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  • Deacon Dan Wright serves the Diocese of Austin, Texas. His work outside the parish is as a special education teacher serving students with significant cognitive disabilities.



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October 27, 2006



I'm guessing that "Millions" will be one of your first picks?


Up the Down Staircase. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Rachel, Rachel. Born Free. Gosh, this link is amazing, and bringing back lots of wonderful memories.

Deacon DW

You're right H, I loved Millions, I would also have to put A Beautiful Life on my list.


Hmm, DDW.. do you mean Life Is Beautiful, with Roberto Benigni? If not, I've never heard of the other, but Life Is Beautiful was perhaps one of the most poignantly loving I've ever seen. While running and hiding from danger at times as a child, I could've used Papa's fun-and-games, but I made my own, like counting ceiling tiles or the swans or flowers in fleur-de-lis wallpaper..

I rarely watch movies even for myself, and there are some I will see only if I should happen to grow up. Mostly, because I get that awful lump in the throat that hurts, I stick with classics or comedies, and for the others, I generally just read the book. I'm not sure I'll ever be old enough to view many of the blockbusters.

Oh Gabrielle, now you're both making me want to go through the lists and start jotting things down. With winter coming on, perhaps movies will help speed us through. :-)

Deacon DW

Yes, H...that's the one. I should have checked the list to see if it was there before guessing at the title!


Or finding faces in the patterns on the linoleum floor...


Oh Lord, Gabrielle, for a moment, I thought I had typed that.. you, too? :-(

Deacon DW

I do it too, though not on the floor. I tend to see faces on the ceiling, which probably means I spend too much time lying in bed on Saturday morning. Once a parishioner came to me with a most serious report. She was seeing the Blessed Virgin on the new tile floor we had just put in.

This is actually a very interesting perceptual phenomenon. It tells us that we seek familiar patterns pre-reflexively, that is, before actually intending to do so. We look for meaning without even knowing that were doing it. It also tells us that the face is somehow primary in communicating meaning.

This actually ties in well to the subject of movies--how all those millions of frames flashing before our eyes all come together to draw us in to the experience being presented, and like the tiles on the floor or the ceiling, or whatever, some meaning is imparted to us. Interestingly, it is something that we anticipate, something that lies waiting to be given, received, shared... meaning.


Holy mackerel.. you're right!


Well deacon dan, I think if anybody deserves to lie in bed a little bit on a Saturday morn, it would be you.

Would it ever have occurred to us that we were seeking familiar patterns and meaning? I doubt it. You are quite remarkable, dd.

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