Who I Met Today

Conversations by Pamela Lamp

Gianni Raffaelli – An Artisan in Florence

Daily dose of gelato in hand, I meander through the back alleys and narrow streets of Florence’s Oltrarno quarter.  A few blocks from the Arno River, away from tourists and crowds,  lies a quiet neighborhood of Florentine artists.   Peering into the artisan workshops and studios, you discover a rich part of Florence’s culture and history.  Bookbinders, silversmiths, paper marblers, sculptors, marble craftsmen, perfume makers, potters, shoemakers, metal workers.  Some of these craftspersons apprenticed under a master or studied with an instructor.    Many are members of artisan families,  and the skills and practices were handed down through the generations.

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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 just get up and get going and a story unfolds,” he smiled.  Leading me down dark trails to a ledge overlooking the Colorado River flowing a mile below, I immediately realized how much I would learn from one of the Southwest’s premier landscape photographers.  As he tracked the moon and the clouds, he saw changes

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Passion for Golf + Business Savvy = Apparel Collection

“You have no chance of scoring if you don’t take the shot.”  Operating on the premise that you have to start somewhere, Victoria Kopyar almost seems to welcome mistakes and problems.  Known as someone who relishes the chance to reimagine or reinvent, Victoria “jumped in with both hands and feet” to improve the look of her golf game. Growing up in Ohio, Victoria loved pretty clothes and couldn’t always afford

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Eat Me Ice Cream – Rochester, NY

Concord grape ice cream, topped with a homemade and torched cinnamon marshmallow sauce, nestled between two homemade, and very special,  graham crackers

Sweet corn ice cream, spread with a black currant jam, on savory jalapeño corn meal cookies

Fresh mint ice cream, covered with a velvety mixture of white chocolate and crunchy wasabi peas, sandwiched between two extraordinary sugar cookies

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Something New and Different

You can’t just be you.  You have to double yourself. You have to read books on subjects you know nothing about. You have to travel to places you never thought of traveling. You have to meet every kind of person and endlessly stretch what you know.

    -Mary Wells Lawrence, 88, advertising executive and first female CEO of a NYSE company

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