Smorgasbord Health – Nutrients of the Week – Amino Acids.

Excellent information from Sally and Smorgasbord Health!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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There are two types of amino acid, essential and non-essential. There are approximately 80 amino acids found in nature but only 20 are necessary for healthy human growth and function. We are made up of protein and we require adequate amounts of amino acids if we are to maintain and repair the very substance that we are made from.

We need to obtain essential amino acids from our diet and our body will produce the nonessential variety on its own if our diet is lacking in the essential type.


These are Histidine (essential in infants can be made by the body in adults if needed), Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Cysteine (essential in infants, nonessential in adults), Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan and Valine.


Alanine, Aspartic acid, Arginine, Carnitine, Glycine, Glutamine, Hydroxyproline, Norleucine, Proline, Serine and Tyrosine.



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The little mortuary at St George in the East and its reincarnation as a museum

Excellent pictures and history from Flickering Lamps!

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St George’s Gardens, the park on the site of the former churchyard of St George in the East in Stepney, is a neat, peaceful place – when I visited, the play area was full of children, and other people were relaxing on benches or looking at the old monuments near the church.  In the midst of all of this is a derelict building that looks terribly sad and out of place.  However, this forlorn little building has a fascinating history that includes that most infamous of East End criminals, Jack the Ripper, and later became a pioneering centre for the education of local children.


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My View of The Creek

My View of the Creek by Patrick Jones author The Wolf's Moon, The Linden Chronicles Book 1

We have a room  on the south side of the house we call, “The Sun Room”.

During the day, there is plenty of sunlight filtering through the four picture windows,  I do most of my writing in this place.

The thing I most like about writing here is that during those short periods that I go blank, there is a creek that runs the length of my property.

In the morning the sun lends her light, ever so softly at first, waking the birds.

I watch the red flashes of cardinals flying from their nests looking to feed.  The bluejays are not far behind.


The warming rays motivate the squirrels from high in the trees to the ground searching for food.


Soon woodland creatures are all moving looking for that tasty morsel.

One day as I sat at the keyboard working on a short story (which is taking on the life of it’s own that I cannot control) there was unusual movement along the creek.

A closer look revealed a beautiful fawn grazing.  I watched it for some time until I noticed movement just to the right.

It was another fawn.  They were twins.  The two romped and played as they ate the early acorns and fresh blades of tender grass.

Twin Deer

Quietly, I called for my wife Sandy (who is the photographer) to bring her camera.

She was stunned and happily excited to see the two small deer walking around without any worry.

Sandy started clicking the camera making it work overtime.

Then, at the same time, we both saw a doe standing close by eating fallen crab apples.

Mama Deer

I thought the fawns felt safe in the knowledge we would never allow harm to befall them.  That was not the case.  It was because their Mama held a watchful eye over them.

The animals allowed us to watch and marvel at their beauty for what seemed to be a very long time.

Soon, though, they all moved down to the creek for a cool drink of water before moving on, disappearing from sight.

Since then, only once more have they graced my view only not for as long but the memory of that morning will linger on.

Writing still stalls from time to time but who cares?

I have the creek.

Copyright (C) 2015 Patrick Jones


Why Do Wolves Howl at the MOON: BBC Zoo la la Earth Unplugged TV

Howling Wolf

Have you ever wondered why wolves howl at the moon? There is so much folklore surrounding the mystery of the wolf.  Even a phase of the moon was named the Wolf Moon by the Native Americans.  Listen to the answer from Chris on BBC: Zoo la la Earth Unplugged TV!