things about myself. The one I have posted over on The Autism Experience was sent over by Carrie, the Ginger Lemon Girl, has started a new blog titled Heart of a Servant. She tagged me there tell five things about myself on a specific topic area of my choice. This oughta be fun!

But before we commence with the weirdness, here are some people I share a birthday with:

Norman Lear (Creator of All in the Family, among others)
Bill Engvall (I know I've deserved a lot of signs over the years!)
Paul Levesque (better known to WWE fans as Triple H)
Maya Rudolph (SNL)
Alex Rodriguez (yes, THE A-Rod)

and, of course, Bugs Bunny.
  1. I am not much of a reality TV fan. The only two shows that I have ever watched a season through to the end were The Amazing Race and The Apprentice, and that was one season of each. I have NEVER watched a single episode of Survivor.

  2. My musical tastes (have you checked out my profile?) are all over the map. I mainly listen to New Age, Celtic, and Bluegrass, but was raised on progressive rock and at any given moment could listen to the Moody Blues, Yes, or Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. I am also a fan of the 1712 Overture, by PDQ Bach, and anything Victor Borge has ever done.

  3. I am a sports nut. I love college football (Go Gamecocks!), NFL (Go Eagles!), and baseball (Go Phillies!). But lately I am really loving soccer and rugby. The only things I really don't enjoy are MMA and boxing.

  4. I love science fiction, although I don't read it very often these days. Was raised on Star Trek and Dr. Who, and even went to a couple of conventions many moons ago. Also was a big fan of Stargate SG-1.

  5. I am also a big fan of Britcoms. My faves are Are You Being Served (an absolute classic), Keeping Up Appearances (love Onslow), and The Vicar of Dibley (my favorite).

  6. I love to play Scrabble and just about any card game known to man. Oh, and I also love whacking Zingoz, keeping Goober's Lab from blowing up, and making sure the Googles keep flying (anyone who owns Webkinz will know what I mean).

  7. My favorite eclectic thing is the similarities between my family and the wife's. Valerie and I missed having the same birthday by about 1 hour (hers is tomorrow). We are both the youngest of three children, and our siblings birthdays all fall between July 20 and August 2. Oh, and our parent's Anniversaries are one day apart at the end of November.

Okay, so that wasn't so weird really, but at least you know me a little better. Now I am supposed to tag seven people. Hmm...

Okay. I tag:

Rachel at the Crispy Cook

Sally at Aprovechar

Cyndi at Matthew, the Cutest Boy on the Spectrum

Genevieve at Mother of Confusion

Daniela at Reaching for Michelin Stars

Lisa at The Stimming Spot

Karen at Gluten Free Sox Fan

It's 9:36 am. The first child has already been up almost 4 hours, we've had three "disagreements" amongst the kids, one massive poopy diaper, and we've already had the birthday cake.

Just another typical day in the Dzomba household.

One more thing before I forget. I try my best not to live life backward, but look ahead. I think 43 is going to be a wonderful age.

Thanks everyone, as always, for reading. I hope you all have a great day.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tuesday Tidbits - Fish, Pretzels, and More!!

It's been a while since I have done a Tuesday Tidbits! This is my musings on various topics from around the blogworld. With the launch of The Autism Experience last week, this will focus more on the GF and GFCF world.

Fishy Fish

Ooooh, fishy, fishy, fishy fish!
A-fish, a-fish, a-fish, a-fishy, ooooh.
Ooooh, fishy, fishy, fishy fish!
That went wherever I did go.

-From Monty Python's Meaning of Life

If you have not read my post yesterday about tilapia, I'd encourage you to do so. Over the past decade, consumption of tilapia has exploded to where it is now the 5th most consumed fish on the market. But now there are some concerns about the health risks of eating tilapia and other less fatty fish. The jury is still out, and many health experts are still saying that tilapia can still be part of the recommended two servings per week of fish. I like it, and will continue to prepare it.

After linking to the tilapia recipe we used from Everyday Foods, I received another tilapia recipe from The Gluten Gal. It sounds yummy too, and I can't wait to try it!

What about you? Do you have a favorite tilapia or other fish recipe? Please leave a comment and share a link to your recipe!

Take Me Out to the Ballgame...with Pretzels!

Next week I am travelling to Washington DC on business, but that doesn't mean I won't have time for a little relaxation - especially since a coworker scored free tickets to the Washington Nationals baseball game vs. my beloved Philadelphia Phillies. It's been a while since I've been to a major league baseball game, so I am really excited. And I've heard nothing but good things about the Nat's new stadium.

But there is even more exciting news for us lovers of all things GFCF. Thanks to the folks at DCGluties, I've found out that there is a vendor at the stadium that serves GFCF soft pretzels!

The name is Noah's Pretzel's, and the company is named after one of the co founder's sons who has autism. Not only are they in the pretzel making business, but, just as importantly, they are also into autism awareness. What I really love is that they are taking the message to the children, offering tours of their pretzel shop, including hands on pretzel making and talks about autism.

If you live in the Washington DC area, please support Noah's Pretzel's when you are at your next Nat's game, or at their other locations in Gaithersburg or at the Lakeforest Mall. And if you are an entrepreneur, they do have franchising opportunities available.

These are the kinds of companies we need to get behind and support.

Fast Food Discrimination

Even though this isn't a GFCF issue, it is a special needs issue, and one I want to publicize. I have a Twitter friend named Deafmom, who blogs at Earlier this year she was denied service (twice!) at a Steak N Shake Drive Thru because she was hearing impaired and cannot use the speaker to order (they refused to let her order at the window). After trying to work through Steak N Shake corporate headquarters without success, she has been left with no choice but to file a discrimination complaint against Steak N Shake. You can read Deafmom's post about here experience here.

But Deafmom is not alone. It turns out that another hearing impaired woman, Karen Tumeh, has filed a discrimination lawsuit against a McDonalds in Nebraska for refusing her service in the drive through.

Now I won't be going to any fast food restaurant's again since there is almost nothing GFCF to eat at them, but those who choose to go to them deserve the same level of service regardless of their special needs. There are, as Deafmom points out in her post, plenty of options restaurants can use to accommodate hearing impaired people at the drive thru.

Please show your support for Deafmom by commenting on her post or Stumbling it or Digg-ing it.

Set Another Place...I'm Coming Over!

This is my look at what looks good to eat out in the GF and GFCF blogworld - recipes that I am saving and hope to try some day. let's have a look, shall we?


We can start our day in few ways:

...a Chestnut Pumpkin Danish from Sheltie Girl at Gluten a Go Go...

...a Summer Smoothie from Ellen at I am Gluten Free...

...some Pipin' Hot Pancakes, courtesy of the Ginger Lemon Girl..


We'll do soup, salad, and slaw for lunch today.

...Mmm, how about a cabbage salad with lime and oregano, compliments of Gluten Free Bay (and congrats on your acceptance!!)

...the yellow string beans with tomatoes salad, as made by Rachel, the Crispy Cook, looks yummy too...

I think we'll also try Margie's lentil soup, as published on

As for the slaw, I definitely want to try this beautiful purple cabbage cole slaw, from Elana at Elana's Pantry.


Only two dinner items this week, as I have to save room for dessert:

...I want to try the Pasta with Roasted Summer Vegetables and Basil, from the folks at Martha Stewart's Dinner Tonight. There are plenty of GF pastas out there to sub for the campanelle or fusilli, but the cheese I would have to live without, as I don't know of a good CF parmesan cheese substitute. Any thoughts, dear readers, on something I could use instead of cheese?

...and the Korean BBQ Short Ribs Kate made at Gluten Free Gobsmacked look awesome! (and Kate, congrats to you and your hubby on your news!).


Okay, I had to save room for dessert because there were two that really caught my eye:

...The Gluten Free Mommy comes through again with this fabulous looking peach cobbler, and with peaches in season in the Carolinas (one thing I do miss about living in South Carolina) this is the perfect time of year for it. Use Earthbalance or another CF butter plus your favorite milk substitute to make this casein free.

...also looking yummy is Sally at Aprovechar's Easy-Peasy Flourless Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies. We may give those a try this weekend.

Of course, this is only a small sampling of the great GF and GFCF recipes that are out there. Do you have a favorite this week? Please leave a comment and let me know!

Looking Ahead

I almost hesitate to do this since I never seem to accomplish what I say I want to do! But, then again, I never say how far I am looking ahead...

- hope to have a Wordless Wednesday post up at one or both of the blogs. This is really popular, and a great way to meet new people in the blog world.

- I am going to be playing around with Digg and Stumbleupon to try and figure out how they work. Any advice will be useful.

- getting back to the blog, I hope by the end of the month to unveil some changes to the GFCF Experience. It's time for a facelift, and I hope everyone will like the new look.

- and I promise I will report out on Noah's pretzels. I am really looking forward to that.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

Monday, July 21, 2008

The GFCF Recipe Experience: Baked Tilapia with Herbs

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We at the GFCF Experience are going through some lifestyle changes in an effort to get ourselves healthier as we approach the magic "43" this weekend. One thing that will change is that we plan on introducing more fish into our diet. I know I don't have to preach to you experienced foodies about the benefits of eating fish - Omega 3's, low cal, good protein, etc. But sometimes fish can get expensive, especially compared to other types of meat.

But sometimes the benefits outweigh the costs.

One fish I have always enjoyed eating is tilapia. It is, relatively speaking, inexpensive, and is not as oily as some other fish. Granted, this means that it does not have the Omega-3 content of, say, salmon, but nonetheless, it still contains some Omega-3 benefit. Plus, it is considered a "clean" fish, meaning that it is low in contaminants.

Tilapia is not without controversy, though. Dr. Kelly Weaver et al. at Wake Forest University (as mentioned here in the Seafood Source News) are suggesting that tilapia should not be eaten because the levels of Omega-3 are too low, but the fish contains high levels of Omega-6, a fatty acid thought to potentially increase the risk of blood clots, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and cancers. In a July 8 press release, the researchers state: "All other nutritional content aside, the inflammatory potential of hamburger and pork bacon is lower than the average serving of farmed tilapia." The article appears in the July 2008 edition of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

The July 2008 edition of the ADA Journal also includes a rebuttal by Dr. William Harris of the University of South Dakota, in which he, among other things, cites low fish samples and flawed USDA data to bring into question some of the results. And the Mayo Clinic's Nutrition-wise blog is suggesting that people should not alter their fish consumption (recommended: two servings of fish per week of different varieties) because of this study.

I tend to agree. I like tilapia, and will continue to use it as part of my family's diet.

The recipe I used to make my tilapia last night is not my own, but is this recipe from the Everyday Foods people at I have had the good fortune to become Twitter friends with two of the Everyday Foods editors, Deb Puchalla and Sandy Gluck, and they are posting new recipes and tips every day on their blog, Dinner Tonight. Please go visit them and say hello!

I made two different herb varieties, one with dill and one with tarragon. I also added a little more flavor by sprinkling each fillet with onion powder and garlic powder, then spritzing each fillet with lemon juice after baking. I served it on a bed of white rice with a side of freshly brewed iced tea. Totally awesome, totally GFCF!

The most important thing in our household, of course, is the kid factor. And the kids loved it! Definite 5 out of 4 (the finicky two year old counts as 2).

Happy fish eating!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Adopt A Gluten Free Blogger - Sheltie Girl

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Well, they say better late than never...

The Adopt A Gluten Free Blogger event #5 actually ended back on July 7, but unfortunately, I wasn't able to make my post at that time. On July 4, in addition to all the fireworks going boom, the controller for our well pump decided to go boom as well. So we spent that weekend without water, and I was not able to try these cookies. Then one thing led to another, another situation arose, and...well, you get the idea.

But this weekend I was finally able to make a recipe from my adopted blogger, Sheltie Girl @ Gluten a Go Go. There was a cookie recipe that had caught my eye that I had wanted to make. But then I saw her recipe for Peanut Butter Meltaways, and I just knew that was the one. So last night, the cookie was made.

We made our usual flour substitution (using Bob's Red Mill GF All-Purpose Mix) and also substituted xanthan gum for the chia seed meal, as per Natalie's instructions. We also made our meltaway part using semisweet chocolate since the white chocolate Natalie uses is not available in our area. I will admit I had a couple of problems - I don't think I patted out my cookie dough thin enough ( I didn't have the right size pan so I had to improvise), and for some reason, I could not get the right consistency on the melted chocolate mixture, so it was more like globs of chocolate than a chocolate covered cookie ( and yes, I will admit, I was too embarrassed to put up a picture).

Despite my issues, though, the cookies tasted great, and the kids really enjoyed them. And that's what really counts.

I know I will be trying more of Sheltie Girl's recipes in the future, and I hope you will too.

This months Adopt a GF Blogger Event is hosted by Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness and runs from July 28 through August 11. Please visit Cheryl and sign up - it's a lot of fun and a great way to meet other bloggers.

For a round up of the June event please visit this post by Sea at Book of Yum.

Friday, July 18, 2008

GFCF Fast Food. Does it Exist?

Chalk this one up to not following the first rule of GFCF dieting, which is to always read the labels.

I recently posted some GFCF diet tips where I talked about avoiding the fast food restaurants and taking GFCF snacks with you when you are out and about. Well, I have to admit that we didn't always do this. In fact, there are times when we would hit the drive thru ourselves. We would not get a full blown meal, mind you, but just a little snack for the kids - french fries.

Our restaurant of choice was Wendy's. We figured that this would be about the safest bet.

Boy, were we ever wrong!

I saw a recent post over at Gluten Free Celiac that provided a link to the Wendy's website where they list all their items that do not contain gluten. And french fries were not on the list.

Why, you may ask, is a gluten free staple like potatoes not on the list? Well, there are two possible reasons. One is that the oils they use for frying could contain a wheat derivative (more on that later). The second reason is that the fryers could also be used to fry other foods (such as breaded chicken) which would contaminate the fryer. Either way, our fast food french frying (say that 5 times fast) days are over.

In light of this, I started thinking about other fast food restaurants and the foods you may buy there that do not contain gluten. I found links to this information from several common fast food chains. I am listing the links below, with brief comments about each chain.

One thing to note, as Gluten Free Celiac did about Wendy's: there is a distinction between saying that items do not contain gluten and saying that items are gluten free. The reality is that cross contamination is probably common in the small cramped kitchens of a fast food restaurant, so there is always a chance that even an item such as a baked potato from Wendy's could have traces of gluten. It's the equivalent of getting an item at the store that does not contain gluten, but is manufactured in a facility that also manufactures gluten-containing products.

Oh, and as for the CF part, I think dairy products are pretty easy to identify at a fast food place - cheese, milk, parfaits, yogurts. The not so obvious place may be sauces and dressings. Or hot dogs, as you will see.

One final note: one could (presumably) walk into a fast food restaurant and order the meat without the bun (our kids don't use buns when we grill hamburgers). But you need to be careful - not all meats are GFCF. Grilled chicken, for example, is not considered GFCF at McDonalds - it contains gluten. So please be careful.

If you don't see a specific restaurant listed, please comment and let me know about it!


The world's largest fast food chain made lots of news a few years ago about whether or not their french fries contained gluten. My understanding then was that the french fries do not contain gluten. Now McDonald's has changed course and admits that the french fries are fried in vegetable oil that includes natural beef flavor, which contains wheat and milk. So, for the record, McDonald's french fries are NOT GFCF.

McDonalds actually does a good job of listing common allergens for individual foods - allergens are in ALL CAPS in the ingredient listings.

What can you have?

Side salad, anyone? That looks to be about your only choice. Oh, and the Asian salad without chicken. Everything else is not GFCF. Even the fruit and walnut mix is not GFCF.

Burger King,2,-1

So here's the interesting thing about Burger King: they actually have a dedicated fryer for the french fries! And the oils they use are free from gluten and casein!

Here's the bad news, at least based on the two Burger Kings we have in Missoula - the hopper where they keep the cooked fries is right next to the hopper for the onion rings, which of course have gluten in the batter. So, in my opinion, the possibility of cross contamination is higher.

What can you have? Once again the side salad is pretty much your only choice, only you want to chance the french fries. I mean, even the Motts strawberry applesauce treat contains gluten! And you need to stick with either the light italian or honey mustard dressing for your salad.


This is a listing of all Wendy's items that do not contain gluten, which is quite extensive. Factor in without casein, and the list lowers significantly. You can go to the following website to see a list of all allergens in Wendy's food:

What can you have? abut a mandarin chicken salad w/ noodles or dressing? Or (notice a pattern here?) a side salad? Fortunately at Wendy's, you have a lot more dressing choices - only the ranch and bleu cheese dressings are off limits. So you can have french, thousand island, honey dijon, or two different vinaigrettes.

You also can get some other sides, like a plain baked potato, a mandarin orange cup, and Wendy's chili? French fries, as is noted, can be cooked in the same oil as allergens, and thus should be avoided.

Unlike McDonald's and Burger King, the grilled chicken by itself does not contain any allergens, so getting a grilled chicken sandwich without the bun is an option.


Well...Arby's should pretty much be avoided. Yes, all the deli meat is GFCF, as is the grilled chicken, but all the salads contain cheese, and I don't think the way the sandwiches are made is conducive to just eliminating the roll.

What can you have? Well, the potato cakes are listed as allergen free...


Since people typically go to KFC for chicken, this is not a likely stop for the GFCF person. Yes, among those 11 herbs and spices there is wheat and milk as well.

What can you have? The KFC list in some ways is confusing. For example, the Ultimate cheese snacker is listed as having wheat but not gluten??? And cole slaw is not listed as having wheat or dairy, but does contain gluten??

But based on the list, you can have the following: house side salad (w/o dressing, only dressings offered are ranch), corn on the cob, green beans, and potato salad.


Ahh, many of my Southern friends live their lives at Chick-Fil-A. But can the GFCF dieter? The answer is that, based on their website, it is hard to tell. They have a section detailing which foods do not contain gluten, which is good. But unlike the other restaurants listed so far, they do not have an easy way to see which items contain milk or other dairy products. So, while I would like to recommend that you can get the carrot walnut salad or the cup of chicken salad, I can't since I don't know what is in the sauces used. Also, all salads (even the side salad) contain cheese.

What can you have? The waffle fries are fried in 100% peanut oil, and so are safe for GFCF (the breaded chicken is cooked in a different manner). You can also have a fruit cup...

Hardee's/Carl's Jr.

Different restaurants with same ownership, so I am including them together. We'll tackle Hardee's first.

The big 'watch out" at Hardee's is the beef frank. Not listed and containing either wheat or dairy, it does contain sodium caseinate, so it is NOT CF. Same goes for the mushroom sauce.

As for Carl's Jr. , there's not much on the menu that does not contain wheat and/or dairy.

What can you have? Well, at Hardee's, French Fries? Grits? And even then, nothing states whether the french fries are cooked in a common fryer.

As for Carl's Jr., they actually have a low-carb Six-Dollar burger on the menu, with lettuce for a bun. Order it without the cheese and you have a sandwich without milk or dairy! If from a dedicated fryer, french fries might actually work as well.

Jack-in-the-Box (updated 07/18/2008)

A big shout out to J at Austin's Autism Journal for providing the link for Jack in the Box. This is a thorough list of everything they use right down to the frying oil. But you do have to do some cross checking with a menu to see what ingredients are in each meal.

What can you eat? Well...the french fries look safe. But that's about it, unless you want to go and just order a sauce. And that is assuming they are only cooking fries in the frying oil.


For me, it's not totally unexpected, but still surprising how little food can be eaten at a fast food restaurant if you are on a GFCF diet. Even some of the "grilled chicken" cannot be considered GFCF!

Side salads seem to rule the day, at least at the big three (McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendy's), but other restaurants even include cheese in their side salads.

You could go to Wendy's and pay a dollar for a plain baked potato that you can easily make at home in 4 minutes using your microwave, at a cost of about 30 cents or so.

And if you want to do like we were doing before we learned of our mistake, I would only recommend getting fries from Chick-Fil-A. And maybe Hardee's and Carl's Jr. - if we knew more about their frying process.

All in all, the best choice is not to make a choice. Plan ahead, and bring GFCF snacks from home.

We will be practicing what I preach from now on.

Do you have a favorite restaurant where you like a quick meal or snack that I didn't cover? Please leave me a comment and I will make to find the information for you.

Monday, July 14, 2008

It's Here! The Autism Experience!

I had mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I needed to refocus, and to do that, I needed to start a new blog.

Well, the new blog is here!

The blog is called The Autism Experience, and it can be found at It is a blog where I will share our experiences raising a high-functioning daughter on the autism spectrum (along with three other children), as well as my thoughts on current news pertaining to autism and special needs.

Most importantly, although there are frustrations mixed in the the joy, it will be a blog of hope, and will seek to answer a simple question: why not?

I hope you will come over and share in our autism experience.

With that blog started, the question then becomes this: what happens to this blog?

My intent is that the GFCF Experience will focus on just that - the GFCF experience. This blog will revert back to it's original intention - to help people on thinking about or actually doing the GFCF diet. I plan on continuing to share the tips and tricks we've learned (and continue to learn) over the last 6 years of doing the GFCF diet in our household. I will share recipes - some of our own, and others I have discovered perusing the blogosphere (including non-GFCF recipes with hints for making them GFCF). There will be product reviews, and also stories of GFCF life in Missoula, Montana, where we live.

Cosmetically, there will be changes as well over the next several weeks which will hopefully make your GFCF Experience visit a better...well...experience.

So please take a moment and visit The Autism Experience. And thanks for your continued support of the GFCF Experience.


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Portraits on a Magna Doodle

Couldn't wait for Wordless Wednesday to share these:

Daddy jumping into the pool, along with one of the malamutes (by Olivia)

The Summer Daddy (by Olivia)

Daddy the smokejumper landing in the ocean (by Nicholas)

Three more reasons why fatherhood is the best job in the world.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: The South End of a North Facing Moose


Sometimes nature just doesn't want to cooperate...
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: A Special Birthday

When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect. ~Adlai Stevenson
Photo by Valerie Dzomba

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Happy 232nd birthday America - my home sweet home.

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