Monday, November 23, 2020

Record Your Gratitude Stories 2020

Embrace the past, create your new stories. Downtown Santa Clara

What are you Grateful for? 

This year, Thanksgiving will be different. Many of us will not be able to gather with all of our loved ones in person. Many elders will feel isolated and alone, and need to find ways to connect while remaining socially distanced.

Let's begin by sharing our gratitude stories.  

These are short stories of us and our families and what we grateful for and giving thanks for each us.  

Please join me and thousands of people telling stories we are grateful for.  I have my StoryCorps account and I will support you in recording, uploading and sharing your story  with thousands of others. 

You may record your own story or purchase a recording for a love one.  All you have to do is talk in the microphone.  

Begin with our Gratitude Story 

What:  Record your gratitude story or what you are grateful for.  This is 15 minutes for $47 audio interview, from today to November 23 to December 30, 2020.

1) Email me to schedule a time for our recording.  The information I need is your name, email, and city/state you live in.  Or complete send me your name and email at Contact Us, Lighthouse Travel & Tours.   Direct mail me on Instagram @MeetDonnaW.  Payment is through Venmo or PayPal. 

2) We will talk for 10 minutes before the recording choose 1 / 3 questions to prompt you during the story. We may determine the privacy setting for you at this time. I will email you the link to the platform to record the story.  

3) Record your 15 minute gratitude story that you may share as a gift this year with family and friends. Stories may be between 15 to 30 minutes. 

4) Email me a choice of picture to share with one picture you choose and gratitude story will be recorded with me. 

5) I take care of the details and upload the audio story and picture and manage the platform for you.  

Project Stories are a part of my Gratitude Community that I created and archived with StoryCorps nonprofit and American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  

Email me to set up an appointment.

Why me? I am Donna West, a 20 year woman business entrepreneur, a business and community historian with 20 years of corporate and tourism experience who listens deeply to people’s needs and supports everyday people in our communities seen, heard, and valued with their personal stories. I am changing the way our history appears by recording these authentic stories with truths and positive impact to our society with my launch of Project Stories to do this.  

I share my own 2017 interview conducted by two Santa Clara University students.  Discovering Family History with Family History

In Gratitude from the Fun Tour Guru ~ Stay safe and healthy during COVID-19  everyone!

Helping Women Document Their Stories   Revel Gatherings

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Street Art and Sweet Tea

Why is Street Art so Popular?

My recent research of downtown best practices provides the opportunity to appreciate local street art murals.  I plan my trips around visiting street art.  

I am grateful Santa Cruz, CA has many artist works around their community.  It was fun to explore the street artists on my past trip in Berlin, Germany. 

Every Picture Tells a Story

Street art is an important part of history and identity for many downtown's and sometimes even has the ability to breathe life into communities.  It is a mystery and expression of the community.   

Street art may tell the story of the local downtown community  

If time be sure to look up the artists and talk to them about their stories. People are becoming more open-minded to urban and street art and appreciating where this art form has come from. 

I am fortunate to offer this year an  interactive field trip:
      Street Art and Sweet Tea virtual tour and field trips and family fun.  

What is the difference of Street Art and Public Art?  

I learned how street artists get inspiration from graffiti art. Every picture and artwork has a story to tell. This is a street art mural from my 2014 trip visiting Berlin, Germany.

Dive into the history behind street art, tracking the story from prehistoric cave paintings to the present day Black Lives Matters murals. This fascinating LIVE virtual tour and field trip includes a look at the connection between street art, public art, and graffiti, and how street art connects with politics and social justice.

Berlin, Germany 2014 Courtesy of Meet Donna W

This is a Street Art mural in Downtown Santa Cruz I love driving past. 

Street Art, Santa Cruz, CA Courtesy of Meet Donna W


Street Art and Sweet Tea Virtual Field trip is a  virtual tour and field trip includes two local story tellers, interactive that makes learning fun, and a treasure box. Your action. Please contact us for creating your virtual tour experience and questions. 

Every picture has a story to tell. It is about people seen, heard, and valued in local communities.   

Sincerely thank you. ~ The Fun Tour Guru

Pictures taken by Meet Donna W.  This is an link tour  purchase of our Virtual Field Trips and Tours.  Please join me. 

If you want to dive deeper into street art, read Top 5 Reasons Street Art is Important.   I do not have a relationship with this blogger, I found it on Google as a anonymous source to share.