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Choosing to BE: Right Here, Right Now

Spring is vibrant and glorious after an unusually mild winter here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  What a joy!


When you receive such a gift, can you just BE with it, enjoying it as much as you can? 


Or do you worry about negative things you can't control? (a devastating freeze; insects eating us alive soon; melting in the heat this summer; and on and on...) 


I confess to lifelong worry tendencies, though events of late are helping me learn that all we have ~ truly ~ is NOW.  Better to just be, right here, right now.  Enjoy this Spring!


"Earth laughs in flowers..." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Celebration ~ Coming Soon...

Energy has been building, quietly yet wonderfully, for a celebration of our new DVD, the talented musicians and performers who have been central to the life of Little Pearls ~ and YOU!  These gifted performers had already committed to a May 3 date at White Horse Black Mountain:

  • Kat Williams (pictured below)
  • Chris Rosser
  • Richard Shulman
  • Daniel Barber
  • Tim Arem
  • plus cameos from other beloved performers connected to Little Pearls

Check out these talented artists and more: Our Music Sponsors 


We were waiting for my husband Jim's MRI results before diving in, to be sure I would have the time and energy to focus on this event.  Jim now needs to go for further evaluation at Duke, and we'll reschedule the event as soon as we can.  Stay tuned!

Spotlight Pearl: Anam Cara: Soul Friend

We created four new Dog Pearls last fall, just in time for our new DVD.  This last one is 90 seconds of love and beauty, especially in HD: Anam Cara: Soul Friend


Learn more about this love letter to a sweet old dog ~ and how it came together with serendipity and magic: Anam Cara: Soul Friend

Eight of our seventeen Pearls are now Dog Pearls.  They are about us as much as they are about dogs ~ did you know that?


Here are the related pages:

Our Dog Stars

Do(g)nations and Do(g)nate Now! ~ because we'd love to make more for you!


Though my time for Little Pearls has been irregular for the past few months, good things continue to happen.  Special thanks to:

  • Matt Danford and Blue Mountain Pizza for their support in February, once again
  • All of Our 2012 Sponsors ~ there are more who choose to be anonymous.  We would love to add more sponsors, who will be featured for at least a year on our website, in newsletters and in event promotions.  Share the love and join us!
  • The caring businesses who are making our new DVDs available locally
  • The talented Julie Parker of Handwoven Webs, who went beyond-the-beyond to set up our new WordPress website.  It's a huge, rich site and we're still working on it:
  • Everyone who wants to make our event a great one, whenever we are ready.

Hopes & Dreams

I continue to have many hopes and dreams, though this difficult family time is teaching me how to stay in the present, in the NOW. 


One, of course, is for Jim to heal completely from the life-threatening brain tumor that has had such an impact on our lives.  If you are interested in following his journey, he has a Caring Bridge site.  You can sign up for notifications when he posts something new. 


Another is for Little Pearls, the other big love of my life, to thrive.  I've had some great brainstorming sessions with potential co-creators and vivid nighttime dreams about new Pearls.  Here are some of our Pearl Dreams.


If you can support us with a donation or sponsorship, that would be GREAT!





Linda McLean

Executive & Creative Director

Little Pearls


(photo by John Fletcher, Asheville Citizen-Times)

Little Pearls • PO Box 8641 • Asheville, NC 28814

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