Pablo Korona, a Rockford-based visual storyteller, video producer, and director has a real gift for showing Rockford and Rockfordians in warm and intimate way. His story of "Merle + Stella" is yet another outstanding example.

Merle + Stella is part of Pablo's ongoing series called "Our City, Our Story." The purpose of Our City, Our Story (from their website):

We refuse to believe that a single story defines a community. To ignore our complexity robs us of our dignity. We tell stories that connect, inspire, and have unexpected perspectives.

There are currently two seasons of Our City, Our Story available to check out online, and with over 2 million views, there will (hopefully) be many more to come. Also, the Rock River Times has announced that they will be bringing Pablo's work to their pages:

Since 2012, Korona has used his camera to capture the images and words of the Rockford community. The “Our City, Our Story” series paints a landscape of life in Rockford often missed in our pages and in coverage of our city abroad. Now, we will bring you those stories in our print pages and online. And we invite you to go back through the archives and see some of the wonderful stories already told by Korona, at

All of the videos in the series are outstanding, and the latest, Merle + Stella, is a wonderful look at how love survives and even thrives after nearly 80 years of marriage:

Our City, Our Story is going to be live with a really fun event at the Nordlof Center this Saturday night, with not only the videos, but some of the folks featured in them as well. Click here for more info.

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