Aanii / Boozhoo!!
All backers have gotten their Thank you cards, Artworks and Books!
We still need to issue a few more items - the Colouring Book and CD of the story being read in the language.
Both Brita and Isadore will be working on the CD but have had to take a break due to Brita's father passing away and Isadore working on his full time job as a teacher now that it is Fall 2012. Cecelia is working on her craft in Manistee, Michigan.
It has been a very sad August for Brita and losing the man that lifted her up to attend college, partake in and excel in swimming sports, pursue the arts and follow her dreams has been a huge loss. James Brookes was a metallurgist that worked the assembly lines of Detroit to attend college, after that he enlisted in the US Navy, finishing college on the GI Bill. Jim lost both of his parents at the age of 18. With a Mom from Cornwall, UK and Perth, Australia and a Dad from Belfast, Ireland Jim used that strong blood in his veins to carry on. His father was an artist and his grandfather painted at the Royal College of Art in the UK. Many of their landscape paintings of Cornwall and also Walled Lake, Michigan in the 1930's and 40's have been in the museums of Detroit including the Detroit Institute of Arts. Jim worked in the automotive parts industry as a plant manager and labor negotiator for over 40 years. James always respected others no matter what their social status, from the janitor to the executive he had a listening ear and became skilled at working as a middle man negotiating complex contracts, labor relations and in healing labor grievances- not an easy job! It was a huge testament to his character that his co-workers and bosses from over 20 years ago came to his memorial and spoke. How often does that happen?
Jim always prompted me to keep writing stories from kids books to short stories- and I was able to honor him by writing a story for his eulogy that had the room in tears. I will keep his memory alive and continue to work on my writing and storytelling!
Please stay tuned as we will soon be scheduling a time to complete these last two tasks and you have our word that we will mail the items out!
In the meantime enjoy this beautiful Fall Harvest season and tell the ones you're with you love them- G'zaagin !
Miigwetch, Brita Brookes, FOUR Colours Productions