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Little Pearls
Autumn Gifts: Letting Go, Opening Up ~ October 2016
Our world is full of wonder, even in the worst of times. I’ve always felt that life is precious and that everyone and everything is connected. I love to share what touches and inspires me. That’s why Little Pearls and I are such a good match.
And yet, sometimes the energy just fades. I haven't sent an e-newsletter since our new Pearl came out in April. With nothing exciting to share, I stayed quiet.... 
Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.  ~ Albert Schweitzer
Shifting, Energizing, Expanding
Early in the life of Little Pearls, we made a choice to create only broadcast-quality films from documentary footage of real people and animals. That choice has made it harder to keep my energy going lately. Real life has caused long delays in getting the last needed footage of our three little boys and of our old whale dog, even though the process for these new Pearls began two years ago.
Frustration dampened my enthusiasm. I began to question my ability to keep Little Pearls going, even though I know it has great potential to make a positive difference in the world, and it would break my heart to let it go.
Through a creative re-imagining coaching process, I am now claiming a new kind of Little Pearl: those personal, spontaneous, non-polished expressions of what touches me, similar to what I already share on Facebook. These informal Pearls (photos, videos, audio, ideas) will expand to wider forms of outreach as I get into a new flow of sharing more frequently, while still creating the polished, professional Pearls.
Little Pearls and I are intertwined. Seeing what I naturally share as Pearls, too, brings new energy to both of us. My hope is that this extra sharing encourages others to see little pearls everywhere. Especially after this draining, brutal election process, we can all benefit from noticing beauty and wonder in our daily lives. 
This small non-profit needs more person and funding power than I alone can bring. We will need to draw in new resources to fulfill our potential. My own renewed enthusiasm is a great start.
So, for now, here’s a personal Pearl for you. It’s not a precious Monarch, but an equally-beautiful Gulf Fritillary, nourished by hummingbird vine flowers in my yard. Here’s to a glorious Autumn, and to each of us helping to rekindle the light in others! 
Zi's Pearl from April ~ in case you missed it
Here it is on YouTube: Love Creates a Family, Connected Across the World
The background story and Vimeo link are here
An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break. ~ Chinese proverb
More Julian, please, for The Wonder of Little Boys!
Filming is not yet complete with three very young boys in that space of wonder between babyhood and boyhood. Our sense is that all children at this age live in a state of wonder much of the time, yet many boys lose it as they mature. Can we help them retain that openness and joy as they grow? If so, how would our world change? 
We filmed 20-month-old Ben and 17 month old Zi in the Spring of 2015 and were able to film Julian on his first birthday a year ago. We knew we'd need to film Julian again when he was older, but it has been a challenge to arrange because of family moves and mismatched schedules. They do not live nearby.
So, the Little Boy Wonder Pearl waits until we can finish filming Julian. He's a cutie, as you can see from this recent photo!
Because they are great kids, too, here are more recent photos of Ben and Zi. Ben is already 3 and Zi will be 3 soon. They continue to be in that Wonder state much of the time. Go, Boys!


Another Pearl Waiting: Kida and her Whales
Another new Pearl is about the love that connects a marine biologist named Carrie Newell, her 15 1/2-year-old dog Kida and the summer resident gray whales off Depoe Bay, Oregon.

I have loved these whales for 40 years and have visited them many times. The interaction between the whales and Kida, who has been going out on the ocean since she was a puppy, is most definitely a Pearl!
We now have footage of Carrie, Kida and the whales from late September 2015 (Ben Nieves from Portland) and again in July 2016 (our long-term friend Shane Peters while on a family vacation). Captain Al in Depoe Bay has offered his close-up footage of baby whale Vader, and Carrie will give us archival footage of Kida and the whales. We are still waiting for this, but I can't push her.
Kida had major surgery for cancer in her lower jaw last April but was out on the ocean again as soon as the vet allowed, searching for and barking at her whales. In this photo, she's hanging over the zodiac a month after surgery, interacting with one of her friends ~ remember, she's over 15 here!

Recently, Carrie learned that Kida's cancer has spread and she doesn't have long to live, though Kida still wants to get out on the water. Her passion for her work is an example to us all, and I really want to share her story. 
Send love to Kida and Carrie, please. Kida is a marvelous being, and so many of us love her deeply. Even her whales, like my friend Comet here locking eyes with her, will miss this sweet old dog...

Whale Research Eco Excursions
Support our friend Kat Williams, please!
Our dear friend Kat Williams, who has been involved in Little Pearls in so many ways over the years, urgently needs a kidney transplant. Both potential kidney donors and funding are being sought now.
Here's how you can support Kat!
Special Thanks
Two people have given Little Pearls and me priceless gifts in the last month:
  • Jessica Chilton of SPARK Creative Wellness, whose caring, creativity and skill helped me shift my perspective about how I can keep sharing Little Pearls, even when we don't have what we need to make the broadcast quality ones. Thanks to Jessica, there is a huge difference in my outlook and energy!
  • Bill Fletcher of Telosa, who lifted a massive burden off my shoulders when we needed to save money by switching to a new contact management service. I could not get through the difficult importing process alone and we could not afford to pay someone else to do it. Bill is a kind, patient miracle worker! 
WATCH.  LOVE.  GIVE. ~ We need your support!
After a long hiatus ~ and finally, a new Pearl last Spring ~ we have more Pearls in the works. We need to pay for extra footage, plus the cost of editing. Except for technical professionals, this work is completely volunteer-based.

WATCH: what we've already created on greatlittlepearls ~ and share
LOVE: No link here ~ this is an inside job!
GIVE: We have always pointed to situations that would benefit from our viewers' awareness and support, not to ourselves. At this point in the life of Little Pearls, we do not yet have grant resources or corporate sponsors, so we depend on individual and small business donors. Please help us fund these new Pearls.
For a gift of $100 or more, you can be listed as a Sponsor.

We still have our beautiful DVDs available, too ~ they make great gifts.

We are grateful for all investments of time, money and new ideas. If you or someone you know can volunteer, donate, be a Sponsor, serve on our small board or suggest a connection, please let me know.


Warmly, with gratitude
Linda McLean
Executive & Creative Director
Little Pearls
GreatLittlePearls on YouTube
(photo by Margret Lollis, Big Butte Mountain 9-3-16)
Little Pearls • PO Box 8641 • Asheville, NC 28814

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