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I love stories!

I love art forms that tell a story. Paintings, drawings and photos that tell a story draw me in, whereas abstract pictures are a struggle for me. Poems create word tapestries of stories in sometimes stunning language. Songs that tell stories will remain on my heart a long time; indeed, I believe that’s one of the great appeals of music, it tells the stories our hearts long to speak but don’t always know how.

Books and movies, well, they’re the epitome of story telling!

I recently saw the movie Brooklyn. It touched my heart in such a lovely way I know I’ll buy the DVD when it is released. This weekend I saw on tv the movie The Lovely Bones. The narration in this movie is so rich I will now go out and buy the book. When I saw A Hundred Foot Journey, I was amazed by the exquisite cinematography as well as the underlying story the movie told.

Some movies are lifelong favorites which I enjoy for an overall story, or a particular moment. In Shawshank Redemption, there’s this one moment in which an opera song is played over the prison speakers. That moment is pure gold. The ending of the movie as well warms my heart in a lasting way. In Cast Away, there’s one particular scene I always look for that speaks volumes about life. If you’ve seen the movie, feel free to guess at it. There are a number of movies I will watch every time they’re on for their storytelling powers – among them, To Kill A Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Rings (all 3 parts), Love Actually, Now Voyager, Notting Hill.

As for books, I could never list all my favorites, but I will tell you the one that rises to the top: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I wore through three paperbacks of that and at one point had the book memorized. It was a wonderful escape (which most good books or movies are), as well as a powerful story that challenged readers to view social settings in a new way.

Stories are the explanations and decorations of our lives. Through various art forms, they give a new viewpoint, please our eyes, stir our hearts, and sometimes challenge our minds. What are some of your favorite books, songs, movies or artworks that tell unforgettable stories?

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Charlene Rosati #

    Walking through the Mist is the perfect read…or re-read right now. Not giving spoilers, but the book is the perfect tool for dealing with the trauma of life. I can’t stress that enough.

    March 16, 2014
    • Thank you so much Char. Yes, this book does show how Aidan dealt with a life-changing event.

      March 16, 2014
  2. Charlene Rosati #

    After the dark…comes light. After the injury…comes healing…It’s all part of the promise isn’t it? Thank you.

    March 24, 2014
    • It is, isn’t it Char? If we can stay the course, we will pass through that darkness.

      March 24, 2014
  3. Susan Hermiston #

    You always talk about interesting thoughts and idea. Makes me stop and listen each time!
    Love reading and your book is being reread at this time. Keep up thw good work Sinead!

    Love u!!!

    March 31, 2014
    • Sue, thank you so much. I’m glad you’re enjoying my posts and the book! Thank you for all your support.

      April 2, 2014
  4. Deb Scott #

    How true that is! Life can throw us into unexpected areas and, if we’re lucky, those areas turn out to be the niche’s we’ve been looking for! Walking Through The Mist is an awesome book! Just waiting for the sequel has me going back to read it again and again! Best money I’ve spent on a book in years!

    April 16, 2014
    • Deb, thanks so much for your comment! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the book so much!

      April 16, 2014
  5. Mary L. Johnson #

    Been there more times than I can shake a stick at . . . constant battle to find my way . . . the right path/direction! It’s SO frustrating sometimes, because you think you know what’s best for you and then you hit this roadblock or obstacle lying smack dab in the middle of your path and the doubts come rushing in like the water through a broken levy! It’s during those times that you need to stop, refocus your direction, lean on those who care for, love you and support you and pick yourself back up, dust yourself off and plant your feet firmly back on the path ahead and run like hell in the direction of your focus! Instincts don’t lie sometimes our surroundings control our destiny and that includes the people in our lives who provide insight and guidance and even cheer you along! Mist walking is an adventure so grab you favorite walking stick and enjoy the trip!!!

    July 2, 2014
    • Ah Mary, you’re already learning the lessons aren’t you? : ). Doubts do set in, but you’re doing a wonderful job of handling them. Keep going! : )

      July 2, 2014

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