MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Lauren Torres, 48
Lauren Torres remembers meeting a lady in her neighborhood who made a big pot of soup once a week and then ate from it every day. That was all she had to eat.
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What are some of the most unusual items you own?
A handmade chocolate diamond skull ring and old spurs from Texas.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
My grandfather, Pete Richard. He died the year I was born. He was a marine biologist.
Who is your hero, someone who inspired you?
My father, retired Gen. Albert Peter Richards. He is a war hero, even-keeled and one of the most compassionate people I know. He has this massive presence. I’m so proud of him.
What events changed your life the most?
My very first kitchen experience, the first time I worked with the homeless, going to other countries and seeing how little they need to survive, and experiencing other civilizations.
What’s your favorite childhood memory?
Summers at Duxbury Beach in Massachusetts – building sandcastles on the beach.
What event in history would you have liked being present for?
The Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock.