the LIST

Do I know you? One man's attempt at a lifelong head count. 

NOTE: If you think I might have a photo of you—most likely at least one great photo of you—don't be afraid to ask me to post it ( along with a brief entry about how I know you. And if I've met or known you but don't have any photo evidence, feel free to send along YOUR favorite photo of you. (I'm fascinated by what that slideshow might look like.)


19. stephanie brown ford

Cohasset, MA. October 2003 .

Cohasset, MA. October 2003.

Back in '03 Stephanie seemed to be one of those people who was doing what she loved—and reaping the benefits. At least, from all appearances. She loves dogs. She's a dog walker. She loves yoga. She's a yoga teacher. And she's married to Charlie. What's not to love about that life? In the age of social media, it can feel a little odd to still have people you've dated showing up on your Facebook feed. But is it really so bad to occasionally see how healthy your ex is, how adorable their kids are, how much fun they had on their vacation to Europe. Contrary to what the haters put out there, I'm happy when I see people I care about living rich, fulfilling lives. Even when their joy is coming from a photo of their homemade gluten-free apple pie. Seeing them appear on your Facebook feed is one thing. Having them invite you to stay with them—and finding out their spouse is great about everything—that's a rare man with a good woman. Good people. Their dogs may be downward. But their spirits are sky high. (No, I did not just write that.) Thanks for the guest bed, Mr. & Mrs. Ford!