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Little Pearls

 A Time to Be Thankful

Thanksgiving Gratitude

Though it's been a rough year for most of us ~ financially and otherwise ~ this IS the season of giving thanks, when the holidays nudge us to remember what we're grateful for.


If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. ~ Meister Eckhart


Here are some things that bring up my gratitude in the world of Little Pearls. 

Spotlight Pearl: Wild and Free Wins Award in LA!

Our little screech owl Pinkey and his rehabber Clyde will be celebrated this Saturday at the MY HERO Film Festival in Los Angeles, where Pinkey's Pearl will receive a second place award in the PSA category.  Thank you, MY HERO and everyone involved in Pinkey's story!  


Here is Pinkey's MY HERO page. Watch the 30 second Pearl and then click on "More Info" for the story.  You can see other award-winning short films on the MY HERO website.


Pinkey has an 8-minute mini-documentary, too, which we hope to make as a shorter version soon, with audio-only narration for kids.  This story is a surprising, heart-warming tale of the human-animal connection, and children really need to see it without having to read text screens.  Help make it happen!


Pinkey's fascinating story, including Pinkey's Pearl, starts here: Wild and Free: A Screech Owl Named Pinkey


If Pinkey could only fly to LA....

Ultimate Ice Cream in November!

Little Pearls is the beneficiary of November's Flavor of the Month program at Ultimate Ice Cream!  All of their super-premium ice cream is hand-crafted, using the finest ingredients they can find locally and from around the world.  


The Flavor of the Month is exceptionally delicious, creamy Butterscotch....

This is comfort food at its best.  Butterscotch feels like fall afternoons, warm fireplaces and Thanksgiving.  When you enjoy Ultimate's Butterscotch ice cream in November, you help Little Pearls raise money, too!


Ultimate Ice Cream now has two locations:   


•1070 Tunnel Road (828-296-1234)

•195 Charlotte Street (828-258-1515)

Hours are: 12:30-8 Sunday-Thursday, 12:30-9 Friday & Saturday.


This is a great family-run business.  Thanks, Kevin and Lucia!

Asheville International Children's Film Festival

AICFF was a hit!  Tim Arem put together a stellar collection of film screenings and events from November 1-14.


Little Pearls is pleased to be the non-profit umbrella organization for this wonderful experience for children AND adults.


Be on the lookout for exciting new offerings next year.  This festival just keeps getting better.  Thank you, Tim!

New DVD: Matching Funds Needed ASAP

We still need matching funds for a grant to create a new DVD sampler of ALL our work, with an easy-to-use menu that will work for anyone, anywhere. 


This new DVD will contain all individual Little Pearls, all mini-documentaries and our original 2003 sampler in a format that makes videos easy to select for presentations and events.  We will also be able to update it periodically as new Pearls are created.


We have needed a new DVD for a very long time.  This sampler will:

•    Make it much easier for you to see and share our work.  It will also expand our outreach to new audiences and support parents and educators via public screenings and in classrooms, churches, support groups, etc.   

•    Help us leverage other funding, utilizing the work we have already created to move toward financial self-sufficiency and fund new work. 


We're ready to make Little Pearls truly viable and need your help to take this next step.  We must have matching funds to receive this grant.  Please Donate Now!

Learning More:  Cool Links

Dog Pearls ~ Dog Stars ~ Do(g)nations ~ learn more about this dog-loving series

The Cat of My Dreams ~ a touching, recent article in the WNC Woman animal issue

GreatLittlePearls on YouTube ~ all Pearls are here, plus some of our longer videos


Portfolio ~ all Pearls and their stories are linked from here

Upcoming Pearls ~ the Pearls of our dreams

What's New! ~ recent news, e-news links, newspaper articles

Viewer Feedback ~ what you have shared with us

Sharing Little Pearls with the World ~ the many ways we're getting out there

Connect with Us Online


Check out more social networking and non-profit links below.

We're Thankful for YOU!

"Good medicine... these times are naturally full of grief, and even despair. Connecting with a PEARL is a way to "gift" ourselves with a moment of peace... and good medicine for healing.  Thanks to all who are supporting this work." ~ Mary O


Little Pearls inspire connection, understanding and compassion by opening hearts and minds. This is the gift we offer ~ to you and to those you love.  Thank you for helping us create and share these gifts!


Linda McLean

Executive & Creative Director

Little Pearls



Little Pearls • PO Box 8641 • Asheville, NC 28814

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