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

Category Self Study

RJ Jacobs – Mystery Author and Clinical Psychologist

A few years ago, while conducting research for his first book, RJ Jacobs reached out to a virologist at Vanderbilt University. She and her lab colleagues studied viruses and the diseases they caused. “We’re currently investigating a strain of the coronavirus,” she said during their interview. RJ, and most of the rest of the world, had never heard of it. And Then You Were Gone arrived in bookstores last March,

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Chris Crowley – Younger Next Year

At an Aspen dinner party, martini in hand, Chris Crowley chatted with an Exercise Science and Muscle Physiology researcher. This PhD showed Chris a graph of normal aging patterns in our country. According to the data, after age fifty, people tend to gain weight, move slower, and develop aches and pain. One man represented on the chart seemed to hold steady. He didn’t slide downhill as he grew older. The

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Wendy Adams – Lyme Disease

After a weekend hike in the grassy, woody area near their northern California home, Wendy Adams’ twin daughters know the drill. The 11-year-olds head straight to the laundry room, not flinching as Wendy inspects them from hair to toes. Once mom gives the ok, the girls jump in the shower and rinse off. “Hyper-vigilant,” some might say. But Wendy’s learned the hard way. Found in 65 countries and throughout the

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Reed Clapp – Lessons For Kids At Home

When I seldom leave the house and yearn to see my adult kids, a routine brings me comfort. During quarantine, my husband and I wrap up our days and meet on the couch for a drink and the evening news. A little after 5pm, Reed Clapp comes into our living room with his inventive bag of ideas for kids and parents and grandparents. Reed, or Mr. Clapp as he’s known

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Courtney Carver – Fashion Minimalist

We all experience those periods when we sense a relationship is amiss. Or we know deep down we should make some changes on a personal level. But we look the other way, pretending not to notice, until we get a gentle shake or even a swift kick from the universe. And then—forced to act upon the precise issue we didn’t want to see, we set off in a direction we

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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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Laticia Williams – Lunch Counter Segregation

When Laticia Williams’ grandmother was a teenager, she needed a new pair of shoes. In the basement of Nashville’s FW Woolworth building, one of the original “five and dime” stores in the country, the sales clerk was willing to sell Big Mama the shoes. But, like other stores of the day, she wasn’t allowed to try them on. Big Mama traced the outline of her foot on a brown paper

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Nancy Davis Kho – The Thank You Project

Studies about the benefits of gratitude are plentiful. If we write in a daily gratitude journal or jot down three things we are thankful for each morning, happiness levels increase. Instead of seeing the negative around us, as humans tend to do, gratefulness will help us to view our world in a more positive light. As she approached her 50th birthday, Nancy Davis Kho put this gratitude theory to a

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Norma Clippard – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt

People in their fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties are different from those a generation ago. Today’s individuals approaching “senior status” are healthier and more active. They are curious and want to continue to learn about the world around them. Four decades ago, Bernard Osher, and his foundation, began to lay the groundwork for a learning network targeted to “seasoned adults.” Now located on 124 college and university campuses, in all

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Courtney Carver – Simplify the Holidays

It’s that time of year again…..Magazines and social media feeds are loaded with stylish and crafty ideas for us to buy and cook and wear and do. We decorate our homes and trees and yards, bake treats for neighbors and teachers and co-workers, and purchase and wrap way too many gifts. We succumb to the Christmas craziness and want the holidays to be just right. Thirteen years ago, a medical

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