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January 31, 2011
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January 31, 2011
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Little Pearls' short films is an art form that seeks to enlighten, engage, lift and strengthen. They are films that educate, inspire, and draw deep on emotions. I especially love the dog pearls, because animals sheltering and rescue are my passion. To see the dogs romping in open fields with such great joy, and also to see "Spirit Dog" about those who have left us, was an amazing experience. I watched them over and over, and I will do so again, especially when I or a friend loses a beloved pet. The director of Little Pearls, Linda McLean, is one of the most soulful, spiritual, gracious and loving people I know. I treasure her and respect her work. She is one of the main reasons I contribute to Lillte Pearls.

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I have been impacted by the emotions elicited by the Little Pearls as well as the educational components.

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Try to get Little Pearls into more hands and hearts.

January 30, 2011
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January 30, 2011
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You cannot watch a Little Pearls film without smiling. You can't help it as you see a child's gleeful laughter while painting, two dogs joyfullybounding through a field of flowers, or a sweet baby smiling as she explores her world. Little Pearls films do exactly what they are intended to do. Spread the love and compassion for others.

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January 29, 2011
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January 29, 2011
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Over the years, I've been involved in many non-profit organizations. It's hard to put my finger on what - specifically - is different about Little Pearls. Really, it's not just one thing, but many.

Starting with its founders. Two amazing women with a vision.
Two creative, generous
souls who saw the need for more positive messages in a trepidatious world

I've had the wonderful opportunity to befriend them both and to spend time with, assist, and observe Linda McClean, the amazingly dedicated, hardworking director. I bear witness to the long hours and selfless perseverance she contributes to this beautiful organization every...single...day.

With tireless and irrepressible devotion, she takes our positive visions and shapeshifts them into works of art - short enough to fit any media slot, with so much beauty that they bring tears to the eyes of children of all ages. (My mom, who's 88, will attest to that!)
Tears - happy, caring tears - in our eyes - through which we are able to catch a glimpse of a better future.
I've had the opportunity to be part of the creative process and to witness - from the brainstorming of an idea to the finishing touches - the creation of a Pearl. What a gift!

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Two "little pearls" are especially dear to my heart. Aslan, a noble white shepherd and my companion of 10 years, was to play a starring role in both. Sadly, he died just before the filming was to begin. His son Tucker was asked to stand in for him. Though he had been a shy dog all his life, he truly blossomed in his role as Spirit Dog. A few months later, he too made his transition to the realm of spirit. It means so much to me to have my beloved companions immortalized in these beautiful videos.

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I would do some major fundraising, knowing that all donations would be flowing through loving hands into the direct creation of beautiful films carrying uplifting messages. I would also wrangle a hardy staff of devout volunteers to share in that creation.

January 29, 2011
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January 29, 2011
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Little Pearls is not little in the effects it produces in the people who watch. It's BIG. It has a calming, peaceful, hopeful, stimulate- one- to- help- more effect. These pearls call us to be better folks, neighbors, friends to animals and others,not to judge.....to believe there is good in the world, more good than we see, but the current of it is right there flowing along......and their staff is harvesting rich pearls from the stream.

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Sitting down in a depressed or irritable mood, and viewing a pearl, can bring me back to a better place...reboot me, so to speak. And it has had the same effect on every one I have shared the site with, brings out the "better angels" in us all.

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Wave a wand for it to be bigger, out where everyone knows to watch..

January 28, 2011
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January 28, 2011
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In a world plagued by big problems, we sometimes convince ourselves that there's nothing we can really do to solve them. "Little" solutions, however, are sometimes exactly what the situation calls for. Little Pearls makes small films that make a huge difference in peoples' perceptions and attitudes. Through Little Pearls, those otherwise "big" problems begin to melt away. I urge your support of this wonderful organization.

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I've seen firsthand how these Little Pearls films change attitudes toward those who are elderly, those who are challenged with physical and mental limitations. These films will open your eyes while opening your heart.

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I would love to seem them endowed with more funds so that their Little Pearls films could gain an even wider audience.

January 28, 2011
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January 28, 2011
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They helped me undstand all the things that go into making a 10mim tv spot.

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They chose my

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That they get more money to make more Little and Big Pearls

January 27, 2011
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January 27, 2011
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Singing dogs. Baby owls. School children. Gentle-spirited farmers reaching out to other farmers. A young woman who, even disabled, has learned to dance. An old woman whose rich laughter speaks of an equally rich life. Each pearl is part of a long and lovely string of pearls that has, is, and will continue to touch and enrich lives. Mine included.

These tiny films, crafted with such loving artistry, are gifts to a world longing to believe in something better.

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sharing the Pearls with others.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to find more ways in which to get other excited about what Little Pearls is trying do. We live in a "reality show" world and the pearls often get overlooked.

January 27, 2011
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January 27, 2011
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As a professor who teaches environmental and cultural studies, I use Little Pearls to demonstrate that positive storytelling is vital to creating sustainable and just futures. Little Pearls 'mini-films' are successful in creating powerful storylines and images within a very short time frame. The films remind us what is important in life, and in our communities, including how animals are part of our communities. I believe that, with additional financial support, Little Pearls should be produced with subtitles in many languages so that others around the world can enjoy them. [perhaps not the Sept 11 Pearls.]

Little Pearls are important sources of light, joy and hope in a world that often seems too dark, especially for young people.

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Little Pearls bring joy to me as well as to the students who see them in my classes. Young adults, especially those studying environmental and social justice issues, wear the weight of what is wrong with the world very heavily on their young shoulders. Little Pearls remind them of what is right in the world and that older adults are in the journey to make change along with them.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Adequately fund it so that more Little Pearls could be made and distributed (especially with subtitles, as discussed above)

January 27, 2011
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January 27, 2011
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Little Pearls opens the hearts and souls of all who see the beautiful, love-filled vignettes. In a world where bad news rules, Little Pearls offers the flip side to the sadness - and makes us all believe in the power of love.

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Firsthand experiences.

Ways to make it better...

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Give them enough money to fill the world with love!

January 27, 2011
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January 27, 2011
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Little Pearls has done a great job of reaching out to the folks who live in Western North Carolina and touching their hearts and minds through their compelling short videos.

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Seeing the way folks respond to the videos

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Get their work out to a larger audience

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