Whale Dog Filming Today

by Linda McLean on 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 camera and editing work for Little Pearls almost from the beginning, is out there filming today before he and his family fly back to Asheville from vacation. I’ve known these whales for 40 years and Kida’s interactions with them will make a GREAT Little Pearl. Send good vibes!!!

Kida on the ocean after jaw surgery May 2016


Direct link to our new Little Pearl

by Linda McLean on April 19, 2016

Zi still with Jana at Nat Center, close

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

Zi still in Seth's arms at home



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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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!

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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:

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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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