Category Archives: Family

Nag. Nag. Nag.

Nag. Nag. Nag.

crysta10So, two of my little jewels, my Ruby and Emerald, have been asking, begging, badgering, nagging me about “officially” teaching them the family tradition. I have just been guiding them to date. I can’t explain my hesitation. Maybe I was lazy. Maybe the Goddess was whispering that they are not ready but today, it randomly occurred to me that I had a lot to do in order to begin the training for their first degree. Emerald is self dedicated. Ruby dedicated with the family just after her 16th birthday on Lughnasadh.  I do believe that I will start by having them read. I love books. They will learn. 😉 Next, we will tackle the legalese. That should be plenty of punishment for them. Then colors, stones, herbs, etc… that will turn their brains to mush. If they are not begging to stop, we shall continue. I am sure that more on these misadventures will follow soon.

Jade’s Christmas Angel

Jade’s Christmas Angel

When we received the word last night of Kennedy’s nearing end, Jade (our little poet) put pen to paper once again for a tribute to a child her age that has left us way too soon. Many of you have heard her poem for Labron since it was read at Senior Day 2012. Wyatt’s is unfinished, there was too much emotion to allow the pen to move. Geoffrey’s is short like his time on this earth. Now, I would like to share with you Kennedy’s poem, Christmas Angel. Feel free to share it with others but PLEASE leave Jade’s name with it. It’s her tribute to her friend; it’s what her heart has to offer.

Christmas Angel
Written by Jade Kilgore December 17, 2012 in memory of Kennedy Griffith.

Christmas won’t be the same without you here,
every smile that I hold dear.
No welcomed feelings warmed my heart,
when I knew that you’d depart.
The presents and the smiling friends
will never truly makes amends.
Cold winter nights that freeze the breath
chill me to a greater depth.
Sorrow and pain bound me here
once I’d confirmed my biggest fear.
You are gone, not to return,
and that, itself, makes my tears burn.
But what through my blurry eyes I see,
your smiling face, greeting me!
Your mellow voice rings out on high
as you tell me not to cry.
That you are here, though never seen,
that you’re a Christmas Angel who got her wings!

Jade Won Best Actress at Broad Street Film Festival!

Jade Won Best Actress at Broad Street Film Festival!

 

jade_kilgore_bsff-200x300Jade won the award for Best Actress on April 21, 2012  at the Broad Street Film Festival Awards Ceremony for her role as Lilith in the short film “The Road Not Traveled”.  The movie is about a high school student who witnesses a friend being bullied but doesn’t report the bullying or intervene in any way. After the bullied student (played by Jadey) commits suicide, the main character struggled with guilt while trying to cope with the loss of her classmate.   All of the film crew and cast are students and faculty at Whitwell High School in Whitwell, TN. The cast includes Kennedy Blair, Paiton Patterson, Katie Johnson, Amber Hurd, Zach Hall, and Tanner Lee, starring Brooke Peacock and featuring Jade as Lilith.

Written by Jade and her dad Standifer, “The Road Not Traveled” was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director.  It was produced and directed by my favorite husband :) It will next be shown in Marietta, GA on June 7, 2012 at Blank Stage, 585 Cobb Parkway South, and in Chattanooga on July 7, 2012 at Heritage House, 1428 Jenkins Road. Showtime for both locations is 7 P.M. Eastern time.

This film is not copy written, but instead released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. You may view the movie in its entirety at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThNojPqRHfc&index=8&list=PL92009641CDC4AA8D

Although she has not decided on a college, Jade plans to continue her education after high school and major in Theater Arts and Acting.  She has already begun filming on her next “short” for the Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition.

Needless to say, I am one proud Mama!

The Road Not Traveled

The Road Not Traveled

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“The Road Not Traveled” is a short film produced and directed by my husband, Standifer Kilgore of Bad Prop Gun Productions. It was released for public screening on April 19, at the Carmike Majestic 12, 311 Broad Street.

The movie was filmed in its entirety in Whitwell. Written by Standifer and our daughter, Jade, it addresses one of the more serious consequences of bullying – suicide, or bullycide as it is often referred to by the media. As of this writing, 12 American teens have taken their own lives as a direct result of bullying in 2012.

All of the film crew and cast are students and faculty at Whitwell High School. The cast includes Kennedy Blair, Paiton Patterson, Katie Johnson, and Tanner Lee, starring Brooke Peacock and featuring Jade as Lilith.

The first screening was a part of the Broad Street Film Festival. The festival is an educational, regional, and original film festival that seeks to provide a venue for collegiate filmmakers in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area to show their work to their peers and to the community at large. A not-for-profit organization, the Broad Street Film Festival exists under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga with its own board of directors.

Jade won Best Actress for her role as Lilith at the Broad Street Film Festival’s Award Ceremony. The movie was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director.  It will next be shown in Marietta, GA on June 7, 2012 at Blank Stage, 585 Cobb Parkway South, and in Chattanooga on July 7, 2012 at Heritage House, 1428 Jenkins Road. Showtime for both locations is 7 P.M. Eastern time.

This film is not copy written, but instead released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. You may view the movie in its entirety at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThNojPqRHfc&index=8&list=PL92009641CDC4AA8D