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 at the third grade level. Alas, I managed only three originals to start with, but I'm still working on this prompt and will update later with my other funny questions. Here goes: Q. What's the … [Read more...]

Laugh Out Loud: Day 31, Idea Machine Project

It's Day 31 of the Idea Machine Project and today's focus is 10 things that made me laugh out loud. We've all heard the saying: "Laughter is the best medicine." Trouble knocked on the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away. Ben Franklin Here's another one, attributed to King Solomon: A merry heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs: 17:22 Medical … [Read more...]

Ideas for Indie Movie Titles & Plots: Day 28

It's Day 28 of the Idea Machine Project. Today's topic: Come up with 10 ideas for indie movies. I think my ideas are pretty awesome—I should start writing the treatments tonight. Actually, back in the 1990s, I wrote a screenplay that received positive notes from a couple of industry readers with solid credentials, but I gave up trying to sell it and moved on. Hmm....Perhaps I should return … [Read more...]

Ben Franklin’s One Bad Idea….

Daylight Saving Time. I hate it and I struggle with resetting my body clock, even when I get an "extra" hour in the Fall (the hour that was taken from me in the Spring). I don't really care what time it gets dark. It's the switching back-and-forth twice each year that throw me off my game. I've written about Daylight Saving Time before, but in light of this hilarious spoof on Nacho Punch, I … [Read more...]

Favorite Cookbooks

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, cooking and cookbooks came to mind as a theme as I began mulling over topics for this week's episode of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast. I tend to use cookbooks more for inspiration than actual cooking guidance. Here are some of my favorites: Belle Chevre: Tasia's Table My most recent cookbook purchase is Tasia's Table: Cooking With the … [Read more...]

010 Shinecast: Farm Update & The Wildwood Ruminators

Episode 010 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features live music from The Wildwood Ruminators, a newish band from the Shoals area of Northwest Alabama. You also hear an update about what's growing at Shine Springs Farm and more on Koda. A new stray dog—a yellow Lab, maybe full-blooded—has arrived at the farm and it looks like he'll get a forever home. My dad came up with Shine as his name. … [Read more...]

005 Shine Springs Farm Podcast: Featuring Shane Tutmarc

Episode 005 of the Shine Springs Farm Podcast features an interview with Nashville musician Shane Tutmarc, commentary on the Stanford Organic Study and why Shine Springs Farm intends to seek organic certification and Certified Naturally Grown status. The "arts" are a key part of a sustainable lifestyle. Music, dance, "hoedowns" and "Hee-Haws" have been a big part of farm life for centuries. … [Read more...]

Kelly Hogan: Singing My Life…

I’ve never met Kelly Hogan. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t know me. So when I first heard a few songs off her latest album back in May 2012  it seemed odd to hear her singing all about my life. Then I heard the entire album. More songs about my life. Scary. But scary in a good way. Uncanny thematic accuracy perhaps is a better way to describe what I heard in Hogan'ssongs. Maybe it’s because she … [Read more...]

Reflections on “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

To cap off my day, I decided on the spur of the moment to see the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It came to me highly recommended by a good friend who sent an email filled with high praise for the film, and a link to his blog post. As a film, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is extremely well-done. Jiro is an inspirational figure—a perfectionist who finds joy in his work and wants nothing more than to … [Read more...]

The Bluebonnets at SXSW

I can't be at SXSW, but I'm thrilled to help spread the word about The Bluebonnets, a straight-up rock and roll band with a bluesy foundation. The Bluebonnets feature Kathy Valentine on lead guitar, with amazing vocals and bass by Dominique Davalos. Eve Monsees is rhythm guitarist. Update: The new lineup includes Michelle Schreiber on drums. KV describes her as "freakin fantastic." "Rumor" … [Read more...]