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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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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A Tuba Christmas

It’s a Merry Tuba Christmas! This month, in hundreds of cities across the country, bunches of tuba-toting musicians will gather to play holiday music. What began as a tribute to a tuba performer, who was born on Christmas Day, has become a unique showcase of tubas and their brass relatives – euphoniums and sousaphones and baritones.  As a graduate teaching assistant at Indiana University’s acclaimed music school, Garnett (G.R.) Davis

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A Few Days in Portland and Willamette Valley

Loaded with hiking trails, bike paths, coffee shops, and craft breweries, Portland, Oregon is a laid-back, long-weekend getaway. Although we didn’t time our visit to coincide with the region’s fall foliage, blooming lavender fields, or bountiful tulips, we still had plenty to see. Here’s a quick roundup to exploring Portland and a couple of points beyond.

WALKING

Downtown’s Pearl District offers lots of easy walking among scattered wine and beer

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Max Hawkins – Randomizing His Life

I suppose I always think it is the older folks who get stuck, slip into a rut, and need to reboot their lives. Those people tired of their 9-5 commitments and finished raising their kids and wondering how much longer they have to find their passions. Or those who are just plain bored. And then I met Max Hawkins. From outward appearances, the methodical twenty-something seemed to live in a

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Audrey Carroll – Airstream Trailer Travels

Each week has seven days, and someday isn’t one of them.  Still, so many of us are waiting for just the right time to execute our plans.   If we wait for that perfect time, it may never come….

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My Favorite Things To Do In Nashville

Traveling to a new city, I don’t necessarily want an overwhelming list of restaurant recommendations and tourist attractions to sort through and analyze.  Just give me a few good spots to eat and fun places to go to get me started – leaving room for impromptu exploring and spontaneity. These are my current Nashville favorites – I know my list may change periodically.  Hope you enjoy checking out a few

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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 following 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 were beginning their careers and evolving

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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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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 use my body to lean into a turn

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Chris Pence – What Does a Sound Engineer Do?

Since moving to Nashville, I spend more time listening to live music in a variety of venues around town. After all, this is Music City.  Aside from raw talent and lots of practice, I never think about what else makes for an outstanding show.  According to Chris Pence, a sound engineer with country and pop bands, “When everything at a show sounds great, the artist is wonderful!  But when things

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Brian O’Connor – Good Dye Young and a Farm with a Purpose

Thirteen years ago, Hayley William’s hair stylist was out on leave, and Brian O’Connor was her next available option. Making small talk as she sat in his chair, Brian asked Hayley the basic questions about what she was doing and where she was working. Laughing now, as he recalls their initial conversation, Brian said he secretly rolled his eyes when Hayley told him she wrote and sang songs.  Of course

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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

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Jade Roser – Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights

On a gloomy Monday in October, this Nashville treasure swarms with activity.  Despite the misty morning, a crew works to put finishing touches on transforming the 55-acre botanical garden into a magical, holiday wonderland.  As we stroll around the Cheekwood estate and grounds, built with the Maxwell House coffee fortune, Jade Roser gives me a behind-the-scenes look into how Holiday Lights comes together.  With his easy going, infectious enthusiasm, Jade

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Adam Schallau – Grand Canyon and Southwest Photographer

Adam Schallau greeted me with more cheeriness than I could muster at 4:45 AM. “You get up and moving and a story unfolds,” he smiled. As we headed down dark trails to a ledge a mile above the Colorado River,  I realized how much I would learn from one of the Southwest’s premier landscape photographers. I watched Adam track the moon and the clouds, and he saw changes in the

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Play With No Purpose

A personal goal for 2016 – and one I plan to carry into this new year— take more time to play.   Play with no purpose in mind.  Let go of my to-do list, turn off my phone, stop worrying about what needs to be done.  Play by myself, play with my friends, play with my husband – play and have fun

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