Who I Met Today

Conversations by Pamela Lamp

Category Creativity

Introducing Patty Russell and Her Groom’s Cakes

On a day when the bride and her mom tend to handle the details, I could not wait to tackle the assignment of helping my son select the groom’s cake for his upcoming wedding. Sitting down with the baker at an upscale Italian bakery in a trendy section of Brooklyn, we explained what we wanted.  The gentleman, who had been baking panettone and cannoli and biscotti in this neighborhood long before

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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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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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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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Alex Snodgrass and The Defined Dish

We sit in her backyard on this lovely, balmy September day in Dallas, Texas.   As I eagerly devour her beautifully presented creation that is my lunch, we talk about how much The Defined Dish has grown since it began, basically, at the start of this year.  Alex Snodgrass is the perfect example of finding what you love to do and turning it into a livelihood.  With a huge smile,

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Lee Estes – Silo Mural Brings Well-Deserved Celebrity Status

In today’s world, with our steady stream of negative news, self-promotion, and verbal and physical attacks, it is heartening to meet a man like Lee Estes.  Humble and unassuming, he is an excellent example of good deeds being rewarded.  As he stands in his driveway and shakes his head and smiles, it is clear he is still not accustomed to seeing his 15-story likeness a few blocks away.  The Nations

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