Day 22, Idea Machine Project: People Who Impacted My Life

Today's topic for Becoming an Idea Machine is to list 10 people who made an impact in my life and briefly explain why. I've intentionally excluded family members because that's too easy and too complex. I thought about excluding teachers, as well, but decided to include a couple of my early school teachers who helped to spark, inspire and nurture my innate curiosity. Backstory: I'm … [Read more...]

014 Shinecast: Water Policy, Water Use

We talk water use, water policy and water rights with Mitch Reid, program director for the Alabama Rivers Alliance, in this week's episode of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast. The focus of this episode is how water policy and a comprehensive water resources management plan helps to ensure everyone who needs water has reasonable access. Water uses include drinking and residential use, … [Read more...]

Video of “The Writer & the Law” Session at SCWC

June 8-9, 2012 I spoke at the Southern Christian Writers Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on the topic "The Writer & the Law." I videotaped the two sessions and am pleased to share them here. For some reason, the Flip cam turned off during the first session (batteries were new), so I only have the first 15 minutes or so of that session, after editing the fluff off the beginning. As … [Read more...]

Celebrate the power of an idea made manifest

“... We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed....” Many people celebrate Independence Day as a military … [Read more...]