Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Sued for Plagiarism...

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a co-host of ABC's "The View," is being sued for plagiarism.

A lawsuit in federal court in Massachusetts alleges that Hasselbeck plagiarized content from a book on celiac disease written by a self-published author.

Author Susan Hassett filed the lawsuit Monday, indicating that she sent Hasselbeck a copy of her book, Living With Celiac Disease, after the "The View" celebrity disclosed she had Celiac. Hasselbeck's book, The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide, was recently posted on several best-seller lists.

To make matters worse, The Celiac Disease Foundation said Hasselbeck's Book is "Inaccurate" and "Dangerous." Elaine Monarch, the Executive Director of the Celiac Disease Foundation (who also happens to be the doctor that initially diagnosed me with Celiac back in 1989!), wrote the following open letter to the Celiac community regarding Hasselbeck's book:

"I am writing to call your attention to the current publicity surrounding the new book, The G-free Diet, A Gluten-Free Survival Guide, by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, co-host of The View. While it is important to call attention to celiac disease, the information must be accurate - the inaccuracies in this book are potentially dangerous and detrimental to celiacs and to those yet to be diagnosed if people self diagnose and start eating GF. Our mission is to assist in getting people accurately diagnosed and the message in this book could defeat this mission. It appears that this book is being marketed as a fitness diet - eat g-free and feel so much better. Celiac is incorrectly referred to as an allergy, not an autoimmune disease.

The GF diet is the medically mediated prescription that controls the condition for a diagnosed celiac. Several items in the book are misleading and inaccurate and place further limitations on the GF diet. The gluten-free lifestyle is a lifelong commitment for the diagnosed celiac, not an option, not a fad diet - adhering to the GF lifestyle requires patience and persistence. This lifestyle can not be trivialized.

If you have any thoughts, or would like to read more about this topic, you can join in on the discussions here

Chad Hines

Have you joined Gluten-Free Faces yet? It's the fastest growing social network on the internet dedicated to everything gluten-free! The site is free to join and gives you the ability to share recipes, stories, information, search gluten-free blogs, upload photos and videos, ask questions, join discussion groups, get the latest gluten-free news, connect with Celiacs in your area and even chat live with other gluten-free individuals from around the globe. Think of it as a gluten-free Facebook, that is customized to fit your gluten-free needs. Here is the link for you to sign up...

P.P.S. Check out the quick 1:23 minute video on the home page if you would like to find out a little more about Gluten-Free Faces before you become a member.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Global Guide of Gluten-Free Restaurants for You...

Wouldn't it be great if there was an online resource for you that provides a list of trusted gluten-free restaurants around the world?

Well, that's exactly what Cynthia Schuck thought when she founded Cynthia was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue in 2006 and as she says, "
experienced the difficulties of eating out and the usual tension and fear that comes with it. Traveling also became a limiting experience and we have simply given up going to destinations where we could not be certain we would find suitable gluten-free places to eat."

Therefore,, your global guide of restaurants, shops and hotels for Celiacs, was created.
So, what exactly is

It is an online guide where you can easily visualize gluten-free restaurants, hotels and grocery stores available in a given neighborhood, city or country. The site contains a searchable and dynamic map guide that shows you the physical location of gluten-free restaurants, hotels and grocery stores around the world.
You can also find descriptions and consumer reviews on the website, as well. The website already has over 14,000 places in 28 countries throughout the world, with more and more gluten-free places are being added each day as the site continues to grow.

I have already found a number of great resources on the website and I hope that you can take advantage of all the information that is available to you, as well. truly can make eating out and traveling a safer and more pleasant experience for you, so check out the site when you get a chance!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Did you know these facts about Celiac?

So you've been going about your daily life, dealing with all the frustration and confusion of living gluten-free, but have you stopped to take a look at the facts regarding Celiac Sprue? Some of these statistics might amaze you...

Did you know that...

  • One in 133 North Americans have Celiac Disease.
  • 95% of Celiacs are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.
  • 10 years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed.
  • 17% of Celiac patients have an immediate family member who also has Celiac.
  • Celiac disease can lead to a number of other disorders including infertility, reduced bone density, neurological disorders, some cancers and other autoimmune diseases.
  • $5,000-$12,000 is the average cost of misdiagnosis per person/per year of Celiac, not including lost work time.
  • There are NO pharmaceutical cures for Celiac Disease.
  • A 100% gluten-free diet is the only existing treatment for Celiac today.
  • A positive attitude, 100% of the time, helps Celiacs create a gluten-free lifestyle for themselves and their affected family members.
  • 500,000 new Celiac diagnoses are expected to occur in the next 5 years thanks to efforts to raise public awareness of Celiac Disease.
  • The gluten-free marketplace is expected to reach $1.7 billion by 2010 thanks to new vendors manufacturing better tasting and more affordable products.
Shocking, right?

The facts speak for themselves and demonstrate the need for education and awareness throughout the community. Fortunately, there has been a tremendous increase in awareness recently regarding Celiac Sprue and living gluten-free.

What does this mean for you?

This is good news and means that food manufacturers are hearing your cries! You can expect to see more gluten-free products in your local stores in the very near future. Some of the largest food manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada have plans to increase their gluten-free food production. I'll keep you posted on any new information that I hear.

P.S. Have you joined Gluten-Free Faces yet? It's the fastest growing social network on the internet dedicated to everything gluten-free! If you haven't joined yet, you are missing out on some great gluten-free information, discussions, recipes and news. Here is the link for you to sign up (oh, and by the way, it's totally FREE!)...

P.P.S. Check out the quick 1:23 minute video on the home page if you would like to find out a little more about Gluten-Free Faces before you become a member.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Your Personalized Global Gluten-Free Social Network Has Finally Arrived...

After months of hard work, sweat and tears, your personalized global gluten-free social network has finally been customized enough to go live!

If you didn't already know, there's been a ton of buzz going around the internet about this cool, new online community that is exclusively for individuals living gluten-free, just like you.

You are one of the first to know the exact URL of this gluten-free social network, as it has been kept secret until the site was officially ready to launch, so here it is... CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

I'm extremely excited about this online community and hope that you take full advantage of all that is has to offer you.

So, what exactly is

Think of it as your gluten-free facebook, that is customized to fit your gluten-free needs. You can share recipes, stories, information, post blogs, upload videos, join discussion groups and even chat live with other gluten-free individuals from around the globe! truly is your one-stop-shop for updated information and news regarding Celiac Sprue and living gluten-free.

The more you are involved with this online community, the better it will be for everyone! So don't delay! All you have to do is take 1 minute and 37 seconds (I timed it) to register and set up your profile and you will instantly gain access to this great gluten-free community.

And do you want to know the best part?

It's absolutely FREE!

Don't worry, if you aren't too familiar with social networks like facebook or MySpace, once you become a member, you can watch a short "Fast Start Video" that will help you understand all the great things that you can do on

If you would like to skip straight to the sign-in form, CLICK HERE and start taking advantage of all the great resources available to you on

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Celebrate Celiac Awareness Month with Some Brand New Flavors of Rice Chex...

If you don't already know, May is officially Celiac Awareness month. The May observance in the United States was chosen to coincide with our international colleagues. It was also done in recognition of the many other medical conditions related to celiac disease that are observed in May. Celiac disease is still relatively unknown to the world and being able to draw connections between these medical conditions and celiac disease helps to elevate its importance and enhance awareness. Some of the other May health observances include: Digestive Disease Awareness Month, Food Allergy Awareness Month and National Osteoperosis and Awareness Month.

In 'celebration' of Celiac awareness month, General Mills, the company that makes Rice Chex, has officially announced that they will be releasing several new flavors of Rice Chex, including:

- Honey-Nut Chex
- Chocolate Chex
- Cinnamon Chex
- Strawberry Chex

Although General Mills already makes these flavors of Rice Chex, they are not currently gluten-free. However, the gluten-free flavors should be available in most grocery stores as of June 1st.

This is great news, especially considering how difficult it can be to find gluten-free cereals that actually taste good! Plain ol' Rice Chex has always been one of the few gluten-free cereals that is actually tasty, so the fact that they are adding on some great new flavors is good news for all of us!

But beware, Chex still has a few flavors out there that are not gluten-free. However, the flavors that are safe will always be clearly marked as 'gluten-free' on the cereal box, so be sure to check.

Also, check out the official General Mills website for some cool (and fun) gluten-free recipes that include Rice Chex!

Chad Hines

P.S. Your Global Gluten-Free Social Network is almost ready to launch! Think of it as your personalized gluten-free facebook, where you will be able to interact with other gluten-free individuals from around the world to share recipes, information, videos, blogs, stories and give support to one another. Stay tuned for the official launch that will be taking place some time next week, so be on the look out for the announcement!

P.P.S. Don't forget to visit and check out your personalized gluten-free search engine, where search results are customized to fit your gluten-free needs! The search engine is constantly being optimized and updated to ensure that you are getting the best gluten-free search results on the web.

Monday, May 11, 2009

A Gluten-Free Sporting Event Surprise...

As some of you might already know, I am a HUGE Los Angeles Lakers fan. If you are a sports fan and have a favorite home-town team, you know exactly what I am talking about. Occasionally, I am fortunate enough to get invited to games with a few buddies of mine...but last week was a bit different.

Not only was I invited to Game 2 of the Lakers vs. Rockets series, but my seats were the VERY first row behind the Lakers bench! Check out this picture I took on my camera phone...

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I took this picture of Pau Gasol, the Lakers starting center, during their warm-ups before the game (I tried to get a few clear pictures of Kobe, but he constantly has body guards around him, so it was a bit difficult!).

And if the seats weren't good enough, I had Leonardo DiCaprio and Anthony Kiedis, the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, sitting right next to me!

Sorry, got a little off track there...

So how does this all circle back to living gluten-free?

Well, I went up to the food stand to get a snack, and to my surprise, I saw the following sign...

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I know it's a bit hard to see, but if you look close at the bottom two items, you will notice that it says "Gluten-Free Snacks!" I couldn't believe my eyes! The Staples Center, in Los Angeles, now offers gluten-free snacks at most of their convenience stands!

As soon as I got home from the game, I did a little more research and discovered that a number of sporting arenas throughout the U.S. and Canada are gradually introducing gluten-free products into their facilities. This is due to the increasing demand for gluten-free foods within the marketplace.

So keep your eye out at your local sporting just might stumble across some gluten-free foods!

Chad Hines

Friday, May 1, 2009

Is Starbucks Going Gluten-Free?

You might have heard some rumors lately that Starbucks, one of the world's largest corporations, is going to be offering gluten-free items in their stores.

But are the rumors true?


A few days ago, Starbucks announced that it will begin selling its first gluten-free pastry in its U.S. stores next month in response to requests from its customers!

The pastry, called Valencia Orange Cake, will be made with seven ingredients which are all 100 percent gluten-free, the company said. The cake will be sold in individually wrapped packages for $2.25 each and will be available beginning May 5th, 2009.

Starbucks said it wanted to offer its gluten-free customers more choices.

"I think one of the things we learned right from the get-go from our gluten-free customers is they can't eat away from home very easily," said Adrienne Knapp, a product manager in the food category at Starbucks. "A cake is actually really hard to find for someone that's a gluten-free consumer."

Starbucks said it has received numerous requests from its customers for gluten-free foods on its website. The site allows customers to submit ideas for how to improve the company, its drinks and its food.

They will be testing the product in their U.S. stores, and if the product sells successfully, they will gradually introduce the gluten-free pastry into their Canadian stores, and eventually the pastry will be available world-wide.

So starting May 5th, be sure to stroll on down to your local Starbucks and order yourself a gluten-free pastry!

Chad Hines

Your Global Gluten-Free Social Network is almost ready to launch! Think of it as your personalized gluten-free facebook, where you will be able to interact with other gluten-free individuals from around the world to share recipes, information, videos, blogs, stories and give support to one another. Stay tuned for the official launch that will be taking place in May!

P.P.S. Don't forget to visit and check out your personalized gluten-free search engine, where search results are customized to fit your gluten-free needs! The search engine is constantly being optimized and updated to ensure that you are getting the best gluten-free search results on the web. Or, click here to watch a quick video demo on how the search engine works to make your life a little easier.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

What Do You and Donald Trump Have in Common?

Ok, you're probably thinking that this is a crazy question. And if you don't own billions of dollars in real estate assets, golf courses and casinos, produce an incredibly successful reality show on NBC, or have a ridiculous comb over, then you probably don't think you have much in common with "The Don!"

So, do you have any guesses as to what you and Donald Trump might have in common?


Well, if you watched last Sunday's episode of The Celebrity Apprentice, you would have seen that you have at least one thing that you have in common...

On the last episode of The Celebrity Apprentice, the celebrities were assigned the task of creating a frozen dinner that was delicious and healthy at the same time. Annie Duke, a contestant on the show, is a world-renowned poker player, who also happens to have a daughter that is allergic to wheat.

(I was able to chat with her via the magic of Twitter to find out this exclusive info. Yes, celebrities will actually respond to you on Twitter! Pretty cool...)

Anyway, Annie Duke came up with the idea to create a meal that consisted of turkey meatballs and gluten-free pasta. When Joe Kernen, from CNBC Squawk Box, asked Annie, "Who would eat gluten-free pasta?", Annie quickly responded with "the people who need gluten-free are people who have wheat allergies or celiac disease." But Joe still seemed skeptical and thought it would taste bad. To make the dish entirely gluten-free, Annie prepared the turkey meatballs with vegetables, instead of bread crumbs. Although her team was reluctant, Annie advocated for the gluten-free meal and the team ended up choosing it after tasting the three dishes Annie cooked.

During the presentation to the executives at Schwan's, Jesse James said, "the gluten-free market is one of the fastest growing segments in the food industry, as more people are developing wheat allergies or things like celiac disease." The Schwan's executive then said, "I like the innovation in it" and "gluten is hot, there is no doubt about it." Obviously, he meant gluten free, not gluten. But we'll forgive him for that little slip-up. As Annie left the board room, she said, "I told you the gluten free would work."

To make a log story short, the gluten-free dish ended up winning the competition. The executives at Schwan's absolutely loved the dish and are even selling it online and in their stores! But more importantly, it put the concept of living gluten-free into the living rooms and kitchens of almost 10 million viewers world-wide! How's that for some gluten-free advocacy!

I've been amazed by all the publicity that gluten-free foods have been getting lately. This is good news for you, as more and more food companies are beginning to see the demand in the marketplace, so that gluten-free foods are becoming more and more prevalent in your local supermarkets.

So, back to the original question, what do you and Donald Trump have in common?

Well, if nothing else, you and "The Don" both know that gluten-free foods are not only healthier, but can taste good too. And as far as Mr. Trump is concerned, that's a winning combination!

If you would like to watch the last episode of The Celebrity Apprentice, the entire episode can be viewed online. The first mention of Celiac starts around the 57:00 minute mark and lasts until roughly the 70:00 minute mark. Enjoy!

Chad Hines

P.S. Don't forget to visit and check out your personalized gluten-free search engine, where search results are customized to fit your gluten-free needs! The search engine is constantly being optimized and updated to ensure that you are getting the best gluten-free search results on the web. Or, click here to watch a quick video demo on how the search engine works to make your life a little easier.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Your Personalized Gluten-Free Search Engine...

What's goin' on gluten-free people?! This week, I want to make you aware of a GREAT resource for you to take advantage of...

Check out your personalized gluten-free search engine right now at

So, what can this personalized gluten-free search engine do for you?

Simple, it can save you time and stop your frustration when seeking gluten-free information on the Internet.

For example, if you are searching for gluten-free restaurants in your area, you no longer have to type in "gluten-free restaurants your area." With your personalized gluten-free search engine, you can simply type "restaurants your area." The search engine is custom-fit to your gluten-free needs!

Don't worry, I have partnered with Google to create your personalized search engine, so you can be sure that you are getting the best, and most up-to-date information on the web!

So don't delay!

Go to and check out your personalized gluten-free search engine!

Or, press play below to watch a quick 1:16 minute video on how the search engine can work to your benefit.


Chad Hines

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones with An Affordable and Convenient Gluten Test Kit

Have you ever been unsure if a food product is gluten-free?

Since gluten can be found in so many places that you wouldn't expect, it can often be difficult to determine whether or not a food item is completely safe. A relatively new product gives you the ability to test for even the smallest traces of gluten in your food.

The EZ Gluten® Test Kit was designed to help individuals with Celiac Sprue and gluten intolerance avoid accidental exposure to gluten in food. The kit is simple, portable, and comes with a test tube, testing solutions, and an easy-to-read testing strip.

So, just how accurate is this product?

According to testing data, the EZ Gluten® Test Kit is 100% accurate in detecting small traces of gluten in foods tested. In research terms, the test is highly specific and sensitive. It does not cause false positive or false negative readings.And do you want to know the best part?

It only takes about 10 minutes to get the results of the test back!

This product can be purchased for as low as $12.99 and is also sold in packs of two, five or ten for your convenience. I personally have not yet tested out this product, but I plan on trying it out soon. As soon as I test it out, you will be the first to hear about the experience.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Chad Hines

P.S. Don't forget to check out your personalized gluten-free search engine at, where the search results are customized to fit your gluten-free needs!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Discover How to Keep the Gluten Out of Your Kitchen...

If you are one of the many gluten intolerant individuals who need to follow a "strict avoidance" diet, or if you simply want to make certain that your foods are gluten-free, there is a new product that you need to get your hands on!

What do I mean by a "strict avoidance" diet?

Some individuals with Celiac Sprue or gluten intolerance can react to even the tiniest trace of gluten. For example, if a "regular" piece of bread were cooked in a toaster, people adhering to a "strict avoidance" diet would have to meticulously clean the toaster before use.

If even the slightest bit of gluten is consumed, they can react almost instantly.

As you know, it can be very difficult to maintain a completely gluten-free household. You might have a child, spouse, parent or friend living with you who does not adhere to a gluten-free diet. Therefore, traces of gluten can be found in common cooking areas like the toaster or microwave.

Discover your solution...

Toast-It Toaster Bags are a revolutionary product that you can use in toasters, ovens and George Foreman grills. They were originally developed to keep toasters clean while making grilled cheese sandwiches, but are now being used to safely toast gluten-free breads, bagels and other products when using non-dedicated toasters.

So how does this work?

The Toast-It Toaster Bags make any toaster safe. Breads toast right through the pouch (check out the picture below) - the heat gets in, but the other crumbs and contaminants stay out!

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You can even bring these bags to restaurants, along with your gluten-free bread or bagel. Simply ask the restaurant to toast your bread or bagel in the pouch, and you are on your way to getting a delicious gluten-free sandwich or bagel in a restaurant.

These great little bags are economical too, and can be washed and reused up to 10 times!

If you would like more information on the Toast-It bag, visit

Have a great week

Chad Hines
The Gluten-Free Hero

P.S. Don't forget to take advantage of the message board at, where you can share your gluten-free recipes and post any questions that you may have in regards to living gluten-free.

P.P.S. Visit and check out your personalized gluten-free search engine! The search engine is constantly being optimized and updated to ensure that you are getting the best gluten-free search results on the web.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Your Search for a Tasty Loaf of Gluten-Free Bread Might Finally Be Over...

If you're like me, finding a decent tasting loaf of gluten-free bread is about as easy as finding that good ol' needle in the haystack. After trying out SEVERAL gluten-free bread products, I eventually threw in the towel and began substituting gluten-free bagels for bread whenever I could.

After all, most gluten-free bread that you can buy in stores is frozen. By the time you finish the long process of defrosting, microwaving and toasting the bread, you finally go in to take a bite and...

POOF! It just disappears and crumbles in your hands!

You want to find a gluten-free loaf of bread that stays together AND tastes good, don't you?

I decided to try again to find a decent loaf of gluten-free bread and here's what I've discovered...

There are two types of gluten-free bread that not only taste pretty good, but also don't crumble in your hands and disappear before your very eyes. You should look for gluten-free breads made from either millet or quinoa.

Both millet and quinoa grains (quinoa isn't technically a grain, but it's close enough!) are highly nutricious, gluten-free and are non-acid forming, which makes them both soothing and easy to digest.

Typically, millet and quinoa are mixed with rice or tapioca flour in order to produce a heartier loaf that not only tastes great, but doesn't fall apart! At last, your search for a tasty loaf of gluten-free bread is over!

So from now on, check the ingredients to make sure that the gluten-free breads that you are purchasing have either millet or'll be surprised at the difference in taste and consistency!

Or, if you are feeling creative and adventurous and would like to bake your own loaf of gluten-free bread, I've posted a great recipe for you on my website. Click Here to take a look!

Friday, March 13, 2009

A Diagnosis Story That Might Hit Home...

I want to share a story with you about a friend of mine that is struggling to find answers for her one-year-old son, who has been extremely sick for quite some time. They have seen doctor after doctor, only to wind up more confused and frustrated.

Finally, a simple allergy test indicated that her son might have an intolerance to gluten AND dairy products. Double-Whammy. As if being intolerant to gluten wasn't enough, she now has to avoid gluten and dairy products.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that her one-year-old son who is ill has a twin brother and a 4-year-old sister! Needless to say, she and her husband have their hands full!

So, after they received the results of the allergy test, she called me in a complete panic! After a few deep breaths, she explained that the tests indicated that her son not only had an intolerance to gluten, but was also carrying the gene pre-disposing him to Celiac Sprue.

Right then, I had an "AHA" moment...

I explained to her that the lactose intolerance could be directly related to the gluten intolerance. If a biopsy indicates that the villi in the small intestine are flattened, then the Lactase enzymes that are responsible for splitting milk sugar (lactose) would be reduced; therefore causing her son to have a lactose intolerance. Once a gluten-free diet is implemented, the lactose intolerance should go away.

You could practically hear her smile on the other end of the phone, knowing that the lactose intolerance could potentially be treated with a gluten-free diet.

So, why am I sharing this story of a struggling mother trying to figure out how to help and treat her one-year-old son?

Because it hits home with so many individuals who either have Celiac Sprue or are intolerant to gluten.

I thought back to when I was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue and remembered all of the confusion and frustration that occurs. You see, people don't really understand gluten-intolerance or Celiac Sprue until they are exposed to it.

Thankfully, my friend has found support from others here on and is dealing with the diagnosis process much better than before. I will keep you posted as to her son's diagnosis.

In the meantime, if you have any thoughts or insights that might help her through the diagnostic process, send me an email at and I will be sure to pass along your message.


Chad Hines

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Restaurants and Grocers are FINALLY Listening to You...

Did you know that gluten-free food products are finding their way into more and more food isles and restaurants?

Gluten-free items are leading the trend for this year's grocery innovations. This trend comes as many grocers begin to see the increase in demand for gluten-free products.

So, what does this mean for you

It means that you might not have to buy gluten-fr
ee products online and wait 7-10 days for the shipment to arrive. Soon, you will be able to go to your local grocery store and find everything that you need to cook and eat gluten-free!

In fact, U. S. Natural foods giant Hain Celestial Group Inc. recently re-launched its Arrowhead Mills line of pastas, cakes and co
okie mixes - which had always been gluten-free - with large 'gluten free' lettering on its new packaging.

In addition to grocery stores, more and more restaurants are beginning to offer gluten-free menus. Several pizza restaurants now offer thei
r signature pizzas on gluten-free rice crust! Z Pizza, which was founded near my hometown, in Laguna Beach, California, now offers gluten-free pizza in most of their stores. Z Pizza has locations throughout the United States, so if you are lucky enough to live by one, I encourage you to stop by and have a taste. This is a very new concept for Z Pizza, as they have only been serving gluten-free pizza since January '09. All of their locations should have the crust, but you might want to double check before going.

I ordered my first gluten-free pizza at Z Pizza just last week and I must say, they did not disappoint! Sure, I've been eating the frozen, rice crust pizzas all my life, but there is something about ordering a pizza in an actual restaurant that brought a smile to my face.


Chad Hines