Life is Not a Rehearsal (book)

By John Barnett

As Told to Meghan Vigeant

John Barnett was destined to attend Oberlin College and become a lawyer. Life dealt him some surprises along the way, but with each challenge John sought out the best and kept his head up. He suffered the loss of his first dear wife and friend Betsy, only to discover love again in his older age with Helen. When fate took his second wife away, John set his heart on an old college friend, Libby, and made a life change from the suburbs of Connecticut to the rural mountains of Vermont to be by her side. Through it all, family remained his priority and he continues to find joy in his relationships with family and friends.

Published by Legacy Preserves

Available on Blurb

Before (book)

By Robert Lee Brower

Before they were Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandaddy, and Great-grandma and Great-grandaddy, they were Bobby and Dorothy, two young people growing up in the 1920s, 30s and 40s in Washington, DC.

As Told to Mark Schopmeyer

Compiled and Edited by Betty Schopmeyer

Book Design by Meghan Vigeant

Published by Legacy Preserves, 2014

available on Blurb

Six-Word Memoirs (book)

Illustrated Six-Word Memoirs

by Midcoast Maine Authors

Just six words. That’s all you get. 33 people of all ages took the six-word memoir challenge at the Midcoast Mini-Maker Faire in 2014. They each wrote and illustrated a six-word story that encapsulates their identity, philosophy, fears, loves, passions, humor, or simply what they did last summer, or all of the above. For some it was a transformative process of self-understanding. For everybody it was a fun way to write, draw, and create. We hope these six-word memoirs will inspire others to pick up a pen (or crayon) to write and illustrate their own six-word memoir.

Preview or purchase it on Blurb

2014, published by Legacy Preserves (Meghan Vigeant)

Maine Boy Goes to War (publishing)

Maine Boy Goes to War: and the Story of Mizpah

by Paul Marshall
Produced and Edited by Meghan Vigeant/Legacy Preserves

Paul Marshall grew up in the woods of northern Maine under the shadow of Katahdin. He lived a poor but idyllic childhood in a one-room tarpaper shack with his parents and six siblings. His world changed when he was called to serve as a combat medic during World War II. In Europe he saw so much destruction and despair; images that would haunt him forever. Two decades after the war Marshall was given a chance of a lifetime to turn the tide of destruction to hope. In 1964 Marshall, with his wife and three children, moved to a south Pacific island lagoon called Truk, where he built and ran a school for future Micronesian leaders. On the island he saw how the same super powers of World War II had also dominated and oppressed the people of Micronesia, and he set out to find a way to encourage their autonomy and freedom through the power of love and family.

I started working with Paul on his book in late 2013, coaching him to write and structure his book. I provided content development, line by line editing, and project managed the final stages of copy editing the manuscript, book design, printing and publishing.

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The book can be purchased on Amazon.com 

2014, book, total length: 221 pages, personal history & publishing services

Demo Reel

Meghan Vigeant’s Demo Reel

Meghan Vigeant is a multimedia storyteller, audio producer, and writer. Here is a two minute look at four of her works:
1. Untouchable Love (multimedia), a story about intercaste marriage in Nepal, 2012
2. Last Member of the Band (multimedia), Swan’s Island Memory Project, 2010 & 2014
3. Fishy Business (multimedia), Working Waterfront, 2012
4. Is That My Imagination? (audio), Third Coast, 2008

Untouchable Love (multimedia)

Untouchable Love

A Romeo & Juliette Story : Intercaste Marriage in Nepal

an excerpt from the multi-media documentary Untouchable Love by Meghan Vigeant

Nisha, a young high caste Nepali woman, elopes with her true love, Raj, an “untouchable” or dalit from a low caste. Her family is horrified and goes to extreme lengths to stop the union, from coercion, to abuse, and finally kidnapping. Despite her new “untouchable” status, Nisha finds a whole new level of freedom.

2012, multimedia, total running time of full piece: 20 min, Producer/Director

This video is an excerpt from a larger multimedia presentation with live elements.

Dynamic Woman (multimedia)

Dynamic Woman: A Tribute to Shirley Hamilton

A tribute to our teacher, Shirley Hamilton, as she embarks on her retirement.

 

This piece was created as a tribute from the New Ventures business class to their teacher, Shirley Hamilton.

A Legacy Preserves Production by Meghan Vigeant

2013, multimedia documentary, total running time: 8:17, video editor & producer

Guts, Feathers, and All (book)

A book of profiles about ten Swan’s Islanders and their history.

In 2008 a fire destroyed the historical collection on Swan’s Island. I was hired as the Island Historical Documentation Fellow by Island Institute to help the community to reclaim their history. In addition to writing this book I also produced a series of audio and multi-media documentaries about the island’s history. Working with a team of volunteers we created a new digital photo and oral history collection, which continues to grow today.

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Read a chapter from from Guts, Feathers, and All

 

Swan’s Island Childhood (multimedia)

Swan’s Island Childhood

Swan’s Islanders share their childhood memories of growing up on the island.

Featuring: EVA WHEATON, SPENCER JOYCE, DONALD STAPLES, BERNITA JOYCE, GWEN MAY, THEO MAY, EDWARD WHEATON, CLINT STAPLES, MYRON “SONNY” SPRAGUE, MARGUERITE STAPLES, ALBERT BUSWELL, NORMAN BURNS, MARION STINSON, LAVERNE CRAIG, SHARON BUTTERFIELD.

This video is part of the Swan’s Island Memory Project and was created for the Swan’s Island History in their efforts to build a new historical collection as their original collection was lost in a fire.

Interviews were conducted by Meghan Vigeant in 2009 and 2010. Music credit: Merry Mariners. Video Credit: The Robert Joyce Family video provided by Harlan Lunt. Permission use given by Bonnie Joyce Staples. Video produced and edited by Meghan Vigeant, 2010

2010, video documentary, total running time: 4:04, video producer, editor, oral historian

Last Member of the Band (multimedia)

Last Member of the Band

Marion Stinson learned to play the piano at a very young age, just 4 years old. She plays by ear and has her own unique style. She went on to play with the band for the dances at the Swan’s Island Odd Fellow’s Hall during the 1940s and 1950s. Marion still tickles the ivories with her own flair these days.

Marion (Turner) Stinson (b. 1933) was interviewed by Meghan Vigeant on November 30, 2009 for the Swan’s Island Memory Project, a community history project started after a fire destroyed the Swan’s Island Historical Society collection in 2008.  The audio piece was played first at a presentation of “Swan’s Islanders at Play” in July 2010, and has aired on WERU. The video was produced for a presentation at Island Institute in August 2014 on the Musical History of Swan’s Island.

2014, multimedia documentary & 2010, audio documentary, total running time: 1:58, audio & video producer, editor, oral historian

Record Hop Romance (multimedia)

Swan’s Islander, Gwen May, remembers her days of poodle skirts, romance, rock n’ roll, and record hops.

 “The older boys, if you got a chance to dance with them your heart would pound and pitter patter all over the place- or mine did, ‘cause I was a silly, silly teenager.” – Gwen May

 

This piece was produced as an audio piece as part of the Swan’s Island Memory Project, a series of audio documentaries based on oral histories of residents of Swan’s Island, Maine.  It appeared in a presentation of “Swan’s Islanders at Play” in July 2010, and has aired on WERU. The Swan’s Island Memory project was created to rebuild the island’s connection to history in the wake of losing their historical collection to a fire in 2008. It was created as a multimedia piece by Meghan Vigeant in 2014 for a presentation of a Musical History of Swan’s Island at the Island Institute.

2014, multimedia documentary & 2010, audio documentary, total running time: 2:51, producer, editor & oral historian

The Legend of Clyde Torrey (multimedia)

The Legend of Clyde Torrey

There are many memorable Swan’s Islanders who have passed on, but none so legendary as Clyde Torrey. Clyde was a farmer and a musician and a friend. He was eccentric and often did things differently. He died in 1974. Sonny Sprague remembers Clyde’s music and his friendship.

This piece was produced as an audio piece as part of the Swan’s Island Memory Project, a series of audio documentaries based on oral histories of residents of Swan’s Island, Maine.  It appeared in a presentation of “Swan’s Islanders at Play” in July 2010, and has aired on WERU. The Swan’s Island Memory project was created to rebuild the island’s connection to history in the wake of losing their historical collection to a fire in 2008. It was created as a multimedia piece by Meghan Vigeant in 2014 for a presentation of a Musical History of Swan’s Island at the Island Institute.

2014, multimedia documentary & 2010, audio documentary, total running time: 4:18, producer, editor & oral historian

Joyce Family Musicians (multimedia)

Joyce Family Musicians

Making music and fishing are probably the longest Swan’s Island traditions. Robert and Roberta Joyce and their children made music in their home. Everyone played some kind of instrument. They were their own band. Like many islanders, they provided their own entertainment.  Two Joyce sisters, Sharon and LaVerne, tell this story together, remembering their musical family.

LaVerne (Joyce) Craig and Sharon (Joyce) Butterfield were interviewed by Meghan Vigeant on July 24, 2010 for the Swan’s Island Memory Project, a community history project started after a fire destroyed the Swan’s Island Historical Society collection in 2008.  The audio piece was played first at a presentation of “Swan’s Islanders at Play” in July 2010, and has aired on WERU. The multimedia video was produced for a presentation at Island Institute in August 2014 on the Musical History of Swan’s Island.

2014, multimedia documentary & 2010, audio documentary, total running time: 2:27, audio & video producer, editor, oral historian

The Last Thread (audio)

The Last Thread [excerpt]

2 min 30 sec

Deidre Scherer is a Vermont artist who uses fabric and thread to create portraits of people during their final days on earth.

This piece was created for AARP’s Primetime Postscript radio program and can be hear in entirety here.

For more information about Deidre Scherer’s unusual and beautiful artwork go to her website.

2009, audio documentary, total running time 4:24, final format: mp3, independent producer