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Soon to be bigger, better than ever….

February 11, 2012


Big things are happening behind-the-scenes at The Ben Franklin Follies. Stay tuned for the main feature. This site was just a preview.

A Cat in Gloves

November 21, 2011


A cat in gloves catches no mice. — Ben Franklin from an issue of Poor Richard’s Almanack. This may be my favorite of all the aphorisms compiled and published by Ben in Poor Richard’s Almanack. And, thusly: “A cat in gloves catches no mice” marks the launch of a new Monday feature on The Ben […]


October 30, 2011


I was born in the year of the Tiger. This week’s Sunday Sign pays homage to my alma mater, Russellville High School, home of the Golden Tigers. According to Chinese philosophy, the motto of the Tiger is, “I Win.” Although I don’t buy into the astrology thing, it’s interesting that, according to Chinese astrology, the […]

Words Without Deeds

August 25, 2011


Last Friday I drove down to Tuscaloosa for a concert by My Morning Jacket, Neko Case and Phosphorescent. Proceeds from the show went to the United Way Tuscaloosa tornado relief fund. Before the show, the musicians toured the path of the tornado and saw the destruction first hand. Neko Case posted this photo via Twitter. […]

Farewell, Summer

August 21, 2011


The calendar says today is August 21, 2011. As I write this sentence, the clock says it’s 6:22 p.m.  The almanac and calendars mark the beginning of fall with the Autumnal Equinox which, this year, occurs in the Northern Hemisphere on September 23 at 5:05 a.m. (EDT). Despite all the official rules to the contrary, […]

Patience, Grasshopper

July 16, 2011


We cannot know the future. And we must not fear the unknown. Fear is the only darkness.

Alabama Social Media Association: The Junto for Social Media

July 12, 2011


Earlier this year, several of my friends and professional acquaintances recognized the need for a professional organization committed to sharing knowledge and best practices in the realm of social media for business and nonprofit purposes. They showed initiative and established the Alabama Social Media Association, Inc., or ALsocme, for short. One of Benjamin Franklin’s greatest […]

Julie Klausner Name-Drops Benjamin Franklin (and gets more than a RT)

July 3, 2011


Anyone in my Twitter stream who name-drops Benjamin Franklin to get a retweet deserves more than a RT. Julie Klausner gets a blog post. Think of it as a birthday present. Happy Birthday, Julie. If you aren’t listening to Julie Klausner’s How Was Your Week podcasts, you’re definitely missing out. She delivers up cutting-edge humor […]

On Running: When A Turtle Soars

July 2, 2011


I ran the Helen Keller Festival 5-Mile Run last Saturday (June 25, 2011). I finished 138th out of 183 runners. I’ve always been a turtle, even in my youngest running days. I ran in my first Helen Keller Festival Run back in the early 1980s. I don’t recall the distance in the early years, but […]

Directing 2011

January 1, 2011


Chris Brogan's "3 Words for 2011" set me to thinking about goal-setting and resolutions in a different way. Chris writes about about the three words that will guide him during 2011. He also offers up a list of the words submitted by a number of his readers/followers. I decided to use this list to identify and/or inspire the words that seem to best reflect what I need to do to achieve success.