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

Kathy Schultenover – Book Club Enthusiast

One of the things I missed most about leaving Houston was my monthly book club meeting.   Our group was much more than lively conversation, often on topics far beyond the book we were meeting to discuss.  Book club prompted me to read books I might not normally choose and to explore topics I may not dig into on my own.  It forced me out of my box. Parnassus Books,

Continue reading…

Ryan Black – Tai Chi

A hard-nosed, young Navy diver, Ryan Black was assigned to deep sea salvage and rescue missions in southern Japan.  While stationed in the country, he set his sights on learning kendo, the sword fighting martial art.  However, when he went calling at the kendo temple, he was informed –  and not at all politely – the group did not care to have an outsider in their midst. Not one to

Continue reading…

Dr. Bill Bellet – Happy Self and Relationships

Personal happiness is a hot topic these days.  We can find loads of books and podcasts on the subject. Checklists abound for what we need to do to be happy – count our blessings, get plenty of sleep, meditate, go to church, keep our homes organized.  According to Dr. Bill Bellet, many of us work WAY too hard at seeking happiness.  Chatting in his Nashville office, I get the slightly

Continue reading…

Dr. Bill Bellet – A Positive Perspective Exercise

The 21-day project, outlined by Dr. Bill Bellet, seems simple enough.  Perform four, relatively easy, tasks each day.  If you skip one of the assignments for the day, you must start over with the entire three-week cycle. Helpful to clients in Dr. Bellet’s Nashville clinical and organizational psychology practice, this “challenge” is composed of four daily components.   Every day, for three weeks, you: Write down three things you are

Continue reading…

Mo Houston – Walking The Camino De Santiago

Boarding a flight to Madrid, Mo Houston shoved her only piece of luggage, a backpack weighing less than 18 pounds, in the overhead bin. Carefully packed and meticulously arranged, it contained 2 changes of clothes, a pair of shoes, flip flops, a rain suit, a head lamp, bandana, and not much else.  These were her supplies for the next month. For hundreds of years, people have journeyed to the Apostle

Continue reading…

My New Thing For Today Project

Two years ago today, on my 57th birthday, I embarked on a project. I pledged to do one new thing – every single day –  for the next year.  As it turned out, one year of novel activities, both large and small, rolled into two years of something new every day.  Now, 730 days later, I realize what a gift my experiment turned out to be. Just as my grown sons

Continue reading…

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

Continue reading…

Sandi Swiridoff and Reagandoodle – Bringing Awareness and Support to Foster Care

In a world where the daily news brings horrific headlines and distress at a pretty steady clip, Sandi Swiridoff finds a way to warm hearts and make people laugh out loud.  Just when you think there can’t possibly be anything cuter than the puppy’s antics in her imaginative photographs, she adds a towheaded, bespectacled little boy to the mix.    Capturing beautiful moments between the two, she had no idea

Continue reading…

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

Continue reading…

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

Continue reading…