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Visiting Virginia’s Cavin Farms in the Appalachian Mountains

This past weekend, I went to North Carolina to see my niece Nikki graduate from college. (She totally rocked that cap and gown!) With vacation time after that visit, I decided I’d finally take my friend Jonathan Cavin up on his offer to check out his family farm in the far southwest corner of Virginia. […]

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St. Louis A to Z: Niche, Nelly & Norton Grapes

Knowing how much I love really yummy food, it should surprise no one that I am leading N with a local restaurant fave. Niche Niche is the first of the Gerard Craft restaurants I went to. I still remember the night when I had dinner with Ellen, Grant, Mike & Ray at Niche. And without […]

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Climate Change & The Video that has Me Thinking About It

Weeks ago I saw a promo for Showtime’s new “Years of Living Dangerously” and knew I had to watch it. Then last week I went through the DVR menu to find the show and be sure the series was set. Then Sunday night I was glued to the TV as the show aired, featuring three […]

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Why is There So Much Buzz About Norman Borlaug?

I bet all the talk this week about Norman Borlaug this week has been a bit hard for some to understand. And I think maybe I got caught up in the buzz and didn’t step back and really explain why I would have such awes of a man I never met. If you aren’t sure […]

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Can you sit idly by & see population grow faster than food production?

This week I have been in Mexico celebrating the contributions of a man named Norman Borlaug, who was the father of the green revolution, and meeting the scientists who want to get us to the next level. This video is a great way to communicate what’s up. There are lots of ways to help with […]

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Remembering Norman Borlaug and Looking to the Future

Tomorrow, March 26th I have the incredible pleasure of joining a celebration of one of the greatest men who graced the planet — Norman Borlaug. And although Penn Jillette is funny playing a card game comparing the best humans have lived, he is dead serious when he knows he has found the ultimate trump card […]

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Memories Spurred by an Espresso Cup and Saucer

This morning as I reached for a bowl for my oatmeal, my eyes lingered on an espresso cup and saucer that stays in my tiny kitchen cabinet despite the fact I don’t drink espresso. Many  times I have thought I probably could make better use of the cabinet space. You probably think it would take […]

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Have you heard it’s National FFA Week?

National FFA is a youth leadership program that aligns with agricultural education in schools throughout the U.S and several foreign countries. I didn’t grow up in a world where the highly recognizable blue corduroy jackets were commonplace, but I sure landed in an industry where I have come to appreciate the work behind them. I’ve […]

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