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

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April George – Turkey on the Table

In my attempts to achieve gold-star grandmother status, I’m always on the lookout for ideas to inspire teachable moments. And, not trying to rush the fall season, I can’t wait to introduce you to a new feathered friend with a good lesson behind him. My granddaughter may be a bit young this year, but Mr. Turkey on the Table is all set to head west for his first Thanksgiving in

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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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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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Kathy Terry – inLieu, A Charitable Gifting App

Thirty minutes before heading to dinner at a friend’s house, I panicked. I had no hostess gift to bring. No scented candle or bottle of wine or fancy note paper. And, according to many etiquette experts, – and my mother – “a good guest does not show up empty-handed.” Like most of us, Kathy Terry had more than she needed or could ever use. She didn’t want more stuff and

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Lisa Clemenceau – Songs For Her Community

In late August 2017, Hurricane Harvey roared into Houston, Texas. It stalled over the nation’s fourth largest city and dumped relentless rain for the next four days. The Category 4 storm flooded two-thirds of the city with 1 1/2 feet of water. Entire communities, and the schools in them, were destroyed. Lisa Clemenceau had raised two sons and, like so many women I meet, pondered what was next. As we

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Nicole Hughes – Drowning Prevention

Nicole Hughes glanced out the window, saw her three-year-old son floating in the pool, and was, for a fraction of a second, confused. Levi was bathed, fed, and ready for bed. “We aren’t swimming….” she remembers thinking. Six couples from around the country, long-time friends since medical school, gather each summer near Gulf Shores, Alabama. Vacationing in the same beach house for the seventh year, some were laughing and talking

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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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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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Jen Lofgren – Casting For Recovery

To me, fly fishing seems difficult. Wading in chilly waters, you wait for a hungry trout to nibble on an elaborate gadget composed of hair or feathers. According to Jen Lofgren, the sport doesn’t have to be complicated or intimidating.  “Besides,” she adds, “you learn to appreciate the outdoors,  the tranquility, and your beautiful surroundings. After all, trout don’t live in ugly places!” Back in 1996, a fly fishing instructor

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Vic Scoggin – Save the Cumberland River

We’ve all heard it is good to have a passion, a driving force motivating us to get up and moving each morning. Vic Scoggin’s love affair with a river, flowing almost 700 miles through the hills of Kentucky and Tennessee, began at an early age.  Growing up along the winding Cumberland River in Tennessee, the waterway was Vic’s playground.  “I learned to swim, fish, scuba dive – my life revolved

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