Two stories about looking after the welfare of others, one at the beginning of life and another near the end of life.
Taking Mom to the Movies
Writer Dave White has a story about caring for his mother after a massive stroke. A simple trip to the movies turns into a complicated mission featuring an improvised clean up operation, and the fine art of comforting a crying person.
White is a writer here in Los Angeles. You can read his work in places like movies.com, the literary journal Slake and the anthology Love is a Four Letter Word. He also has a book called Exile in Guyville. You can find out more about Dave at his web site.
Saints & Indians
Produced by Kate Davidson for Homelands Productions.
Between 1954 and 1996, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sponsored a program for American Indian children. The Indian Student Placement Program had two aims: to provide Native children with an education and to help the Church fulfill one of its central prophecies. According to Mormon teachings, American Indians are descendants of the ancient House of Israel and Church members have a responsibility to help bring them back to the Kingdom of God. More than 20,000 children from more than 60 tribes were baptized and enrolled in the Placement program.