14 Conversation Starters to Try This Week

1 . What is your idea of a perfect morning?

2. If you could play a musical instrument at a professional level, what would it be?

3. What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you today?

4. What is your favorite room in our house and why?

5. What was one of the nicest things someone ever said to you?

6. If you could do anything you would like, what would you do?

7. What did you learn today?

8. What is your favorite day of the week and why?

9. If you were completely blind but could somehow see for one hour each week, how would you spend that time?

10. If you could have whatever you wanted for dinner what would you choose?

11. In what way would you like to serve the Lord when you’re older?

12. Share what you think is special about older people.

13. What is your favorite Bible verse and why?

14. Share a happy memory.

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Spider Plants are Great for Terrariums!

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The Amber Lily – Spider Plant

Spider plants are so easy to grow, require little water and maintenance, and add a beautiful, unique style of leaf to a terrarium, miniature garden, or fairy garden.

A terrarium is a tightly closed, clear glass or plastic container filled with small plants (Figure 1). It also has come to mean an open, transparent container for growing and displaying plants. … When properly planted and located, they provide a novel way to grow many plants with minimal care. …

Closed, open or dish garden?
The first step in planning a terrarium is to decide whether it will be open (no lid or cover) or closed. Closed terrariums retain the most humidity, followed by open terrariums and then dish gardens. Open terrariums and dish gardens require more frequent watering than do closed, but danger of disease buildup is greater in the latter because of higher humidity. …

A closed terrarium normally will not need water for 4 to 6 months. The failure of condensation to form on the inside of the container or the presence of wilting plants indicates the need for water. Open terrariums need watering occasionally but not as frequently as other houseplants. A dish garden, unless it is the desert type, will need frequent watering. Waterings must always be light. Because terrariums have no external drainage, heavy waterings result in standing water in the gravel and charcoal, which encourages root diseases. The gravel and charcoal may help overcome occasional light overwaterings, but frequent heavy watering will inactivate the system. When watering a closed terrarium, don’t replace the cover until wet foliage has dried.

Never overwater. Excess water is almost impossible to remove. Better a little too dry than too wet. …

Source: Terrariums, by David H. Trinklein, University of Missouri

How-To Instructions:

Other terrarium ideas:

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Handworks by Rhonda – Tear Drop Diamond Cut – Stained glass – Terrariums
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SNL Creations – Geometric Air Plant Holder Stained Glass Hanging Terrarium
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Vintage Penny Lane – Bulk Lot of Sea Glass, Lake Ontario Beach Finds

Quote of the Day – 16

One day at a time,
and the day is His day;
He hath numbered its hours,
though they haste or delay.
His grace is sufficient;
we walk not alone;
As the day, so the strength
that He giveth His own.

~~ Annie Johnson Flint, 1866 – 1932

Glyphosate and Gluten Intolerance

Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance


Celiac disease, and, more generally, gluten intolerance, is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated 5% of the population now suffers from it. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, macrocytic anemia and depression. It is a multifactorial disease associated with numerous nutritional deficiencies as well as reproductive issues and increased risk to thyroid disease, kidney failure and cancer. Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup®, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic. Fish exposed to glyphosate develop digestive problems that are reminiscent of celiac disease. Celiac disease is associated with imbalances in gut bacteria that can be fully explained by the known effects of glyphosate on gut bacteria. Characteristics of celiac disease point to impairment in many cytochrome P450 enzymes, which are involved with detoxifying environmental toxins, activating vitamin D3, catabolizing vitamin A, and maintaining bile acid production and sulfate supplies to the gut. Glyphosate is known to inhibit cytochrome P450 enzymes. Deficiencies in iron, cobalt, molybdenum, copper and other rare metals associated with celiac disease can be attributed to glyphosate’s strong ability to chelate these elements. Deficiencies in tryptophan, tyrosine, methionine and selenomethionine associated with celiac disease match glyphosate’s known depletion of these amino acids. Celiac disease patients have an increased risk to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which has also been implicated in glyphosate exposure. Reproductive issues associated with celiac disease, such as infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects, can also be explained by glyphosate. Glyphosate residues in wheat and other crops are likely increasing recently due to the growing practice of crop desiccation just prior to the harvest. We argue that the practice of “ripening” sugar cane with glyphosate may explain the recent surge in kidney failure among agricultural workers in Central America. We conclude with a plea to governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods.

Source: Samsel, Anthony, and Stephanie Seneff. “Glyphosate, Pathways to Modern Diseases II: Celiac Sprue and Gluten Intolerance.” Interdisciplinary Toxicology 6.4 (2013): 159–184. PMC. Web. 17 Aug. 2018.

Breakfast With a Dose of Roundup?

Report by the numbers
Conventional Organic
Samples Tested 45 16
Glyphosate Detects 43 5
Detects Above EWG’s Health Benchmark (160 ppb) 31 0

Popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars come with a hefty dose of the weed-killing poison in Roundup, according to independent laboratory tests commissioned by EWG.

Source: Breakfast with a dose of Roundup?

See Also:


Are You Eating Glysophate?

How Does EWG Set a Health Benchmark for Gysophate?

In Season: Zucchini!

Zucchini is good source of phosphorus, copper, magnesium, potassium, manganese, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and the B vitamins.

Here is our favorite recipe for healthy, gluten-free zucchini-cranberry muffins!

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
2. Rub a butter wrapper on muffin cups or otherwise grease the pans so the muffins won’t stick to them.

3. Over a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients and gently stir to combine.

200 grams cloud 9 flour
200 grams chickpea flour

5 ml salt
5 ml baking soda
5 ml baking powder
4 x 5 ml cinnamon

4. In a second large bowl, mix together wet ingredients:

3 eggs
125 ml pear sauce
125 ml olive oil
2 cups granulated sugar
4 x 5 ml vanilla extract

5. Grate 500 g of zucchini and stir into wet ingredients.

6. Add 120 g of dried cranberries into wet ingredients and stir to combine.

7. Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients, and mix well.

8. Pour into muffin cups. Bake 45 minutes on the top rack, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out cleanly.

9. Remove muffins from the pans and place on wire racks to cool.

10. Wash the dishes while muffins are baking to save time! The total time required is about 1 hour.

In Season: Cabbage!

Cabbage is good source of iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, vitamin C, vitamin K, and the B vitamins.

Cabbage is in season in from mid-June to mid-September. This year, we have grown our own and currently have 12 beautiful, large heads of green cabbage ready to harvest.

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Purchase or gather together other needed supplies, and set them up in the kitchen.

Supplies and Ingredients:

Ziplock large freezer bags, or reusable containers for refrigerator storage

Food-Saver vacuum sealer
Food-Saver plastic, 2 rolls of 11×16, $21.97
sharp scissors, to cut the Food-Saver plastic

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Ok, so here are my steps for preparing and preserving cabbage for the fridge and the freezer. It’s easy!

The first main task is to use a good knife and trim off the woody stem at the bottom of the cabbage. Secondly, cut the cabbage into quarters. Then chop each quarter, measure into bags, and vacuum seal each bag. Place in the fridge or freezer, according to your preference. Finally, wash the dishes! All of this may take 1 to 3 hours, depending on how much cabbage you have.