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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Catching up

November has been busy for A Little Something. We've been meeting with members in small groups to distribute supplies and help with technical skills. Although this is efficient, it's not as good at team-building as our all-women meetings. It is, however, a lot of fun and just as hectic as getting together in large groups.

Getting the technical details right continues to be a challenge for the women. Crimps are poorly affixed or used incorrectly, the new earring findings seem to be confusing, and making turned loops and wrapped loops continue to be problematic. On the upside, the women have come a long way in developing their sense of design and using color. Most of the jewelry is really quite pretty. Htee Ku Paw is very open-minded about adapting her weaving designs to American tastes and uses. The Bhutanese knitters are making gorgeous hats and scarves.

We have amazing, wonderful, patient, go-with-the-flow volunteers, and without them we couldn't do what we do. Thanks Michelle, Carol, Jean, Ginny, and Amanda! I hope I didn't forget anyone.

Here are some recent photos of life with A Little Something...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Our media Monday

Following the loss of Haiffaa, we were presented with the opportunity to work with two local journalists in telling Haiffaa's story. To access Haiffaa's news story via the NBC news Website, click here. You can also click the "play" icon and watch it here.

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Leanne Gregg from MSNBC spent many hours over the course of a weeks researching, coordinating, writing and filming a story about Haiffaa and the lives she touched.

Megan Verlee from Colorado Public Radio also worked on a story for about a week, and went to four different locations to conduct interviews and gather the sounds of Haiffaa's world in Denver. She met with the A Little Something Team at our HQ--the basement of Sharon's house.

The Colorado Public Radio interview ran in drive time three times, so there is no doubt that many people heard this story.

To hear the story yourself, click here. Windows Media Player will launch and the story should play automatically. If you experience technical difficulty, click here and select the story from 11/16. The piece is about five minutes long.

(Above left: Katrina and Susan being interviewed. Above right, Colorado Public Radio at work.)