What Would You Wish For?

Liisa Ogburn is a creative documentarian in Raleigh who also works at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke when she's not running and, running after her kids. Liisa writes:

I’ve been asking people questions ever since I was a child...

On April 12th, 2007, I asked 63 first graders at JY Joyner Elementary in Raleigh, NC,

“If you had one wish for the world, your family or yourself, what would it be?”

These are their responses:

Our Dreams: First Graders in North Carolina

Liisa writes about herself:

A Messy, But Good Life
I have a 2-, a 4- and a 7-year old, an inventor-husband, a pretty absorbing and wonderful job, an old home in need of constant repair, too many volunteer commitments and an obsessive need to make documentary. As any working mother of young children will tell you, the only uninterrupted time to do it is before 7 am and after 10 pm. Why deprive oneself of sleep, of leisure, of romance? Perhaps it’s the need to answer some personal question? Perhaps it’s wanting to really connect with people? Or maybe it’s the joy of enabling someone to express something they needed to express? Whatever the case, it’s been a drive that’s been in me for some time. It’s just simply what I do.

Check out Liisa's project site What would you wish for? and download the "Our Dreams" poster:

Edited with updated YouTube link


Thank Liisa

...and the children. I should have issued a tissue alert.

No More Lies -

I think we should help them out.

By making sure the liars in the highest levels of our government GO TO JAIL FOR A REALLY LONG TIME.

If the grownups had done that for us - we wouldn't be having our current situation.


That album was the soundtrack of my honeymoon. I have a copy of it in front of me right now. And will probably listen to it all day. His voice and music are magical.

Too Bad...

...adults spoil their idealism.

Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking on it. - Robert F. Kennedy

There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy


awesome. You made me sniffle like a little girl at work ... and reminded me 'why'. Out of the mouths of babes....


"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."