Coming Soon!

by Linda McLean on January 19, 2016

As soon as our videographer/editor Shane clears a big hurdle and fires up his editing equipment again, we’ll be creating our first Little Pearl in a long time. Capturing Jana and Seth’s adoption of Zi from China, the working title is “Love Makes a Family.” Fingers crossed for next week!

Zi & family 7-15


Watch. Love. Give. – December 6, 2015

by Linda McLean on December 6, 2015

Check out our December 6, 2015 newsletter, including some sweet photos!

Three new Pearls coming with our little boys Ben, Zi and Julian:

Ben with stuffed dogs, smiling 11-15


Zi with Jove 10-30-15     Julian & Amber 12-26-15

And marine biologist Carrie Newell, her whale-loving old dog Kida and me, during an interview in the harbor at Depoe Bay, Oregon:

Kida, Carrie and me in harbor 9-15


What’s So Special about Little Pearls?

December 2, 2015

For our sweet fundraiser in September, we updated our descriptors for people new to Little Pearls: Little Pearls are “tiny films” that open hearts and minds, inspiring authentic connection and compassionate action on behalf of all living beings. All Little Pearls capture the essence of those on camera, yet they also evoke what is universal […]

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Watch. Love. Give. ~ Giving Tuesday

December 1, 2015

Though Little Pearls is not officially part of ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬ yet, we are a small 501(c)(3) non-profit that welcomes donations. We have most of the footage for up to four new Pearls and need support to complete filming AND creating them. WATCH. LOVE. GIVE. Thanks!

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A New Look!

November 18, 2015

Here’s our new ad, appearing soon in the Mountain Xpress nonprofit issue and in WNC Woman. Designed by Emily Tomasik, a new friend to Little Pearls, with input from our long-term web goddess and graphics person Julie Parker and me. It’s very different, and I really like it! What do YOU think?  

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Filming Julian for “The Wonder of Little Boys”

September 14, 2015

Julian’s first birthday, 9-13-15 ~ falling asleep with icing in his face. We just filmed his party and we’ll film again when he’s a little older. I hope we’ll have some footage, along with Ben’s and Zi’s, at our event on Thursday night. There is so much love in this little one’s life!

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One Week till our Party for New Pearls!

September 10, 2015

Here’s the link to this short newsletter. Not long to go!

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New details on September 17 Sneak Peek Party

September 9, 2015

The original post: Sneak Peek Party September 17 with updates below: Schedule: The party is from 7-9 or so. Kat Williams will perform from 7:30-8:30.  Confirmed food donors so far: The Renaissance, Posana, Blue Mountain Pizza, Trader Joe’s in Asheville, West Village Market and The Fresh Market, with desserts from Well Bred Bakery, True Confections and Old Europe. We will have wine […]

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Sneak Peek Party & New Pearls!

August 20, 2015

Here is the link to our latest e-newsletter, with details about the September 17 fundraiser for new Pearls, the “Wonder of Little Boys” Pearls, a Whale Pearl and more. Join us as we really getting going again!    

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“Sneak Peek” Party September 17!

August 10, 2015

Little Pearls Sneak Peek Party Join in the Magic! Thursday, September 17, 7-9 pm 128 Flint Street in Montford, near downtown Asheville   FEATURING: Music & Stories by the Divine Kat Williams, from 7:30 – 8:30  Preview footage for new “tiny films” on The Wonder of Little Boys Our Little Boys and their families Great company […]

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Filming Again

May 22, 2015

After five months of intense work on my old house, there’s finally room to start on new Little Pearls: Clearing Out, Gearing Up! Here are Ben, Zi and Julian, full of wonder as they move from babyhood to boyhood.

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Wonder, Joy & Little Boys

December 24, 2014

Dancing with what is, even disappointment: the Whale Pearl will have to wait until next summer or fall. What’s emerging now is something that’s been in my mind for awhile, waiting for the time to be right. Check out our short e-newsletter.  This will be fun! Wonder, Joy & Little Boys

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A Whale of a Pearl!

October 2, 2014

Finally, Little Pearls is coming back into itself again. Check out what’s happening AND a new Pearl soon ~ fingers, toes, paws and tail flukes crossed! A Whale of a Pearl! Kida and Whales, Depoe Bay, Oregon, September 2014 Gray Whale Tail by Carrie Newell, Depoe Bay, Oregon  

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Coming Back to Life

March 18, 2014

Finally, it’s Almost-Spring, and Little Pearls and I are both coming back to life! Check it out in our March newsletter, the first in several months.

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Little Pearls & Blue Mountain Pizza = A Marvelous March!

March 7, 2014

Blue Mountain Pizza in Weaverville, NC is celebrating its 10th anniversary by giving away $10,000 in money and prizes during the month of March, including a trip for two to Rome!  This big, creative celebration includes supporting four local non-profits, based on daily balloting by patrons.  Little Pearls is one of those grateful non-profits. Blue Mountain […]

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Glimmers & Gratitude

November 23, 2013

Here is the first e-newsletter in 6 months ~ glimmers of energy for Little Pearls and life are finally returning:  Glimmers & Gratitude  

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Person of the Week on WLOS-TV, 11-8-13

November 9, 2013

Larry Blunt, warm and wonderful anchor for WLOS-TV in Asheville, NC did a GREAT story on us for his Person of the Week segment last night!  They are having serious web server issues, so the only way to see it now is via their YouTube link here:  Linda McLean: WLOS Person of the Week 11-8-13 […]

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Coming Back

November 8, 2013

It’s been eleven months since my husband died, and I have barely touched Little Pearls.  Grieving takes tremendous energy.  As I’ve actively lived and worked with grief, my energy has finally begun to shift.  I’m coming back to life, into something new. Two items of note, in serendipitous timing: Just as our Board and I were discussing how to do year-end […]

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Here Comes the Sun

May 9, 2013

Little Pearls is skimming along without much attention as I move into this new world after my husband’s death. Blue Mountain Pizza is fundraising for us in May, though, so it was definitely time for another newsletter:  Here Comes the Sun – enjoy! This is a new photo of me, spent during a long April weekend […]

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Always in My Heart

February 18, 2013

Since my husband Jim died on December 11, I have had minimal energy to give to Little Pearls.  Here, finally, is a newsletter, which is a tribute to Jim, to Little Pearls and to love:  Always in My Heart

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