Bridget’s Essay Nomination

We wanted to share a few highlights with you from Bridget’s nomination of Joseph and Ann, or Papa and Mimi as she calls them:

“My grandparents both turned 90 this year, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at them. They live independently in the same house, a post-WWII white colonial with black shutters and a Virgin Mary statue in front, on the island (Grosse Ile, MI) where my family and I have made the hour drive to for just about every Thanksgiving and Christmas of my life…These past few years haven’t been easy for my grandparents, but they haven’t let it slow them down. It started my junior year of high school when Mimi was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to have her breast removed. Like a champion, she conquered the cancer and the strength she displayed in her battle inspired me to write a hero speech about her for one of my classes. Then my junior year at Miami Papa was rushed to the hospital after feeling dizzy after doing too much yard work. He ended up having to have a pacemaker put in. Even though the procedure was very serious and his physical condition was not great, when I visited him in the hospital he was still telling his old corny jokes with a big smile on his face.

It doesn’t take much to make my grandparents happy…

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Video: tips & tools

Vimeo has a great page dedicated to teaching people how to make great videos called Vimeo Video School.

You’ll find great resources there, especially if you’ve never made a video before.  We’ve posted one of the videos below from the lesson “Video 101″. This is a great resources to help you with the technicalities of capturing video. It provides 3 quick lessons to get you started in capturing your relationship with your grandparents.

Writing an Essay?

Here are a few quick tips and the things to know:

The deadline for to submit your essay is March 22 at 11:59pm.

When writing, aim for 2-4 pages single spaced.

Hit the highlights and really focus on your relationship with your grandparent(s). We’d love to hear about your grandparent’s life, but we really want to hear about your relationship with them and those transformational moments that have changed who you are.

And make sure you save your essay in .doc, .docx, or PDF format.

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