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Conversations by Pamela Lamp

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The Fascinating World of the Honey Bee

While gathering nectar for food, honey bees carry pollen between flowers, shrubs, and plants. In turn, these crops thrive and reproduce and keep our food cycle going. Without the honey bee’s continual pollination, our food crops – and nourishment for our livestock and other animals – will die off. Several weeks ago, I spoke with Roger Senechal about what I might expect to see during last month’s total solar eclipse.

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Roger Senechal – Total Solar Eclipse 2017

On August 21, 2017, the first coast to coast total solar eclipse in 99 years will sweep across the country.  Most people will see only a partial eclipse – the moon will appear to take a bite out of the sun – an amazing show on its own. The twelve million people lucky enough to be situated along the 50-70 mile band of totality will view, according to Roger Senechal,

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Katie Talbot – Voice and Performance Coach

I am trying to imagine this striking young woman hiding inside a Jimmy the Gourd costume.  As a cast member of Veggie Tales, the animated show offering kind and helpful lessons to children, Katie Talbot pulled on a large orange suit with a backpack connected to it.  Depressing a button on the backpack, the suit expanded many times, much like a hoop skirt.   While singing and dancing to the

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Jennifer Puryear and Bacon on the Bookshelf

In Jennifer Puryear’s opinion, books are competing with television in a way they never have before.  With the likes of Netflix and Amazon and HBO,  excellent and artistic television shows are more prevalent than in years past.   We get caught up in one series after another – everything from Game of Thrones to Homeland to The Crown.   Many people need a very good reason to sit down with

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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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