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August 13, 2014

(a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014)


Julia: just chillin' on the sofa. Looking peaceful.


Well I just can't summon the energy to write a fun little post for you all today. I am super sad about Robin Williams. I saw 'Dead Poets Society' when I was 19. It spoke to me like no other movie has ever spoken to me, pretty much. I saw it over a half dozen times, in the theater. Pretty much every movie I've ever seen with Robin Williams had a huge impact on me.

I watched a lot of TV as a kid. And I'm here to tell you that I never missed a single episode of 'Mork & Mindy'. I read a lot of books ~ I wasn't the most active child around. I lived in my imagination. It was a vastly preferable place to me than the real world. 

I've been thinking a lot of about what it was about Robin that affected me so much. I think it was the empathy and sadness he always conveyed in addition to the laughter. He was the reason I was so floored by 'The Fisher King' and 'Good Will Hunting'.  He seemed so gentle and humble behind the manic humor. I just don't think he could have conveyed those qualities to the extent he did, if they were not somehow tied to parts of his essential character.

The only other celebrity death that ever impacted me in a similar way was when Princess Diana died. I know she had her problems, but again, she seemed to radiate this inner kindness that I just adored. 

Is it strange to say that with all of the people in the world....it really seems a lot emptier without Robin Williams in it. He was one of the most magical performers I've ever seen. I'll never ever forget his movies, so many of them just the bestest of the best for kids. My daughter just watched 'Jumanji' for the first time two weeks ago, and it's now her favorite movie, she's watched it 4 times in the past 2 weeks. I can't wait until she sees 'Mrs. Doubtfire' someday. I can't wait until she sees 'Dead Poets'.

I'm so sorry he suffered the way he did. If you have depression and/or anxiety out there, I'm sorry if you're suffering too. Be as well as you can, my sweet friends. xoxo





19 comments:

  1. This is how I felt when Jim Henson died. Guys like him and Robin Williams are rare gems. The world just won't ever be the same without them, you know? I've always loved Robin Williams' movies. I was so sad when I read the news of his death a few days back. xoxo

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    1. creative geniuses, the both of 'em. :)

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  2. I have read articles about him yesterday. I didn't know he was suffering like that and I feel so sad that he did and couldn't find the light at the end of the tunnel while he was alive. I hope his family will be able to cope with his loss.

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  3. Yeah, Robin Williams's death hit me especially hard. I didn't love all of his movies, and he could be a bit much on talk shows, but he was a real part of my childhood, between Mork & Mindy (on Hulu!), Popeye, and Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre. I loved Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King, and I even showed Hook to the girls recently. Jumanji was banned in the house after Little Sis had a complete freakout and was too scared to sleep for a week, but I love it, too. Love Good Will Hunting. I haven't seen many of his later movies, probably because I see so few movies anymore period.

    And now Lauren Bacall, who was much older, I know, but she was still active. She did a voice for Ernest and Celestine! My mother was reading By Myself when she was pregnant with my sister. Even though Bacall preferred to go by Betty in real life, my mother named my sister Lauren. Bogart was my thing in high school and she was his Baby. Loved them.

    Great photo, by the way. I love J's shirt!

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    1. I was pretty worried about Jumanji being too scary, cuz I worry about everything being too scary :) oh wowee how she loved it! Had the right amount of adventure/thrill ratio for her at this point in her life. Did the girls like Hook? We just watched the love action Peter Pan that came out in 2003 (i think? or 2006?) anyway she loved that one, and I was thinking we should watch Hook as well!

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    2. Yes and no. I don't think it holds up very well, to tell you the truth. It's over 20 years old and looks it.

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    3. ah. well, that's how it goes. have your kids seen Gene Wilder's version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory yet?

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  4. It is just so tragic. I feel so much for his dear family. My mother adored him in Good Morning Vietnam, but for me it was Good Will Hunting where I was just stunned by him.

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    1. Good Will Hunting. Pure brilliance in my little opinion. that movie stays and stays with me!

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  5. YES! Gentle but with a fabulous manic humor. You put that so well.

    It's weird. Makes me feel a huge range of emotions. Especially since I feel like we grew up watching him. His brand of humor was so special and unique. Sad.

    I can't imagine what his daughters are going through.

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    1. Side note: My favs of his were always the silly ones. Like Jumanji, Jack, and Mrs. Doubtfire.

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    2. As much as I LOVE him in his funny movies, it's Dead Poets and Good Will Hunting that really made me adore him. Just a wealth of goodness in everything he did. I swear I fell in love with him during Mork & Mindy!

      His children. Oh how I feel for them.

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  6. Such a great picture of Julia! She is looking so grown up these days.

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    1. She looks like such a wise lady in this photo! Sometimes I feel like I can see glimpses of her grownup face :)

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  7. all of his movies. truly. the fisher king for me was an eye opener. but his performance in awakenings! he had the ability to escape into a character like very few actors can. he was just enough of a character actor to do that, while still being a total enigma. mork and mindy 4 life.

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    1. I'm about to go on a movie binge. Going to watch every last movie he made, just going to knock each one out for the next few wks. There's nothing for me to watch right now anyways. I'm SO OUTRAGED that I'm missing Outlander right now b/c I can't get Starz. %$$##@

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