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gl hoffman

Hi Dick,
Great piece. It does not surprise me at all to see your creative juices still flowing strong, even at your 'age.'
I would have expected nothing less. For all of us a bit younger, this is all great news, methinks.
Let's all have a productive and creative 2010. And I love your list...I would add just one: the Fountainhead, it always motivates each time I see it.


Thanks, Dick. This is nudging me closer to getting a Roku so my wife and I can choose movies and watch them right away.

I'd probably enjoy re-seeing the cinema of my youth as well. As a whipper-snapper of 55 my list would be different, but we have some in common. (My favorite line from Cool Hand Luke is "Sometimes nothin' is a real cool hand.")

One of the things my wife and I enjoy together is discovering *new* movies, both current and old. For example, today I saw part of a Bollywood musical while eating lunch at an Indian restaurant. Back at my desk, I learned I'd been watching Teesri Manzil (Third Floor), a classic musical/romance/mystery/comedy/thriller from the mid-'60s. I emailed my wife about it, and she wants to learn more about this genre with me. So I know this will be a new journey we'll enjoy together.

Whatever the mechanism, growing new neural pathways is fun!

Susan Borghese

Sounds like you've been having a lot of fun!

Could it be that by revisiting movies that fired your brain with enjoyable (Roman Holiday) and powerful (...River Kwai) images, you not only dealt with "unfinished business," but, more important, reconnected with the passions that helped shape your present, optimistic and caring self? Maybe you're fired up and ready to go -- AGAIN -- and this is leading to further synergy of the best-exercised parts of your brain, creating those exhilirating "sparks."

Age may be a factor, but not in the negative sense you imply. An 82-yr-old brain may actually be much better primed to experience and appreciate this sensation than one still forming all those synapses.

Jason Pelker

I could definitely see Duck Soup as a medicine in my life.

Anyway, I'm happy to have found your blog, Dick. I read Parachute in college (as many do, or should) and now six years later, I'm working for myself and am well on my way to a fulfilling and interesting career.

I'm definitely due for a reread, but in the meantime, I'm going to gift your book to my friends, though, who could use a bit of your wisdom. Thank you for inspiring me to not settle and also to help others be their best.

Larry Stevenson

Hi Dick,

Thanks for explaining the fireworks. In the last 12 weeks I wrote another book, improved my blog, consulted on a TV series, and generate more ideas than my staff wishes to implement. Now I understand.

We also started Netflicks four months ago.

Harry Touzel

Hi Dick,
As a reader of Parachute I am pleased to find your blog. At 52 I now have a lifetime of interesting work to look forward to, and an excuse to watch movies (they stimulate my creative juices as you rightly say). Spot on about movies, images and music being the soundtrack of our lives - same for me. All the best with your endeavors.



I don't think I need to tell you: There is definitely evidence to support your theory about connecting to the past through movies. Separate from that, just a heavy dose of visual input can stimulate your nighttime dreams, since graphics is the medium for dreams. Dreams then stimulate daytime creativity. I myself frequently awake with fully formed answers to outstanding issues.

Everyone needs to know the power of such creativity stimulants. Do what you can to get the word out in future books.

You continue to be a powerful force in my personal life.

Ed Breaux
Pittsburgh Pioneers

Katherine Dudley Hoehn

This and your other blog entries are delightful. Thank you for sharing them with us. You are an inspiration and a treasure. Currently unemployed, I am taking full advantage of your wisdom, encouragement and humor.

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