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13. Richard Jones | "It's a beautiful thing."

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Release Date: 09/03/2019

19. Gaston Rivera | 19. Gaston Rivera | "Coach G"

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Gaston was the volunteer parent coach of my son’s soccer team for several years. He did get pretty intense during games and it was clear he wanted to win. Let’s just say you don’t want to be the referee that makes a wrong call when Gaston is one of the coaches. But I always felt he really cared about the young players he was coaching. He was friendly to me and Johann as well. I knew Gaston traveled a lot for work so I was excited when he made time to sit down and chat with me.

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18. Virginia Richardson, Part 2 | 18. Virginia Richardson, Part 2 | "I'm a free spirit."

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“Until you step into your truth, you never fully blossom into who you’re supposed to be.” After getting into the light-weight topics like end-of-life and afterlife, Virginia and I now drift into talking about life - about how people judge who and what is good or bad, realities of married life and Nashville, the city we love and which we both think is just a tiny bit cliquey. Virginia shares her desire to be authentic in her work and what Instagram has taught her about how the world works.

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17. Virginia Richardson, Part 1 | 17. Virginia Richardson, Part 1 | "Human connection that I yearn for"

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It turns out Virginia and I live literally within walking distance from each other. But we connected only via Instagram. Initially, a photo of Virginia's face on an Instagram account of a spa stopped me mid-scroll. But it was her own heartfelt posts that hinted that Virginia was not afraid to be vulnerable. On part 1 of this 2-part episode, we talk about end-of-life, forgiveness, faith, afterlife and Instagram - you know, the usual garden variety topics you talk about with a stranger you literally just met.

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16. Brent Anderson | 16. Brent Anderson | "Honey, I'm gonna do better. I promise."

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I used to run into Brent while chauffeuring my children around. I didn’t know him well, just that he was a cardiologist and really good at sports. We finally sat down in 30A, Florida where our families were vacationing at at the same time. We talked about everything from teaching our children it's okay to fail and failing to remember our respective recent wedding anniversaries to having an intimate circle of friends and knowing how to apologize to people we love and more. We even talked about Hemingway.

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15. Ed Augustine | 15. Ed Augustine | "I had a mission."

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Many men can tell good stories but only a few among them are brave enough to be vulnerable. Ed has been brave throughout his life in more ways than one. A recently retired director of compliance at my husband’s work, I had met Ed briefly at work holiday parties, so briefly that I had forgotten what he looks like. After hearing that Ed likes to tell stories of living in Germany and his time in the military, I had this thought that Ed would make a great guest on the show. There was only one way to find out.

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14. Jenny Yarbrough | 14. Jenny Yarbrough | "You can't judge."

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After exchanging introductory pleasantries at a chili cook-off, Jenny and I met again and talked. I've been thinking about life and the meaning of it all recently and what do you know, the topic of faith and religion came up during our conversation. I talked about myself more than usual and I cringed at the possibility of having taken attention away from my guest. But I decided to get over myself as I realized it was the connection between Jenny and I that made both of us feel comfortable enough to open up.

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13. Richard Jones | 13. Richard Jones | "It's a beautiful thing."

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If the one who tells the best story wins, Richard will surely come out on top. Richard is a married father of three I met through my children’s school. He seemed like someone who could hold a great conversation with just about anyone so I invited him on the show. And I was not disappointed. Richard and I each shared stories about the families we grew up in. Richard told me about his personal, unique and ongoing challenge he faces as a parent, how that shaped his family and influenced his marriage.

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12. John (Henry) Miller, Part 2 | 12. John (Henry) Miller, Part 2 | "I made a new friend."

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As John and I continue our conversation, we finish each other’s sentences while talking about John’s mom, our favorite movies, how we define ‘love’, 'privilege’, ’pet fish boyfriend’ and share the words we hate. We also try to come up with John’s pen name. And we both wonder if we'll ever be free of our hangups.

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11. John Miller, Part 1 | 11. John Miller, Part 1 | "I made a new friend."

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(Mild Adult Language) On the surface, John and I couldn’t be more different from each other. John is a 24-year-old single gay guy living in Chicago. I’m a church-going, married mom of 3 living in the south. John was a guide on the architecture tour our family took during our tip to Chicago. Within literally a minute of meeting him, I invited him on the show. I was nervous he may think I was strange for being so forthright but John said "yes". We met in the Langham Hotel the next day and talked and talke

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10. Lindsay Bertelli | 10. Lindsay Bertelli | "If they succeed, I succeed."

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This conversation with Lindsay was one of the first few I recorded for the show. So when Lindsay agreed to be a guest, there was no episode for her to check out. But Lindsay said yes anyway. Lindsay shows up and steps up for people. And as you'll hear she's humble and generous. And a lot of fun, too. We sat down in her not-too-shabby downtown office and Lindsay told me what she considers success, what she wants to teach her daughter, the ever-present mom/parent-guilt and whether she’ll marry again.

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If the one who tells the best story wins, Richard will surely come out on top. Richard is a married father of three I met through my children’s school. He seemed like someone who could hold a great conversation with just about anyone so I invited him on the show. And I was not disappointed. Richard and I each shared stories about the families we grew up in. Richard told me about his personal, unique and ongoing challenge he faces as a parent, how that shaped his family and influenced his marriage.