I spend at least 8 hours a day on the computer for work and then another 6+ each night keeping up on my course load. So one of the best parts of about this most recent assignment–I actually get to spend some time on the internet researching things that I truly enjoy, and then I get to follow it up by commenting on posts by bloggers that inspire me. To be honest, this will be the first time that I have participated in the blogging community in that way, (leaving comments).
So, here goes . . . follow along with me as I share my engagement with the blogging community this week:
I was getting my fix from Ginger Lemon Girl’s blog and ran across a link under “blog love” to Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom. This is another great blog with tons of information for moms dealing with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. I was so excited to come across her post, Alba Therapeutics Recruiting Volunteers for Celiac Disease Drug Trial, which has some really promising news about potential celiac therapies. According to the post, “Larazotide acetate has the potential to become the first approved medicine to treat celiac disease and has been granted “Fast Track” designation from the FDA.” I have heard of trials going on in Australia, but this is the first I have heard of anything in the United States.
Here is my comment:
So excited to run across a link to this post from Carrie over at http://www.gingerlemongirl.blogspot.com/. My daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes AND celiac back in 2008, and this treatment sounds promising. She is only 14 (doesn’t qualify for the trial), but we will definitely be following this closely.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Her “blog love” also lead me to CeliacTeen, where I was introduced to the most beautiful and inspiring young lady who brought a tear to my eyes me with the following quote:
“And for the few of you still with me, here is what I want to leave you with: Food blogging is so much more than the act of typing words and photographing what you bake. It is the joy found in community and the expansiveness of that community. It is the fact that because of this space, I’m no longer alone. Not alone in celiac, in life, or in any situation I’ll encounter.’’
Her solace in blogging about food reminds me of the support my own daughter, dealing with celiac for several years now, has found from her subscribers while vlogging on YouTube. I posted the following comment:
My daughter was diagnosed with celiac in 2008, and quickly turned to YouTube as her online community of supporters. She started out vlogging about celiac; however, this soon morphed into “beauty guru” channels (hanhan1012 and ShabbyChicGeek). I think that she would agree with you that this has indeed expanded her “community” and helped her to feel connected instead of alone. Your site inspires me, and I can’t wait to share it with my daughter!
I clicked on one more of Ginger Lemon Girl’s “blog love” links, the Spunky Coconut. I’m not going to lie; the quirky name caught my eye and I just had to see what this blog was all about. It is a site dedicated to gluten/casein/sugar free options, so this was right up my alley. I spent some time with friends recently and was gifted a jar of homemade sauerkraut. (I know, you either love it or you hate it—I happen to love it.) Well, after trying the homemade variety, I decided I didn’t want to go back to store-bought. Unfortunately for me, my one and only jar of this delectable treat was given to me from the sweetest gramma ever, who just happens to live at least 6 hours away!
I left the following comment:
I can’t wait to try this. My stepmom and husband both come from large German families, and I know they will love this! I just had a jar of homemade ‘kraut gifted to me and it is so much better than store-bought.
Why You Should Learn to Shoot in Manual is a post by Centsational Girl, one of my most favorite DIY bloggers. It is a post about learning to take better pictures on your DSLR camera while in the “manual” mode. The only camera I even have time to use right now is the one on my iPhone, but when I do find the time, I will definitely return to this bookmark.
If you have been following along on my posts at all, you already know of my love of barns and my plans to make it out some day to take my own barn photos. I found some great pointers in Kate’s post, including her shout out to Shoot Fly Shoot, an online tutorial website that offers videos for unlocking the secrets to shooting in manual mode. I left the following comment on her blog:
Your photos are gorgeous! Some day when I get the time, I plan to head out into the country and snap some epic barn shots with my daughter’s DSLR camera. I will definitely plan to check this website out before I head out. In the meantime, I am going to send a link of this post to my daughter, since she was just wondering about manual settings for shallow depth of field, etc.
Beewitched is a post by fig + fauna farm, a blog that I follow simply because their photos are so beautiful, and because they feature naturally gluten-free foods/recipes on their site. Speaking of amazing photos, a recent post about bees caught my eye. There was very little text, but the pictures spoke volumes! The post asked for suggestions of songs or poems about bees that they could sing or recite with their daughter, so I posted the following:
Here’s another poem by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Like trains of cars on tracks of plush
I hear the level bee:
Their velvet masonry
Withstands until the sweet assault
Their chivalry consumes,
While he, victorious, tilts away
To vanquish other blooms.
His feet are shod with gauze,
His breast, a single onyx
With chrysoprase, inlaid.
His labor is a chant,
His idleness a tune;
Oh, for a bee’s experience
Love your site by the way. . .lots of naturally gluten-free and healthy options for my family. Keep it up.