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Smorgasbord Health – Nutrients of the Week – Amino Acids.

Excellent information from Sally and Smorgasbord Health!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

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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.

ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS.

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.

NON ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS.

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

THE ROLE OF AMINO ACIDS IN THE BODY.

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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.

Cardinal

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

Squirrel

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!

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The Linden Chronicles: The Wolf's Moon/The River

By Sandra L. Jones, wife of The Author, Patrick Jones

SO…He wrote a book…Now what do we do??

As The Authorand I continue on through the Indie Author self-publishing platform, it is very obvious that the process typifies a continuous learning model.  It never ends!!  We continue to read, learn and implement our strategy toward discovering new and better ways from the ground up. The publishing industry changes logarithmically, and the speed at which the current “Information Age” progresses is unprecedented.

This particular project has taken us about a year to complete.  Anthony Wessel with Digital Book Today suggested that we recount our journey so that others in the industry may learn from our experience.  Collaboration is essential in the process of brainstorming.  That is key to the equation.

Significant Points to Consider:

  1. We worked with a print on demand publisher, Create Space.  We continue to have…

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Interview with Patrick Jones, author of “The Wolf’s Moon”

Great interview with Doris-Maria Heilmann of 111Publishing

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Patrick   thank you so much for taking the time today for this author interview. Let’s dive right in:

What inspired you to start writing?
I have written since I was a kid.  I wrote a mystery novel in High School.  My classmates liked the story but it, like everything else, wound up in the circular file cabinet.  Mrs. Ruth Morrisey, an English Lit teacher, encouraged me to write, while my family said I would starve.
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How did you get the idea for the novel?
One day I sat with a pen and paper and just started writing.  Sandy, my wife, was giving a lecture at a seminar so I decided to kill some time.  The more I wrote, the more it took on its own life.  “The Wolf’s Moon” went from a doodling, to a short story and ended as a novel.  I only wrote what…

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Indies Unlimited Book Brief – The Wolf’s Moon by Patrick Jones

Indies Unlimited Book Brief The Wolf's Moon by Patrick Jones
Please click here for a link to “The Wolf’s Moon” Book Brief

The Wolf’s Moon” is featured today on Indies Unlimited.  This site is very accessible to the Indie author in every aspect.  Beginning or seasoned, or simply somewhere in between, informational blogs about tips and tricks for the Indie author are provided by a staff of experts.  I particularly enjoy their featured “Like Fests” where the author can connect to other authors through various social media outlets.  This is a great group of people that has gathered together to promote each other as well as share their successful stories so that others may gain from their journey through the self-publishing platform.  Interacting with the members provides an interesting mix of personalities from every genre.  Challenges are often posted as a means for the author to improve their writing skills and talents.  Everyone is welcome and the site is very well maintained by the administrators.  We have been listed in the “Freebie Friday” category as well as the above “Book Brief”.  In fact, the administrators approached us to inform us that this opportunity was available to pursue.

A terrific site to interact with others and share mutual interests!  I highly recommend this site to connect with!  It is also interesting that we are featured on the weekend of the Wolf Moon cycle!  If you didn’t get a chance to run outside last night to view the moon, it will still be there tonight!!   Take care!