A Midwife's Tale

The opening sequence of "A Midwife's Tale," a Blueberry Hill Productions film, based on the book by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. The film opened the 10th season of the PBS series "American Experience," and won a prime time Emmy for Outstanding Non-fiction. In this segment, we see historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich working with the diary of 18th century midwife Martha Ballard, beginning to piece together her life and her world.

In this segment of the Emmy-winning film "A Midwife's Tale," we see the splendid ragtag parade put on by the people of Hallowell, Maine in 1800, commemorating George Washington shortly after his death. "A Midwife's Tale" is based upon the diary of midwife Martha Ballard and the book by historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. The film was produced and written by Laurie Kahn, directed by Dick Rogers, and Kaiulani Lee plays the midwife Martha Ballard.

This clip from "A Midwife's Tale" takes us to Hallowell, Maine in the summer of 1787, when midwife Martha Ballard was dealing with an epidemic that was sweeping through the town. In the film, historian Laurel Ulrich follows small, obscure clues and gradually figures out how midwife/healer Martha Ballard (played by Kaiulani Lee) felt about the people she cared for and the death of one small boy.

This segment from the Emmy-winning film "A Midwife's Tale" reveals how turbulent life was in America after the American Revolution. Midwife Martha Ballard deals with shifting attitudes in her home, while her husband is shot at by rebellious settlers in the woods. The film, which is based upon the book by Laurel Ulrich, was produced and written by Laurie Kahn, directed by Richard Rogers, and Kaiulani Lee plays the role of the midwife.

 

Tupperware!

Tupperware Lady Irene Ellis tells us how she got around her husband in the 1950s and got people interested in Tupperware's plastic bowls. from the award-winning film "TUPPERWARE!" Producer/writer/director: Laurie Kahn Editor: William Anderson Blueberry Hill Productions

The opening sequence of the award-wining film "Tupperware!" in which we meet Earl Silas Tupper, the creator of Tupperware, Brownie Wise, the intuitive marketing genius who built a worldwide empire for Earl, and the working class women Brownie empowered, transforming them into Tupperware Ladies who sold the "bowls that burp" in living rooms across the nation. Producer/writer/director: Laurie Kahn Editor: Bill Anderson Blueberry Hill Productions

In the 1950s, Brownie Wise recruited a small army of Tupperware Ladies, who spread out across the country selling bowls that burped. This was a job they could do part time, control their own hours, and not threaten their husbands. Some earned millions. And the experience profoundly changed their lives. from the award winning film TUPPERWARE! Producer/writer/director: Laurie Kahn Editor: William Anderson Blueberry Hill Productions

Brownie Wise never got past 8th grade, but she built an empire for Earl Tupper in the 1950s. How? By recruiting and training women to sell Tupperware products at home parties. In 1954, she dreamt up the annual Tupperware Jubilee, a three-day extravaganza at company headquarters, during which she taught, rewarded, and applauded her Tupperware Ladies. from the award wining film "TUPPERWARE!" Producer/writer/director: Laurie Kahn Editor: William Anderson Blueberry Hill Productions

 

Love Between the Covers

Official trailer for Love Between the Covers (2015).

A peek into the romance community at the Romance Writers of America National Conference.

An excerpt from our interview with romance author Beverly Jenkins, who gave us some insight into where her characters come from.

Romance writing partners Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan showed us their plotting process.

 

Young Inventors: Global Dreams

Around the US, and around the world, young inventors are designing a wide range of products aimed at improving the lives of world's poorest people, who live on approximately $2 per day in Asia, Africa, and South America. The ultimate goal of these young inventors is the creation of businesses that are sustainable and scalable. One company, Global Cycle Solutions, began as a team project at MIT, designing a bike-powered corn sheller. Teamed up with with a Tanzanian bike mechanic/inventor, the GCS team is now designing bike-powered cell phone chargers, corn shellers, and other devices. They are working in Tanzania, with Tanzanians, and hope to expand their business globally.