Rest In Peace Dad

On Tuesday night, September 18th 2018, Charlie Schappet passed away, he had been fighting Esophageal Cancer that was diagnosed in January. For those who knew, Uncle Charlie, Pop Pop Charlie or as I called him Pop and Dad my father was a loving and exceptional giving man. He was happiest while sitting at the back of the room enabling others to perform on stage. Typically this meant running the sound board at church. But I’m sure each of you who meet him has a story of how he helped you.

We will be having an open house memorial on October 6th in La Plata Maryland.

I love you Pop, and I am thankful to have been raised by you and proud to call you my Dad.

Rest In Peace
Charles Fulton Schappet
November 2nd, 1951 – September 18, 2018

Family Traditions vs Modern Farming

Written for ANTH:2100

Family Traditions vs Modern Farming

The second most frequent meal I had growing up, right after Cheerios, was Spaghetti. For my family, it was a frequent and special meal. To begin exploring this family tradition I interviewed my father to discover the origin of this tradition. Spaghetti was often the choice for birthday dinners and other family gatherings. Our spaghetti dinners were made of two primary components, dry pasta noodles and a tomato meat sauce. Our spaghetti dinner now spans four generations, and until recently has undergone only minor changes. The family tradition eventually had to face off against a formidable foe, modern farming. There is mounting evidence that modern farming techniques are correlated with chronic conditions, such as Celiac disease. In order for family traditions to endure they must be changed and adapted to new situations.

As long as I can remember spaghetti dinners have been a family tradition. For some families, a spaghetti dinner would be very standard meal. But my family is English and Scottish, with just a bit of German. Typical meals were boiled potatoes or pot roast. We did not eat other pastas, nor were there other Italian meals served at home. As my father pointed out the closest we got to pasta, “Kraft Mac & Cheese.” This was also true for me, it was not until I was an adult that I had Chicken Marsala or Fettuccini Alfredo. My first question I asked my father, “How long has this been a family tradition?” My father is now 66 years old and he did not know where it started, it predated him. Since both of his parents are gone, we may not exact answer. My father suggested that his older sister may know when this tradition started. Together we contacted her, she indicated that there was an Italian Family that lived nearby, and my grandmother and Mrs. Muscarino would exchange recipes. From there it became a regular Saturday meal. As my father grew up he and his three sisters each got married and left the house taking this tradition with them. But as it family continued on with a minor twist. Janet his middle sister moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and before long her spaghetti recipe included the famous Green Chilies.

As I grew up the spaghetti recipe had to be altered out of a medical necessity. After fighting with digestive issues for many year, my mother was eventually diagnosed with Celiac disease. In the process of determining the cause of her digestive problems, she tried many different diets, including removing tomatoes and vegetarian. Neither was effective in resolving the troubles she was having, but they did impact our spaghetti dinners, which rely heavily on tomatoes and meat. After many failed attempts, wheat was identified as the problematic ingredient. However, research is beginning to show wheat itself may not be the culprit, but instead it is the modern farming practice of treating wheat with Roundup (glyphosate). In order to meet the higher demands for more wheat, farmers have been increasing the use of weed killers such as Roundup. From the year 2000 to 2010, Roundup usage increased from 2 million pounds, to over 18 million pounds.  In that same time, deaths related to intestinal infection went from 50,000/year to 300,000(Samsel & Seneff, 2013). While this does not indicate a causal relationship, there is a strong correlation in these measures. Celiac disease has been linked to intestinal infections (Azimirad, Rostami-Nejad, Rostami, Naji, & Zali, 2015).

Addressing and reducing my exposure to glyphosate has become a personal challenge. The health risks of long-term exposure to glyphosate through our foods is not worth the risk. But then how do you carry on a family tradition when the key ingredients are so troublesome. Over the Thanksgiving break we enjoyed our typical spaghetti dinner, almost. To avoid glyphosate in my diet, I have removed grains, rice, barley, corn and wheat from my diet. Instead of wheat pasta, I had Butternut Squash with Spaghetti sauce. It was not the same meal may father had every Saturday night for dinner, but the tradition lives on. Azimiradhas shown there are an increasing number of gestational issues in the US and farmers are using more Round-up to increase crop yield. Can we expect others to alter their traditional family meals in order to remain health, or do we need new tools to improve our food production?

Azimirad, M., Rostami-Nejad, M., Rostami, K., Naji, T., & Zali, M. R. (2015). The Susceptibility of Celiac Disease Intestinal Microbiota to Clostridium difficile Infection. Am J Gastroenterol, 110(12), 1740-1741. doi:10.1038/ajg.2015.360

Samsel, A., & Seneff, S. (2013). Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance. Interdiscip Toxicol, 6(4), 159-184. doi:10.2478/intox-2013-0026 (


Salt block Tuna

We made salt block grilled tuna today. 
First we had to season it, which meant slowly heating to 500 degrees. 

Then the tuna went on, just a quick seer on the outside. Cooked very rare. 
Thanks Sarit & Gilad. 

Video Dolly Build

I built a very simple camera dolly for shooting panning video shots.

Basic parts List:

  • 2 – 3/4 PVC T with Treaded center
  • 4 – 3/4 PVC Threaded couplers
  • 1′ 3/4 PVC Pipe
  • 6 – 1/2 threaded plugs
  • 6 – 1/4 Wing nuts
  • 7 – 2×1/4 bolts
  • 1/4 washers
  • 4 Rollerblade Wheels and bearings
  • 1×4 x 15″





Here is a sample video shot with the dolly.

Video Dolly Testing from E90Jimmy on Vimeo.

Goodbye PopPop

Goodbye MomMom and PopPop, you will both be missed, we are all very happy you are together again.
PopPop was interned Wednesday April 23, 2014. In his had was the key to MomMom’s coffin, so they can be together.

Ruth and Marvin Schappet 1921 - 2006 and 1920 - 2014
Ruth and Marvin Schappet
1921 – 2006 and 1920 – 2014
Marvin E. “Pop Pop” Schappet,

Has gone home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He passed away in his sleep on the night of April 16, 2014 at the age of 93. Marvin is now reunited with the love of his life Ruth Schappet and his grandson Stephen Rauen. He is survived by all four of his children, Barbara and her husband, Les Newman, Janet and her husband, James Beard, Charles and his wife Jean Schappet, and Louanne and her husband Bill Rauen, as well as nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Marvin was born September 15th, 1920 in Philadelphia, PA. He worked as an electrical engineer for AT&T for 41 years. He was truly loved by all who knew him and he touched the countless lives of others with his humorous and loving nature. The family would like to thank the Presbyterian Hospice and the Fairwind’s “Angels” for taking such wonderful care. The service will at 2 o’clock pm on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at Daniels Family Funeral Service, 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM. Interment to follow at Sandia Memory Gardens in Albuquerque, NM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Marvin’s honor to the charity of one’s choice. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit

Daniels Family Funeral Services
7601 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109