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A Night in the Life of a Volunteer EMT

Posted on 03/21/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringThe following is a post from Kim Sedmak, Executive Producer of ”Life Reimagined TODAY“ with Jane Pauley on NBC’s TODAY show. On a rainy, cold, wintry night, Jane Pauley’s email popped up on my Blackberry with the words “be careful.”  Her cautionary message arrived just I was trying to securely strap myself into the back of an ambulance, all on behalf of our upcoming segment for NBC’s TODAY show in our series “Life Reimagined Today.”  We were profiling a guy named Jerry Leener, …

Behind the Scenes: Filming Jan Erickson for Your Life Calling

Posted on 06/14/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThe following is a guest post by Kim Sedmak, Executive Producer of Your Life Calling TODAY. Here we are — On the Road Again with AARP’s “Your Life Calling” and Jane Pauley, this time Colorado Springs which is home to both the “Garden of the Gods” park and Jan Erickson. Much like Jan, with her eclectic mix of life experiences, Garden of the Gods is a cross roads of plants, animals, and red rocks, making the area a diverse landscape. …

Behind the Scenes: Filming Gid Pool for Your Life Calling

Posted on 05/2/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThe following is a guest post by Kim Sedmak, Executive Producer of Your Life Calling TODAY. When Jane Pauley arrived at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre in Sarasota, Florida she was greeted by stand-up comedian Gid Pool with a box of chocolates. And not just any chocolates, but a hand crafted box filled with the signature “Jane Truffles.” These were originally created for Jane by Antoinette Little whom we profiled on AARP’s “Your Life Calling” TODAY show segment in December 2010. The crew …

A New Mission on the Road

Posted on 04/9/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Work  Trudy Lundgren, one of “Your Life Calling’s” profiles, still lives life on the road, but with a new mission. She’s a breast cancer survivor, raising money for the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade by training for a marathon. The weekend of April 21 and 22, 2012, Trudy will participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Houston, TX. She will walk 39.2 miles that Saturday (almost a marathon and a half), and 13.1 the following Sunday. On March …

Behind the Scenes: Filming Jenny Bowen for Your Life Calling

Posted on 02/10/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThe following is a guest post by  Kim Sedmak, Executive Producer of “Your Life Calling TODAY” with Jane Pauley. You can watch the Your Life Calling series here. It’s a good thing Jenny Bowen is a former filmmaker. She and her husband Richard didn’t blink an eye when I told her our “crew call” to set and light for the TODAY show interview with Jane Pauley was 5 a.m.! On that early chilly morning last December, Jenny opened the door to …

A Purpose Prize Winner, Changing the World One Baby at a Time

Posted on 11/3/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringSometimes a story comes along that is so powerful and impactful that all we can do is shake our heads in wonder at the feat. Today that story is about Jenny Bowen and her non-profit organization, Half the Sky Foundation. Fifteen years ago Jenny saw a news photo of a starving Chinese girl and decided, with her husband, to adopt a baby from China. The adoption process revealed conditions in Chinese orphanages that appalled her – rampant neglect, and the …