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Conversations by Pamela Lamp

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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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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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Exercises To Maintain Mobility As We Age

Surely you know an older women who cannot twist to buckle her seatbelt?  Or one who has trouble bending down to reach a skillet in the lower kitchen cupboard?  Maybe a friend who avoids going up and down the stairs? After talking with Adam Lee about how to combat the aging demons, I am all in and determined to work on my joint mobility.  Mobility refers to the ability to move

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Foam Rolling For Mobility and Flexibility As We Age

Unlike Bob Hope, the comedian and avid golfer who lived to be 100, I am not able to have  a massage every single day of my life.  However, I have learned that foam rolling, basically self massage,  is an easier and less expensive alternative.   It helps accomplish some of the same things as massage – kneading the tissues and loosening things up. When I talked with Adam Lee, a

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Working Harder At Fitness As We Age

You need to get comfortable with the uncomfortable for there to be change.  Although applicable in all facets of life, Adam Lee lives by this mantra in the fitness world. I talked with  Adam, a Nashville fitness trainer for the past 16 years, about ways to keep my body from rolling steadily downhill as I approach my 60’s and beyond. 

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Lynn Lesher – Sewing For The Stars

Give Lynn Lesher a challenge and she’s happy.  Problems delight her and routines bore her to tears.  She describes herself as “a domestic AND an intellect.”  She has figured out a way to employ both tendencies while working alongside some of Nashville’s biggest country music stars. Twenty years ago, Lynn decided she was tired of offices and the corporate world.  “I literally just quit one day,” she says, sounding like

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Fortune Cookie Factory-Chinatown, San Francisco

I hesitated, wondering if I was truly headed in the right direction.  Following my instructions, I turned down a deserted alley, made more gloomy and lonely by the heavy San Francisco rain and gray January morning.  The alley consisted of back doors and fire escapes and garbage dumpsters and Chinese signs.  I came upon one tiny English sign and smiled – I was in the right place.  The Golden Gate

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