Who is Meps?

“Margaret Meps Schulte relishes the revelations that she uncovers while cozying up to strangers.” – Aron Row, San Francisco Book Review

Margaret “Meps” Schulte is an author and artist who lives in Clearwater, Florida. She does a lot of creative things that don’t fall into tidy categories, so feel free to scroll down or cruise around this site to learn more about her books, her paintings, the Happy Spot, Fire Spinner Trading CardsTM, and I Smile First.

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Now available! The Secret Society of Cats & Chickens, a Key West Adventure Story for Kids and Whimsical Adults

Bookseller edition available from Ingram. ISBN 9780991607693

When a seafaring cat moves ashore to a Key West apartment, she finds herself embroiled in the mysterious dealings of the cats and chickens who live in the neighborhood. Thanks to the foolishness of a dog (mis)named Einstein, Kitty ends up back on the water for the adventure of a lifetime.

Previous books by Meps

Strangers Have the Best Candy

Strangers Have the Best Candy, an illustrated memoir that won the Bookseller Diagram Prize for “Oddest Title of the Year.”

Strangers Have the Best Candy on Amazon

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The Joyful Bear, an illustrated book of teddy bear philosophy for grown-ups. (You need a copy on your nightstand. Trust me on this.)

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The Joyful Bear: A Furry Philosophy for Overcoming Adversity and Finding Happiness

Meps is the creator of a number of public art installations, websites, videos, and memes, including the I Am Worthy Collection. Her “Choose ART” and “Dunedin Rocks” installations inspire others to consider themselves artists, and her DDMA commission, “Riding With Freddie” celebrates the life of Dunedin resident Freddie Webb.

"Young Optimists" painted bench by Meps Schulte

In 2021, Meps painted the Young Optimists bench for the City of Dunedin, Florida. Located on Patricia Avenue, just south of Main Street, the bench celebrates the creation of the Optimist sailing pram in Dunedin. The original fleet of boats is still maintained by the city and used for racing by several local groups, including the Windlasses.

As a muralist and the art director for the Burning Man Department of Mutant Vehicles, Meps’ work is prominently placed in a temporary city of 80,000 people.

Meps discovered The Happy Spot and distributes thousands of free Happy Spots a year to absolute strangers, friends, and family members.

She is the creator of the I Smile First initiative, which encourages people to smile at others, regardless of whether they smile first.

She publishes her recipe collection and food articles on the Foodie Gazette. Meps has been blogging since 2003, originally at Meps’n’Barry, a site shared with her former husband, Barry, and now here at 1meps.com.

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Meps also runs a creative content development firm that specializes in instructional design and communications for nonprofits, 3 Choices Creative Communications LLC.

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