The Wisdom of Age Project—Hampton Roads, Va. 2017 Documenting Life Stories & How We Get By Home


"A Chat with Cat: Lifelong Learning Evermore"

film & story by Isabella Diaz

"Driving Ms. Veta"

a nonfiction play by Michaela Dunow

"Courage & Quiet Fortitude:

A Portrait of Mrs. Frailey"

film and essay by William Sweeney

"A Garden,  A Book & A Cheeky Smile:

Clyde Johnson"

photos & nonfiction by Kerry Clingenpeel

"If You're Going to do Something,

Do Your Best"

story & photos by Lillie Cummings

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"They Met, They Married"

film & story by Aree Rachel Coltharp

"No Longer Afraid to Love"

stories & photos by Melanie Occhiuzzo

"The Lines of Louretta"

story by Mary Hanula, film by Will Burch

"A Life of Adventure"

story & film by Rebecca Strayley

"An Artist's Story"

story & soundslide show by Kaylie Deshler

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2013 Life Stories in Photography, Video, Audio, and nonfiction.
2015 • About Christopher Newport University
A retired soldier who continues to serve. A woman whose adversities inspired her to become a special education teacher. A school teacher who became an 'adopted Grandmother.' Surprising and inspiring stories from elders in the Newport News, Virginia, area—in photos, videos, audio, and nonfiction.


Wisdom of Age Project/hr website. The elders profiled here in photos, audio, video, and nonfiction graciously spent time with students in a college documentary studies class in the spring semester of 2017 (January-April). All live in and around Newport News, Va., where Christopher Newport University is located.

     The goal of the class was simple: To get to know our elders in personal, intimate ways by listening to life stories where they work and live. As each of the students will tell you—and enthusiastically—the experience was eye-opening, and sometimes, life-changing.

"A Lifetime of Service"

films & film by Alex Bagoly

"A Teacher and "Adopted Grandmother'"

story by Royall Bryan

"You're Gonna Be a Teacher,

You're Gonna Be a Doctor"

story by Chai Cooper-Stone

"Seeing It Through:  Dr.  Wayne Rodehorst"

photos, video and nonfiction by Sarah Kerndt

"Past, Present & Future"

story & video by Morgan Barclay