Who I Met Today

Everyone has a story – Collecting & sharing interesting info, life lessons, & fun things to see & do from the wonderful people in our world

Julie Wainwright – The RealReal

I love pretty clothes and shoes, but I don’t have the budget for Chanel or Prada or Gucci. I’d only given The RealReal website, and its high-end apparel, a cursory glance. “Take a harder look,” Julie Wainwright encouraged me. “Not all our brands are luxury, and I bet we recirculate some of the lines you do buy.” Julie hasn’t changed. The 62-year-old is still energetic, confident, beautiful, and whip-smart. And

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Bea Johnson – Zero Waste Home

A well-meaning friend, bearing a box of individually-wrapped cookies and cakes, knocked on Bea Johnson’s door. “Are you kidding me?” grumbled Bea, after the guest left. “I guess people don’t know what our zero waste lifestyle means.” Before I spoke with Bea, I didn’t either. I run errands with my fabric bags and reusable water bottle, plunk our wine bottles into our glass recycling bin, and switched to cloth napkins

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Chris Crowley – Younger Next Year

At an Aspen dinner party, martini in hand, Chris Crowley chatted with an Exercise Science and Muscle Physiology researcher. This PhD showed Chris a graph of normal aging patterns in our country. According to the data, after age fifty, people tend to gain weight, move slower, and develop aches and pain. One man represented on the chart seemed to hold steady. He didn’t slide downhill as he grew older. The

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Wendy Adams – Lyme Disease

After a weekend hike in the grassy, woody area near their northern California home, Wendy Adams’ twin daughters know the drill. The 11-year-olds head straight to the laundry room, not flinching as Wendy inspects them from hair to toes. Once mom gives the ok, the girls jump in the shower and rinse off. “Hyper-vigilant,” some might say. But Wendy’s learned the hard way. Found in 65 countries and throughout the

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Reed Clapp – Lessons For Kids At Home

When I seldom leave the house and yearn to see my adult kids, a routine brings me comfort. During quarantine, my husband and I wrap up our days and meet on the couch for a drink and the evening news. A little after 5pm, Reed Clapp comes into our living room with his inventive bag of ideas for kids and parents and grandparents. Reed, or Mr. Clapp as he’s known

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Rachel Berkey and Patti Dykstra – Thimble Collection

When her husband suggested she start a business with her mom, Rachel Berkey laughed out loud. “That’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard,” she scoffed. “With her sewing skills and your business background, I wonder if you might build something together,” he persisted. On maternity leave from her high-powered Boston consulting job, the new mom and Harvard MBA couldn’t stop processing his idea. During 3 am feedings and drowsy diaper

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Fiona Davis – Historical Fiction Author

“Be open to hard swerves in your career—or life,” advises Fiona Davis. “Those detours may add up to discovering a truly fulfilling passion.” With four books on the bestseller charts in the last four years, Fiona’s fifth historical fiction novel is due out in July. One of my favorite authors, Fiona takes an iconic New York City landmark and weaves a compelling tale around its history, architecture, and inhabitants. In

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Courtney Carver – Fashion Minimalist

We all experience those periods when we sense a relationship is amiss. Or we know deep down we should make some changes on a personal level. But we look the other way, pretending not to notice, until we get a gentle shake or even a swift kick from the universe. And then—forced to act upon the precise issue we didn’t want to see, we set off in a direction we

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Marty Slayton Jordan – Backup Vocalist

How does it feel? I ask. Check Yes or No winds down, and a stadium filled with 20,000 fans erupts. Amid the claps and screams and shouts, what goes through your mind? Marty Slayton Jordan is way too kind and modest to admit the experience is one gigantic rush. But don’t you know it is?

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Jennifer Clinger – Human Trafficking Survivor

The first night in her new apartment, Jennifer Clinger sat down to a meal of pancakes and sausage. A combination of breakfast and dinner she’d prepared—“brinner,” she calls it. Tears rolled down her cheeks as she devoured “the best pancakes ever”—in her home, at her table, in her kitchen.  “The night I ate those pancakes,” says Jennifer, “was when I knew I was going to be ok.” Her traumatic and

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