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  • Brigit Law 10:09 pm on May 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , media, School newspaper, Story,   

    An Elementary School Newspaper Success Story 

    So glad to see that my school newspaper program ‘The Scottie Chronicle’ received local media attention today. It is the first school newspaper in the Chambersburg Elementary School District.

    http://www.publicopiniononline.com/news/ci_23244062/scotland-schools-pupils-apply-english-skills-publish-newspaper

    It is crucial that everyone receives tools to get heard, even the smallest creatures in our community.

     
  • Brigit Law 9:57 pm on August 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , observer, relocation, Story, storyteller   

    Meet Me, Meet The Observer 

    What would you be if you had moved home and country every three years for the last 20 years? When you lived longer abroad than home? You would be like me:  a community Observer.

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  • Brigit Law 5:49 pm on July 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Change Management, , , Julia Roberts, , Mona Lisa, Story   

    Change comes … naturally. 

    Just like the equestrian world is talking about natural horsemanship, the managerial world should start talking (more) about natural change management.

    I just watched the film Mona Lisa smile on TV, a film set in 1953 with Julia Roberts as the art teacher Ms Watson who tries to inspire conservative young women in the 1950s to reach beyond their role as housewife, go to university and become leaders in society. Ms Watson, who used art to help her students to think out of the box, was desperate to make a change, but almost failed because of driving it too hard.

    I did not know the film, nor that it would be on TV tonight. So, it felt a real treat that I bumped onto this great movie among the tons of stuff I don’t like on TV.

    The beauty of this film comes at the end. The film follows the great classic storytelling technique with a clear moral and message for society where people (women) can relate to for years to come. People’s ‘wanting’ was trying to overshadow people’s ‘being’ and the ‘conscious & controlled behavior’ tried to win from the ‘subconscious & natural behavior’.

    Fortunately, the latter won. As the film says at the end:

    Don’t try to hard too make a change. Just be true to yourself and change will come …, naturally.

     
  • Brigit Law 4:21 pm on June 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Leith Hall, Story,   

    Balls of Steel in Storytelling 

    I just read an article from The Writers Store that one need balls of steel to get a story out (ref. The Writers Store). Whilst this may be true, it seems to me that one needs only feather light balls for closing doors to a story.

    Recently, the doors to Leith Hall – a beautiful 17th century Scottish laird’s residence overlooking some of Aberdeenshire’s finest rolling countryside in Scotland – were closed. Most probably because of lack of money or using the wrong pair of balls.

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  • Brigit Law 10:32 pm on May 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Story, Summer Reading Program   

    Summer Reading improves Creative Minds at Scotland Elementary 

    Dr Seuss, Walt Disney and Shakespeare: these are the three protagonists in the new Summer Reading Hand Book 2012 that I created in my new capacity of PTA chairperson for the Summer Reading Program 2012 at Scotland Elementary in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

    Over 400 copies are ready to go out to all students during this week’s Scholastic Book Fair.

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    • themysticmom 1:50 pm on May 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      So proud to know you and all this hard work! You are AMAZING! (Plus, thinking on a grand scale might be another thing we have in common! Remind me to tell you THAT story another time… :))

    • DeniseDenkt 2:50 pm on May 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      What a beautiful and inspiring project is this! We should have that here in Holland too.
      I’m sure that all children will like this!

  • Brigit Law 11:40 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: doodle, images, Story   

    Unfamiliar story more enjoyable after looking at appealing images 

    “Simply looking at images of food that appeals to you can make something taste better, according to a new study by scientists at the Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland.”

    I guess one could imagine this reasoning applies to story reading too.

    Our eyes are a hugely important instrument for communication.

    Eye contact with image processes important emotional information to us. People, often without consciously doing so, probe images or positive or negative moodsigns, just like in eye-to-eye contact with other human faces.

    What’s more is that eyes send images to our brains. By providing images in addition to text, we can influence and make it more easy for our eyes to understand the text or what is being said. A side note however, if that we need to make sure that we do not overkill with images so our brains become lazy and loose the ability to think creatively.

    Our eyes are our visual system. Our eyes visualize the written or spoken story. In particular those which are still unfamiliar to us.

    So, if you are keen to transmit or digest new information and knowledge this week, make sure you get a stories with taste and clear vision.

    Have a delicious Doodle week!

     
  • Brigit Law 12:25 am on February 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Herald Mail, , Shippensburg, Spike Lee, Story,   

    An Evening With Spike Lee 

    I am marking another American experience tonight: my evening with Spike Lee!

    Spike Lee is an American film director, producer, writer and actor. With his production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, he has been producing films since 1983. Lee is famous for the way he evolutionized the role of Black talent in cinema. Lee also directed commercials for Nike, Converse, Jaguar, Taco Bell and Ben & Jerry’s.

    Our meeting was not quite up close and personal, but with seat number J-109 in an almost sold out hall of the Luhrs Performing Arts Center in Schippensburg (PA) where he lectured about “The Cultural Diversity in America”, it was as good as it could get.

    As my friends know, everything that has to do with diversity has my attention. Since I left my home village in The Netherlands, I have been different myself. First and foremost as a country girl in a big city, but also as a Dutch girl living in other people’s countries and as a Dutch wife to a Scottish husband. Diversity is part of my daily life since I left home at 18 and it will be for children for whole their lives.

    Lee’s performance in Shippensburg tonight was great.  He is a wonderful and motivational speaker who tackles serious issues – the life of African-Americans – with a good sense of humor. He urged students to follow passion, not pay. To this end, Lee was happy to share his own personal experiences and challenges in life with his public, in particular his vision that you should choose a study and do a job you enjoy doing no matter what others (parents) say. “If you are driven in wanting to do something, do it!” was his advice to the public.

    However, his view on the stagnation of Afro-Americans can be disputed. Lee sees a stagnation in the life of African-Americans since the 40s when Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in her role as a maid in ‘Gone with the Wind’ and today, annu 2012, when African-Americans win again Academy Awards through actors Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer who played … maids again. To me this seems more a sign of stagnation in the life of women who are in a sleepy state of mind since the time of the suffragettes. At lease the African-Americans got their American President, the female society not (yet).

    I was also a bit disappointed about his answer to a young African-American guy in the public who explained his difficulties to make films due to lack of finance and closed doors in Hollywood. His answer was to persevere and to keep on believing in yourself and your drive (dream). My answer would be a question: where are the African-American businesses that should support African-American culture? It is not up to the ‘old’ Hollywood and its white face history to write and direct the screen plays that bring diversity in America to life. A drive is based on an emotional need, an urge and a passion. This can only be told through stories with with award winning roles of leaders in society played, written and produced by African-Americans themselves.

    In fact, it is all about empowering yourself to succeed with a group of people through ‘shared values’. A concept that focuses on the connections between societal and economic progress.

     
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