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How to Shine

The quickest route to the top of the mountain, to the place where you can truly shine, requires three steps: You must be willing to explore so you can discover your true purpose and calling. You must find inspiration and be an inspiration to others. Through exploration, discovery and inspiration … [Read More...]

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Bread and Butter Farm sign Shelburne South Burlington Vermont

019 Shinecast – Vermont’s Bread & Butter Farm

Episode 019 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features an interview with Corie Pierce, co-owner of Bread & Butter Farm near Burlington, … [Read More...]

Health

Buckwheat pancakes with straweberries and blueberries

Buckwheat Pancakes

I have had a fixation on buckwheat pancakes for as long as I can remember but, for most of my life, buckwheat was a rare delicacy. It was just a few … [Read More...]

Wealth

To Curtis Ikard: Thanks for Expanding My World

Even as a child, I knew of Curtis Ikard. The Russellville Marching 100 was widely-recognized as the best high school band in North Alabama, maybe the … [Read More...]

Sustainability

David Snow of Snow's Bend Farm at Pepper Place Saturday Market

017 Shinecast – Snow’s Bend Farm

Episode 017 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features an interview with David Snow of Snow's Bend Farm in Coker, Alabama. Snow's Bend Farm is one … [Read More...]

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Bird Choreography & Rock-n-Roll

I have never guffawed but this had me guffawing. This is why I'm fascinated by nature. Go Bird: Post by 2Day FM. … [Read More...]

Effective branding?

What Does ‘Ben Franklin’ Signify To You as the Blog Name?

For some people—starting with me—the words “health, wealth and wisdom” conjure up the image of Benjamin Franklin publishing proverbs of common-sense wisdom in Poor Richard’s Almanack. Early to bed, … [Read More...]

Buckwheat pancakes with straweberries and blueberries

Buckwheat Pancakes

I have had a fixation on buckwheat pancakes for as long as I can remember but, for most of my life, buckwheat was a rare delicacy. It was just a few years ago that buckwheat became more readily … [Read More...]

Sauteed haricot verts Tavera French heirloom green bean

How to Prepare French Green Beans

This year I planted the Tavera variety of haricot verts, French stringless green beans. The plan is to have enough to sell, but the seeds planted at the farm were mostly washed away in an April … [Read More...]

Bread and Butter Farm sign Shelburne South Burlington Vermont

019 Shinecast – Vermont’s Bread & Butter Farm

Episode 019 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features an interview with Corie Pierce, co-owner of Bread & Butter Farm near Burlington, Vermont. Corie talks about how she came to love farming … [Read More...]

David Snow of Snow's Bend Farm at Pepper Place Saturday Market

017 Shinecast – Snow’s Bend Farm

Episode 017 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features an interview with David Snow of Snow's Bend Farm in Coker, Alabama. Snow's Bend Farm is one of Alabama's premiere sustainable farms. David and … [Read More...]

Shinecast 016: Skye Borden Returns to the Land

Episode 016 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features an interview with Skye Borden and her quest to grow and raise most of her family's food. Skye, an environmental lawyer/writer and her … [Read More...]

discover inspire grow shine

How to Shine

The quickest route to the top of the mountain, to the place where you can truly shine, requires three steps: You must be willing to explore so you can discover your true purpose and calling. You … [Read More...]

Sheree Martin June 2012

Changes Coming to The Ben Franklin Follies

For the past two months I've spent a lot of time exploring ways that I can make The Ben Franklin Follies more useful to you. I've finally settled on a revamped focus, so over the next few weeks you'll … [Read More...]

Winnie-the-Pooh Book on Table

The Care and Feeding of Heffalumps

The tale of "Piglet Meets A Heffalump," in Winnie-the-Pooh is replete with wisdom about human behavior, particularly in the face of our tendency to fear what we don't recognize or understand and our … [Read More...]