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I met the most amazing craftspeople when I was in Portland last week. Read my USA Today piece, 10 Portland makers who will make you say, “Please take my money!” and get all your holiday shopping done early!

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glamour magazine’s 2013 top 10 college women

In case you’ve been despairing about the future of our country, I thought I should share with you Glamour magazine’s 2013 Top 10 College Women. This is the magazine’s 56th year of naming our next generation of female leaders and innovators, and they have found some amazing talent. You can read the full article here, but just take a look at what these impressive young women have already accomplished. They will give you hope — and make you feel like a slacker!

(L-R) Alice Lee, Otana Jakpor, Micah Schure, Cara Eckholm, Cindi Leive, Katherine Bomkamp, Noorjahan Akbar, Grace Young, Simone Bernstein and Margaret Gilroy attend the Glamour And L’Oreal Paris Celebration for the Top Ten College Women at The Diana Center At Barnard College on April 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for GLAMOUR)

Glamour’s 2013 Top 10 College Women

* Grand Prize Winner: Noorjahan Akbar, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA:A Kabul native and leader in the Afghan gender-equality movement, Akbar led the first march against street harassment in Afghan history and helped open the country’s first all-female Internet café. [Read more…]

dana torres

Five-time Olympic swimmerDara Torres made quite a splash at the Beijing Olympics this summer when, at 41, she became the oldest Olympic swimmer in history and the only one to win a medal in five Olympics.

Torres won her first medal in 1984 — the year Debbie Phelps was pregnant with Torres’ future teammate, Michael. Since then, she’s inspired me by proving that age is just a number and that, when tended to and nurtured, the body can rise to the challenge – even if you’ve just had a baby yourself a mere two years earlier.

But it wasn’t just her physicality that impressed us (although the woman is ripped!). It was her sportsmanship, her humility, her sense of humor. We want to be her friend!Women around the world cheered as Torres won three silver medals, missing the coveted gold in the 50-meter freestyle by one-hundredth of a second and joking, “I shouldn’t have filed my nails.”

Known for her competitive spirit, Torres still managed to keep the mood around the pool light by regaling her fellow swimmers with stories of her labor. And when 16-year-old Therese Alshammar from Sweden had a wardrobe malfunction before the 50-meter freestyle semifinal, mama Torres marched over to the judges and made everyone wait until it was fixed. She then turned her attention to the pool, dove in and blew away the competition. I can’t wait to see what she’ll be doing at 51.