Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Smooch Project

The last night at my Mom's house, these two Minnesotans arrived.  We'd never met.  In fact, they'd never even met my Mom.

I was never quite clear on how it happened, but these two women were needing a place to stay in the Lansing area and someone called my mom and asked her - she said yes, of course!

When they arrived we found out that Dawn (on the left) is a documentary filmmaker and Bonnie (on the right) is a photographer.    Dawn Mikkelson's current project The Red Tail Movie is out right now in select areas -- I'm going to talk more about Dawn  and her movie in an upcoming post.   Bonnie Fournier is the Project Photographer for The Smooch! Project. It was her original idea to create the smooch project after a photo of Bonnie's sister giving her a smooch on the cheek made her smile every time she saw it.

Bonnie's project is all about Love, Community and Healing and she's doing this in her effort to collect 10,000 images of people showing affection to someone they love.  The reason she came to Michigan was because she felt that Detroit needing some of that Love, Community and Healing.  I do believe she's correct.  I hope that this project gets to be so popular that Bonnie and The Smooch! Project are asked to come to every state in the nation.  

I've asked Bonnie to come to Florida, specifically Jacksonville.  I'd love for her to come stay with me, I didn't get enough chat time at the kitchen table, that's for sure.  I was unable to stay to be a part of The Smooch! Project because I had a flight home just hours before their project in Lansing even started.  I was quite bummed to say the least.

One really nice thing is that there are hundreds of photos on the website.  I asked Bonnie if I could use a few of them here and she graciously agreed.  Be sure to run on over to The Smooch! Project website though to see a lot of delightful photos.  They will make you just can't help it.

The State News even published an article on the happenings in Old Town Lansing.  The State News is the newspaper of Michigan State University.   Way to go MSU!  Thanks so much for sending a reporter down to the project.  I heard that several news reporters were there to see what was going on.   It's so good to hear that the "feel good" story got some coverage :)

Bonnie has photographed lots of people and their pets.  In her archives I've seen kitties, dogs, horses, snakes, rabbits guinea pigs and even turtles.  My Mocha-kitty wouldn't be as happy as the cat in the above photo.  She'd be so mad at me that we'd never get a smooch :)

My Mom did get to be a part of the project.  I actually have no idea who this man is that she's smooching, but I've heard his name and it's a friend of hers.  I think they both took a great smooching photo!  Great job Mom!

Thanks Bonnie for taking a chance and accepting the offer to stay at my Mom's house and to stay on the third floor in the attic, in a twin bed, in the grandkids playroom. You had no idea what you were getting into when you said yes :) 

Have a great day! and find someone to smooch!


Ruth Ann said...

Such a very cool project! Soo cool that your mom got to participate! Since she lets strangers stay in her house, does that mean I can visit and stay with her too? lol (just kidding)! Hope you're having a great week!

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

How fun is/was THIS???

Julie Stiles Mills said...

How COOL is this?! Thanks so much for sharing the smooch website!

Unknown Mami said...

Now this is the kind of project that I can get behind! Awesomeness. Makes me wanna give someone a smooch.

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Ann in the UP said...

It's absolutely true! I can't look at those pictures without grinning. Not that it takes much to make me laugh, but I think I'll have me a little smooch project of my own. I've got some folks who could use a grin! Thanks for the heads up!

Lisa Ceaser said...

What a novel idea. Sounds like a great MEME for the blog world!!! Just saying.

Kirby3131 said...

It really is a great idea - thanks to everyone for commenting and for wanting to smooch someone! ;)

Lisa - I made the suggestion to Bonnie today. Great idea!

Dawn Mikkelson said...

You rock!

Anonymous said...

what a great project and I hope it goes all over the nation. I'm certain I've heard the name Dawn Mikkelson before .. you should ask her if she's done anything shown at the State Theatre in TC .. tell her to submit her photos for review for the TC film festival.

Just Breathe said...

That is so awesome and I am sure that fate brought you together for a reason. What an amazing project.
Thank you for this informaiton and the links. Can't wait to hear more on this from you.

Mrs4444 said...

What a fun idea! With a blog title like mine, I just have to check it out, right?! :)

Suzanne said...

Kristin, Thank you so much for telling the story of The Smooch! Project and including the Smooch! Project link on your blog! Folks who want to follow us daily can find us on facebook.