Who I Met Today

Conversations by Pamela Lamp

Category Giving Back

Destiney Patton – Our Personal Guide Through Second Harvest Food Bank

Folks with illnesses requiring time off from work, individuals with sudden Injuries or disabilities, seniors with smaller incomes, people who’ve lost their jobs, kids in at-risk homes. It is impossible to keep track of everyone who needs help.  Many won’t ask for assistance.  Some are embarrassed to seek aid.  Others don’t know how to get support. One thing is for certain – many faces of hunger exist all across our

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Sharon Maxwell – Protecting Florida’s Sea Turtles

As  the sun is coming up, Sharon Maxwell strolls along a beautiful mile-long stretch of beach in the Florida Panhandle.  Carefully searching for evidence of night-time visitors in the dim morning light, this early morning walk is a type of peaceful meditation for her.  And then she spots them – faint tracks leading out of the water, heading toward the dunes, and returning to the ocean.  After two decades, she

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Brian Castillo – Adaptive Snow Sports at Park City’s National Ability Center

For those of you who don’t know the quiet thrill of sliding down a mountain – carving out turns and leaving tracks in the snow, relishing the scenery and the solitude – it is exhilarating.  And always a little bit out of my comfort zone.  When I try to imagine doing this with one leg, no sight, or without the ability to fully use my body to lean into a

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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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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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Angels Reuse Furniture to Re-New Hope and Lives

We downsized considerably when making the move from Houston to Nashville two years ago.  Sorting through piles and years of stuff, we mainly boxed up only those things we truly loved.  Not only is it emotionally hard to part with your belongings, it can be physically difficult as well.  We had a tough time finding organizations and people willing to inherit all the beautiful, in our opinion, things we chose

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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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Roger Senechal – Total Solar Eclipse 2017

On August 21, 2017, the first coast to coast total solar eclipse in 99 years will sweep across the country.  Most people will see only a partial eclipse – the moon will appear to take a bite out of the sun – an amazing show on its own. The twelve million people lucky enough to be situated along the 50-70 mile band of totality will view, according to Roger Senechal,

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Designing Jewelry Leads to Helping Widows in India

Susan McVicker and Katie Gilliam describe their chance meeting as a God thing.  With a mother-daughter age difference, they both marvel at the timing of their worlds coming together and the adventure that unfolded.  Susan says she “couldn’t possibly have imagined that her art would someday help women on the other side of the world.”  Four years ago Susan came across a dilapidated shoe box filled with her late grandfather’s

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