On the Dearly Departed This Week

This week, we lost some beautiful souls.

As the caption says, laugher is contagious - image via
As the caption says, laugher is contagious – image via

Robin Williams made us laugh, cry and pee our pants a little.  He inspired people to be doctors in Patch Adams, and teachers in Dead Poets Society.  I really love his view on creativity, something he said in an interview:​

​”You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” ~Robin Williams

He reminded us that being quirky, happy and over-the-top is always welcome, whether you’re a genie or a Patchy doctor.  He made us laugh in Mrs. Doubtfire and inspired us to be better people in Patch Adams.

A movie that will always put a smile on my face - image via
A movie that will always put a smile on my face – image via

In Dead Poet’s Society, he told us to live, and I hope to honor his memory by living by these words:

“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” ~Robin Williams​ in Dead Poets Society

 

Lauren Bacall was another positive role model, legend and rebel-riser for a good cause.

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Her life was anything but boring.  If you’d like to know more about her humble beginnings, famous patroness and romance, this Vanity Fair article and this New York Times article did a great job (I won’t aspire to rebuild the wheel, but take my word for it and read about her life! She came from humble beginnings, took a stance on important political issues, was married to some legends, and had a lot to say).

She summed some things up very well: “Women. . .have much more character, a greater sense of honor and conviction. Men behave as if they’re 3 years old all the time. Jesus, I don’t want to be anybody’s mother.”  ~Lauren Bacall

She said many other smart things.  To read more, I really liked this HelloGiggles post on her wisdom.

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Her view on life inspired us and reminded us to enjoy every moment of it:

“The truth is we’re only here for a minute. But what a minute!” ~Lauren Bacall

And I really loved her view on creativity and imagination:

“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.” ~Lauren Bacall

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Lauren, Bogart and other artists protesting in Washington – image via

I also really loved these beautiful pictures of Lauren Bacall.  I hadn’t seen any of her movies in ages, so looking through these stunning pictures of Lauren took me back to my youth when I was fascinated with the Golden Age of Hollywood.  If you’re like me and want to see more, it’s definitely worth perusing.

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Ultimately, no amount of words can ever bring Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall back, but here’s to two inspirational artists that cared about others and touched us all.  We’ll miss you Robin & Lauren.

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