Super Women: Deb Johns, the woman behind the Scout bag

December 7, 2014

Nancy McKeon

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Family Greets Fall With a Down-Home (D.C.) Party

September 10, 2016

Nancy McKeon

…several generations of people who have come every year to celebrate Bo’s blooming health and the Johnses’ philanthropic instinct (never mind that they also throw the most fun party in town!). Back to the party’s origins. Deb Johns recounts: While in…

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What's Your Summer Uniform?

June 6, 2017

Janet Kelly

  Founder of Scout Bags, Deb Waterman Johns has been wearing the same “uniform” for the past 25 years. / MyLittleBird photo. A mom with two young daughters knows the necessity of keeping it simple. White jeans. At night, she…

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A Uniform Advantage

June 13, 2017

Catherine Clifford

…something to wear. Did they have a streamlined uniform of interchangeable black Petit Bateau Tees, cargo shorts and Converse sneakers a la Deb Waterman Johns of Scout Bags? Managing Editor Nancy McKeon said her look was black and white, summer and winter. And, although there…

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What a Night at the Shop Opp!

November 5, 2015

Janet Kelly

…founder and mogul Deb Waterman Johns, with Madge Novel of Novel Vintage Jewelry. / MyLittleBird photo. The National Museum of Women in the Arts mini-shop offered interactive art books, knitting kits, mugs and many more holiday gifts. More than one…

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Nail Biter? Hair Fiddler? You Could Be a Perfectionist.

April 13, 2015

Mary Carpenter

…to make the new response more automatic than the old habit. My friend Deb, who struggled with hair-pulling for years, found the best relief from medication – but she didn’t like the side-effect of sleepiness. Ultimately, cognitive-behavior therapy helped stop…

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A Nose Job in Costa Rica, Root Canal in Mexico

January 13, 2020

Mary Carpenter

…“global collaborations,” Johns Hopkins works with hospitals in Brazil, China and Columbia.  Johns Hopkins also provides a “special concierge” to individuals wishing to arrange medical treatment abroad. If choosing foreign facilities on your own, the most common advice is to look…

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Altered States

August 31, 2020

Janet Kelly

…mechanism in depression. Bypassing the DMN puts the ego out of commission by dissolving boundaries between self and the world, according to John Hopkins psychologist Matthew Johnson, who researches the effects of psilocybin (magic mushrooms). What Johnson calls a “primary…

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Make Next Year's Bird Better

November 25, 2015

Nancy McKeon

…browse some old stories, from our Super Women series and our quick-flit travel pieces, links below. –All the LittleBirds Travel: Index to various stories Super Women: Paula Jagemann  Aerin Lauder  Deb Johns  Ellen Proxmire Robin Givhan Nora Pouillon Elena Mekhova …

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Easy Pieces: The Wall Street Journal Got Us Thinking About Work Clothes

March 29, 2016

Janet Kelly

Deb Johns, who with her husband heads up Bungalow, maker of Scout bags, and who runs Get Dressed, personal shopping and wardrobe consulting, chose her uniform years ago. It’s a black T, black leggings (cargo shorts in summer), black sneakers,…

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A Message to All the Little Birdies Out There

August 16, 2015

andrea rouda

…Steiner, businesswoman Susanna Quinn, journalist Robin Givhan (seen right), restaurateur Nora Pouillon, entrepreneur Deb Johns–with many more to come. To beef up our coverage of home decorating and lifestyle we have turned to a new collaborator, Houzz.com, whose stories aggregate great…

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Periwinkle Is Gift Central for the Holidays

December 16, 2015

Mary Carpenter

…main draw is the Bridgewater pottery, especially the iconic creamy mugs with colorful birds. For others, it’s the Scout Collection by Bungalow ( a D.C.-based company owned by Deb and Ben Johns, friends of Philactos) with its brightly colored printed bags….

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The Magic of Mushrooms

January 11, 2021

Mary Carpenter

…a Johns Hopkins study of 24 participants that made the news in November, with “most patients showing improvement and half of study participants achieving remission through the four-week follow-up,” according to the Hopkins report. “The magnitude of the effect we…

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Therapy Goes Psychedelic

April 23, 2018

Mary Carpenter

…and LSD.  Under LSD, explained Carhart-Harris, “Many additional brain areas—not just the visual cortex—contributed to visual processing…suggested our volunteers were seeing things from their imagination rather than from the outside world.” Earlier psilocybin studies at Johns Hopkins found a single…

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New Hope for Hard-to-Treat Breast Cancers

October 21, 2019

Mary Carpenter

…development. “Oxygen-poor environments like those often found in advanced human breast cancers serve as nurseries for the birth of cancer stem cells,” according to Johns Hopkins geneticist and Nobel Prize winner Gregg Semenza. Contrary to the earlier view that cancer…

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Weekend Reading: The Last Castle

October 5, 2017

Nancy McKeon

…with trains, and lives had been lost crossing the maze of tracks. But as with much of what the Commodore did, the depot was huge, unlike anything else that existed. The scrappy young waterman-turned-rail-magnate’s riches eventually surpassed those of Manhattan’s…

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Weekend Reading, Chapter 3 : Marcia Takes On Provence

December 4, 2014

Nancy McKeon

…vision to the new realities.  ◊◊◊◊◊◊◊ Mount St. Victoire near Aix-en-Provence. / iStock The Corfu crowd, the traveling trio–was back in France! Andrew, Michele and I, with a fourth friend and colleague, Debra, had rented a charming house in a…

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A Fresh Crop of Beauty

April 28, 2015

Janet Kelly

…and nude polishes suddenly look clean and fresh, especially with a tan. Deborah Lippmann All About That Base CC Base Coat Correct and Conceal ($20) This genius little product made its debut backstage during New York Fashion Week in February….

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