Who I Met Today

Conversations by Pamela Lamp

Barbara Heilman and UnbuckleMe

Eager to care for her brand new granddaughter on occasion, Barbara Heilman’s first order of business was to go shopping for a car seat.  She couldn’t operate the model her daughter, Becca Davison, already owned, and she wanted something easy to use.  However, when Barb and Becca returned from their shopping trip, Barb was frustrated and slightly panicked.  She didn’t have the strength to unbuckle any of the car seats

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Brian O’Connor – Good Dye Young and a Farm with a Purpose

Thirteen years ago, Hayley William’s hair stylist was out on leave, and Brian O’Connor was her next available option. Making small talk as she sat in his chair, Brian asked Hayley the basic questions about what she was doing and where she was working. Laughing now, as he recalls their initial conversation, Brian said he secretly rolled his eyes when Hayley told him she wrote and sang songs.  Of course

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Xima Lee Hulings and Walking Papers Studio

Showing me around her meticulously organized and overflowing art studio, I have a hard time keeping up with Xima Lee Hulings.  Amidst pens and paints and textiles and even a blow torch, she talks about her life and paintings and projects in her rapid-fire, exuberant way.  Inspiring and educational, she motivates me to make a mess and create something.  Because, as Xima laughs out loud and says, “Life is an

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Bruce Tyler – Give Without Expectations

I recently accompanied a friend to the hospital for a routine, albeit still unsettling, outpatient procedure.  Sitting in the waiting area, I noticed a gentleman staff member, dressed in scrubs, who escorted patients to their assigned medical spaces.  As he greeted and directed a constant flow of patients, I continued to watch and listen to him.  He captured my attention by being an exception.  In this world of instant gratification

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Meet Mary Hance – The Tennessean’s Ms. Cheap

I have talked about my mid-life move to Nashville – no friends or family here,  kids grown and gone.  Arriving in town, I read everything I could get my hands on about happenings in our new city.  I was searching for ways to meet people and create a sense of belonging.  Now it is two years later –  Mary Hance willingly agrees to meet with me, and I feel like

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Jade Roser – Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights

On a gloomy Monday in October, this Nashville treasure is teeming with activity.  Despite the misty morning, a crew works to put finishing touches on transforming this 55-acre botanical garden into a magical, holiday wonderland.  As we stroll around the Cheekwood estate and grounds, built with the Maxwell House coffee fortune, Jade Roser gives me a behind-the-scenes look into how Holiday Lights comes together.  With his easy going, infectious enthusiasm,

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A Ride Along With Officer Allen Cantrell

The sergeant-in-command directs me to the room where roll call is beginning.   Reminiscent of police tv shows, the two sergeants discuss the priorities for the day to the 30 or so police officers gathered.   A murder suspect was apprehended overnight, so locating him is no longer a high priority item for these day shift officers.  As I sit at my table and look around at the quiet and

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Tim Halperin – Songwriter, Vocalist

If at first you don’t succeed…Tim Halperin’s first American Idol tryout was a bust.  A few years later, he borrowed a buddy’s laptop, pulled up a seat, and sang a cappella for a webcam audition. This time around, he ended up in Los Angeles on a wild, musical ride.  As we discuss Tim’s  2011 American Idol adventure, his strong faith is evident.  A finalist during season 10,  Tim truly believes

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Charles Curtis – Creating Masks For Movies and Collectors

As I meet with people, I continue to hear the same message over and over.  To expand personally, we must seek challenges and bring novelty into our lives. Making an effort to learn and do new things enriches our world and creates excitement.   Always willing to explore new territory, Charles Curtis stumbled upon an engaging and lucrative career because he gave something different a try.  About 50 years ago,

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Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project – Denver, CO

I became of age in a Heineken, Budweiser, Michelob world – and Coors, brewed with “Rocky Mountain spring water,” was something a little more special.  Admittedly, ordering a beer used to be a simple task.  Nowadays, deciphering choices in the craft beer world can be complicated and overwhelming.  Lager, ale, IPA, hops, barley, amber, abv, malt, mash – I just want something I actually like to drink.  In a city

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