Who I Met Today

Conversations by Pamela Lamp

Category Creativity

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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Designing Jewelry Leads to Helping Widows in India

Susan McVicker and Katie Gilliam describe their chance meeting as a God thing.  With a mother-daughter age difference, they both marvel at the timing of their worlds coming together and the adventure that unfolded.  Susan says she “couldn’t possibly have imagined that her art would someday help women on the other side of the world.”  Four years ago Susan came across a dilapidated shoe box filled with her late grandfather’s

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The Green Bag Ladies

Around the world, we discard one million plastic bags every single minute.  We use, on the average,  a bag for 25 minutes, and it takes 100-500 years for the bag to decompose.   Our plastic trash, disposed of on land, eventually flows from streams to rivers to the oceans.   An ocean gyre is a system of ocean and wind  currents, swirling like a whirlpool.  The trash is ultimately drawn into

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Salvador Dali Museum – St. Petersburg, FL

A taxi driver once asked Salvador Dali, the quirky Surrealist painter,  “What drugs do you take?  I want them!”  Dali responded “I don’t take drugs – I AM the drug!”   

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Apron Strings-Trust and Thank and Pray

We’ve certainly had our share of disagreements,  but Meme has consistently made me feel adored, cherished, and respected.   She hasn’t missed a chance to proclaim how lucky she is to have me as her “other daughter.”  Despite all my mistakes, and on my worst days, she has  gushed about what a great wife and mother I am.  I truly love my mother-in-law. Meme  was always there for me –

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Our Marriage Notebook – Dates With A Little Red Book

A few years ago, I gave my husband a simple and inexpensive valentine – a small,  red notebook. Inside the front cover, I wrote a message to my sweetheart.   I proposed, with this notebook in hand,  we sit down a few times a year and talk about our marriage.   My concept was to  document our hopes and dreams for the coming months, our aspirations, what we’d like to

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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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