I took advantage of my summer or, rather, Summer had its way with me. After the thrilling launch of the video we produced for the OHSU Foundation and the Knight Cancer Challenge, our production schedule loosened its white-knuckled grip on Studio Kate’s calendar. My home schedule also lightened up; for the first time in 21 years, this momma found herself alone. By mid-June, my husband and three kids had scattered to the winds on various adventures in Montana, Los Angeles, and Africa. Me and the dog? We stayed home. You never know what kind of trouble you'll get into -- and what kind of blessings will come your way -- when gifted three weeks alone.
Trouble came in the form of a music festival here (photo above), a camping trip there, and wanting to go see Magic Mike XXL with my sister-in-law (she said no). Another kind of trouble played out daily on the front page. One photo is permanently imprinted: two men standing knee deep in the water, backs pressed against the hull of a wooden boat, fellow migrants overflowing above their heads. Each man’s dark brown eyes looked straight at me. They looked terrified. This was the summer of the migrant crisis, and there is no end in sight. And so I seek out blessings.
My clients are a blessing. I partnered for the third year in a row with the effervescent Marcie Willms and our refreshingly progressive local United Way chapter to produce their annual fundraising campaign video. Every year, we celebrate the power of your investments in our community. We found and filmed high school graduates who are exceeding their parents’ — and their own — expectations. I’ll never forget sitting in the Picture This Productions studio listening to Petrona’s story; it was a blessing. Each child and young adult we interviewed were blessings. (The video follows this post; I hope you'll watch it and hear their voices firsthand.)