Category: Eric’s Published Writings

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John Farmer’s Tales – EP 3: What I Learned from My Encounter with Fire Ants

Recently I was digging a hole to create a fire pit in backyard. I had been digging for about an hour when I decided to rest. But, when I sat down on a “Big Wheels”-style, battery-powered toy SUV to take a break, I suddenly felt pain around the seams of my socks, where fabric meets […]

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Photo of Terry Trammell testing sugarcane syrup viscosity by Eric Hepperle (c) 2017

John Farmer’s Tales – EP 2: Where does sugar come from? A visit to a local sugarcane farm

As a child of the 1970’s and 1980’s growing up in the United States I was in love with the many different varieties of breakfast cereal. From those with crunchy “marshmallows”, to those shaped like tiny woven wicker pillows or crispy little donuts, the main ingredient that made them awesome was undoubtedly one thing: sugar! […]

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John Farmer’s Tales – EP 1: The Magically Delicious Heart-Healthy Smoothie

Growing up, Grandma was the best cook I knew. She could make anything from Spanish rice to potato boats to macaroni and cheese to apple crisp. Now I’ve always been fascinated with wizards, witches, conjurers, and magicians. To me, cooking was a kind of magic and recipes were its spells. As a young’un I watched […]

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