The Genius of Caring

by Mirabel Pictures / WeOwnTV
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Happy Spring to our wonderful GlobalGiving Community,

April will always be a special month for our family and begins what we called 'birthday season.' My mother's birthday opened the season on April 12th; my sister Devon followed later in April, then all the boys in May. This has remained true with many of the next generations of birthdays, but to all of us, my Mom's b-day still opens the season ;) 

This June will mark six years since I lost my mom. Many friends had suggested I read Joan Didion’s, The Year of Magical Thinking much earlier in my grieving process, but I had not been ready. But this past year was different, and I dove in - I found it excruciating, necessary, beautiful, and liberating. Below is a letter she recounts receiving from a friend after her mother died. 

The death of a parent, he wrote, "despite our preparation, indeed, despite our age, dislodges things deep in us, sets off reactions that surprise us and that may cut free memories and feelings that we had thought gone to ground long ago.” - Joan Didion.

In these past two years, so many close friends and family of mine have lost loved ones. I found myself writing notes, emails, and letters like this - sending love and offering advice. Something about this dislodged new feelings and memories that had not yet surfaced in grieving my Mom. I feel especially full of love, preparing to celebrate my mother's life in sync with the opening of Spring - the flowers, the warmth, the new life - always reminding all of us of my beautiful mother.

Here is a link to a video I have shared before in celebration of spring and my mother’s life and birthday: https://vimeo.com/212967011. These images were filmed by her parents, Chauncey Steele and Marian Williams Steele, my father, Ed White, and scenes I filmed from The Genius of Marian. 

I love you, Mom. Happy Birthday, Happy Spring!

Sending gratitude and love to all of you, who have supported our project, who have supported me and my family, and who are mourning and loving and remembering all the people in our lives who have made us who we are.

Banker

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Dear GlobalGiving Community,

This has been a challenging year and we know the holiday season can add even more complexity to the juggling act of caregiving for our loved ones. It is times like these that we rely on community and each other. It's important to take the time to be thankful for the helping angels in our life, friends and family, and those fleeting moments of peace. 

Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve made our film The Genius of Marian, educational materials, and all Genius of Caring short films available free to the public. Together with festivals and broadcast partners, we have planned virtual events with arts organizations, museums & non-profit partners in the aging space. This has inspired us to not just think of this access as a temporary window, that responded to the stay-at-home orders and quarantines, but a shift in how we think about what we do as documentary filmmakers and artists.

As a result, we are working on building our own platform to allow free public access to our films starting with The Genius of Marian. We are in the production stage of building a site that facilitates deeper interaction, connection, and potential collaboration with our audiences. We are about $8,000 away from our 2021 fundraising goal and hope you will consider a tax-deductible donation for this new initiative.

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Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season. With love and gratitude, 

Banker, Anna, Chris, and the entire Genius of Caring Family

If you are interested in learning more about underwriting opportunities for businesses, organizations and individuals please email us directly at info@geniusofcaring.com



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Dear beloved GlobalGiving community,

Anna and I spent the last few weeks in the same home that much of The Genius of Marian was filmed in. Surrounded by family and my grandmother's art I returned home feeling very connected to my mother Pam White, who passed away five years ago (June 6th, 2016). I wanted to share a scene I edited while my mother was still alive, but never made it to the finished film. In this clip, my mother and my sister Devon remember Marian as an artist and a grandmother. We see more of Marian’s paintings, archival, super-8 family movies and Devon describes how Pam’s recent interest in painting is helping her feel connected to Marian.

A MOMENT IN TIME

My mother dedicated her life as a social worker and therapist to helping those in need. She would be so proud of the network of support we have created through the Genius of Caring project. Fall is just around the corner and soon we will be making an exciting announcement about plans to make The Genius of Marian available more widely free of cost. Stay tuned ;) While we continue to stay at home and practice social/physical distancing, we wanted to share some information about what we can do as caregivers, to take care of ourselves and our loved ones.

Below are a few resources and articles we have found helpful:

Our community partner, Family Caregiver Alliance has many great resources including legal and financial planning, dealing with medical providers, and community connections tools. InForum has a wonderful article about technology for caregivers. The Alzheimer's Association has some helpful resources and tips for Caregiver Health. And an inspiring article about innovative teens from The Washington Post.

Thank you for your continued support.

With much love and gratitude,

The Genius of Caring family

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Dear GlobalGiving community,

We are excited to share that The Genius of Marian is available to view free during the 2021 NEA Big Read in Massillon Museum - now through May 2nd. You can register here: https://bit.ly/3diutFp or call 330.833.4061. We will also be making an exciting announcement soon about plans to make the film more widely free of cost. Stay tuned ;)

While we continue to stay at home and practice social/physical distancing, we wanted to share some information about what we can do as caregivers, to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Below are a few resources and articles we have found helpful: 

AARP has some great Family Caregiving Resources, including tax tips, local family resource guides and community connections tools.

NPR has a wonderful article about college students who created "Music Meets Medicine" a group that integrates art into patient care.

And some great family caregiver tips from Caregiver Action Network.

With much love and gratitude,

The Genius of Caring family

 

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Dear GlobalGiving Community,

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday. We know this year has been challenging for everyone. Often the holiday season can add more complexity to the juggling act of caregiving for our loved ones. It is times these that we rely on community and each other. Let's take the time to be thankful for the helping angels in our life, friends and family, and those fleeting moments of peace. While we are staying at home and practicing social/physical distancing there are some things we can do to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. 

Below are a few resources and articles we have found helpful: 

AARP 7 Ways Caregivers Can Create that Holiday Feeling Amid the Pandemic

  1. Make frequent contact
  2. Avoid all-or-nothing thinking
  3. Focus on activities that mean the most
  4. Create a mood with holiday decorations
  5. Take your traditions virtually
  6. Shop online together
  7. Start new traditions


HomeInstead 5 Tips for Working Family Caregivers Seeking Work/Life Balance

  1. Be realistic.
  2. Talk with your employer.
  3. Prioritize self-care.
  4. Discuss a backup plan.
  5. Ask for help.


Also, here's a couple of articles from Aging Care and Alzheimer's Association with some great ideas of navigating taking care of oneself and loved ones. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

With much love and gratitude,

The Genius of Caring Family

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