More Julian, please!

by Linda McLean on September 15, 2016


Julian was much younger than Ben and Zi when we filmed him a year ago for the Little Boy Wonder Pearl. We’ve been waiting for him to get old enough to film again, though that’s been a challenge because he doesn’t live here. Now he’s 2 already ~ look at this charmer! We want more Julian!!!



Kida and the Whales

by Linda McLean on September 8, 2016


We’re still waiting for footage from marine biologist Carrie Newell and zodiac Captain Al of Whale Research Eco Excursions to add to the footage that Portland, Oregon cameraman Ben Nieves and Asheville cameraman Shane Peters have taken of old dog Kida and the whales she’s loved her whole, long life.

These are images of Carrie and Kida on a zodiac, from my late July time in Depoe Bay, Oregon.


Kida is 15 1/2 and dealing with the removal of the front lower half of her jaw from cancer last spring. She tires more easily now, yet she’s still passionate about living and working with Carrie and the California gray whales of Depoe Bay. She’s a role model for me!




Whale Dog Filming Today

July 25, 2016

This is our Oregon coast whale dog Kida in May, weeks after her extensive jaw surgery for cancer. She’s a 15 1/2 year old big dog who loves her job so much that she’s still determined to go out searching for whales with her marine biologist Carrie Newell. Our friend Shane Peters, who has done […]

Read the full article →

Direct link to our new Little Pearl

April 19, 2016

Here’s the direct link to Love Creates a Family, Connected Across the World.  Soak in the love!  

Read the full article →

A NEW Little Pearl is Born!

April 14, 2016

Here’s the scoop in our newsletter, about Love Creates a Family, Connected Across the World. There’s also news about new Pearls to come: up to three with our little boys:    and one with Kida and her Whales.

Read the full article →

TA-DA! Here is Zi’s Little Pearl!

April 12, 2016

With great relief after so many delays, I’m thrilled to share Love Creates a Family, Connected Across the World!   The links to the Pearl on both Vimeo and YouTube are here, as well as the background story, Zi’s lullaby, the beautiful video of Jana and Seth’s trip to China, the red thread quote, photos […]

Read the full article →

SO close!

March 31, 2016

  This is an image of Jana and Seth about 1 1/2 years ago, waiting with expectant-yet-empty arms to bring their baby Zi home from China. Their Little Pearl is very close to being done, though it’s experienced delay after delay after delay ~ all related to availability and scheduling with editing, audio and graphics […]

Read the full article →

Great audio for the next Little Pearl, as of today!

February 26, 2016

We finally had our audio recording session today for the new Little Pearl on adoption! Jana and Seth Kellam laid down guitar and vocal tracks with Josh Blake at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville ~ so much fun! Then, a short visit with Zi and both his parents.  We’re getting close to the first […]

Read the full article →

Trying to be patient….

February 17, 2016

The initial draft of our new Little Pearl about Zi and his family is FULL of love ~ I wish we could share it now! We have to wait a bit longer, though, to record the song again in a sound studio, and then a few more edits. I’m trying to be patient ~ that’s […]

Read the full article →

Coming Soon!

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!

Read the full article →

Watch. Love. Give. – December 6, 2015

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

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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!

Read the full article →

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?  

Read the full article →

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!

Read the full article →

One Week till our Party for New Pearls!

September 10, 2015

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

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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!    

Read the full article →

“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 […]

Read the full article →

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.

Read the full article →