The list author says: "Art stages self, packaging prejudice, preference, manipulation attractively. Healing occurs in the group: conflict, pride, anger, ego, imposition of will, self-gratification at other's expense simmer. Integrity forges growth in the fire of human contact: humility, apology, forgiveness, self generosity and respect. Harry Potter author JK Rowling's 2008 video Fringe Benefits of Failure, Importance of Imagination harvardmag.com/jkrowling"
"Accumulated correspondence journals the personal history of two people over decades. DVD Lake House with Sandra Bullock, Persuasion with Cieran Hinds, Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth validation via written word."
"Human longing for connection, safety to speak of insecurity, anger, frustration affirms one is worthy of being heard. French comedy with subtitles. Keith A Smith: the mechanics of creating order is not the end but the means of self-expression."
"It's a Wonderful Life reverse parody: what if you WERE there? how life might have been. DVD Frequency Dennis Quaid, Dan in Real Life Steve Carrell, Parenthood Steve Martin, Wall Street - Money Never Sleeps Michael Douglas"
"Human relationship requires effort, attention, discipline. Alcohol nicotine caffeine complicate harmony. DVDs of egocentric sensitivity germinating suffering: Bird Man of Alcatraz, When a Man Loves a Woman, Stuart Saves His Family, Groundhog Day, Departures"
"Fiercely protective mother enforced rules manners, sought opportunities for her autistic visual daughter to grow. Biography of PhD animal behaviorist overcoming bullying teasing, stigma to a life of meaningful contribution."
"Shared lovingly assembled meal, art as affirmation of life. DVD: Eat Drink Man Woman, Babette's Feast, Killing Fields. Mark Twain: kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
"Generation lost to the Cultural Revolution. Understanding acknowledgement reconciliation via history. DVD: Incendies French with subtitles, Beginners Ewan McGregor. RFK: Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. And in the total of all those acts will be written the history of a generation."
"Optimistic, lyrical, hopeful musical of foster child reunited with biological parents through melody. Fra Elberto: the love you liberate in your work is the only love you keep. Rumi: let the beauty of what you love be what you do."
"Pilgrimage for healing. Ethical Will of Bhutan's 4th King: Gross National Happiness measures Buddhist kingdom's success. Lost Horizon: he liked the serene world that Shangri-La offered him, pacified rather than dominated by its single tremendous idea."
"Plane discarded Coke bottle perceived as talisman from the Gods, incites conflict in previously harmonious village. Bottle condemned to be dropped from the end of the world. Young hero undertakes the task. Journey of laughter."
"It's not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which ultimately nourish our souls. It's the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is good stuff. DVDs: Family Man, Dan in Real Life, Departures, Duma, Parenthood, Frequency"
"Parenting matures in stages: no parent can or should provide everything a child wants. Resilience against adversity, coping with disappointment, learning one is stronger than one thought are all desirable lessons. Forgive yourself for being human. Forgive your parents. DVD: Wall Street - Money Never Sleeps Shia LaBoeuf Cary Mulligan Michael Douglas, Frequency Dennis Quaid, Family Man, Departures"
"Ziyi Zhang spoiled rebellious talented bright, self absorbed, causes death of humble monk healer. Parable of talent vs wisdom, artistic self absorption vs compassion, willfulness vs collaboration, selfishness vs trust"
"Cinematherapy: movies as therapeutic guides. DVD Intimate Strangers French with subtitles, Departures Japanese with subtitles, Temple Grandin videobiography, Dhamma Brothers documentary of meditation"