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November 26, 2011

Hugo Cabret

Today, I went with my family to see the film version of the book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  We read the book to our children a couple years ago and I was excited to see how Martin Scorsese would bring the story to life.  Despite my excitement, the sandman quickly took hold of me.  After 2 or 3 brief comas and missing a few important details, that were later explained, I managed to stay awake for the duration.  Now, I could use this event to write about how some people are “asleep” at critical times in life and fail to learn valuable information.  I might also use this as an opportunity to extol the virtues of a good night sleep, but I will not.  I will not provide a summary of the film/book either, but you can follow the link for more information about the book/film – (www.theinventionofhugocabret.com/about_hugo_intro.htm).

One character, Georges Méliès enjoyed life as a magician, but after seeing a cinemascope, decides to dedicate himself to a new form of magic:  filmmaking.  Georges Méliès builds his own studio and declares that this is where dreams are made.  Actors, props, special effects and riveting stories, are ingredients that provide entertainment for countless viewers.  Georges Méliès was passionate and successful.

This past summer the Wild Meadows Trace and Timothy Christian Track served as the studio where dreams were made.  Counselors, good and bad weather, long runs, 110s, intervals, fartlek, hip routines, and the big 5 were the ingredients for a “magical” summer and autumn of running. Lives were changed one mile at a time.

Although books and movies are magical, our own efforts to better ourselves, serve one another, and chase our dreams are the most compelling and inspiring stories of all.

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