Who Do You See?

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Henry David Thoreau. I've been mulling over this quote for the past couple of days......How might I use this bit of wisdom from Thoreau to frame a discussion on some topics that are close to my heart, right now. What do you see in your mind's eye when you read a blurb about someone who's 23, 33, 43, 53, 63, 73? Heuristics Who do you … [Read more...]

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 visiting the small towns, villages and rural areas in the countries I've listed. Why the change? Claudia and James Altucher are clearly more into urban environments, whereas I'm more sustained by … [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...]

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 entire state. And Curtis Ikard was a force of nature known for his commitment to perfection and stylistic flare. The Russellville Marching 100 was a success, in large part because one man would settle for nothing less. Small towns take pride in … [Read more...]

Women Leaders in Local Foods: USDA & White House Hangout

Tuesday afternoon, July 17, I tuned in for the White House Hangout on Local Foods. The specific focus: Women leaders in agriculture and food policy who are working to build local food systems in their respective regions. The program was fast-paced, but fortunately there's a YouTube video: See below. Speakers: Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan Baltimore Mayor Stephanie … [Read more...]

Huntsville Local Foods Tasting to Benefit Food Bank

As part of my research to identify who is working on local food systems in Alabama I had the great fortune of discovering a local foods event in Huntsville, Alabama a few days ahead of time--I usually find out about these types of events the day after or five minutes before. Fortunately, for me, the North Alabama Food Bank has a great local foods initiative underway and lots of information on its … [Read more...]

UVM Food Systems Summit Public Conference: Storify Recap

Last week I was a part of the University of Vermont's Breakthrough Leaders Program. As part of our VERY intensive week of food systems leadership training, the Breakthrough Leaders attended the UVM Public Conference: "Leading the Necessary [r]Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems: AMPLIFIED" held on Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 1-6 p.m. During the public conference I took as many notes as I … [Read more...]

How I Became a Real Food Person

Next week I'll be participating in the Breakthrough Leaders Program as part of the 2012 Food Systems Summit organized and hosted by The University of Vermont. A few weeks ago, the PR team contacted me to answer a series of questions for a profile of participants. I started writing and ended up with way too much material. Rather than trash it, I thought I'd share the "extra" verbiage … [Read more...]

The Gravediggers

The Gravediggers is the second episode of The Avengers that aired in the U.S. Although it features a number of quirky characters, a typical plot, and a classic scene that plays off the "damsel in distress" silent film classics, it's not one of my favorite episodes. Whenever I'm perusing titles and trying to decide what to watch, I seem to always pass over The Gravediggers. I tend to forget, … [Read more...]