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Ideas for making spring holidays special St. Patrick's Day The Ben Franklin Follies Idea Machine Project

Make New Holiday Memories

Does your family yearn for something new to do when a holiday rolls around? Are you tired of buying into the “buying” mentality that seems to accompany holidays in the U.S.? Today’s Idea Machine focus is on ways to create new family memories on days when you want to spend time doing something fun without, […]

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Why do we stop laughing? Idea Machine Project Day 37 by Sheree Martin for The Ben Franklin Follies

Why Adults Don’t Laugh

For Day 36 of the Idea Machine, Claudia Altucher asks us to consider why adults stop laughing. The obvious answer is that we get busy and beaten down my life's challenges. But I think the real reason goes deeper into cultural norms and socialization that date back into the medieval age. 1. From … [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

10 Tips for Better Sleep A Shinecast Guide for The Ben Franklin Follies

10 Tips for Sleeping Better

Sleep is a topic that is dear to my heart because I've long been a proponent as sleep as one of the four pillars of health. This post for Day 30 of … [Read More...]

Wealth

Reviving the Ben Franklin Follies

Ideas and the Revival of The Ben Franklin Follies

After a long hiatus from publishing new content on The Ben Franklin Follies, the site is suddenly active again. As I explained a while back, I've … [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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Ideas for making spring holidays special St. Patrick's Day The Ben Franklin Follies Idea Machine Project

Make New Holiday Memories

Does your family yearn for something new to do when a holiday rolls around? Are you tired of buying into the "buying" mentality that seems to accompany holidays in the U.S.? Today's Idea Machine … [Read More...]

10 ideas to help the elderly The Idea Machine Project the Ben Franklin Follies

10 Ideas to Help the Elderly

The topic for Day 43 of the Idea Machine Project is to come up with 10 business ideas to help the elderly. I decided to ignore issues of profitability and just focus on ideas that would accomplish one … [Read More...]

10 Tips for Writing Better Sales Copy

The prompt for Day 42 is to give 10 tips to help a friend write sales copy to sell her used car. This is a fun practice. I'm framing the examples for my tips using the used car as the product, but … [Read More...]

The Idea Machine Project: Personal Ideas

Personal Posts & The Idea Machine Project

I'm finding that many of the idea prompts are about topics that are more personal in nature, rather than generally-applicable. It's possible this will change at some point, as I seem to recall … [Read More...]

10 Nice Surprises for Your Loved Ones Idea Machine Project Day 39 The Ben Franklin Follies

10 Nice Ways to Surprise Your Loved Ones

It's Day 39 of the Idea Machine Project and today is all about nice, inexpensive ways to surprise your friends and family. It feels good to do nice things for other people.  Research clearly shows … [Read More...]

Why do we stop laughing? Idea Machine Project Day 37 by Sheree Martin for The Ben Franklin Follies

Why Adults Don’t Laugh

For Day 36 of the Idea Machine, Claudia Altucher asks us to consider why adults stop laughing. The obvious answer is that we get busy and beaten down my life's challenges. But I think the real … [Read More...]

10 funny questions at 3rd grade level for Day 36 of the Idea Machine Project

10 Funny Questions: Idea Machine, Day 36

Day 36 of the Idea Machine Project was challenging for me. I had to go out of town for the day to visit family and had little time to work on the topic: Coming up with 10 funny questions and answers … [Read More...]

10 Places I'd Like to Visit The Idea Machine Project Day 35 Sheree Martin

10 Places I’d Like To Visit: Idea Machine, Day 35

The topic for Day 35 in Become an Idea Machine is to simply list 10 "cities" I'd like to visit and why. I've modified this slightly. Although I've mostly listed cities, I'm really more interested in … [Read More...]

10 publicly-traded brands that I do business with daily Idea Machine Project

Publicly-Traded Companies: Idea Machine, Day 34

Today's Idea Machine topic is to list 10 companies that I use often and find out if they are publicly-traded on a stock exchange. This topic seems a bit random, so I'm guessing it will come up … [Read More...]

10 business ideas for kids in 2015 The Ben Franklin Follies

Bye-Bye Lemonade Stand: Day 33

It's Day 33 of the Idea Machine Project and today's topic is business ideas for kids. The premise that is that today's kids are so tech-competent that the traditional lemonade stand is passé. Here … [Read More...]