Birmingham Shines

A show about the makers, creators, and innovators of the Magic City: Birmingham, Alabama.
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Sep 17, 2015

Lawrence Sheffield knew from a young age that he wanted to work with his hands, his heart and his mind and that college was not in his plans. His love of woodworking inspired a vision to start a training program to help young men learn both job and life skills through woodworking. That vision led to the creation of Magic City Woodworks, a 501c3 nonprofit in Birmingham, Alabama.

Lawrence is my guest on this week's episode of Birmingham Shines, along with Jacob Pierce who serves as the volunteer coordinator for Magic City Woodworks.

In this conversation, we talk about the importance of doing meaningful work and the life lessons that can be learned through woodworking and other trades.

One of the most important books I've read in the past 5-6 years is Shop Craft as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford. 

When I discovered Magic City Woodworks through Instagram I knew I had to reach out to these guys and learn more about what they are doing. I'm so glad I did. I think you'll love this conversation.

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If you like this podcast, I hope you'll considering purchasing my ebook (a PDF), 7 Days of Real Food. The price is $5 through Friday, September 19, 8 p.m. CDT. You can purchase online through the link at I'll be adding a purchase page to Birmingham Shines this weekend. 

Sep 10, 2015

Teresa Thorne, executive director of the City Action Partnership, is the guest on episode 22 of Birmingham Shines. She describes the role of the CAP team, the services they provide, and shares an example of how the CAP officers go beyond the "call of duty."

Teresa is a former  Birmingham police officer and she shares some of the reasons she thinks downtown Birmingham Shines.

I'll be publishing another part of our conversation in a future episode that focuses on Teresa's writing. She's a successful author who's published several acclaimed books under her pen name, T.K. Thorne.

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Sep 3, 2015

Stacey Hood is my guest on episode 21 of Birmingham Shines. Stacey is in the midst of launching Old Swole Podcast, a crossfit focused show for the over 35 crowd.

Stacey and I talk about the importance of real food, physical activity (doesn't have to be crossfire, just move), sleep, body image and more. 

My new show, Discover Grow Shinecast, also has a big wellness/fitness/health component.

Stacey's co-host on the Old Swole Podcast is Jay Symms.

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