Delightful Escapism

One indulgence of mine to relax is to curl up on the couch with my son, Dylan to watch a good movie. “The Princess Bride” is a classic that was released in 1987, and still holds a wide appeal. The film in the words of Grandpa who narrates the story contains fencing, fighting, giant rodents and true love. A good movie like The Princess Bride is a wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon escaping for a little while from the pressures of the world. And who doesn’t enjoy a good love story?



Love means…

A few days ago a friend quoted a line from the film, Love Story (1970). The film is based on the novel, with the same name, written by Erich Seagal. Ali McGraw, who plays the character of Jenny in the movie says the line: “Love never meaning having to say you’re sorry” after her and the male lead played by Ryan O’Neal had a lover’s quarrel. This movie is one of my favourite old movies that is worth watching if you enjoy a good love story. This morning, the rain is coming down outside my window, and mornings like this one are good for watching old movies while snuggled under a blanket with a cup of tea in your hands.


Casting Call

an unlikely prospect in the leading role

you’ve been typecast many times

a raw talent you do not see

you could be the leading man

in your own sweeping epic adventure


I’m not one in front of camera’s gaze

not even one you would consider

as chorus or supporting cast

no, you find me behind the scenes

running for coffee, or pinning a dress


yet I still read the scripts

and watch the starlets who flow

through the studio’s doors

and into the leading man’s arms

some would call me his girl Friday

rarely do they notice the wardrobe girl

when listening to the heart’s casting call.

(c) Amanda Wilson 2013

Grief in The Shipping News

When I first began my healing I read a novel by E Annie Proulx called The Shipping News. The novel and the movie both depict character development of a few characters through the themes of grief and healing. Quoyle, the protagonist, experiences the loss of his girlfriend and the mother of his child. His father also passes away shortly before this. It is through these two events that his daughter and himself move to New Foundland to begin a new life. He becomes a writer with the local newspaper where he learns a great deal about himself and his family’s past. The film shows that it is never too late to start again in life; even after experiencing tragedy.

The Way

“The Way” is an inspiring film about Tom (played by Martin Sheen) who arrives in France to collect the remains of his estranged son Daniel (played by Emilio Estevez). Tom decides to continue his son’s pligrimage to walk Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of St. James. He does this to honour the memory of his son who died on the first day of his pilgrimmage, to understand his son better and to deal with his deep sadness.

Along the way, Tom meets a Dutchman, a Canadian, and an Irishman who become his friends and travelling companions. As he honours his son’s memory by embarking on the pilgrimmage he learns the difference between the life you choose and the life that you live.

Many pilgrims walk the Camino de Santiago each for their own individual reasons. The way each one of us walks is a personal journey where some stretches we must do alone. I was smiling at the end of the film as I reflected on my own pilgrimage through this life. The film honours the challenges we face in navigating a complicated world and also the importance of truly living. It was a film that I enjoyed a great deal that was well worth the two hours viewing time.