Video Storytelling

Video Storytelling

Video is everywhere. Before 1970s, it was rare. Now it’s ubiquitous and storytellers need to be aware of the power of this particular medium.   Here’s a slideshow/video I did for Women Work Together www.womenworktogether.org for their year end fundraising campaign.   I used some great photos, added a message, and a little music. See what you think . ....

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We Tell Stories Because We’re Proud!!!

We Tell Stories Because We’re Proud!!!

Went to my son’s latest movie–PLANES. Yes, I say that like he did the whole thing. Actually, I say that like a mother. Ethan Hurd is an animator who has worked on a number of movies–Toy Story 2, Shek, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Madagascar, Bolt, etc. etc. On PLANES  he was an assistant supervisor. That means his name came up in the credits larger than before. Mothers notice things like that. So do dads. Jon elbowed...

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My Mother and My Middle Finger

My Mother and My Middle Finger

I gave my middle finger to a particularly deserving driver and my mother (sitting in the passenger seat) about had a heart attack. Her generation valued “being a lady.” Mine decided “ladies” don’t get noticed/make history/climb the corporate ladder/etc. etc. . . . you get the idea. As a child, I was not supposed to be dramatic. Drama was for others with fewer manners. That was usually phrased as “a less...

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Fairy Godmothers, Disney Princesses, and a Big Question

Fairy Godmothers, Disney Princesses, and a Big Question

I’ve just finished a book I’m calling PAY ATTENTION TO THE FAIRY GODMOTHER. Title comes from a twist my grandmother gave the ending of the  Cinderella story. At the end of that classic tale, she would sit back and say, “The prince is nice. Nothing better than a fine, handsome prince. But YOU pay attention to the fairy godmother; she’s the one who got things done.” Here’s the thing. She was my fairy godmother....

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Mothers, Stories, and the Gift Economy

Mothers, Stories, and the Gift Economy

Opened my email this morning and found several suggestions for remembering Mother’s Day–flowers (of course), a BOSE Radio, AirRibs, Godiva chocolates, a Mother’s Wisdom deck of cards (not sure what that is exactly), an Audiobook, and some kind of solar powered dancing flower knickknack. Not going there. With the recession, supporting the consumer economy is not a bad idea. However, I don’t think we talk enough about the...

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