Thank you to new donors

In an effort to keep the list of donors current I am adding some names here, with gratitude.: Betty Fishman, Laura Cottril, Stuart and Leslie Werner, Karolyn and Howard Holler, Richard and Joy Unsworth and Barbara Collum.

Responses to the film: May 2012

What a story you have told in your film-a terrifying one, that you were able to turn into a positive. One can only imagine the feeling of loss for what could not be saved and the expenditure of energy and time and effort involved in “Renewal”. I wish you success with the film on the film festival circuit.

Mary Fran Townsend

Yesterday, Joy and I watched your DVD–Fire Ruin Renewal. It has been put together in an excellent fashion and in a way that carries those who watch into the story itself. It happens that two dear friends of ours were burned out that day and in such a hurry that they could not drive their car or pay the least attention to the contents of their house. They simply ran.Many of us sent clothing or household goods and books, books, books. We could feel in some measure what they went through. Thank you.

Richard Unsworth

May Screening at Smith College Reunion


I have just returned from a very special Class Reunion at Smith College. We had over 100 classmates convene for a weekend over the Memorial Day Holiday. On Friday, I screened my film for the class and led a discussion about disasters and survival. The film has proved to be a metaphor for making the best of a tough situation—and who of us at this age has not had to do that?! I sensed a mellow flavor to our lives now. Many of these women have had to deal with not only an illness, but also the illness of a spouse. Several could not leave a husband overnight to come to the reunion.. I felt humbled by the many stories honestly told in conversations here and there over the several days. We expressed our gratitude for each day and for our solid friendships, so many of them begun in our undergraduate years. I was honored to be asked to share Fire Ruin Renewal at such a significant event with so many friends who knew me from those four years.