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Inspiring film

Somewhere near Stowe, Vermont. (June 2017)

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.


I learned…that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic, striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.

~Brenda Ueland

A pool of water at the top of a waterfall.  (Stowe, Vermont.  June 2017)

I grew up in a family that didn’t hike or camp.  (It should be noted that some of us do those things now, but I’m writing about a time long ago, when I was a child and teenager.)  We did go to the shore (it was New Jersey where it’s the shore, not the beach) for two weeks in August (usually the first two weeks of August), and days at the shore were spent mostly outdoors.  We’d go out early in the morning (some of us early enough to watch the sunrise), take a break back at the rental house for lunch, and then it was back to the beach until dinner time.  Evenings were usually spent outdoors, too.  One summer my brothers and I got permission to spend the night on the beach.  We stayed up all night, watching the stars and the meteors, and fell asleep just after sunrise.  Those were the days, of course, when parents let their children run free as long as they showed up for meals and bedtime.

Not the Jersey shore. (Pemaquid Beach, Maine. June 2017)

I spent a lot of time outdoors in my parents’ yard, climbing and sitting in trees (the sitting usually involved a book), running around with friends pretending we were pirates or royalty of some kind or superheroes.  I played baseball with the boys in the lot behind my parents house.  (No, I wasn’t good at it.)  In the winter I would stay outside in the snow, when it snowed, for hours and hours, only coming inside when I was forced to.

Up a tree. (Somewhere near Stowe, Vermont. June 2017)

When I was around 13 or 14 years old, my parents loaded us (me, my three younger brothers, and my baby sister) into a station wagon and we headed south to Virginia for an exploration of some of the Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah National Park.  It was my first experience with mountains and hiking (albeit short hikes) and a cabin in the woods where we spent the night.  I was awed by the views, the scents, and the sounds, and thrilled by the possibility and sometimes reality of wildlife.  They had bears there!!  (I’ve heard they have bears in New Jersey, too, but I’ve never seen one there and I don’t think they lived near where I grew up.)

Papas Trail. (Near Stowe.)

Today’s April Love 2018 prompt is Inspiring film, and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it until I thought about my childhood.  In addition to logging some hours outside when I was young, I also logged quite a few hours lounging on the floor in front of the television watching television shows and movies.  The films that inspired me as a child were films about nature and films about magic (Mary Poppins was the first film I saw in a theater) which means, for the most part, that I was inspired by Walt Disney.  The Sunday evening show, The Wonderful World of Disney, also had an impact.  Disney films (even the animated films) and television shows inspired my love of nature and made me want to get out and explore.

Hiking somewhere near Bremen, Maine. (June 2017)

The prompt asks for one film and I’m hard pressed to name just one.  As an adult, I am still inspired by films about nature and getting outdoors.  As you know, if you’ve been visiting for a while, I have dreamed about taking a long walk, a pilgrimage of sorts.  Three fairly recent films come to mind when I think of that:  The Way (which is where I first heard of the Camino), A Walk in the Woods (about the Appalachian Trail), and Wild (Cheryl Strayed’s experience hiking the Pacific Crest Trail).  I’m not saying they are necessarily good movies, at least not by the critics standards, but they are films that inspired and encouraged me.

On a trail near Stowe.

There are many different ways to be inspired.  There are films that have inspired my creativity, my compassion, and my sense of the goodness of the world and the people of the world (even in the midst of terrible times), but for a photo prompt, it was easier to go in the direction of the great outdoors since that’s where you’re most likely to find me.

What film or films have inspired you, and how have they inspired you?

Just before sunrise this morning.

Thank you so much for visiting on this rainy day.  Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

The clouds at sunrise.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  676)  The peacefulness of the early morning, before the sun comes up over the horizon and wakes up the neighborhood roosters.  677)  The things in life that inspire us to be who we are.  678)  The most adorable picture, arriving via text message, of Little Wookie this morning.  He’s staying with his other grandparents while his parents are traveling, and he appears to be having a fabulous time.  I am grateful to his other grandma and her thoughtfulness in sending the photo.  679)  The way the wind makes waves over the fields of wheat.  680)  Tuesdays!  Because the Camden Avenue Farmers Market takes place on Tuesdays.  That’s probably where I”ll be when this scheduled post goes out.


Robin is... too many things to list, but here is a start: an artist and writer; a photographer and saunterer; a daughter and sister and granddaughter; a friend, a partner, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother; a gardener, a great and imaginative cook, and the creator of wonderful sandwiches.

23 thoughts on “Inspiring film

  1. Your photos today are so beautiful Robin. The landscape is so green! Our grass is starting to show signs of green – hopefully by the end of the week I will see no spots of brown!

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  2. Beautiful, dear Robin. In addition the the film, The Way, May I suggest a book? Walking Home: A Journey From Humbled to Healed by Sonia Choquette. Powerful walk of the Camino de Santiago. I’ve walked it twice with her in this book…and each walk was different for me. Simply wonderful. 💕

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    1. Thank you so much, Carrie. 🙂 I especially appreciate the book suggestion. I’ve added it to my reading list (where I don’t think it will sit long because it looks like something I’d like to read as soon as I finish what I’m currently reading).

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  3. I forget how green it gets here in New England. SO ready for it. The grass is greening up with the recent warm spell and tomorrow’s rain will help, too.
    I loved watching Disney on Sunday nights growing up.

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  4. Such beautiful photos, Robin. I can’t even pick a favorite.
    I have lots of memories of the Jersey shore–hope to make more this summer.
    I wouldn’t be able to pick an inspiring film. I watch so many movies, and some definitely inspire me in some way, even if they’re not inspiring. But yesterday, I heard something about “La Marseillaise” (dt and Macron), and my thoughts immediately went to that scene in Casablanca. It’s so corny and American, but it always gets me. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂
      The scene you mentioned played in my mind immediately. That’s one of my favorite films. I know what you mean about films inspiring you in some way even if they’re not meant to be inspiring.

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  5. There are so many inspiring films for me, Robin: The Way is one, but also Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago (a documentary following six people who actually walked the Camino). I love movies like Bread & Tulips (Italian), The English Patient, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (India), The Jewel in the Crown (India), Out of Africa (Kenya), The Dead Poet’s Society, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (India), The Vertical Ray of the Sun (Vietnam), Slumdog Millionaire (India), Amelie (Paris), and The Painted Veil (China). All of these have inspired me to break out of the mold, to reinvent myself, to be adventurous and explore exotic lands. Some, like the Dead Poet’s Society inspire me to explore my creative side, and to bask in my love of literature. I adore movies as inspiration. 🙂

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      1. I hope you enjoy them, Robin. I’ll add another that you might enjoy IF you can get your hands on it: Enlightenment Guaranteed (German – two brothers go to stay at a monastery in Tokyo). It will make you laugh so hard you cry! 🙂

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  6. These photos provide yet more evidence of the Providence in the outdoors. I have lovely memories of Disney movies. I have to say, this may be cliche or very plebian, but one of the most inspirational films for me has been and continues to be “Jurassic Park.” Those brontosaurs (I believed it’s been renamed), as majestic as any creature blew me away. And the book was my first introduction to chaos theory and the consequences of genetic engineering.

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  7. So beautiful! Yesterday (or was it the day before?) I was looking at Rhode Scholar hiking type trips. There are several. Though I think you are more interested in a solitary long walk? I used to dream of walking the Appalachia Trail. Then I read “A Walk in the Woods” by Bryson and decided maybe I’d be happy just to walk a tiny little part of it. I still want to do that. (PS: Thought the movie was sort of lame, but the book was so good, so was “Wild.”)

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    1. Perhaps not solitary, Dawn, in that I’d go on my own, but also not one of the group hikes/walks because I like to be able to venture off on my own and I tend to hold people up when I’m taking photos. Better to go with someone (or a small group of someones) who knows what it’s like to hike/walk with me.
      Bryson’s book actually made me want to walk it. lol! But I am resigned to doing just a small part of it. I’m hoping we’ll get out to the part that is located in western Maryland this year. (And yeah, the movie was sort of lame. I do like the soundtrack, though.)


    1. lol, Jane!! When I think about some of the things my brothers and I used to do, I wonder how we managed to make it out of childhood alive. 😀


  8. I loved “A Walk in the Woods” because the Bill Bryson character reminded me of walking in the woods with my father, the knowledgeable way he pointed out the history and features of the land and also his sense of humor. I bought a copy and found out later that my sister had bought a copy, too, for pretty much the same reason.

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