Who is Meps?

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

Her full name is Margaret “Meps” Schulte, and she is an author, artist, and public speaker who lives and works in Dunedin, Florida. She blogs occasionally on this site, but she has published countless blogs and hundreds of limericks in the past. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter under 1meps.

Here are a few of Meps’ noteworthy creative endeavors and projects:

Strangers Have the Best Candy

In 2014, she published an illustrated memoir, Strangers Have the Best Candy, which won the Bookseller Diagram Prize for “Oddest Title of the Year.”

Strangers Have the Best Candy on Amazon

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In 2016, she published 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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Watch the Joyful Bear video series

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

Meps recently began to offer hand-painted teddy bear ornaments featuring bears from her collection. You can order them from her online shop or find them in Dunedin, Florida at Cool Art on Main Street.

Meps is a fountain of creativity, responsible for hundreds of memes, including the I Am Worthy Collection. Her “Choose ART” and “Dunedin Rocks” installations inspire others to consider themselves artists, and her newest commission, “Riding With Freddie” celebrates the life of Dunedin resident Freddie Webb.

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.

3 Choices logo

She also has a very successful nonprofit and small business communications consultancy, 3 Choices Creative Communications.

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