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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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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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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Dave Taylor – Training Canines For Military, Law Enforcement, and Private Use

Not long ago, I came across a story about a highly successful drug sniffing police dog in Columbia, South America. It seems Sombra’s nose has led to numerous narcotics seizures and arrests in the country’s airports and ports.  Due to her achievements, this gentle, friendly German Shepherd now has a bounty on her cute little head.  Fortunately, extra security measures are in place to protect this valuable Columbian National Police

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Lauren Lowe – Full-Time Attorney, Part-Time Tarot Reader

Tarot card readings?  I think of women in flowing robes. Heaps of bracelets on their arms and rings on every finger. Giving off touchy-feely vibes in candlelit rooms and making predictions about the future I’d rather not hear. “Not necessarily so,” says Lauren Lowe.  Many people believe tarot readers, with magical powers, peer into the great unknown and advise us what to do or not do.  Their actual task is

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Meet Dustin Williams – Violin Maker

As we wander through the charming, historic Music Row building with the rickety staircases and old-world architecture, Dustin Williams proudly explains, “Everything we have here we fully expect to last 200 years.” The older they get, the more valuable. The more they are played, the better they sound.  “We are lucky to be the caretakers of these beautiful instruments.”

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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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Frank Billingsley – KPRC’s Chief Meteorologist

According to Frank Billingsley, “It’s coming, it is going to be a big one, and it is not going to miss us.  This one is ours.”  With Hurricane Ike charging toward the Texas Gulf Coast, his Houston audience filled bathtubs with water and piled blankets, radios, water, and dog beds into interior closets of their homes.  They were ready to shelter in place.  Since 1995, Frank, the chief meteorologist at

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Jim Laurent and His Brahman Cattle

Jim Laurent is relaxing with a book in the straw-filled “home” he and his wife share in the cavernous exhibit hall.  Their area is neatly swept, and a crockpot of chili is simmering on a cloth covered portable table.  The background noise is a constant and comfortable lull – goats, pigs, and cows bellowing to get attention. One of the largest and richest rodeos in the world, the Houston Livestock

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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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