people you should know…

June 10, 2008

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1. Kimmy from Shimmer.Glimpse

She’s smart, like really smart, you can see the wheels in her head turning when you talk to her. I’m pretty sure she’s about 10 steps ahead all the time. The best part is she’s honest in a really articulate way, it calls you to think and ask new questions. This mixed with a deep love for her family and neighborhood/community, a connection to nature and wholeness, and a soul-based way of life makes her someone you should know.

2. Amy from Knit…simply Knit

I admired Amy from a far for quite sometime before I really got to know her. I had to know her because her kids are some of the dearest I’ve ever met (and I’ve known A LOT in my day). My hunch that the mother had to be wonderful was dead on. Amy is one of those rare people that has a gentleness and strength all mixed together. She lives in an old farm house in the country that is so dreamy it has actually made a city girl like me consider a move just to be her neighbor. She is a knitting artist, a deep and tender soul and owns a spirituality rooted in kindness and truth.

You can find her art at

and now at the Goochland Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 8am-12pm.

3. Jim Johns at My Values Journey

Jim is an emotional intelligence genius, no really, it’s the man’s job for a living. He knows every Myer’s Briggs, color, strength finder, work-related test under the sun. Besides being one of the nicest guys you’ve ever met, he’s famous in my mind because he’s married to my dear friend Nancy.

I love his blog because of the very practical, hands on approach to saving the world. The guy lights up at old copper pipes found in his father-in-law’s basement and coworkers who save cans for him to turn in for yet another donation for the work in Africa he is supporting. It’s everyday, it’s humble, and yet making a difference, just like Jim.

4. The Flobots

I LOVE when music and social change live together and get married. It doesn’t happen very often but The Flobots have it going on in a serious way. I can’t stop listening and feeling both kinda old and very hopeful. I am sure I am like 10 years too old for their music but I am totally addicted. It helps that my husband is ubercool this way and always has a pulse on the best bands. Their call for change, the deep belief in the power of their message, their very open and determined hearts will make a mark on even more than they can imagine. I’m sure of it.

3 Responses to “people you should know…”

  1. Amy Says:

    you are wonderful. thank you for the kind words–I’ll tell Lauren, she’s compiling a list of people who are kind. it’s taped to the wall outside her room.

    as if the big world wasn’t small enough, I clicked on Shimmer.Glimpse’s blog, scrolled down and there is a picture of 3 women at the bottom. I just spent last Sunday at the pool with 2 of them. say WHAT?!!! I’ll be sure to introduce myself next time.

  2. kimmy Says:

    You and your sister have a way of making me cry…the good kind of crying.

    Thanks so much for including me in this post. I feel the same way about you:)

    I feel humble.

  3. Abbie Says:

    Hey, did you know the Flobots are playing at the National on Aug. 2 for like, $13??? I still have only partially paind June’s rent, but think I might have to get tickets.

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