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Words More Sustaining Than Money

Words Keep Me Going

Thank you, generous gentleman. (I blurred his name because he’s a private sort of fellow.)

You can make a tax-deductible donation, too. While you’re there, why don’t you leave a note.

Birds of A Life’s Work

Like most people, birds fascinate me. I’m not a birder, not even close, but I enjoy listening to and looking at them. I also enjoy filming them, when they’ll cooperate, which isn’t often. Working with cats and kids are a cakewalk compared to birds.

Here are some shots the cinematographers of A Life’s Work captured. The first two minutes were shot by Wolfgang Held in Copemish and Manistee, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, and Cordes Junction (Arcosanti), Arizona. I shot the next thirty seconds at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.* Andy Bowley shot the remainder of the clip at the Allen Telescope Array in Hat Creek, California. There is sound throughout, but it’s very quiet. The first shots were taken from inside looking out, so you won’t hear any chirping or squawking or feather-rustling or nothing.

It was fun putting this clip together and I find it very soothing to watch. I tried to tell a little story with the SETI footage.

What do you make of it? Do you have a favorite shot?

And if any of you birders out there would care to identify some of these beauties, please leave a comment here or on Facebook or send me a direct message. Thanks.

* My lame shots have no business being sandwiched between such fine work, but I like the sound of grackles, so I decided to use that footage.

In addition to monetary help, there are many ways you can support A Life’s Work. Why not consider being a part of  the film’s growing community.

It’s a Nostalgia Kind of Day

Today is my birthday so you’ll excuse me if I’m feeling a little nostalgic. Here are some photos of things from my childhood that I still own.

This may be the first photograph I took. It’s of my family on their summer beach holiday. I believe I took it because I’m the only one not in it.



Here’s a photo of me with the Kodak 8mm movie camera.

The director with his signature confused expression holding a movie camera he still owns. With brother George and first best friend, Prince.
The director with his signature confused expression holding a movie camera he still owns. With brother George and first best friend, Prince.

And here are some moving images that little movie camera captured.

You can see  some of the View Master Project Apollo images here. They are wonderful dioramas.

You can hear transmissions from the Mercury flights at NASA’s Connect Sounds site.

As far as spiders, well, take a look around. But don’t kill them because they’re really our friends.

Do you still have things you owned as a child? What are they?

If you want to contribute to A Life’s Work, you can do so via the New York Foundation for the Arts. Donating is easy ($5 – to you name it!) and that money will be earmarked for this film, spent responsibly, and will be a tax deduction for you.

There are other ways you can support A Life’s Work that don’t involve money. Why not do it? It won’t hurt.