Me at Culloden Field

Hello, Medium reader! Thanks for visiting. If you’re reading this, you must be curious about me. Who am I? Why do I write? How did I get here? This is not the life I expected!

First loves

I was born on New York’s Long Island in the early years of Generation X…


Photo by Alicia Petresc on Unsplash

Lately I’ve been having a rough time with my digestive tract. Yes, I am just as strict about my gluten-free diet as ever — but there’s a lot going on, plenty of stress right now, and things aren’t working smoothly. Fellow celiacs know what it’s like — regular trips to…


Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash

Traveling is one of life’s greatest adventures. Visiting a new city or another country opens your mind to new ways of living and creates rich memories. In my travels, I’ve met wonderful people, seen awe-inspiring sites, and eaten delicious food — all while watching out for gluten. …


Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash

Do you know about Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA)? You should! These programs are wonderful for celiacs looking for safe, healthy and delicious fruits and vegetables. My sister is a member of the CSA at Restoration Farm on Long Island, and I joined her for a visit recently. What a treat!

Agriculture in your community

Restoration…


Photo by Khoa Võ from Pexels

Stroke is a bully. A nasty, cowardly, persistent thug.

Three months of living with my father and the aftermath of his stroke have taught me that lesson, along with patience and gratitude for the little things. A smile from a stranger who holds the door for us, a note from…


Image from Pixabay

“If he needs me, I’ll move back to the US.”

I said it for years — that if my dad ever needed looking after, I would gladly step up. I meant it, too.

I’m a natural planner, so I planned for what might happen. I mapped out how to keep…


Eat Gluten-Free Pie! Photo by Preslie Hirsch on Unsplash.

Like most celiacs, my life since diagnosis has required overcoming many challenges: figuring out what to eat, how to find it and how to cook it. Learning to eat out again, and to advocate for myself without coming across as defensive or difficult. …


I was livid. Here I was, at yet another office celebration. Cakes and pastries everywhere, with nothing for me or my gluten-free diet. Once again I had to watch everyone else enjoy the goodies, while I had to satisfy myself with a piece of fruit. …


Baking is one of my favorite activities. I do it to show love, to relieve stress, for fun, and when I want to celebrate a special day, or a significant (or not so significant) achievement. Baking is one of my major creative outlets, and gluten-free baking certainly requires creativity!

I…


Eating out. It’s social. It’s business. It’s community. And if you’re a celiac, it’s hard. Learning to eat out safely is one of the top challenges new celiacs face. The stakes are high: get it wrong and you will suffer.

In one of my previous jobs, the company Christmas party…

Marne Platt

Writing about whatever comes to my mind. Editing whatever comes to your mind. Join me at www.fundamentalcapabilities.com

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store