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Makin' It: Jamie Self, Bus Adventurer Turned Small Town Reporter

"There's so much sloppy journalism out there, and we miss so much with our heads buried in our iPhones."

Jamie Self is a reporter at The Herald in Clover, South Carolina. Her path to journalism was not always certain, and she made several career detours along the way.

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Makin' It: Sam Temple, Wooden Boat Builder in Maine

"A boat built with local wood that stays in local waters will last a long time."


Sam Temple comes from a long line of traditional wood-hulled boat builders. These days he continues the family tradition in Rockport, Maine, not far from where his grandfather learned. Sam's passion for boat-building and boats generally is so charming, we're almost tempted to go out and built a boat ourselves.

Did you grow up in a seafaring community?

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Makin' It: Kira Eng-Wilmot, Tapestry Bather and Textile Conservator

"It is very rewarding to see a 16-foot tapestry finally installed in a space like the Cathedral after having spent months fixing the damage."


Kira Eng-Wilmot is a textile conservator at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City, where she cares for tapestries in the church's collection and private commissions. In her off-time, she makes delicious ice cream. Kira told us what it's like to give a 400-year-old tapestry a bath and why the basic tools of her trade are still a needle and thread.

Textile conservationist is pretty specific. What got you into this line of work?

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Makin' It: Howard Veregin, Wisconsin's Postmodern State Cartographer

"We wouldn’t allow someone to name a lake after their pet, for example."

Howard Veregin is the official state cartographer of Wisconsin. As avid users of maps both old and new, we were enchanted by his descriptions of maps as weapons, the "Google revolution," and what makes the post of "official state cartographer" such a unique job.

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Makin' It: Emily Thompson, Floral Designer

"White House curators ok'd some designs I thought were fairly outrageous... dumping giant moss and lichen-covered rocks all over their mantelpieces."

Emily Thompson is a floral designer based in Brooklyn. Her fantastical creations have graced everything from weddings to the White House during the holiday season. She recently spoke with us about the business of blossoms, the inspiration of mythic landscapes and how a month in a flower shop during college got her where she is today.

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Makin' It: Jerrold Jackson, Social Worker

"I think it's difficult, and probably unhelpful, to be void of all emotion in this field."



Jerrold Jackson is a social worker in New York City. He's also a Ph.D. candidate, consultant, volunteer, and all-around nice guy. Somehow he ties it all together. In our conversation, Jackson explains how to seemingly do it all while remaining both sane and gracious.

Social work is a fairly broad label. What is your particular area of focus, and what does that mean on a day-to-day basis?

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