Saturday, August 30, 2014

Free Lecture at Historic Bennett Place, Durham, NC

After the war.... Confederate & Union soldiers who fought at Gettysburg reunite as friends post-war.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Move over Starbucks....

Not sure why Starbucks coffee has taken off in the country as it has... personally I think they over-roast their beans and perk it too strong.  I think it is a good replacement for Mobile1 motor oil, but that aside, they need to make room for...

... Cafe Du Monde is currently our favorite coffee at the Saleeby household, with a hint of chicory nut, it make for a good morning.  Followed by a close second.... Dunkin Donuts Coffee blend.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Work Play weekend in LBurg, NC

We took the opportunity to visit Mom & Dad celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary and also to hang with Cindy & Michael who were visiting Laurinburg as well.

Before we played, we emptied out both our overfilled storage units and packed everything into a U-Haul to take back to the beach.  Lots of stuff over our combined 100+ years that we need to go thru... YUCK.

Anyway on a ligher note... A wonderful celebration with lots and lots of specialty Lebanese dished for dinner.  Cindy and I cooked up a storm of Kefta, Kabobs of beef and lamb, Majudarah, Lebanese styled boiled chicken in allspice, and Mighley for dessert.

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Lebanese feast by Chefs JP and Cindy for Phyllis and Michael Saleeby's anniversary and Sharon K. Saleeby's birthday

Saturday, August 09, 2014

OMG! Who is that Geek in the Jr. High School picture.

Stockbridge Junior High School c.1980 @ the Georgia State Capital Building.  JP is 2nd row far left with glasses and dark blue tie and jacket.  Mr. Covington (Science Teacher) is 3rd from L (2nd row) with eyes closed/brown jacket.  Next to our Principal in the dark blue blazer.  Mr. Covington was a retiree from the US AirForce and was instrumental in getting me interested in the sciences.  I still have some of his extra-credit Coupons.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Dr. Saleeby featured in new book on Hypothyroidism


As the first STTM book is a compilation of patient experiences and wisdom concerning successful thyroid treatment, STTM II brings you the wisdom and intelligence of several well-chosen medical practitioners with a focus on the integrative and functional approach to treating thyroid disease! See below who the authors are (click on each one to see a bio) and below that are the chapters!

Dr. Yusuf (JP) Saleeby, MD

Dr. Yusuf (JP) Saleeby, MD is an integrative medical practitioner who treats hypothyroid patients and those likely overlooked with subclinical hypothyroidism with standard and non-conventional therapies.  He authored a book on specialty medicinal herbs Wonder Herbs: A guide to three adaptogens (2006)…
 Read more about Dr. Yusuf (JP) Saleeby, MD
STTM II takes you deeper into certain subjects. See the chapter titles below.


by David Brownstein, MD


by Janie A. Bowthorpe, M.Ed.


The Integrative and Functional Medicine Approach to Thyroid Diseases
by James Yang, MD, MPH and Andrew Heyman, MD, MHSA


Stress, Adrenals, Your Thyroid and You
by Laura R Stone MD, Andrew Heyman, MD MHSA
and Carla Heiser, MS RD LD


Thyroid Replacement Therapy: Natural Desiccated Thyroid (NDT)
by Yusuf (JP) Saleeby, MD


The Unreliable TSH Lab Test.
by Jeffrey Dach, MD


When Normal Ain’t Normal
by Geoffrey T. Bouc, MD


Nutrition and Hypothyroidism
by William D. Trumbower, MD


Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
by Jeffrey Dach, MD


Why Are Doctors Like That?
by Nguyen D. Phan, MD


Gluten Intolerance and Thyroid Disease
by Paula Luber, MD


Thyroid Toxicity
by Philip L. Roberts, MD


Moving Forward with Reverse T3:
the Causes and Health Implications.
by Paige Adams FNP, B-C


Methylation, MTHFR and Thyroid Dysfunction
by Benjamin Lynch, ND

Chapter 13

Hypocortisolism: An Evidence Based Review
by Lena D. Edwards, MD, FAARM, FICT;
Andrew H. Heyman, MD MHSA; Sahar Swidan, PharmD

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Wet Weekend

A wet weekend....Mic, Madison, Sharon, Anna and I spent tucked in and movie watching and game playing.  We did venture out between showers.

Michael (X2) and Cindy and Phyllis took in the Lebanese American Festival in Raleigh.  Pics below....

Dad at the Leb/Am. Fest

Mom taking in a display

Goofin' up at the Crazy Sister Marina in MI

Sharon snapped this photo in the marsh overlooking Surfside Beach.

Michael & Cindy in Lebanese regalia

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Basket Weaving 101 & Woodcut Print Making

The two artists y'day that impressed us the most were David Cook of BasketCases (see his facebook page) and woodcut print maker Noah Prinsen (no known URL).  We actually had room in our SUV for two of the prints... next trip up to the Canton area we will stop by and pick up one of David's baskets....

David Cook with one of his large baskets.

artist Noah Prinsen with a fish print

One of Noah's bear prints... we purchased two "rabbit" prints.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Waynesville, NC (Art, History and more...)

 D/town Waynesville, NC

It was the annual ArtFest 2014 in Waynesville, NC only about 9 miles from our cottage.  While it was a rainy day, the crowds were not as fierce as years past, which is good for us who don't like crowds, but horrible for the vendors and artists trying to sell their wares.  We did pick up two original pieces (block prints) once for ourselves to hang at the beach and another as a gift.

 Shook Family Home museum

while out GeoCaching we visited the Historic Clyde, NC home of the powerful Shook family
Now a museum to the town and the times past.

 Inside the Shook House
Upstairs chapel in the historic Shook house where the founder of Methodism in America preached.

Waynesville Annual Art Fest... these guys are permanent however.

A cool surprise while Geocaching.  We found a bunch today.

In front of the Shook house.. after a docent tour


We saw this rabbit in Clyde and also on the way home a coyote up on a hill overlooking a heard of cows.

We ran into two nuns from Ohio (no this is not the start of a joke).  One was a teacher in Waynesville back in the 1960's and she and another sister were visiting the area.  She responded to Madison's Immaculate T-shirt and we spent a good 40-min talking with her.  It turns out that both she and her friend knew Fr. Keith Stripe (one of my buddies from GA who went into seminary and took his vowes in Toledo at the cathedral).  Small world ain't it.


We did it!!! A week away from home and never once in a Restaurant.

Two of our goals this trip were to avoid constant face time with electronic devices (computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones, etc.)... and try to avoid eating "out" in restaurants.  While eating in new places has been a past joy for us (and a reason to leave honest reviews on Yelp! and TripAdvisor  :8)) it was a goal we met.  Not once did we "dine out"... we cooked, taking turns preparing our meals in the well stocked kitchens of the cabins in which we stayed.  We estimate cutting our food bill by 2/3 if not more.

Bison Burger w/ pepper jack cheese & grilled onions, Slaw, Mashed Potatoes and grilled Asparagus.  Just a sample of the good stuff we ate on our healthy family vacation.  We packed provisions and purchased perishables locally.  We even brought along our first harvest of home grown tomatoes. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Kitty Meets (meats) World


Madison's SNOW PRODUCTION of "Kitty Meats World"... a trailer of a yet to be made documentary on the life and times of "PJ" the rescued kitty.

Mozana in the hills of NC

 More on downtown Waynesville click on here.

We vacated Bryson City and hopped along the interstate eastward a bit for another secluded cabin in the woods a bit closer to Asheville and Hendersonville.  It rained on us most of the day, but we kept entertained with indoor activities.

more on Mozana


Some extra photos off of the iPhone.....

First tomato of the season (Sharon's Garden in the Inlet)

Handsome Family at the Falls......

Hillbilly Sharon

Selfie at the Falls

"Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty"

tongue and cheek
Worst B&B Ever.  We will never stay there again.  Bad review on TripAdvisor and Yelp!
The Beds were as hard as rocks.