Archive for the ‘In the news’ Category


Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

If any of you caught last Sunday’s 60 Minutes, you will have seen a story about this organization.  It was featured as a result of a larger story about a young returning veteran who committed suicide.  So often, we do not see the scars of war unless they are obvious – broken bones, burns, a missing limb.  The shock of being in combat has to be something from which recovery can be tenuous.  Ride2Recovery is a program designed to help our wounded vets to help themselves through cycling.  Your donations are always necessary and always welcome.  Please visit their site and learn more about them.  I did, and I’m certainly glad that I did!

I have an interview!

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Nice news for me!  Lisa Nelson, an artist friend of mine – a wonderfully talented lady, asked me recently to complete an interview for her blog series.  It is now posted, and you can visit with this link: .  I think you will enjoy it!  It’s filled with pictures, and since I can be sorta chatty, you get a lot of that as well!  So, please check out the interview, and while you are at Lisa’s site, look around!  She is such a terrific artist!  You are sure to see lots to enjoy!

We can do this together

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

In an effort to blog more, I was reading some news pieces online, and came across this story which I believe impacts everyone.  According to these stats, over 5 million children are forced into slave labor – in brothels, in mines, etc. all over the globe.  We can all make a difference for these children who have no voice.  Please follow         this link and see what you can do to help!  This story has appeared on msn Living, and I want to give credit to them for it.

Poor kids(Carolyn Cole)

They did it!

Monday, February 6th, 2012

My wonderful friends, the Friedman brothers, did it!  They made their Super Bowl ad for Doritos, placed in the top five for over 6100 entries, and through nationwide voting, theirs aired last night during the second quarter of the game.  The USAToday ad meter totaled votes, and Doritos awarded Jonathan $1,000,000 late last night!  Man’s Best Friend!  What a great ad, and what a story!  The guys spent $20, shot it in the yard and in their kitchen, and used Huff, the Great Dane, who belongs to family friends.  The rest, as they say, really IS history!  And, Jonathan is being booked on the Tonight Show!  I’ll let you know when!

Mr. Popper’s Penguins opening today!!!!!!!!!

Friday, June 17th, 2011

It’s here!  Wow!  I’ve been hearing about this movie since last year, when my wonderful daughter-in-law, Joan, began to work on it.  She loved watching the dailies with Jim Carrey and the penguins – those lovable little creatures who populate this story.  Joan is a post production supervisor, which means she keeps the production work moving along to the conclusion which results in a finished product.

Many people have asked me what exactly IS a post production supervisor, so, I found an article online from, and have posted part of it here….

Post Production Supervisors are responsible for the post production process, during which they maintain clarity of information and good channels of communication between the Producer, Editor, Supervising Sound Editor, the Facilities Companies (such as film labs, CGI studios and negative cutters) and the Production Accountant. Although this is not a creative role, it is pivotal in ensuring that the film’s Post Production budget is manageable and achievable, and that all deadlines are met. Because large amounts of money are involved, and most of a film’s budget is spent during Production, the Post Production period can often be difficult and challenging.

The Post Production Supervisors’ role can be stressful and requires ingenuity, empathy and the ability to make tough decisions under pressure, while working long hours, to tight deadlines. Some Post Production Supervisors may be involved on a number of films at one time, but usually work on 3 or 4 films a year. They are employed on a freelance basis, by the Producer, often also with approval from a Completion Bond Guarantee company. They usually work alone, but on larger productions may employ an Assistant.

What is the job?
The role of the Post Production Supervisor varies according to the type of film and the budget. On big budget films using complex CGI (Computer Generated Images), they start work during pre-production, liaising with the CGI Company and ensuring that the Producer is aware of all the creative and budgetary considerations and how they may impact on the post production period. On smaller budget films they also advise about any limits that may need to be applied to the shoot, as well as providing an overall picture of what can be realistically achieved in post production. Most Post Production Supervisors also liaise with the Editor and Producer (and sometimes the Director), about the hiring of post production personnel (Sound Editors, Titles Designers, Mixers, etc).

During the post production process, they work closely with the Production Accountant, supplying accurate information for the Cost Reports, which are prepared every 3-4 weeks and show how actual expenditure compares to the original budget. Post Production Supervisors work with the Editor, Supervising Sound Editor, and Re-Recording Sound Mixer throughout post production, making sure that each different stage of the process is delivered on time and within budget. They usually continue to work on the production until all the elements needed for the completion of the film are delivered, including the Music and Effects version which allows the dialogue track to be replaced with different languages.

That’s our Joan!  Nearly one year ago, she married our son, Matthew. My husband and I are the most grateful parents in the world!  We love Joan and her family, and they love him.  What could be better than this?

I hope everyone will go to see this film!  Remember to look for Joan’s credit at the end of the film!  It will be:

post production supervisor    Joan Kelly Bierman

Go Joan!  That’s our girl!

Perfect women are flawed, too

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

I don’t know about you, but from time to time, I hear the phrase……”Wow!  She sure has it made”!  Does anyone REALLY have it made?  The answer, of course, is no.  We see only what others allow us to see, unless,  you talk about “names” in the news – celebrities, politicans, and the like whose every move is documented by investigative individuals seeking explosive material.

I was struck by an article I recently read online, an excerpt from Mike Brzezinski’s memoir All Things At Once.  You may know Mika if you watch msnbc’s Morning Joe on weekday mornings.  You may recognize the last name – her father was Secretary of State under Bill Clinton.  What you probably don’t know is her private struggle to be the good wife, the good mother, the great newscaster, etc.  This online piece from her book is valuable for all of us who consistently try to do everything. Follow this link to see how striving for perfection took its toll on Mika, and what she learned from this experience.  It really is a good read!  I think I will have to get the book!

Did you know?

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Did you know that as many as 10 million American citizens may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD, which is frequently also referenced as ADD ?  And, statistics show that many continue to experience this into adulthood.  I am right there – I also think that most artists are this way.  I find that I continually jump around in what I want to experiment with, what new medium I want to try, what different way of doing things might work for me.  Here is the link to a very interesting article which I found this morning on the health page of msn.  It could surprise you to learn about well known individuals who also have ADHD.

This can save your life

Friday, February 4th, 2011

While reading the news on my homepage this morning, I clicked on a link about women’s health on  This information is important for every woman, and the people who love them.  Heart disease is the leading killer of women in this country.  Please read this article.  It could save your life or that of someone you love.

My Christmas gift to you – a lovely article

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Meet Carlo Garcia.  He is not rich, but the spirit by which he lives makes him wealthy beyond description.  He is making a difference through small but significant ways, by giving each day to a charity.  He does not have a vast inheritance, nor does he have a seven-figure salary.  Please follow the link to the article about him, and think about how you might make a difference as well.  In this country, there should be no one hungry, no one homeless, no one desperate to eek out an existence.  We can all make a difference.  I wish all of you contentment and peace, and the good health to enjoy it now, and in the coming year.


Good Morning America on Saturday morning!

Friday, November 12th, 2010

The daughter of a very good friend of mine will be featured in a guest spot tomorrow morning.  Here is a portion of my friend Vivian’s note to all of us, which I share with all of you!   This is living proof that one person always has, always can, and always will make a difference!  Bravo, Lori!

Saturday, November 13, 8:00 am (EST)

My daughter, Dr. Lori Pasternak, will be on Good Morning America – Come Work With Me . She is a veterinarian and she has opened a unique veterinary practice in Richmond, Virginia – Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgery and Dental Care. Ron Claiborne,  GMA weekend host, is coming to work with her for a day.  They will interview her family, do surgery in the morning, and interview her clients in the afternoon.  It will air on Saturday,  November 13, 8:00 am.

Briefly, her practice is limited to soft tissue surgery and dental care at affordable fees.  The unique feature is that the fees are fixed, no surprises.  Every fee ends in 5, so $5 of every fee goes into a “Good Citizen Fund” for people who can pay partially or who can’t pay at all.  For every $10 used from the fund, the client has to volunteer for 1 hour either for Helping Hands or another animal organization.  It’s a win-win for all.

You can learn more about Helping Hands at the website  From there are links to  Facebook  to see Helping Hands TV spots,  pictures,  hear radio interviews,  even get a tour of the practice by Dr. Lori.

We are very excited about this and wanted to share the good news with you.  Hope you can  watch it.