The Documentary has Dropped! (Plus TEDx & Reddit AMA)
I hope you are well. This is an exciting moment for the Stories of Elders project. The documentary is finally live and sharable online! Here is the link.... Read more
Hardcover and Paperback now available!
We're ten days away from the Book Release Party and I can hardly wait! Several elders have already RSVP'd and will be signing the book with me at the... Read more
Cover Art, PreSale, & Release Party, oh my!
It's finally here!!! I hope you like the cover art! After a LOT of back and forth, I'm very pleased. The inside design is also coming along very nicely.
PreSale... Read more
Please Vote for Stories of Elders at SXSW!
As we're drawing nearer to presale (yes that's what I said!) and release of this fine book which you all have so generously helped make a reality, I... Read more
Recording the Audiobook
I've been in the studio for a few weeks, now, recording the audiobook. It's an adventure - one that I don't feel is my forte. Still, it is a necessary... Read more
Cover Options are Here!
I'm delighted to invite you to help with the first round of cover options for the book. I have posted them on Facebook and you can find them... Read more
We have a publisher!
Hello to my amazing Backers!
I am extremely proud and excited to announce that "Stories of Elders: What the Greatest Generation Knows About Technology That You Don't" now has a... Read more
Editing, editing, editing.
I've been working on editing nearly every day since mid-July. The book is over 70,000 words long, and getting longer with these edits. I can't wait to present you with... Read more
Second Draft Complete!!!
Today I hit a major milestone. After a self-imposed writers retreat weekend and two early mornings since, I have finished the second draft (the first digital draft) of the book.... Read more
Ever Wondered How They Developed Spy Satellites?
I'm writing the second draft of the chapter about Weapons and just loved the talk I had with Edwin Gould. He engineered the first spy satellites... Read more
How we're losing our humanity - new podcast episode.
As I dive in to the second draft of the book, I must transcribe excerpts from the interviews. This presents the perfect opportunity to restart the podcast!... Read more
First Draft Done!
As you can see, I'm stoked. It took a lot to get this far, and I'm excited for round two. I found a LGBTQ-identifying elder to interview, and have a... Read more
Grand Rapids Magazine
Wahoo! The book was mentioned in the June issue of Grand Rapids Magazine! Buy one while you can. They're going like hotcakes (all because of the book, of course...). Or... Read more
New Article! Whee!
HerStry has posted a new article about the book! Read it! Love it! It's so great... (partly because I wrote it... :O)
Family Kits are Here!
Last week I launched the pilot program for the Family Interview Kit. As you know, I value diversity a LOT and it's critical to both the project and book's ability... Read more
Beginning the Book
Well, folks, it has been a heck of a journey. I got home early December, had a little time to decompress before crashing into the holiday, and finally have come... Read more
Thought You All Would Love to Meet This Sister
I'm in New York City, on my way to Rhode Island tomorrow. From there, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Eastern New York, and then *drumroll* home!
I'd like for you... Read more
Video Update TODAY
Sorry it's so late!
Today at NOON CST I will be doing a live video update on Periscope. Download the app on your phone and tune in to ask me... Read more
I just wrapped up at Hope Meadows in Rantoul, IL. This is the first Generations of Hope location, partnering seniors with foster families. The elders are amazing, and there was... Read more
I leave tomorrow! First, onward to Detroit to interview 93-year-old twins. Stay tuned for the launch of the Podcast, videos taken on a donated GoPro, and way, way more!!!
A quick update
Sorry for being quiet. I just sent out an eBlast with the latest plans. I suggest subscribing to the email list so you don't miss anything after I... Read more
We did it!!!
And Kickstarter didn't even notify me. But there are two stretch goals and Alaska and Hawaii are waiting. Please make these last two days a final push toward those goals.
Fantastic Blog Post about the Project!
Check it out! This morning we were featured in the HerStry blog. Not only is this exciting, it features the first draft of the introduction for the BOOK! I can't... Read more
Kay McComb, 94, of Grand Rapids
This is Kay. She's 94, living at Villa Maria in Grand Rapids. We found her on accident - I was looking for another Kay (who'd left us a rescheduling message... Read more
Let your voice be heard!
You've made it clear you believe in this project - you backed it! With four days to go, let's make a roar so others know it, too.
Use that smartphone... Read more
We just passed the $4k mark, with six days to go. Remember this is all-or-nothing -- now is the time to share like crazy.
To update you on the project:... Read more
I was introduced, yesterday, to two gentlemen who live in New Hampshire and are WWII hobbyists. They have met many veterans, and have agreed to introduce me when I get... Read more
Iowa just hit the Map!
Some of the middle states have been really hard for me to network to. I just don't have many friends living there. But today, a friend connected me to her... Read more
Inside Scoop: Why Publish?
I'm posting this video at 2pm, today, making you guys the first to see it! In this Inside Scoop video, I describe why I strongly believe that publishing this work... Read more
We're a Staff Pick!!!
I don't usually post two updates in one day, but...
We're a Staff Pick!!! This means that the project has been liked by Kickstarter, and they find it so inspiring... Read more
Let's Talk Stretch Goals
What are Stretch Goals?
Stretch goals are additional levels of funding that provide the project with a greater ability to function (in this case, get to the islands and territories).... Read more
We're a Nonprofit - what!?
Last week I filed the papers to make Untold Stories a nonprofit - and we were approved!!! So much more is in the works. Get ready folks, this is getting... Read more
We made it! Halfway funded at the halfway point. Whew!
It's not over yet - keep hustlin'. Send the link out to your friends and tell them why you backed... Read more
Hawaii is now on the map!!!
I am so excited to say that Hawaii is now on the map!!! I got a yes today from the family.
The caveat, however, is that we MUST be... Read more
Shelley Irwin Interview
Just before the Launch Party, I spoke with Shelley Irwin on the WGVU morning show. I hate my voice, but am excited about the press. Here's the link: http://wgvunews.org/post/untold-stories-project
Keep... Read more
We're coming up on the halfway point. If the project isn't half funded by then, it will be really hard for the campaign to end successfully.
Thus, I've decided... Read more
This week I completed my 33rd interview. I also got a yes from TWINS in Detroit! My plan is to head that way in the coming weeks, so if you... Read more
Yesterday the project was featured in Rapid Growth Media's Innovation News. The link is in the Press section of the project, and can also be viewed here: http://www.rapidgrowthmedia.com/innovationnews/0827untold.aspx
Share the... Read more
Meet Dot + new Inside Scoop
Dot Hornsby is one of the coolest women I know (though I think that of most of the elders... ). Her husband died suddenly in the 90's. To cope, she... Read more
The entire state of California is on the map!
I know that sounds lofty, so let me clarify. The School of Continuing Education out of Orange County is on board, and will refer elders throughout the state of California... Read more
New Inside Scoop Video - Stories I'm Finding
I was asked what kinds of stories I'm looking for. Really, I can't say, anymore - the people I've talked with have blown my socks off every time. There's no... Read more
We broke $1k! And put Philly on the map.
This morning I was pleasantly greeted by the campaign having broken $1k. That's a huge leap - 20% of the initial goal, 10% of the total. Thank you!
Late yesterday... Read more
Phoenix, AZ and Madison, WI just hit the map!
If you haven't seen the map of people I will interview once I kick off the national journey, you should take... Read more
The launch party was phenomenal. We had three elders at the event, and seven amazing sponsors who made giving even more exciting! Thank you to everyone who leapt toward the... Read more