A Grain of Sand

Series produced by Charles McGuigan

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Weekly series featuring real stories that spring from the well of memory. Every narrative illuminates our shared human experience. At least that's the hope of producer Charles McGuigan.

I want to achieve the effect of a short story but told in a way that makes the listener feel part of evolving action.I love stories and believe narrative that flows directly from the well of experience illuminates like arc light, strikes with the force of iron.


157 Pieces

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Caption: Karla Helbert, Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Karla Helbert is many things. An accomplished writer and veteran therapist. Wife, mother, artist. A seeker, too. Libertine in matters spiritual. A...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2016
  • Length: 27:06
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Witch-hunts are curious phenomena, and thoroughly reactionary in nature. They generally begin with an inexplicable event of one kind or other—cows ...

  • Added: Oct 25, 2016
  • Length: 26:55
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The Miracle Workers of Holton Elementary School are Christal Mark, Ricky Gay, Mary Pace, Robin Barber, Cheryll Hughes and Latonya Brown-Oliver. Wha...

  • Added: Oct 21, 2016
  • Length: 23:46
Caption: J.B. Gaskill, Credit: Charles McGuigan
On the Scotch Bonnet Republic islanders have called this place home since before the American Revolution. They are independent and had always made...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2016
  • Length: 24:37
Caption: Ocracoke Island Lighthouse, Credit: Charles McGuigan
Ocracoke Island, the Key West of the mid-Atlantic, is shaped like a harpoon with the village at its southern extremity, the barbed tip, Ocracoke is...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2016
  • Length: 28:02
Caption: Lester Blackiston
Pirates love the water. It’s their sustenance, it’s their highway, it’s their haven. Lester Blackiston loved the water. As a matter of fact, I didn...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2016
  • Length: 27:08
Caption: Lester Blackiston
Blackbeard the pirate may have had as many as 14 wives, the last one being a 16 year old girl who he gave to his crew after he deflowered her. It w...

  • Added: Aug 18, 2016
  • Length: 25:45
Caption: Lester Blackiston
Pirates and their deeds become legend. Blackbeard, Lester’s personal favorite, did this thing with canon fuses, or so the legend goes. Just as h...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2016
  • Length: 26:15

  • Added: Aug 03, 2016
  • Length: 24:46
Caption: Lester Blackiston
Lester Blackiston was the pirate of Shockoe Bottom. He was a minor Beat poet, a questionable inventor, a man who avoided work at all costs. He had ...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2016
  • Length: 23:27
Caption: Lester Blackiston
This is the story of a dead man. He gave up the ghost a few years ago. And some who knew him might say he never had a ghost to give up in the first...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2016
  • Length: 26:09
Caption: Principal David Hudson
David Hudson is principal of Holton Elementary School, and he may well be the best school administrator in th entire Richmond metropolitan area. Wh...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2016
  • Length: 27:19
Caption: David Hudson, Credit: Charles McGuigan
David Hudson is principal of Holton Elementary School, and he may well be the best school administrator in th entire Richmond metropolitan area. He...

  • Added: Jul 08, 2016
  • Length: 27:11
Caption: Senator Tim Kaine with wife Anne Holton, Credit: Charles McGuigan
Senator Tim Kaine, the man who may well be the next vice president of the United States, is consistent in his core beliefs and has a dear love for ...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2016
  • Length: 23:03
Caption: Hogg Island moorings., Credit: Charles McGuigan
Virginia’s Barrier Islands, and the waters and salt marshes that surround them, are among the most pristine coastal regions on the entire Eastern S...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2016
  • Length: 25:17
Caption: Barry Truitt at the helm., Credit: Charles McGuigan
Virginia’s Barrier Islands and the waters and salt marshes that surround them represent the most pristine coastal region on the Eastern Seaboard. U...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2016
  • Length: 27:59
Caption: Shenandoah National Park, Credit: Charles McGuigan
More than 75 years ago Shenandoah National Park opened to the public for the first time. One of the most scenic routes in Virginia— Skyline Drive w...

  • Added: May 26, 2016
  • Length: 53:41
Caption: Abbie Catherine Waters
Abbie Waters lived in Richmond, Virginia and attended Holton Elementary School. She had survived a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. F...

  • Added: May 26, 2016
  • Length: 27:28
Caption: Abbie Catherine Waters
Abbie Catherine Waters was just nine years and two days old when she left this world. I have heard men and women who knew Abbie refer to her as an ...

  • Added: May 20, 2016
  • Length: 26:25
Caption: Elisheva and Amaris, Credit: Rebecca D'
Elisheva and Amaris, mother and daughter, know a thing or two about uphill battles where every inch of gained ground costs dearly. Each in her way...

  • Added: May 13, 2016
  • Length: 26:51