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

Thomas Persinger – Salmon Fisherman

Thomas Persinger’s love affair with Alaska – its glaciers, volcanoes, captivating wildlife – began a dozen years ago.  Celebrating his dad’s 50th birthday, the family travelled to Anchorage and Seward and Port Alsworth, a tiny fishing village in the Alaskan bush. What was not to love? “We ate breakfast, hopped in a float plane, and caught fish all day,” Thomas remembers. And he was determined to return.  Studying at Auburn

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Dr. Bill Bellet – Happy Self and Relationships

Personal happiness is a hot topic these days.  We can find loads of books and podcasts on the subject. Checklists abound for what we need to do to be happy – count our blessings, get plenty of sleep, meditate, go to church, keep our homes organized.  According to Dr. Bill Bellet, many of us work WAY too hard at seeking happiness.  Chatting in his Nashville office, I get the slightly

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Dr. Bill Bellet – A Positive Perspective Exercise

The 21-day project, outlined by Dr. Bill Bellet, seems simple enough.  Perform four, relatively easy, tasks each day.  If you skip one of the assignments for the day, you must start over with the entire three-week cycle. Helpful to clients in Dr. Bellet’s Nashville clinical and organizational psychology practice, this “challenge” is composed of four daily components.   Every day, for three weeks, you: Write down three things you are

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Mark Bilbrey – Cheesemonger

Feeling like old friends, Mark Bilbrey greeted me with a big smile, a warm hug, and invited me behind the cheese case at Porter Road Butcher in East Nashville.  We spent the next two hours laughing and talking and comparing varieties of cheddars and goudas.  Tragically, 3 months later, on November 6, 2018, Mark lost his life in a one-vehicle auto accident on rain-soaked streets.  For his family, friends, colleagues,

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Sherry Hall – Therapeutic Riding

Sherry Hall marvels at how God took the assorted pieces in her life, arranged them for her, and showed her what to do. “It was hard and scary, and I didn’t think I was capable of making it happen,” she reflects.  Proudly guiding me through the new and improved, brand new barn in Defuniak Springs, Florida, Sherry points to a wooden sign hanging in the office – We are seldom

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Mo Houston – Walking The Camino De Santiago

Boarding a flight to Madrid, Mo Houston shoved her only piece of luggage, a backpack weighing less than 18 pounds, in the overhead bin. Carefully packed and meticulously arranged, it contained 2 changes of clothes, a pair of shoes, flip flops, a rain suit, a head lamp, bandana, and not much else.  These were her supplies for the next month. For hundreds of years, people have journeyed to the Apostle

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Meet Jake Belair – Animal Keeper and Ambassador

Surrounded by posters and thank you cards and sweet messages from school kids, Jake Belair is a bit of a rock star at the Nashville Zoo.  “I have a great deal of fun showing people, including a whole lot of kids, the glamorous side of animal keeping,” he says with his big grin.  Sweaty, grimy, and sporting rubber wading boots, Jake has spent the morning cutting tree branches for his

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My Favorite Things To Do In Nashville

Traveling to a new city, I don’t necessarily want an overwhelming list of restaurant recommendations and tourist attractions to sort through and analyze.  Just give me a few good spots to eat and fun places to go to get me started – leaving room for impromptu exploring and spontaneity. These are my current Nashville favorites – I know my list may change periodically.  Hope you enjoy checking out a few

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Kathy Cire – Spreading Joy, Hope, and Peace

In October 2016, one week shy of her first birthday, Mary Caroline woke up with a fever.  With no health issues, the spirited and curious toddler appeared to have a childhood virus.  There seemed no reason for her parents and doctors to panic.  Until she did not improve…. Three days later, this precious little girl with the infectious smile and big hair bows passed away from a non-vaccine strain of

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Erin Donnelly – What Exactly is Kombucha?

Strolling into the Rayback Collective on a bright, sunny morning, I spot an eclectic array of food trucks, bikers sipping coffee around a fire pit, folks clicking laptops at community work tables, and a vegan ice cream cart.  Combined with a lounge, live music, and an adjacent multi-use trail, this place may be too cool for me…..

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