Remembering Simba: A Special Dog

Remembering Simba: A Special Dog -Simba with his friend Valentine

Every now and then, we are truly blessed with the opportunity to share our lives with a special soul, in this case a very special dog – our dog Simba.

Simba came to us 12 years ago as a 7-month old puppy, extremely dehydrated, his skin felt  like shoe leather, no doubt being lost in the desert for some time. He did not come alone, but brought his best friend Sierra (who passed away last May). We searched over a period of many months via local newspaper ads, registration with the Humane Society, Animal Welfare Department, etc., for their family. But nobody ever came forward and asked about them. Unfortunately, this happens to be an everyday scenario here in the high desert of New Mexico. People just allow their dogs to breed and the unwanted offspring are just discarded in the desert (?!) (even though there are many excellent spay/neuter programs in place, some free, some for a very low fee). Needless to say, these dogs became integral parts of our family, loved and cherished. Our first dog Sheba loved them instantly, and their presence made her feel safe, when asked to stay at home. This was a great gift to us and made our lives so much easier.

However, Simba was not always the easiest of dogs to live with. He was a mixed breed dog, and it was everyone’s guess what predominated at any given time. He was mostly Tibetan Mastiff, with some Golden Retriever and Chow thrown in for good measure. Continue reading


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year
We just feel like dancing!

The old year has passed, and 2011 has come at last, opening the possibilities for change and new beginnings. Before delving into this new year, we wanted to thank all of our subscribers and faithful readers for your loyalty, commentary and support throughout this past year. We hope to continue to inspire you throughout this year with  creativity, humor,  tales of our travels and new ideas involving the gluten free lifestyle. You, our readers, motivate us and continue to make blogging a joy that we treasure. We celebrate you  and wish you and your loved ones the very best for this new year. May you be graced with blessings,  joy and insights. Continue reading

A Holiday Thought

A Holiday Thought

Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and nothing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.  


A Holiday Thought

Happy Thanksgiving!

Let’s remember to take time and celebrate the joy of spirit and the simple beauty in life.

A Holiday Thought - Autumn Leaves